Big Book Weekend

Social distancing does have its costs and difficulties, but it can also mean more opportunities. For instance, I bet you wished you had a time-turner, too, so that you could be in two places at once, learning as much as you can in true Hermione fashion. Well, that is almost exactly what you’re able to do now by watching the still available sessions of the Big Book Weekend Festival, which actually took place online last week. The event brought together some of the best British book festivals that were cancelled due to the pandemic, so it’s your perfect chance to catch up on what’s happening in the world of contemporary literature and pick the next story you can dive right into. 

Credit: Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash
Credit: Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash

Poplar Union’s Drawing Tutorial and Book Club

Another benefit of staying at home is being able to get the benefit of the events that would normally take place in another part of the world – I guess, this is how it all is bringing us closer together. Anyway, philosophical issues aside, Poplar Union, an arts and community space in London is hosting two events you can join this weekend over at their Facebook page. At 11:30 am (UTC+3, St. Petersburg time) Saturday, there will be an online art tutorial on abstract collaging – a perfect opportunity to try your hand at making visual pieces if you find drawing a little bit challenging. 

And at 9:30 pm (UTC+3) Sunday, the community is hosting a virtual book club – this week the book is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Why not revisit this classic story, or even experience it for the first time, and find a deeper meaning to it in an active online discussion. A weekend haven for all the bookworms out there. 

Credit: Jerry Zhang on Unsplash
Credit: Jerry Zhang on Unsplash

Barefoot Festival

As you might guess from the title, Barefoot Festival is actually meant to celebrate the outside and going back to your roots “as you feel the grass between your toes”. This year, the event takes place online, giving you a chance to foster your imagination and creativity as you transform your home into a tent for the three days of the festival, and come up with bright outfits to celebrate each day in style. The many ZOOM and Facebook livestreams will be starting at 6 pm (UTC+3) on Friday, and continue all through the weekend. Belly dancing, flamenco and yoga classes will be followed by fun activities for children and evening DJ sets and much more, the full program is available here. Though the event is free, donations are encouraged to support artists in the difficult pandemic times. 

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