Enjoy arts and culture from your home
Whilst many of our arts, culture and leisure venues across the district are closed, now is the time to enjoy some of their online content.
Whether reminiscing about past experiences or taking part in some new interactive content, browse the links below to enjoy the best of the district’s online arts, culture, heritage and wellbeing offers.
The Dukes Theatre and Cinema has gone digital!
They’ve launched Digital Dukes – a virtual cultural space full of creative ideas and opportunities:
- A call-out for Inside Out – a free exhibition on reopening
- A call-out for Stepping Out Scratch Night
- Access to our team’s creative knowledge and skills
- Check it out here >> https://dukeslancaster.org/get-involved/digital-dukes
- You can also buy Future Theatre and Future Cinema tickets – buy now and have a treat to look forward to later on in the year!
- The Dukes’ usual Youth Theatre courses and workshops are not running at the moment but you can still find your inner performer with ELART Productions’ online Drama Workshops – #WhoNeedsAStudio ?
Get your teeth into an atmospheric performance of Dracula by Vortice Dance Co with the Grand.
- Take a virtual tour of The Grand and find out how you can support them here (https://lancastergrand.co.uk/support-us/theatre-tours/)
Join in some songs with your little ones, or join us to sing from your sofa.
They have put together some fantastic resources for home-based learning and music appreciation:
- The Early Years Team sing Clapping Songs for you to join in
- More songs for little ones to join in and have fun
- Find sheet music here to practise your favourite folk songs
- Maintain your health and breathing via voice work
- Join The Great British Home Chorus with Gareth Malone
- Or join James Sills’ The Sofa Singers on Tuesday 24th March at 7.30pm
Find out more at More Music’s website.
Or have a go at creating your own music at the touch of a button – no need to be able to play an instrument or read music!
Based in the West End of Morecambe, More Music offers opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds to develop their musical abilities, hone their performance skills, and just enjoy music for the sheer love of it!
Check out some of Lancaster Arts’ former events:
- A clip of Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita perfoming live at La Nau, Barcelona. The duo performed in the Great Hall in February 2019
- Watch Stile Antico, as they are joined by Rihab Azar to rehearse for ‘Songs of Exile and Longing’
- Lancaster Library were surprised with Michael Poll previewing his incredible guitar skills
- Experience incredible dance talent in Knot by Nikki & JD
- The wonderful Tim Crouch has released a full length video of I, Malvolio on Vimeo for us to enjoy. He performed the show at the Nuffield back in 2013 in partnership with The Dukes, Lancaster and Litfest, Lancaster
“Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in a brilliant one-man show that unlocks Shakespeare’s play and tells a timeless story of bullying, prudery and practical jokes.”
- Lancaster Arts is also urging people to check out the wonderfully innovative Social Distancing Festival, a programme of streamed arts content from across the world! N.B. as this festival is worldwide please note the start times may not be in local time (GMT).
Based at Lancaster University, Lancaster Arts welcomes innovative drama, music and dance practitioners to perform in the wonderfully versatile spaces of the Great Hall and Nuffield Theatre.
Virtually ‘meet’ one of Litfest’s invited authors or join an online book club.
- March’s annual festival hopes to bring back some of its performers later on in the year, but for now here is a short interview with Tom Sperlinger, author of Romeo & Juliet in Palestine: Teaching Under Occupation, a fascinating exploration of ‘normal’ life in Palestine under occupation and how Shakepeare’s own challenging life was reflected in his work.
- Comma Press, a North West independent publisher which has showcased writers and poets at Litfest, has joined with other indepent presses to offer an online book club – a virtual space to read together, chat and feel connected. Join them every Thursday at 8pm GMT on Zoom. Find out more here: commapress.co.uk/events/transla #virtualbookclub #fictionintranslation
Relive some of Ludus Dance’s past events.
- Check out this fantastic flash mob taking place on the streets of Lancaster back in 2015
- Find out how Ludus went about devising and producing the wonderful Promenade of Galaxies for Light Up Lancaster 2019
Ludus Dance offers classes, courses, events and festivals for a great range of ages, abilities and styles of dance.
Morecambe Artist Colony
Eat, Sleep, Create, Repeat with this photography challenge
- MAC is supporting Eat, Sleep, Create, Repeat, a month-long online photo challenge starting on Thurs 26th March until Thurs 30th April. Photographer Ginny Koppenhol will provide a series of photography challenges over the course of a month, designed to be done at home. The challenges will focus on gratitude, some encourage better acquaintance with your immediate environment, others promote self-expression and some are designed to see beauty in the everyday. All of the tasks are about making space for creativity, learning new skills and enjoying the process. www.gkoppenholphotography.com
MAC is a not-for-profit group of local artists and creatives, passionate about using art for the regeneration of Morecambe.
Morecambe Exchange Creative Community
- Listen to – or join in with – this lovely call and response song, evoking the gentle beauty of Morecambe Bay.
The Exchange is a creative Community Interest Company based in the heart of Morecambe’s West End. It works with the community to develop creative opportunities and wellbeing.
imitating the dog
View imitating the dog‘s immersive pieces, showcased at Light Up Lancaster.
imitating the dog have been making ground-breaking work for theatres, festivals and events for 20 years. They tell stories, creating beautiful, memorable images by fusing live performance with digital technology.
Lancaster and District Choral Society
- Listen to Lancaster and District Choral Society’s Christmas concert at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe
LDCS is one of the leading non auditioned choirs in the North West of England with a membership of around 60 singers, conducted by John Perrin. They perform choral concerts that incorporate an eclectic mixture of classical, sacred and secular music.
Louise Ann Wilson
- Map out a past or future walk with artist Louise Ann Wilson’s Walks to Remember During a Pandemic: ‘With memory I was there’. Is there a walk that you long to do but can’t due to the current restrictions imposed upon us because of COVID-19? If so, could you make a memory-map of that walk?
Louise is an artist, scenographer and researcher who creates site-specific walking-performances, films, installations and book that give-voice to ‘missing’ or marginal life-events – with transformative and therapeutic outcomes.
Lancaster Jazz Festival
Check out some of the Jazz Festival’s past triumphs:
- Jazz North’s Northern Line showcase from Jazz Fest 2019
- Jazz in the PrintRoom
- The Emily Francis Trio in The Hall
Morecambe Music Festival
Morecambe Music Festival welcomes some brilliantly diverse acts: