Town centre set to come alive for launch of Croydon Heritage Festival 2014.
19 June 2014
Croydon Heritage Day will mark the start of the two week festival which will see more than 100 events exploring and celebrating all corners of the borough’s rich and vibrant past as well as exciting future.
The launch will take place from 11am to 4pm in North End where there will be a live performance stage, heritage themed street performance, stalls run by local groups, tours of historical buildings, arts and crafts workshops and guided walks across the town centre.
The free event suitable for all ages is being presented by 400 year old Croydon charity, The Whitgift Foundation, and supported by the Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre.
Visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of the future of Croydon in an interactive exhibition by the Croydon Partnership, in conjunction with Develop Croydon, located in Centrale and the team will also be outlining their long-term support for the community and businesses at a stall on North End.
The live stage will feature a feast of local talent with Bollywood dancing, traditional African drumming, gospel singing, folk and jazz. The headline performance is by Kinetika Bloco, a youth carnival band in collaboration with Croydon Music and Arts and the Council’s Croydon Youth Arts team, who have been working with young people in the borough facing the toughest life challenges.
The town’s history experts will be on hand with numerous stalls representing many of the borough’s historic societies and community groups.
The day will also see the start of a two-week long exhibition at Fairfield Halls foyer bringing together historical artefacts, images and film from local organisations.
Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the huge enthusiasm received from the local community towards this second ever Croydon Heritage Festival.
“Croydon has a fascinating and often forgotten past and we are now at a pivotal time in the borough’s history where we are looking forward to major regeneration and redevelopment in its town centre and surrounding areas.
“We would like to thank the Croydon Partnership, who we have been working with for a number of years to bring about this transformational change, for supporting Croydon Heritage Day.
“The festival provides an opportunity for the community to come and be proud of their town and I urge people of any age to come along to the Heritage Day and be part of this borough-wide celebration of Croydon.”
Steve Yewman, Development Director, Westfield and Carolyn Kenney, Development Director, Hammerson said:
“Croydon has a long and rich history and we are proud to be supporting the Whitgift Foundation’s Heritage Festival as it will give the community a chance to both celebrate the town’s past and look to its future.
“We hope that the Croydon Partnership’s new development in the town and the opportunities it will create will become another positive and significant milestone in the story of Croydon.”
Croydon Heritage Festival, in conjunction with more than 75 local organisations, is taking place from 21 June to 4 July, for further information and to book events, visit www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk
Live Stage line up and timings
11:00 Trinity School performing classic and contemporary monologues
11:30 Djembe Drummers - African drumming duo
12:00 Trinity School Jazz Group plays a medley of favourite jazz classics
12:30 Apsara Arts – Bollywood dancing from a fantastic local charity
12:40 DaGroovestation - 70's, 80', soul, reggae, jazz DJ
13:00 Big Beer Band – contemporary big band jazz
14:00 A word from the Mayor
14:30 Kinetika Bloco - Unique British carnival sounds
15:00 Homebrood – South London's footstomping, hardcore, celtic band.
15:20 IDMC Gospel – Vibrant gospel choir
16:00 J's Dance Factory – A local dance company for young people
Other events on Croydon Heritage Day, Saturday 21 June, include:
Tours of Croydon’s historic buildings: The Whitgift Almshouses, Croydon Minster, Stanley Halls, and Croydon Town Hall.
Walking Tours: Starting from Croydon Visitor Centre next to East Croydon Station, Croydon Tours will be guiding groups through the town centre and onto Croydon’s historic Old Town.
Performances: As well as the main stage line up, there is a special free performance of ‘Somewhere Past’, a performance created by four organisations that work with refugees in the UK, taking place at the Museum of Croydon. Taking the oral history collection at the Museum of Croydon as their inspiration, the performers will present their own stories using a blend of music, theatre and film.
Arts and crafts workshops: Children are invited to learn about the Croydon born Flower Fairies author Cicely Mary Barker and design their own fairy wings and wands.