There is a broad programme of celebrations and festivals reflecting the cultural diversity of our three campuses at Colchester, Southend and Loughton.
This includes events to celebrate Black History Month during October each year and fundraising events hosted by the African-Caribbean society, Malaysian Night, Holi celebrations in spring, Ghanaian Independence Day celebrations, Chinese New Year celebrations and others organised by cultural societies.
Art Exchange gallery
Our Art Exchange has a full and varied programme of events reflecting and celebrating our University community's cultural diversity, including during October and November 2020, A Lament for Power, the outcome of a nine-month residency by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy at the University of Essex.
Other recent and notable events include Theirry Oussou's Impossible is Nothing, the Open Your Eyes exhibition, Fuel for Thought, William Kentridge - Monument and
Faiza Butt - Paracosm.
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester Campus
Our Lakeside Theatre regularly hosts productions, talks and author events to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of our campus community. In this short film, Christine Gomes, Essex student and Assistant Stage Manager, describes her experience as being at the heart of preparations for the world première of O Starry Starry Night by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. Essex has also worked with Shakespeare’s Globe to stage the premiere of Omeros by Derek Walcott, as outlined in the article Bringing the Globe to Essex. The theatre has also hosted a season of ‘Words With …’ author events with the Albert Sloman Library, including conversations with Caleb Femi and Dina Nayeri.