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Exhibitions

Free

Claire Cansick: You and I Are Earth

Saturday 14 October 2023 - Sunday 14 April 2024

What effect do we have on the landscapes around us? You and I Are Earth charts the devastating effects of climate change and the human impact on the environment across the world.

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Exhibitions

Free

Lucy Harwood: Bold Impressions

Saturday 02 December 2023 - Sunday 14 April 2024

Immerse yourself in the life and work of local artist Lucy Harwood (1893 – 1972).
Featuring over 100 bold and beautiful paintings – including landscapes, still live and portraiture – step into a world where colour and energy collide, as Harwood’s artworks command the space, their vibrancy and confidence.

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Exhibitions

Free

Level Best: Sunshine Coast

Saturday 20 January - Sunday 10 March 2024

Journey through the Sunshine Coast with Level Best. Experience over one hundred diverse artworks created over the last decade, by artists with additional needs from the Level Best art studio.

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Cinema

The Zone of Interest

Saturday 02 March 2024

5:00 pm

More times available

The Zone of Interest focuses on the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, who strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Drag Life Drawing with Sirena Hart

Saturday 02 March 2024

6:00 pm

More times available

A one-of-a-kind life drawing class, where your tutor and model will offer multiple poses in fantastical settings.

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Cinema

The Iron Claw

Saturday 02 March 2024

7:30 pm

The Iron Claw depicts the true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s.

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Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse

Sunday 03 March 2024

2:00 pm

Monet to Matisse takes a magical journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens.

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Cinema

The Iron Claw (Captioned)

Tuesday 05 March 2024

The Iron Claw tells the true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the world of professional wrestling in the 80s.

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Community and Partners

Free

Art in the Community

Tuesday 05 March 2024

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Art in the Community sessions are for people who use creativity to improve their well-being, and for recovery from mental and physical issues

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Cinema

The Settlers

Tuesday 05 March 2024

2:00 pm

More times available

Explore Chile’s colonial past in this visually stunning period drama The Settlers that highlights the difference between truth and history.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Limitless Street Dance

Tuesday 05 March 2024

4:00 pm

More times available

Breakdance skills for 8 – 14 year olds. Join the Limitless dancers Andi Mill and Isaac James to try out the basics of street dancing in a cool, fun and energetic environment.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

MiniCLIP Colchester

Wednesday 06 March 2024

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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MiniCLIP – a free weekly music club for young people age 11 to 14 at Firstsite Colchester, on term time Wednesdays from 4 – 5pm.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

YAK | Young Art Kommunity

Wednesday 06 March 2024

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Young Art Kommunity (YAK) is Firstsite’s young-people peer led group which organises events and activities within the gallery and in the wider community.

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Cinema

The End We Start From (Captioned)

Thursday 07 March 2024

In The End We Start From, Jodie Comer stars as a new mother who is forced to seek safety when London is submerged by severe floods.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Drumming Workshop

Thursday 07 March 2024

4:00 pm

More times available

Learn the basics of African Drumming with drumming tutor Hassan who is experienced in teaching people of all levels.

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Cinema

Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Japan Foundation Touring Film)

Thursday 07 March 2024

Lonely Castle in the Mirror delves into the struggles of Japanese youth and addresses critical issues faced by schoolchildren in modern society.

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Community and Partners

Free

First Thursdays

Thursday 07 March 2024

6:00 pm

More times available

Come out and experience some of the fantastic local artistic talent which we have on offer!  There is creativity around every corner on the first Thursday of every month.

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Cinema

Titanic: The Musical

Thursday 07 March 2024

7:00 pm

More times available

Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), based on the real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic: The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Introduction to Collage Workshop

Friday 08 March 2024

10:00 am

More times available

Sociable, creative and fun Introduction to Collage Workshop where you’ll learn new techniques, unwind and have a delicious lunch together.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Dance and Movement for Well-being

Friday 08 March 2024

10:30 am

More times available

A gentle session for over 60s to ease joint mobility, improve agility, balance and self-awareness in movement. Every Friday 10:30am during term times.

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Cinema

Anatomy of a Fall

Friday 08 March 2024

11:30 am

More times available

In this Palme d’Or-winning psychological thriller, a celebrated writer is put on trial when her husband falls to his death from their secluded chalet.

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Cinema

Your Fat Friend

Friday 08 March 2024

Your Fat Friend charts Aubrey Gordon’s journey from anonymous blogger Yrfatfriend to NY Times bestselling author.

