Government and independent organisations have published guidance on reopening various sectors with the arts, culture and creative industries. Links to guidance resources are below and will be updated as more information becomes available:
"Tomorrow's Another Day" is a song for our times. I wrote it in the hope that it may provide some comfort during this challenging period (of Coronavirus).
It is a song that is close to my heart as I turned 47 this year (2020) and am the same age at which my mother died of cancer - exactly 30 years ago. It has made me mindful of how precious life is. I have felt quite motivated to try to create something that I hope would have made my mother (and my sister, fantastic little niece and nephew and father - who now lives in a care home) proud.
The Philharmonia Orchestra has launched The Philharmonia Sessions, a summer programme of three world-class, free digital concerts, broadcast on YouTube and created especially for an online audience. Renowned musicians and the Philharmonia Orchestra will work together to create bespoke concerts for people at home.
Back in March 2020, BBC launched Culture in Quarantine - a broadcast and digital festival of the arts during a time of national lockdown. This has included bespoke programming and collaborating with almost every major arts organisation as well as many smaller institutions including 25 new commissions decided with Arts Council England and The Space.
Set up as a short-term initiative to deal with the crisis the BBC has decided that Culture in Quarantine will continue, according to Director-General Tony Hall, with two further phases.
Liverpool publication Bido Lito! is releasing weekly exclusive live mixes drawn from live recordings at previous Africa Oyé festivals in partnership with Melodic Distraction Radio.
Recorded at Africa Oyé 2019, each mix is part of a series of DJ sessions from the Trenchtown and Freetown stages, where the sounds of Afro-centric music are pumped out non-stop. All of the DJs who perform on the Trenchtown and Freetown stages keep the sounds of the African diaspora alive all year round, and they contribute massively to the festival’s addictive, insatiable vibe.
SXSW is running an online-only panel programme as a replacement for the cancelled 2020 festival, available live for this year's registrants on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am Central Time.
SXSW is also archiving its conversations, interviews and Q & As on YouTube the day after each broadcast. Subjects range across interactive, film and music with topics that affect design, mental health, tech, VR, literature and activism.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Week, the Culture Diary is sharing some arts and cultural resources for the sector and everyone with an interest in it.
Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins offers a chance for you to sing with others in a weekly choir on Tuesdays. The charity explains:
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Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, East London-based artist Richard DeDeomenici developed an online international music competition alternative, Coronavirus.
Asking the public to write and record their own original song for the contest, up to two minutes in length, for a country of your choice and on any subject, he and a panel of judges will select finalists with one winner's song being broadcast live online on the original Eurovision broadcast date of 16 May 2020 on Facebook Live.
In this free course, Cultures, you will address the question of traditional music and music from the francophone world, and you will examine the place they occupy in the world of artistic creation. The course is divided into three sections: 'Is traditional music, current music?', 'The musical heritage of Normandy' and 'Music of the francophone world'.