London Borough of Croydon

Earlier this year, as part of the ongoing regeneration in Croydon, we asked local organisations to get involved and submit their creative ideas for refreshing the borough’s night-time economy.

Over 35 proposals were submitted from which five unique ideas have been shortlisted to the next stage of the competition.

We are now working with the finalists to develop their proposals so we can fully understand the feasibility of their plans. To help with this, we’d love to hear what people think of the ideas.

Each of the finalists has produced a video to explain their proposal which you can view below – after watching, please let us know what you think by completing this short survey by 31 October 2017. Please note, this survey does not determine the final decision, however, all feedback will be reviewed by the judges as part of their decision making process.

Finalists ideas

Ludoquist Board Games Café aims to offer over 600 board games to everyone from games hobbyists to those who want to re-live their childhood with a game like Ker-Plunk. As well as hosting tournaments, the café would also hold special theme nights.

First Thursday celebrates the flourishing street art scene in Croydon and involves the after-hours opening of galleries, with special exhibitions, cafes, museum and other street events including food stalls. Taking place on the first Thursday of every month, Croydon’s offerings would align with several events around the world in locations including White Chapel and Cape Town.

Comfort Point aims to address community concerns about safety in the area of Portland Road and South Norwood High Street. The group would work with shops and businesses in the area to create safe spaces or comfort points in the evening, where people can go if they feel unsafe or require help. The shops and cafes part of the scheme would be identifiable by having LED light installations by local artists in their shop front.

Young Croydon Resonate is a residency programme that will platform young musical talent in the borough at five different venues between January and May next year. Each venue will host a month-long residency featuring a weekly or fortnightly event focusing on two or three young artists or bands per evening.

Croydon Bicycle Theatre aims to deliver a unique cycling and theatre hybrid event that entertains audiences while promoting cycling. Events would primarily be outdoors and ideas include game theatre in which audiences participate and a dubstep themed bicycle tour of the borough.

What happens next?

Finalists will present final proposals to a panel and will be informed of the decision in November. The winning idea/s will launch between December 2017 and August 2018.