The first artists have been confirmed to perform on the night of Thornton’s Heath Festival of Light in Trumble Gardens.

CR7 Culture is organising stage performances on the night and workshops in the run up to the spectacular on the evening of January 27 which will coincide with the day of the second CR7 Market.

Up-and-coming singer songwriter,Dede Davi, from Thornton Heath, will be performing her original music and covers (catch her interview on London Live TV on December 8).

Local jazz duet singer Mitra Djalili will be singing covers accompanied by Andrew Cleyndert on the double base, while Dave Koor (featured right) will be spinning tunes and Well Versed also from Thornton Heath will be performing their inimitable brand of potent poetry and spoken word.

The Skamonics, a London based seven piece ska band led by local resident Mark Huggett, will be playing a unique mix of authentic 60s ska, two-tone and completely unexpected covers. Other performances on the night will include local dancers and choirs. Look out for more exciting artists to be confirmed.

Well known local artist Karen Barnett, who started Thornton Heath Arts Week and organises Thornton Heath Festival’s procession will be working with local schools and community groups in the lead up to the light festival to create lanterns which will be displayed on the night.

Westfield/Hammerson have agreed to sponsor bottle festoon workshops in Thornton Heath. The project is part of the Lumiere London event and is based on an original concept by artist Thadian Pilai – using white or green plastic bottles to create glittering, icicle-like chandeliers (pictured) which will adorn Thornton Heath on the day.

The CR7 Market will return with stalls on the High Street, Brigstock Road and Ambassador House as well as Trumble Gardens in the evening.

The borough of culture award will be made in February 2018.

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