Please note: our building will be closed from 2:00pm on Tuesday, 18 Jun. The scheduled screening of the film ‘Hoard’ is still going ahead. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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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Exhibitions

Free

Concrete Dreams: Just Can’t Get Enough

Saturday 20 April - Sunday 10 November 2024

Presented 75 years after Basildon in Essex was designated a New Town, ‘Concrete Dreams: Just Can’t Get Enough’ reflects on the influence of the Britain’s post-war new town movement on cultural identity, and the impact of policy decisions on individual lives.

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Exhibitions

Free

Lunar Lullabies

Saturday 08 June - Sunday 06 October 2024

Join Colchester’s own Jane Taylor on a celestial adventure, inspired by her timeless poem, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

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Cinema

Catching Fire: The Story Of Anita Pallenberg (Relaxed)

Sunday 16 June 2024

11:00 am

Catching Fire: The Story Of Anita Pallenberg reveals the story of a fierce rock ‘n’ roller, actress, muse and mother of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera House: Andrea Chenier

Sunday 16 June 2024

1:45 pm

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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Cinema

Two Tickets to Greece

Tuesday 18 June 2024

11:00 am

More times available

Two Tickets to Greece is a wildly entertaining comedy about estranged childhood friends who reunite for a trip to the Greek Islands.

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Cinema

Hoard

Tuesday 18 June 2024

2:00 pm

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Hoard follows Maria a teenager who is inspired by her foster mother’s former charge to revisit childhood memories that she has repressed.

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Cinema

Tiger Stripes

Wednesday 19 June 2024

11:00 am

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Tiger Stripes is Amanda Nell Eu’s debut feature following a young girl as she navigates puberty in a terrifying way.

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Cinema

Made In England: The Films Of Powell And Pressburger

Wednesday 19 June 2024

2:30 pm

Made In England: The Films Of Powell And Pressburger delves into the world of films developed by these legends, hosted by Martin Scorsese.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

MiniCLIP Colchester

Wednesday 19 June 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

Mini Movers & Makers Toddler Group

Thursday 20 June 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

Butterfly Tale (Parent & Baby)

Thursday 20 June 2024

11:30 am

See the world from a different perspective as a young monarch butterfly’s journey takes him beyond home and into an ever-changing landscape.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

YAK | Young Art Kommunity

Thursday 20 June 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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Dance and Movement for Well-being

Friday 21 June 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

The Garfield Movie

Friday 21 June 2024

10:30 am

More times available

In The Garfield Movie the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure!

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Cinema

Hoard (Captioned)

Friday 21 June 2024

1:00 pm

Hoard follows Maria a teenager who is inspired by her foster mother’s former charge to revisit childhood memories that she has repressed.

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Cinema

Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

Friday 21 June 2024

4:00 pm

Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise with Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes.

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Cinema

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Friday 21 June 2024

7:15 pm

More times available

As the world fell, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga follows young Furiosa who is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Boozy Brushes

Friday 21 June 2024

7:30 pm

More times available

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

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Cinema

The Garfield Movie (Relaxed)

Saturday 22 June 2024

11:00 am

In The Garfield Movie the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure!

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Cinema

Slow

Saturday 22 June 2024

1:30 pm

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Dancer Elena meets sign language interpreter Dovydas and their instant connection bodes well until Dovydas reveals he’s asexual.

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Cinema

The Teachers’ Lounge

Saturday 22 June 2024

4:40 pm

With The Teachers’ Lounge, award-winning director İlker Çatak, creates a riveting work about school as a microcosm of society.

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Cinema

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (Captioned)

Saturday 22 June 2024

7:00 pm

As the world fell, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga follows young Furiosa who is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers.

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Cinema

Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes (Relaxed)

Sunday 23 June 2024

11:00 am

Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise with Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes.

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Community and Partners

Free

Art in the Community

Tuesday 25 June 2024

1:00 pm - 3:00 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

That They May Face The Rising Sun (Captioned)

Tuesday 25 June 2024

2:00 pm

Capturing the life of a rural, lakeside community in 1970s Ireland, That They May Face The Rising Sun is an adaptation of McGahern’s novel.

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Cinema

The Beast

Wednesday 26 June 2024

11:00 am

More times available

The Beast is set in the near future where emotions are a threat but when Gabrielle meets Louis, she feels a powerful connection to him.

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Cinema

The Garfield Movie (Parent & Baby)

Thursday 27 June 2024

11:30 am

In The Garfield Movie the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure!

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Discovering Art with Jevan Watkins Jones

Friday 28 June 2024

10:30 am

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 Present

Friday 28 June 2024

11:00 am

A brilliant boy teams up with his siblings in returning to the time of their parent’s separation in hopes of changing The Present.

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Cinema

Rosalie

Friday 28 June 2024

2:00 pm

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France, 1870s. Rosalie is a young woman unlike any other. She hides a secret: she was born with a face and body covered in hair.

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Cinema

The Dead Don’t Hurt

Friday 28 June 2024

4:30 pm

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In The Dead Don’t Hurt, fiercely independent Vivienne embarks on a relationship with the passionate, Holger in a corrupt frontier town.

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Nye

Friday 28 June 2024

7:30 pm

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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Nature drawing workshop with Lisa Temple-Cox

Saturday 29 June 2024

10:30 am

More times available

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

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Cinema

The Present (Relaxed)

Saturday 29 June 2024

11:00 am

A brilliant boy teams up with his siblings in returning to the time of their parent’s separation in hopes of changing The Present.

