Our rundown of online events we think you might enjoy

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If you’re anything like us you’ll be looking for things to do to make the cold evenings indoors a bit more exciting. Perhaps you’re feeling like you’ve missed out on all the performances you’d normally have gone to over the last year. Or maybe you’ve just finished watching that series everyone was talking about and are looking for new things to enjoy. Whatever the reason, we hope this selection of films, music, theatre and more will help to brighten your day.

Just because it is January does not mean there are not lots of exciting events taking place online! Here’s our rundown of some of the events taking place over the rest of this month that we think you might like. We’ve listed them in date order. And look out for our next instalment to find more upcoming events!

Big Burns Supper

Monday 25th January, 7:00pm

Usually Big Burns Supper is a festival that takes place across Dumfries in January each year. This year is going to be a bit different with the festival moving online and being streamed for free on Big Burns Supper’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The Burns Night celebrations will be hosted by Janey Godley and the line-up includes KT Tunstall, Donovan and Skerryvore. Visit the Big Burns Supper website for more information on the event.

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Burns Big Night In

Can’t wait until Monday? There is also the National Trust for Scotland’s Burns Big Night In streaming this Saturday, 23rd January, from 7pm. It is hosted by Edith Bowman with an exciting line-up. Tickets cost £18 per household. You can find out more on Burns Big Night In.

Celtic Connections

We’re a bit late to the party this year but we also had to mention Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival. It kicked off on 15th January and runs until Tuesday 2nd February. This is the very first time it has been delivered digitally and there is still lots to see. Take a look at Celtic Connections’ calendar of events.

A woman with a tartan blanket around her shoulders. She is wearing a light jumper and holding a flask for a hot drink.

Image of: Someone wrapped up in a tartan blanket holding a hot drink.

Document Human Rights Film Festival

Monday 25th January – Sunday 31st January

Usually based in Glasgow, this year’s festival is running online. We’re pleased to see that all the films in their programme will have English subtitles and they also have four films which will have closed captions:

The film programme is available for individual rental (£5 full price / £3 concessions) or as a Festival Pass bundle, which means you can watch  all the films included in the programme  for a discounted price (£15 full price / £10 concessions). You can choose to pay full price or the concession rate based on your circumstances, no proof is required. Find out more about this year’s programme on the Document Film Festival website.

D/deaf and Disabled Artists on Making Work Now

Friday 29 January, 4:00pm

Poet, writer and researcher Jamie Hale will be joined by four fellow disabled artists for this online conversation organised by Wellcome Collection. They will ask what it means to be a D/deaf or disabled artist in a pandemic and share their different experiences and practices. This free event will have live captions and BSL interpretation. Find out more about this event on Wellcome Collection’s website.

Photo of Jamie Hale appearing on a video call on a laptop. The laptop is on a table next to a house plant and a wooden dog ornament.

Image of: A laptop showing a video call with Jamie Hale.

Mischief Movie Night

Friday 29th January, 7:30pm

The theatre company behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery have a new project, Mischief Movie Night. It is an improvised movie that you can stream at home. They have 10 new shows lined up from Saturday 23rd January to Sunday 31st January with a Valentine’s Day Romantic Comedy special on Sunday 14 February. We’re particularly interested in their performance on Friday 29th January though as it will have BSL and captioning options available. A pay-per-view pass (which is valid for one use on one device) costs £10. Find out more about Mischief Movie Night on their website.


Deadline fast approaching for Wac Arts’ Young Producers Programme

Do you know any young people aged 15+ who are interested in learning about what goes on behind the scenes and discovering how shows, gigs and festivals get made? Make sure they apply to Wac Arts’ Young Producers Programme by 9pm on Sunday, 24th January. The programme begins in February and will be made up of 4 2-hour workshops with producing experts Poet in the City. More information on Wac Arts' website.

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Written by Abby Richards, Communications Manager

Tags: what's on, things to do in lockdown, recommendations, covid


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Abbie, is there anyone posting events in Northern Ireland?