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Exhibitions

Free

Michael Landy: The Essex Way

Thursday 16 September 2021 - Saturday 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

Michael Landy: Essex Man (after Collet)

Thursday 16 September 2021 - Saturday 31 December 2022

10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

See artist Michael Landy’s artwork ‘Essex Man (after Collet)’ (2021) – a larger-than-life standing figure in our Welcome Area made from a hand drawn reproduction of the original ‘Essex Man’ illustration by Edward Collet in a 1990s Sunday Telegraph.

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Exhibitions

Free

Sculpture at Firstsite

Saturday 20 November 2021 - Sunday 27 November 2022

See artworks by artists Sarah Lucas, Ryan Gander, Julian Opie and Bharti Kher in our new sculpture park As part of our 10th anniversary, six works have been installed in the lawns and grounds surrounding Firstsite: The fallow (Bharti…

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Exhibitions

Free

Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones: Shore Lines

Saturday 11 December 2021 - Monday 18 April 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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Exhibitions

Free

Life with Art: Benton End and the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing

Saturday 11 December 2021 - Monday 18 April 2022

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Established by artist-gardener Cedric Morris and his partner Arthur Lett-Haines, the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Benton End became the centre of a diverse community of artists, writers, and horticulturalists throughout the 1940s and 1950s. With…

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Exhibitions

Free

Keep Being Amazing

Saturday 22 January - Monday 6 June 2022

Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 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. Holiday Fun was launched…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Parent and Toddler Art Club

Thursday 27 January 2022

10:00 am

More times available

These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to use their imagination and curiosity to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.

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Cinema

Hope

Thursday 27 January 2022

3:00 pm

When a woman’s life is rocked by a diagnosis of incurable illness, her family and her relationship with her husband is put to the test as they battle to come to terms with the devastating news.  Andrea Braein Hovig…

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Leopoldstadt (Recorded)

Thursday 27 January 2022

7:00 pm

More times available

Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Dance and Movement for Wellbeing | For Over 60s

Friday 28 January 2022

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

Boiling Point

Friday 28 January 2022

3:00 pm

More times available

This is ‘Magic Friday’, the last Friday before Christmas and the busiest night of the year. Andy Jones, Head Chef at one of the top restaurants in London, is battling debts, addiction and an imploding personal life. The pressure…

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Cinema

Licorice Pizza

Friday 28 January 2022

7:30 pm

More times available

‘Licorice Pizza’ is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of…

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Cinema

MET Opera Live: Rigoletto

Saturday 29 January 2022

5:55 pm

In a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay, Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears sets his scene. In his first work for his own Company, Mears brings Verdi’s masterpiece into the modern world. Verdi’s thrilling…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

CLIP

Monday 31 January 2022

5:30 pm

More times available

CLIP is a weekly meet up for anyone 12 years old and up interested in music and sound. Play with synths, microphones and musical technology.

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Cinema

Licorice Pizza (Captioned)

Tuesday 1 February 2022

1:00 pm

‘Licorice Pizza’ is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Limitless Street Dance

Tuesday 1 February 2022

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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Cinema

Lola And The Sea (LGBT History Month)

Tuesday 1 February 2022

7:30 pm

Lola (Mya Bollaers) lives in the city with her best friend Samir (Sami Outalbali, Sex Education) studying for her diploma as a veterinary assistant. Emboldened by her life changing transition and the support of her mother, she has the…

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Cinema

West Side Story (2021)

Wednesday 2 February 2022

7:00 pm

More times available

Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining…

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Young People

Free

YAK: Artist Workshop with Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell – Casting

Thursday 3 February 2022

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join New Contemporaries artist Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell in this series of practical workshops where we will explore what it is to have an audio-visual practice, and the experiential process of creating and destroying objects. Using the alginate casting method,…

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Cinema

Minyan (LGBT History Month)

Thursday 3 February 2022

7:30 pm

A young Russian Jewish immigrant in New York Brighton Beach, caught up in the tight constraints of his community, develops a close friendship with his grandfather’s new neighbours, two elderly closeted men who open his imagination to the possibilities…

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Cinema

The Power Of The Dog

Friday 4 February 2022

7:30 pm

More times available

The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter.

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Cinema

Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction (The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022)

Saturday 5 February 2022

1:00 pm

When the president of the Kunpusha publishing giant suddenly dies, the company faces a corporate power vacuum. Amid the ensuing power struggle, Akira (OIZUMI Yo), the self-assured and witty editor-in-chief of the failing culture magazine Trinity, attempts to save…

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Cinema

House Of Gucci

Sunday 6 February 2022

12:00 pm

More times available

House of Gucci is inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what…

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Cinema

Drive My Car

Sunday 6 February 2022

3:15 pm

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Based on the short story by Haruki Murakami, Drive My Car is the story of love, loss, longing and driving. Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a stage actor and director who is happily married to Oto (Reika Kirishima), a…

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Community and Partners

Free

Art in the Community

Tuesday 8 February 2022

1:00 pm

More times available

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

King Richard

Tuesday 8 February 2022

7:15 pm

More times available

Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons.

