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Exhibitions Coming Soon

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Mark Titchner: Is this the place of your dreams?

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Launching February 2020 Artist Mark Titchner is producing a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled Is this the place of your dreams? which will be placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre….

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Tours

Free

Exhibition Tours

Wednesday 20 February 2019 - Wednesday 29 April 2020

2:30 pm , Wednesdays & Saturdays

Join a member of our team for an informal tour of the current Firstsite exhibitions. Meet in the Welcome Area at the front of the building at 2:30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  View our current exhibitions here.    

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Exhibitions

Free

Chance & Control: Art in the Age of Computers – Created by the V&A – touring the nation.

Saturday 26 October 2019 - Sunday 26 January 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Since the 1960s, artists and programmers have used computers to create prints, drawings, paintings, photographs and digital artworks. ‘Chance and Control’ draws on the V&A’s rich international collection of computer-generated art and includes work by pioneering digital artists such…

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Exhibitions

Free

Aidan Moesby | Sagacity: The Periodic Table of Emotions

Friday 15 November 2019 - Sunday 8 March 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sagacity is a live and responsive installation based around the Periodic Table, reflecting the emotional state of its location. Its installation at Firstsite shows the current mood of our visitors, and will record the feelings of participants from November…

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Exhibitions

Free

Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles

Saturday 16 November 2019 - Sunday 8 March 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Experience this vast and iconic artwork at Firstsite, celebrating community, individuality and togetherness. Field for the British Isles, which consists of 40,000 tiny individual terracotta figures, is the largest single artwork in the Arts Council Collection and its arrival…

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Hard of Hearing: Motherless Brooklyn

Wednesday 22 January 2020

2:00 pm

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Parent and Toddler Art Club

Thursday 23 January 2020

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. Parents and guardians go free.

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Tai Chi | Beginners

Thursday 23 January 2020

6:00 pm

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Increase your flexibility, improve your balance and help lower your stress and anxiety, with relaxing sessions of Tai-Chi at Firstsite. This traditional Yang Style 24 step Tai-Chi is taught on a continuous basis and learners will develop through the…

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Motherless Brooklyn

Thursday 23 January 2020

7:30 pm

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Tai Chi | Intermediate

Thursday 23 January 2020

7:30 pm

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Increase your flexibility, improve your balance and help lower your stress and anxiety, with relaxing sessions of Tai-Chi at Firstsite. This traditional Yang Style 24 step Tai-Chi is taught on a continuous basis and learners will develop through the…

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Dance and Movement for Wellbeing | For over 60s

Friday 24 January 2020

10:30 am

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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. During term time only.

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Honey Boy

Friday 24 January 2020

7:30 pm

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From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams….

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Exhibitions Coming Soon

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 Coming Soon

Free

Kevin Howbrook: Colour Coded

Saturday 25 January - Sunday 22 March 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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The Kingmaker

Saturday 25 January 2020

2:45 pm

Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push…

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The Cave

Saturday 25 January 2020

5:00 pm

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Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as The Cave, where paediatrician and managing physician Dr Amani…

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Saturday 25 January 2020

7:30 pm

Please note this film was originally advertised as showing on Mon 3 Feb 2020. The screening will now be on Sat 25 Jan 2020 7:30pm. Oozing atmosphere with its noirish neon glow, the film chronicles the return of Luo…

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Hard of Hearing: The Cave

Monday 27 January 2020

2:00 pm

Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as The Cave, where paediatrician and managing physician Dr Amani…

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My Love Story!!

Monday 27 January 2020

2:00 pm

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Takeo (SUZUKI Ryohei) is a lovable giant admired by his fellow male students but struggling to find his own love story – girls tend to be repelled by his hulking looks or fall for his best friend (SAKAGUCHI Kentaro). That is until the day he saves Rinko (NAGANO Mei) from a pervert…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

CLIP | Experimental Music & Sound Collective

Monday 27 January 2020

5:00 pm

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FREE Drop in – no booking required. CLIP is a weekly meet up for anyone with an interest in the more experimental side of music and sound. An opportunity for sonic exploration through collaboration, discussion, sharing ideas, jam sessions,…

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Greener Grass

Monday 27 January 2020

7:30 pm

The film is a hilariously deadpan hell-scape of competitive suburbia, with a boldly stylised absurdist chain of events that unfurls with increasing fervour after one soccer mom gifts another her infant daughter just to be polite!

