Croydon has creative talent in it’s DNA. It’s home to The Brit School, the UK’s leading performing and creative arts school which provides a unique education for over 1,400 pupils aged between 14 and 19 in the fields of music, film, digital design, community arts, visual arts and design, production and performing arts as well as a full academic programme of GCSEs and A Levels.
But the Borough also nurtures grassroots creative talent beyond the formal academic years. In fact, it was largely due to the strength of it’s local talent that in 2018, Croydon was named one of the Capital’s first Creative Enterprise Zones and was later also awarded the London Borough of Culture title for 2023.
Below are just a few of the organisations and initiatives that are championing local talent across the creative industries:
Croydon Culture Network
Since establishing in 2017, the Croydon Cultural Network has brought together over 600 people from the creative and cultural industries to discuss how to make improvements across the borough, to increase the size and health of Croydon’s creative industries, as well as to provide opportunities for more collaboration. The network contributed towards Croydon Creates – the Cultural Plan for Croydon 2019-2023 and was consulted on the successful London Borough of Culture 2023 bid. The network usually meets a few times a year and is a great opportunity to meet other locals with an interest in culture and creativity in Croydon. Membership is free. To receive updates, CLICK HERE.
Croydon Creative Directory
The Croydon Creative Directory is a free resource that lists a range of creatives operating in the area. These include artists, photographers, videographers, musicians, illustrators and scriptwriters. For more information or to get listed, CLICK HERE.
Creative Enterprise Zone
In 2018, Croydon was selected by the Mayor of London to be one of the capital’s first Creative Enterprise Zones – a place where creative industries can flourish and grow. Croydon CEZ is operating primarily across central Croydon in four key thematic areas – Space, Skills and support, Community and Policy in order to deliver an ambitious programme to further the creative sector. The CEZ programme is overseen by Marcus Harris – Noble and a small Steering Committee but takes advice from a Consortium of 28 members who represent the creative business community in Croydon. For further info, CLICK HERE.
The Front Room
The Front Room is a multi-purpose performing arts space in central Croydon. Their #FrontRoomSessions spotlight local musicians, actors, poets and other creatives through professionally shot interviews and performances. Click the videos below to watch in full and visit the Front Room TV channel to see more.