The best of going out: by staying in
Handpicked arts, theatre, music and entertainment online courtesy of Wells Maltings director, Simon Daykin.
If you have children at home, this week we salute you and your young ones. Home-schooling isn’t easy – for anyone – and hats off to you all for keeping young minds burning with curiosity and learning during these strange times.
This week’s Lowdown is therefore for you, focusing on some of the best online work that has crossed my radar for the young, and young at heart.
As half term looms next week, a quick mention for our own activities in lockdown – a fabulous local Treasure Hunt around Wells; and two StoryTime sessions online via Zoom with fEAST Theatre’s Dawn Finnerty. And all for free. Check out the full details here, and download the Treasure Hunt maps and clues.
Here’s this week’s chock-full collection of culture and creativity for the young in your lives.
Cherries, Coats and Kindness
Something beautiful to listen to first. Filament Projects‘ The Cherry Coloured Coat is an superb audio play for the whole family to enjoy at home, which follows the adventures of Nathan, a young boy who discovers the power of kindness. Accompanying the play are illustrated scenes online and creative activities – a great excuse for families to curl up together and explore a magical, theatrical online world.
Find your Spark!
I simply must mention the amazing Spark Festival from Leicester, which brings a ray of sunshine into our lives every year. Running until 20 February, and this year totally digital, Spark promises a dazzling array of things to watch, things to do, things to make, things to laugh at and a few things to cry with. All free or offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, and with many events available on demand, to enjoy at your leisure. I could fill an entire Lowdown with Spark’s programme – something for everyone, no matter how old you are!VISIT
Rolling Along With Song
Little Seeds Music, Half Moon and The Story Museum Oxford have teamed up to present a magical bus ride for children and families. Take a trip on the world’s first bus to be powered by song, but can you help in finding just the right tune to get the wheels turning? Rolling Down the Road written and performed by David Gibb is available to download until 19 February and watch as often as you like.
Information and tickets
Watch the trailer
Hit and Myths
Home-schooling may be with us for a bit longer, but here’s a fun way of helping the young ones engaged with Greek myths on the curriculum. Hannah Khalil and Waterman’s Arts Centre have created new versions of the tales of Pandora, Persephone, King Midas and Theseus and the Minotaur, intended for ages 3 to 8, but charming and captivating for everyone.
Coding Your Way to Rock Star Fame
Finally, a shout out to our friends at Norfolk Library Service, who offer a range of activities for young people over the half term period (and beyond), from a fortnightly Lego club, to taster sessions in simple coding to create your own rock band instruments and space themed animations. Great activities on your virtual doorstep.
Stay safe and well everyone – more next week. Don’t forget our own packed Lockdown Zoom programme through to the end of March
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