What’s online this week

Here’s our weekly roundup of performances, talks and other activities you can enjoy online this week (for free).

Tonight (Monday 11 May), a hip hop drama that explores football and sign language will get its debut on UK television. Here / Not Here will debut on Film4 and Together TV at 10pm (BST). Directed by directed by award-winning film-maker and artist Bim Ajadi, it features music by Torben Lars Sylvest.

San Francisco Opera has been among the leaders when it comes to online content, with special sessions for families, lectures for opera aficinados and of course streamed performances. This week its Opera Aficionado series continues, with dramaturg emeritus Kip Cranna exploring how Chinese culture is portrayed on the opera stage (1pm PDT, sign up required). SFO’s next workshop for families focuses on The Magic Flute and takes place on 22 May.

Meanwhile, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has launched a series of live-streamed conversations hosted by actor Giles Terera. The hour-long conversations will include each guest discussing their career as well as taking questions from Mountview students, with Lin-Manuel Miranda as the first guest (11 May, 6pm). The second guest on 18 May is Noma Dumezweni.

One of BBC Arts’ first Culture in Quarantine commissions will be premiered this week. Created by Battersea Arts Centre, Performance Live: The Way Out offers, “an immersive journey through Battersea Arts Centre’s labyrinth of rooms and corridors, propelled by performances from extraordinary artists, filmed in one continuous, unbroken shot.” Performers include Omid Djalili, Lucy McCormick, Caleb Femi, Botis Seva and Le Gateau Chocolat. It screens on BBC Four at 11pm on 17 May.

The Investec International Music Festival also continues this week, with a performance from the Modigliani Quartet on 14 May and then the festival finale on 16 May. Links will be available here.

Another company dedicating major time to online projects is Aurora Orchestra. Its Aurora Play programme will broadcast highlights from recent concerts on YouTube, including the orchestra’s BBC Proms appearance. The next concert is on Sunday 17 May with a memorised performance of Beethoven’s Eroica.

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