| 11:00 am - 11:30 amExhibition Tours | Bronze Age c. 3500 BC – AD 2018
Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens
Exhibition Tours | BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018
Join a member of our Front of House team for a tour of Firstsite’s exhibition BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018. Meet outside the exhibition entrance.
BRONZE AGE c. 3500 BC – AD 2018
Featuring works by artists
Image: Photography by Douglas Atfield
| 5:00 pm - 11:00 pmTwisters Record Club
Twisters Bar, 45 North Hill
It’s Record Club night every Wednesday at Twisters Bar! Bring your own records along too!
It’s all happening from 5pm-11pm!
| 7:30 pm - 11:00 pmThe Ex at Colchester Arts Centre
Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
• TERRIE HESSELS – guitar
The adventurous, innovative Dutch band The Ex exists 38 years this year and is still going strong. New projects, new adventures, new songs and new sounds are the norm.
The Ex has defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion, when anything and everything was possible, the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as their starting point, The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day.
Already the early 1980s saw collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band. In the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical backgrounds like Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder and Shellac. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia, organized many projects over there and invited several Ethiopian musicians to Europe. Most striking was the collaboration with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria, which eventually led to two CD recordings and more than a hundred concerts.
The band also started organizing the ‘Ex Festivals’, where they invited their favorite musicians. A mix of jazz improvisers, musicians from all over the world and local treasures they came across on tour. The last few years saw collaborations with Brass Unbound (Wolter Wierbos, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark and Roy Paci), Circus Debre Berhan and Fendika, both from Ethiopia, and many, many more.
After all these years, more than 25 albums and around 1900 concerts the band continues to work as they did in when they began, completely independent of record companies, managers or roadies. Because of this ‘do it yourself’ work ethic The Ex is still a great example for other forward-thinking bands and musicians.
“Staying a bird, staying independent, free if you will, for three decades, that takes skill and something else, something more like heart.” Music journalist John Corbett on The Ex.
Tickets £8 / £7 concessions.
| 8:00 pm - 11:00 pmBachata on Wednesdays
Cardinal Bourne R.c. Church Hall, 51 Priory St
Calling ALL bachata Lovers!
Every Wednesday *** except 1st week of the month***
We hold 3 levels, including complete beginners so no excuses if you haven’t done it before.
Get your prepaid card and save £20! ask your instructor for it
The Latin Rhythm team
| 8:30 pm - 11:30 pmThe Three Wise Monkeys Jam Night – Every Wednesday !
Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street
Roll up ye all to the Three Wise Monkeys Jam, in the Monkey’s TARDIS-like Secret Basement’. Every Wednesday !!
Location: 60 High St, Colchester CO1 1DN
PA, Drum kit and Amps are provided so bring your keyboards, guitars, harmonicas and voices …. and get involved.!! Come and play or just watch. Newcomers always welcome and bands are invited to do a turn.
Hosted by the mostly-genial Mr Theo Pearce and with the full facilities of the Monkeys to set your soul afire. What is there not to appreciate?
| 9:00 pm - 12:00 amThe Bull Open Mic
The Bull, Colchester, 2-4 Crouch Street