Croydon Creative Month is a new idea we came up with at Matthews Yard a few days ago to help showcase and celebrate what Croydon has to offer businesses and individuals working in the creative industries. It started out as an intention to host 3 or 4 events to help fill a seasonally quiet time in the cafe. It’s quickly growing into much more. With over a dozen events scheduled to take place at venues across Croydon already, Croydon Creative Month is a series of independently organised free events which are aimed at creatives and promoted under the Croydon Creative Month banner. We are still pulling together the schedule and 2017 will be a pilot for future years.
The idea behind it is to keep momentum going in the creative sector, by showcasing what’s on offer and helping people gain new skills and make new contacts. In our experience, these will combine and help sow the seeds for the next generation of amazing creative projects and innovations in Croydon.
Creatives is a broad term and this is intentional. We want creative month to celebrate as many of the good things and great people that are working to make Croydon a better place as possible.
We want to work with everyone in Croydon to create the best opportunities for artists, designers, makers, photographers, film-makers, actors, dancers, martial arts experts, painters, developers, writers or anyone considering starting or growing a business which is embedded in the creative sphere.
We are building a varied schedule of events, which we are either planning in-house or working with delivery partners to make happen. One of the most important aspects of Croydon Creative Month is for us to build on the culture of collaboration and community which has been so strong in Croydon.
More information on Croydon Creative Month is on our website.
If you want to host, plan or organise an event, please use this form to get in touch.
For the latest event listings please view our Facebook Events Page and also our website
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The illustration in this blog post was created by Lis Watkins. You can connect with Lis and find more of her work on twitter @lineandwash
Matthews Yard is borrowing £30k to complete works on The Exchange Workspace. When complete we will offer 12,000 sq ft of space to support creative entrepreneurs in Croydon. We pay 20% interest over 3 years on loans of 1k or more with monthly repayments.