Festival organisers, 400 year charity The Whitgift Foundation, have today (Friday 30 January) announced that this year the festival will be celebrating the theme of FAMOUS CROYDON, highlighting the town’s links to many iconic faces and events, while also celebrating local rising stars of the future.
Croydon has a wealth of famous connections, many of which have been forgotten over the years - the town is home of the Brit School, which produced the likes of international superstars Amy Winehouse and Adele; a location for the hit, Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code; the birth place of the much loved literary imps The Flower Fairies, and the home of the UK’s first airport, regularly frequented by Marilyn Monroe.
These stories and icons will be brought to life by the festival programme, which will follow three key strands – Famous Croydon of the past, present and future.
Working with the older generation to uncover fascinating local stories from the past, the Festival will explore Croydon’s heritage links to famous people and events from years gone by. This will be celebrated on Saturday 20 June, when the town centre will come to life for Heritage Day 2015.
To mark the famous Croydon of today, a newly launched walking trail will invite people to visit local landmarks and famous spots, following a specially produced map to help them find their way.
So who or what will be famous in the Croydon of the future? The festival will be inviting the town’s young stars to reveal their artistic talents to illustrate how they see their Croydon of the future, with opportunities to exhibit work throughout the festival or perform as part of Heritage Day. A toolkit for schools and youth groups keen to get involved will be available to download via the website.
Last year’s festival was a roaring success, with thousands of visitors enjoying over 100 events throughout the town. This was all achieved through the collective effort of more than 75 local organisations, many of which are already excitedly planning to make this year’s festival bigger, better and more iconic than ever!
Martin Corney, Chief Executive of The Whitgift Foundation, comments: ‘This is our third year for Croydon Heritage Festival, and it looks set to be the best yet. It’s fantastic to see the local community are again ready to support the festival with an overwhelming level of enthusiasm and engagement, especially working around our exciting new theme for 2015. There is so much going on for Croydon - the festival will be a great asset to the changing image of the town, driving visitors and business to the area as we see the wider plans for redevelopment unfold.’
About The Whitgift Foundation
The Whitgift Foundation is a registered charity with the aim of providing education for the young
and care for the elderly in Croydon and the surrounding areas.
Established in 1596 by the former Archbishop of Canterbury John Whitgift, The Whitgift
Foundation comprises of:
The Whitgift Foundation currently supports approximately 42% of current pupils in its schools through financial 'means tested' bursaries. This equates to just over £5million a year to enable talented young people to benefit from the outstanding education provided by the schools.