Don’t let lockdown stop you from enjoying these events online over the next seven days:
The Charlatans frontman posts tweets in real time while his followers stream or play an album of his choice. Ask questions or share memories using the hashtag #TimsTwitterListeningParty. This week he’ll be discussing Brutalism by IDLES, Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight, Bombay Bicycle Club’s A Different Kind of Fix and more.
Daily, times vary, free.
The Cosmic Shambles Network keeps us company on lockdown with a special show and tell session, which sees scientists, teachers and enthusiasts of all stripes show off one of their favourite objects and discuss why they love it. Today’s episode features Robin Ince, Josie Long, Francesca Stavrakopoulou and more.
Fri May 8, 10.30am, free.
Comedian Russell Howard returns to give a funny and upbeat spin on the news from his former childhood bedroom. Featuring interviews with other famous folk on lockdown and live performances.
Fri May 8, 12pm, free.
An opportunity for people to come together to chat, connect and build a community, hosted on Zoom by Scottish environmental campaigning charity Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Fri May 8, 2pm, free.
Comedians Nish Kumar, Sara Pascoe, Sue Perkins and Ed Gamble embark on an epic, live-streamed Dungeons and Dragons quest at this fundraiser, hosted by Comic Relief and Wizards of the Coast. All proceeds will go towards UK and international charities supporting those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Fri May 8, 7pm, free.
In honour of her cancelled Glasgow gig, Berlin-based dance music artist Jayda G hosts an online DJ set, fundraising for the Scottish Mental Health Association.
Fri May 8, 8pm, £24.25.
Weekly e-quiz hosted by Edinburgh University Students’ Association via Facebook live stream.
Fri May 8, 8pm, free.
Virtual music festival weekender organised by Dork, with artists performing live streamed sets from their homes. The line-up features the likes of APRE, Born Ruffians, Circa Waves, Drug Store Romeos, Flawes, HANYA, Honey Lung, Lauran Hibberd, Phoebe Green, Pizzagirl, The Xcerts, Tim Burgess and many, many more.
Fri May 8 — Sun May 10, 12pm-11pm, free.
Musicians around the world take part in a charity event raising awareness and funds for Irish and Scottish mental health charities. Each participating performer will perform 200 songs in one sitting, from memory.
Sat May 9, 6am, free.
Company Chameleon hosts dance and movement classes for children over on their YouTube channel every week.
Sat May 9, 10am, free.
Leave it all on the dance floor at this full-body workshop inspired by the rapper-songwriter Lizzo.
Sat May 9, 2pm, £10.
Treat yourself to a variety of delicious biscuits at this online baking session, led by professional chef Priyanka.
Sat May 9, 3pm, £10.
The British singer-songwriter performs a live gig via La Blogotheque’s Instagram.
Sat May 9, 6pm, free.
Notting Hill Carnival’s biggest soundsystem Rampage Sound and leading mass band Socaholic host an online interactive carnival experience over Zoom, with a prize for best carnival-themed fancy dress. The event will be raising money for the Brixton Soup Kitchen & Support Centre.
Sat May 9, 6pm, free.
London’s legendary Phoenix Arts Club stage live streamed performances of theatre and cabaret into the comfort of our homes, hosted by Colin Savage and Stuart Saint.
Sat May 9, 10pm, free.
A powerful and energising weekly 90-minute session of kundalini yoga with Edinburgh and Linlithgow-based instructor Jenny.
Sun May 10, 10am, £10.
Live streamed performance of comedian Ivor Dembina’s 2019 Pick of the Edinburgh Fringe award-winning solo show, which dives into the life of a modern Jewish comic with kosher gags a-plenty.
Sun May 10, 5.45pm, £5.
New York-based electronic duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell perform an exclusive live streamed performance via Rough Trade’s Instagram.
Sun May 10, 6pm, free.
Folk-punk singer-songwriter George Gadd performs a live streamed set of Frightened Rabbit covers, in honour of the second anniversary of Scott Hutchinson’s passing.
Sun May 10, 7pm, free.
The legendary English singer-songwriter and lead guitarist of folk-rock group Fairport Convention performs a live streamed set in support of the Royal Albert Hall.
Sun May 10, 7.30pm, free.
Scottish charity The MGA Foundation, which helps people from non-privileged backgrounds pursue education and training in singing, dancing and musical theatre, hosts a fun and interactive charity quiz night.
Sun May 10, 8pm, £3 suggested donation.
A collective artwork created for and by the people of Dundee, as well as those living further afield, helping us share our experiences and stay connected during the lockdown. A new activity will be announced every week and contributions are shared on their online gallery.
Mon May 11, 12pm, free.
Hour-long yoga session for children, featuring mindfulness exercises, poses and games. The sessions will take place over Zoom, and are limited to ten places.
Mon May 11, 3pm, free.
Dance company Chameleon keeps us moving and shaking during the lockdown with weekly dance challenges shared across their social media platforms every Tuesday. Share your contributions with the hashtag #ChallengeTuesdays.
Tue May 12, 10am, free.
Weekly storytime for wee ones aged 0-5 years hosted by Edinburgh’s much-loved Mimi’s Bakehouse on Facebook Live.
Tue May 12, 10am, free.
The film buffs over at Dundee Contemporary Arts hosts an online weekly discussion group via their social media platforms. The film is announced every Wednesday and the chat takes place on Tuesday afternoon through the hashtag #DCAFilmClub.
Tue May 12, 1pm, free.
Join CAMRA’s virtual pub and enjoy fun quiz sessions, exciting beer tastings or a talk on home brewing. Online registration is essential. This session features a talk by Andy Parker on homebrewing.
Tue May 12, 6pm, free.
Children’s drama workshops hosted via Zoom and featuring drama activities, games and arts and crafts. Limited to ten places per session.
Tue May 12 and Wed May 13, 4pm, free.
An online workshop led by Edinburgh Craft Club teaching participants macrame knotting techniques to make a plant hanger out of yarn.
Wed May 13, 6.30pm, £25.
Monthly storytelling session by Wild Geese Theatre Company, wherein a performer reads an instalment from a story that the audience has chosen.
Thu May 14, 10am, free.
Online creative writing club for ages 8–11 hosted by The Writer’s Block, with downloadable activity sheets available on the website.
Thu May 14, 1pm, 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. Proceeds from the talks will go to the mental health charity Mind. Today’s talk features Dr James Doty on the topic ‘How Compassion Unlocks your Brain’s Potential’.
Thu May 14, 6.30pm, by donation.
Comedian Ivo Graham hosts this traditional pub quiz in a non-traditional virtual setting, featuring five rounds of questions.
Thu May 14, 8.30pm, free.
Online science chat and lively debate held over Zoom, centred on how the lifestyle changes we’ve adopted due to the Covid-19 pandemic have benefited the planet, and whether we will return to our old ways once the lockdown is over.
Thu May 14, 8.30pm, free.
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