Best Scottish online events this week

  • The List
  • 26 April 2020
The best lockdown Scottish online events this week

Keep busy at home this week with these online Scottish events including live music streams, art classes, quizzes and more

Aside from stepping outside for some exercise or to purchase essential items, we're all stuck at home for the foreseeable future. The boredom is setting in for some, but thankfully there are plenty of Scottish online events to keep you and your family busy this week. Read on for some of the best Scotland-based events streaming on various social media platforms this week including live music performances, art classes, quizzes and more.

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Charity Lockdown Chow Down
A Facebook live charity fundraiser presented by Edinburgh food market The Pitt, featuring performances by Scottish musicians and BBQ feasting platters available for pre-order to your home. Donations support the musicians, Edinburgh Food Social and their partners in the Food for Good Coalition.
Sun 26 Apr, 11am–6pm, facebook.com/pittstmarket

Rockdown: Live From Your Living Room
Live music and comedy stream presented by Glasgow's Drygate Brewing Co. Rockdown is a celebration of the festival spirit, streamed live to your living room. Donations support the participating artists and acts.
Sun 26 Apr, 11am–11.30pm, facebook.com/DrygateBrewery

Scottish Blues Online
Online event organised by the team behind the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival featuring live recorded performances from the Scottish Blues Weekend which took place in February at St. Bride's Centre in Edinburgh.
Sun 26 Apr, 2–10.30pm, facebook.com/EdinburghJazzandBluesFestival

Dougie MacLean: Wee Concert Streams From Butterstone
Live concert on Facebook by Scotland's foremost folk/roots troubadour, renowned for his meaningful, haunting music.
Sun 26 Apr, Tue 28 Apr, Thu 30 Apr, & Sat 2 May, 8pm, facebook.com/Dougie-MacLean-158324834220405

Let's Draw Together! The Free Drawing School
Artist Sally Hackett hosts a two-hour online drawing challenge. Hackett primarily works with clay to create dark, humour and honest installations and sculptures.
Mon 27 Apr, 10am–12pm, hospitalfield.org.uk

Dan Hancock: Home School PE
Personal trainer Dan Hancock launches his Home School PE classes on Facebook that will run throughout the whole summer to help you take care of your children's physical and mental health.
Mon 27 Apr, Wed & Fri, 9–9:30am, facebook.com/danhancockfitness

All the Young Nudes
The Glasgow-based life drawing club goes online with two life drawing sessions in HD and relaxing music. No life drawing experience required.
Mon 27 Apr, 6.45–9pm, atyn.co.uk

GUMC Online Quiz
Online pub quiz presented by the Glasgow University Music Club via Facebook live stream. Organise a team of no more than six and have your own video chat to discuss answers before submitting them.
Mon 27 Apr, 7.30pm, facebook.com/glasgowunimusicclub

Gaynor's Baby Music Class Online
Get the week off to a musical start by making music with your wee ones. Grab a shaker, a pot and a pan, or just bring your singing voice and get set up to join the singalong on Zoom.
Mon 27 Apr, 10–11am, facebook.com/merrygoroundglasgow

Name That Tune
Name popular tunes as they are played at this interactive music quiz hosted by virtual pub The Stayin' Inn. You will need a laptop or tablet to watch and listen to the Facebook live stream and a smartphone to 'buzz' in your answers.
Mon 27 Apr, 6–7pm, facebook.com/thestayininn

Lach Live From Eden B: Songs, Stories, Laughs, Q/A
Edinburgh-based Antifolk movement singer and star of BBC Radio 4's The Lach Chronicles plays songs, shares stories, laughs, poems, while taking requests and answering questions in this Facebook livestream.
Mon 27 Apr, 8–9pm, facebook.com/lachworld

Luminate@Home
Scotland's creative ageing organisation Luminate encourages their audiences at home to participate in creative activities, with new projects dropping twice a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on their Vimeo channel. Activities so far have included '20s-style dance moves, sing-alongs and making paper birds.
Tue 28 Apr, Thu 30 Apr & Fri 1 May, 2pm, vimeo.com/luminatescotland

Live Demo with Fibre Artist Molly Kent
Join fibre artist Molly Kent live on the Forest Arts Instagram as she gives us a look into her rug tufting process and answers your questions.
Tue 28 Apr, 6–9pm, instagram.com/theforestarts

Phone Fictions
This show reel presented by Visible Fictions contains stop motion animation, monologues, puppetry, sketches and music created by 15 artists from their homes. Watch all the stories back-to-back in the Facebook Live event.
Tue 28 Apr, 3pm, facebook.com/VisibleFictions