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Life Drawing for all abilities

Tuesday 28 January 2020

2:30 pm

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Led by Colchester Art Society artist Sally Delany, this 13 week course gives you the opportunity to work with a variety of media, including charcoal, pencil and pastels, to explore the human form. Drawing from clothed and nude models,…

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Limitless | Junior Street Dance

Tuesday 28 January 2020

4:00 pm

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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. Please wear comfortable clothing – loose t-shirts,…

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Art Class: Experimental Mark Making

Tuesday 28 January 2020

6:30 pm

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Explore your imagination, play, collaborate and experiment with colour, shape and pattern – and see what happens! Working with a variety of objects, tools and media to unleash your creativity, each week you will create artworks inspired by ideas…

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Tai Chi | Advanced

Tuesday 28 January 2020

7:30 pm

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Increase your flexibility, improve your balance and help lower your stress and anxiety, with relaxing sessions of traditional Yang Style 24 step Tai-Chi at Firstsite. Led by an experienced Tai-Chi instructor Lu Yu, and hosted in the spacious Studios….

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Hard of Hearing: Honey Boy

Wednesday 29 January 2020

2:00 pm

From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams….

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Cinema

Royal Opera House: La Bohème (Live)

Wednesday 29 January 2020

7:45 pm

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself…

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Stour Surrounding: Artists and the Valley

Thursday 30 January 2020

7:00 pm

Screening followed by Q+A with artists Jevan Watkins Jones, Simon Carter and Jenny Hand, Director The Munnings Art Gallery. ‘Stour Surrounding – Artists and the Valley’ is a documentary film that takes a look at artists both past and…

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Little Women

Friday 31 January 2020

7:30 pm

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Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Clay Workshop for 5 to 8 years old

Saturday 1 February 2020

11:00 am

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Come and play with clay at Firstsite! Working with clay in a relaxed environment, local artist Iris Gunnarsdottir will guide you in molding your very own figure inspired by our current exhibition, Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles….

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Art Class: Clay Workshop for 9 to 12 Year Olds

Saturday 1 February 2020

1:00 pm

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Come and play with clay at Firstsite! Led by local artist Iris Gunnarsdottir and inspired by our current exhibition Field for the British Isles by Antony Gormley, this course gives you the opportunity to work with clay in a…

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Art Class: Clay Workshop for 13 to 17 Year Olds

Saturday 1 February 2020

2:30 pm

More times available

Come and play with clay at Firstsite! Led by local artist Iris Gunnarsdottir and inspired by our current exhibition Field for the British Isles by Antony Gormley, this course gives you the opportunity to work with clay in a…

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La Dolce Vita

Saturday 1 February 2020

2:30 pm

“La Dolce Vita transcended its meaning as a work of art and came to be regarded as a landmark pointing to important changes in Italian and European society.”Peter Bondanella, A History of Italian Cinema, 2009 Beginning with the startling…

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Met Live: Porgy and Bess

Saturday 1 February 2020

5:55 pm

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990, in a new co-production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera, hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London earlier this year.

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Royal Opera House: La Bohème (Encore)

Sunday 2 February 2020

2:00 pm

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself…

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Cinema

Amanda

Sunday 2 February 2020

4:45 pm

David, who gets by doing odd jobs, meets Lena, who has just moved up to Paris, and falls in love. But soon after, his life is brutally interrupted by the sudden death of his sister. Beyond the shock and…

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Hard of Hearing: Little Women

Monday 3 February 2020

2:00 pm

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her…

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Parasite + satellite Q&A with director Bong Joon Ho

Monday 3 February 2020

6:00 pm

Join us at Firstsite for a special preview screening of ‘Parasite’, ahead of the main cinema release. Includes a live satellite Q&A with director Bong Joon Ho. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim…

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Art Class: Watercolour Painting

Tuesday 4 February 2020

11:30 am

More times available

Led by Colchester Art Society artist Sally Delany, this course gives you the opportunity to learn and develop watercolour painting techniques. Painting from images and still life, you will receive individual tuition and guidance from the artist to learn…

