#FutureEssex – presenting at the Essex Assembly

always possible join civic, cultural and stem leaders to announce further Essex 2020 plans


Richard Freeman addresses the Essex Assembly
Richard Freeman addresses the Essex Assembly


The bi-annual Essex Assembly took place on 17 September at Chelmsford Racecourse, bringing together over 200 of Essex’s senior public sector, community, education and business leaders.

The whole event focused on civic engagement, and the responsibility of public service leaders to help all communities strengthen though participation and unite behind a sense of identity.

always possible’s Richard Freeman co-presented the vision and emerging structure of Essex 2020 with Gavin Jones, CEO of Essex County Council and Hayley Dixon, Deputy Director of Southend’s Focal Point Gallery.


Uschi Schomig (always possible) and Hayley Dixon (Focal Point Gallery)
Uschi Schomig (always possible) and Hayley Dixon (Focal Point Gallery)


An afternoon workshop gave delegates a chance to get stuck into hand-on digital design with activities from Signals and Southend Tech, followed by a facilitated discussion on challenges that a year-long, county-wide celebration of STEAM can help tackle and opportunities that can be unlocked.

Connections were made about events that can connect older people, music to promote coding skills, immersive technologies to help school transition barriers and how civil engineers could work with artists to explain how smart street technology works.


Essex 2020 at The Essex Assembly
Essex 2020 at The Essex Assembly


Essex 2020 will be a programme of 300+ events will be rooted around a number of existing and new festivals, such as the Essex Book Festival in March and British Science Festival in September 2020 – with a whole host of special guests to inspire and engage. But just as important will be the hundreds of activities developed by individuals and organisations from every part of Essex, many of them completely free.


Keep in the loop

To keep up-to-date with news, opportunities, emerging projects, interviews and stories about Essex 2020, please sign up to the mailing list here.

By registering with the mailing list, you will only receive information related to Essex 2020.


Submit an idea

Anyone can submit something for the Essex 2020 programme. We are interested in hearing from people and organisations with new ideas or projects as well as existing projects or plans.

Is your idea or event clearly related to the promotion of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – in education, business or culture?

Will your idea or event engage Essex residents in ways that connect them to the world they live in, and each other – celebrating the county’s past, present and future?

Does your idea or event help to put Essex on the map, showcasing curiosity, diversity, sustainability, creativity, discovery and/or innovation to potentially new audiences?

Then, we’d love to hear about it – submit an expression of interest.


More information at Essex2020.com




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