The Lightbulb Festival returns for 2015 and will be taking place from Friday 17th July – Sunday 19th July across a number of venues in Colchester, including The Minories, Firstsite, The Waiting Room and the St Botolph’s Quarter. There’ll be Spoken Word, Music, Film, Outdoor Theatre and Workshops across the weekend.

Here’s the list of events taking place at this brilliant festival, including venue and start times, with booking details where applicable.

Friday 17th July
6pm at Firstsite
Stitch & Bitch do the Lightbulb Festival
Join Amy & Meg and their Stitchin’ & Bitchin’ friends and learn to fingerknit like a boss!
(Or bring along your own project – that’s allowed!)
Join them for 5 hours, or 5 minutes in between films showing in the auditorium.
All materials supplied, donations kindly welcomed.

Friday 17th July
7pm at Firstsite
Blade Runner: The Final Cut + Night of The Living Dead – Double Bill
Lightbulb Festival has been working with Firstsite in delivering a top quality film programme, starting with a double bill with back to back screenings of Blade Runner: The Final Cut and Night (Ridley Scott, 1982) of The Living Dead (George Romero, 1968)
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Friday 17th July
7pm at The Minories Cafe
Spoken Word with Martin Newell, Leanne Moden and Mark Harris
Kicking off the live performances at Lightbulb 2015 will be a night of spoken word and music at the Minories Cafe.
Pay What You Want – Tickets can be purchased from The Minories Online Store

Saturday 18th July
2pm at Firstsite
Sita Sings The Blues
(dir. Nina Paley; 2008; 82 mins)
Nina Paley’s vibrantly animated film from 2008 is a comic retelling of the Hindu epic the Ramayana, boldly setting the tale to a score of 1920s jazz music.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Saturday 18th July
2pm at The Waiting Room
Lightbulb Festival Poetry Slam 2015
Once again, the Lightbulb Festival Poetry Slam returns, with a number of local performers battling it out for a first prize of £50. Each performer will have three minutes each to show what they’ve got, before going to an audience vote to decide who advances to the final round – where they have another 3 minutes and potentially take the crown.
In the Slam this year are:
Domestic
Ben James
Peter Bailey
Belinda Federl
Steve Ovel
Imogen Donnelly
Mary-Ann Ambrose
and more.
Admission Pay What You Want

Saturday 18th July
2.30pm at The St Botolph’s Quarter
Three Courses of Walking Theatre with Holli Dillon
Performer Holli Dillon brings outdoor theatre to the Lightbulb Festival, with three specially written monologues from Clare Shaw. The pieces will take in The Waiting Room, The Minories Galleries and Firstsite Colchester, with the walk commencing at the last of these.
Holli will guide you through the three venues; there will be an exhibition of her work in the Learning Studios at Firstsite to tie in with the work.
This is for people aged 12 and over as there are some adult themes.
Convene at Firstsite at 2.30pm
Free, donations welcome

Saturday 18th July
4pm at Firstsite
The Stranger
(dir. Orson Welles; 1946; 95 mins)
Orson Welles directs himself as a prominent Nazi who is hiding out from Edward G. Robinson’s dogged war crimes investigator in small-town America. ‘The Stranger’ presents a satirical portrait of a sleepy community that welcomes evil into its midst.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Saturday 18th July
4.30pm at The Waiting Room
Stand-Up Comedy with Rosie Wilby + Tom Edwards
Following The Poetry Slam in Thw Waiting Room, there’s stand-up from Rosie Wilby and Tom Edwards.
Rosie Wilby is a comedian, musician, writer and broadcaster based in London. As a comedian, she has performed at Sydney Mardi Gras, The Comedy Store, Latitude Festival and on Radio 4. As a musician she has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scotts and on Carlton TV.
Tom Edwards is a Colchester-based stand-up, taking up performance this year and has performed locally at the USOL Best Friends Club, The Sunday Matinee as well as the Asylum Comedy Night in Chelmsford.
Pay What You Want.

Saturday 18th July
7pm at Firstsite
Nosferatu (+ Live Score by Fishclaw)
A pioneering horror film, F.W. Murnau’s poetic reworking of the ‘Dracula’ story is here presented with a specially composed live score by Colchester based alternative folk group Fishclaw.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Saturday 18th July
7.30pm at The Waiting Room
MASS + Sealionwoman
The Saturday evening music programme brings together two very different bands, both able to create a heavy, dark, atmospheric sound.
MASS (Earthmass) are an Essex four-piece who have recently released “Collapse”, which they themselves say is probably their heaviest album yet.
Sealionwoman is Tye Mcgivern and Kitty Whitelaw, best termed as an experimental jazz duo. Simultaneously beautiful and haunting, they create a number of soundscapes slotted within more traditional numbers designed to evoke a somewhat uneasy atmosphere.
Pay What You Want (On the Door)

Saturday 18th July
8.30pm at Firstsite
Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez!
(dir. Everything Is Terrible; 2012; 55 mins)
A remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s notorious psychedelic film ‘The Holy Mountain’ … constructed entirely out of old VHS footage featuring dogs.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Sunday 19th July
2pm at Firstsite
The British Blue Streak Rocket (+ Live Score by The Rock Garden of Chandigahr)
(dir. Unknown; 1964; 14 mins)
An educational film demonstrating Britain’s long-range nuclear weapon delivery programme of the 1960s. This short film will be presented with a live score by The Rock Garden of Chandigahr and followed by a thirty minute musical improvisation.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Sunday 19th July
3pm at Firstsite
Drifters (+ New Score by Phil Mill)
(dir. John Grierson; 1929; 61 mins)
John Grierson’s strikingly modern documentary about Britain’s North Sea herring fisheries of the 1920s is credited with kick-starting Britain’s documentary film movement. ‘Drifters’ is here presented with a newly constructed soundscape by Colchester-based sound recordist Phil Mill that features recordings taken from some of the film’s East Anglian coastal locations.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Sunday 19th July
3pm at Firstsite
Jack Rundell – A Musical Tour of Firstsite
A very special performance from Suffolk based songwriting supremo Jack Rundell.
Jack has been writing and recording music since 2005, inspired by the likes of Hank Williams and country music. For the Lightbulb Festival he’ll be performing songs based around the Firstsite building, taking you on a musical tour and sharing stories.
Meet in the Hunt and Darton Cafe in the Firstsite foyer at 3pm to join.

Sunday 19th July
5pm at Firstsite
Detour
(dir. Edgar G. Ulmer; 1945; 68 mins)
A thriller about the nightmarish events that befall a piano player hitch-hiking to Hollywood. Produced on a minimal budget, ‘Detour’ remains one of the most squalid and unsettling film noirs to emerge from WW2-era Hollywood.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Sunday 19th July
7pm at Firstsite
The Intolerance Trilogy
(dir. Phil Mulloy; 2000 – 2004; 49 mins)
UK animator Phil Mulloy savagely skewers human nature with a triptych of short films that tell the story of an interstellar war between Earth and the Zogs – an alien race who resemble us exactly, save for the fact that they sport sex organs in place of heads…
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Sunday 19th July
8.30pm at Firstsite
Carnival of Souls
(dir. Herk Harvey; 1962; 83 mins)
Herk Harvey’s sole film as director, ‘Carnival of Souls’ is a singular work of horror cinema and a genuine cult oddity. It tells the story of a young woman hounded by strange visions and mysterious apparitions in the aftermath of a car accident.
Tickets £1 via the Firstsite Box Office via 01206 577067 or visit www.firstsite.uk.net


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