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Welcome to the Harwich Festival Arts InfoBoard

The HF Arts InfoBoard has been created, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide connections to websites that, in an Arts context, have interesting online content.  Some of these contain interactive elements and activities whilst others have sheets, photos, video or live-streams to view.

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.

We will try to regularly update this list and would encourage you to highlight sites containing events or activities that may enhance this resource further.  Thank you.

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

The Harwich Festival is a charitable organisation, relying on donations to enable us to continue.   This is especially important at this current time.  If this is something you are able to do at this time, please go to the ‘Support Us’ tab on our website or by clicking HERE to donate via Paypal directly, any amount is gratefully received.  We are also part of the Essex Lottery Scheme.

 

Art

Local

Bodgeners Gallery (contact Daphne Sandham)

www.daphnesandham.co.uk

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

Galleries

Compton Verney – Art Gallery and Park

https://tinyurl.com/wu5ts2x

Courtauld Gallery – Virtual tour

https://tinyurl.com/s2x9c38

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

https://tinyurl.com/tlsxgwx

Jan Van Eyck – Portaits and alter pieces

https://tinyurl.com/t8wpnav

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

https://tinyurl.com/s7ppegb

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – Online features and tours

https://tinyurl.com/y667do3m

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

https://tinyurl.com/wgsuwg4

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

https://tinyurl.com/vrvnmny

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

https://www.tate.org.uk

 

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 webinar May 9th, 2020 at 11.00 am

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

https://www.facebook.com/TheSculptureSchool/

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

www.marygilkerson.com

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.

www.beshc.com

Ryman – Free activity sheets for download

Ryman

Craft

Local

Petra’s Hand Maid – Studios within the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.

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 childrem (or adults)

https://www.facebook.com/onelittleproject

Willow Phoenix

Willow Phoenix Facebook Page

 

Dance

Local

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 55s.
Silver Swans Facebook Page

 

Wider Area

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.
www.danceeast.co.uk

English National Ballet – ENB At Home

ballet.org.uk

Saddlers Wells – Digital stage Free Dance Performances and Workshops

https://tinyurl.com/qo7n3xb

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

The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia YouTube Channel

 

Dramatic Arts

Local

Dovercourt Theatre Group

www.dovercourttheatregroup.co.uk

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 – Live online play reading “Fallen in Love”  available to catch up until end May, 2020.

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.

www.whatsonstage.com

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

https://www.facebook.com/CultureAtHome/

National Theatre – Free online theatre programme.

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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

www.shakespearesglobe.com

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

https://www.facebook.com/thersc/

 

Film

Local

Electric Palace, Harwich

www.electricpalace.com

Official Facebook Page

Visit Felixstowe – Local events and information on activities online.

https://www.facebook.com/VisitFelixstowe/

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

https://www.facebook.com/pg/tcmtv/posts/?ref=page_internal

 

Heritage and History

Local

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

 

Literature

Online

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

www.stories.audible.com

Audible Free Online books for all ages.

www.audible.com

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

www.libraries.essex.gov.uk

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

nosycrow.com

 

Music

Local

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

www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk

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

Harwich Sing Facebook Page

Mike Carran – Lockdown guitar beginners instruction video and notes

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

https://snapemaltings.co.uk/digital-campus/

 

TV Concerts and Competitions

ARTV – TV Concerts, all genres by selection

https://tinyurl.com/rraudtm

BBC Four Music Young Musician 2020 – new series starts Sunday 3rd May, 2020 at 7.00pm

BBC Four Young Musician 2020

 

Online Live Music 

Culture as a Dare – Local music acts streaming from 12 midday Saturday 23rd May, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cultureasadare

Chelmsford Theatres –  Lunchtime concerts at 1pm resume online each Wednesday and other family activities and festivals including the Play at Home Fest 3foot pre-schooler stage which is on this bank holiday weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/chelmsfordtheatres/posts/?ref=page_internal

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/263993698332168/

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

https://www.facebook.com/LCVChoir/

Great British Home Chorus –  Aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to a digital music project, You Tube has previous videos

Gareth Malone’s National Choir

How the Light Gets In Online Festival 2020 – Philosophy and Music Festival, ticketed, 22nd – 25th May, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/HowTheLightGetsIn/

Isolation Festival – Sundays 12.50pm to 6pm weekly and Specials on Fridays

https://www.facebook.com/IsolationMusicFestival/

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.

www.webgig.live.com

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

https://www.facebook.com/SpreckelsOrgan/

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

https://eu.steinway.com/en/a-legend/steinway-lunch-concerts/

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

Yamaha Live

 

Blues

Isolation Festival – Dave Thomas and When Rivers Meet Blues and Rock Duo Sunday 24th May, 2020 from Midday

Isolation Festival Sundays

Lockdown Music TV – A Very Bluesy Saturday – 16th May, 2020, available to view online.

https://www.facebook.com/LockdownMusicTV/

UK Blues awards 2020 – Virtual Awards Show 17th  May, 2020, available to view online.

