Even more outdoor entertainment will be on offer on Croydon’s High Street this summer as Street Live returns for the second successive year.
Returning on 9 June, Street Live will offer live music, dance and theatre, making High Street, which was permanently made as a pedestrian zone in April, an area that will offer something for all the family over three months.
This year’s programme, organised by Croydon Council and Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), will see Apsara Arts – Croydon Cultural Dance open Street Live, and will be followed by BRIT School presents, a series of live performances, which adds High Street to its town centre entertainment for the first time. On 17 August there will a BMX exhibition, with riders performing amazing and exhilarating tricks.
Wimbledon Live also returns, showing all the tennis action on a big screen over the two-week tournament at the beginning of July. Towards the end of the month, there will be the chance for families to get competitive with crazy golf on 20 and 21 July.
There will also be entertainers from Covent Garden wowing crowds and for the first time, the beach will be coming to the High Street – giving people the opportunity to enjoy the seaside, without having to get in the car or jump on the train.
Creative arts company Scanners Inc are also returning and there will be busking on alternative Fridays between 5pm and 8pm, starting on 14 June.
Both the council and Croydon BID are working to organise more activities, which will be available online. A full programme can be found at www.checkoutcroydon.com
“Pedestrianising High Street has meant we’ve been able to turn a space for cars into a space for people, and Street Live really emphasises that point.
“This programme is looking really exciting and it will add to the number of activities we have going on across the borough all year round for those living, working and visiting Croydon.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
Matthew Sims, chief executive of Croydon BID, said: “Croydon’s summer programme is literally packed full of events and activities for everyone, whatever your age, to enjoy. Street Live brings together a host of talent across three months, attacking the senses, inspiring the mind and bringing people together.
“Not wishing to forget the transformation of the High Street into Wimbledon Live, all you need to do is sit back, relax and soak up the summer sun and enjoy an eclectic mix of scintillating talent, live or on the big screen. It’s time for a staycation – keep it Croydon.”