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The Essex 2020: Finale Event took place as a virtual showcase on 3rd March 2021.

With almost 500 events, competitions, exhibitions and recordings, 2020 was a brilliant year of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) right across Essex.

This very special webinar celebrated and reflected upon the events, activities, individuals and organisations that made Essex 2020 an extraordinary year to remember (for the right reasons!) and gave a chance to look ahead to what might come next for STEAM in Essex.

Compere: Richard Freeman, CEO always possible
Introduction: Councillor Dick Madden, Essex County Council
Closing: Gavin Jones, CEO Essex County Council.

Please note, small sections of the audio and video have been muted by YouTube for copyright reasons.

Essex 2020 – The Finale Event

The 90 minute event was split into three themed sections and featured, among others:

  • Matipo
  • Little Stars Circus
  • Signals
  • Black Chapel Collective
  • Focal Point Gallery
  • Toddler STEAM
  • electric voice theatre
  • Essex Record Office
  • Chelmsford Science & Engineering Society
  • Sian Fan
  • Essex Book Festival
  • Chelmsford Waterways
  • Essex Police

What were the themes?


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