From Thursday 3 December, our building is open daily from 10am-10pm – with exhibitions, our cafe and shop open until 5pm and our cinema and ice skating continuing into the evenings.

We can’t wait to see you again! Find out about our new way of visiting and the measures we have in place to welcome you back safely

**Please note: Our Box Office will be open to process bookings from 9am-4pm on Wed 2 Dec. From Thurs 3 Dec onwards our Box Office will be open from 9am – 9pm.**

 

Super Black: Online Festival

A celebration of African and Caribbean history and culture

Originally planned to take place in our building in March, our new online format of the ‘Super Black Festival’ celebrates black African and Caribbean history and culture.

New films and discussions will be released over autumn 2020, beginning with a three part exploration of the ingredients and dishes that are at the heart of Caribbean cuisine – led by Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Jamaican Food History with Yasmin Carr

An exploration of the history of Caribbean cuisine. Led by Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr.

Jamaican Food Ingredients with Yasmin Carr: Part 1

Discover the ingredients used in Caribbean cuisine, with Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr – part one.

Jamaican Food Ingredients with Yasmin Carr: Part 2

Discover the ingredients used in Caribbean cuisine, with Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr – part two.

The Vanley Burke Archive

Vanley Burke is often described as the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography’. His iconic images have captured the evolving cultural landscape and social change, in the UK over the past four decades.

He is also an avid collector of material that provides invaluable insights into Britain’s African and Caribbean communities.

In this film, Vanley discusses objects from his vast archive that featured in Firstsite’s 2019 exhibitions ‘Elsa James: Black Girl Essex’ and ‘Super Black’, revealing their significance to Britain’s Caribbean communities.

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

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