Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Article: Life beyond Croydon

Apparently there is life beyond Croydon. In journalistic style, taking my life in my hands, I stepped over the borough boundaries to see the following in the last few weeks.

  • Belle & Sebastian concert in Trafalgar Square
  • Lecture by James Cameron, chaired by HRH Prince Philip at the RSA
  • Picnic in Kelsey Park
  • Morrissey at the Palladium
  • Folk music at the ICA
  • Softball in Regent's Park
  • Drinks at the Harrow, Farleigh
  • Ojos de Brujo at the Barbican
  • Compass debate in Westminster
  • Japanese restaurant 'Okinawa' in Soho
  • Walk and tea & cakes in Penshurst
  • Clubbing in Vauxhall

It was all just fabulous. I may leave Croydon again


Anonymous Skuds said...

Did you see Ojos de Brujo when they played at the Croydon World Party this year?

I really hope your new council doesn't pull the plug on the World Party/Mela.

12:36 AM  
Blogger matcroydon said...

Yes, it was great, despite the sound issues.

The new Tory Council has indeed decide to cancel the World Party and hold an African Caribbean festival instead, with the Mela continuing. I am not sure what I feel about this. I know I prefer the wider variety of world music that took place at the World Party, plus the environmental fair that was a key part.

Making both days more specific to their communities may perhaps be more isolating, but it is hard to justify ignoring such a major section of Croydon's cultural heritage, in the way that we have ignored the Caribbean community for so long.

1:14 AM  

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