At 7.30pm on November 19th, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, Colchester Borough Council and the Mercury Theatre will be holding an early World AIDS Day (December 1) Arts Festival at the theatre. Carole Vincent, from this year’s Big Brother and also a volunteer for THT will be opening the event.

The festival will see 14 schools and community groups from across Essex each performing works including dance, drama and poetry on the Mercury Theatre’s main stage. Each performance will have the theme ‘communication’ and will be inspired by issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. Approximately 200 young people will be involved on the night.

Victoria Gamble, Centre Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in Colchester said “This is going to be a fantastic festival and we’re delighted so many young people are taking part. It will raise awareness of HIV as well as vital funds for our work, helping those living with or affected by HIV”.

Tickets for the evening are priced at £2.50 and are available from the Mercury box office on 01206 573948 or online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk.

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