Arts Access Online Arts & Culture - Festival Edition

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Art Festival – Around the City  Art Festival – Online  Book Festival 2020 – Themes & Accessible Talks  Int. Festival Out and About  Int. Festival Online (Theatre) | Int. Festival Online (Classical Music)  |  Int. Festival Online (Contemporary Music)  |  Int. Festival Online (Traditional Music)  |  Int. Festival Online (Opera)   |  Int. Festival Online (Dance)  |  Fringe – 2020 Online Events

Peter Liversidge, Flags for Edinburgh which invites buildings across the city to fly a white flag that reads HELLO. As we emerge from an extended period of isolation organisations and communities across Edinburgh send a collective greeting to each other and the wider world.  (Free)

Black Lives Matter Mural Trail – 3 new chapters of the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail – a public trail of artworks by Scottish artists in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. (Free)

Ruth Ewan’s Magic Words poster series, sited across the city, calling upon all of us to join together in a ‘mass action for the radical transformation of society’. (Free)

Ellie Harrison’s, Tonnes of carbon produced by the personal transportation of a ‘professional artist’ graph poster series, sited across the city, makes connections between literal and social mobility and highlights the consequences of our travel choices for our climate. 

Ruth Ewan, Worker’s Song Storydeck invited magicians consider how they might use their magic to change the world. (Free)

Calvin Z. Laing, Calvin & Jogging revisits the neighbourhood of his childhood in the suburbs of Edinburgh to present a new online performance. (Free)

Tamara MacArthur, It’s All Over But the Dreaming a new online performance investigating our desire for closeness and contemporary methods devised to simulate human contact in a time of social distancing. (Free)

Rosalind Nashashibi Part One and Part Two the film reflects on the importance of storytelling and love in the building and sustaining of community. (Free)

Rae-Yen Song, the work draws on autobiography and fantasy to speak broadly and politically about foreignness and what it means to belong, or not.

Shannon Te Ao, With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods  a poetic meditation on love, loss and grief. (Free)

Hanna Tuulikki, SING SIGN: a close duet reflects on the multiple ways in which we communicate, exploring the body in relation to the city. (Free)

Book Festival - Themes and Accessible Talks

Explore Themes from the 2020 EIBF’s online programme, including: Africa: A Balance of Stories, Made in Scotland, The Power of Poetry and more! (Free)

Access BSL talks from this year’s programme. (Free)

Access captioned talks from this year’s programme. (Free)

Access events which are learning disability friendly from this year’s programme. (Free)

Chamber Music Soundscapes in Princes Street Gardens these exquisite sounds will be relayed to speakers scattered across Princes Street Gardens, livening up lunchtime for listeners.

My Light Shines On: Ghost Light by Hope Dickson Leach the National Theatre of Scotland performs a poetic tribute to the art of theatre-making on an empty stage at the Festival Theatre. (Free) (Captioned – Audio Described video available)

Traverse Theatre Company’s Declan a brand new take on the Traverse Theatre’s 2019 hit production Mouthpiece about class, culture and appropriation. Through film footage, animation and audio, the audience are placed in the protagonist’s shoes, to show Edinburgh as he sees it.

International Festival Online - Classical Music

My Light Shines On: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with SCO & Paul Lewis one of the world’s finest Beethoven interpreters celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. (Free)

My Light Shines On: Mahler & Lieder with RSNO & Karen Cargill Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård for an uplifting programme of Mahler. (Free)

Classical Music Archives Performances: The Queen’s Hall Series a selection of chamber concerts and recitals are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for International Festival audiences to enjoy at home. (Free)

Classical Music Archives Performances: The Usher Hall Series a selection of concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for International Festival audiences to enjoy at home. (Free)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus: Carmina Burana from their own homes, over 120 chorus members have rehearsed and recorded themselves singing two movements of Orff’s thrilling Carmina Burana. The resulting recordings and videos have then been carefully mixed together by a dedicated sound engineer and film editor to recreate the unmistakable grandeur of ‘O Fortuna’ and optimistic energy of ‘Ecce Gratum’ in all their richness. (Free)

Festivals for Compassion Nikita Naumov performs a specially composed solo to mark the Edinburgh International Festival’s solidarity with festivals across Europe. (Free)

Lawrence Power & Esa-Pekka Salonen: Lockdown Commissions violist Lawrence Power commissions world-leading composers to create new works for him to perform. (Free)

International Festival - Contemporary Music

My Light Shines On: Honeyblood Glasgow’s slacker-rock legend performs an intimate set for film at Leith Theatre. (Free) (Captioned video)

