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Virtual events listings - DailyInfo

Oxford's DailyInfo are compiling a list of live and online streaming events

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Oxford International Short Film Festival

The festival features 135 exciting Short Films played over 11 blocks between May and July. Profits to be donated to help Covid-19 NHS staff.     

Get tickets on eventbrite

Virtual #MayMorning

The traditional May Morning event has been cancelled so this year, we're inviting members of public to share their May Morning memories and home celebrations on social media using the hashtag #MayMorning.

More information about virtual #MayMorning

Ramadan classes from the Fountain Institute

The Fountain Institute  are holding regular classes for the month of Ramadan, some require registration and some require just simple access. All classes are held on Zoom and free for all to access.

Visit the Fountain Institute website

Cowley Road Carnival at Home

Cowley Road Carnival is heading into your homes this year with #CarnivalatHome. Join in Team Carnival's creative projects - there are Carnival Arts at Home projects for children, Science and Art Learning projects for young people, and you can get involved in Virtual Carnival!

Singers, drummers and dancers can join us in recording a massive online flashmob ahead of 5 July, or if you're a whizz in the kitchen why not try one of our Flavours of Carnival recipes from the stalls and restaurants which line Cowley Road on Carnival Day.

Visit the Cowley Road Carnival website

Creation Theatre - The Tempest Live

Join Creation Theatre to be the first to experience Creation’s innovative, interactive, anarchic response to making theatre under lock down.

Watch The Tempest from Creation Theatre

The Big Oxfordshire Quiz - Experience Oxfordshire

Over the next few weeks Experience Oxfordshire will be hosting a quiz on Friday evenings.

The Big Oxfordshire Quiz aims to increase pride in place amongst Oxfordshire locals during the coronavirus crisis.

Take part in the Experience Oxfordshire quiz

Oxford Folk Weekend - Online

The traditional folk weekend (17 to 19 April 2020) is still going ahead online.

See the line-up on the Oxford Folk Weekend website

The Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival

The festival programme features over 200 authors and 130 events from 27 March until 11 April 2020, with subjects ranging from poetry to novel writing and nonfiction, career advice, wellbeing and mindfulness, mental health, and publishing.

Visit the Stay-at-Home Festival website

Oxfordshire Artweeks

Oxfordshire Artweeks are taking their annual festival virtual from 2 to 25 May, with 1000 artists.

In 100s of artist galleries on the website, there will be thousands of pictures of the pieces created by painters, potters, silversmiths, textile and glass artists, furniture-makers and more.

Check out Oxfordshire Artweeks


Creative activities for kids

Little Ankle Biters - guide to keeping the kids entertained

Oxfordshire guide outlining various online and offline learning and creative tools for children. Their guide also includes tips on how to structure your day and a list of activities for children.

Little Ankle Biters guide to keeping kids entertained

ChatterPack - list of free, online, boredom-busting resources

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources for people isolated at home.

ChatterPack - online boredom-busting resources

Fields in Trust - activities for kids

Engage your kids with nature and get them being creative this spring with a range of fun park-themed activities and challenges.

Visit the Fields in Trust website

Fantastic for Families

Fantastic for Families is an arts website suggesting ideas for cultural and creative activities for families to do together at home. There are links to live events that families can join and also to recorded activities that they can watch.

Visit the Fantastic for Families website

Girlguiding - Adventures at home

Activities and adventures to keep yourself occupied during this difficult time - fun for kids, adults, everyone.

Visit the Girlguiding website

Scout Association

The Scout Association have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas to keep kids learning new skills and having fun.

Visit the Scout Association  

LEGO play ideas

50 LEGO play ideas. With ideas like these, your kids will never be bored (they work great with DUPLO and regular LEGO bricks too).

50 best LEGO play ideas on Facebook

Doodles with Mo Willems 

Illustrator Mo Willems will be doing 20 minute long ‘Lunch Doodles for Kids’ on YouTube. Every weekday at 1pm from the Kennedy Centre’s YouTube account.

Join in with Doodles with Mo Willems on YouTube

Oxford Poetry Library - The Lost Words Activity Pack

Activity packs for people to follow at home, suitable for kids aged 7-14. There is a separate pack for different areas of wildlife including birds, plants, and mini-beasts.

