Perhaps to compete with the dominating city of Brighton, Croydon has recently announced an attempt to ramp up its image as a center of England’s rich history and heritage, by delving further into the artistic undercurrent that still drives London society. Visitors to the region no doubt are interested in seeing just what this initiative has brought about, and rightly so. For their first stop, they need look no further than Croydon’s Summer Festival.
A fairly recent addition to the public schedule, Croydon’s Summer Festival is an event attended by many local business and figures prominent in the city’s creative industries and art scene. The result is that many artworks are created, commissioned, and developed, frequently ending up on permanent display throughout the city itself, becoming a part of the natural landscape. Contributions to the city from past Summer Festivals can be seen in places such as the College Green and the Croydon Gateway.