Upcoming events:

April

26
th
Apr

Sofar Colchester #13

8:00pm - 10:30pm |
TBC! 
The THIRTEENTH installment of Sofar Sounds for music lovers in and around Colchester. Secret line-up (3 acts). Secret location in Colchester. (Revealed via email to confirmed guests 36 hours before event)

BYOB

STUDENTS use code: STUDENT-7BBA4 (Remember to bring your student ID on the night)

Apply for tickets here: https://www.sofarsounds.com/colchester

We're always looking for new faces to join the community (hosting at your space, volunteering, performing), so if you want to get involved with the future magic, take a trip here: https://www.sofarsounds.com/colchester

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28
th
Apr

Open Dance Class with FLUX

11:00am - 12:30pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Our dance classes are a great way to keep fit and learn more about dance and creative movement in a friendly and supportive environment . Our spring classes run on the following dates : 28/4, 12/5, 26/5. Led by professional and experienced dance artists and teachers from Flux Dance Collective. £7.50 per class and no need to book - just turn up and dance ! Special offer: £20 for three classes ( pay at your first class)

May

04
th
May

Popaganda - Thomas Dilz

7:00pm - 10:00pm |
The Minories
74 High Street
May the fourth be with you in joining me at the opening of Thomas' first (Han) solo exhibition of conceptual and digital art at The Minories Gallery, Colchester. Popaganda will be open to the public from 05/05/18 - 24/05/18, so (sky) walk on down to see what Thomas has been up to in his first year as Fine Art graduate. When asked if he would be attending this exhibition, Yoda said “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
12
th
May

Colchester Morris Men

11:30am - 4:00pm |
Across Colchester Town Centre 
Saturday 12th - Colchester Town. Culver Square 11:30am Lion Walk 12:30pm Holly Trees ( Castle Park ) 3pm
18
th
May

A Taste of Rio!

8:00pm - 11:30pm |
 
Rio Carnival Comes to Colchester!

The Rio De Janeiro Carnival is coming: expect to hear, feel and taste Brazil at the most authentic Rio Carnival event yet! Expect synchronised samba parades, Brazilian percussionists and an army of Latin parade performers - there is zero chill in Brazil!

To complement this we have a range of South American Street Food Stalls and enough Brazilian beers to last us for years! Combine this with international DJ’s and more confetti than necessary. This is a spectacle not to be missed! Expect more colour than a rainbow and more Brazil flags than the World Cup! We have provided face paint artists to ensure you can submerge yourself in the culture - We also encourage our attendees to dress up and become part of the parade!

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25
th
May
Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester CO4 5HH 
First Cuckoo of Spring is a bi-annual event allowing resident artists and printmakers from Cuckoo Farm Studios to diplay work for sale in the Benham Gallery. The show will run over the May Bank Holiday weekend and be open from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments will be available and parking is free.
26
th
May

Jazz Night

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
St Leonard's at the Hythe Church, Hythe Hill, Colchester CO1 2PN 
John Clifton and the Blue Town Jazz Band. Another fun evening awaits as we welcome the band back for another superb evening of popular jazz music inside St. Leonard’s. 19.00 to 21.00 Free to attend!
26
th
May
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Welcome back to The Wrong Film Club! This occasional series of screenings at Firstsite showcases some of the worst, weirdest, and most baffling films ever made. And this May is no exception, as we are delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the outlandish jukebox musical, and star-studded flop, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’!

Sex, drugs, and Frankie Howerd’s army of robots - this film has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, and it was such a spectacular flop on release that not even the strength of 29 classic Beatles songs, taken from ‘Rubber Soul’ to ‘Abbey Road’, could save it - even when sung by the likes of The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Earth Wind And Fire, and Steve Martin! With a non-sensical plot involving magical musical instruments, mind-control cults, and a “Future Villain Band,” not even an unforgettable closing chorus line, featuring Tina Turner, Bobby Womack and Dame Edna, amongst dozens of 1978’s biggest stars could turn its fortunes around.

Despite being a critical and box-office disaster, its cult following has developed over 40 years, so we are delighted to present this most bizarre of jukebox musicals for your viewing and singing pleasure! There will be on-screen subtitles, so you can sing along! There might even be a prize for the best singer… Special guest TBA!

Note: This event will take place in one of the learning spaces of Firstsite, rather than the auditorium. The film has a BBFC certification of U.

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30
th
May

A Cello Recital - with Syrian Food!

6:30pm - 10:00pm | £20 (Students £12)
St Botolph's Church
St Botolph's Street
Refugee Action-Colchester is delighted to have the internationally acclaimed cellist, Orlando Jopling, perform the much-loved Bach Cello Suites in support of our work and to help us raise much needed funds. The greatest music written for solo cello, Bach’s Suites are magnificent and soulful. Come and enjoy their beauty with delicious Syrian food, included in your ticket, and raise money for an excellent cause by doing so.

June

07
th
Jun

Gin Tasting

6:00pm - 10:00pm |
The Old Siege House, 75 East Street, Colchester, CO1 2TS 
More details to follow!
09
th
Jun

Colchester Symphony Orchestra presents their Russian Programme

7:30pm - 10:00pm | Adults - £15; Concessions - £13 Students in full-time education - £3 Under 17 - free
St Botolph's Church
St Botolph's Street
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture Khatchaturian: ‘Spartacus’ Rimsky-Korsakov: Trombone Concerto Soloist: Helen Vollam Tchaikowsky: Symphony no 6 Conductor: Chris Phelps Leader: Philippa Barton Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved in advance by 'phoning 01206 271128 or by email to csosecretary@colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk
10
th
Jun
Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 1TL 
The Taste of Sudbury, a fantastic annual event, held in the centre of this market town, is all about celebrating, promoting and showcasing the very best producers, restaurants, chefs and food industries that we are so lucky to have in this part of the world. In 2018 over sixty stalls will be filling Market Hill and St Peter’s Church with a wonderful selection of top quality food and drink.

July

08
th
Jul
A collaboration between live-looping Medieval minstrel Lizzie Gutteridge and story teller Clare Goodall.

Music from the 14th century provides the backdrop to the tale of the Great Revolt and radical preacher John Ball. Born near Colchester (maybe?), Ball preached in English (shocking!) and claimed that everyone was created equal (scandalous!!). He was excommunicated and would have languished in jail had he not been released by the Rebels as they took London, burnt the Savoy, and went on to parley with the King. The future hung in the balance...

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August

25
th
Aug
pin Hide Map Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH 
Brightlingsea Food & Drink Festival returns for 2018! Once again we'll be showcasing the best local food and drink suppliers, alongside a great range of international street food, arts, crafts and gifts.

There will be a real ale marquee featuring beers from local breweries, and a Prosecco bar too if fizz is more your thing?

Come and browse the market for some quality produce or relax with a picnic and listen to the music.

With free entry for kids, bouncy castles & ice cream, it will be a feast of fun for all the family!

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