Keep Calm and Get Creative

Arts sector response to Covid 19

With arts events and activities being put on hold for the forseeable future, the creative community has responded with positivity and
flexibility by offering online activities, entertainment and support networks that people can engage with from home.   

We have started to compile a list of these fantastic initiatives and hope that this is a useful resource for you to maintain your creativity and stay connected during these unprecedented times. 

We hope to continue to build on this list – please let us know about any creative activity you are offering so we can share with others, contact us via Facebook / Twitter or by email:  

Head4Arts Online Activities
Head4Arts’ regular online activities will be taking place via Zoom at the following times:

Celtic Café Intergenerational Music

Wednesdays: 4.30-6pm

Singalong with Ali Shone
Thursdays: 12.30-1.45pm

We would love you to join us – send us a message or contact for details on how to take part.

Head4Arts Online Resources: 
How to make an origami butterfly 
Make a lantern for Earth Hour with Cindy Ward: Part 1, Part 2
Earth Hour story The Library of Life written and narrated by Tamar Eluned Williams with illustrations by Andy O’Rourke 

Pont Project – Stories released every Tuesday via Facebook Live and available to view on Head4Arts YouTube

Other Online Resources:
(please note that these are not affiliated with Head4Arts – please see individual link for further information) 

Artis Community – providing daily activities

Caerphilly Arts Development – Lockdown Creative Project – an invitation to creatively respond to a theme each week

Jukebox Collective – a programme of online hip hop dance classes, contact for more information

Literature Wales with Tamar Eluned Williams – Story Cauldron / Crochan Stori, a bilingual Home Storytelling Kit for families. 

RCT Theatres – daily activities

 Pili Pala Arts Wales – Over 50’s Dance with Beth Ryland

Fiona’s Energy Moves Online – Nia Dance with Fiona Winter 

Huw Aaron – Daily Welsh Language drawing tutorials for children

Goldies Mini Sing & Smile sessions every Thursday on their Facebook page

I’m Thinking of You Cymru –  A series of artworks commissioned to explore, communicate, or try to make sense of the world as it is right now.

Sofa Stage Wales – Facebook TV Chanel – Regular performances to watch with opportunities for creatives to sign up to contribute 

Upbeat Music and Arts – bang your drum campaign – learn the keyworker samba

Ballet Cymru – Daily online tutorials with company dancers

Louby Lou’s Storytelling 

Storytelling Friday Facebook Page – Hosted by Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival

 Cardiff Animation Festival – Quick Draw Animation Challenge 

Hijinx Online Festival – a free festival of theatre and film

Theatr Iolo – List of free creative resources for children and parents

National Theatre Wales – a new digital programme of work, including play readings and opportunities to create live theatre in digital spaces

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – a new programme offering digital Welsh-language cultural experiences

National Theatre at Home – watch NT plays on YouTube. A new play is released every Thursday and available to watch for a week.

Sherman Theatre – Interval, an evolving series of projects designed to promote new writing and support the artistic and freelance community 

National Dance Company Wales – Dance from home  

PHRAME Wales  – Instagram takeovers for photographers 

Creative Cardiff – list of creative resources 

Great British Home Chorus – music group for singers and instrumentalists  
Noel Fielding Art Club   
64 Million Artists #CreatetoConnect – daily creative challenges 

The Sofa Singers  – mass singing group 
Google Arts & Culture – Visit international museums from your home 

Artful resources to keep kids entertained and educated at home  

Whats on Stage – a list of plays, musicals and opera that can be streamed online for free

The Show Must Go On – stream Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals on YouTube. A new musical is released every Friday and available for 48 Hours

Tate Kids – Ideas for art projects at home, view galleries and explore artists

Online Support for the Arts Community 

Arts Council Wales 

Crafts Council Online Support 

Arts Professional Microsite for Covid 19 

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