Radio Mike #2: Jed Potts
Edinburgh musician Mike Kearney hosts a chat with Scottish blues and funk musician Jed Potts of Jedd Potts and the Hillman Hunters, Swampfog and 'Blue Christmas' fame.
Tue 28 Apr, 2–3pm, facebook.com/mikekearneymusic

#RSNOChallenge
The musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra post a weekly family-friendly challenge via their Facebook to help everyone stay creative and enjoy music in all its forms while on lockdown. Adults and children will be encouraged to explore different genres of music and methods of making sound from different household objects.
Wed 29 Apr, 10.30am, facebook.com/royalscottishnationalorchestra

Portobello Library Live Rhymetime
Enjoy some fun songs and rhymes with your kids at this weekly live rhymetime hosted by Portobello Library every Wednesday morning.
Wed 29 Apr, 11–11.30am, facebook.com/PortobelloLibrary

Royal Albert Home: KT Tunstall
Beloved Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall delivers an exclusive set from her home as part of the iconic London venue Royal Albert Hall's new online series.
Thu 30 Apr, 8.15pm, royalalberthall.com/royal-albert-home

Beltane Online Fire Festival (BOnFire)
Online festival held in place of the annual Beltane Fire Night, featuring submissions to help tell the Beltane story online through video, art, photography, poetry and song.
Thu 30 Apr, 7–10.30pm, beltane.org

Forest Witches Open Mic
An open mic night of women and non-binary performers including musicians, spoken word artists, comedians, poets. Forest Arts & Riot Witch are teaming up to bring you an extra inclusive and fun night of women and non-binary performers that you can watch from home. Hosted by Forest Happenings and Riot Witch Productions on Facebook and Zoom.
Thu 30 Apr, 8–10pm, facebook.com/riotwitchpromotions

Sonnet Youth Social Club
Glasgow's Sonnet Youth Social Club brings together artists to stream incredible performances direct to your home. Hosted by Kevin P. Gilday and Cat Hepburn, the live Facebook event will be fully open and interactive. This week's charity partner is Refuweegee.
Thu 30 Apr, 8.05–9.30pm, facebook.com/sonnetyouth

Arts N' Acts
Virtual showcase of the artistic and musical talent of local Aberdonians, with funds raised donated to the charities Riding for the Disabled Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum Trust.
Fri 1 May, 7–10.30pm, facebook.com/aberdeenstudentfestival

The Big Pleasance E-Quiz
Weekly quiz night hosted by Edinburgh University Students Association on Facebook Live. Tell your friends, tune in, grab a drink and see how you do.
Fri 1 May, 8–10pm, facebook.com/EdUniStudentsWhatsOn

Red Note: Noisy Nights Go Digital!
Red Note musicians were randomly assigned an instrument to write a solo piece for this special online YouTube series. Enjoy these brand new compositions by Red Note musicians from your own home, including Ruth Morley (flute), Sasha Savaloni (classical guitar), Tom Hunter (percussion), Jackie Shave (violin) and Robert Irvine (cello).
Fri 1 May, 3–4pm, youtube.com/rednoteensemble

Free Beginner Ukulele Facebook Live Class
Join this free online beginner ukulele class by First Chord Music School. Whether you've played a bit, or never ever played before, get the basics down and learn to play a song with two uke parts. Open to everyone of all ages.
Fri 1 May, 1–2pm, facebook.com/firstchordmusicschool

Screen Printing With An Embroidery Hoop Online Workshop
Two-day virtual workshop to learn the basics of screen printing from the comfort of your home. Learn how to use just an embroidery hoop to create your own screen that you can use again. A kit of materials will be posted out to participants in advance.
Fri 1 May & Sat 2 May, 6.30pm, facebook.com/theedinburghcraftclub

Tolbooth Saturday Shindig: James Yorkston
Weekly live stream of live music performances presented by Tolbooth Stirling and in support of Scottish mental health charity Tiny Changes. This week's Saturday Shindig features Scottish folk artist James Yorkston.
Sat 2 May, 7.30–8.30pm, facebook.com/tolboothstirling

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All the Young Nudes

A relaxed life drawing club with music and a bar to aid the flow of inspiration.

Online events

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Mon 25 Oct

£4–£6 / 0141 423 8699

Mon 1 Nov

£4–£6 / 0141 423 8699

…and 8 more dates until 27 Dec

Lach

Edinburgh-based Antifolk movement singer and star of BBC Radio 4's The Lach Chronicles.

Let's Draw Together! The Free Drawing School

Weekly online drawing challenge hosted by The Free Drawing School over at Hospitalfield. A different challenge will be announced every week and participants will have two hours to complete their work, guided by an artist. Artists will then be encouraged to post their works in the comments of the Facebook page for all to…

Dan Hancock: Home School PE

Personal trainer Dan Hancock launches his Home School PE classes on Facebook that will run throughout the whole summer to help you take care of your children's physical and mental health.

