Events

Turf projects arts project celebrating International Women’s Day 9-12th March 2022
We have a small free collaborative arts residency at Turf in the Whitgift centre, for women’s month with some free arts and creativity session. You are welcome to come visit and see what we have all been up to on Sat 1-3.15pm to view the display and work created during the project.
Weds 9th March 2.15 – 3.45pm Creative arts wellbeing session with Michelle ‘Name your object
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Weds 9th March 3.45 – 5 pm Carers chat and create a comfort card with Catherine
Thurs 10th March 4-5 pm Creative Menopause café with Creative Croydon Drop in
Fri 11th March 1 pm – 3 pm Story cubes – share your health journey stories and tales
Sat 12th March 1-2 Writing: Midlife moments with Anne, tales, poems, & fragments
Sat 12th March 2-3pm Colour my Yoni arts workshop Drop in with Catherine
Sat 12th March FREE 3.30-5pm Devaki sound and voice wellness kirtan. Limited places. Please book if you can through creativecroydon@gmail.com or Eventbrite where mentioned

Croydon Singing face to face Daytime February 2022 FREE
Music for self soothing 1 Feb 2022 Tues 10.30 – 11.30am 4 weekly sessions
FREE Croydon area – Indoors at the BME Forum office in the Whitgift centre. Includes voicework/singing and thinking about music playlists. All welcome from diverse backgrounds.
If under 50 let me know you would like to come as I can ask for this (their target group is more 50+ but they may have space).  Fully accessible with lift. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-for-self-soothing-tickets-226885619997Then in March we will take this outside for Singing and Strolling.
 

Sutton Singing Face to Face Evening January, February and March 2022
Sutton College 7 pm Weds eves is still open for bookings: https://www.suttoncollege.ac.uk/course/spring-into-song-763000087329865

Menopause awareness month – Creative artist in residence 16th – 21st October 2021
We have arranged a small residence at Croydon Art Space and we thank TURF for hosting us as we explore the topic of the menopause transition creatively. This is for all genders and there is a chance to take part in several creative experimental sessions plus come and view the art works created on the final afternoon. 
Sat 16th Oct 11.30 – 12.30 Creative awareness raising and chat
1 hr with Catherine followed by 12.10 – 1.30 optional extra hour using art materials to express our experiences. Option to display on the exhibition wall (you can collect it Thursday afternoon).
Weds 20th Oct 1-2 pm Settle & Soothe the body
Lunchtime creative relaxation session with Anne
Thursday 21st Oct 11am- 2pm Drop-in session – come & go as you please.
Come and view the art works and chat some more about menopause.
Plus: Option to have your picture taken to add to our diverse images for activism/social media/helping other women.
Thursday 2-3 pm Stretch and restore Menopause and exercise with Catherine and Ayana
 All sessions at TURF public space on the first floor, Croydon Arts Space,
just along from Nat West entrance in the Whitgift Centre – lower floor entrance
Free tea/coffee/herbal & biscuits  It is helpful to know numbers for catering but it is a big space.
Hope to see you there! creativecroydon@gmail.com
Catherine Pestano and Anne Crump are community arts practitioners and menopause activists. Ayana Williams is a Yoga practitioner and menopause yoga practitioner.

International Day of Peace Tuesday September 21st 2021 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm Croydon Unitarians Church

Come and sing nature based songs for activism & self-soothing with Catherine Pestano and create Peace thoughts with Anne Crump. All welcome. No experience needed. Please book by emailing creativecroydon@gmail.com You can turn up on the day and if there is space left you can join but it would be helpful to know numbers in advance for safety planning. A Creative Croydon event part of Croydon’s Big Green Week.

World Voice Day 6 pm April 16th 2021

On this World voice Day April 16th join Catherine at 6 pm for a short facebook live event to learn her blessing song based on the well known phrase ‘May you walk gently on the earth’ and to think about freeing your own voice through small steps into songwriting. FREE. https://www.facebook.com/events/366393811287276
(If you can’t manage facebook then you may email her for the mp3 creativecroydon@gmail.com).

Sing for Earth Day events April 15th and April 27th 2021

Please join us at one of these events which focus on the global eco issues and use movement, symbolic planting and song to raise our awareness of how to restore the earth and each other through song and micro-activism. All proceeds to Eco organisations including Tree Sisters. For details please see here: http://www.singforearthday.co.uk/

February 2021: Snowdrop – Into the Green Event
Creative Croydon has partnered with the Friends of White Horse Park in a celebration of renewal. At the end of January , beginning of February 2021 we are starting to plant a drift of snowdrops in the community garden. Due to current restrictions people will be planting solo in the designated ‘snowdrop drift area’. The drift area is in the right hand bed as you enter the community garden. Any snowdrops donations would be welcome – drop us an email. We hope to hold a mini Snowdrop Festival in 2022. ,

Arts in the Park : All Welcome to join our Community Arts Events.

Creative Croydon has worked with the local community in Croydon providing outdoor workshops and events. .  Activities have included a Peace Picnic, Wassails and workshops connecting with nature through poetry, mindfulness and the visual arts.

Creative Cafes: Bringing people together through creativity.

This is an initiative we have developed and delivered in a variety of community and mental health settings. The Creative Café is a relaxed space offering creative arts activities to help enhance emotional well being. People are can come along and try our different activities such as collage, singing, creative writing and art, as well as take time to, sit, chat and connect with others.

Croydon Community Choir continues online via zoom on a monthly basis. Please email us at creativecroydon@gmail.com for more details.

Croydon Carers Choir continues to run online twice a month on a Wednesday

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Arts in the Park Event Sunday 21st July 2019

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Previous Events

Current Croydon Choir Term Dates: Please see the Monthly Blog for Events in Jan- March 2017 term. Weekly singing group sessions will start again From 27th Feb as a 5 week class  with drop-ins still welcome.

Caterham Community Choir   –Click here for details

Singing Events for 2017

Catherine will be running Scratch Choir sessions for Croydon Community events as well as a new 5 session singing class for Feb/March and then ongoingly. Please let Creative Croydon know if you are coming in case there are any scheduling or timing changes from outside our control – creativecroydon@gmail.com

Feb 27th     LGBT History Month Singing Workshop

All details on the Blog or contact Catherine 07981 298 541

Creative Cafe
Plus please check future newsletters for our next three Creative Croydon Cafes with Anne, Remi and Catherine. These include singing, story telling, creative visual arts, relaxation and mindfulness meditation. These will be held at community arts & mental health related settings, dates yet to be confirmed. Thank you to South London and Maudsley Trust for part funding these through their Let’s Smile  programme. 18th Feb – Women only session at AYDA for their relaunch!


For all enquiries email creativecroydon@gmail.com

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