Residents enjoy a free summer of culture



Residents and young people of Colchester, Tendring, Harlow and Epping Forest are ready to enjoy a summer of culture full of free events and activities.

A series of events will take place this summer with support from our Arts and Culture Fund and other fundraising initiatives.

Family events feature everything from music festivals to digital exhibitions and workshops.

Harlow and Epping Forest:

From Monday July 25 to Friday July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., award-winning filmmaker Damilola Lemomu hosts a free storytelling workshop for young people. This will explore what it is like to live and study in Harlow today and help young people gain skills in filmmaking, sound and interviewing at Gibberd Gallery.

Harlow residents will also be able to enjoy a range of free shows, music and workshops at Harlow Town Park. Tuesday August 2 through Saturday August 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Rhiannon Faith Care House Project, which celebrates care and community in the city.

The Livewire theater group is also running a number of music, dance and theater workshops for young people, while on Saturday 24 September an art installation at the Harvey Centre, Harlow, is on display by the Samuel Padfield Harlow Art Trust children’s project.

Colchester and Tender:

From now until September, residents of Essex can take advantage of Firstsite’s free summer exhibition – ‘Slaves of Fashion‘ by the Singh Twins.

They can also enjoy the Frinton Summer Festival which will see the Summer Theater perform eight weeks of plays – including the iconic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar – in a large tent on Frinton Greensward.

Other free events and exhibitions running through September include an exhibition by local artist James McColl Smith at Jaywick Martello Tower and Victorian Photography on the Beach with Rob Ball Photography at Jaywick Sands on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August.

Brightlingsea Music Festival – showcasing and supporting new and established bands – takes place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August.
Sharon Rawlinson and the Massive Doodle Artbox, which includes a converted horse box, will visit cultural events in Tendring throughout the summer, such as the Mistley Kids Club and the Clacton Air Show.

Colchester-based arts and education charity Signals is running digital workshops for children aged seven and up which will see them build robots and create short animations and video games on multiple dates throughout of summer.

To find out more about our arts and culture fund and what events and exhibitions are going on, visit the Explore Essex website.

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