Arcadia: The Future is Now

4 Apr - 7 Apr

Arcadia is a creative and interactive festival taking place Thu 4 – Sun 7 April, sparking conversation, the imagination and activism to ‘re-forest’ our minds and places.

Over four days, Stanley Arts will be taken over by young people’s response to the climate crisis, imagining a future in harmony and balance and nature.

What would it take to make this future now?

The festival features performances, film screenings, live music and DJs, guest speakers, eco-activities, dance, and ends in a colourful Holi celebration.

Programme highlights include:

Saturday’s ‘We Are the Forest’ marketplace, a takeover of local climate and nature groups offering free activities for all ages. Featuring Sustainable Thornton Heath’s Pop Up, climate change workshops with Climate Fresk, a Climate Cafe led by young people, and Introductions to Permaculture and Gardening in our Yard.

Saturday evening’s Can I Live?’ film screening, Q&A and party. Complicité theatre presents their acclaimed digital performance following the true journey of a young Black British man finding his place in the climate movement. Guest speakers include the film’s writer and actor Fehinti Balogun, Culture Declares Emergency co-founder Kay Michael and hip hop artist and founder of the May Project Gardens Ian Solomon-Kawall. 

Sunday’s ‘Spring into Action’ includes a celebration of the arrival of spring  with our Holi Festival, walking tours and volunteering at South Norwood Lake with London Wildlife Trust ranger and ‘Urban Wildlife Queen’ Lira Valencia, and a walking tour of remnants of the Great North Wood with author Chris Schuler.

Throughout the weekend there are incredible performances and installations by young companies Boundless Theatre, Birdgang Ltd, Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation, Croydon Youth Assembly and Chris Syrus Consultancy CIC.

Arcadia Image Design by Sofi Lee-Henson / XNN Systems
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