Les Amazones D’Afrique: A Virtual Live Performance celebrated West African supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique combines international stars, local heroes and up-and-coming musicians in this special broadcast performance (Free)

International Festival - Traditional Music

My Light Shines On: Aidan O’Rourke, Rachel Sermanni, Bashir Saade, Graeme Stephen, Brighde Chaimbeul a collection of musicians with long connections to the city. The performance includes stripped-back solos and new collaborations. (Free) (Captioned video)

My Light Shines On: Breabach one of Scotland’s most imaginative contemporary folk groups?perform a high energy set of traditional songs and original compositions, recorded at Leith Theatre.??(Free) (Captioned video)

International Festival - Opera

My Light Shines On: The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti an opera in a single act, written for two singers and a hand-picked chamber ensemble, brings together piquant humour with sly nods to the classics of grand opera. (Free) (Captioned video – Audio Described video coming soon)

International Festival - Dance

My Light Shines On: An Evening with Scottish Ballet the International Festival celebrates their long-standing relationship with Scottish Ballet with an expansive programme for film, including three duets from world-leading choreographers. (Free) (Captioned video – Audio Described video coming soon)

Fringe - 2020 Online Events

Fringe on Friday enjoy 9 different acts live streamed to your living-room every Friday throughout August (Paid – £9)

Fringe Pick N Mix  presents two unique ways to explore the Fringe. Pick randomly selects a show from a collection of themed 60-second performances while Mix allows you to join a stream of 24-7 Fringe entertainment and chat with Fringe fans around the world. (Free)

Explore Fringe 2020 Online Events including (Free & Paid)

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Room with a View


Artlink would love to see what you see outside your window.

Draw, paint, collage – or even photograph – the view from one of your windows (or doorway, or balcony etc) and send a photo of it to:

We will not include people’s names, but by sending the images to us you are giving us permission to share these artworks online so that others can see the wonderful work produced. Please include a rough location so people can know the area the view is from.


Cherry Road - Colouring in Book

Cherry Road Colouring in Book

We’ve come up with a fun bit of art that you can do at home. We turned portraits of the staff at Cherry Road into a colouring book for one of the residents and want you to join in. Download the book here or the individual sheets below by right-clicking and saving to your computer – they’re A4 sized – and print them off at home if you can. If you look on the cover you’ll see loads of objects you can cut out and add to your picture if you want, or get creative with your own!

We want to see your wonderful creations; you can send us a picture via email here or tag us on Instagram @artlinkedin

Click on each image below to download each individual sheet, or right-click and save to your computer; they will download as pdfs and are sized at A4. You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Online Fun for Midlothian

Online Fun for Midlothian

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Pop Concerts and Chats  |  Scottish Music  |  Quiz Nights  |  Animals  |  Dance Parties  |  Fun Random Stuff | Art Making  |  End of Day Wind Down | Hashtags to Explore

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Pop Concerts and Chats

Quello – Free full-length concerts
From Coldplay, Madonna, Maroon 5, The Beatles, Alabama Shakes, Nirvana, The Lumineers, Hall & Oates, Coachella, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael Buble, Damian Marley, Korn, Beck, Green Day, Slash, Megadeath, My Chemical Romance, A$AP Rocky, Alice Cooper, Iggy and the Stooges, Taylor Swift, Major Lazer.

Miley Cyrus: Bright Minded Live with Miley. Miley Cyrus’s daily chats with her famous friends. Watch on Facebook, Youtube & IGTV! Stay lit in dark times!

Christine and the Queens host a daily Insta session (10pm GMT). Parisian pop icon Christine is dealing with social distancing in the best possible way: by hosting a nightly live set from her home studio streamed for free via Instagram. Christine and the Queens (Requires Instagram account).

Madonna’s ‘Quarantine Diaries’ Videos involve her singing a version of her hit Vogue that is about eating fried fish, and sitting in a bathtub full of flower petals discussing how Covid-19 doesn’t care about “how rich you are”. It’s certainly compelling. Quarantine Diaries. (Requires Instagram account).

Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie has been streaming live concerts to make us all feel better about staying inside. Death Cab for Cutie Live.

Charli XCX
Pop star Charli XCX has been uploading “self-isolating livestreams” on Instagram. The first episode was an “emo chat” with Christine from Christine and the Queens, in which the two musicians discovered creativity, and Charli wore a ski mask. Then Charli and Diplo did an at-home workout routine together. A couple of days ago she streamed an art class with musician Clairo.

Continuously updated lists of live streamed musical performances and online concerts (click on link or copy and paste links into browser)

Timeout Live Streaming Concerts

Vulture Live Streaming Concerts

U Discover Music

Scottish Music

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

At home ceilidhs and Scottish music from the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club.