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Stage on Screen

Kinky Boots: The Musical

Tuesday 4 February 2020

7:30 pm

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Kinky Boots The Musical, filmed live at London’s Adelphi Theatre, is strutting onto the big screen! Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With…

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Art Class: Pet Portraits

Saturday 8 February 2020

Led by local artist Jacqueline South, this one day course gives you the opportunity to learn and develop pastel techniques. Working from an image of your pet, you will transfer your image onto pastel paper, apply and blend pastels…

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Exhibitions Coming Soon

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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Cinema

Bento Harassment

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Wishing to open up another line of communication with her rebellious teenage daughter, in the name of light-hearted revenge, single mother Kaori (SHINOHARA Ryoko) begins creating embarrassingly sweet messages in her child’s lunchbox meals. Will it work?

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Cinema

The Actor

Monday 10 February 2020

7:30 pm

KAMEOKA Takuji (YASUDA Ken) is the perennial supporting actor, constantly typecast as background characters, from homeless to yakuza roles. Thirty-seven years old and single, he reaches a crossroads in his life when he meets a female bar owner (ASO Kumiko) that may change everything.

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Art Class: Acrylic Painting

Tuesday 11 February 2020

11:30 am

More times available

Led by Colchester Art Society artist Sally Delany, this course gives you the opportunity to learn and develop acrylic painting techniques. Painting from images and still life, you will receive individual tuition and guidance from the artist to learn…

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Exhibitions

Free

Exhibition Tours: Antony Gormley ‘Field for the British Isles’

Dates/times coming soon

Learn more about one of artist Antony Gormley’s biggest artworks, ‘Field for the British Isles’, with exhibition tours from Firstsite’s Head of Programme, Stuart Tulloch, and Programme Manager for Communities, Emma Reeve. Stuart and Emma will be joined by…

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Cinema

My Dad is A Heel Wrestler

Saturday 15 February 2020

3:00 pm

Little Shota (TERADA Kokoro) gets the shock of his life when he discovers that the father he looks up to plays the despicable heel wrestler, Cockroach. Once a star champion, Takashi (TANAHASHI Hiroshi) decides to overcome his injuries and re-join the wrestling big league to win back his son’s heart.

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NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

Thursday 20 February 2020

7:00 pm

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it…

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A Banana? At This Time of Night?

Monday 24 February 2020

7:30 pm

Afflicted by muscular dystrophy, Yasuaki (OIZUMI Yo) doesn’t let that slow him down. A charming and eternally positive man, he is determined to live an independent life and fulfil his dreams with the help of coerced volunteers Misaki (TAKAHATA Mitsuki) and Tanaka (MIURA Haruma). Based on a true story.

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Royal Opera House: The Cellist/Dances at a Gathering (Live)

Tuesday 25 February 2020

7:15 pm

The Royal Ballet presents the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s first work for the Company on the Main Stage alongside a revival of Jerome Robbins’s timeless classic of pure dance. Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of…

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Art Class: Armature Clay Workshop for Adults (over 2 days)

Saturday 29 February 2020

10:00 am

Please note this is a two-day workshop that runs on both Sat 29 Feb & Sat 7 Mar 2020. Learn how to make a figurative clay sculpture, inspired by Antony Gormley’s Field For the British Isles. Receive individual tuition…

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Met Opera: Agrippina (Live)

Saturday 29 February 2020

5:55 pm

In the Met’s first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel’s satire of sex and power politics, Sir David McVicar reconceives a production evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but simply kept going right up to the…

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Royal Opera House: The Cellist/Dances at a Gathering (Encore)

Sunday 1 March 2020

2:00 pm

The Royal Ballet presents the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s first work for the Company on the Main Stage alongside a revival of Jerome Robbins’s timeless classic of pure dance. Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of…

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Cinema

Her Sketchbook

Monday 2 March 2020

7:30 pm

Mami (KADOWAKI Mugi) is an otaku and a hikikomori (shut-in). Worried about her future, Mami’s father finds her a job as a videogame tester, where she meets Ryotaro (MIURA Takahiro). Encouraged by him to draw game characters for the company, she takes her first tentative steps towards new opportunities.

