Your Virtual Weekend #9

Our weekly guide to online arts and culture is back for a ninth week running! From Bath, Bristol and beyond, there’s a lot to enjoy getting involved with while staying at home.

Here are just a few of the amazing gigs, exhibitions, activities 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. Listen to authors and musicians who would have appeared at The Bath Festival 2020

Missing the chance to be in the same room as some of your favourite entertainers, authors, musicians, presenters and writers this week? Great debates, funny stories, electrifying music, thought provoking content and expert tips and tricks are all part of what makes The Bath Festival so very special. Luckily for us there’s plenty of amazing digital content out there from our 2020 festival alumni and we’ve created festival playlists– hoping this keeps you going in the meantime!

2. Get creative with the Virtual Fringe Arts Bath Festival

For the 1st time since Fab first took over odd spaces around Bath in 2007, this fantastic, local arts festival we won’t be appearing on the streets, instead they’re bringing art and events to us at home, including opportunities to take part. Find out more

3. Become a part of Jess Gillam’s orchestra

Did you love Jess Gillam’s performance at The Bath Festival last year? Well, now’s your chance to join her virtual orchestra! The Classic BRIT award-winning saxophonist Jess is inviting singers and instrumentalists of any standard once again to come together and play music virtually with her. Get involved here

4. Watch Andrew Scott in The Old Vic’s Sea Wall

Andrew Scott, or Moriarty in BBC 1’s Sherlock, is Alex in Sea Wall. Olivier and Tony award winning playwright Simon Stephens wrote the script as a stage play specifically for Andrew. The devastating and beautiful film version is now streaming free online for a limited time. Watch here

5. Watch the Bristol Takeover Online featuring amazing local bands and musicians

A collection of Bristol’s music artists and venues, plus some specially invited guests, are teaming up this Saturday 23 May from 3pm for an online festival to support the live music scene in the city.Part of Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign Bristol Takeover Online is 9 hours of back-to-back live streamed music from amazing local artists and established names, broadcast from their homes to yours. Find out more

6. Write a song with Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol

Every Saturday, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol has been co-writing songs with thousands of Instagram followers through IGTV. Gary chats with the comments, asks for lyric and chord suggestions and then shares the final song afterwards. Find out more

7. Watch Neil Gaiman in conversation with Sam Weller celebrating Ray Bradbury

Our Big Book Weekend event (which was due to take place in May) was Ray Bradbury at 100 with Neil Gaiman and Sam Weller. It was an engaging, inspiring conversation and we’re over the moon that we can share the event further. Watch the conversation 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

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