One by one, the Cape’s and country’s biggest events are being cancelled. No Boyz to Men? No Afrikaburn? No cheese festival!? Yet, without skipping a beat, talented people around the world have adapted to the new reality and are leveraging the one realm of society that the coronavirus cannot infiltrate…the World Wide Web. Moreover, many are temporarily offering their performances, programs, apps, and workshops for free because, well, we’re all in this together. Here is some sterling online entertainment and events to look forward to during lockdown.
Explore the world’s greatest museums, monuments, and art galleries, virtually
Google is offering free virtual tours of over 1,200 museums, galleries, and monuments across the world, from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. You can even tour the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Acropolis Museum in Athens, and the spectacular Belvedere art gallery in Vienna! The options are astounding and a real privilege for the travel addicted among us. Google Arts & Culture Tours
Stay in shape with these online fitness and dance classes
You may live in an apartment the size of a shoebox but with the incredible variety of online fitness and dance classes on offer – and now for free while everyone is in self-isolation – you don’t need more than a living room to get ripped (and learn how to dance in the process). In fact, you could very well emerge from quarantine unrecognisable to friends and family…and for all the right reasons. There are options tailored to people of all ages, fitness levels, and experience, from beginner to professional and from Bollywood to ballet! Here are a few to try out:
- Yoga Works is offering free live online classes with Steven Heyman, who invites the public to join in various yoga practices that are inclusive, fun, and accessible.
- 305 Fitness: for dance cardio fitness classes that feel like 80s-style aerobic workouts. Get your Jane Fonda on!
- Ailey Extension: for instruction in hip-hop, Zumba, West African dance, and more. Ailey also offers free daily online classes (in real time) so check out the website for the schedule.
- Yoga with Adriene for mindful yoga practice to assist you in bringing energy to the body and peace of presence to your mind.
Go on virtual safari
It sounds outrageous, but it’s true: game reserves around South Africa are sharing their experiences of the bush and its exciting wildlife with one and all…for free!
Tintswalo Safari Lodge, for example, has launched “On the Beat” virtual safaris on its social media channels, which are available to all its followers. These videos include footage of actual sightings, as well as some of the exhilarating encounters experienced by its game rangers on patrol. Click here to watch.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve has also released a lockdown series with their Head Ranger, Andrew Kearney, who enlightens viewers with informative and educational videos on Shamwari wildlife. Click here to watch.
Online Art Courses
Absolutely everyone has the potential to be creative and yet fear almost always restrains us from exploring our capacity for making art, whether it’s painting, writing, drawing, or making pottery. No more, we say! Use your time during lockdown to emancipate your creativity, pick up that pencil, paintbrush, or pottery clay, and make things. Here are some fantastic online art courses you may consider taking to help guide you along…
Lillian Gray online art classes: This contemporary South African fine artist offers YouTube video tutorials on a variety of techniques and mediums such as mixed media, printmaking, drawing, acrylic painting, and more.
Life Art School online art courses: Start painting right now with the help of experienced artist Leonie and her three online courses – ‘Portrait Painting for Dummies’, ‘Beginner to Professional’, and ‘Abstract Art for Dummies’.
Imaginarium: The Studio Online Art School: Gain access to a suite of free videos, tutorials, downloads, and other art resources that focus on providing inspiration and encouraging artistic research and exploration.
Community Writing Saturday Online Workshop
Have a bit of virtual literary fun with ‘All About Writing’ and a community of fellow writers with their online community writing workshops, held every Saturday throughout April. The workshops are of equal benefit to writers with no experience at all, who are looking for a place to start and to those experienced writers wanting to augment their skills. The workshops cost between R275 and R950 and run every Saturday (4, 11, 18, and 25th April 2020) from 11:00 to 13:00.
Yuppiechef online cooking courses
You know how you’ve always wanted to learn to bake bread, brew beer, and expand your cooking repertoire but never seemed to find the time? Well, the time for excuses is over because Yuppiechef’s Cooking School is offering a free 30-day lesson bundle to keep you occupied during lockdown! Hosted by professional chefs that include Peter Goffe-Wood, Sarah Graham, and Franck Dangereux, these series of video tutorials teach popular recipes, techniques, and cooking styles from the comfort of home. The first 30 days are free from sign up.
Livestream Storytelling by the Southern Rights and Wrongs
The ‘Southern Rights and Wrongs’ is a guild of storytellers that, during lockdown, will be live-streaming their special show, “Going Solo”. One by one, ten storytellers with great yarns to share about social distancing (both pre- and post-COVID-19) will step up to the mic and recount their tale. Each story is five minutes long and told entirely from memory. Attendance is free but donations (R20 to R1000) are encouraged, with all proceeds given to president Cyril Ramaphosa’s Solidarity Response Fund.
Live online concerts by beloved South African and international artists
Every day of the lockdown, more and more artists get on board with sharing their talents with us in the comfort and safety of our own living rooms. We’re not talking about music videos either – that’s what YouTube is for – we’re talking about music concerts, performed live and streamed to your screen in real time, which goes much further in capturing the spirit and energy of live music. Here are some live concerts and shows to look out for in April:
- Zolani Mahola – Live on Instagram: catch Freshly Ground front-woman, Zolani on her Instagram page @zolanimahola, Monday to Friday from 18:00 to 18:30 as she sings, chats, and shares her thoughts about life, love, and lockdown.
- Afrikaans Gaan Global concert series takes place from 17:00 to 19:00 on the 4th and 11th April and will feature a host of beloved Afrikaans singers and musicians, including Kurt Darren. Tickets are free but book your place here.
Across the pond, there’s a whole lot of live-streaming magic going on:
Monday, April 6: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Kool And the Gang here.
Wednesday, April 8: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli and Bob Ezrin here.
Friday, April 10: Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, the documentary about the annual music festival, hits streaming services on the date it was originally supposed to open.
Overcoats’ JJ and Hana are hosting an IG Live series Friday Night Fights, where they perform songs, host game shows and more in lieu of their planned spring tour.
Saturday, April 11: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings here.
Monday, April 13: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Common here.
Wednesday, April 15: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Alice Merton here.
Saturday, April 18: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Los Tigres del Norte here.
Monday, April 20: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Richard Marx here.
Wednesday, April 22: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Courtney Barnett here.
Saturday, April 25: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Ben Platt here.
Monday, April 27: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Sabrina Carpenter here.
Wednedsay, April 29: The Grammy Museum is releasing its digital public program with Brett Young here.
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