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Cinema

Bob Marley: One Love

Friday 08 March 2024

Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity.

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Talks & Events

Petals and Palettes: Lucy Harwood’s Love of Nature

Friday 08 March 2024

With Hugh St Clair, plus guests   Join us for an insightful panel conversation led by Hugh St Clair, the co-curator of our exhibition ‘Lucy Harwood: Bold Impressions.’ He will be joined by Cressida Ross, Lucy Harwood’s great niece,…

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Cinema

Barbie

Friday 08 March 2024

7:30 pm

Eccentric and individualistic, Barbie is exiled from Barbieland because of her imperfections. When her home world is in peril, Barbie returns.

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Cinema

The Jungle Bunch World Tour (Relaxed)

Saturday 09 March 2024

As the jungle creatures brace for the impending rainy season, a mysterious pink foam blankets their home, triggering The Jungle Bunch to unite in a thrilling race against the clock.

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Cinema

The Taste Of Things

Saturday 09 March 2024

1:30 pm

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A delectable feast for the senses, The Taste of Things is a stunningly beautiful romance that simmers with emotion.

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: Verdi’s La Forza del Destino

Saturday 09 March 2024

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen, following a string of recent Met triumphs, in her role debut.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Nature drawing workshop with Lisa Temple-Cox

Sunday 10 March 2024

10:30 am

More times available

Explore observational drawing and discover your favourite medium with this nature drawing workshop.

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Talks & Events

Free

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 10 March 2024

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

A special afternoon tea – perfect to treat your Mum or mother figure to. In our café, you’ll find a selection of cakes and sandwiches, especially for Mother’s day, accompanied by hot drinks to enjoy.

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Cinema

The Holdovers (Relaxed)

Sunday 10 March 2024

The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas.

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Cinema

The Taste Of Things (Parent & Baby)

Tuesday 12 March 2024

A delectable feast for the senses, The Taste of Things is a stunningly beautiful romance that simmers with emotion.

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Cinema

Bob Marley: One Love (Captioned)

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Bob Marley: One Love celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Mini Movers & Makers Toddler Group

Thursday 14 March 2024

10:00 am

More times available

This brand new artist-led toddler group provides a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to be curious and explore interactive, sensory storytelling and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.

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Cinema

The Promised Land

Friday 15 March 2024

11:00 am

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The Promised Land is a captivating historical drama inspired by a true story about a retired 18th century army captain turned farmer.

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Cinema

Perfect Days

Friday 15 March 2024

2:00 pm

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Perfect Days is a subtle, shimmering and ultimately life-affirming reflection on finding beauty in the everyday world around us.

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Cinema

Wicked Little Letters

Friday 15 March 2024

4:45 pm

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A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark and absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy Wicked Little Letters.

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Cinema

Oppenheimer

Friday 15 March 2024

7:00 pm

The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Boozy Brushes

Friday 15 March 2024

7:30 pm

More times available

Join Sirena Hart at Firstsite for Boozy Brushes – our New Multi-Art, Drag entertainment painting class extravaganza!

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Cinema

Soul (Relaxed)

Saturday 16 March 2024

11:00 am

More times available

Soul introduces Joe Gardner voiced by Jamie Foxx, a school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz.

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Cinema

Winny (Japan Foundation Touring Film)

Saturday 16 March 2024

Kaneko (Higashide Masahiro) is the genius programmer behind Winny, a revolutionary file-sharing program. However, he is arrested for enabling the copyright violations committed by Winny’s users, beginning a legal battle to save his life and his reputation in this cinematic retelling of a true story.

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Cinema

Poor Things

Saturday 16 March 2024

7:45 pm

Based on the novel by Alasdair Gray, Poor Things is a new film from director Yorgos Lanthimos, charting the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by a brilliant but unorthodox scientist.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Sketch, Etch and Scones with Karen Densham

Sunday 17 March 2024

10:30 am

More times available

An accessible and fun approach to printmaking where we will be exploring low tech printing methods like dry point etching, Lino cutting, mono printing, impression printing and more.

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Cinema

The Boy and the Heron (Subtitled)

Sunday 17 March 2024

11:00 am

A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.

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Cinema

American Fiction

Sunday 17 March 2024

2:00 pm

American Fiction is Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes.

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Cinema

Wicked Little Letters (Parent & Baby)

Tuesday 19 March 2024

A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark and absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy Wicked Little Letters.

