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Croydon is not just a place to live and work, but also to spend your leisure time. Its cultural offer has been greatly enhanced over the past few years, demonstrating the great sense of community which exists in the town.

To build on this success, Croydon Council has appointed Paula Murray as its cultural director.

The town has long been known as a great exporter of talent, courtesy of the unique Brit School whose talented students feature at various events throughout the borough, and a whole host of grassroots activities have emerged in recent years.

Cultural highlights include the annual Croydon Heritage Festival, a rooftop cinema on a town centre car park, the Pearl Izumi Cycle Race, the Croydon Food & Music Festival – highlighting the outstanding eateries in the town’s restaurant quarter – food and drink destination Boxpark, the ancient Surrey Street Market and Matthew’s Yard – a focal point for the grassroots arts community.

Croydon also has a flourishing art scene, with the RISE Gallery having hosted a Banksy exhibition and led a street mural project throughout the town centre. The borough also hosts a number of festivals through the year to bring the community together, these include: Croydon Craft Beer Festival, Croydon Pride Fest, Crystal Palace International Film Festival and the Purley Festival.

Facts and figures:

  • Fairfield Halls will reopen in September 2019, following a £30million refurbishment of the iconic venue – it will be the focal point of the town’s new culture quarter.
  • The entire venue – built in 1962 with a similar design to the Royal Festival Hall – is being refurbished with new bar areas, a music school, dining space and an art gallery, while outside will be landscaped with spaces for public arts, cafes and shops.
  • A £750million regeneration project will also see a new purpose-built Croydon College at the heart of a vibrant arts and educational quarter.