Culture at the heart of regeneration

Dame Judi Dench at the opening of Fairfield Halls
We know that when we support Croydon’s talent it soars – and we all benefit.

The challenge

The home of Stormzy, Croydon has a very strong music heritage, but the quality of its venues has declined. With a growing and increasingly diverse population, making sure Croydon’s town centres and high streets have something for everyone is a challenge.

Culture can bring communities together, attract visitors and businesses. We need to make sure the people who live and work here, can be social and creative here as well.

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What we've done so far

  1. We've put culture at the heart of developing our town centre by restoring the iconic Fairfield Halls into a stunning state of the art performance venue, creating new public spaces and street art as well as 23,000 jobs and 2.8 million square feet of office space.
  2. The new £6.5m Legacy Youth Zone in Whitehorse Road offering young people and those with additional needs, the chance to enjoy more than twenty activities and, due to open during 2020, a brand new multi-million leisure and community centre in New Addington, improving sports facilities and attracting new visitors to the area.
  3. Hosting an annual programme of events in our public spaces and parks, such Street Live, Croydon Mela and Croydon PrideFest, has seen more people staying in and visiting Croydon.
  4. By supporting community groups to apply for funding in their area we are helping our district centres grow, e.g. South Norwood’s £1.7m high street fund from Historic England and £2.3m from the Mayor of London's Good Growth Fund.
  5. We brought the library service back in house and are now refurbishing our library buildings - with new IT, faster broadband and access to 6 million books through The Libraries Consortium.
  6. Our Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) is already attracting creative entrepreneurs and organisations, such as London South Bank University, into central Croydon and as part of Croydon Music City we’re creating more opportunities for aspiring artists borough-wide.
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