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Welcome to the Harwich Festival Arts InfoBoard

The HF Arts InfoBoard was created, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide connections to websites that, in an Arts context, have interesting online content.

HF have included both local, national and international organisations where the content was easily accessible.  Some local sites are currently working on their digital offering and have been included for this reason.

Whilst care has been taken by us when checking these websites, we would ask that normal internet safety practices are exercised by all users.

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HF Digital Festival 2020 –Music, Dance and Story-telling replays now available on Facebook. Competitions, projects, activities, film and art tutorials available online.  Closing date for entries is 31st July, 2020.

The Harwich Festival Website

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 Harwich Festival Face Book



Harwich Festival -Digital HF 2020 – Harwich Festival 20cm x 20cm Art exhibition, call for entries.  Launching on the 25th June 2020. (Closing date 31st July, 2020 – details on the HF website)

HF Digital 20cm x 20cm Art Exhibition

Bodgeners Gallery (contact Daphne Sandham)


Dovercourt Art Club – Early Spring Exhibition of paintings of this virtual showcase reflecting a variety of styles and mediums.

Their site is also running weekly competitions and links to art information.

Dovercourt Art Club Exhibition            Official Facebook Page

Old Bank at Home – An online art and craft community based at Harwich Based Old Bank Studios.

Old Bank Facebook Group

Positive Pencils – Free art lessons and activities for young people.

Positive Pencils Facebook Group


Wider Area


Compton Verney – Art Gallery and Park


Courtauld Gallery – Virtual tour


Guggenheim, NYC – Visit the Guggenheim from Home, including free downloads of Modern Art books


Jan Van Eyck – Portaits and alter pieces


Kettles Yard – House tour of Jim Ede, who was a previous curator of the Tate Gallery – contains his family art collection


Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – Online features and tours


National Gallery – Google virtual tour https://tinyurl.com/rn6x79m


National Portrait Gallery – Gallery at St Martins Place ‘Stay Home With Us’ online


Tate Gallery – Art and Artists and Tate Kids online gallery, activities and events



Arts Events and Tutorials

One Little Project – Arts, craft and baking projects for children and adults

One Little Project

“I can’t do Art”- Live stream Thursdays at 7pm (1hour), previous tutorials too

Facebook Group

Milan Art Institute – Free webinars https://www.facebook.com/milanartinstitute/

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours – Wide selection, click on desired Artist link

Facebook Page

Art Enthusiasts London – Free online Art workshops and webinars for children and adults

Facebook Page

Royal Academy of Arts – Online arts exhibition

Facebook Page

The Sculpture School – Feature focus tutorials and other information


FirstSite – Colchester Artists Activity Pack(s) ‘Art is where the home is’ Free downloads.

FirstSite Free Download

Mary Gilkerson Online Art ideas and workshop links


You Tube Art Tutorials – e.g. Lois Cordelia Mad March Hare, mixed media painting tutorial.

You Tube Art Tutorials

Media Parclose – Digital art technique sheets, various.


Ryman – Free activity sheets for download




Petra’s Hand Maid

Petras Hand Maid Facebook Page


Wider Area

Crafty Tea Cup – Creative ideas for young and old.

Crafty Tea Club Facebook Page

Easy Craft Ideas – Some nice craft ideas.

Easy Craft Ideas Facebook Page

One Little Project Facebook activities for children (or adults)


Willow Phoenix

Willow Phoenix Facebook Page




Ballroom Business – Harwich based ballroom and Latin dance school for all ages.

Ballroom Business Facebook Page

Boogie Shoes Dance Academy – Ramsey based dance academy have been busy posting videos.

Boogie Shoes Dance Academy Facebook Page

Leading Lights Morris of Dovercourt

Leading Lights Morris Facebook Page

Pas De Deux – Harwich based Dance Studio.

Pas De Deux Facebook Group

Silver Swans (Colchester) – Weekly free ballet videos/classes aimed, not exclusively at the over 55’s.
Silver Swans Facebook Page


Wider Area

Swingdance UK – Live Online Solo classes, weekly Thursdays 6.30pm – 7.45pm


Maria Vega Dancer – Free online Flamenco workshops, open to all

Flamenco (eventbrite link)

Dance East – Ipswich based free online classes from Monday 30th March, 2020 – All age groups.

English National Ballet – ENB At Home


Royal Opera House – Free online live streamed ballet programme


Saddlers Wells – Digital stage Free Dance Performances and Workshops


The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia – Streams are advertised at the bottom of their press release.

The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia YouTube Channel


Dramatic Arts


Dovercourt Theatre Group


Dramatic Pause Productions

Dramatic Pause Productions Facebook Page

Flamin’ Thesps – Mayflower 2020 historical vignettes, recent filming inside Christopher Jones House.

Flamin Thesps Facebook Page

Colchester Arts Centre – Podcasts, daily poetry readings, activities and more

Colchester Arts Centre

Mercury Theatre, Colchester – Mercury Online Masterclasses, Competitions and more (all ages)

MercuryTheatre, Colchester

Red Rose Chain Theatre Company – Theatre in the Forest at Home Shakespeares Twelfth Night 1st August, 2020 6.30pm

Red Rose Chain Theatre Company

Wider Area

Andrew Lloyd Webber –  “The Shows Must Go On” available from Friday 3 April at 7pm “The Shows Must Go On”  YouTube channelhttps://tinyurl.com/qo2k9mn

Read the full list of shows you can watch online for free here

*The link above is well worth a visit as it highlights many Free Online shows across many venues*

What’s on Stage – Various live streamed shows and links advertised on this site.


Culture at Home – List and links to various live streamed shows


National Theatre – Free online theatre programme.


The Globe, London – Free ‘play a week’ streaming of Shakespeare plays.


Grand Theatre Blackpool –“At home with you” links, via youtube, to a variety of learning and entertainment for differing ages, young and old

Grand Theatre Blackpool Website

Royal Shakespeare Company – Lessons and Performances online





Harwich Festival -Digital HF 2020 – Harwich Shorts Film competition launching 25th June 2020. (Closing date 31st July, 2020 – details on the HF website)

HF Digital 2020 – Harwich Shorts Film

Electric Palace, Harwich


Official Facebook Page

Focal Point Gallery Have a post regarding a competition looking for Filmmakers, Artists or individuals 4th June- 10th July, 2020 submission period)

Focal Point Gallery  Big Screen Southend

Helmingham Hall Gardens – Outdoor Cinema events (Thursday, Friday, Saturdays – please check the FB page for showings)

Helmingham Hall Gardens

Visit Felixstowe – Local events and information on activities online.


Turner Classic Movies:TCM #LetsMovie – Classic movie streams and talk, all things classic movie and artists



Heritage and History


Chelmsford Theatre – Online events including weekly Wednesday concert series at 1pm.


Firstsite Colchester – Combined arts podcasts and activities to inspire you, for all ages.


Beacon Hill Fort – Military outpost from the 1500s until the end of WW2, now being resurrected.

Beacon Hill Fort Facebook Page            www.beaconhillfort.org.uk

Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre – Ongoing activities, exhibitions and events.

HAHC Official Facebook Page            www.harwichfestival.co.uk/

Harwich & Dovercourt – Historical information, photographs and postcards.

Harwich & Dovercourt Facebook Page            www.harwichanddovercourt.co.uk

Harwich Railway and Shipping Museum/Harwich Mayflower Heritage Centre

Harwich Railway Museum Facebook Page

The Harwich Society

The Harwich Society Facebook Page            www.harwich-society.co.uk

LV18 Radio Station and Museum – Based at The Quay, Harwich.

www.lv18.org            Official LV18 Facebook Page




Harwich Festival -Digital HF 2020 – Harwich Festival Words for Lockdown launching 25th June 2020. (Closing date 31st July, 2020 – details on the HF website)

HF Digital 2020 Words from Lockdown

Amazon Books and audio stories for children and students of all ages (whilst schools are closed).


Audible Free Online books for all ages.


Essex Libraries – offering free e-book and audio book downloads


Nosy Crow Covid-19 book for children, free download artwork by The Gruffalo illustrator





Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre – Grass Roots Music project starting on Friday 29th May, 2020 at 7.45 pm (full details for the ten week programme are available on Social Media accounts and from the website)

Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre (HAHC) – Face Book

Harwich Festival of The Arts Digital Festival 2020 – catch up on any events you may have missed on HF FB.

Harwich Festival of the Arts – Face Book             https://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/

Dovercourt Ukulele Club

Dovercourt Ukulele Club Facebook Page

The Essex Open Mic Page – Interactive FB Group encouraging people to upload videos from home.

Official Facebook Group

Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society

Official Choral Society Facebook Page

Harwich Shanty Festival


Harwich Sing Tendring Voices – Digital ‘Harwich Sing’ for all ages.

Harwich Sing Facebook Page

Mike Carran – Lockdown guitar beginners instruction video and notes and online singing/guitar sessions.

Facebook Group

We are Music/Rock School – registered charity helping young people by creating new and popular music.

