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Firstsite

firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex. Our mission is to make contemporary art relevant to everyone.

Our integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as extensive learning opportunities and artists’ support initiatives.

Upcoming events

24
th
Sep

Neurofantastic - A Celebration of Autism & The Arts

1:00pm - 7:00pm | Main Stage Tickets: £8, £5 Members/Concessions, Under 14s free.
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
A family event celebrating autism and creativity with live music, poetry and art from autistic creatives and people inspired by autism! Main Stage > The Daniel Wakeford Experience > Singer Dean Beadle > Plus a host of other fantastic performers Other > Spoken Word Stage > Autism Art Gallery > Sensory Room > Stalls > Level Best Pop Up Cafe > Plus lots more TBA
29
th
Sep
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Under 5s concert led by Vanessa King with friends from the London Symphony Orchestra.

Join us on Abi’s Adventure for a trip to the farm where you will meet all your farmyard favourites. A fabulous concert in a relaxed environment designed for babies, toddlers and children under five to take part and explore music, sound and rhythm through storytelling. 

"Absolutely fabulous and definitely one of the events most enjoyed by both mummy and baby in the last 9 months." Concertgoer after Jemma’s Journey, led by Vanessa at last year’s festival.

Choose from two performances:
11am-12pm
1pm-2pm

£1 for little lambs / £2 for shepherds

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01
st
Oct

Colchester Goulash Festival

11:00am - 6:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Your opportunity to enjoy a truly fantastic bowl of goulash made in a traditional cauldron for a unique taste!

Normally you would need to travel to Hungary to taste some real authentic goulash dish. But now here is the opportunity to enjoy a truly fantastic bowl of goulash made in traditional cauldron for a unique taste! The festival features many more Hungarian foods and drinks, including spicy sausages, langosh (deep fried flat bread), chimney cakes, pancakes and other fantastic culinary enjoyments. You can taste the famous Hungarian palinka (a spirit made from pure fruits) and great wines. In addition, cultural activities as live folk music and folk dance, handmade crafts and artisan products, puppet show, face painting are also provided for your entertainment. The traders and entertainers wear authentic costume to show our colourful traditions. A great opportunity to dig into Hungarian cuisine and culture! Come and celebrate all things Hungarian with us!

Ticket prices: £5.00 (at the gate) Free for children under 12yr

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21
st
Oct

Comedy Workshop for 12-16 year olds

11:00am - 1:00pm | £15
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Kids Workshop Book via funnyfarmcomedy@gmail.com Come along and try your hand at writing and performing a short comedy set with experienced comedy tutor Hazel Humphreys. Maximum class size 15 students. Ages 12 to 16
23
rd
Oct

Museums at Night

6:00pm - 10:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Join us for a unique opportunity to visit Firstsite after hours for the national Museums at Night celebration.

The galleries will be open late, offering you the opportunity to explore some of the most interesting artist moving image and digital work showcased within our Screen Play season.

Throughout 2017, Firstsite are presenting selected works from Film and Video Umbrella’s (FVU) impressive back-catalogue as part of a new partnership. For Museums at Night we are joined by Jerwood/FVU Award winners Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek for a series of exciting discussions about their individual commissions and interest in moving image as an artistic medium.

Programme:

7:00pm – 8:00 pm
Screening of Patrick Hough’s “And If In A Thousand Years” (2017) followed by an artist discussion.

8:30pm – 9:30 pm
Screening of Lawrence Lek’s “Geomancer” (2017) followed by an artist discussion.

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Opening hours

Day Time
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Contact

Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Colchester
EssexCO1 1JH

  01206 713 700