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A little over three months ago, five enthusiastic, dedicated and tireless residents of Addiscombe mulled over whether something could be done to draw out and showcase local artistic talent, wanting to create an event which would effortlessly engage all members of the local community.

Susan and Mike Oliver, Christopher Matthews, James Hogg and Oscar Dahling established the Cherry Orchard Arts Fest, to be staged in business and community venues along the length of Cherry Orchard Road. The concept received immediate support, business owners readily prepared to hand over their premises for the day for artists to exhibit in and for musicians to perform. The ARK Oval Primary Academy was also wholly supportive, giving over indoor exhibition and outdoor performance space and encouraging children from the school to actively participate in the event.

Regeneration specialists Menta generously agreed to sponsor the whole event, confirming their ongoing commitment with the local community in Addiscombe and East Croydon. Menta also agreed for an urban street mural by community group Positive Arts to be created on the hoarding of their development site. Menta also welcomed the installation of the international art project “Before I Die” inspired by the celebrated urban artist, Candy Chang. As in other major cities and towns world-wide, visitors will be encouraged to share their hopes, aspirations and dreams on this living wall.

What else to expect? Big bands, including the Salvation Army Band, Pandemic Steel Orchestra and an open drum session on the Knollys House forecourt; seventeen great local artists, including internationally acclaimed photographer John  Benton-Harris; live poetry recitals from Poets Anonymous, show-stopping numbers from Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Arts group CODA and the charming YouTube sensation, accordionist Alexa Sage. And that’s just for the day! Later, expect an amazing evening performance of live music and improvised comedy at The Glamorgan, headlined by the awesome gypsy jazz band, Ultraswing.

And its all for free. And its all for the community.

Art in Addiscombe? Culture and community on Cherry Orchard Road? Definitely!

Full details of artists, musicians, poets, performers and venue locations are on the printable map below.


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