The Domesday Book mentions Croydon, a small market town that has grown into one of London's most populous areas. It is a major metropolitan centre, contributing to its status as a major metropolitan centre with its influence in entertainment and the arts. The borough has become one of London's leading business, financial, and cultural centres.
The area is one of the hearts of culture in London and the South East of England. Institutions such as the major arts and entertainment centre Fairfield Halls make the borough lively and vibrant. In 2012, the council withdrew funding for the Warehouse Theatre, causing it to go into administration, and in 2013 it was demolished.
The Croydon Clocktower was opened in 1994 as an arts venue featuring a library, the independent David Lean Cinema (closed in 2011 after sixteen years of operation, but is now partially reopened on a part-time and volunteer basis) and museum. Over 50,000 people attended Croydon's annual summer festival, which celebrated the ethnic diversity of the area from 2000 to 2010.
Local Landmarks of Croydon
Crystal Palace F.C. plays at Selhurst Park in Selhurst, a stadium they have occupied since 1924. Among the other landmarks in the borough are Addington Palace, an eighteenth-century mansion that housed six Archbishops of Canterbury's official second home.
Other landmarks include Shirley Windmill, one of the few remaining large windmills in Greater London that was built in the 1850s and the BRIT School which is a creative arts institution run by the BRIT Trust that has produced Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Leona Lewis, among others.
Croydon’s Public Art Strategy was developed in 2005 by Croydon Council, aimed at enhancing people's enjoyment of their surroundings and making it accessible to everyone. Croydon's Summer Festival was developed in response to the public art strategy, and it consists of two days of events. Croydon's World Party is a free one-day festival featuring world, jazz, and dance music from around the world on three stages.
The final day of the festival features the “Croydon Mela”, a day of music blending traditional Asian culture with eastern club beats and food stalls along with a funfair. Over 50,000 people have attended. The strategy also created a creative industries hub in Old Town, ensured public art was included in developments such as College Green and Ruskin Square and examined the possibility of gallery space in the Cultural Quarter.
There are various performances held at Fairfield Halls, Arnhem Gallery and Ashcroft Theatre throughout the year, including drama, ballet, opera, pantomimes and films that can be shown there.