Noisy Nights Go Digital!

Enjoy classical and contemporary music by Red Note while sitting on your couch.

RSNO Challenge

The musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra post a weekly family-friendly challenge via their Facebook to help everyone stay creative and enjoy music in all its forms while on lockdown. Adults and children will be encouraged to explore different genres of music and methods of making sound from different…

Luminate@home

Scotland's creative ageing organisation Luminate encourages their audiences at home to participate in creative activities, with new projects dropping twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays on their Vimeo channel. Activities so far have included '20s-style dance moves, sing-alongs and making paper birds.

Beltane Online Fire Festival (BOnFire)

Online festival held in place of the annual Beltane Fire Night, featuring submissions to help tell the Beltane story online through video, art, photography, poetry and song.

Arts N' Acts

Virtual showcase of the artistic and musical talent of local Aberdonians, with funds raised donated to the charities Riding for the Disabled Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum Trust.

Phone Fictions

In response to the UK lockdown, Visible Fictions commissioned 15 artists to create 15 short stories from their homes. This show reel contains stop motion animation, monologues, puppetry, sketches and music. There's something for everyone. Join us at 3pm for a Facebook Live Event where you can watch all the stories back to…

Tolbooth Saturday Shindig

Weekly live stream of live music performances presented by Tolbooth Stirling.

Dougie MacLean - Wee Concert Streams from Butterstone

8pm (UK time)!!…Dougie MacLean - LIVE (Wee Concert Stream from Butterstone, Scotland) across three platforms. Since Saturday 21st March, we have been broadcasting a Dougie MacLean concert every second day … and we hope the concerts are helping everyone though these increasingly unusual, difficult and worrying times. We've…

Scottish Blues Online

Online event organised by the team behind the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival which features live recorded performances from the Scottish Blues Weekend which took place from 6–10 Feb 2020 at St. Bride's Centre in Edinburgh.

Charity Lockdown Chow Down

Charity livestream on Facebook presented by Edinburgh food market The Pitt, featuring live music performances by Scottish musicians and BBQ feasting platters available for pre-order to your home.

Rockdown: Live From Your Living Room

Live music and comedy stream presented by Glasgow's Drygate Brewing Co. Rockdown is a celebration of the festival spirit, streamed live to your living room. Donations support the participating artists and acts.

Royal Albert Home: KT Tunstall

Beloved Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will deliver an exclusive set from her home as part of the iconic London venue Royal Albert Hall's new online series.

GUMC Online Quiz

Online pub quiz presented by the Glasgow University Music Club via Facebook live stream. Organise a team of no more than six and have your own video chat to discuss answers before submitting them.

Gaynor's Baby Music Class Online

Get the week off to a musical start by making music with your wee ones. Grab a shaker, a pot and a pan, or just bring your singing voice and get set up to join the singalong on Zoom.

Name That Tune

Name popular tunes as they are played at this interactive music quiz hosted by virtual pub The Stayin' Inn. You will need a laptop or tablet to watch and listen to the Facebook live stream and a smartphone to 'buzz' in your answers.

Live Demo with Fibre Artist Molly Kent

Join fibre artist Molly Kent live on the Forest Arts Instagram as she shares her rug tufting process and answers questions.

Radio Mike #2: Jed Potts

Edinburgh musician Mike Kearney hosts a chat with Scottish blues and funk musician Jed Potts of Jedd Potts and the Hillman Hunters, Swampfog and 'Blue Christmas' fame.

Portobello Library Live Rhymetime

Enjoy some fun songs and rhymes with your kids at this weekly live rhymetime hosted by Portobello Library every Wednesday morning.

Forest Witches Open Mic

An open mic night of women and non-binary performers including musicians, spoken word artists, comedians, poets. Forest Arts & Riot Witch are teaming up to bring you an extra inclusive and fun night of women and non-binary performers that you can watch from home. Hosted by Forest Happenings and Riot Witch Productions…

Sonnet Youth Social Club

Glasgow's Sonnet Youth Social Club brings together artists to stream incredible performances direct to your home. Hosted by Kevin P. Gilday and Cat Hepburn, the live Facebook event will be fully open and interactive. This week's charity partner is Refuweegee.

First Chord Music School Beginner Ukulele Class

Join this free online beginner ukulele class by First Chord Music School. Whether you've played a bit, or never ever played before, get the basics down and learn to play a song with two uke parts. Open to everyone of all ages.

Screen Print A Tote Bag With An Embroidery Hoop Online Workshop

Two-day virtual workshop to learn the basics of screen printing from the comfort of your home. Learn how to use just an embroidery hoop to create your own screen that you can use again. A kit of materials will be posted out to participants in advance.