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From theatre to knitting, the best free virtual events to do this week

We’re over halfway through national lockdown two… and if that little opening factoid/rhyme combo doesn’t get you going then I don’t know what will.

I’ve got a delightful array of virtual goings-on to share with you this week, as we carry on collectively bashing that pesky R number down.

From a free screening of the new Billie Holiday documentary, to a full day of free wellness activities (including knitting for beginners – oh, hello), you can bid any lockdown blues goodbye and good riddance.

Enough waffle – here’s what’s in store for you this week…

The show must go on

Today marks the launch of The Hope Theatre in Islington’s digital project, Hope at Home, a five-part series of 15-minute monologues created by 25 artists.

The first short film premieres today on The Hope Theatre’s YouTube channel. Created by Henry Egar, My Father’s Shed tells the story of a boy escaping from his mother’s birthday party and secretly trying on some new foundation.

The films, which will be released every Monday until January, are free to access, but donations to help secure the future of The Hope Theatre are encouraged.

When: Every Monday until January

Watch on YouTube.

I’ll Be Seeing You

This Tuesday, Bertha DocHouse is hosting a free online screening of Billie, a new documentary about the life of the great American jazz singer Billie Holiday, which is crafted from previously unseen interviews and clips.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director James Erskine (The Ice King, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist and The Battle of the Sexes) and co-producer Shianne Brown who directed Channel 4’s Respect Me, I’m a Doctor.

When: Tuesday November 24, 7-9pm

Book through Eventbrite.

Refugee Nights

Don’t miss the second event in the Refugee Nights series – a virtual festival created by the Imperial War Museum Institute.

The festival explores refugee stories throughout history, through talks, eyewitness accounts, music and food, celebrating their rich and important cultural contributions to UK public life.

This Tuesday, Labour party peer Lord Alf Dubs and refugee Nujeen Mustafa (who travelled 3,500 miles from Syria to Germany by wheelchair to escape conflict) will be discussing how refugee journeys have changed throughout history.

Jude Law will also be reflecting on his performance at the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais ‘Jungle’ in 2016 and discussing the power of storytelling with festival host Hassan Akkad.

When: Tuesday November 24, 7pm onwards

Book here.

Wellness Wednesday

Take part in various wellbeing activities this Wednesday with Shoe Lane Library’s virtual Dragon Café.

The programme includes a crochet and knitting class for beginners, a greeting card workshop, a healthy eating seminar, yoga for mental health, pointillism painting, a chess strategy session and more.

When: Wednesday November 25, various times

Book online.

Equality at work

Get chatting about all things gender equality and female empowerment in the workplace, at a free talk organised by The Prince’s Trust this Thursday.

A panel of industry experts will be discussing topics including how young women have been specifically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, how companies can create a culture which ensures women’s voices are heard, best practices for female empowerment in the workplace… and more.

When: Thursday November 26, 11am-12pm

Book through The Dots.

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