Culture in Quarantine 2020
Posted on April 19th, 2020
When I did the 2020 April Super Seven, I don’t think I realised how long this quarantine would last. Although, I now secretly love how quiet the London streets have become, and the beautiful intrusion of birdsong all day long.
What has surprised me is the incredible lengths people have gone to help us get through the quarantine, with a vast amount of culture for free. The benefits to our mental health are being fed daily.
Museums, cinemas, theatres have done their bit, and continue to provide us with more culture than I thought possible. It is like having a friend in the room, as you sit and escape your four walls.
However, these wonderful institutions rely on donations to survive. If you do watch and take advantage of these screenings, please donate if you are able to.
As we walk into week 5 of quarantine, I have some familiar choices for you, and I hope a few new ones. At the moment so many events are released weekly, sometimes daily it is worth following me on Twitter or Instagram where I repost most of what I see..
Week 5 of quarantine culture
Recently announced …
Sir Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures are releasing with Sky Arts at 8pm ‘A Festival of Classics’. Every Sunday for the next 3 weeks you can view their best productions. It start this Sunday 19 April at 8pm with Swan Lake.
Exhibition on Screen with David Hockney… join David Hockney for two hours and have an art lesson like no other. Originally released in the cinema, watch this maestro at work from his fabulous exhibitions at the Royal Academy.
New ‘At Home Series’…
Royal Albert Home. The Royal Albert Hall is closed for the first time since WWII ahead of their 150th anniversary. I cannot think of an occasion when I haven’t had the best time at the RAH, so Supporting them at this time is more important than ever .
The Hall have created an At Home series where you can watch artists perform in their homes. Have a look at what their new schedule has to offer – there is cool Jazz for kids to start with. I’ve also spied that after our Thursday #ClapforCarers KT Turnstall is live on 30 April #RoyalAlbertHome
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Andrew Lloyd Webber : The Show Must Go On. ALW is screening his top musicals for 24hrs every Friday. Watching Phantom of the Opera’s 25th anniversary performance on Friday was incredible.
I have just seen that Sky Arts are screening it this afternoon (Sunday at 5.15pm BST). So if you missed it, you have another opportunity if you get Sky Arts.
It is worth signing up to find out what is being shown. Having a good sing-a long works wonders for your mood. This little BIG detail on Phantom was released on Wednesday for Friday!
National Theatre LIVE continues its generous and extraordinary production releases. The productions are available for 7 days to watch if you can’t view on Thursday evenings. Please consider donating £10 or £20 if you watch. Think what good value this is if you watch as a family.
Royal Opera House: Opera or ballet, the ROH will tick all the boxes with their releases. Metamorphosis is the release of the week. They have a truly fantastic Create & Learn programme for youngsters that has been launched by Darcey Bussell – take a look if you have kids #OurHouseToYourHouse
Conversation to look forward to
Dame Judy Dench in conversation with Gyles Brandreth for a limited time only for £4.99. What joy… It was a conversation filmed in 2017 and is available from 26 April at 3pm. I hope it will gives us all a taster of what her sell-out conversation scheduled for 2020 would have been like. Dame Judy is one of Britain’s greatest treasures, and I say that having worked with her many years ago.
Delayed due to illness, Grayson Perry has rescheduled his Grayson Art Club to Monday 27 April at 8pm on Channel 4. A lot of my art friends are really excited about this.
I hope I have given you a little more escapism in these very strange times. I am a huge lover of the arts and support them where and when I can. All proceeds from each of these venues goes towards helping their own community of creative talent. Something we get to enjoy so very much.