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Cinema

Wicked Little Letters (Captioned)

Wednesday 20 March 2024

A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark and absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy Wicked Little Letters.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: The Motive & The Cue

Thursday 21 March 2024

7:00 pm

More times available

This electrifying brand-new play directed by Sam Mendes brings Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s infamous Hamlet rehearsals to the big screen, with Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss.

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Cinema

Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande

Friday 22 March 2024

1:30 pm

More times available

The London-based Cymande are the greatest band you’ve likely never heard of, and this is their incredible untold story.

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Cinema

Dune: Part Two

Friday 22 March 2024

3:45 pm

More times available

Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.

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Exhibitions

Free

Opening Celebration | David Lock: In-between Us

Friday 22 March 2024

Join us for a special evening event to celebrate the opening of ‘In-between Us’, David Lock’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery, 

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Cinema

Red Island

Friday 22 March 2024

7:15 pm

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Red Island is Robin Campillo’s new film, inspired by his own childhood growing up on a French army base in recently independent Madagascar.

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Exhibitions

Free

David Lock: In-between Us

Saturday 23 March - Sunday 23 June 2024

Experience an exciting blend of existing work and never-before-seen paintings form London-based artist David Lock in his first solo public exhibition that delves into the portrayal and consumeristic reproduction of the male form, from antiquity to the present day.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Watercolour Saturdays with Justine Moss

Saturday 23 March 2024

10:30 am

More times available

A monthly meet up for watercolour painters and enthusiasts – open for all levels. Explore the materials, techniques and colour theory to develop your work

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Life Drawing with Justine Moss – all levels

Saturday 23 March 2024

1:30 pm

More times available

Learn how to draw from the live model or practice your life drawing skills at Firstsite.

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Cinema

Sabakan (Japan Foundation Touring Film)

Saturday 23 March 2024

Set amongst the beautiful, peaceful landscapes of Nagasaki, Kanazawa’s hometown, this heart-warming tale is teeming with nostalgia for the excitement of childhood and filled with heaps of authentic 1980s Japanese culture, offering something for the inner child in all of us!

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: Romeo et Juliette

Saturday 23 March 2024

Two singers at the height of their powers—soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation.

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Cinema

Getting It Back: The Story Of Cymande (Relaxed)

Sunday 24 March 2024

The London-based Cymande are the greatest band you’ve likely never heard of, and this is their incredible untold story.

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Cinema

Dune: Part Two (Captioned)

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: The Motive & The Cue (Captioned)

Wednesday 27 March 2024

This electrifying brand-new play directed by Sam Mendes brings Richard Burton and John Gielgud’s infamous Hamlet rehearsals to the big screen, with Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss.

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Cinema

Dune: Part Two (Parent & Baby)

Thursday 28 March 2024

Dune: Part Two will explore the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he unites with Chani and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Capturing the Climate – Mixed Media Workshop

Friday 29 March 2024

10:30 am

More times available

Build your confidence in pastel and acrylic painting with local artist Claire Cansick in this workshop inspired by her current exhibition at Firstsite – You and I Are Earth, with a delicious light lunch included!

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Cinema

Soul

Friday 29 March 2024

Soul introduces Joe Gardner voiced by Jamie Foxx, a school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz.

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Cinema

Robot Dreams

Friday 29 March 2024

1:15 pm

More times available

Based on the popular graphic novel by Sara Varon, Robot Dreams tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the 1980s.

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Cinema

Origin

Friday 29 March 2024

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, Origin chronicles the tragedy and triumph of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson as she investigates a global phenomenon of epic proportions.

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Cinema

Killers of the Flower Moon

Friday 29 March 2024

6:45 pm

A blistering adaptation of David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of corruption, coercion and murder among the Oklahoma Osage Native American community which, for a brief spell in the 1920s, was the wealthiest in the US.

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Community and Partners

Free

Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 30 March 2024

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

More times available

Colchester’s Record Fair returns to Firstsite, a treat for both enthusiasts and casual collectors alike. Come browse through stall holders’ collections of vinyl and CDs from a vast range of genres. Grab yourself a bargain – or perhaps something a little rarer.  

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Cinema

Robot Dreams (Relaxed)

Saturday 30 March 2024

Based on the popular graphic novel by Sara Varon, Robot Dreams tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the 1980s.

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Cinema

Do Unto Others (Japan Foundation Touring Film)

Saturday 30 March 2024

In Do Unto Others, a shocking discovery is made when the dead bodies of an elderly man and his care centre’s director are found early one morning.

