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Weekend Extra: This week’s most tantalising events — including some you can even attend in person

Freedom Festival

Hull’s major arts festival based around freedom is going online with more than 40 events this weekend — highlights include PULSE! 1.5’s interactive percussion and dance workshop making use of household items, mind-and-body bending shows from Canadian circus superstars Les 7 Doigts (pictured above), jazz virtuoso Soweto Kinch in conversation, Lullaby, Luke Jerram’s sonic art installation featuring dazzling lights, surround sound and 50 bikes, and local musicians performing in and around Hull, with BBC Introducing Humberside. Tomorrow to Sunday,

The Warren

Brighton’s outdoor, beach-based pop-up, The Warren is in full flow and this weekend you can enjoy socially distanced performances of S***-faced Shakespeare doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream (tonight to Sun), timeless pop with musical The Carole King and James Taylor Story (tomorrow to Sun), stand-up with Krater comedy club hosting Seann Walsh and Andy Parsons (Sat), and magic show Split Egg (Sat & Sun). Until Sep 27,

Puppetry at The Pop Up

The brand new Pop Up Palladium kicks off streaming puppet theatre — tomorrow’s line-up features Drew Colby’s mesmerising shadowgraphy, Stan Middleton (The Puppet Barge), who specialises in marionettes, the celebrated Ronnie Le Drew (Thunderbirds, Labyrinth) teaming up with Zippy from Rainbow, and a Q&A with Sarah Wright (above). Tomorrow,


Whodunnit? This year the growing literary festival focusing on crime writing and fiction is taking place online and the programme features authors such as Oyinkan Braithwaite (above) and Olivier Norek discussing their work, writing workshops (true crime, historical fiction), book clubs (Bluebird, Bluebird), lectures (Attica Locke), book launches and podcasts (The Writing Life). Sep 10-13,

Drive in Garden Party

Tom Kerridge’s latest civilised pub in the park is the closest thing to a festival you’ll experience this summer. Pop a picnic blanket and camping chairs into the boot and pull up in a field where you can dine out with top-notch food and drink from kitchen maestros including Tom himself (above), Atul Kocchar and Paul Ainsworth. You’ll also be able to get down to bands and DJs including Kaiser Chiefs, Rick Astley, Basement Jaxx, Squeeze, Groove Armada, Soul II Soul Soundsystem, Craig Charles and Scouting for Girls. Tomorrow to Sunday, Henley; Sep 11 to 13, Knebworth; Sep 19 & 20, Tunbridge Wells,

Science on the Sofa

Science on the Sofa is the award-winning Glasgow Science Festival’s ‘at home’ version and features shows from the Glasgow Science Centre, covering everything from how to make your own lava lamps to creating constellations or learning about digestion by making a model stomach. Further highlights over the five-day festival include a 12-hour #GlobalScienceShow with scientists around the globe hosting interactive games, demonstrations and live streams, plus workshops (build a robot), quizzes and DJs. Wed to Sept 13,

In Conversation with Margaret Atwood

Join revered writer Margaret Atwood (above) as she discusses her life and career and her recent Booker Prize-winning novel, The Testaments — the sequel to her best-known book, 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale. You can watch from home or in select cinemas and bookshops as part of production company Fane’s A Live Stream series. Jodi Picoult, Nigella Lawson, Fatima Bhutto, Arsène Wenger, Ovie Soko, Matt Haig, Ant and Dec follow in weeks to come. Sat,

At The Drive In

@TheDriveIn is in Cardiff this week before pulling into Bristol next week and three more locations this month. Family friendly matinee screenings include Toy Story, a Grease Sing A Long, Mean Girls and The Lion King, while early evening films include Back To The Future, Joker and A Star Is Born. Until Sun, Cardiff; Sep 9-13, Bristol,

Exit Festival Life Stream

Although the majestic fortress and citadel on the banks of the Danube is not welcoming festivalgoers this year, Exit’s Life Stream is recreating its dance arena nearby. Leading DJs, including Belgian DJ/producer Charlotte de Witte (above) and Berghain residents Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, provide the thumping soundtrack, alongside local Serbian talent, while Carl Cox, acid techno powerhouse Nina Kraviz and trance master Paul Van Dyk are joining in virtually, to raise awareness of the United Nations World Food programme. Today to Sunday,

The Happy Hour Q&As

Leicester Comedy Festival founder Geoff Rowe is hosting weekly Q&As with UK’s top comedians to raise money to ensure the festival can go ahead in February 2021. Tonight you can tune in to Al Murray, with Ed Byrne (Sep 10), Shappi Khorsandi (above, Sep 17), Stewart Lee (Sep 24) and Iain ‘Love Island’ Stirling (Oct 1), to follow, as the comedy community comes together to support its grassroots. Tonight and weekly on Thursdays,

The Day Trip

Insomniac, the organisers of EDM festival Electric Daisy Carnival, are hosting a livestream of house music all Labor Day weekend-long — with DJs including the mighty Claude Vonstroke (above) Aussie duo Yolanda Be Cool and Chicago house hero Gene Farris, live from a swanky and sunny terrace in LA. Sat & Sun,

HOME Manchester

Manchester arts hub HOME reopens its cinema tomorrow — with live theatre schedule to return next month — and is screening films including Christopher Nolan’s latest mindbender Tenet (above), Ladj Ly’s award-winning reimagining of Les Misérables inspired by 2005’s Paris riots, Latvian animation Away and a 4K restoration of David Lynch’s 1980 classic The Elephant Man, starring Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft. From tomorrow,