Hashtag to follow with hundreds of Scottish Trad musicians playing music from their homes. COVID Ceilidh.

Quiz Nights

Jimmy Carr – The Little Tiny Quiz of the Lockdown

Updated daily.

Goose’s Quizzes Edinburgh
Our team have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure you don’t have to go without your weekly pub quiz. We plan to do an online quiz every evening for the foreseeable future. Goose’s Quizzes.

The Big Fat Virtual Quiz Fundraiser (Saturday 25th April)
The Big Fat Quiz will be bringing family fun & entertainment right to the home. The quiz will be themed around many of the great TV shows, such as Friends, The Office, Breaking Bad, YOU, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders, The Crown and many more. Are there prizes? Don’t you worry! We’ve got some awesome (and not-so-awesome) PRIZES to be won throughout the night so don’t you fear!  The event will be live streamed and you can take part with your phone, tablet or even a laptop, but please note it’s only one device per team. The Big Fat Virtual Quiz.

Zoo Live Streams:

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire features a video webcam of the flamingos and photo webcams of the lemurs, giraffes and penguins – with images updating every 30 seconds or so.

Edinburgh Zoo has a variety of webcams set up for virtual visitors to watch Yang Guang the panda, as well as penguins, tigers and koalas.

Dublin Zoo has a variety of cameras which capture the movements of the elephants, penguins, giraffes, zebras and rhinos.

Enter a Virtual Dog Show
Dog Furiendly is partnering with dog-related businesses across the UK to host Bark Aid, which will raise funds for charities that need support to cope with the virus.

Dance Parties

Every night at 19:00 GMT, BigKitchenDisco takes the edge off social distancing with some social disco dancing. Listen how you like.

You may be trapped indoors, but that doesn’t mean your social life has to suffer. Every Friday while the coronavirus crisis continues, Queer House Party will be streaming a party live from their living room to yours. Hosts Harry Gay, a seasoned DJ known for throwing DIY dance parties, and DJs Wacha and Passer will be spinning mixes of queer bops, throwback pop and techno clangers so you can dance, sing, chat and virtually party with like-minded queers across the world. Direct from artists’ homes and private spaces, these transmissions are a way to remain connected while apart.

One for the night owls – Virtually Nowadays  (Midnight-4am GMT ). One of the best indoor-outdoor clubs in the world, NYC’s Nowadays has closed for the time being but is streaming four-hour-long sets every night.

Art Making

Isolation Art School. Projects, lessons and tips by artists to help people get creative while housebound during the Covid19 crisis.

Artist Activity Packs (coming soon)
Art is where the home is will give you ideas about how to get creative at home. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required, plus it’s completely free to download. featuring contributions from UK artists including Annie Morris, Antony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Grayson Perry, Harold Offeh, Idris Kahn, Jeremy Deller, Michael Landy, Ryan Gander and Vanley Burke.

Fun Random Stuff

The Sofa Singers is a free and weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.

Drag Aerobics in your living room with Dolly Trolley. Feeling that lactic acid build up from all those days working at your desk (or bedside table – everyone’s wfh now right)? Get moving with a little help from London cabaret star Dolly Trolley, who will be streaming a drag aerobics class on Instagram and Facebook Live every Wednesday at 7.30pm, straight from Dolly’s living room.

Bongo’s Bingo. The bingo night that combines the fun of Legs Eleven and Two Fat Ladies with intermittent dancing on tables and pub-quiz-style challenges – isn’t letting a lockdown stop the fun. The gang are streaming their bingo events live from their isolation bungalow with bingo, pub quizzes, music, prizes, live call-ins and audience dares thrown in. Players are encouraged to donate to the NHS during each show. Basically, it’s the live, unscripted escapism we’ve all been waiting for.

Your access to Cirque du Soleil content, all in one place. Circus footage, behind the scenes video, virtual reality, learn to paint your face like a performer and circus workout routines.

Science Experiment a Day. Glasgow Science Centre will be bringing a bit of science into your home every day at 10am to help keep everyone inspired in these challenging times. Including ‘Elephant’s toothpaste’ experiment and ‘Make your own lava lamp’.

Lucky Voice Karaoke (One Month Free). If you’re stuck in the house and looking for something to do, then maybe try turn cabin fever to disco fever. For a month’s free subscription to our online karaoke service, head to our online karaoke player and enter code LUCKY20.

HomeTasking from the TV show Taskmaster. Alex Horne here, the Taskmaster(s assistant), to make self isolating and social distancing slightly more bearable with #HomeTasking.

