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While we’re all still stuck inside for the foreseeable, we’ve rounded up eight activities that’ll help keep you entertained over the weekend.

From getting your cultural fix courtesy of the National Theatre’s archives and the latest virtual exhibition to get excited about, to dancing to the coolest livestreams in your living room, here’s what to get involved with this weekend.

Delve into the National Theatre’s archives and watch Three Sisters

Fall back in love with the big lights, bright songs and hard hitting narratives of theatre this weekend with the National Theatre Home platform. 

Back in Lockdown 1.0, the National Theatre launched National Theatre Home allowing eager theatre lovers to get their fix while the theatre remained closed due to lockdown restrictions. Revive your love affair and watch Three Sisters, the narrative that follows three Nigerian sisters during the 1960s, who are grieving the loss of their father, as they long to return to their former home of Lagos. 

Originally commissioned by Metta Theatre, Three Sisters is set during the brink of the Biafran Civil War and is an emotional watch.

Fall back in love with the big lights, bright songs and hard hitting narratives of theatre this weekend with the National Theatre’s archives. 

Binge through the latest Netflix obsession, Firefly Lane 

We all have that one childhood friend who’s seen us at our worst and still manages to crack a joke when the times get tough. Firefly Lane is a story of that friendship, the kind of friendship that’s constantly burning in the background throughout our most pivotal life moments, from career stages through to marriage and pregnancy. 

Netflix’s Firefly Lane follows two best friends, Tully Hary (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) over the course of thirty years, through the ups and downs of life and their inseparable nature. There’ll be highs, lows and everything in between, but it’s the easy watch we’re all in need of during these trying times. 

Release Date: Wednesday, 3rd February
Stream here

Take part in this quirky still life drawing challenge 

Many have spent their lockdown getting in touch with their creative side, learning to sew, taking crocheting masterclasses or simply picking up a pen and letting it flow. For those embarking on the latter, to fuel your enthusiasm and imagination, Still Here Still Life is an Instagram account which hosts a weekly still life drawing challenges. 

Set up by illustrators Zena Kay and Tess Smith-Roberts, each week a new still life photo is uploaded as inspiration for fellow artists and designers, who then can create their own vision of what the still life image means to them. Some are abstract, some are unconventional, but all hold the same themes. 

Each week is different. They’re currently on week 44, which is a fruity prompt created by Varsha Ramesh. We love this reimagining by Adam Menzies. 

Celebrate one of the most prolific athletes of all time in this new virtual exhibition 

American professional boxer, Muhammad Ali was one of the most prolific athletes of all time, and to honour and celebrate his achievements, the Iconic Images Gallery in London has launched a virtual exhibiton dedicated to his career. 

Explore the legendary boxer through the lens of some of the best sports photographers’ eyes, including Michael Brennan, and uncover new works that have never been seen before. If you want to explore more, AAC Art Book’s has also released a new book entitled They Must Fall: Muhammad Ali and the Men He Fought, featuring several images from the exhibit.

Explore the latest online event at Somerset House: Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy 

Uncover Somerset House’s latest online commission, Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy, a series of films, workshops and conversations considering our health and collective wellbeing exploring societal and ecological issues that affect both us and the planet. 

With the world now ‘socially’ distanced and reliant on digital technologies to get us through our daily lives, the series explores how we may have to re-engage with one another and the world’s health during this current time. From arts to science, the 2021 edition of Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy explores the impact of these processes on healthy and wellbeing in contemporary times.

Running 2nd February – 7th March
www.somersethouse.org.uk

Get your live music fix courtesy of Fenne Lily’s livestream

With all music venues closed due to lockdown restrictions, Fenne Lily is taking to the web to bring her fans an intimate gig experience at home. Join her on Thursday 4th February as she performs her latest album, BREACH live with her full band. 

Expect her hard hitting, emotional lyrics with a rockier sound live on stage. All you need to do is firmly secure your OOO for 4pm today and you’ll be dancing into the night to her groovy tunes.

Thursday 4th February, 4pm GMT
Tune in here

Fall back in love with the city and stroll through some of its prettiest spots 

From Richmond Park to Ham House, to Crystal Palace’s roar-some dinosaur walk, make sure you get out and stretch your legs to get your daily exercise this weekend. 

While it’s recommended to avoid busy streets, work from home and practice social distancing, it’s also beneficial for our mental health to head outside and stretch our legs once in a while as long as we’re practising social distancing.

Listen to our album of the week, The Staves – ‘Good Woman’ 

Hoping to rewrite the rules of soft folk is The Staves and their new album, Good Woman. 

The three sisters known best for their 2014 album, If I Was, produced by none other than Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver, have said they wanted to move away from their pretty vocals and soft sounds and venture into new, unknown territory. Good Woman is flooded with tunes that are fuelled by heartbreak, grief and anger, as well as moments of happiness from Jessica, Camilla and Emily. 

To celebrate the launch, The Staves are doing a special live stream performance on Friday, filmed at Lafayette, London. Book your tickets here.

Release Date: Friday, 5th February
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