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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

Welcome to Firstsite

Firstsite is Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

See the world differently – experience the very best art and culture from around the world that inspires, empowers and opens your mind.

Enjoy our exhibitions, films and events.

Relax in our colourful cafe with outdoor seating and find quirky, fun and stylish products in our shop.

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ADMISSION TO FIRSTSITE IS FREE

Open 10am – 5pm everyday

What's on

Top picks

Exhibitions

Free

The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion

7 May - 11 September 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See vast intricate and colourful artworks from internationally acclaimed artists, The Singh Twins. Delve into hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies, including current debates around ethical trade, responsible consumerism and decolonisation and racism.

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2022: Canteen

25 July - 26 August 2022

Multiple times available

Enjoy freshly made hot meals for all the family over the Summer half term school holiday at Firstsite’s canteen in Colchester town centre.

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Exhibitions

Free

Keep Being Amazing

22 January - 21 August 2022

Explore the ground-breaking Firstsite Holiday Fun programme through vibrant artworks in this interactive exhibition celebrating the fun, friendly and creative ethos of Holiday Fun and the families who attend.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie

21 July - 8 October 2022

Multiple times available

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.

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Exhibitions

Free

Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones: Shore Lines

11 December 2021 - 4 September 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Imagine two drawings by two artists drifting across a five-mile stretch of salt-water, merging and morphing on the surface as they meet. Artists Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones collaborate in this collection of charcoal drawings inspired by their…

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Cinema

Glyndebourne’s La bohème

11 September 2022

7:00 pm

In La bohème Puccini elevates ordinary people to the level of the extraordinary, the tragic, the timeless –transformed by a score that has seduced generations of audiences

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Cinema

RSC: Richard III (Live)

28 September 2022

7:00 pm

Young Richard of Gloucester uses the chaos of the Wars of the Roses to begin his unscrupulous climb to power in this classic Shakespearean history of a king in the throes of jealousy and murder.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Much Ado About Nothing

8 - 25 September 2022

Multiple times available

The legendary hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty.

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Community and Partners

Free

Rice and Spice Festival

10 September 2022

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrate Colchester’s diverse community through food, music and performances at the town’s annual festival of Rice and Spice – including children’s activities, workshops and a huge variety of food stalls.

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Cinema

DC League Of Super Pets (Relaxed)

20 - 27 August 2022

Multiple times available

Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side.

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Cinema

Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War

5 August - 8 September 2022

Multiple times available

ERIC RAVILIOUS: DRAWN TO WAR is a true story. Eric Ravilious is as compelling and enigmatic as his art.

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Cinema

Kino Dreams: Paris, Texas

3 September 2022

4:30 pm

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

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Cinema

Minions: The Rise Of Gru (Relaxed)

30 July - 23 August 2022

Multiple times available

This summer, from the biggest global animated franchise in history, comes the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions, forged cinema’s most despicable crew and faced off against the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

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Cinema

Brian & Charles (Parent & Baby)

22 August 2022

11:00 am

Without friends or family to rely on, Brian decides to build a robot for company.

‘Charles’ is not only Brian’s most successful invention, but he appears to have a personality all of his own and quickly becomes Brian’s best friend, curing his loneliness and opening Brian’s eyes to a new way of living.

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Cinema

Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium

8 - 13 October 2022

Multiple times available

In celebration of 50 years of Billy Joel, “Live at Yankee Stadium” comes to the big screen for a special two-night fan event.

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Cinema

Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO

22 September 2022

7:00 pm

The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan…

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Cinema

Kino Dreams: Kings Of The Road (4K)

20 August 2022

1:20 pm

Bruno, witnesses the sad sight of a VW beetle car storming straight into the River Elbe. An impromptu relationship begins

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Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy: The Essex Way

16 September 2021 - 31 December 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

See a large-scale collage along our building’s magnificent 140m curved wall, created by artist Michael Landy.

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Exhibitions

Free

Opening Celebration | Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art In Exile

2 September 2022

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of our Museum of the year Exhibition, Mehdi Jalalaghdamian: Art in Exile.

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Cinema

Where Is Anne Frank

2 - 7 September 2022

Multiple times available

Fiery teenager Kitty, Anne Frank’s imaginary friend to whom her famous diary is dedicated, comes to life in the modern day in the Amsterdam house where Anne had taken refuge with her family.

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Hire Firstsite

Firstsite’s stunning architecture and versatile spaces creates a fun and inspiring venue for any event – from private parties to conferences, community meetings and presentations. Plus, by hiring our spaces you can support the local community as any profits go straight back into funding our exhibitions and outreach projects.

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Firstsite shop

Take a look at our shop

Featuring a range of design-led and affordable products, inspired by our exhibition programme, events and community, our shop has something for everyone. All profits from your purchase raises funds to help us keep our exhibitions free and supports our community outreach activities.

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Latest news

Visiting the Firstsite Cinema – our customers’ feedback

2 June 2022

  Over the past few months we have been asking our cinema audience for their feedback about their experience of our cinema. Thank you to everyone who has completed one of our surveys.  Here’s an overview of the feedback…

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Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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