Your Virtual Weekend #8

The Bath Festival 2020 was scheduled to open this weekend. For the next couple of weeks, we planned to be immersing ourselves in live music, author talks and community fun as we celebrated the joy of seeing your favourite performer live or discovering your new favourite writer. Sadly this cannot take place.

However, we will still be sharing pictures, videos, playlists, memories and more during the time that the festival would have happened as a part of our Back Bath Festivals fundraising campaign. While we cannot come together in person, we can still celebrate music and books together from home. This begins on Friday 15 May with the Party in the City Virtual Quiz, a fun family friendly evening of trivia with an introduction by legendary musician Midge Ure. Fancy dress is encouraged!

This is our weekly guide to just a few of the amazing concerts, shows, talks 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.

1. Enter the Party in the City themed Virtual Quiz with Midge Ure
Friday 15 May, 7pm

A fun family friendly quiz featuring an introduction by legendary musician Midge Ure! Every May, Party in the City sees Bath city centre burst into life for one night only with a colourful celebration of arts and community, kicking off The Bath Festival. While this year’s event has been postponed, you’re still invited to put on your best festival clothes and join us on Friday night for a special Party in the City themed Virtual Quiz! Fancy dress and festival decorations are encouraged! Enter now

2. Watch The Bookshop Band live with Mr B’s Emporium
Friday 15 May, 8.30pm

Head to the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium Facebook page on Friday night to join The Bookshop Band for a concert of 5 new book recommendations, LIVE from their home to the comfort of yours. 8.30pm. Watch here

3. Listen to Molly Aitken talk about her debut novel with Spike Island
Thursday 14 May, 6pm

Molly Aitken introduces her debut novel The Island Child as part of Spike Island’s Novel Writers series. Rich, haunting and rooted in Irish folklore, The Island Child is a spellbinding debut novel about identity and motherhood, freedom and fate, and the healing power of stories. Find out more

4. Hear from the team behind Misbehaviour with Film Bath
Thursday 14 May, 7pm

Watch Misbehaviour online and then join Film Bath for live Q&As with the Director, Writer and Editor of Misbehaviour. Find out more

5. Watch a TV show filmed in the Westcountry
Read the guide from Go Bath Bristol

Are you missing the local area that we are so lucky to call home? Go Bath Bristol have put together this fantastic list of TV shows filmed in Bath, Bristol and the surrounding areas. From His Dark Materials to Persuasion, find a new box set here

6. Watch and listen to The Encounter with Bristol Old Vic (with headphones!)
Streaming for a week from Friday 15 May at 7pm

The first show streaming in Bristol Old Vic’s At Home season is a groundbreaking play based on National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre and his experiences when lost in a remote part of the Brazilian rainforest. The show’s ground-breaking binaural sound design featuring 3D audio is transmitted to the audience through headphones and plugs into the power of the imagination, questioning our perceptions of time and our own consciousness. Find out more

7. Browse local art with the Newbridge Arts Trail
Available online now

With the Newbridge Arts Trail sadly unable to take place in person this Spring, the event has moved online. Browse the work of 40+ local artists and makers from painting, printmaking and photography to textiles, ceramics, sculpture and digital art. Find out more

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

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