What is happening in your communities?
I’ve been moved to tears by the way some people have adjusted to lockdown. Take my son’s kickboxing classes, which were moved online from the get-go. Every day they run various options to help their members stay fit, learn new moves and practise different combinations. They are a ‘life-saver’ and stop him from going stir-crazy. We will be eternally grateful to them.
Are we witnessing a revival of social solidarity?
There are countless examples of people coming together to support their neighbours and multiple ways that people are volunteering. The NHS volunteer scheme received around 1 million applications since the start of lockdown. For the time being, at least, we are witnessing a revival of community spirit and social solidarity. Long may it continue!
It is especially challenging for people living on their own or with an abuser. The Police have reported early signs of an increase in suicide and domestic murders have doubled since lockdown started. While staying at home saves some lives, it has created catastrophic conditions for many others.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the three ways to get through lockdown: structure, self-care and sticking together. Some days I do OK, and other days are harder. Do you find it this way too?
Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival
Many years ago, a friend of mine started a local Birmingham film festival called Flatpack. This year he has been savvy to move it online. Each year they invite submissions from artists around the world and build a programme of art-based shorts, animations and full features.
‘..we exist to show amazing work, bring people together and develop new ideas. We love film in all shapes and sizes…the programme boasts a mind-boggling range of international talent with an emphasis on the playful, the surprising and the indefinable.’
It runs from 1st May to 17th – Check out the full programme here.
Festivals around the globe are moving online in 2020
Millions of us look forward to holidays and festivals every spring and summer. However, this year many have been cancelled, and we are hitting wave after wave of disappointment. Festivals give us a chance to unwind and celebrate coming together.
As Caroline Speirs at Think Local ACT Personal writes, “Good festivals ferment great ideas and propose solutions because they unleash creativity. They enthuse you, not exhaust you. They put a spring in your step and get you looking ahead not railing against the past. They create alternative futures. They are alternative futures.”
I’d like to thank everyone organiser and volunteer who will be working hard to move online. In this week’s round-up, I’ve collected together some recommendations of noteworthy events that will be taking place online.
- Burning Man Festival – a thirty-year-old festival that takes place in the Nevada desert attracting over 80,000 people each year. Date: 30th August 2020
- Annual Mountain Film Festival – Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Date: 15th May to 25th 2020.
- Bath Arts Fringe Festival – providing contemporary visual arts in Bath. Date: 22nd May to 7th June 2020.
- Hay Festival – bringing together writers and readers for many years. Date: 22nd May to 31st May 2020.
Take care, be safe and tread carefully.
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