‘Croydon’s Festive Fantasia’ will be the dazzling centrepiece of the town’s 2017 Christmas
celebrations and will feature six specially-commissioned films showcasing the talents of local performers, projected up to 120 feet in height onto three key sites in North End and High Street throughout the duration of the festive period.
Produced by 3D projection mapping specialists, Double Take Projections, the five-minute
long animations embrace the twin themes of ‘light’ and ‘celebration’ and include performances by ballerina and Royal Ballet dancer Tara-Brigette Bhavnani; Indian dance
artist and artistic director Malti Patel; critically-acclaimed street theatre specialists, The
Human Zoo Theatre Company and Croydon-based dance company SLiDE which works to
give people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to dance.
The first in the series of animations will premiere in North End at 5pm on Saturday, 18th
November and will be the highlight of an afternoon of free family entertainment staged from mid-day. Thereafter, the animations will be broadcast daily between 4.30pm and 9.30pm until Saturday, 23rd December, providing a spectacular backdrop for everything that Croydon has to offer.
‘Festive Fantasia’ is the focal point of five weeks of ‘Christmas Spectacular’ celebrations
organised by Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) in conjunction with Croydon
Council. The main highlights of the programme are
- A ‘Festive Lights Street Feast’ on Thursday, November 16th with around 20 street food stalls serving up a tasty and exotic array of delights from noon until 7.30pm while audiences are entertained between 5pm and 7pm by lively southern blues band, The MonoTones and singer/songwriter McGoozer, as a pre-cursor to the town centre’s Christmas lights being turned on.
- Launch of ‘Festive Fantasia’ on Saturday, November 18th with the first in the series of six giant animations premiering in North End at 5pm, providing the highpoint to an afternoon of free family-focused entertainment staged from mid-day. Activities will include: street food stalls, face painting, children’s disco sessions, a Giant Globe Christmas show with Elvis the Extremely Energetic Elf, roving Fire and Ice themed stilt walkers plus performances by internationally renowned Polish Folk Song and Dance Company Karolinka, the Apsara Arts Asian Dance Group and SalsaMania Croydon.
- Launch of ‘Festive Funk’ on Thursday, November 23rd which will be the first of four live music and street food events staged from 5pm until 9pm in Croydon’s newly pedestrianised High Street. Featuring London’s top close harmony trio The Haywood Sisters and the fabulous Brass Volcanoes jazz band, the evening promises to be a lively way to bridge the gap between work and play, with three further events also scheduled on Thursday, November 30th, December 7th and December 4th.