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Colour at The Minories, exposure for JaJaJa Books, opera tickets from Colchester Classics, support for Find Your Spark & Colchester Life at the Vintage Fair! Wow!!

The Colchester Life family grows every week, it seems, and there is so much to update you on, gentle readers, that we've decided to create a mega blog, to make sure we don't miss anyone out!

First up, you'll remember we previewed the Between Things exhibition at The Minories recently. Well, we attended the opening and we loved it! This is a show full of colour and texture. You move through it, almost as you would a maze, ducking and dodging pieces above, around, below you. You weave past huge, technicoloured wall hangings, pause at calm, reflective drawings on silk, laugh at the witty reconfigured bicycle seats and recoil from the knitted 'skins'. 


Between Things sends the senses into a delightful confusion, and we thoroughly recommend it!

Over the Easter weekend we also attended the launch of JaJaJa Books' Ranvir Cannot Hear - a delightful tale for young children of a little elephant who may not be very good at what he's supposed to do, but with a little help from his friends, discovers he has hidden talents. The storytime event at the GO4 Cafe @ the Rec was very well attended - so much so you almost couldn't move for buggies! The children listened attentively to the story, learnt some sign language and enjoyed making their own Ranvirs at the craft table to take away with them.


Ranvir Cannot Hear is attracting well-deserved attention from the National Deaf Children's Society, The Times Educational Supplement and Prima Baby. Genevieve of JaJaJa Books also has a series of lovely, bilingual books to help children learn Spanish and French, and runs children's language classes, Mini Sponges. 

If you're reading this before 1pm on April 26th, then you are in luck - there is still time to telephone or email Liz of Colchester Classics with the answer to this question: In which city is Puccini's La Boheme set? 


Know the answer? Then you're in with a very good chance of winning tickets to see this amazing production of the classic Puccini opera at Southend. All details in our blog here.

We featured Colchester-based social enterprise Find Your Spark a while back, when they were contenders for the council's Big Choice Awards. Following on from their win, Michelle's work, coaching youngsters with autism, and their parents, to improve their resilience and wellbeing, has gone from strength to strength. From April 1st Find Your Spark has been chosen as one of the East of England Co-op's community causes. Every time members shop they will be given a green token which they can deposit in the containers marked for the various causes to register their choice. At the end of the three-month period the tally from each store across the cluster will be added together to show how the funding available will be divided between the causes. Help Find Your Spark continue their valuable work by giving them your vote!

And finally... big news! The much loved Secret Vintage Fair has revealed it's location, and it couldn't be more central! Watch the video here!


Come along to the Town Hall on May 7th and not only will you be able to support Autism Anglia and find quirky, retro, unique vintage items, but you can enjoy a relaxing yet stylish pause at long-time Colchester Life friend the Cardamon Tea Lounge's tea shop pop-up, and.... drum roll, please... you can meet us!! Yes, the Colchester Life team will be at the fair, giving out info (and possibly cupcakes) and selling the Colchester Life card, which will entitle you to special discounts at various stallholders at the event, as well as at over 30 other independent businesses in town for a whole year! Bargain! We'll see you there!