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London Borough of Culture
The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award, launched in June 2017, brings Londoners together. It puts culture at the heart of local communities, where it belongs, illuminating the character and diversity of London’s boroughs and showing culture is for everyone, giving all Londoners a chance to be part of something extraordinary.

This is Croydon
The programme for London Borough of Culture 2023, This Is Croydon, was a celebration of everything Croydon has to offer – created, directed and presented by the people of the borough. From major events with internationally renowned artists performing alongside home-grown talent, to dozens of cultural activities from Croydon’s diverse creative communities, the programme showcased the very best of Croydon to London and the world.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. 

Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. 

Talawa Theatre Company
Talawa is the UK’s outstanding Black British Theatre Company. Our purpose is to champion Black Excellence in theatre; to nurture talent in emerging and established artists of African or Caribbean heritage and to tell inspirational and passionate stories, reflecting Black experiences through art.

Association of Jamaicans
The Association of Jamaicans (UK) Trust is considered the oldest Jamaican voluntary social welfare organisation in the United Kingdom. We provide a befriending scheme, a drop-in centre and regular social meetings to reduce social isolation and enhance the circumstance of our members. We work with the Jamaican High Commission and others to champion the interest of Jamaicans in the UK, celebrate our cultural heritage and annually mark our independence.

Museum of Croydon
Museum of Croydon seeks to provide a radical space to celebrate our diversity and to explore how Croydon unites us. Our collections and spaces will represent every aspect of Croydon; as a place, a culture and an identity in its own right that challenges perceptions through empowering communities to answer that all-important question ‘What’s Your Croydon’?

Stanley Arts
Stanley Arts is one of South London’s premiere arts and performance venues, providing our local community with a vital home for cultural expression and discovery. As a radically inclusive space we seek to foreground under-represented voices, providing artists of colour and LGBTQ+ creatives with a platform to reach out to audiences across South London and beyond.

Turf Projects
Founded in 2013 by Croydon locals, Turf Projects is Croydon’s homegrown artist space and the first entirely artist-run contemporary art space in the borough. We put on exhibitions & workshops, provide artists with opportunities, space & resources & host collectives.

Chineke! Orchestra
Chineke! was founded in 2015 by the double bass player, Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE, to provide career opportunities for Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. the Chineke! Orchestra, comprises exceptional musicians from across the continent brought together multiple times per year. As Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra performs a mixture of standard orchestral repertoire along with the works of Black and ethnically diverse composers both pa
st and present.

Croydon Archives
The Borough Archive contains over 1000 archive collections relating to the London Borough of Croydon, its predecessor bodies and the diverse community it now serves. It also holds a wide range of local history material including books, photographs, maps, newspapers and other items that illustrate and reflect the wide and varied history of Croydon, invaluable resources for the study of the past, present and future of Croydon.

Black Cultural Archives
The Black Cultural Archives is an archive and heritage centre in Brixton, London, devoted to the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain. Also known as BCA, it was founded in 1981, by educationalist and historian Len Garrison and others. It aims to inspire and give strength to individuals, communities and society.

Our Croydon was a project led by Talawa Theatre Company in partnership with Museum of Croydon and Stanley Arts, part of London Borough of Culture.

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