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Exhibitions Coming Soon

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Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

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Launching March 2020 Artist Mark Titchner is producing a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled Some questions about Colchester which will be placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on…

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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

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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Exhibitions

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

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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Exhibitions

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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Children & Families

Free

Firstsite Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term 2020 | MAKE

Friday 21 February 2020

10:00 am

More times available

Get making this February Half Term with a variety of free, creative activities – inspired by Firstsite’s current exhibitions. Activities Field for FirstsiteBuild your own figure inspired by the current exhibition Field for the British Isles by Antony Gormley….

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Children & Families

Free

Harwich Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term | MAKE

Friday 21 February 2020

10:00 am

Get making in Harwich this February Half Term, with a variety of creative activities throughout the school holidays. Activities most suitable for those aged 4 – 11 yrs, but all ages welcome. Drop-in anytime between 10am – 2:30pm. No…

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Children & Families

Free

Firstsite Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term 2020 | MOVE

Friday 21 February 2020

10:30 am

Get moving with a range of physical activities this February Half Term, including football and multi-sports. Delivered in partnership with Colchester United Football Club. Mon 17 Feb | Dodgeball Tue 18 Feb | Multi-sports Wed 19 Feb | FootballThu 20…

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Children & Families

Free

Harwich Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term | MOVE

Friday 21 February 2020

10:30 am

Get moving in Harwich this February Half Term, with free multi-sports activities. Most suitable for those aged 4 – 11 yrs, but all ages welcome. Sports activities last 1 hour and take place outside. Please wear suitable clothing.  Adults are…

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Dolittle

Friday 21 February 2020

11:00 am

More times available

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle…

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Children & Families

Firstsite Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term 2020 | MUNCH

Friday 21 February 2020

12:00 pm

Enjoy a hot and nutritious lunch this February Half Term at Firstsite, with our Holiday Fun pop-up canteen. Free meals are available for families with a voucher – contact [email protected] 01206 713 707 for more info. Meals are served…

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Harwich Holiday Fun: Feb Half Term | MUNCH

Friday 21 February 2020

12:00 pm

Enjoy a hot and nutritious lunch in Harwich this February Half Term. Free meals are available to families with a voucher. Contact Sue [email protected] or call 01206 713 700 for more info. Meals are served at 12pm.  Please book in…

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Weathering With You

Friday 21 February 2020

6:00 pm

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The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as…

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Waves

Friday 21 February 2020

8:15 pm

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Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family – led by a well-intentioned but domineering father –…

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Midnight Traveller

Saturday 22 February 2020

3:10 pm

When his life is threatened by the Taliban, filmmaker Hassan Fazili goes on the run with his wife and two small daughters. Shooting on their mobile phones, the family takes us with them on a harrowing and gruelling journey,…

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A Hidden Life

Saturday 22 February 2020

5:10 pm

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Terrence Malick’s three-hour epic probes places the world of men against the call of the eternal. Based on the true story of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), we find him in the secluded bucolic idyll of the Austrian mountains, surrounded…

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Hard of Hearing: Waves

Monday 24 February 2020

2:00 pm

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family – led by a well-intentioned but domineering father –…

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Tours

Free

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

Monday 24 February 2020

2:30 pm

More times available

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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Free

CLIP | Experimental Music and Sound Collective

Monday 24 February 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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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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Watercolour Painting

Tuesday 25 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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Life Drawing for all abilities

Tuesday 25 February 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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Limitless | Junior Street Dance

Tuesday 25 February 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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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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Tai Chi | Advanced

Tuesday 25 February 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. This traditional Tai-Chi is taught on a continuous basis and learners will develop through…

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Parent and Toddler Art Club

Thursday 27 February 2020

10:00 am

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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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Hard of Hearing: A Hidden Life

Thursday 27 February 2020

2:00 pm

Terrence Malick’s three-hour epic probes places the world of men against the call of the eternal. Based on the true story of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), we find him in the secluded bucolic idyll of the Austrian mountains, surrounded…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Tai Chi | Beginners

Thursday 27 February 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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Tai Chi | Intermediate

Thursday 27 February 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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Dance and Movement for Wellbeing | For over 60s

Friday 28 February 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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

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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Cinema

Talking About Trees

Saturday 29 February 2020

1:15 pm

Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb are the members of the Sudanese Film Club founded in 1989. Unable to make films for years, they have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united not only by their love of…

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The Personal History of David Copperfield

Saturday 29 February 2020

3:20 pm

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Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin, In the Loop) directs this zippily-paced, brilliantly funny adaptation of Charles Dickens’ autobiographical coming of age novel. Starting literally from his birth, David (played in later years by Dev Patel) is born into…

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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

