World AIDS Day Arts Festival Colchester


To mark the tenth anniversary of International World AIDS Day on Friday 1 December the Mercury Theatre, in partnership with Colchester Borough Council and HIV and sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust., will host the annual World AIDS Day Arts Festival.

From Monday 20 November to Saturday 2 December the Digby Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of work by young people from The Sixth Form College and the YMCA Foyer who will be working with artists in residence Trudi Shewan Stevens and David Dixon to produce collaborative artworks in response to the theme of HIV, AIDS and their effects.

On Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm schools and theatre groups from across Essex will be performing works including dance, drama and poetry pieces on the Mercury Theatre’s main stage, under the theme ‘You, Me, Us’, inspired by issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. Those taking part will include students from Philip Morant School and College, St Helena School, The Harwich School Community Theatre Company, St Mary’s School, St Peter’s College, Theatre Fun, The Plume School, The Gilberd School, Colbayns Theatre Consortium, The Rickstones School and College, Kinet-X group from Clacton County High and Mercury Youth Theatre groups from Clacton and Colchester.

The performance will be preceded by a presentation to the participants in the festival to honour the excellence of their work by the Mayor of Colchester Ian Gower and Deputy Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, Paul Ward from 5.30pm in the Mercury bar. Paul Ward commented “This is going to be a fantastic festival and we’re delighted so many 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”.
Entry to the exhibition in The Digby Gallery is free. The Digby Gallery is open from 10am-8pm, Monday – Saturday.

The awards ceremony will take place in the Mercury Bar 5.30pm-6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and free refreshments will be provided.

Tickets for the Main House performance are priced at £2.50 and are available from the Mercury box office on 01206 573948 or online at


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