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Ride Your Wave

Saturday 7 March 2020

3:30 pm

After young firefighter Minato (KATAYOSE Ryota) rescues avid surfer Hinako (KAWAEI Rina), the two fall in love. But Minato’s life is cut short in an accident at sea causing the distraught Hinako to stay away from the ocean; until the day she hums their song and he appears in the water…

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NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac (Encore)

Sunday 8 March 2020

2:00 pm

More times available

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it…

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I Go Gaga, My Dear

Monday 9 March 2020

7:30 pm

Filmmaker Nobutomo begins to notice gradual changes affecting her nonagenarian mother. Turning the camera on her parents’ life, she presents an intimate portrait of the highs and lows of a family living with Alzheimer’s and the reality of geriatric care in Japan’s super ageing society.

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Talks & Events

Essex Book Festival: True Freedom with Michael Dean

Saturday 14 March 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Set in Boston and London over sixteen years, True Freedom is a panoramic account of how America came to fight Britain for its freedom in the eighteenth century. In his novel Michael Dean takes us right to the heart…

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Essex Book Festival: Tallulah Goes to the Festival with Rachel Jane

Saturday 14 March 2020

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Join children’s author Rachel Jane for a Campervan storytime and craft session. Sing along with Tallulah the Campervan as she counts down the days to her first festival and get into the Festival spirit by decorating your very own…

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Essex Book Festival: Wild Writing Workshop with James Canton

Saturday 14 March 2020

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

James Canton is a nature and travel writer who leads the MA in Wild Writing at University of Essex. Join James for a workshop which delves into the nature that exists in the cracks between our human constructs, in…

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Essex Book Festival: Colchester’s Literary Legacy – A Guided Walk with Josie Watson

Saturday 14 March 2020

12:00 pm

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Tickets available soon Throughout its history, Colchester has been the inspiration and setting for many novels. This guided walk will take you on a literary quest to discover serpents, detectives, serving wenches and many other fictional characters and their…

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Essex Book Festival: Writing Sustainable Tourism

Saturday 14 March 2020

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Is your safari self-indulgent or the last defence of the big five, exploitation of the locals or a way to offer them new opportunities? Travel is the world’s largest industry and, some would say, one of its most destructive….

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Essex Book Festival: Dragon Detective Workshop with Gareth P. Jones

Saturday 14 March 2020

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Dragon Detective is in town and he needs your help to solve a mystery, but author Gareth P Jones is also in town and he needs your help writing one. In this interactive event, you the audience become…

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Essex Book Festival: Blogging Workshop

Saturday 14 March 2020

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Are you considering a career in travel writing? This blogging workshop will give you plenty of tips for getting started. Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of the Essex cultural calendar. Each March it hosts over 100…

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Essex Book Festival: Brave New Worlds Discussion

Saturday 14 March 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fancy taking the plunge into some Brave New Worlds in 2020? Learn how to travel safely off the beaten track from the people in the know. Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of the Essex cultural calendar….

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Essex Book Festival: Imagination and Creation Workshop with Josie Dom

Saturday 14 March 2020

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join children’s author Josie Dom in a lively workshop where you’ll start by creating your story character using craft materials. As a group we’ll talk about story ideas and then you’ll use items from nature to create a story…

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Essex Book Festival: Writing the Archive with Syd Moore

Saturday 14 March 2020

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tickets go on sale Mon 13 Jan 10am An international gallery and creative community space, Firstsite, is bursting with art and amazing artefacts. What finer place could you pick to host a creative writing workshop? Taking your inspiration from…

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Essex Book Festival: Under a Wartime Sky with Liz Trenow

Saturday 14 March 2020

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Under a Wartime Sky is an enthralling historical novel by Liz Trenow, based on the real-life events at Bawdsey Manor, a top-secret wartime research station. It tells the story of the heroes behind the discovery of radar, an invention…

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Met Live: Der Fliegende Hollander

Saturday 14 March 2020

5:55 pm

For the first time at the Met, Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free.

