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May 2022

May12

Commons: A Dance Festival

May12     12:00am
May 12May 27

This venue-wide festival of dance is all about getting people connecting, interacting and moving again, and is taking over Stanley Arts this May. With the Commons Festival, Stanley Arts continues its commitment to showcasing dance for everyone with a joyful programme of exhibitions, workshops, performances and parties; all celebrating the glorious diversity of dance. Come and get inspired! From entry-level workshops to our infamous monthly Ballroom OTA there is something for everyone - whether you are a wallflower or a…

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May23 - May27

When spring smiles again on this high favoured town

May23 - May27     10:00am
May 23, 10:00 am4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until May 27 2022

An exhibition detailing how the former Croydon Canal, a long lost Victorian engineering wonder, shaped the foundations of South Norwood, before being replaced by the railways.

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May23

Indian Folk dance class for all ages and abilities with Anusha Subramanyam

May23     7:00pm
May 23, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Learn lot more than pretending to screw on the lightbulb!
Workshop to learn folk dances from different parts of india like bhangra, ghumar and kuthu.
Folk dance forms are the staple in bollywood dance.
The workshop would be led by Anusha Subramanyam, director of Beeja.

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May24

Introduction to Bharatanatyam with Anusha Subramanyam

May24     6:00pm
May 24, 6:00 pm

Introduction to Bharatanatyam with Anusha Subramanyam, a classical dance form from South India. It is the most popular Indian classical form that is being practised globally today.

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May24

Kathakali Workshop

May24     7:00pm
May 24, 7:00 pm

Experience Kathakali, classical dance theatre form from Kerala.

Explore how a Kathakali actor tells a story using movement, characters, facial expressions, emotions using language of mudras.

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May25

Poetry Workshop and Open Mic with Ebony

May25     6:30pm
May 25, 6:30 pm7:30 pm

Artist and poet Ebony will be guiding you through different modes and techniques in the art of poetry, and how our minds can tell captivating stories should we have the right tools to categorise them. Poetry can be anything you choose, and Ebony will help you to decide what exactly that is, and how to translate it to your words. Come as you are and hopefully you can leave joyful and full of the knowledge that can assist you to…

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May26

Whisky Tasting with Exploring Whisky

May26     7:30pm
May 26, 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Exploring Whisky (organisers of the Croydon Whisky Festival) are bringing their accessible, entertaining and always fascinating whisky tastings to Stanley Arts. Come and try 5 whiskies you won't find on the supermarket shelves and learn how to 'taste like a pro', explore the different styles and processes involved in whisky production and sample some surprising whiskies from all around the World - it's not just Scotland that produces liquid Gold anymore so spread your whisky wings in the stunning surrounds…

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May27

AltBlax x F*** It Up Fridays x Let’s Have a Kiki #TheParty

May27     8:00pm
May 27, 8:00 pmMay 28, 2:00 am

For this special edition of F*** It Up Friday, as part of the Commons dance festival, we're honoured to be joined by AltBlax and Let’s Have a Kiki! AltBlax  AltBlax collective was founded on creating safe fun and joyous spaces for Black Queer, Trans and Gender noncomforming people. For AltBlax, raving is a form of protest and resistance; "We love to party just like our ancestors did and continue to, through our bodies." F**K It Up Fridays F**K it up…

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Let's Have A Kiki
May28

Croydon Canal Talk with Joseph Cook

May28     11:00am
May 28, 11:00 am12:00 pm

A free talk on the history of Croydon Canal as the culmination to the When Spring Smiles Again On This High Favoured Town exhibition.

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May28

Commons: Finale Show

May28     7:30pm
May 28, 7:30 pm11:30 pm

Commons Festival reaches its pinnacle with a big night of dance. Featuring a triple-bill of fresh new performances from the voguing Ballroom scene, hip hop community and more, in collaboration with community participants and a curtain raiser from our very own BirdGang’s youth company, BirdKdz! The Ballroom performance will be explosive featuring performers from: The Kiki House of Laveaux The Kiki House of Louboutin The Kiki House of Versace  All on one dance floor! Then finish the night on the…

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May29

Sunday Market: All Stalls

May29     11:00am
May 29, 11:00 am4:00 pm

The Stanley Arts Sunday Market is back! We will be hosting monthly markets in the Main Hall with local produce, local arts and crafts, and new local food every month. This month we're open to all stalls! Come along to check out South London's best vintage clothing, artwork, cake, jewellery, crafts and more, in the grand indoor space that is the main hall. The market will run from 11-4, with the cafe providing a lovely array of food and drink…

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May30 - Jun2

Rejoice badhayaan – community dance workshops

May30 - Jun2     7:00pm
May 30, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until Jun 2 2022

Looking to try something new? Come along between 30 May - 2 June, 7-8.30pm to co-create a new dance piece in celebration on the platinum jubilee with choreographer Anusha from Beeja Dance.

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