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Cinema

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (20th Anniversary)

Saturday 29 June 2024

1:00 pm

Re-live the magical moments of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban on our big screen for the immerse experience.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Printmaking by Hand

Sunday 30 June 2024

10:30 am

More times available

Explore low tech printing methods like dry point etching, Lino cutting, mono printing, impression printing and more.

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Cinema

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (20th Anniversary) (Relaxed)

Sunday 30 June 2024

11:00 am

Re-live the magical moments of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban on our big screen for the immerse experience.

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Cinema

Riverdance 25th Anniversary

Sunday 30 June 2024

2:00 pm

Having originated as an interval performance during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. Riverdance has become a worldwide phenomenon.

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Cinema

The Dead Don’t Hurt (Captioned)

Tuesday 02 July 2024

2:00 pm

In The Dead Don’t Hurt, fiercely independent Vivienne embarks on a relationship with the passionate, Holger in a corrupt frontier town.

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Cinema

Rome, Open City

Wednesday 03 July 2024

2:00 pm

More times available

Approaching its 80th anniversary, Rome Open City’s portrait of life under Nazi occupation, remains an inspiration for countless filmmakers

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Cinema

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (20th Anniversary) (Parent & Baby)

Thursday 04 July 2024

11:30 am

Re-live the magical moments of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban on our big screen for the immerse experience.

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Community and Partners

Free

Folk & Bespoke Artisan Craft Market

Saturday 06 July 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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Drag Life Drawing with Sirena Hart

Saturday 06 July 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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Children & Families

Free

Action Art Play (Relaxed)

Sunday 07 July 2024

10:30 am

More times available

You’re invited to play games, get active and make art with the Action Art Play workshop which will unleash the inner artist in everyone!

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Children & Families

Free

Action Art Play

Sunday 07 July 2024

12:00 pm

More times available

You’re invited to play games, get active and make art with the Action Art Play workshop which will unleash the inner artist in everyone!

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Cinema

National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

Thursday 18 July 2024

7:00 pm

The multi award-winning production of National Theatre Live: Present Laughter, provocative comedy, returns to the big screen.

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Cinema

blur: To The End

Friday 19 July 2024

7:00 pm

More times available

Blur: To The End depicts the extraordinary and emotional journey of Blur, captured during the year in which they made a surprise return.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Watercolour Saturdays with Justine Moss

Saturday 20 July 2024

10:30 am

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 20 July 2024

1:30 pm

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

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Talks & Events

Dream & Memory: Poetry Readings By Imogen Wade

Saturday 27 July 2024

8:00 pm

Join us for an enchanting and insightful evening of poetry with Imogen Wade, the winner of the National Poetry Competition.

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Introduction to Canal Folk Art with Marie Charles

Sunday 04 August 2024

10:30 am

More times available

Delve into the rich history and techniques of Canal Folk Art; a beautiful but now endangered art form and take home your masterpiece!

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Community and Partners

Free

Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 31 August 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

Andre Rieu’s 2024 Maastricht Concert: Power of Love

Saturday 31 August 2024

7:00 pm

More times available

Overflowing with passion, Andre Rieu’s 2024 Maastricht Concert: Power of Love combines classical, musicals, pop and rock!

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Talks & Events

Late Lounge @ Firstsite

Friday 06 September 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

The Royal Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Sunday 15 September 2024

2:00 pm

The Royal Ballet and Opera: The Marriage of Figaro invites you to join the Almaviva household for an uproarious day of revelation and scandal.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Sunday 20 October 2024

2:00 pm

Tumble down the rabbit hole in the adaptation of this famous family story in The Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Drawing Urban Environments with Jordan Cook

Saturday 09 November 2024

10:00 am

Learn what it means to become a true psychogeographer by taking a ‘drift’ around Firstsite, with Jordan Cook’s Drawing Urban Environments.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Cinderella

Sunday 15 December 2024

2:00 pm

Be transported into an ethereal world at the The Royal Ballet: Cinderella where a sprinkling of fairy dust makes dreams come true.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Friday 20 December 2024

7:00 pm

More times available

Discover the enchantment of ballet with The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker, a sparkling festive treat for the whole family.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera: The Tales of Hoffmann

Sunday 19 January 2025

2:00 pm

Four women: four curious love stories. Juan Diego Flórez leads a fantastic cast in the Royal Ballet and Opera: The Tales of Hoffman.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Thursday 27 February 2025

7:15 pm

More times available

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake combines Tchaikovsky’s score with incredibly creative choreography and designs.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Romeo & Juliet

Thursday 20 March 2025

7:15 pm

More times available

In The Royal Ballet: Romeo & Juliet, love flourishes in Verona despite the shadow of an ancient family feud.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera: Turandot

Sunday 06 April 2025

2:00 pm

The Royal Ballet and Opera: Turandot is puccini’s captivating opera of a cold-hearted princess and her mysterious suitor.

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Cinema

The Royal Opera: Die Walküre

Sunday 18 May 2025

2:00 pm

Gods and mortals battle in the second chapter of Wagner’s Ring cycle in the Royal Ballet and Opera: Die Walküre.

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Cinema

The Royal Ballet: Ballet to Broadway: Wheeldon Works

Sunday 25 May 2025

2:00 pm

The Royal Ballet: Ballet to Broadway: Wheeldon Works showcases the remarkable choreographic range of Christopher Wheeldon.

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