Your Virtual Weekend #11

While almost every concert, book tour and theatre performance due to take place has been postponed or cancelled, musicians, authors and artists have been coming together to share inspiring content from all corners of the globe.

Your Virtual Weekend is our guide to just a few of the amazing gigs, concerts, shows, exhibitions, playlists and more that you can enjoy while staying at home this weekend.

This is the final edition of Your Virtual Weekend (for now!). We have been inspired by the amount of incredible performances that have been made available in recent weeks and hope that these guides have helped to provide inspiration during a difficult time.

To read all eleven editions of Your Virtual Weekend, scroll to the bottom of the page. To make a donation to help ensure the survival of Bath Festivals, please visit our Crowdfunder #BackBathFestivals here


1. Watch Bristol Old Vic’s hit play A Monster Calls
Friday 5 June, 7 pm | Available for a week

The second play streaming in Bristol Old Vic’s At Home season is the critically acclaimed adaptation of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. A dazzling insight into love, loss and healing, A Monster Calls will stream for a week from Friday. Watch here

2. Watch Anansi the Spider Re-spun from Unicorn Theatre

Saturday 6 June, 11am | First episode available now

Unicorn Theatre is one of the UK’s leading professional theatres dedicated to producing inspiring and invigorating work for young audiences. Anansi the Spider Re-spun is their first entirely digitally created theatre experience and is streaming for free in partnership with The Guardian. This trio of stories about Anansi, the spider from West African and Caribbean folklore, is streaming every Saturday for three weeks with accompanying fun activities. Watch the first episode now and catch the second one on Saturday morning. Watch here

3. Watch a Ladysmith Black Mambazo concert

Available on YouTube now

In 2018, South Africa’s globally acclaimed vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo wowed audiences at The Bath Festival with a joyously energetic and powerful performance at The Forum. In early March this year, Ladysmith Black Mambazo were on their way to the US when their Spring tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. While an audience couldn’t be present, the group still performed in LA to an empty venue and the uplifting performance was recorded and is now available on YouTube. Watch here


4. Watch I Can’t Breathe by Marcelino Sambé, Principal of The Royal Ballet

Availble to watch on Facebook and Instagram now

This week, The Royal Ballet shared a powerful a piece of choreography by Principal of The Royal Ballet Marcelino Sambé created in the memory of George Floyd who was murdered in Minnesota last week. You can watch the piece on Facebook here

5. Dream Big with Puffin Books
8 – 14 June | Various events streaming on Facebook and YouTube

A seven day online festival celebrating the power of imagination, the Puffin Festival of Big Dreams kicks off next Monday 8 June! Join authors, illustrators and real Puffins for a week of storytelling workshops, writing masterclasses, draw-alongs and creative challenges for kids. Authors and illustrators taking part include Jacqueline Wilson, Robin StevensNathan Bryan, Dapo Adeola, Sam Copeland, Nadia Shireen, Ed Vere and illustrator in residence Nick Sharratt drawing participants’ dreams. Find out more here


6. Listen to Roxanne Gay with Southbank Centre
Available to listen now

In  2018, US writer Roxane Gay made her first ever appearance in the UK at the Southbank Centre and now we can listen to excerpts from her conversation on stage. Gay is the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, as well as the novel An Untamed State, memoir Hunger, the short story collection Ayiti and the Marvel comic series Black Panther: World of Wakanda. Listen here


7. Listen to live classical music with Wigmore Hall

Live concerts every weekday at 1pm

Have you been craving live classical music performances? Good news! Wigmore Hall is broadcasting a different concert every weekday in June in HD video on its website. You can also listen live on BBC Radio 3. Friday’s concert is with Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy while next week’s lineup includes Steven Isserlis, Mishka Rushdie Momen, Hyeyoon Park, Benjamin Grosvenor and Paul Lewis. Find out more here

8. Enjoy opera with Glyndebourne
Mozart’s Così fan tutte | Sunday 7 June, 5pm 

A much-loved Glyndebourne classic, Nicholas Hytner’s 2006 staging of Mozart’s Così fan tutte is streaming for free for a week from Sunday 7 June at 5pm. Iván Fischer conducts and the all-star cast includes Luca Pisaroni and Miah Persson. Watch here


9. Get your Shakespeare fix
Available on BBC iPlayer now

As part of the BBC Culture in Quarantine programme, a series of Shakespeare plays from the RSC, Globe Theatre and the Royal Opera House are streaming on BBC iPlayer. Shows currently available include a classic production of The Tempest, a Bollywood infused production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a contemporary version of Othello. Watch here

10. Dance with Moles #SaveOurVenues fundraising DJ set!
Saturday 6 June, 9pm

Get ready to party as Moles bring us Saturday Night Fever, a huge night Pop Treasures & Guilty Pleasures from the 70’s, 80’s. 90’s and 00’s streamed right to your living room dance floor this Saturday from 9pm! Find out more here


We’d love to know what you’ve been reading, listening and watching! Join in the conversation and let us know recommendations on Instagram or Twitter

We need your help so we can continue to bring the best of music and books to Bath through The Bath Festival and Bath Children’s Literature Festival, as well as our all year-round creative learning outreach programme. Please donate to our #BackBathFestivals crowdfunder campaign.


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