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For the Community

We firmly believe in the power of creativity and we want to improve and enhance the life of our community through involvement in arts, heritage, and culture.

So we actively seek funding to support projects and activities that allow our community to get involved in the Festival – whether that’s as a performer in the park or by bringing the Festival out to them with our partners!

For 2018 we are very pleased to announce funding from Arts Council England, Croydon Council, Bromley Council, Clarion Futures, Big Lottery and Bromley Community Fund that support our participatory and outreach activities in the community.


Projects for 2018 include:

My Beat Our Rhythm

Grounded Movement is an inspirational dance company who were part of the creative team for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. We have commissioned them to deliver My Beat Our Rhythm, a combined arts project that brings an integrated community cast with drummers and professional dancers from the company.

We are currently looking to work with two community groups who would like to take part in dance workshops and a performance at the Crystal Palace Park event on Saturday 16 June 2018.

We are looking for older people and younger people to dance up a storm together!

Please email us at info@crystalpalacefestival.org to discuss the project if you are interested in participating.

The Cinematic Urban Art Project

This project will be led by renowned street artist The Artful Dodger who will work with a group of young people in exploring their lives in relation to film to celebrate a cinema coming to Crystal Palace.  These explorations by the group will lead to the creation of their own artworks for an exhibition at the Youth Takeover Stage in Crystal Palace Park on Saturday 16 June 2018. A group will also work with The Artful Dodger to design a wall mural in the Crystal Palace area.

We are currently looking for young people aged 13–22 who would like to get involved in this project.

Please email us at info@crystalpalacefestival.org to discuss the project if you are interested in participating.

The Writing Room

The Writing Room is Apples and Snakes’ development space for emerging spoken word artists, aged 18–25 years.

Apples and Snakes is England’s leading spoken word organisation www.applesandsnakes.org

During six workshops, our participants will come together, share ideas, hone in on their skills and, most importantly, write! Designed to take participants through the whole process of writing a poem, there will also be the chance to showcase their work at the spoken word tent in Crystal Palace Park on Saturday 16 June 2018.

Workshop dates:

  • 23 and 30 April
  • 14 and 21 May
  • 4 and 11 June

6:30pm to 8:30pm each evening at Croydon Central Library, Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET.

Please click here to apply by 5pm on 6 April 2018 at the very latest.

The Labyrinth of Lost Stories

Our funding is also supporting the return of the Labyrinth of Lost Stories, our immersive production for children aged 5– 12 and their families, to the Crystal Palace Park maze on Saturday 16 June 2018. Don’t miss out – get the park early to ensure you can find the characters inspired by the park’s history and help them solve their puzzles!

The Iguanadon Restaurant

We are mega excited to be able to bring Emerald Ant’s show for children The Iguanadon Restaurant to this year’s Festival with the support of Arts Council England and the Community Projects Fund for the park. This fun and educational show share the stories of the Crystal Palace Park dinosaurs – a must see for all those children obsessed by dinosaurs!

The Festival out in the Community

In 2017 we were funded by Art Council England to bring concerts by the London Mozart Players to local care homes and primary schools. These concerts were a huge success and we are bringing them back in 2018 to more care homes, community groups and the LMP will also be popping up in the Crystal Palace railway station and at Capel Manor Farm with concerts for children – if you can’t come to the festival then we will come to you! More details to be announced later in April.

Disabled artists join the 2018 programme!

By supporting diverse artists we want to reflect parts of our community that do not often get much representation at arts festivals. Keep an eye out for some very special performances across the park events on Saturday 16 June 2018 – more details coming soon in April.

Support what we do

We are a not for profit social enterprise with a mission to bring the benefits of arts and culture to all.

All of the funds we raise go to support the following projects that support our mission:

  • keeping our Saturday park event free for all to attend
  • supporting all community events during the festival week with our extensive marketing platform
  • producing outreach projects and concerts to bring the Festival to community groups, care homes, and schools.
  • producing participatory arts projects for our community to take part in and perform at the Festival.

If you would like to help us in this work please do consider a monthly donation or a one-off – whatever you can afford. Please click here to support our work and to help keep the arts and culture accessible to everyone.

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