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Croydon Bloco takes over the Heritage Festival

Croydon Bloco took to the stage to headline the opening of Croydon Heritage Festival on Saturday 21st June. The performance saw young people from north and east Croydon who have faced challenging life circumstances debuting a vibrant new band in the heart of the town centre, watched on by the Deputy Mayor, friends, family and the public.

“We were blown away with the fantastic atmosphere, music and dedication from all the group.” Participant’s grandparent

This was the result of our cold spot project in areas of multiple deprivation, funded through Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion grant. We worked closely with the Youth Arts Team and commissioned Kinetika Bloco to deliver the project. Kinetika Bloco’s young leaders worked with the group for several months fusing brass, wind and drumming into a vibrant carnival sound for Croydon.

This was a great moment of recognition for the important work the music education sector is doing in areas of social deprivation. We hope it will help raise the profile of music and the social agenda in outer London.

Young people from Croydon will now go on to join Kinetika Bloco’s acclaimed annual summer school at Southbank Centre during August.


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