There are countless online events streaming from City of London arts and culture institutions this month - check out all our favourite experiences to join!
We don’t know about you, but we are desperately looking for something to do these days – to tear us away from the repetitive nature of lockdown life. Daily walks help but god we need more. That’s why we turn to digital cultural experiences, hoping they will save us from the Groundhog Day cycle. Take a virtual tour of an art exhibit, watch some theatre, listen to some live music or just take part in a really interesting talk. And there are countless Square Mile institutions which are offering up all of this. Here are our favourites!
It’s almost been a year since these guys shut their doors and went online. They hosted countless public events to bring some joy back to our lives in lockdown 1 and 2. But they have been smashing out private parties too. Last year, 13,000 guests attended around 200 private events with the majority of those taking place in December. Clearly corporates fell in love with these guys. And so have we! That’s why we are pumped to see they have opened up more virtual bingo nights made for those of us who need a little silly excitement in our lives. Expect superimposed animations, digital confetti showers and crazy filters alongside all their usual gameshow twists. Buy some tickets to their next party if you’re keen for some competitive fun at home.
27 February, single ticket £8, 2-person ticket £12, 3-person ticket £15 and family ticket £20
Learn all about the customs and traditions of Lunar New Year at this special Zoom workshop delivered in partnership with Sunmake Cultures Foundation in Yilan Park of National Centre for Traditional Arts in Taiwan. Find out how to greet others, what clothes are traditionally worn and other customs such as the well-loved dragon dance, then make your own dragon mask with artist Yu-Chen Wang. This interactive workshop is suitable for children ages 5-12 and open to families both in the UK and in Taiwan.
14 February, free
While we power through lockdown 3.0, the Southbank Centre is hosting a series of live streamed performances and discussions, which you can experience right from the comfort of their own living rooms. Inside Out was incredibly popular last year (even with it being online) and this year is expected to be just as exciting. Seven virtual literature and spoken word events will feature alongside a whole host of music performances by a diverse range of local and international artists.
Until 28 March, ticket prices differ from one event to the other
Put on your headphones and take part in an imagined audio walk through the City of London’s streets, from the Millennium Bridge to Smithfield Market, accompanied by the voices of Londoners past and present. From your phone, or computer, at home or on your local walk, you’ll be transported through London’s iconic streets and hear the stories of Londoners who have gone before.
Until 28 March
Somerset House is bringing this year’s edition of Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy online. The free digital series explores the concept of health and wellbeing in the age of the pandemic – featuring new commissions, films, live streamed lectures and workshops. This programme is expected to demonstrate how art can offer moments of reflection and relief during times of crisis. And oh how we need that right now. Expect everything from breathing, meditation and movement exercises in a guided introduction to the ancient African practice of Kemetic yoga and embroidery workshops.
Until 7 March, free
Join an online conversation with the makers and contributors of White Riot – an award-winning film that charts the vital national protest movement of Rock Against Racism in the 1970s. Chaired by radio DJ, presenter and producer Iyare Igiehon, the conversation features White Riot director Rubika Shah, Pervez Bilgrami of punk band Alien Kulture, and Director of the Black Music Research Unit at Westminster University and former member of Steel Pulse, Mykaell Riley. This event has been produced in collaboration with Modern Films and S.O.U.L Fest, a month long celebration of Black British talent in film.
Until 20 April, free
Culture lovers are truly missing live music in London. Especially at a time when the country is feeling deflated by the ongoing news. But thank the gods for the City Music Foundation and their new 2020 CMF Artists who are hosting a series of free monthly lunchtime recitals at Barts Great Hall throughout 2021, in partnership with Barts Heritage. These concerts are intended for an in-person audiences alongside live broadcast but will at present just be streamed live – both across the world and directly to NHS patients and staff. Each concert will be filmed by a professional team of sound and video engineers and broadcast live to people at home as well as directly to the patients and staff at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Artist Management company Only Stage has recently launched its 2021 Digital Season – All About Bach! – running until 5 March. The festival kicked off with a performance from world-renowned violinist Charlie Siem, who will also be closing the festival on 5 March. The Digital Season from Only Stage is a series of free concerts where artists will perform a selection of classic pieces from Bach’s repertoire, using technology and social media to stream to devices worldwide. The line-up includes 8 soloists over 9 concerts, taking place once a week.
Until 5 March, free