Online events from cultural organisations from Manchester and across the North are becoming more frequent as we all adjust to life in lockdown. It isn’t easy to drop everything you are doing or planning in the physical world and suddenly come up with a strategy to compete with the likes of Netflix, Disney+ and those 12-year olds who’ve been raking in sweet, sweet YouTube revenue since as far back as they can remember.
The response from the cultural sector has been fantastic so far and we are delighted to see so many of our partners thinking creatively to deliver what they do best in a new way. Depending on the size of the organisation the response varies, in some cases it feels lovingly homemade and with others as polished as you’d expect from their gargantuan budgets. For some, online delivery is just impossible and we have a guide to supporting those organisations in other ways.
Here at Creative Tourist, we have been severely impacted by you-know-what with core members of staff furloughed and our superb team of freelance editors currently without work. Unfortunately for us, until events start happening again in the physical world, our clients cannot commit to promoting their programme. I only mention this as our editors are really the people that make Creative Tourist what it is and we would never ask anyone to write for us for free – so you may have noticed our content has become a little less compelling without them! We are, however, committed to helping our audience discover culture online and shining a spotlight where we can on the best things happening online from the organisations we treasure.
So, for as long as this thing continues, we’ll share with you our top picks of what’s happening virtually. The best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North.
Here are our picks
Grimmfest TV, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now
Grimmfest TV is a new online channel from the people behind Grimmfest, Manchester’s horror and fantasy film festival. Each week at least two new films will be added to the channel, and all films will remain available to view for free, until lockdown is over.
Wake Up Together, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now
Travel back in time and explore a VR-edition of Open Eye Gallery’s hugely popular 2018-19 exhibition, ‘Wake Up Together’, featuring work by Ren Hang and Robin Hammond; two artists who both champion the rights of every person to love who they want and respectfully live as they wish.
Cinemas are closed right now. We’ll be back front and centre when they reopen but in the meantime, here are top picks of things to stream to the small screen.
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart, online, 27 May 2020, free entry - Find Out More
Presented by Fuel, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart is a new digital version of Uninvited Guests’ 2007 “audience-written” smash-hit. The show is ‘visiting’ 15 venues across the UK and arrives at Contact this month. Tickets have already sold out, but a waiting list is available.
STRIP! Football Exhibition Goes Online, online, Until 25 December 2020, free entry - Visit now
The National Football Museum presents a major online exhibition of football shirts. Enjoy in-depth analysis, opinion, and discussion by the exhibition curators and shirt industry insiders into what makes certain shirts so special.
Rock Against Racism, online, Until 30 May 2020, free entry - Visit now
Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism had only been open for days at Gallery Oldham before the venue closed due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus. Thanks to the hard work of the team at Gallery Oldham and the collaboration of Syd Shelton, the exhibition can now be enjoyed online.
Manchester Camerata - Mini Music Makers, online, Until 28 May 2020, free entry - Visit now
Mini Music Makers is a new series of online videos from Manchester Camerata designed for kids aged 5-7, but can be enjoyed by all the family, and include fun games, music-making, craft and singalongs.
Anthony Burgess on Tape, online, Until 31 December 2020, free entry - Visit now
Anthony Burgess on Tape is an online exhibition from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation comprising of 1,094 cassettes and 87 reel-to-reel tapes from one of Manchester’s greatest and most prolific writers.
Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PL - Visit now
Manchester Museum has uploaded their digital content onto a new mobile site so that you can explore their collection from your home. Head t0 their new site for entertainment and education until they reopen.
Until Manchester Histories Festival returns in the autumn, you can read the Peterloo Anthology, which showcases the talent of young people involved in the Radical Read project. They have also made two short videos highlighting the Peterloo 2019 programme and From the Crowd.
With Bluedot officially postponed until next year (with headliners intact) they have been working on trying to bring the festival experience to your living room. Over the coming weeks, they’ll have a series of takeovers from some of their best-loved artists.
The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now
The building is closed but The Hepworth Wakefield Garden will remain open for people to enjoy. The team will continue to provide inspiring creative content online and will be involving artists and our communities in their digital programming.
Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.
Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth examines the powerful the voices of the Design Reform movement.
Learn how to meditate with the welcoming community at Manchester Buddhist Centre. Their beginners classes are the perfect way to find your feet and develop your own meditation practice.
From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.
An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.
Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.
Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.