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Arts and heritage

Essex 2020 confidently puts the A in STEAM, championing the enormous impact of creativity and the Arts in Essex. We’re bringing together a year-long programme of activity and hands-on learning that aims to fire imaginations and drive innovation within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Artists, museums, theatres, dance ensembles, orchestras, makers and writers are already submitting extraordinary plans for activity throughout 2020. The Essex Book Festival in March will be a flagship event within our programme, kick-starting a host of family-friendly festivals including the Harwich Festival of the Arts and the Discover 2020 festival in Rochford.

2020 also sees the re-opening of the refurbished Mercury Theatre in Colchester; the Arts Council England’s £4.3million investment into the Thames Estuary Production Corridor to develop a world-class hub for cultural and creative production and the Royal Opera House Bridge investing in partnership projects in Southend, Braintree, Colchester and Thurrock to connect children and young people with great art and culture. 

Now we want to hear from you! 

If you have a STEAM-related event planned for 2020, have a great idea to celebrate STEAM achievements in your organisation, or are seeking funding to turn your STEAM idea into a reality – your first step is to complete the Expression of Interest form.

The programme is already taking shape thanks to involvement from Essex Culture Team, Anglia Ruskin University, BBC Essex, Chelmsford Civic Theatre, Chelmsford Cultural Trust, Digital Skills Partnership, Essex Book Festival, Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Essex Museums, Essex Records Office, Firstsite, Focal Point, Into Games, METAL, Mercury Theatre, Orchestras Live Photoworks, Resonance, Royal Opera House Bridge, Signals, Studio 808, The RSA and many more.



“Opportunities like the British Science Festival coming to your city don’t come around very often. Essex 2020 provides an excellent opportunity for Chelmsford to shine as the capital of Essex and celebrate our rich past and future heritage in science and innovation, in both new and creative ways.”

Marc De’ath, Cultural Partnerships Manager at Chelmsford City Council