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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 singing and dancing

Telephone Jazz Singalong 22 June - 11 September →

Acclaimed singer and vocalist Helen McDonald is making her phone number available to older people to call her and sing jazz and classic songs together over the telephone.

Fiston Lusambo Online Video Jam Sessions, Tuesday at 5pm →

Free weekly music workshops for people with disabilities & their families & carers. Each week Fiston will be joined by a different guest artist. These great musicians will encourage people of all ages living with disabilities to develop their musical skills and confidence in a fun musical jam environment!

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.

Swan Lake Bath Ballet →

27 elite dancers from across the globe create a modern-day Swan Lake from their own bathtubs.

Let’s make Suffolk’s history

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.

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.

The Way I See It →

Arts Council England are working in partnership with Google Arts & Culture and five arts organisations across the country to create a new online gallery. ‘The Way I See It’ showcases, celebrates and archives the extraordinary work produced by children and young people in response to Covid-19.

Let’s make something

The Quarantine Quilt Project →

The Quarantine Quilt Project is inviting people to send stitched words or designs which reflect their feelings toward the pandemic for one of several community quilt projects across the country.

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.

DIY Radio make your own radio show at home! →

DIY Radio is Hunt and Darton’s and Farnham Maltings new family activity pack with everything you need to make your very own radio show at home.


‘HAVE YOU’ is offering a series of digital music sessions over the summer, plus a week of creative tech including games design in August as well as a series of drawing and animation sessions.

Let’s go to the theatre

Institute →

Premiering on Sunday, 19 July 2020 on BBC Four and in collaboration with Illuminations, The Space and BBC, Gecko presents its debut feature film Institute, an intimate, funny and moving exploration of what it means to care.

Theatre of life →

The Theatre for Life have launched online creative and wellbeing workshops to support aspiring or new performers between 14-25 years old throughout lockdown.

Utopia Theatre →

Utopia Theatre in Sheffield have launched The Creative Hub 2020 – a free, online series of masterclasses and workshops exploring African Theatre for people of African origin aged 16 and above, from voice coaching workshops to set and costume design.

National Theatre at Home: Amadeus →

Amadeus is streaming for free from the 16th July until 23rd July 2020. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash.

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 explore with Suffolk’s museums

Suffolk Steps - Pathways to the past on your doorstep →

Looking to stay active and find fun ways to explore your local area this Summer? Why not download a free, historical walk leaflet and start exploring a town or park near you, with Suffolk Steps.

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 →

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.

The Big Book Weekend →

The Big Book Weekend saw writers from across the cancelled literary festivals come together and take their conversations online. Catch up with Marian Keyes in conversation with Catherine Mayer, Robert Webb discussing his inspirations with acclaimed literary journalist Alex Clark and Sam Weller and Neil Gaimen getting together to discuss the work of Ray Bradbury.

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