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Tours

Free

Exhibition Tours

Wednesday 20 February 2019 - Wednesday 29 April 2020

2:30 pm , Wednesdays & Saturdays

Please note our exhibition tours are currently cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find our latest updates about the current situation here. Join a member of our team for an informal tour of the current Firstsite exhibitions. Meet in…

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Exhibitions

Free

Afro Futures_UK: Unravelling New Futures

Saturday 25 January - Sunday 19 April 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

An exhibition of digital and multimedia art, ‘Unravelling New Futures’ explores how the intersection of the black experience, technology and historical narratives can inspire new ways of thinking critically about the future. Through video, performance and sculpture, this exhibition…

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Exhibitions

Free

Kevin Howbrook: Colour Coded

Saturday 25 January - Sunday 19 April 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kevin Howbrook: Colour Coded is an exhibition of large-scale digital prints that show what familiar texts, like the ‘Bible’ or ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, look like if each word is represented by a colour. Kevin Howbrook is an artist…

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Exhibitions

Free

Unboxing Alex Frost

Saturday 8 February - Sunday 19 April 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Unboxing Alex Frost is an exhibition of videos and sculptures made from products that feed our ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle, like frozen pizzas and supermarket sandwiches. It includes videos from Frost’s ‘Wet Unboxing’ series, in which meals, snacks, protein shakes, vitamin…

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Exhibitions

Free

Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

Friday 13 March 2020 - Monday 1 March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner is producing a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled Some questions about Colchester which will be placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s recent…

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Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

Saturday 28 March - Sunday 28 June 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Firstsite and the Arts Council Collection present ‘Tell me the story of all these things’, featuring artworks made by some of Britain’s best-known artists, including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker and Gillian Wearing – each selected by radical…

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Cinema

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Thursday 2 April 2020

Please note: screenings of this film have been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Tai Chi | Beginners

Thursday 2 April 2020

6:00 pm

Please note Tai Chi classes have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find our latest updates about the current situation here. Increase your flexibility, improve your balance and help lower your stress and anxiety, with relaxing sessions of…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Tai Chi | Intermediate

Thursday 2 April 2020

7:30 pm

Please note Tai Chi classes have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find our latest updates about the current situation here. Increase your flexibility, improve your balance and help lower your stress and anxiety, with relaxing sessions of…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Dance and Movement for Wellbeing | For over 60s

Friday 3 April 2020

10:30 am

Please note Dance and Movement for Wellbeing classes have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find our latest updates about the current situation here. A gentle session for over 60s to ease joint mobility, improve agility, balance and…

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Cinema

Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (Encore)

Sunday 5 April 2020

2:00 pm

Please note: screenings of this film have been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art

Tuesday 7 April 2020

7:30 pm

Please note this screening has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

Met Opera: Tosca (Live)

Saturday 11 April 2020

5:55 pm

Please note this screening has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet – Live From the World Premiere

Thursday 16 April 2020

7:25 pm

Please note: screenings of this film have been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Zine Binding

Saturday 18 April 2020

10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Design and create your own zine in a one day workshop with local artist, Tristan Howe. Inspired by the themes in Firstsite’s exhibition ‘Unravelling New Futures’, you’ll receive individual tuition and guidance from the artist to learn skills in…

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Cinema

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet + recorded Q&A at the World Premiere

Saturday 18 April 2020

5:00 pm

Please note: screenings of this film have been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Royal Opera House: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Live)

Tuesday 21 April 2020

7:00 pm

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where…

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Community and Partners

Free

Art in the Community

Wednesday 22 April 2020

2:00 pm

More times available

Please note: some Art in the Community events (25 March and 1 April) have been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

Wednesday 22 April 2020

7:30 pm

More times available

Please note: screenings of this film have been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community and Partners

Free

Bazaar | Art and Food Market

Saturday 25 April 2020

10:30 am

More times available

Bazaar is a monthly market of unique items by local makers, artists, upcyclers and crafters. Support your local community and small businesses while personalising your home and life in a way no one else can – and grab a…

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Royal Opera House: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Encore)

Sunday 26 April 2020

2:00 pm

These two short Italian operas are each regarded as the composers’ masterpiece, and are brought together in a new staging by award-winning director Damiano Michieletto, who sets both operas in a poverty stricken village in 1980s southern Italy, where…

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Cinema

Royal Shakespeare Company: King John (Pre-Recorded)

Wednesday 29 April 2020

7:00 pm

A mad world of mad kings, teetering on the brink of disaster! Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen and even his own family, King…

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Cinema

Met Live: Maria Stuarda

Saturday 9 May 2020

5:55 pm

Please note this screening has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Talks & Events

Boudicca: The Face of a Celtic World

Thursday 14 May 2020

7:30 pm

When Iceni king Prasutagus died, Boudicca rebelled with such ferocity her name was heard throughout the Empire. That story is well known, but did Boudicca and her tribe act alone? Or was her destruction of Colchester at the fore…

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Cinema

NT Live: The Welkin (Live)

Thursday 21 May 2020

7:00 pm

Please note this screening has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

Royal Opera House: The Dante Project (Live)

Thursday 28 May 2020

7:15 pm

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of…

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Community and Partners

Free

Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 30 May 2020

10:00 am

More times available

Please note: the March Record Fair have been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

Royal Opera House: The Dante Project (Encore)

Sunday 31 May 2020

2:00 pm

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of…

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Cinema

Mick Fleetwood and Friends

Tuesday 2 June 2020

7:30 pm

More times available

Mick Fleetwood has assembled a stellar cast of musicians to celebrate the music that established Fleetwood Mac as one of the biggest bands in the world –the music of Peter Green. With a line-up featuring Neil Finn (Crowded House),…

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Cinema

NT Live: The Welkin (Encore)

Sunday 7 June 2020

2:00 pm

More times available

Please note this screening has been cancelled as a precautionary measure due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cinema

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Winter’s Tale (Live)

Wednesday 10 June 2020

7:00 pm

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up…

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Cinema

Berliner Philharmoniker: Live Season Finale

Friday 12 June 2020

6:30 pm

Enjoy the conclusion of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2019/20 Live Cinema with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler’s powerful Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”. This spectacular Season Finale Concert will be broadcast live from Berlin and will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and…

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Cinema

Royal Opera House: Elektra (Live)

Thursday 18 June 2020

7:45 pm

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award- winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to…

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Royal Opera House: Elektra (Encore)

Sunday 21 June 2020

2:00 pm

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award- winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to…

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Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo

Monday 6 July 2020

7:30 pm

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent…

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Cinema

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Comedy of Errors (Live)

Wednesday 15 July 2020

7:00 pm

How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the…

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Cinema

Royal Shakespeare Company: Pericles (Live)

Wednesday 23 September 2020

7:00 pm

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heartbreaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a…

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Talks & Events

How refugees saved Colchester

Thursday 24 September 2020

7:30 pm

In the sixteenth century, large numbers of skilled craftspeople from lowland Europe made their way to Essex. As religious refugees, they sought peace – and the opportunity to ply their trades. Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department…

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Talks & Events

Thatcher: The Colchester years

Thursday 26 November 2020

7:30 pm

A member of Colchester’s hockey club and the borough’s Young Conservative group, Oxford chemistry graduate Margaret Roberts wrote extensively from her lodgings in Cambridge Road, Colchester – as she secured the early stages of her political career. Join historian…

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