Your Virtual Weekend #10

Our weekly guide to online arts and culture is back for its tenth edition! While venues and festivals are closed, there’s still so much culture to enjoy while staying at home.

Here are just a few of the amazing gigs, concerts, talks, activities, exhibitions and more that you can get stuck into this weekend while staying at home this weekend. To read last week’s edition of Your Virtual Weekend, click here.

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1. Watch amazing live bands at Komedia’s #SaveOurVenues fundraiser gig

Sunday 31 May, 8pm | Streaming on YouTube

One of Bath’s favourite venues for music and comedy is hosting an incredible day of music this Sunday 31 May. Livestreamed from 8pm, the fundraising gig will be hosted by Laura Rawlings and AD Chivers and will raise funds to help prevent the closure of the venue. The lineup includes Frank Turner, The Hoosiers, Turin Brakes, Colliers, Langhorne Slim, Scott Matthews and Ward Thomas. Watch here

2. Read JK Rowling’s new children’s book The Ickabog
New chapters being released until 10 July

Have you heard about The Ickabog? It’s JK Rowling’s first non-Harry Potter children’s book and is being released gradually online until 10 July. The first two chapters are online now and there’s also a fun competition giving you the chance to illustrate the story. Read here

3. Watch Messiah with Bristol Old Vic
Friday 29 May, 7pm | Streaming on YouTube

From Friday evening, Bristol Old Vic are streaming Messiah for free on YouTube! See and hear his masterpiece as Handel controversially intended – performed for the people in a theatre. Tune in from 7pm here

4. Listen to a Philharmonie de Paris concert live

Thursday 28 May, 8.30pm | Streaming on Philharmonie de Paris website
Live performance is returning to Philharmonie de Paris this week with concerts being streamed from inside the iconic venue. Tune in on Thursday at 8.30pm as Renaud Capuçon brings together a team of talented French musicians around Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen. Watch here

5. Watch the LSO perform Brahms German Requiem

Thursday 28 May, 7.30pm | Streaming on YouTube

While they’re unable to perform live, the London Symphony Orchestra are streaming concerts twice a week on their YouTube channel. On Thursday you can enjoy Brahms German Requiem and Sunday Berlioz Damnation of Faust. Watch here

6. Watch new short plays created in response to Coronavirus

First two plays available on BBC iPlayer now

While a lot of culture during lockdown has been sourced from previously recorded archive material, acclaimed theatremakers Headlong have partnered up with Century Films to create a series of plays that are a direct response to the current crisis. Written by a diverse range of celebrated playwrights and performed by over 50 of the UK’s finest actors, eleven of the digital plays will be broadcast on BBC Four across three nights with all fourteen available to stream on BBC iPlayer as part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative. You can watch the first two on iPlayer now here 

7. Let the Royal Opera House come to you with Massenet’s Cinderella

Streaming until 4 June on YouTube

We may be unable to go to the opera but at least the opera can come to us! Massenet’s Cendrillon is a touching, romantic interpretation of the much-loved story of Cinderella. This production was staged at the Royal Opera House in 2011 and is available to stream now until 4 June. Watch here

8. Listen to Imogen Heap and Classical For Kids with Royal Albert Hall

Imogen Heap – Friday 29 May, 7.30pm
Classical For Kids – Saturday 30 May, 2pm
Streaming on YouTube

The popular Royal Albert Home series continues this week as household names perform live from their homes for the iconic venue. Ivor Novello and Grammy winning artist Imogen Heap performs on Friday night here while Saturday lunchtime sees members of the Albert Band deliver a special ‘Classical For Kids’ session here

9. Rave virtually with Bath Carnival (18+)

Friday 29 May, 9.30pm | Streaming on Zoom
Every Friday during lockdown, Bath Carnival are recreating a club atmosphere and streaming a rave online. Let off some steam with live guest DJs from all over the world playing Carnival inspired tropical beats. Suitable for adults. Find out more here

10. Watch The Wedding by Gecko Theatre

Streaming on YouTube until Sunday 31 May
The award-winning physical theatre company Gecko are renowned for creating visual, ambitious shows that are crafted to inspire, move and entertain. Their recent acclaimed production The Wedding has just premiered online and is available to watch here until Sunday 31 May. Watch here

11. Go to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (virtually)

Available on Ronnie Scott’s Facebook and YouTube channels now

Over the years, many of the world’s best jazz musicians have taken to the stage at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho. Bring Ronnie Scott’s to your living room with their collection of previously live streamed gigs including Ezra Collective, Jacob Collier, The Mingus Big Band and Ashley Henry. Watch the full collection here

12. Walk through British Art with Tate Britain
Available on Tate website now
Explore centuries of British artwork displayed in chronological order, taken from the Tate Britain collection. This interactive online exhibition features 351 artworks and is arranged by decade, so you can see an array of art made at any one moment. Explore here

13. Feel good at Urban Virtual Fete

Sunday 31 May, 12pm- 7pm
Each year, thousands descend on Greenwich Peninsula for the much-loved Urban Village Fete. While it can’t happen in person this year, the Urban Virtual Fete will bring all the best bits online. Expect crafty workshops, live DJ sets, dancing and much more virtual fun. Find out more here

14. Watch We Are One, a Global Film Festival

29 May – 7 June | Streaming on YouTube
Many of the world’s finest film festivals are coming together for ten days to broadcast a free 10 day online event. We Are One will be streamed on YouTube and was born out of the idea that the film community can come together in times of crises – both in celebration of films and in support by providing much needed relief for COVID-19 efforts. Participating festivals include BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival and Tokyo Film Festival. Watch here

15. Listen to world leading authors at Hay Festival Digital

Until Sunday 31 May | Hay Festival website

With the iconic literary festival postponed, the team at Hay have put together a digital programme of events running at the time when the festival would have happened. Running from 18-31 May, the lineup for the final weekend includes Claudia Hammond, Ilhan Omar talking to Jon Snow, Hilary Mantel, Helena Bonham Carter, David Mitchell, AC Grayling, Anne Enright and Sandi Toksvig. Find out more here

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