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Following a fallow year in 2016, Purley Festival is BACK, full of energy and ready to make the 2017 event better than ever.

The organisers are pleased to announce that Purley Festival has started the New Year as a Community Interest Company, having registered with Companies House just before Christmas. The new status comes after a successful year of restructuring for Purley Festival, which since it started in 2010 has been run by the community for the community and has become a highlight of summer in Croydon since the first festival was held in 2011.

Purley Festival Community Interest Company will operate for the benefit of the community in providing a grassroots Arts and Music festival for local people to enjoy and will also put on events throughout the year if there is grassroots interest. The festival’s mentoring scheme will give people the chance to gain confidence, work experience and new skills.

This year’s weekday programme will run from 26-30 June and the weekend event will take place on 1 and 2 July at the Rotary Field in Purley. The Purley Festival committee will be developing exciting events and activities during the week and free attractions at the festival’s weekend finale.

Attractions lined up for 2017 include a ‘Cinema in the Park’ on Friday 30 June; a silent disco; a climbing wall; street cocktails; and walk around performance artists – in addition to a kids’ area and three distinct stages of entertainment.

performers at Purley Festival 2015

Purley Festival 2015 Pic: Alan Barnes

A record number of musicians and performers have already applied to perform at Purley Festival 2017. However, anyone who would like a place on the bill has until 14 February to apply here.

Purley Festival has always supported a number of charities and this year is proud to be partnering with South East Cancer Help Centre (based in Purley) and Marie Curie; and once again will be working with the Purley Rotary Club who will be providing stewards and support.

Sunrise Senior Living and Hawke Financial Services are gold sponsors of this year’s event, which is also supported by Frost Estate Agents. Local businesses on the look out for advertising opportunities, stall holders with unique products, and volunteers who would like to help out can all get in touch through the Purley Festival website.

Fiona Lipscombe

Fiona Lipscombe

Fiona Lipscombe, Purley Festival Director says: “We are delighted that Purley Festival is now a Community Interest Company. It has always been run for the benefit of local people but it is nice to put this on an official footing so that the festival continues to provide access to music and the arts for local people of all ages and backgrounds.
We will also continue to provide opportunities to people who would like to join the team and help shape the direction of Purley Festival. Thank you to all of our supporters during our conversion to a Community Interest Company. This is a very exciting time for Purley Festival and we look forward to returning after a year off and putting on a bigger and better event than ever before!”


Valentine’s Day is the last day to apply

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Omar at Purley Festival 2015 – Pic: Lee Townsend

The deadline for musicians and performers to apply to appear at the 2017 Purley Festival is just a few days away as applications close at the end of the 14th February. Stephanie Darkes, Purley Festival Musical Director says: “Purley Festival has a proud history of showcasing amazing talent from Croydon and the surrounding areas. In 2015, over 100 musicians and artists performed on a bill headlined by Shakatak and Omar. We welcome all musical styles and influences but time is running out to get a slot at this summer’s event so apply now!”

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Purley Festival Weekend

1st - 2nd July 2017 Purley Festival weekend is held in the Rotary Field, Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN

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