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Virtual Events: How To Get Your Culture Fix at Home

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Whether it be enjoying ‘drinks’ with your friends via Zoom, hanging out on House Party, or doing sit-ups alongside an Instagram live workout, the virtual world is bustling. Here are some of the best virtual events and tutorials to keep you entertained. 

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Raindance Film Festival 2020

In a response to the global pandemic, Raindance Film Festival has launched its 28th year with an online showcase of indie film. Britain’s biggest independent film festival intends to continue inspiring and unifying people through the art of film by adapting their content – commencing with the UK Premiere of Stardust on 28 October. Watch up to 50 film premieres from anywhere in the world for free, covering a range of themes from politics to the female gaze. Events will be streamed on Shift72 from 28 October – 7 November, raindance.org

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Frieze Sculpture 2020

Frieze Sculpture is returning to London this October, allowing guests to engage and enjoy sculptural pieces from the world’s most prominent artists. Running alongside Frieze London and Frieze Master’s, this year’s exhibition will feature ambitious sculptures with a virtual presence Viewing Room – from themes such as civil rights, ecology and the role of the artist as a distributor.  5 – 18th October, frieze.com.

Frieze Sculpture

Perpetual Music Concerts with Rolex

In a bid to support musicians and singers during this challenging period, Rolex has launched a series of concerts across the world – available to view online. The idea is to give artists who have suffered the loss of audience and income the chance to perform with renowned artists in prestigious venues. The first took place in Pesaro, Italy last week, and concerts in Berlin (1 September) and Paris (3 September) are still to come. In each of the concerts, a Rolex Testimonee will introduce the evening and present the artists and mutually agreed repertoire: Sonya Yoncheva in Berlin, and Rolando Villazón and associated artist Renaud Capuçon in Paris. Events will be streamed live on medici.tv, and will remain on the platform until the end of October.

FANE’s ‘In Conversation With’ Series

Nigella Lawson, FANE

Nigella Lawson, Matt Haig and Jodi Picoult are all taking part in the new programme of ‘in conversation with’ events from production company FANE. The series was launched in a bid to support the theatrical and literary ecosystem during these difficult times, with viewing available worldwide. fane.co.uk

Locked down. Locked in. But living

Three UK dance companies are joining forces to explore the theme of isolation through movement, a new commission from the Lawrence Batley Theatre (thelbt.org). Born out of lockdown, the project involves two contemporary dance solos and a short ballet – all available to watch online. 24 September – 18 October,  thelbt.org

Borough Talks

Borough Market is launching a second series of its culinary online discussions, Borough Talks. Events include a conversation between Olia Hercules and Elisabeth Luard on why seasonality matters, as well as a talk between Ravinder Bhogal, Elizabeth Haigh and Jack Stein on the future of dining out, looking at how restaurants can adapt to the new normal. boroughmarket.co.uk

World Big Dog Walk

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The Covid-19 pandemic has sadly proved difficult for many animal charities across the globe. Enter the Virtual Big Dog Walk Challenge; a digital fundraiser aiming to raise money for these charities in need. The campaign is asking humans to take their furry friends for a walk at a location of choice – yes, it’s really that simple – in which owners (including the likes of Claire Balding, Michaela Strachan and Gemma Atkinson) will pledge a distance to walk throughout the month of September, in order to raise money for a number of animal charities. The aim is to reach 40,075km worth of pledges – the circumference of the Earth. Visit bigdogwalk.co.uk to sign up. 

Hay Festival Book of the Month Live Q&As

Hay Festival has launched a new Q&A series, designed to showcase the author of the Festival’s Book of the Month title through an interactive conversation on Crowdcast. Poet and playwright Inua Ellams kicked the series off with a discussion on his award-winning collection The Half-God of Rainfall, and upcoming sessions will see novelist Anne Enright talking about Actress and David Mitchell on Utopia Avenue. hayfestival.com

Arundel Castle: Sensational Roses in Bloom

Anne Boleyne rose at Arundel Castle Gardens by Martin Duncan

Anne Boleyne rose at Arundel Castle Gardens by Martin Duncan

In its latest virtual tour of the grounds, Arundel Castle showcases a beautiful array of old-fashioned roses – more than 20 varieties flourishing across the impressive West Sussex estate, from ‘Harlow Carr’ hedging to ‘Princess Anne’ roses and white ‘Winchester Cathedral’ shrubs. Tune in now via arundelcastle.org

The Barbican’s Digital Programme

London’s The Barbican has announced a new schedule of digital content drawn from the performing arts centre’s eclectic international arts programme. Comprising a range of podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles – from the release of an album created by young Londoners to Stephen Fry’s ‘The Art of Change’ podcast – the initiative hopes to engage and inspire creativity throughout the pandemic. barbican.org.uk

Dior: Savoir-faire of the diamond-accented Gem Bag Clutch

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Another lockdown fashion fix straight from Dior, the luxury fashion house has released a video showcasing the making of its brand-new green satin minaudière, created by both Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and Victoire de Castellane, artistic director of Dior Joaillerie. The gem-set clutch features an exquisite rose-shaped diamond clasp from the ‘Rose Dior Bagatelle’ collection – a nod to one of Monsieur Dior’s favourite flowers. View the video here. 

Behind The Scenes

Artemisia Gentileschi

Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), by Artemisia Gentileschi

Catch a glimpse of the Hayward Gallery’s Among the Trees through a video interview with artist Hugh Hayden. Learn more about the National Gallery’s Artemisia exhibition with a YouTube lecture by art historian Jesse Locker, and watch Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin star in Candice Breitz’s video installation exploring the refugee crisis.

See Raffaello Sanzio’s spectacular 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

Lend your voice to Mark De Lisser’s world choir

Put your shower singing to good use by joining vocal coach Mark De Lisser’s virtual choir of voices. The renowned choral director – also the choral arranger for Harry and Meghan’s wedding – is calling on people to lend their voices to The World Choir and sing along to a number of uplifting songs from home. Add your voice at singologychoirs.wufoo.com

Join The Arts Society’s new digital platform

Arts Society

UK arts education charity The Arts Society has launched a new digital platform inviting both Arts Society members and the public to join an array of fortnightly art lectures, screenings, live author Q&As and more. Aiming to keep members and the greater population connected and entertained through tough times of isolation, the platform will also provide a community forum accessible to all. ‘We believe the arts have the power to bring people together, and we will not let this virus stop communities from enjoying the arts with each other,’ said chief executive of The Arts Society, Florian Schweizer. connected.theartssociety.org

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020

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Anika Roach, Dustin Brown v Nadal, 2019, Courtesy of the artists and New Contemporaries

One of the best vehicles for discovering new artistic talent, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition is going virtual in 2020. Visitors will be able to take a close look at the innovative work of 36 emerging artists from UK art schools – selected by renowned artists Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder – in advance of the December exhibition. From September 30, newcontemporaries.org.uk

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