Essex Summer of Culture 2022

Essex County Council is delighted to welcome you to the ‘Summer of Culture 2022'. Partnering with exciting arts and cultural organisations, the ‘Summer of Culture’ programme will be delivered through a broad series of events, talks and activities taking place throughout the county. Celebrate our environment and reconnect with the world around you through the Summer of Culture.

Essex book festival

The World Around Us

We’re pleased to confirm that the theme for the Essex Summer of Culture 2022 will once again be ‘the world around us’ – a topic which has become increasingly important to us all during the last year of restrictions, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme centres around three key strands; nature, climate, and people – and aims to highlight the importance of our connection with green spaces for both mental and physical wellbeing.

Our Summer of Culture partnered programme of events and activities aims to help you embrace the culture you’ve missed, whilst retaining positive connections with the natural world around us.

Working with partner organisations – such as The Essex Cultural Diversity Project, The Mercury Theatre, Essex Book Festival, children’s theatre production, What! A Load of Rubbish and Mersea Island based artist duo Daniel & Clara- the Summer of Culture 2022 aims to promote the projects and events produced by the county’s creative sector.

Partnered Projects

Angie Bailey Essex Book Festival author

The Essex Book Festival

Join in the fun at this year's Essex Book Festival. Taking place throughout June in 35 venues across Essex, including Tudor palaces, Norman castles, ancient woodlands, foot-ferries, libraries, galleries, museums, lecture halls, and for the very first time, a pleasure garden. With over 250 writers, artists, storytellers and musicians in the mix, taking part in a rich variety of activities from author talks and debates through to storytelling sessions, workshops and live performances for all ages, there is definitely something for everyone on the programme.

Read more in the Summer of Culture guide here.

Find out more about the Essex Book Festival here.

Brazil Arte dancers and musicians

Essex Cultural Diversity Project

As part of the Summer of Culture, Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) is co-ordinating a programme of events to bring communities together and connect with local green spaces. The programme will open with a range of fascinating free workshops and performances across the Essex Country Parks during May half-term and will close with a special Global Village festival event later in the summer. The events will be led by professional Essex-based cultural organisations and will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the wonderful country parks and green spaces we have in Essex.

These events will be open to everyone, the events are free, no need to book – just turn up.

Read more in the Summer of Culture guide here.