Fando & Lis

Sunday 1 March 2020

4:45 pm

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (El Topo, The Holy Mountain) directorial debut, Fando and Lis, premiered at the 1968 Acapulco Film Festival where the audience erupted in riot. The movie was subsequently banned in Mexico. The film tells the story of a…

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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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Acrylic Painting

Tuesday 3 March 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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Springtime Inspired Printmaking

Tuesday 3 March 2020

6:30 pm

More times available

Be inspired by the colours, shapes and patterns of spring in Firstsite’s new printmaking workshop. Each session explores a different relief print method, where you’ll make your own handmade printing blocks. Experiment with different colour combinations and application techniques,…

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Queen & Slim

Tuesday 3 March 2020

7:30 pm

Joining a legacy of films such as Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma & Louise, Queen & Slim is a powerful, consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence.

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Parasite

Friday 6 March 2020

8:15 pm

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From the imagination of Bong Joon Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host), Parasite finds a family of grifters worming their way into an upper-class family’s perfect world. The Kims are living a marginal life when their son fakes his way…

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Community and Partners

Free

Bazaar | Art and Food Market

Saturday 7 March 2020

10:30 am

More times available

Bazaar is a monthly market of unique items by local makers, artists, upcyclers and crafters. Support your local community and small businesses while personalising your home and life in a way no one else can – and grab a…

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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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Clay Workshop for 5 to 8 years old

Sunday 8 March 2020

11:00 am

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

Sunday 8 March 2020

1:00 pm

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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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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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Clay Workshop for 13 to 17 Year Olds

Sunday 8 March 2020

2:30 pm

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 relaxed environment. You will receive individual tuition…

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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

John Ball: The Great Grandfather of English Socialism

Thursday 12 March 2020

7:30 pm

Born outside Colchester in the decade before the Black Death, English Priest John Ball lead the first popular revolution in English history – the disparagingly and misleadingly entitled Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. The rebellion failed and Ball was executed,…

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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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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

Saturday 14 March 2020

12:00 pm

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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 creators who have…

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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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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

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 the gallery, you will work with bestselling novelist,…

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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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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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Talks & Events

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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Community and Partners

Free

Colchester Record Fair

Saturday 21 March 2020

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

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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My Love Story!!

Friday 27 March 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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Exhibitions

Free

Tell me the story of all these things

Saturday 28 March - Sunday 28 June 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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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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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet – Live From the World Premiere

Thursday 16 April 2020

7:25 pm

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Sir Michael Palin, live from the World Premiere at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. One man has seen more of the natural world than…

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Courses, Clubs & Classes

Art Class: Zine Binding

Saturday 18 April 2020

10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Design and create your own zine in a one day workshop with local artist, Tristan Howe. Inspired by the themes in Firstsite’s exhibition ‘Unravelling New Futures’, you’ll receive individual tuition and guidance from the artist to learn skills in…

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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet + recorded Q&A at the World Premiere

Saturday 18 April 2020

5:00 pm

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Sir Michael Palin, recorded live from the World Premiere at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. One man has seen more of the natural world…

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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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Cinema

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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Talks & Events

Boudicca: The Face of a Celtic World

Thursday 14 May 2020

7:30 pm

When Iceni king Prasutagus died, Boudicca rebelled with such ferocity her name was heard throughout the Empire. That story is well known, but did Boudicca and her tribe act alone? Or was her destruction of Colchester at the fore…

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NT Live: The Welkin (Live)

Thursday 21 May 2020

7:00 pm

One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury…

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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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NT Live: The Welkin (Encore)

Sunday 7 June 2020

2:00 pm

More times available

One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury…

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Cinema

Royal Shakespeare Company: The Winter’s Tale

Wednesday 10 June 2020

7:00 pm

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Men to the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up…

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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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Cinema

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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Royal Shakespeare Company: The Comedy of Errors

Wednesday 15 July 2020

7:00 pm

How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the…

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Royal Shakespeare Company: Pericles

Wednesday 23 September 2020

7:00 pm

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heartbreaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a…

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Talks & Events

How refugees saved Colchester

Thursday 24 September 2020

7:30 pm

In the sixteenth century, large numbers of skilled craftspeople from lowland Europe made their way to Essex. As religious refugees, they sought peace – and the opportunity to ply their trades. Join historian and honorary fellow of the Department…

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Talks & Events

Thatcher: The Colchester years

Thursday 26 November 2020

7:30 pm

A member of Colchester’s hockey club and the borough’s Young Conservative group, Oxford chemistry graduate Margaret Roberts wrote extensively from her lodgings in Cambridge Road, Colchester – as she secured the early stages of her political career. Join historian…

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