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Talks & Events

Essex Book Festival: Writing on Place in a Changing World with Joanna Pocock

Sunday 15 March 2020

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Have you ever tried to pin down the places you’ve travelled through with words? Do you yearn to link your story to the ground under your feet? This writing workshop will be looking at how writers place themselves in…

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Essex Book Festival: All at Sea? With Ken Worpole & Hana Loftus

Sunday 15 March 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The unusually long coastline of Essex makes it especially vulnerable to flooding. Writer and social historian Ken Worpole – who lived on Canvey Island as a child and has written extensively about the 1953 floods – will be in…

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Essex Book Festival: Brave New Words – The Power of Writing Now

Sunday 15 March 2020

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Brave New Words is a collection of fifteen specially commissioned essays from distinguished authors exploring the value of critical thinking, the power of the written word, and the resonance of literature in the twenty-first century. Editor, literary activist, writer…

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Essex Book Festival: Apples, Orchards and Community

Sunday 15 March 2020

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Two different talks with a common thread. Hear Adrian May discuss how apples are closer to human life than Nature with a capital N. Can that tell us something useful about ourselves as part of the environment? Marina O’Connell…

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Essex Book Festival: Smashing It – Working Class Artists Making It Happen

Sunday 15 March 2020

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Smashing It celebrates the exceptional works and words of 30 leading working-class artists in Britain. Find out how they overcame obstacles – from the financial to the philosophical – to forge careers in the arts. Four of the most…

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Essex Book Festival: Writing for Radio Masterclass with Robin Brooks

Sunday 15 March 2020

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Robin Brooks has over twenty years’ experience of writing original plays and adaptations for BBC Radio. He is perhaps best known for his adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses and his Robert Graves series: I, Claudius and Claudius the God. This…

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Essex Book Festival: Blackwaterside with Ultramarine and Philip Terry

Sunday 15 March 2020

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Ultramarine (Ian Cooper and Paul Hammond) present Blackwaterside, performing music inspired by their time working close to the Blackwater estuary. The performance will feature Philip Terry reading poems from his Quennets collection and a screening of the Blackwaterside film…

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Essex Book Festival: The Power of Protest – Where Should We Draw the Line?

Sunday 15 March 2020

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Join Observer columnist Kenan Malik, legendary LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell and actor Stella Odunlami for a debate on whether we should stand up for the right to protest. Chaired by Index on Censorship editor in chief Rachael Jolley. Essex…

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Essex Book Festival: The Word From Paris with Philip Terry and Tony White

Sunday 15 March 2020

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Penguin Book of Oulipo book launch. This is the first collection in English to bring together 100 pieces of “Oulipo” writing. Editor and translator Philip Terry will be joined by novelist Tony White to read and discuss selections…

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The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps

Monday 16 March 2020

7:30 pm

Teetering on the edge of divorce, a couple is faced with tragedy when their daughter becomes brain dead with little chance of recovery following an accident. Confronted by an impossible decision, the parents must seek alternative solutions in a bid to keep her alive…

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Royal Opera House: Fidelio (Live)

Tuesday 17 March 2020

7:15 pm

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly…

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Our Meal for Tomorrow

Saturday 21 March 2020

3:20 pm

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After participating in their school’s sack race, an unlikely romance begins between an introverted Hayama (NAKAJIMA Yuto) and outspoken Uemura (ARAKI Yuko). As their lives unfold over the next 7 years, can they overcome obstacles and continue sharing meals in good times and bad?

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Royal Opera House: Fidelio (Encore)

Sunday 22 March 2020

2:00 pm

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly…

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Little Nights, Little Love

Monday 23 March 2020

7:30 pm

Sato (MIURA Haruma) is a singleton in his late 20s, longing for the perfect meet-cute to kick start his love life. One day, he meets Saki (TABE Mikako) in an unlikely encounter on the street, soon sparking a romantic connection. Is it a miracle? Based on a story by one of Japan’s most popular novelists, the story asks what is necessary in attaining happiness in a relationship

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Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (Live)

Wednesday 1 April 2020

7:15 pm

While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of…

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Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (Encore)

Sunday 5 April 2020

2:00 pm

While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of…

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Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art

Tuesday 7 April 2020

7:30 pm

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest…

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Met Opera: Tosca (Live)

Saturday 11 April 2020

5:55 pm

Sir David McVicar’s bold staging of Puccini’s operatic thriller returns with star soprano Anna Netrebko as the passionate title diva, opposite Brian Jagde as her lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi.

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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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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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Royal Shakespeare Company: King John

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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Met Live: Maria Stuarda

Saturday 9 May 2020

5:55 pm

Donizetti’s drama, focused on the political and personal rivalry between two queens, returns to the Met with Diana Damrau as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jamie Barton as her rival, Queen Elizabeth I.

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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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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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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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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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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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