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Exhibitions

Free

Afro Futures_UK: Unravelling New Futures

Saturday 25 January - Sunday 27 September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

During our temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be sharing our exhibitions such as this one online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover featured artworks, see behind the scenes, listen to audio descriptions…

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Exhibitions

Free

Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

Friday 13 March 2020 - Monday 1 March 2021

Artist Mark Titchner has produced a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Some questions about Colchester’, which are placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s exhibition at…

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2020 | MUNCH

Monday 20 July - Friday 28 August 2020

Enjoy a hot and nutritious meal free of charge in the Firstsite Canteen.

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Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Firstsite and the Arts Council Collection present ‘Tell me the story of all these things’, featuring artworks made by some of Britain’s best-known artists, including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker and Gillian Wearing – each selected by radical…

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Exhibitions

Free

Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies: Borders

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies explore their mutual border, the River Stour, in an exhibition that celebrates the thriving creativity of the region, the joy of making and the enjoyment and well-being gained through experiencing art.

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Exhibitions

Free

Sonia Coode-Adams: Lockdown Garden

Friday 24 July - Sunday 27 September 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Lockdown Garden’ features tranquil watercolour landscapes of the garden at Feeringbury Manor, created by the artist during the imposed lockdown.

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Exhibitions

Free

Phyllida Barlow

Friday 24 July - Sunday 11 October 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The sight of the physical devastation to London’s east end, caused by Second World War bombing raids, is one of Phyllida Barlow’s earliest childhood memories. The destruction and repair of the urban environment has since become one of her…

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Children & Families

Free

Holiday Fun Summer 2020 | MOVE

Friday 31 July - Friday 28 August 2020

Get moving this Summer with Firstsite Holiday Fun! Our sports activities for children are a great way to keep active.

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Cinema

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

Friday 14 August 2020

7:30 pm

More times available

To celebrate 85 years of Elvis Presley and 50 years since the film’s original 1970 release, the King returns to cinemas.

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Cinema

Cinema Paradiso: 30th Anniversary 4K restoration

Saturday 15 August 2020

3:00 pm

Discover Giuseppe Tornatore’s multi award winning and much-loved homage to cinema – remastered in 4K for its 30th Anniversary.

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Cinema

Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Sunday 16 August 2020

2:00 pm

Experience ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back’ on Firstsite’s big screen for its 40th anniversary!

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Cinema

Clemency

Sunday 16 August 2020

5:30 pm

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Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Monday 17 August 2020

1:15 pm

Live action family adventure, based on the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular novels about Harry Potter.

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Cinema

The Truth

Monday 17 August 2020

5:30 pm

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Catherine Deneuve plays Fabienne Dangeville, a movie star whose recently published memoir looks set to ruffle feathers.

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Cinema

Onward

Tuesday 18 August 2020

10:30 am

More times available

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney Pixar’s ‘Onward’ introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Tuesday 18 August 2020

1:30 pm

After a long summer with the horrid Dursleys, Harry Potter is thwarted in his attempts to board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his second year.

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Cinema

Trolls World Tour

Wednesday 19 August 2020

10:30 am

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In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy and Branch discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Wednesday 19 August 2020

1:15 pm

Harry, Ron and Hermione return as teenagers for a third term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Cinema

Parasite: Black-And-White Edition

Wednesday 19 August 2020

5:30 pm

Bong Joon Ho’s brilliant Palme d’Or-winner returns to Curzon in this special black-and-white version, offering the lustrous contrasts of monochrome.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thursday 20 August 2020

1:30 pm

It’s Harry Potter’s fourth term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Harry, Ron and Hermione look forward to the international Quidditch finals.

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Cinema

Who You Think I Am

Friday 21 August 2020

4:00 pm

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To spy on her lover Ludo, 50 year-old Claire Millaud (Juliette Binoche) creates a fake profile on social media and becomes Clara, a beautiful 24 year-old.

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Cinema

Inception: 10th Anniversary

Friday 21 August 2020

7:00 pm

Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending masterpiece returns to the big screen for its 10th anniversary.

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Cinema

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Saturday 22 August 2020

2:00 pm

In the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, a shy young hobbit, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), inherits a simple gold ring.

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Cinema

Summerland

Saturday 22 August 2020

7:00 pm

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‘Summerland’ follows the story of fiercely independent folklore investigator, Alice (Gemma Arterton) who secludes herself in her clifftop study.

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Cinema

NT Live: Present Laughter (encore)

Sunday 23 August 2020

2:00 pm

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. Captured live from The Old Vic in London.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Monday 24 August 2020

1:30 pm

A summer has passed since Harry’s encounter with the Dark Lord, and Harry returns to learn that the wizarding community remains in denial about Voldemort’s return.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Tuesday 25 August 2020

1:30 pm

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his sixth year – to face a growing danger that may be more than a match for his strengthening powers as a wizard.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I

Wednesday 26 August 2020

1:30 pm

In the first part of the seventh and final adventure, Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission.

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Cinema

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II

Thursday 27 August 2020

1:30 pm

The motion picture event of the generation comes to a close in the second part of the final chapter in the monumental Harry Potter series.

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Talks & Events

1648: The year colchester burned

Thursday 27 August 2020

6:30 pm

On the eve of the anniversary of the end of the Siege of Colchester, Historian David Grocott explores the events of 1648 – the aftermath and the historical significance of the conflict.

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Cinema

NT Live: Fleabag (encore)

Thursday 27 August 2020

7:00 pm

See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, recorded live in London’s West End.

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Cinema

The Lion King (2019)

Friday 28 August 2020

1:30 pm

This new live action remake of the Lion King brings eye-popping photorealism to the Hamlet-like story of a lion cub accepting his responsibilities.

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Cinema

Make Up

Friday 28 August 2020

5:30 pm

After Ruth moves in with her boyfriend in a remote holiday park, tensions rise as she makes an unsettling discovery that lures her into a spiral of obsession.

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Cinema

Flash Gordon: 40th Anniversary 4K Restoration

Saturday 29 August 2020

2:00 pm

Get ready to kick some Flash, with an out-of-this world 4K restoration of the much loved, gloriously sparkly cult classic.

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Cinema

The Traitor

Saturday 29 August 2020

5:30 pm

In the early 1980s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil.

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Cinema

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (encore)

Sunday 30 August 2020

2:00 pm

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Starring Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Titania.

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Cinema

My Rembrandt

Sunday 30 August 2020

6:30 pm

More times available

Set in the world of the Old Masters and offers a mosaic of gripping stories that lead to dramatic developments and unexpected plot turns.

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Cinema

Frozen 2

Monday 31 August 2020

1:30 pm

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey.

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Cinema

Saint Frances

Monday 31 August 2020

5:30 pm

Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication.

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Cinema

Aladdin (2019)

Tuesday 1 September 2020

1:30 pm

A thrilling and vibrant live-action retelling of the animated classic, Aladdin is the tale of charming street hustler, a courageous Princess, and larger than life Genie.

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Cinema

Jonas Kaufmann: My Vienna

Tuesday 1 September 2020

7:30 pm

Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna is a deeply personal tribute by the star tenor to the world-famous melodies from the birthplace of waltz and operetta.

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Cinema

Hard of Hearing: Clemency

Wednesday 2 September 2020

2:00 pm

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine, as she prepares to execute another inmate.

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Cinema

Hard of Hearing: Summerland

Thursday 3 September 2020

2:00 pm

‘Summerland’ follows the story of fiercely independent folklore investigator, Alice (Gemma Arterton) who secludes herself in her clifftop study.

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