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Virtual Events: How To Get Your Culture Fix at Home

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From workouts to exhibition tours to festivals, the past year has proven that pretty much everything can be adapted for the digital world. Here we bring you the best virtual events, tutorials and shows to tune into this season.

London Art Fair

London Art Fair

For over 30 years, the London Art Fair has showcased both internationally renowned names and emerging talent within the modern and contemporary art world at its annual festival. The 2021 event will take place online, though visitors will still be able to browse curated viewing rooms and attend digital discussions and events. Fifty galleries are displaying works, including Merville Galleries, Arte Globale and Beaux Arts London, with this year’s theme being ‘Folk Art’, exploring poignant themes of culture and community. 20 – 31 January. londonartfair.co.uk

All About Bach Festival

Charlie Siem

In a bid to bring live music to homes this lockdown, artist management company Only Stage is running a a series of free concerts where artists perform classic pieces from Bach’s repertoire. Taking place once a week until March, the concerts can be accessed via the Only Stage Facebook page, Instagram and YouTube channel. Next up is Massimo Mercelli  and Nicoletta Sanzin on 29 January at 5.30pm. Until 5 March.

The Covent Garden Digital Hub

Floral by Lima At Home

Floral by Lima At Home

Covent Garden is set to provide some much-needed entertainment with the launch of its brand new digital hub. From DIY meal kits courtesy of Floral by LIMA and Cinnamon Bazaar to virtual retail services from the likes of Burberry and Tom Ford, the new virtual platform hopes to “bring the magic of Covent Garden to all”. Theatre enthusiasts can enjoy exclusive video content from the Royal Opera House, whilst beloved independent toy store Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop will be teaching little ones how to create their very own theatre at home. What’s more, Covent Garden has also launched a Spotify channel featuring a range of brand playlists and songs which resonate with the renowned destination. If you’re missing a trip to the West End, this might just raise your spirits. coventgarden.london

LARTA Virtual 2021

LARTA

Jazzing up your home this lockdown? Tune into the digital version of this year’s London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair, which showcases a selection of decorative and fine rugs, carpets, runners, textiles and tapestries from 20 specialist dealers. All items for sale will be available on the LARTA website. 26 January – 14 February. larta.net

A Listening Eye: The Films of Mike Dibb

Mike Dibb

From David Hockney to Salvador Dali, documentary filmmaker Mike Dibb has created portrait films about some of the biggest names in the art world. This January, Whitechapel Gallery is celebrating his work with an online series, featuring screenings of his films alongside live ‘in conversation’ events. Until 26 March. whitechapelgallery.org

Discussing Burgundy with 67 Pall Mall

67 Pall Mall

One for the oenophiles: private members’ club 67 Pall Mall is hosting a four-part virtual series on buying Burgundy En Primeur this month. The events will discuss topics such as the benefits of buying it and whether it’s just the more famous producers that will increase in value. The next one takes place on 27 January at 6pm. 67pallmall.com

Yorkshire Dark Skies Festival

Dark skies festival

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Lockdown means astronomy lovers can’t travel to Yorkshire for its annual Dark Skies Festival this February – but instead they’re being invited to marvel at the wonders of the universe from home. The virtual event will feature talks from scientists on the latest cosmic discoveries and upcoming developments in space, including the landing of NASA’s spacecraft on Mars this February, alongside virtual stargazing tours. Wildlife and conservation experts, meanwhile, will be talking about why it’s so important to conserve our night skies. And, as the full moon appears in week two, organisers are planning a live MoonWatch with an informal Q&A session. 12 – 28 February 2021. darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk

Cambridge Film Festival At Home

Booksmart, Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival will be running a series of digital film-related events this year. First up: ‘A Film I Love’, in which special guests will present and discuss their favourite film prior to a screening, kicking off with Mark Kermode on The Whalebone Box and Anna Smith on Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart. cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

FANE’s ‘In Conversation With’ Series

Anna Jones

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Author Richard Flanagan, journalist Stacey Dooley and chef Anna Jones are all taking part in the new programme of ‘A Night In With’ digital events from production company FANE. Events are broadcast live online, then available to view for up to a week. Various dates. fane.co.uk

Online Book Clubs

Poetry books

There are a lot of things we’re missing during lockdown, but there are also some positives to confinement: one being all the extra reading time. And while the act of reading is a solitary pursuit, the discussion afterwards is equally enriching. Thankfully the world of online book clubs is bigger than ever, offering readers a chance to digitally share thoughts with like-minded literary lovers. Many host live events, such as Poppy Loves Book Club, which runs discussions via Facebook once a month. Click here for the full guide.

The Craft Council Gallery

Crafts Council Gallery

On the hunt for one-of-a-kind gifts? Check out The Craft Council Gallery, a new space for showcasing contemporary craft in London’s Islington. The gallery has virtually opened its doors with an online exhibition titled Future Edit, with 150 unique pieces available to buy. craftscouncil.org.uk

Locked Down by Morpheus

Locked Down by Morpheus

Say goodbye to Zoom quizzes: there’s a new virtual socialising activity on the scene. Locked Down by Morpheus is an immersive theatrical experience in which online audiences are taken on a sensory adventure by live actors, designed for groups of up to six people. Perfect for office parties or lockdown birthdays. morpheus-show.co.uk

Virtual Gin Tour with Secret Food Tours

Secret food tours - virtual gin tour

As dining out and travel are off the cards for those in tier three, award-winning Secret Food Tours is ensuring you don’t miss out. The brand’s one-hour free gin tour (usually £15 to explore the gin-soaked streets of London) can now be accessed from the comforts and safety of your own home, packed with DIY cocktails, quizzes and special prizes to be won, with an expert guide providing all the answers to any questions you may have. Tours take place every Thursday and Saturday, book online at secrettours.com

Sangria and Secrets

Lockdown restrictions mean no parties but fret not, Digital Wonder Emporium ensures you can hang out with up to 100 people (virtually, of course) at its new Sangria and Secrets event. More than just a live cocktail class, fabulous Drag Queens will guide you step by step to make Portuguese sangria from scratch with unique live performances. Filled with fireworks, smoke effects and amazing cabaret costumes, it’s the perfect party with friends and a virtual event not to be missed. digitalwonderemporium.com

See Raffaello Sanzio’s Works On-Screen

Raphael

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Art enthusiasts will be pleased to know they can still get their High Renaissance culture fix thanks to Musement. The online platform has cleverly introduced a brand-new virtual exhibition in light of the 500th anniversary of artist Raffaello Sanzio’s (or Raphael’s) death. Peruse an array of the Italian painter’s spectacular works via the website now. musement.com

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