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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 create 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 the 2018 Festival we were very pleased to get funding from Arts Council England, Croydon Council, Bromley Council, Clarion Futures, Big Lottery and Bromley Community Fund that supported our participatory and outreach activities in the community.


Projects for 2018 included:

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 commissioned them to deliver My Beat Our Rhythm, a combined arts project that brought an integrated community cast together with drummers and professional dancers from the company.

Elders from ASKI in Thornton Heath and young people from Oasis Academy Coulsdon took part in dance workshops, and they joined the Pengenista Drummers for a thrilling promenade performance in Crystal Palace Park.

The Cinematic Urban Art Project

This project was led by renowned street artist The Artful Dodger who worked 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 led to the creation of their own artworks for an exhibition at the Youth Takeover Stage in Crystal Palace Park. A group also worked with The Artful Dodger to design and paint a wall mural for the hoardings outside 25 Church Road during Festival Week, the site of our new cinema from Everyman.

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 came together, shared ideas, honed in on their skills and, most importantly, wrote! Designed to take participants through the whole process of writing a poem, they then got the amazing opportunity to perform at the Spoken Word Tent in Crystal Palace Park.

The Labyrinth of Lost Stories

Our funding is also supported the return of the Labyrinth of Lost Stories, our immersive production for children aged 5– 12 and their families. Hundreds of festival visitors were a-Mazed to find the characters inspired by the park’s history in the Crystal Palace Park maze and they helped them to solve their riddles as part of the show.

The Iguanodon Restaurant

We are so pleased to have brought Emerald Ant’s show for children The Iguanodon 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 sharing the stories of the Crystal Palace Park dinosaurs was 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 brought them back in 2018 to more care homes, community groups and the LMP also popped up in the Crystal Palace railway station and at Capel Manor Farm with concerts for children.

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. There were  some very special performances across the park on Saturday 16 June 2018 – we hope you were able to catch some of them!

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. The Festival costs £250,000 to put on and we must raise these funds independently.

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

  • keeping our Saturday park event accessible 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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