It seems every day we wake up to a new world.
In the one we find ourselves in today, we’re spending more time at home, and that can be hard. So, here are some things you can do to keep active, creative, and positive! (If you have anything to add to the list, please email in.)
ONLINE COURSES ✏️🎂
- All Brit + Co Online Classes are FREE until March 31st, from watercolour painting to cake decorating! Visit brit.co/learn and use the code SELFCARE at checkout. Stay creative, friends!
- Little English, Gibraltar’s language school, has gone virtual! English, Spanish, and French lessons for all ages and levels, starting at just £10/hour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- Mrs Ballantine will be uploading a weekly arts and crafts video for kids via her Facebook page; an easy project with easy to find resources. She will also be putting up links for other projects to keep you busy at home!
- Bread Ahead are keeping abread of the game with some fantastic online baking tutorials via their Instagram page from 2pm daily.
- Alternatively, try out a tried-and-tested Banana Bread recipe from our homegrown Mama Lotties.
- Local business ‘The Wine Shop’ are hosting a live wine tasting session every Wednesday, which you can partake in from your living room!
- Listen to your favourite music. Even better, listen to it live online! Some artists, such as Coldplay’s Chris Martin, are playing impromptu sets via Instagram/Facebook Live. Check your fave artists’ social media streams.
- A group of locals musicians have banded together for the FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! KEEP SAFE EDITION concert, which will go live on Facebook and Umee (channel 902) at 9pm tonight (Friday 20th March 2020).
- Bob Sinclair is hosting ‘Lockdown’ DJ sets every day from 2pm on Facebook and Instagram Live.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber has been tickling the ivories to produce an experimental new song!
MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH 🤸🧘
- Keep your fitness levels up with a free full body workout with Ania Obst, personal trainer and nutritionist, every Wednesday, 12-1pm, free of charge via her Facebook page. (She only asks that you make a small donation to a shelter of your choice.)
- Live yoga classes with Bambus Loves Yoga. It’s very gentle, so even beginners and the older generation can get involved!
- Online fitness classes for kids with Natalie Hill. Get them tuckered out before bed time!
- Headspace is offering a free collection within its app, called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. Download the app from your Play Store or App Store.
- Jay Shetty, who calls himself a ‘motivational philosopher, keynote speaker, and urban monk’ is hosting 20 days of live meditation via his Facebook and Instagram Live.
- Need an injection of happiness? Of course you do! Head over to Mark Kanemura’s Instagram for live dance parties, positivity and rainbows.
- HIIT workout, functional workout & abs workout, live with The Base Training Club.
- Every weekday at 10am (Gibraltar time), Joe Wicks (AKA The Body Coach) hosts a 30 minute workout session. A brilliant way to start the day! Suitable for young children as well as their parents. Miss a session? Catch up in your own time on YouTube!
- Your kids (and you) can watch astronauts reading stories from SPACE via storytimefromspace.com.
- Neurodiverse Bookworm and Life of a Librarian in Gibraltar have teamed up to form ‘Bookmarkers’, Gibraltar’s online book club where YOU choose the book you want to read!
- This ‘National Emergency Library’ is offering free online access to 1.4 million books.
WATCH 📺 👀
- Claim your BroadwayHD 7-day free trial, and enjoy your favourite Broadway musicals from the comfort of your own home!
- If you can’t wait for the Culture.gi daily release at noon (see below), you can catch up on your favourite GibTalks speakers via the official YouTube page.
- The Paris Opera is offering its most beautiful classic shows, from Swan Lake to Don Giovanni, free online.
- Different daily operas streamed online every day from the Metropolitan Opera website and can be watched up to 23 hours after (7pm NY time).
- Some shows to binge watch (email in to add more!): Love Is Blind, Great British Bake Off (and Celebrity Bake Off), The Good Place…
- The South Bank’s Globe Theatre has closed its doors for now, but don’t fret! They have an online catalogue of filmed performances to feast on. Watching one of these for your sofa is probably more comfortable than being a groundling at the theatre itself, although you’ll pay roughly the same to rent, as you usually would for the cheapest tickets in the house.
- The National Theatre is going to stream a free play every Thursday night. A real treat!
- Let the zoo come to you. Chester Zoo are uploading regular videos of their animals – and who doesn’t enjoy an animal video.
- Audible just made hundreds of audiobooks completely free to help during coronavirus crisis.
- Tune in to Sir Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare on Twitter! #ASonnetADay
- The wonderfully erudite Tom Read Wilson has vowed to read your poem requests (and sing your song requests!) aloud via his Instagram page. [EDIT: Following the closure of schools and theatres and the subsequent lost performances, Tom is now requesting submissions! Songs you would have sung, monologues you would have delivered, or even the poems you adore. He will then, with your permission, share them with his audience.]
- It’s important not to lose our connections with one another as we take a step back from our usual day-to-day lives. Schedule ‘water cooler’ breaks throughout the day and chat to a loved one or colleague (or a loved colleague!) to keep morale high. Apps such as Houseparty are great for this!
LOCAL CULTURE 🎭🎤
And for a hodgepodge of all of the above, Gibraltar Cultural Services together with GAMPA will provide shows, performances and other educational activities from 10am-4pm, streamed on their respective social media streams and websites (culture.gi and gampa.gi). This will include:
- Storytelling for children daily at 10am to include bi-lingual books
- A speaker from our Gibtalks archive daily at 12 noon
- Unseen art footage, photos and interviews of artists and exhibitions at GEMA and the Fine Arts Gallery
- GAMPA performances and recitals
- Operatic and zarzuela performances by a collaboration of classical singers
- Footage from Brightmed Talks and World Music Festival videos
- Music videos by local musicians and groups
- Links to Gibraltar Live Music Society podcasts
- A virtual reality tour of the Mario Finlayson Gallery, with details of artists and artworks
For the full schedule, see here: Gibraltar Cultural Schedule.
- Noel Fielding has been hosting regular ‘Art Clubs‘ on his Twitter and Instagram pages. Search the hashtag #artclub.
- UK farms have a shortage of seasonal labour to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables. British workers are being encouraged to apply for these paid positions on local farms across the UK. Are you in the country? Sign up!
Got something to add? Email me! Sophie Clifton-Tucker, email@example.com.