We are Music.org.uk

Snape Maltings – Digital site launched Snape Maltings, music, tutorials, workshops and more



TV Concerts and Competitions

ARTV – TV Concerts, all genres by selection


BBC Four Music Young Musician 2020 – May 2020 series clips

BBC Four Young Musician 2020


Online Live Music 

Chelmsford Theatres –  Lunchtime Concerts Online Series each Wednesday at 1pm plus other streamed events (catch up available)

Chelmsford Theatre

Plugged In – Addictive TV and others: Live stream sets and catch up available from Friday May 15th, 2020.


Big Sing – London Contemporary Voices and COTW Choirs, Fridays at 7.30pm


Great British Home Chorus – Various opportunities to contribute voices and instruments to digital music projects, with YouTube catch up videos.  Now on Thursday evenings weekly at 5.30pm.  The Choir, 3rd episode on Tuesday 7th July, 2020 9pm.

Gareth Malone’s National Choir

Isolation Festival – Watch this space – They will be back soon but, for now, replays are available on FB


Sofa Sessions – bring you live gigs straight to the comfort of your home.

Sofa Sessions Facebook Page

Lockdown – Music Festival, free live-streamed concerts available to view, Saturday concerts 10pm.

Lockdown Festival Facebook Page

Royal Albert Home – Royal Albert Hall live streamed exclusive performances.

Official Facebook Event

Web Gig Live – Mid week music festival, Wednesdays at 7.30pm.


Spreckels Organ Society – Weekly Concert Webcast and Live Chat Sundays at 10.00 pm


Steinway – Steinway’s Lunch Concerts series streamed daily at 1.00pm or online at other times


Yamaha Live From Home – Series of live-streamed concerts performed by several artists #YamahaLiveFromHome

Yamaha Live



Ain’t Nothin’ But – Blues Bar, London – Livestream replays available to view from these festivals


Dove and Boweevil – Blues, brews and BBQ’s – Virtual BBQ and live blues

Dove and Boweevil

Isolation Festival – Blues & more Fridays 8pm, Sundays 12.50pm – taking a break – back soon


Lockdown Music TV – 16th July, 2020 6pm ticketed event.


Separation Blues Festival#5 – Blues Festival catch ups 1-5

Separation Blues Festival

UK Blues awards 2020 – Virtual Awards Show  2020, available online.

UKBlues Federation



Chelmsford Jazz Club – Online Gigs, video posts and notification of upcoming Jazz events

Chelmsford Jazz Club

Cliff Park Jazz – Jazz in the park, Dovercourt – Sundays at 11am (weather permitting)

DixieMix Jazz Band – Music in the Garden at Helmingham Hall Sunday 9th August at 11 am

Helmingham Hall Gardens

The Jazz Fix/ The Jazz Centre UK – Online Workshops on Zoom 9.45am (Live on Fridays at 10-11.30am, repeated 7.30pm) The Jazz Fix         The Jazz Centre UK  

Global Music Foundation (GMF) Concerts online – Courses and regular Events, please select tab at top as required.


International Jazz Day – Videos and more from the International Jazz Day 2020


Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club – Ronnie Scott’s All stars Livestream and video offering

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz CLub

Tommy Scott Music – Jazz Masterclasses and more

Official Events Page

Gerry English – Ipswich Community Radio Jazz Grooves Thursdays 8pm-10pm (link in Fleece Jazz below)

Fleece Jazz – Jazz events, videos and information


Freddie Freeloaders Jazz Jam – Hosted by Dave Warren Jazz Quartet, Chelmsford, activities Fridays and Sundays (Email for Zoom signup).

Freddie Freeloaders Jazz Jam

The Jive Aces – JiveStream daily 1 hour live streams at 8.30pm & guests




Sing Gospel – Facebook Interactive Concers and features from choir members, live commenting and interaction and, the beautiful voices of Sing Gospel

Sing Gospel



Southend Festival Chorus – Dr Joseph Fort, on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, talking through different Choral pieces each week


Daily Classical Music Post – Discover a new piece of Music every day




English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera

Metropolitan Opera – Free nightly Opera stream


Royal Opera House – Free online live streamed Opera programme https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events

Royal Opera House – E-learning Resource Centre (for all ages) https://www.roh.org.uk/learning

ROH Facebook Page  

Opera Vision


Paris Opera – Shows to discover online, beautiful ballets and operas to stream for free.




London Symphony Orchestra – A wide variety of resources and information


Northern Chamber Orchestra – Event streams and catch up specials


RSNO Scotlands National Orchestra – Catch up of  free online concert series which ran until 5th July, and other updates.