Visit the Oxford Poetry Library website

Horrid Henry's Horrid Homework

Horrid Henry's Horrid Homework; each weekday families and children can pick up their fun Horrid Homework, weekly themed home based activities to enjoy together, with a special Feet Up FriYAY show to round off the end of the week on Horrid Henry YouTube channel.    

Visit the Horrid Henry website

Tate Kids

Loads of activities from making chocolate art to creating pop art like Andy Warhol, as well as games and quizzes.

Check out the Tate Kids website


Oxford museums and galleries

Oxford museum tours

Take a virtual tour of some of Oxford's wold famous museums:

Ashmolean Museum

The Museum is posting an object each day and are hoping to see any creative responses: drawing, poetry, dancing, baking and more. Follow them on social media and take part in the daily #IsolationCreations on Twitter and Instagram.

You can also explore thousands of years of history through the online collections.

Visit the Ashmolean website

Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH)

You can continue to explore the range of online content available including their exhibitions, collections, and museum highlights.

Museum of Oxford

  • Find activities, things to do from home and short, bite size videos on the Museum of Oxford's Facebook and Twitter and YouTube pages.
  • Enjoy a virtual tour of the historic Oxford Town Hall.
  • City Stories is our collecting website to gather your stories about Oxford. It is used to collect and display material and information relating to your city for all to enjoy. It will also be a resource for the Museum of Oxford to draw on when designing and creating new exhibitions. We invite anyone to add to our stories!
    • A photograph of a quiet Oxford street
    • A rainbow you have created to put in your window
    • A diary or record of the front line work you are delivering
    • It could be a video, recording, text, photograph or object
  • We are living through a monumental event which will shape all of our futures. We want to capture and record what you are doing and the effect of Covid-19 on you and the city. Please use Oxford’s City Stories to add anything you feel reflects the current situation. This could be:

Modern Art Oxford

Enter Modern Art Oxford’s thought-provoking and visually stunning virtual exhibitions online.


National and international museums and galleries

The British Museum

There are plenty of ways to keep exploring the British Museum online.

Explore The British Museum from home

Science Museum

While the Science Museum is closed, their collection — and the inspirational stories it contains — remains open to you online.

Ignite your curiosity with the Science Museum

The National Gallery

While the Gallery is closed in Trafalgar Square, their collection remains open for everyone to explore online.

More international museums and galleries

Many famous museums around the world offer virtual tours you can take on your couch. 

Or you can explore the collections from some of the most famous galleries and museums in the world online.


Reading and poetry

Audible Stories

Free stories for children of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles

Visit Audible Stories 

Storyline Online

Storyline Online features celebrated actors reading hundreds of wonderful children’s stories live and can be accessed 24 hours a day with no charge.

Listen at Storyline Online 

The International Book Club

The International Book Club, based at Queen's College, Oxford discusses novels translated into English from any language. The club is open to everyone. They usually meet in person but are planning their next discussion to take place online. This is a great choice for anyone wanting to read more translated fiction, meet fellow book-lovers, and learn more about other cultures. 

Join The International Book Club

Oxford Poetry Library

Oxford Poetry Library will email you an inspirational or uplifting poem every weekday to start your day.

Sign up to receive a poem for breakfast


Concerts

Virtual concerts

There are loads of live streams and virtual concerts to watch  

View the virtual concerts list on the Billboard website

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

The OPO invites you to join them for a virtual concert performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 on Monday 30 March at 8pm. Their mission is to continue bringing world-class performances to you so you can stay connected with the Oxford Phil and enjoy the Orchestra’s performances in the comforts of your home.

Listen to Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra performances


Theatre, film, opera and dance

The Stage - list of theatre productions to watch online

Following the closure of UK theatres to prevent the spread of coronavirus many producers and companies are making their work available to watch online. The Stage website will be updating their list productions available on a daily basis. 

Visit The Stage website

Dancin' Oxford - What's On

Listing of information about online access to dance activities (for all ages) in Oxford.

Visit the Dancin' Oxford website

The North Wall 

The North Wall, based in Summertown, are hosting virtual exhibitions, and free online streams of plays and children's theatre on their website. 