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Cinema

Driving Mum

Saturday 30 March 2024

5:00 pm

More times available

Driving Mum is a darkly comedic road movie of self-discovery and acceptance across the beautifully photographed landscapes of Iceland.

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Cinema

Robot Dreams (Captioned)

Sunday 31 March 2024

Based on the popular graphic novel by Sara Varon, Robot Dreams tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the 1980s.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

Sunday 31 March 2024

Puccini’s devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer.

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Cinema

Platform Asia: Germinate

Wednesday 03 April 2024

2:00 pm

More times available

Germinate is a touring programme featuring artists’ film and video works by seven filmmakers from West Asia, including artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Türkiye.

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Cinema

Robot Dreams (Parent & Baby)

Thursday 04 April 2024

Based on the popular graphic novel by Sara Varon, Robot Dreams tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the 1980s.

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Cinema

All of Us Strangers

Thursday 04 April 2024

8:30 pm

Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott are neighbours falling in love despite the presence of their pasts, in this intertwined fantasy romance All of Us Strangers by Andrew Haigh.

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Talks & Events

Late Lounge @ Firstsite

Friday 05 April 2024

8:00 pm

More times available

Join us for late cocktails and strange happenings in our late night lounge. Ambient DJ’s create a sonic backdrop to a bizarre, surreal and at times truly mystifying collection of performances.

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Cinema

Occupied City

Sunday 07 April 2024

Occupied City examines Amsterdam’s occupation by the Nazis during World War II, exploring the city’s sociological history.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: MacMillan Celebrated – Danses Concertantes/ Different Drummer/ Requiem

Sunday 14 April 2024

The Royal Ballet celebrates the breadth of Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s one-act ballets.

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Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: John Singer Sargent

Tuesday 16 April 2024

2:00 pm

More times available

Step into the glittering world of fashion, scandal and shameless self-promotion that made John Singer Sargent the painter who defined an era.

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: La Rondine

Saturday 20 April 2024

Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the sophisticated French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelm.

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Cinema

An American in Paris – The Musical

Wednesday 24 April 2024

2:00 pm

More times available

The romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city are at the heart of Broadway’s breathtakingly beautiful new musical, An American in Paris.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Discovering Art with Jevan Watkins Jones

Friday 26 April 2024

10:30 am

More times available

Each all-day session, discover a different art medium with local artist Jevan Watkins Jones, including Watercolour, Indian Ink, Acrylic and more!

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Swan Lake

Sunday 28 April 2024

Classical ballet’s most powerful tale of love, treachery and forgiveness returns to the Royal Opera House stage.

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Community and Partners

Free

Folk & Bespoke Artisan Craft Market

Saturday 04 May 2024

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

More times available

Have a handmade shopping day. The people in your life deserves something special and for a totally unique gift, you cannot beat handmade.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Carmen

Sunday 05 May 2024

Aigul Akmetshina performs the title role in Damiano Michieletto’s sizzling new production of Bizet’s ever-popular opera.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Glass Suncatcher Workshop

Thursday 09 May 2024

Join us for an enchanting evening of crafting where you’ll create your very own spring-inspired fused glass suncatcher

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Nye

Friday 10 May 2024

6:45 pm

More times available

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Saturday 11 May 2024

In her Met debut, Asmik Grigorian tackles the demanding role of Cio-Cio-San, the trusting geisha at the heart of Puccini’s tragedy.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Nye (Captioned)

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Michael Sheen plays the titular Nye Bevan in this surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the creator of the NHS.

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Cinema

42nd Street – The Musical

Thursday 16 May 2024

7:00 pm

More times available

Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony Award-winning musical.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: The Winter’s Tale

Sunday 26 May 2024

Shakespeare’s profound story of love and loss, artfully adapted into a contemporary three- act narrative ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Message in a Bottle

Sunday 02 June 2024

The iconic songs of Sting. The electrifying choreography of Kate Prince. This is a tale of hope.

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Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: My National Gallery, London

Tuesday 04 June 2024

2:00 pm

More times available

In My National Gallery, London, devoted staff members, beloved celebrities and world class experts come together to paint a unique portrait of this iconic British institution for its 200th birthday.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Andrea Chenier

Sunday 16 June 2024

Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar’s spectacular staging of Giordano’s epic historical drama, conducted by long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano.

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Exhibitions

Free

Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Love and Hate at Firstsite

Saturday 09 November - Tuesday 31 December 2024

In this presentation, seven light sculptures by Noble & Webster illuminate areas of the Firstsite building with pops of glimmering colour.

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

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