Croydon Festivals

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Croydon’s Festivals

Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

Launched in 2015 by local resident Anna Arthur, the Croydonites Festival showcases local theatre makers as well as some of the best contemporary performers from around the UK.

It is chance to see independent, alternative, surprising and often surreal live theatre and performance across a number of local venues and settings including Theatre Utopia and the Council Chambers.

Croydonites Festival 2017 received funding from Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) and from Croydon Council through its Cultural Partnership Fund and Community Grants.

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Croydon PrideFest

This civically-backed celebration of the local LGBT+ community began in 2016 and is now an annual fixture in the Croydon calendar and the second largest Pride within the M25. A Pride parade through central Croydon kicks off the day followed by a festival of stalls, exhibits, street food and drink. Entertainment comes in all shapes and colours, from cabaret and comedy to live music and dance.

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The Croydon Heritage Festival

This festival takes place every year in June, bringing together local people, groups and businesses at a huge number of talks, tours, workshops, walks, performances and exhibitions right across the borough. Some of Croydon’s most important buildings are opened up to the public during the week-long event, providing a fascinating glimpse into the town’s rich history.

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The Croydon Comedy Festival

Running from June to August, the Croydon Comedy Festival ensures a summer full of live comedy in Croydon. Centred around the Oval Tavern and its garden stage, but now including other local venues, the festival offers several opportunities to catch new and established performers fine-tuning their Edinburgh Fringe shows.

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The Croydon Performing Arts Festival

CPAF is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech. THEY have more than 2,000 entrants from across the world for THEIR wide-ranging classes and advanced concerto classes.

Formerly the Croydon Music Festival, CPAF now incorporates rock, pop and jazz; speech and drama; western dance; and South Asian dance and music, as well as western music.

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The Coulsdon and Purley Festival

This is quite possibly the longest-running festival in the region. A registered charity, the Coulsdon and Purley Festival provides a competitive showcase for talented young performers looking to develop their skills.