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music, art, literature and events from Australia and beyond As the coronavirus crisis roils on, creatives and cultural organisations are moving their work online. Here's what's coming to a monitor near you View The Guardian: Livestreaming Music • 25 March-29 March: Riverboats Music Festival have launched The Lounge Room Sessions, which will broadcast a 20-minute set from an Australian act at 8pm each night, via Facebook live - with a link to where viewers can make an optional contribution, 100% of which will go directly to the artist. On 25 March it's Matt Walker (Lost Ragas); on 26 March it's Skyscraper Stan; on 27 March it's Gabriella Cohen; on 28 March it's Matt Joe Gow; and on 29 March it's Jess Locke. • 27 and 28 March: The organisers of Isol-Aid have told the Guardian it's happening again this weekend, from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. The fundraiser for Support Act involves some of the best Australian bands and musicians in Australia; each act plays a 20 minute set on Instagram Live, before throwing to the next performer. Lineup will be announced soon; read about last weekend's Isol-Aid here. • From 27 March: The Melbourne Digital Concert Hall is hoping to start streaming pay-for-play concerts soon, kicking off with an online music festival 27-29 March. • Ongoing: TikTok have launched their first livestream series, #HappyAtHome, which takes place at 11am AEDT each day (so: this one's not for everyone), and will feature names like Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Jason DeRulo, Dr. Phil and Bill Nye. Check here for more info and lineup details. • Ongoing: Club Quarantine is open for business. DJ D-Nice, best known for DJing Barack Obama's farewell party and the 1980s hip hop group Boogie Down Productions, is hosting regular dance parties via Instagram Live. Play celebrity spotting in the comments; over the weekend Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Michelle Obama all dropped by the 10 hour-long rager. • Ongoing: More than 11,000 party people joined Room 2 Radio's first virtual club night, convincing the Sydney trio to make it a weekly fixture. Doors open from 8pm on Fridays. • Ongoing: If classical music is your bag, our UK colleagues have a rolling list of "quarantine soirees" being updated daily. It features information about on-demand opera and archival recordings from some of Europe's most high-profile performing arts companies and performers, including New York's Metropolitan Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and the beloved cellist/activist Yo-Yo Ma. • Ongoing: Surry Hills Live was funded by the City of Sydney to create and promote local live gigs in the suburb's pubs - which have been cancelled, so it has moved the gigs online. Evening shows will be streaming through March. Theatre and cabaret • 27 March: On YouTube, actor Robert Myles has a reading group for professional and amateur actors - and they're performing Shakespeare's plays in the order they're believed to have been written. This weekend they're doing The Taming of the Shrew; but you can watch last weekend's Two Gentleman of Verona too. Film • 27 March: Marrickville's Static Vision will premiere Lockdown - A Static Vision Livestream, as a digital-follow up to their short film festival Hyperlinks. Tune in from 6pm until midnight for a six-hour long feed of three feature films, shorts, and guest interviews. • Ongoing: Get meta with Australia Centre for the Moving Image. The ACMI is launching weekly Metastreams that allow you to sync up with distant friends and stream films together, such as Jafar Panahi's The White Balloon and Offsite. New films will be announced each Tuesday. From March 27, Keep an eye on the centre's YouTube channel for free twice-weekly workshops on topics such as screenwriting and what makes a good factual story. Visual art • 1-17 May: Head On photo festival in Sydney will move online, with webinars and online events. The full program will be announced in April. • Ongoing: The National Gallery of Victoria has opened its collection and moved its programming online, with virtual tours, online collection galleries, ebooks and activities for children. • Ongoing: Our colleagues in the UK have compiled this very handy guide to the best virtual museums and art gallery tours - including the Natural History Museum and National Gallery in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Musée d'Orsay in Paris and South Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Literature • 2 April: Melbourne's The Wheeler Centre is hosting a free live-stream featuring Alice Bishop, whose 2019 short story collection A Constant Hum was written after the 2009 Black Saturday fires. Bishop will be talking about "regrowth, resilience and its cost" in the wake of a disaster. Sounds relevant in too many ways right now. • 14 April: The Stella prize - celebrating Australian womens' writing - will be announced via a livestream on Tuesday 17 April at 8pm (AEST). The annnouncement features guest speaker Julia Gillard; here is the shortlist. • 9 May: Yarra Valley writers festival in Victoria, Australia, will be livestreamed. Online viewing tickets will go on sale in early April. • Ongoing: The Australian writer Kirsten Krauth has created the Facebook group Writers Go Forth. Launch. Promote. Party for writers whose publicity tours and in-store events for new-release books have been cancelled. The group is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for authors announcing the details of virtual Q&As and readings through Facebook and Instagram Live. Other online hubs • Take a tourist-free walk through some Victoria's most popular exhibitions via Melbourne Museum at Home. Google Maps lets you explore rooms including the "Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world room", with quite good zooming capabilities. The whole website is packed with excellent resources for kids, including Scienceworks at Home, with explainer videos and theme-based learning. • The music industry professional Cherie Hu has created a Virtual Music Events Directory - a round-up of upcoming performances around the world and a guide for musicians and other performing artists who want to take their work online. Animals • Ongoing: Zoos Victoria has launched Animal House, a selection of (so fare) four live feeds from its animal enclosures in Melbourne and Werribee zoos. Watch the giraffes munch their way through afternoon, see the penguins get fed (or a naughty seagull steal a pilchard), coo over the sleepy snow leopard cubs or the lions lolling about in the sun. • Ongoing: For those in the US - or those simply up late at night everywhere else - the Smithsonian national zoo in Washington DC has set up live feeds of its lion enclosure, giant pandas troop, elephants and ... naked mole rats. All creatures great and small, etc. View The Guardian: Livestreaming
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