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Projecting Croydon in a whole new light


A stunning series of giant displays will light up Croydon like never before in the run-up to Christmas.

Croydon’s Festive Fantasia, which takes place from November 16 to December 23, will be the centrepiece of the town’s 2017 Christmas celebrations, featuring six specially-commissioned films showcasing the talents of local performers.

They will projected up to 120ft in height onto three key sites in North End and High Street throughout the duration of the festive period.

Following the success of Warhol Croydon, Festive Fantasia is the latest major initiative to show Croydon in a new light.

Produced by 3D projection mapping specialists, Double Take Projections, the five-minute long animations embrace the twin themes of ‘light’ and ‘celebration’ and include performances by ballerina and Royal Ballet dancer Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani; Indian dance artist and artistic director Malti Patel; critically-acclaimed street theatre specialists, The Human Zoo Theatre Company and Croydon-based dance company SLiDE which works to give people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to dance.

“We have decided to break with tradition this year and deliver something that we believe will not only be literally massive but also truly memorable,” said Croydon BID chief executive Matthew Sims.

“Instead of organising just one afternoon of activities to mark the start of the festive season, we are bringing these absolutely stunning giant animations to town and extending our celebrations to embrace the entire five week festive period so that as many people as possible are able to come and enjoy everything that our fantastic town has to offer, while experiencing for themselves these dazzling animations, which simply have to be seen to be believed.”

‘Festive Fantasia’ is the focal point of five weeks of ‘Christmas Spectacular’ celebrations organised by Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) in conjunction with Croydon Council.

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, said: “As London’s growth borough, Croydon is changing dramatically, and that change is set to continue for the next few years as we experience the largest level of investment the town has ever seen.

“So it’s only fitting that we look at new ways of celebrating this time of the year, and this programme of projections and entertainment looks amazing.”