Whilst events can’t happen physically in Southampton, you can still get involved with a number of online events, lectures and webinars hosted by local businesses and venues. Stay connected to Southampton and the community, you might meet some new friends or discover something new along the way!
For the first time in the UK, Chinese New Year 2021 celebrations will be streamed online for audiences to enjoy from their living room. UK Shaolin Temple presents a unique Chinese New Year celebration to mark the Year of the Ox 2021.
The online feature brings together your favourite Chinese New Year performances of Chinese Lion and Dragon dances, music, dance and folk arts, with people’s stories of their Chinese New Year traditions. In addition, people will give their reflections on the Year of the Ox by sharing the personal stories of strength and overcoming adversity.
The free online feature will premiere on Sunday 14th February 2021 at 7:30pm on YouTube. Watch the event by going to: www.ukshaolin.com/chinese-new-year/
Support Southampton's local artists with the God House Towers online shop.
Browse through and order a selection of paints, cards, gifts, publications and more for yourself or for family and friends for Christmas gifts. Explore the shop here.
The Point and Age Concern are pioneering a new project to inspire creativity and happiness for Eastleigh residents who are alone at home. Call and Create will connect you with one professional performance artist and one person chosen by you – maybe a friend or family member. The three of you will share weekly conversations about positive topics, and after five weeks our artists will have created something to share especially for you – a song, poem, story or piece of music.
This is a phone call based programme and the start date will be 8th February 2021. Calls would take place every week for five weeks on either Tuesdays or Thursdays at either 11am or 2.30pm.
No prior creative experience is required and there is no cost to be involved.
If you would like to register to take part please call the team on 023 8068 8840.
Rees Leisure has announced their COVID secure events for this year - more details to be released soon, but here are some dates to put in your diary...
25th April 2021 - ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
With 10,000 runners, this well organised, COVID secure event is one not to be missed.
3rd May 2021 - Winchester Triathlon
This 15 year old event ran successfully in a COVID secure way in 2020 and is back with Novice and Sprint distances in 2021
24th - 26th May 2021 - Southampton Sailing Week
An exhilarating day of racing on brand new yachts to build business bonds between your clients and staff! First timers welcome!
19th June 2021 - Southampton Sporterium
This inaugural event starting in Southampton city centre will host a 60km and 100km sportive Ride through beautiful surrounding countryside; or a fast-paced, high-octane 1 mile Criterium Race. Will you Ride or Race?
19th September 2021 - Winchester Half Marathon
Hampshire's hilly Half starts by taking in some of the historic landmarks the city has to offer before taking a beautiful scenic route through the idyllic Winchester hills, to return back to the Winchester Guildhall to finish near King Alfred the Great's statue.
The Point Dance Classes Online
Starting from 12th January a number of classes from The Point’s dance class programme will be available to join online via Zoom. These include:
Retrospectif Class, Tuesdays 1.30pm
A dance class for older adults with a passion to learn. Sessions focus on contemporary technique as well as experimenting with the dancers own creativity.
Adult Tap, Tuesdays 7.30pm
Learning and improving tap dancing skills, focusing on fun and enjoyment. For the time being, we are running a mixed ability class, for beginners and those with a little more experience.
Dance For Parkinson’s Online, Thursdays 1.30pm
A social and uplifting movement class designed specifically for the symptoms of Parkinson’s, helping to increase general mobility, confidence and emotional wellbeing. Family and carers can attend for free.
We Create! Inclusive Class, Fridays 1.30pm
A lively, fun session for adults with learning disabilities, exploring drama, dance, movement and creativity.
For more information on the classes and how to join visit The Point’s dance class pages.
Art Asia is offering a wide variety of fun, friendly and welcoming online dance and music courses for all ages and abilities.
Whether you are a beginner trying out something new or looking to develop to the next stage and develop your learning, the classes are catered for the individual.
