Your Virtual Weekend: A Guide to Online Arts and Culture #2

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

This is our weekly guide to just a few of the amazing gigs, concerts, shows, exhibitions and more that you can enjoy online while staying at home this weekend. To read last week’s edition of Your Virtual Weekend, click here.

Watch a play at The National Theatre

One Man, Two Guvnors | Thursday 2 April from 7pm | Streaming for a week on YouTube

The National Theatre is streaming a different play from its popular NT Live series each week. The first is One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden. Available from Thursday 2 April for one week. Watch on YouTube here

2. Enjoy 50 free performances from the Montreux Jazz Festival
Streaming | Access via Montreux Jazz Festival | Available to watch now for 30 days

Switzerland’s legendary music festival has opened up its archives and made 50 historic performances available for viewing on their website. Includes performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple and Carlos Santana. Watch here

See Maggie O’Farrell at the Stay At Home Literary Festival

Fri 3 April 8-9pm| Live stream on Stay At Home Literary Website

The award-winning author will talk about her fascinating new novel Hamnet as a part of this digital books festival. Told in O’Farrell’s unique voice, Hamnet reveals for the first time in fiction the story of heart-breaking loss which inspired Shakespeare’s most celebrated play. Find out more here

4. Go to the virtual library

Activities every weekday via Facebook and Twitter

While their doors are closed, Bath and North East Somerset Libraries are running a virtual library on their website and social media accounts. Mornings feature activities for kids and the afternoons focus on grown-ups. Follow BathNES Libraries on Facebook and Twitter to join in and find out more here

5. Watch a gig from a folk, indie or rock star

Various live streams and previously recorded gigs on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

With most tours and gigs cancelled or postponed, loads of musicians are turning to the internet to perform live, share new songs and videos and connect with fans. The Global Citizen WHO #TogetherAtHome series continues with many musical superstars going digital and performing to fans live on social media. Watch them back here. These gigs from Jack Johnson and The Lumineers earlier this week are recommended if you’re looking for some joy. Meanwhile, alt-rock legends The National are hosting an entire live gig on their YouTube channel and Frank Turner is doing a special live stream gig on Facebook and Instagram at 8pm on Thursday 2 April in partnership with Independent Venue Week and Music Venue Trust.

6. Laugh out loud with the Stay at Home comedy festival

Live daily on The Cosmic Shambles Network website

This daily digital festival features loads of the nation’s most popular comedians and is well worth tuning into for a chortle. If you’re a fan of Ed Byrne, be sure to tune into the festival at 10am on Friday 3 April to listen to the comedian ahead of his rescheduled gig at The Forum in September. See the full schedule and tune in here


7. Take part in a poetry writing workshop
Fri 3 Apr 2020 2-4pm | Streaming on Zoom | Pre-book (limited spaces available)

Join Beth Calverley online from 2-4pm, where you will be guided through some steps to summon up a beautiful poem of your own. All are welcome, from complete beginners to well-versed writers. All you need is a notebook and pen – Beth will help you with the rest. Find out more on The Edge website here

8. Take a dance lesson

Oti Mabuse dance classes | Available on YouTube, streaming on Instagram
Royal Academy of Dance ballet classes | Streaming on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram | Recommended for over 55s

Award-winning dance champion, choreographer and Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Oti Mabuse is uploading dance lessons to YouTube for all ages. From jive to salsa to High School Musical, get involved here

Have you always dreamed of being a ballet dancer? The Royal Academy of Dance have launched RAD @ Home, a series of digital ballet exercise classes. Silver Swans is designed to get the older generation moving to the music at home. From experienced dancers to those that don’t know their plié from their pointe, older learners of any ability are invited to try out free Silver Swans classes. Shared in manageable bitesize videos, viewers can work on these during the week before moving onto the next exercise. Find out more here

9. Watch a classical concert
Acis and Galatea, Royal Opera House | From Friday 3 April at 7pm | Streaming on YouTube
Verdi Requiem, London Symphony Orchestra | Sunday 5 April at 7pm | Streaming on YouTube

Many of the world’s leading classical musicians and venues are streaming live performances, previously recorded concerts and more. The Royal Opera House’s curated online broadcasts continue on Friday 3 April with Acis and Galatea being streamed at 7pm and then available on demand. Watch on YouTube here. Each Thursday and Sunday, the London Symphony Orchestra are streaming a concert from their archives, enjoy Verdi Requiem this Sunday 5 April at 7pm here. If you’re looking for more classical music content then check out this extensive list of live streams from Classic FM here and the Wigmore Hall’s extensive collection of previous live stream concerts, podcasts, videos and more here

10. An afternoon in Bristol (virtually)
Virtual tours on museum and gallery websites

Are you craving a little bit of culture from our local gems? Go aboard the SS Great Britain here, browse and interact with science at We the Curious here or take a wander around the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery here. Don’t forget that you can also check out the Roman Baths and Victoria Art Gallery

11. Ride a rollercoaster at Virtual Disneyland

Streaming on YouTube

Ok, we know this isn’t strictly arts but did you know you can ride rollercoasters on the legendary theme park’s YouTube channel? You’re welcome. Find out more here

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