The Colchester Nearly Festival 2020 – Old Heath Recreation Park, Colchester August 1st and/or 2nd, 2020 12 midday

The Colchester Nearly Festival

In the Parks Concerts – Various from July 2020 onwards including Katherine Jenkins, McFly ++ Maldon and Southend Parks

In the Park Concerts

Essex Rocks – Local Music Promoters showcasing music videos & live performances.


Live from my living room to yours Mike Carran  – online videos and live events.

Facebook Event

Steve Forward guitarist – Live stream of the Big ‘Friday and Saturday night’ Rock shows from 9pm


Meerkat Music Festival

Meerkat music channel

Let’s Rock Norwich


Isolation Festival –  Free weekly online festival, with established and unknown acts, Sundays 12.50pm-6pm.  Each act plays live for 18 minutes.  Previous Isolation performances since 28th March, 2020 are online to view. Returning soon….

Facebook Page

Towersey Festival – Home-made Towersey 29th August, 2020 Save the Date

Towersey Festival



Isolation Music Festival – Folk & more (Friday 8pm, Sunday 12.50pm)…returning soon

Isolation Music Festival

Green Note, London – Online events throughout May and beyond

Green Note Music

Waveney Valley Folk Collective – Acoustic roots and beyond Live Lockdown sessions fortnightly on Thursdays at 8.15pm (further details from the website)


Folkdance Remixed – Creating unique fusions between folk and hip hop styles with live music – videos and more


Downend Folk Club – Online event The Black Feathers Friday 1oth July at 8pm, plus catch up of previous live streams. https://www.facebook.com/downendfolkclub/

Folk on Foot – Front room festival and online content

Facebook Page

Leigh Folk Festival – Front room folk festival  catch up of this May, 2020 festival





Harwich & Surrounding. “Life through the lens” – Locally contributed photography.

Official Facebook Group


Wider Area

Visit Essex Photography Competition – Closing Date 31/07/2020



Combined Arts

Arts at The Assembly House Norwich – livestream events programme, Thursdays 7.30pm

To include talks, screenings, discussions, poetry, artist-led quizzes, critical reading etc..

Facebook Page

Signals Media Arts Centre, Colchester – A variety of online digital covering film, art and crafts and more, all ages



Arts and Culture Online

The British Academy – Virtual Summer Showcase, live and recorded talks and much more, relating to Humanities and Social Sciences

The British Academy

East Anglia Music and Arts – Online events listing for Music and the Arts


Arts Council England ‘Let’s Create – A multitude of interesting links, activities and ideas


BBC Arts – Culture in Quarantine


Focal Point Gallery – Varied , interesting and eclectic Multi Arts offering

Focal Point Gallery

Google Arts and Culture


Londonist – YouTube channel for interesting miscellaneous in London



Local Radio

Ipswich Radio – Stream radio channels from Ipswich


Felixstowe Radio 107.5 FM – Keep up to date with local news with a local station. Competitions.


Radio Mi Amigo 6085kHz – Shortwave and 24/7 online radio broadcasts.

Radio Amigo



Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – Ashmolean from Home, exhibitions including young Rembrandt


Colchester and Ipswich – Museums at home

Colchester and Ipswich Museums from Home

Ipswich Museum – Museum from Home


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Staffordshire Hoard (Anglo Saxon) You Tube tour


Louvre Museum, Paris – Online Tours


Victoria and Albert Museum – Explore the collections




Acropolis Acropolis

Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace

Colosseum Colosseum

Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower

Gioto Arena Chapel, Padua Gioto Arena Chapel

Petra Petra

Pyramids of Giza Pyramids

Londons Royal Parks (online tour) Royal Parks

Sainte Chapelle, Paris Sainte Chapelle

Salisbury Cathedral – Virtual Art exhibition, services, nature and more Salisbury Cathedral

Sistine Chapel/Vatican Sistine Chapel

Stonehenge Stonehenge

Uffizi, Florence Uffizi, Florence


Other Interests

Pears Arts – Snape Maltings and The Red House

Britten Pears Arts

R.S.P.B. – Garden birds and their song


Dovercourt Skating Rink – one of the last UK outdoor rollerskating rinks, hosts the Essex Comic Con.

Official Facebook Page

Lockdown Learning – Many sites offering free resources and videos

Type Lockdown Learning into Facebook

Makaton – Videos for Learning Makaton with Lucinda (daily words and/or themes)

Facebook Page

University of Oxford – Curious Minds – World online for free – Museums, libraries, language.

Visit Essex Photography Competition – Closing Date 31/07/2020


Jigsaw Planet – Free online jigsaws.



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This database is currently in development in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will endeavour to keep it updated with local and relevant national arts online events.  Please feel free to drop us a line if you feel that there is something that may be of interest to our readers.  Thank you.



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