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Weekend: The top digital — and live! — events over the next seven days


Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

There are more than 20 online events, including world premieres, over the weekend at the reconfigured HCMF. Tonight there’s an other-worldly collaboration between Space Afrika — who fuse dub, techno and field recordings — and filmmaker and photographer Tibyan Mahawa Sanoh. Also don’t miss American pianist Sarah Cahill (pictured above) performing a songbook of music by women from all over the world spanning three centuries. November 20-22,

Stratford Literary Festival Winter Weekend

It’s no surprise that the birthplace of Shakespeare boasts a cracking, winter literary weekender. Opening day highlights include broadcaster Andrew Marr (above) discussing new book Elizabethans, and historian Margaret MacMillan pondering war and humanity. Tomorrow you’ll find Dame Hilary Mantel, comic Rory Bremner and poet Lemn Sissay on the bill, while for families the weekend holds interactive sessions of poems and animation with Roger McGough, and illustrations with Horrible Histories’ Martin Brown. Until Sunday,


Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The GNCCF takes place online this weekend and gives you the opportunity to support 150 independent artists, designers and makers, working across ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, mixed media, print, furniture and textiles. It’s the perfect place to pick up hand-crafted, bespoke gifts for you know what. It kicks off at 9am if you want to get first picks. Tomorrow and Sunday,

Bookweek Scotland 2020

The joy of books and reading are brought to life through a wide-ranging programme of digital events for adults, teens and kids. On Saturday you can hunker down to a crime-writing session with award-winning writer Claire Askew (above). On Sunday there’s Ruby Wax in conversation, a crafty book-binding workshop and children’s poetry with Joan Haig. Until Sunday,


Voila! Europe 2020

In normal times, Voila! Europe brings theatre-makers from across the Channel to London for a thrilling grassroots theatre festival. This year it’s happening online and the closing weekend features interactive shows, including Sh*t Happens (in Polish and English), and surreal, playful Italian-Portuguese-UK co-production Bingo. Also look out for UK-Poland-Ukraine production Naked (above) and the watch parties, where you can join friends or strangers to watch performances in real time. Until Sunday,

No Direction Home

As part of Inside Out — the Southbank Centre’s online series of music, literature and comedy — refugee and migrant comedy collective No Direction Home serve uplifting live stand-up via Zoom, with a guest spot from comic, writer and podcaster Rosie Jones (above). Sun, Southbank Centre,


2020 Booker Prize Winner in Conversation

Tomorrow sees the 2020 Booker Prize winner announced and on Monday evening they will join the 2019 co-winner of the coveted literary award, Bernardine Evaristo (above), author of Girl, Woman, Other, for a chinwag. The 2020 winner will also read from their award-winning work and answer questions from the audience. Monday, Southbank Centre,


Affordable Online Art Fair

This year’s AAF is online and features more than 50 international galleries showcasing paintings, photography, prints and sculpture, across strands including the natural world and environment, abstract art and portraits. You’ll also find expert-led live tours of art on display and interviews with gallery directors. Until November 30,


The Royal Ballet Live: Within The Golden Hour

As part of the Royal Opera House’s #OurHouseToYourHouse lockdown series, you can settle down for two hours of top-notch ballet, featuring a crowd-pleasing selection of set pieces from ballets including Swan Lake (above) and Manon, followed by award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s mesmerising one-act ballet, Within The Golden Hour. Until Dec 13,


Save Our Venues: High Contrast

Grammy-nominated DJ/producer High Contrast’s signature sound is lush, cinematic drum ‘n’ bass — and he counts down to the launch of new album, Notes From The Underground, with a series of live streams featuring Windows 95-inspired backdrops, supporting the Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues campaign. Tonight, High Contrast’s DJing a strictly vinyl set of breakneck mid-1990s jungle and next week (Dec 3) is the LP launch party. Thursday, 9613