There's new activity packs for families to do together released every Friday that tie in with their online family theatre programme.    

Visit the North Wall website

Film Oxford

Film Oxford are now streaming dance, drama, documentary and experimental classics - alongside rarely seen footage of Oxford bands at Common People 2018 on their YouTube channel.

Watch on the FIlm Oxford YouTube channel

National Theatre at Home

The National Theatre are launching National Theatre at Home to give you access to theatre online. A selection of much-loved shows will be streamed on YouTube every Thursday starting from 2 April, free for every.

National Theatre at Home website

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Watch Shakespeare on demand with the online streaming service Globe Player. Stream Shakespeare's plays recorded at the Globe Theatre in London.

Watch Shakespeare on Globe Player

The Wind in the Willows Musical

The Wind in the Willows the Musical is available to stream online for free. The performance was recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017.

Watch The Wind in the Willows

Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals

A series of filmed musicals from Andrew Lloyd Webber will be made available online for free during the coronavirus crisis.

Filmed versions of his shows will be uploaded to the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! each week, where they can be viewed freely for 48 hours.

Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals

Royal Opera House

While the Royal Opera House is closed, teh Royal Opera House have created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free at any time, anywhere across the globe.

See National Opera House performances

Metropolitan Opera

During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met Opera hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming.

Stream Metropolitan Opera performances

Marquee TV

With hundreds of dance, opera and theatre performances from around the world, Marquee TV has everything you need to enjoy arts and culture on-demand from the comfort of your living room. Includes performance from the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House Glyndebourne and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Stream dance, opera and theatre on Marquee TVs


Cooking

Jamie Oliver - Keep cooking and carry on

Jamie Oliver is sharing my easy-to-follow, super-flexible recipes with lots of useful swaps and tips to help you feed yourself and your loved ones in these unique times.

Get cooking with Jamie Oliver

Daily Kitchen Live

Daily Kitchen Live is to be screened every weekday on BBC One for two weeks, to help people through isolation.

The show, hosted by chef Matt Tebbutt and cook book author Jack Monroe, will enjoy a fortnight residency from Monday 13 April, at 10am.

Find out more about Daily Kitchen Live


Gardens

Virtual garden tours

House Beautiful has rounded up virtual tours of five breathtaking gardens from across the globe. Explore the lush and serene gardens of England, France, Chicago, and Hawaii, and live like a Rothschild, Claude Monet, or a British Royal. Anything is possible from your living room!

View virtual garden tours 

The Eden Project

While you're stuck at home, get inspiration from a wide variety of free resources and activities for all ages. Explore their free resources on gardening, green living, play and more.

Free activities from The Eden Project

Gardeners' World - 'how to' guides

Create a beautiful garden with the help of easy-to-follow projects, practical videos and problem solving advice.

See the Gardeners' World website

Rural Sprout - re-grow vegetables from scraps

20 Vegetables you can re-grow from scraps to save money and be sustainable at the same time.

Visit the Rural Sprout website

Naturehood

Get outside and explore your garden with local wildlife project, Naturehood. Contribute to scientific research on wildlife-friendly features in gardens, and improve your outdoor space for wildlife. 

Get involved with the Naturehood project


Heritage

Oxfordshire Heritage Search

The Heritage Search is a catalogue of Oxfordshire's cultural and heritage resources. Use it to find a wide range of materials relating to Oxfordshire's past.

Search the Oxfordshire Heritage Catalogue

Picture Oxon - historic images

Historic images of Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley from the 1850s to the present, including 300,000 catalogue records of images and 100,000 digital images.

Search Picture Oxon


Singing

Garath Malone - Great British Home Chorus

British choirmaster, composer and TV presenter, Gareth Malone, has launched an ‘at home’ digital choir to boost the nation’s morale during coronavirus self-isolation.

Visit the Decca website to register

The Sofa Singers

The Sofa Singers is a free and weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.

Join in with the Sofa Singers

Soundabout Live

Soundabout is a charity that uses music and sound to unlock the potential of people with complex learning difficulties. They are currently offering inclusive choir sessions, running remotely via Facebook Live.

Join Soundabout sessions on Facebook


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