Big Sunday is Back

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Just time for a quick plug for the 2nd Colchester BIG SUNDAY returning to the Cultural Quarter [yeah, yeah] on 6th September.

It’s the weekend after the two day Castle Park party with the Colchester Free Festival. It is the last major event in the town before we all say goodbye to summer 2015.

As the name suggests – it should be BIG.

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The celebration of culture around St Botolph’s is the brainchild of the very good egg Dorian Kelly.

The 2014 event came after the cancellation of the I Am Music festival, and the Free Festival taking a well-earned breather last year.

Dorian was keen to keep alive the idea that Sunny Colch can punch above its modest weight when it comes to culture, especially so around St Botolph’s.

We all know that the civic / corporate endorsed ‘vision’ for the Cultural Quarter has stalled for many reasons. Most of these involve money.

But that doesn’t mean that talented Colchester folk aren’t continuing to work on what talented Colchester folk have always done – working together and helping to build something that is local.

You can’t manufacture the Cutural Quarter, but you can give it the space that it needs to grow organically.

This is exactly what Dorian and many others working with him are trying to achieve for the second Colchester Big Sunday.

Put simply it is a day long gathering to showcase the venues and the talent that make this side of our town so special.

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The locations have been added to for 2015. They now cover:

Firstsite, The Minories, The Waiting Room, 15 Queen Street, Three Wise Monkeys, Queen St. Brewhouse, V-Bar and Cafe Piatto.

“We need to make an unloved area feel loved”

…says Dorian. He’s certainly putting his money where his mouth is by forking out himself for the insurance, marketing and street licences. Donations on the day will hopefully cover this cost.

Dorian adds:

“We have proven that a virtually no-go, derelict and unloved area can be brought to life and appreciated. We have shown that we can put on events at no notice and no budget and still be safe, professional and organised. We have shown that with good social media and low cost printing we can create an audience of possibly over 2,000 people on a Sunday.”

The 2014 event was blessed by the Sunny Colch weather Gods. Here’s hoping for something similar at the start of next month.

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An impressive line up of local talent has already come out to support the Big Sunday:

“The Charington Cole Blues Collective, Slugworth, Park and Ride, The Occupants, Tom and Emma Hardy, The Egyptian Belly Dancers, Kagbeni-the Film, Some Kind of Poetry Thing / Mosaic Undergrowth, Stu E. Skinner Band, The Polly Violet Collective, The Unmistakable Scent of Leopard, Julia Watson, Young Claws, The Colne Valley Youth Orchestra, The Ghurka Dancers, Young Art Kommunity / Flow Group, Annies Fantasies Cloggers and The Shrinks.”

It is hoped that more artists will follow.

It all starts at midday around St Botolph’s on 6th September, going all the way through until 11pm.

And it is FREE (although donations would obviously be welcome…)

Can you imagine something similar happening in a corporate endorsed ‘public realm’ that is the ultimate aim for the Cultural Quarter?

Have a BIG ONE Sunny Colch whilst you still can.

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