UKBlues Federation

 

Jazz

The Jazz Centre (UK)/ Essex Easter Jazz – Free Online Workshops starting Friday 15th May for five weeks (Live at 10-11.30am, repeated 7.30pm)

The Jazz Centre UK/Essex Easter Jazz

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

https://www.gmfjazzsummit.com/courses

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

https://www.facebook.com/intljazzday/

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

http://www.fleecejazz.org.uk/new/

Freddie Freeloaders Jazz Jam – Hosted by Dave Warren Jazz Quartet, Chelmsford, activities Fridays and Sundays

Email for Zoom signup.  Improvisation/vocabulary sessions plus an opportunity to play the heads and solo throughout every chorus on tunes, sheet music. Singers can join in as well as front liners, guitarists, pianos and jazz ukulele players.

Freddie Freeloaders Jazz Jam

 

Classical

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

https://www.facebook.com/Southend-Festival-Chorus-100250027537/

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

https://www.facebook.com/DCMPost/

 

Opera

English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera

Metropolitan Opera – Free nightly Opera stream

https://www.metopera.org/

Royal Opera House – Free online Opera/Ballet programme on You Tube. https://tinyurl.com/ndn3fq7

ROH Facebook Page  

Opera Vision

https://tinyurl.com/sjqtd65

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

www.operadeparis.fr

 

Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra – A wide variety of resources and information

https://tinyurl.com/wvccvog

Northern Chamber Orchestra – Event streams and catch up specials

https://www.ncorch.co.uk/concerts/

RSNO Scotlands National Orchestra – Online every Friday at 7.30pm and RSNO challenge every Wednesday

RSNO.ORG.UK

 

Popular

In the Parks Concerts – Various throughout July 2020 including Katherine Jenkins, Maldon Promenade Park

In the Park Concerts

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

www.essexrocks.net

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

https://www.facebook.com/steveforwardguitarist/

Meerkat Music Festival – Take That and Robbie Williams, streaming from their homes to yours, Friday 25th May, 8pm

Meerkat music channel

Let’s Rock Norwich – Thursday 28th May, 2020 from 6pm Martin Fry of ABC live Q&A

https://www.facebook.com/pg/letsrocknorwich/posts/?ref=page_internal

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.

Facebook Page

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

Towersey Festival

 

Folk

Jack Lukeman plays Bob Dylan – Saturday 23rd May, 2020 at 8pm

Isolation Music Festival

Green Note, London – Online events throughout May and beyond including Wednesday 3rd June, 8pm Harbottle and Jonas

Green Note Music

Waveney Valley Folk Collective – Acoustic roots and beyond Live Lockdown session, Thursday 21st May, 2020, 8.15pm

https://www.facebook.com/The-Waveney-Valley-Folk-Collective-716271225074943/

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

https://folkdanceremixed.com/https://www.facebook.com/FolkDanceRemixed/

Downend Folk Club – Online concert footage from May 1st, 2020  and other information

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

https://leighfolkfestival.com/

 

Photography

Local

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

Official Facebook Group

 

Wider Area

 

Miscellaneous

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

 

Arts and Culture Online

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

https://www.facebook.com/artscouncilofengland/

BBC Arts – Culture in Quarantine

https://tinyurl.com/w9ge2c9

Google Arts and Culture

https://artsandculture.google.com

Londonist – YouTube channel for interesting miscellaneous in London

https://tinyurl.com/yaya49h4

 

Local Radio

Ipswich Radio – Stream radio channels from Ipswich

https://tunein.com/radio/Ipswich-r102250/

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

www.felixstoweradio.org.uk

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

Radio Amigo

 

Museums

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

https://www.ashmolean.org/

Colchester and Ipswich – Museums at home

Colchester and Ipswich Museums from Home

Ipswich Museum – Museum from Home

https://www.facebook.com/ipswichmuseums/

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

https://tinyurl.com/vw9s6vl

Louvre Museum, Paris – Online Tours

https://tinyurl.com/vx6a98e

Victoria and Albert Museum – Explore the collections

https://tinyurl.com/ulx9cmw

 

Sights

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

Sistine Chapel/Vatican Sistine Chapel

Stonehenge Stonehenge

Uffizi, Florence Uffizi, Florence

 

Other Interests

Britten Pears Arts – Snape Maltings and The Red House

Britten Pears Arts

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – May 18th – 23rd May, 2020 Virtual RHS Chelsea flower show

http://rhs.org.uk/Chelsea

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

https://tinyurl.com/u35txtu

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.
www.conted.ox.ac.uk

National Creative Arts – Competition for the over 70’s in quarantine – Entries accepted in writing, poetry, drama, music and art.  The closing date is Friday 29th May, 2020.

www.kinglearprizes.org.uk

Jigsaw Planet – Free online jigsaws.

www.jigsawplanet.com

 

Please visit our Social Media Accounts and Support The Harwich Festival

Official Facebook Page

Official Harwich Festival Twitter

Harwich Festival You Tube Channel

 

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.

susan@harwichfestival.co.uk

 

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