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Young People

Free

YAK: Artist Workshop with Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell – Poetry

Thursday 10 February 2022

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join New Contemporaries artist Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell in this series of practical workshops where we will explore what it is to have an audiovisual practice, and the experiential process of creating and destroying objects. Using the alginate casting method, we…

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Cinema

Sing 2

Friday 11 February 2022

1:00 pm

More times available

Next holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise returns with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza…

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Cinema

Belfast

Friday 11 February 2022

7:45 pm

More times available

From lauded director Kenneth Branagh, and starring an acclaimed ensemble cast, ‘Belfast’ is a personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. At the centre of the film is Buddy, a young…

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Cinema

First Love (The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022)

Saturday 12 February 2022

1:00 pm

Kanna (YOSHINE Kyoko) is a university student who, by all appearances, was on the fast track to achieving her dream of becoming a TV announcer. That is, until the day she stabs her father to death without any apparent…

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Cinema

Sing 2 (Relaxed)

Monday 14 February 2022

11:00 am

More times available

Next holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise returns with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza…

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Cinema

Belfast (captioned)

Monday 14 February 2022

4:00 pm

From lauded director Kenneth Branagh, and starring an acclaimed ensemble cast, ‘Belfast’ is a personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. At the center of the film is Buddy, a young…

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Romeo & Juliet (Live)

Monday 14 February 2022

7:00 pm

Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the ballet repertory since its creation by Royal Ballet Director Kenneth MacMillan and its premiere in 1965. In this special screening on Valentine’s Day, the doomed lovers attempt…

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: The Book Of Dust (Live)

Thursday 17 February 2022

7:00 pm

Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing. Two young people and their daemons, with everything at stake, find themselves…

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Cinema

Cow

Friday 18 February 2022

4:00 pm

Cow explores the life of one dairy cow, offering an insight into her daily reality and acknowledging her great service to us. Speaking about the film, Arnold has said “This film is an endeavour to consider cows. To move…

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Cinema

Nightmare Alley

Friday 18 February 2022

7:15 pm

More times available

In ‘Nightmare Alley’, an ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is.

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Cinema

Iwane: Sword of Serenity (The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022)

Saturday 19 February 2022

1:00 pm

SAKAZAKI Iwane (MATSUZAKA Tori) is seemingly on a path to greatness – he is a well-respected samurai, admired for his courage, chivalry, and sword-fighting skills, and he is soon to wed his fiancée, Nao (YOSHINE Kyoko). Yet Iwane becomes…

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Romeo & Juliet (Encore)

Sunday 20 February 2022

2:00 pm

Romeo and Juliet has become a great modern ballet classic of the ballet repertory since its creation by Royal Ballet Director Kenneth MacMillan and its premiere in 1965. In this special screening on Valentine’s Day, the doomed lovers attempt…

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Talks & Events

Shore Lines: Drawing Live

Tuesday 22 February 2022

7:00 pm

In conjunction with their exhibition ‘Shore Lines’, artists Simon Carter and Jevan Watkins Jones invite you to an evening centring around their collaborative project ‘Point-to-Point’. The evening will begin with the screening of a short film about the project…

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Cinema

The House of the Lost on the Cape (The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022)

Saturday 26 February 2022

1:00 pm

Cruelly mistreated by fortune, two young girls – seventeen-year-old Yui (voiced by ASHIDA Mana) and eight-year-old Hiyori (voiced by AWANO Sari) – have both become separated from their families. Lost, with no place to go and trying to find…

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Cinema

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Live)

Sunday 27 February 2022

7:00 pm

Within the century-old walls of historic Leith Theatre, something sinister is stirring. A gothic tale of double lives and inner demons, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde takes on its own hybrid identity in this unique…

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: The Book Of Dust (Recorded)

Thursday 3 March 2022

7:00 pm

Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing. Two young people and their daemons, with everything at stake, find themselves…

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Cinema

Liar x Liar (The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022)

Saturday 5 March 2022

1:00 pm

Lies are never a good basis for the start of a romantic relationship, and a big whopper is exactly what kick-starts the proceedings in this unusual love story. Minato (MORI Nana) is an uptight wallflower who attaches very little…

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Cinema

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake (Recorded)

Sunday 6 March 2022

3:00 pm

Lured to the banks of a mysterious lake by his alter-ego, the Evil Genius, Prince Siegfried encounters the most beautiful swan Odette and swears his love to her. At the castle, prospective brides try to entertain the distracted Prince,…

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Rigoletto (Live)

Thursday 10 March 2022

7:00 pm

In a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay, Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears sets his scene. In his first work for his own Company, Mears brings Verdi’s masterpiece into the modern world. Verdi’s thrilling…

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Community and Partners

Free

Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 12 March 2022

10:00 am

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

MET Opera Live: Ariadne auf Naxos

Saturday 12 March 2022

5:55 pm

The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera…

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Cinema

Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone (The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022)

Saturday 19 March 2022

1:00 pm

Septuagenarian housewife, Momoko (TANAKA Yuko), has led a good life, having fled from the Japanese countryside to thriving Tokyo in the year of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and having married the love of her life with whom she raised…

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Cinema

The Confidence Man JP: The Movie (The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022)

Saturday 26 March 2022

1:00 pm

Confidence man – a person who swindles others by means of a confidence game. Dako (NAGASAWA Masami), Boku-chan (HIGASHIDE Masahiro), Richard (KOHINATA Fumiyo), and Igarashi (KOTE Shinya) are professional con men whose ambitions are larger than life and reach…

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