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Something for the Weekend ? Essex events and activities May 18 to 20

By MatthewWard  |  Posted: May 17, 2012

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1 The Altogether Now Cultural Festival

continues in Chelmsford with all sorts of events happening at various venues. On Friday, you can see the result of last weekend’s 24 Hour Film-Making Challenge when the finalists’ films will be screened at the Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford from 6pm.

2 The Heads Up art exhibition at the old Barclays Bank in Chelmsford opens on Saturday and is also part of Altogether Now. It features some of the most promising up-and-coming artists in Essex working in a variety of forms, including paint, illustration, metalwork, street art, photography and video. Entry is free and the exhibition runs until May 27.

3 Prepare to be offended! After Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest cinematic outing is The Dictator, a black comedy about a Middle Eastern despot visiting New York to address the United Nations about his nuclear weapons. It’s packed with laughs but not for the faint-hearted. Out now, read our review here.

4 There’s a new club night coming to Chelmsford on Friday night. MAYDAY! is a monthly collaboration between promoters Noise Kitten and Libertines drummer Gary Powell with the first night featuring live sets from Polarsets and Plastic Youth as well as DJ turns from Fete, Gigabyte and Gary Powell himself.

5 If you’re green fingered (or even if you’re not) get to the Essex Garden Show at the Brentwood Centre which takes place from Friday to Saturday. With plants, gifts and products for garden and home and expert advice and demonstrations, there’s plenty of inspiration for what to do with your green space. Open from 9.30am-5pm each day.

6 If jazz is your thing, head to Braintree Arts Theatre on Saturday night where singer Clare Teal will be putting her spin on some of the greatest British songs of the last 100 years, covering tunes from Ivor Novello and Noel Coward to Annie Lennox and Snow Patrol.

7 All things rural are celebrated at the Essex Young Farmers Country Show at Boyton Hall Showground, Roxwell on Sunday. As well as livestock, horses and farm vehicles and machinery, there’s also monster trucks, camel racing, birds of prey and plenty of other entertainment as well as food and craft marquees.

8 There’s stimulation for body and mind on Sunday when you can find out about the fascinating history of Weald Country Park, Brentwood, from 2pm in a ranger-led walk and talk session amid beautiful woods and parkland.

9 A thrilling programme of music is on offer at A Night Of The Opera at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on Sunday night including works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Offenbach. An uplifting way to end your weekend!

10 Sport - to come very soon ...

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