Musical Bingo Cribs is your BIG night IN IN! Gather around a laptop and experience the game like never before as we take things online for a virtual experience! Musical Bingo Cribs is bringing the – virtual – party to you over a night of tunes, challenges and bingo. Get on your glad rags, fix yourself a drink and get ready to dance, drink and lip-sync your way to victory as your hilarious hosts put you through your paces.  Played via Zoom this is your chance to turn your crib into the club and get jiggy with us from the comfort of your home. Musical Bingo: Turning Cribs to Clubs since 2020.

Pianist Led Virtual Sing-a-longs
Each evening, the talented pianists of this currently shuttered New York staple belt out favourite showtunes online. Head to Time Out New York for the weekly schedule and the Venmo address of each player.

Cards Against Humanity
With people searching for ways to stay connected with friends and get some entertainment, a host of new experiences have popped up, one of which is a virtual game of Cards Against Humanity. The online version enables you to come up with just as many dark and hilarious card pairings and watch as your friends do the same. May contain language and content that is not appropriate for all users.

AGENT VENTURE – Online Immersive Game 4-5 Players (paid £5)
EVER WANTED TO BE PART OF A HEIST? Become a team of secret agents, and execute a daring heist from the comfort of your own home. With a live cast, and digital clues to guide you, all you need is a computer and phone to play online.

Magic Masterclass (paid – £9.99)
Learn magic from one of London’s top magicians, live from the comfort of your own home. Over the course of an hour, you will learn six sensational tricks to entertain friends and family, in a fun interactive experience. This class is aimed at the complete beginner. All you need to take part is a deck of playing cards, and some change from your wallet.

End of Day Wind Down

Online Jigsaws
Upload a photo to make your own customised online jigsaw or use a ready made one from the website.Jigsaw Explorer.

Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton
Goodnight with Dolly. Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.

Hashtags to Explore

Discover more culture, comedy and connections on Twitter using the following hashtags:


Responses to the cultural landscape

Think Pieces

We came across this a few days ago. It is an amazing piece of poetry by Dorothy Duffy that responds to the realities of the current situation and directly speaks about the death of her sister. Coronavirus: ‘My sister is not a statistic’.

‘But‘ was Artlink’s first foray into fiction. With the support of the Scottish Book Trust, Anne Donovan paved the way. At the time we were working with a number of parents, who were beginning to reach the end of their tether, caring for their son or daughter within a care system which did not necessarily offer them the support they required. All she had to do was meet them and come up with a story…What patience! What skill!

‘Scott vs Demons’ re-imagines a young man’s experience of his Personal Independence Payments assessment and the unfolding consequences. The comic is written by well-known writer Alan Grant, drawn by the renowned artist Robin Smith and informed by the brilliant Scott Davidson. Together they have arrived at an alternative reality, one in which the victim begins to fight back……. Read the comic here.

‘Something in the Pause’ by Nicola White was informed by an arts project that involved an artist, an informatics specialist and a man with a liking for music. The man in question had a learning disability, a sight impairment and physical disability, which meant he was reliant on others choosing what he listened to. He listened to Radio Forth a lot. So artist Steve Hollingsworth began creating a sound system which could operate with one simple hand movement, enabling the man to select, for the first time, what he felt like listening to from an extensive library of sounds.

‘Angel Wings’ is work of fiction based on the experiences of a selected group of people with experience of mental ill health. After discussion we commissioned Anne Donovan to write imaginatively about a child’s experience of having a mother or father who experiences mental ill health. Anne was asked to write it in a way that would speak to children and young adults assuring them that they were not alone and that the experience is relatively common.


A guide to action and resources that offer practical help

Community Action and Resources

If you need support or are interested in helping out in your local community then here are some great organisations who you should get in touch with for advice , food, shopping, getting subscriptions or a friendly chat.

In Edinburgh get in touch with Volunteer Edinburgh, use the EVOC Directory or search for what you need on this handy map

In Midlothian visit Volunteer Midlothian or visit Kindness Midlothian, a resource for positive stories in Midlothian.


In West Lothian the Voluntary Sector Gateway is coordinating the efforts of community and voluntary organisations 

In East Lothian, East Lothian Council’s information site is the place to go. 

If you can’t find what you are looking for that please get in touch

Experiencing Art Differently | LINGER

During this current period of social distancing and doing things very differently Artlink will continue offer ways in which you can be directly involved in all that art and culture have to offer.

Looking back to 2016 Linger was a performance that explored the potential that different perspectives bring to creating and experiencing culture. Linger took audio description as a starting point, lifted it from a functional form to an artform and explored how that experience influences how we engage with the iconic space of the Great Hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery through words and music.

The result was amazing!

A documentary of the creative process and responses from visually impaired individuals is available here.