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During lockdown, getting involved in arts and cultural activities can be a welcome break from remote learning and working from home.

Participating in arts and cultural activities has multiple benefits for health and wellbeing as well as strengthening our social connection to others.

During coronavirus, these creative sectors have been doing it tough, having to postpone live concerts, exhibitions and shows.

However, you can stay connected to our arts and culture sector by getting creative from the comfort of your home.

 

Be creative at home

If you’re looking for ideas for creative fulfilment during lockdown, we’ve come up with a few activities that you can experience with your kids, family or friends.

 

1. Creative play for kids – Designed for 6-12 year olds, Audioplay is a podcast /audiobook combining theatre with old-school action-packed creative play. Kids put on headphones, source some simple household props and then become characters in the story – playing out the action in real-life (it’s like stepping inside a movie and becoming the character).  It puts kids at the heart of the story in the safety of their own living room or backyard... all without screens.

 

2.  Hearing from writers and readers – the Melbourne Writers Festival is going online to connect and exchange ideas between readers and writers. The festival is always thought-provoking and this year includes a greater emphasis on First Nations writers: Thomas Mayor, Claire G Coleman, Kirli Saunders, Alexis Wright and more.

First nations male smiling at camera

3. Theatre for your earsMTC Audio Lab is a new series of audio dramas produced by Melbourne Theatre Company. It features a collection of speeches, texts and poems designed for spoken performance from the 1800s to today and features performances from Shareena Clanton, Mark Coles Smith, Marg Downey, Greg Stone, Leonie Whyman and Izabella Yena.

two young artists in a recording studio

4. Movie time on the couch  – throughout August, the next Melbourne International Film Festival is a digital showcase that will deliver a fresh program of new-release films from around the  world. It includes over 60 features, five shorts  packages, talks and events. 

Family sitting on the couch watching television

5. Dance your time awayDigital Dance Club is a free online dance platform to connect the LGBTIQ+ community and allies during these turbulent times. Everyone is welcome, all over the world!

 

6. Check out some architectural wonders Open House Melbourne will offer access to the largest collection of virtual tours in Australia. There will be some old favourites and an entirely new program of live, on-demand and interactive events and digital tours of iconic Melbourne buildings, as well as talks, workshops and interviews.

image of the Melbourne Arts Centre

7. Just for laughs – each week comedian Adam Hills will host Easey Comedy  Zooming live into living rooms across Australia and the universe. Come get reacquainted with live comedy, catch up with your favourites and discover your new comedy crushes. It’s like a weekly comedy gala in your lounge room!

posters of 'Easy Comedy At Home' event

8. Creativity in your homePolyglot Theatre have come up with some fun things to do with everyday stuff that’s probably already in your house. Turn your home into an art space – from making a vegetable dance party to creating a colourful post-it note artwork on your windows. Kids will love turning any box into a super-sonic, intergalactic, planetary ROBOT HEAD.

Young children doing arts and crafts

9. Expressing what’s on your mind – led by Smiling Mind in partnership with acclaimed Melbourne artist Beci Orpin, META (mind, emotions, thoughts, awareness) promotes youth mental health via creative expression. It seeks to engage young Victorians in a dialogue about what makes them mentally healthy, happy, resilient and socially connected.