Don’t let lockdown stop you from enjoying these events online over the next seven days:
Music and opera festival The New Generation Festival launches an online showcase of performers from across the world, broadcast via Instagram. Each day will feature a pre-recorded concert by opera singers, classical and jazz musicians, DJs, drag queens and more at 9am, followed by a chat at 4pm.
Fri May 1, 9am, free.
The ComedySportz team goes digital as they live stream their competitive laughs straight into our homes. Two teams go head-to-head in a series of improvised jokes, sketches and songs, based on audience suggestions.
Fri May 1, 12.30pm, free.
Join this free online beginner ukulele class by First Chord Music School. Whether you’ve played a bit, or never ever played before, get the basics down and learn to play a song with two uke parts. Open to everyone of all ages.
Fri May 1, 1pm, free.
Red Note musicians perform original compositions in the last performance of their virtual concert series.
Fri May 1, 3pm, free.
Expand your lockdown menu and join chef Jonathan at this online workshop, wherein participants will learn how to make gnocchi smothered in a delicious butter sauce.
Fri May 1, 6pm, £10.
The LA pianist who has collaborated with the likes of Solange, Harry Styles and Frank Ocean performs stripped-back soul-jazz off his new album, My Garden. Broadcast live from Rough Trade’s Instagram.
Fri May 1, 6pm, free.
Virtual showcase of the artistic and musical talent of local Aberdonians, with funds raised donated to the charities Riding for the Disabled Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum Trust.
Fri May 1, 6pm, £5.
The National Theatre entertains us during lockdown by streaming one of their shows each week on their YouTube channel. Tonight’s performance is Frankenstein, with Jonny Lee Miller in the role of the creature.
Fri May 1, 7pm, free.
Online music festival hosted by DJ Hannah Rad, featuring sets by pop quartet the Aces, Beartooth, Blxst, Flawes, Gavin Haley and more. Broadcast via Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.
Fri May 1, 7pm, free.
Online kundalini yoga class taking place on Zoom, featuring physical yoga practices, deep meditation and mantras to help relieve stress and increase energy levels.
Fri May 1 & Tue May 5, Fri 9am; Tue 7pm, £12.
Annual mindfulness conference goes virtual with talks, panels, workshops and more about integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives.
Fri May 1-Mon May 4, 2pm, prices vary.
The team over at Leeds Discovery Centre brings a piece of the museum into our homes with a new video every weekday that explores a fascinating topic or period in history, with additional learning resources available on their website.
Fri May 1 & Mon May 4-Thu May 7, 1pm, free.
Arts psychotherapists Rosemarie Fordham and Rosanna Cooper host a virtual arts therapy session over Zoom, focused on breaking outside our socially ascribed roles and tapping into our imagination.
Sat May 2, 10am, £20.
Weekly fun creative sessions led by experienced artists on YouTube, suitable for the whole family to do together.
Sat May 2, 2pm, free.
Weekly live stream of live music performances presented by Tolbooth Stirling. Tonight’s performance features Fife folkster James Yorkston, with donations going towards mental health charity Tiny Changes.
Sat May 2, 7.30pm, by donation.
An online celebration of gardens and floristry, with a digital programme of flower crown making workshops hosted on Instagram, Facebook and Zoom, as well as talks by acclaimed gardeners Simon Lycett, Jonathan Mosely and Amanda Randell-Cox.
Sat May 2 and Sun May 3 & Wed May 6, times vary, free.
Have a boogie at this weekly family-friendly rave beamed straight into your kitchen (or any room in your house), with a different DJ every week. Music requests and heartfelt tributes very welcome
Sun May 3, 2pm, free.
Play along with the British folk singer-songwriter and BRIT Award winner as Marling hosts guitar lessons via Instagram Live every week.
Sun May 3, 7pm, free.
Live streamed comedy show via YouTube, featuring Jon Pearson as MC, and featuring sets by Andy Steadman, Nathan Caton and Lou Conran. All donations are split equally between the acts.
Sun May 3, 7.30pm, free.
Online energetic yoga class, set to an uplifting disco soundtrack and suitable for all ages. The class will take place over Zoom.
Sun May 3 & Thu May 7, Sun 11am; Thu 8.15pm, £5.
Get the week off to a musical start by making music with your wee ones. Grab a shaker, a pot and a pan, or just bring your singing voice and get set up to join the singalong on Zoom.
Mon May 4, 10am, free.
Online webinar and Q&A about space technology and Scotland’s role in its development, chaired by RSE President, Professor Dame Anne Glover. The talk will take place on Zoom.
Mon May 4, 2pm, free.
Test your knowledge of children’s books at this live half-hour quiz, streamed from the Rainbow Factory’s Facebook page and suitable for the whole family. The questions will cover classics of the children’s literature canon, including the Gruffalo, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Room on the Broom and more.
Mon May 4, 2.30pm, free.
Classical music concert featuring Courtenay Cleary, violin; Phillipa Robinson, clarinet; and Kathy Sander, piano.
Tue May 5, 12pm & 7pm, £10 (£8).
Acclaimed contemporary folk musician Kate Stables performs a set of her dreamy psychedelic melodies from her home at this live streamed gig.
Tue May 5, 7.30pm, free.
Director Alla Kovgan discusses her 3D documentary Cunningham, which focuses on the life and work of iconic contemporary dancer, Merce Cunningham. The film won Best Documentary at the Hamptons Film Festival.
Tue May 5, 8.30pm, free.
Enjoy some fun songs and rhymes with your kids at this weekly live rhymetime hosted by Edinburgh’s Portobello Library.
Wed May 6, 11am, free.
Take part in BBC Scotland’s discussion programme, as the studio panel faces questions posed to them from a virtual audience.
Wed May 6, 7pm, free.
Live streamed comedy night, titled Comical Coronavirus-Considerate Comedy, featuring the likes of Jordan Brookes, Helen Duff, Yuriko Kotani, Julia Masli, Patrick Healy and Alex Franklin. Laughter and heckling via microphone is permitted, and all proceeds will be split amongst the performers.
Wed May 6, 8.30pm, pay what you can.
WiseMind Yoga hosts weekly sessions on mindfulness, meditation and yoga.
Thu May 7, 5pm, free.
Live discussions on mental wellness and brain health, wherein Heights co-founder Dan Murray-Serter interviews experts about staying calm and mindful during this stressful time. Today’s talk features Jay Shetty delivering a talk titled How to Think Like a Monk. Proceeds will go to the mental health charity Mind.
Thu May 7, 6.30pm, by donation.
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