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An ever growing list of things to keep you and your family entertained, amused and educated

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Vancouver

Using Google Streetview explore Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything, the now closed exhibition by Douglas Coupland. Lego sculptures, a narwhal tusk and texts reading “Sorry. I got lost in a YouTube kitten warp” collide to explore modern life and how widespread access to information affects us.   

(artsandculture.google.com)

Hull

Walk down a 1940s high street, board a tram or enjoy a carriage ride, and discover 200 years of transport history. The Streetlife Museum of Transport is now admitting online visitors via a virtual tour. 

(tinyurl.com/yc9s4q5c)

London

Sarah Brightman has released a recording of a classic performance. The full-length concert with the Royal National Orchestra from the Royal Albert Hall in 1997 is available to stream.   

Youtube.com/sarahbrightmanmusic 

New York

Every day a different encore performance from the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions is available for 23 hours, starting at 00.30am. With streams already having taken viewers from the Greek isle of Naxos, with Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, to the neon lights of Sin City, in Verdi’s Rigoletto, the performances bring high drama to living rooms across the land. 

(metopera.org) 

Plymouth

The National Marine Aquarium is broadcasting live on Facebook every Wednesday. Viewers have so far met Friday the turtle, joined in a live biozone feeding, met the divers and fed the rays. 

(facebook.com/NationalMarineAquarium/live)

New York

The Blue Note at Home is a live stream series from the famous music venue. Different musicians, including Theo Croker (pictured), take the stage daily early in the evening on the East Coast, meaning it can be live streamed on social media before midnight in the UK. 

(facebook.com/BlueNoteNYC)

Halifax

IOU Theatre presents a digital interpretation of Speaking Tubes, originally a sculptural sound installation made of galvanised steel and air-ducting tubes, designed to create a vortex of sound. Artists have aimed to recreate the feeling of being immersed in that sound, enabling home listeners to hear the journey and movement in each work as intended.

(ioutheatre.org) 

New York

Watch Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti for free as part of the Opera North at Home digital programme. To share Bernstein’s caustically funny exposé of American life in the 1950s with as many viewers as possible, the film has also been produced in accessible formats for the hard of hearing, and blind or partially-sighted audiences, with British Sign Language interpretation, audio description and captioning.

(youtu.be/xxv0xjld2BA)

Manchester

Leading classical musicians and orchestras from across the north have joined together to create a virtual concert to mark the third birthday of classical chamber music venue the Stoller Hall. Manchester Collective’s performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for The End of Time at the Stoller Hall is among the highlights, alongside a selection of Manchester Camerata’s stunning Mozart series.

(youtube.com/watchv=9JwtfWTE85I)

Chester

Homeskool Beatbox Adventures is a weekly interactive livestreamed show allowing kids to find their voices and create music. With support from local venues including Chester’s Storyhouse and special guests including Bastille, Basement Jaxx and Jason Mraz, beatboxer SK Shlomo goes live on social media every Thursday at 7pm.

(storyhouse.com/homeskool)

Matlock

Contemporary arts venue Level Centre is offering live online life drawing and performance. Nude allows people to draw untutored or with the guidance of artist Georgia Peskett. Running throughout May and June and taking place on Zoom, the pay as you feel sessions will explore a variety of life-drawing techniques and ways of capturing motion, stillness and emotion. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions, upload work and receive feedback.

(levelcentre.com) 

Liverpool

WoWFest20: Lockdown is a special online edition of the literary festival from Writing on the Wall, running throughout May. Noam Chomsky delivers a Letter from America and Irvine Welsh speaks about Creativity in a Time of Chaos. Many more events will also be streamed. 

(wowfest.uk) 

New York

Semmelweis is a music-theatre work inspired by Ignác Semmelweis, the 19th century Hungarian physician known as the pioneer of handwashing and antiseptic procedures, and a tragic hero of medicine. Available until 31 May, Semmelweis follows the obstetrician who worked as an outsider in Vienna’s top hospital in a xenophobic era. Amidst a devastating epidemic in 1846 Semmelweis discovered that the deadly disease was being transmitted by unclean hands of doctors but the medical community scoffed at his findings.

(Doctor-Semmelweis.com)

Scarborough

Adventurous young people are asked to
help solve a new mystery, Whispers from the Museum, at Scarborough Art Gallery and the circular Rotunda Museum. For six weeks from 12 May, young people and their grown-ups will be able to help uncover stories about some of the museum’s objects by completing online missions from their own home. The adventure, created by artist Kirsty Harris, includes simple creative projects like art and writing. 

(scarboroughmuseumstrust.com)

Cambodia

Visit Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious site. Known as the “city of temples”, it was originally built as a Hindu temple but gradually converted to Buddhism.  A virtual tour explores a series of the buildings as they would have been in the 13th century through CGI, 360 images and simulations. 

(virtualangkor.com)

Sefton

The Sefton Open 2020 is taking place as a digital exhibition celebrating artistic talent across the borough. Artists were invited to submit one digital photograph of their artwork, with all practices welcomed, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, textiles and photography.

(theatkinson.co.uk/exhibition/sefton-open-2020) 

London

Borders is an online exhibition from Gazelli Art House featuring work by artists including Aziz + Cucher, Francesco Jodice and Kalliopi Lemos. The exhibition tackles themes including the European refugee crisis and the destabilising effects of globalisation. The online programme includes three-dimensional video work, live takeovers of the gallery’s Instagram channel by performance artists, talks with artists and guided tours through viewing rooms. 

(gazelliarthouse.com)

Leeds

Farmer Joe’s weekly vlog from Holme Farm at Temple Newsam is streamed every Monday and gives viewers the chance to watch as spring comes into its own on the estate. Cute piglets, chicks, calves and lambs have been arriving thick and fast and Joe Green is determined to share the bundles of joy while explaining his daily duties on the farm. 

(facebook.com/templenewsamestate)

Sussex

Julia Donaldson & Friends is a weekly home broadcast from the former Children’s Laureate and others, including Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb, Lydia Monks, David Roberts and Nick Sharratt. Stories, singing, drawing and other fun activities are based on her beloved stories.

(facebook.com/OfficialGruffalo)

Hull

Artlink Hull presents Space Between Us, a digital exhibition by international contemporary artists about space and life during lockdown. More than 200 artworks will be on show and available to buy, with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to coronavirus charity and 50 per cent to the artists.

(artlinkhull.co.uk) 

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