Not ready to venture outside yet? All is not lost, there’s still plenty of virtual fun to be had. Here’s our top 5…
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1 Spitalfields Music Festival at Home
Recorded as live using state-of-the-art filming techniques, Spitalfields Music Festival at Home will put women composers front and centre with world premieres, singer-songwriters and early choral music sitting side by side. The 2020 Festival will continue to bring artists, audiences and communities together, during these unprecedented circumstances, to celebrate the extensive range and transformative power of classical music. Programme highlights include Baroque ensemble Dunedin Consort presenting Lagrime mie: Songs of Prayer and Solitude and the premiere of eight short commissions by female composers as part of Fast Food, Fast Music. 3pm-10pm. Tickets £15.
2 Online Crafty Fox Market
Crafty Fox Market, which can usually be found at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle, is hosting an online market this weekend from 11am-5pm. Shop original gift ideas from craft kits (the new lockdown essential), to jewellery and accessories, artisan beauty goods, homewares, curiosities and cute things for kids. The online market will be hosted online at craftyfoxmarket.co.uk and on social media channels like Instagram. You can also discover and shop from unique indie designers and makers daily via Crafty Fox Market’s online directory at shoppingwithsoul.co.uk.
3 Kensington Mums x The Glorious Edit Christmas Shopping Fair, Online
Kensington Mums is partnering with The Glorious Edit for a Christmas online shopping spectacular. The Glorious Edit is a carefully curated collection of 80 of the best independent brands, saving you precious time when it comes to hunting out new and interesting gift ideas. The event will also raise money for the MeeTwo mental health app, which provides free, safe and anonymous support to young people. Shoppers are invited to donate a voluntary £4 entrance fee, but will also get a Glorious Edit code that gets you exclusive offers across all brands, ranging from 10% to 25% off.
4 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair: The Online Edition
Until 13 December
The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair goes online this year. The unique open-call process creates opportunities for upcoming artists to sit alongside some of the most prominent international printmakers and dealers, while the rigorous selection process means collectors have access to only the highest calibre of original contemporary print. As well as buying directly from artists working in the unique craft of printmaking – from etching and lithography, to woodblock and screen-printing – you can also take part in an accompanying programme of online talks, panel discussions and demonstrations.
5 Camberwell Arts Online Winter Programme
Until 8 December
Camberwell Arts will be hosting an online Open Studios and Digital Marketplace this festive season. Running from Saturday 28 November to Sunday 8 December, the Open Studios programme will feature a mix of live-streams on social media, pre-recorded studio walk-throughs and a facility to book in-person studio visits with artists. The digital marketplace will offer sales directly through the Camberwell Arts website, making it a great spot to hunt out unique Christmas gifts. The virtual Artists Open Studios are particularly fun!