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Centrale & Whitgift announce new arrival taking over the historic Allders building

5th July 2022
Centrale & Whitgift announce the exciting new arrival of 'LOST', which will be taking over the historic Allders building, this Autumn.

Conceived by creator of Secret Cinema, Fabien Riggall, LOST’s aim as a cultural organisation is to reimagine the exhibition and distribution of physical experiences, by designing a new format of entertainment. It will be a new sub-culture uniting local and international artists together in a unique community on a global scale.

Fabien Riggall, LOST: “LOST is a group of artists, thinkers and creators that are looking to take over former retail centres around the world to design new cultural districts that will become LOST CITY. We shall showcase new forms of art and entertainment alongside reinvented retail experiences. To be lost is to lose oneself in art, beyond digital culture, where we can connect in the real world, in deeper and more meaningful stories. The future of art is in the high street, in department stores, in shops where we can experience new ideas whilst connecting in real life with real people. We are excited to be working with the local community in developing a richly diverse programme whilst also hosting artists from around the world. We will also be working closely with the Croydon Partnership and Croydon Council as we develop our first lost district at Allders, the beautiful former department store.”

The Croydon Partnership’s Development Director, Simon Cochrane said: “The Croydon Partnership is delighted to partner with Lost to bring this unique concept to Croydon. As part of our wider vision to redefine our plans for the Town Centre we want to create a dynamic mix of experience led offers, concepts that serve the whole community. Fabien and his team will deliver this innovative district for London which the people of Croydon will get to experience first, whilst setting the tone for our longer-term plans.”

Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon said: “We’re excited by the arrival of LOST in Croydon later this year and can’t wait for residents and visitors to discover what’s in store for them at the Allders building. The arrival of this project will be the start of the change we want to make and an important boost for the local area, as a strong vote of confidence in the culture, communities, and connectivity that we know our borough has in abundance.”

Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID said: “Our towns, cities and high streets need reimagining, with an injection of adventure and experience that enriches our shopping experience. The arrival of 'LOST led by Fabien and his team will, we hope, bring forward a new and innovative concept in creating a space for Croydon and its visitors to immerse themselves in and enjoy. These are interesting, creative times for our high streets as we navigate our way through recovery. The reactivation of the Allders site is an important step forward as Croydon looks to embolden its high street with something a little different that will, we are sure, generate much interest.”

More information on the opening will be shared by Centrale & Whitgift across the summer.

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