Find out more and book your classes here. If you book for more than one class you’ll also enjoy a 20% discount. This can be for you or a family member – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ArtfulScribe is hosting a number of online events to connect writers and writing, suiting for all different ages and abilities. If the lockdown life has brought out a passion for writing then why not sign up to a workshop and unleash your creative side!
Mayflower Creative Writers: Monday 7-9pm, 18 to 25 years
Led by Antosh Wojcik writing, editing and developing work for performance and publication (all genres). For sign-up details, please email email@example.com.
ArtfulScribe Junior Writers Club: Wednesday 9.30 - 11am, 7 to 11 years
Led by Susmita Bhattacharya, this is a new group aimed at primary school children featuring fun ways to engage and get creative with words, encouraging young people’s voices to be heard. For sign-up details, please firstname.lastname@example.org. See an example of Susmita's online workshops here.
ArtfulScribe Young Writers Online: Wednesday 11.30 - 1pm
Aimed at Secondary School and 6thForm college-aged participants, led by Tabitha Hayward featuring creative approaches to generate new work for publication, performance, and personal satisfaction (all genres). For sign-up details please email@example.com.
SO:Write Women: Thursday 11am - 1pm
Weeks 1 and 3 of each month led by Joanna Barnard. A group tailored towards creating, sharing and celebrating women’s writing in a safe and supportive environment. For sign-up details please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing for Wellbeing: Thursday 11am - 1pm
Weeks 2 and 4 of each month led by Joanna Barnard. A qualified counsellor and award-winning novelist leads these sessions to encourage new and advanced writers to develop a toolbox of skills for creative self-expression during times of crisis. Participants in a recent pilot described the sessions as ‘validating’, ‘healing’, ‘inspiring’ and more. For sign-up details please email email@example.com. For a taster, see this session here.
Mayflower Young Writers: Saturday 9am - 9.45am, 11 to 14 years. Saturday 11am - 1pm, 15 to 18 years.
Led by award-winning author Susmita Bhattacharya. A Hampshire-based group for young writers who normally meet at Mayflower Theatre during term-time and work towards project-based outcomes including publishing an anthology and writing for performance. You can find out more about the Mayflower Young Writers here. For sign-up details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Eye: Lockdown Days brings the opportunity for everyone in and around Southampton to share up to 90 seconds of film with them - something extraordinary or very ordinary, the high days and the low ones. They will then use your film to build an archive record of this unique time, of life during the city during COVID-19. See more here.
Arts Award Discover at Home
You can also get creative with the Arts Award Discover virtual programme aimed at people aged 5 - 25 encouraging you to explore the wonderful world of art. Take part in activities, learn about other artists and share your creations with each other whilst at home. Find out more here.
Weekly Youth Choir
Aimed at children aged 6 - 18 Showcase Music School are running weekly youth choir rehearsals where children can learn and develop their singing skills and record their parts for a weekly video performance. Find out more here.
Virtual Youth Orchestra
Showcase Music School is running a free weekly Virtual Youth Orchester with parts available to all abilities who play all different types of instruments. So far 2,200 people registered from 22 countries have contributed to 15 pieces of music in just 10 weeks! Sign up here to get involved. Below is one of their pieces 'The Greatest Showman', check it out!👇
When you do go outside, following social distancing guidance, why not make a stop and explore the outdoor art and historical monuments on your way?
There are plenty of other social activities for over 55's with MHA Southampton
Mondays - Exercise class and Mastermind Quizzes
Tuesdays - Cheerleading and Chatterbox Tuesdays
Wednesdays - Tai Chi and Tea at 3 with P
Thursdays - Minding Me and Fun Thursdays
Fridays - Crafts with Laughs
All you need to do to take part is register here.
Mayflower Theatre and City Eye Young Filmmakers group is going online!
They are offering a free taster session so why not give it a go, see more here. Then if you find that you love it, you can join their brilliant group for regular sessions with guided through weekly zoom sessions to explore the film making process, looking at script writing, story boarding, filming and editing.