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Online arts and cultural events and activities

Online arts and cultural activities provided and curated by Suffolk’s cultural organisations.

Let’s get listening, singing and dancing

First Light Festival online →

Missed the fun? Head over to the First Light website and social media, to relive the summer solstice weekend with First Light Festival.

Virtually Magpie dance sessions →

Suitable for all abilities you can now take part in Magpie Dance sessions from the safety and security of your own home with Virtually Magpie! Magpie Dance is the UK’s leading dance charity for people with learning disabilities.

‘From The Red House’ podcast →

A monthly podcast presented by Lucy Walker will explore all things Britten and Pears, music, culture, heritage and anything else that might come up.

DanceEast are going live! →

From ballet barre to pilates DanceEast have made some of their most popular classes available for free via Zoom. Space are limited so make sure to book.

Let’s make Suffolk’s history

Pride in Suffolk’s Past →

‘Pride in Suffolk’s Past’ is a Suffolk Archives project capturing the hidden stories of LGBTQ+ people in Suffolk’s past and present.

History Begins at Home →

Right before our eyes history is being made. History Begins at Home invites you to ignite conversations with your families and friends about the past. #HistoryBeginsAtHome will give you the questions, the tools and the tasks, connecting families, creating history.

Ipswich Museums: Record your experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic →

Help Ipswich Museums record the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell them how your lives have changed, what you’re thinking and what objects you would show people to explain how they lived through this time.

Be part of history →

Suffolk’s Archives needs to tell future generations about COVID-19. Help by providing a snapshot of your life in Suffolk during these unusual times.

Let’s see some art around the world

Southbank Centre - The show must go on(line) →

Their doors may be closed for now, but the Southbank Centre are bringing art, culture and creativity to you, via their blogs, videos and playlists.

Cultural Community College Online →

SlungLow’s The Cultural Community College is a place to come and learn, free at the point of use, a wide array of classes and courses for adults aged 18+.

Live sessions talks and artist broadcasts from Somerset House →

‘I Should Be Doing Something Else Right Now’ is Somerset House’s new online cultural programme.

BBC Culture in Quarantine →

Along with a number of national partners, the BBC are bringing arts & culture from museums to dance straight to your homes.

Google Arts & Culture →

Look inside Salvador Dali’s studio, tour the world or turn your selfie in an artwork. The world’s your oyster!

Time Out’s virtual gallery tours →

A great list of free virtual gallery tours from around the world.

Let’s make something

Little Eden →

Inspired by artist Mary Catherine Newcomb project EDEN, the Pacitti Company have created Little Eden an activities pack of growing, cooking and arts projects for you to make at home.

64 Millions Artists Weekly Challenge →

Each Monday ‘64 Million Artists’ post a simple creative challenge for you to DO, THINK about and SHARE with other people. This week’s artist is Kay Rufai.

Firstsite artist created activity packs →

Designed for all ages and abilities, featuring contributions from UK artists including Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, Jeremy Deller, Mark Wallinger and more.

Let’s go to the theatre

National Theatre at Home: Les Blancs →

Les Blancs is streaming for free until 7pm UK time on Thursday 29 July 2020. Yaël Farber (Mies Julie, Nirbhaya) directs the final play by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun): a brave, illuminating and powerful work that confronts the hope and tragedy of revolution.

Marriage of Figaro →

Garsington Opera presents John Cox’s celebrated production of Le nozze di Figaro.

Royal Opera House, #OurHouseToYourHouse series - Woolf Works →

Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych Woolf Works was inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf and has an original score by Max Richter.

Digital Youth Theatre →

HighTide has launched a digital Youth Theatre, bringing together young people who access the services of 4YP in Ipswich, for a creative and connected digital response to Lockdown, called the Coronavirus Time Capsule.

Bounce: The New Wolsey’s fortnightly round-up

Round up of the best in on-line culture, education and entertainment – including the theatre’s on going ‘Storyline’ project. ‘Storyline’ is a dedicated telephone line where local people can leave the theatre a message about whatever’s on their mind, which will then be used to create a piece of work.

Let’s visit a museum

30 fun activities at home with Palace House →

Create a mini museum, design your dream palace or deliver a guided tour of your very own home.

Activities from Suffolk Museums →

Great range of crafts, writing and virtual museum activities.

Let’s get reading and writing

Essex Book Festival – Online events →

This month, Louise Hare will be in conversation with Ros Green, Director of Essex Book Festival, discussing her debut novel This Lovely City. Explore the Essex Book Festival website to find out about more events happening online over the summer.

The Neverending Stories Pack →

National Writers Centre resource pack to help families for get creative and spend time together. Tips and activities, from how to find time to tell stories together to what to do when you’re running out of ideas.

The Primadonna Prize for unsigned and unrepresented new writing talent

Primadonna Festival have established a prize to help open up access to the publishing industry, with focus squarely on the talent of the authors. Mention ‘Suffolk Libraries’ when you submit your entry to be eligible for 1 of 10 free submissions.

Comments and suggestions

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