Cultural insights aren’t just available from gallery trips or museum visits. The virtual exhibitions and digital events that appeared during last year’s lockdowns have proved that we needn’t leave our living room to appease our cultural cravings, and lockdown 3.0 shouldn’t be any different. As we ebb closer to warmer days – absent of multiple clothing layers – we should revel in the final moments of winter through thought-provoking evenings wearing our favourite trackie bottoms with a cup of energising matcha.

Frustration about the current situation can easily take its toll, but try to offset that emotion by perceiving this as an opportunity to discover something new. And with a line-up of inspirational digital events taking place over the next 28 days, how could you not?

Book Club with Margaret Atwood 
Despite their dystopian settings, Margaret Atwood’s novels have always been alarmingly relevant to the social and political state that the world is in. And no book could be more pertinent than Oryx and Crake (2003), which sets the reader in a world ravaged by man-made plague. For the February edition of The Guardian Live Book Club, their chief book writer Lisa Allardice, speaks with the author about her novel live, giving viewers the once in a lifetime opportunity to directly ask Atwood their burning questions. Whether you’re a literature aficionado or not, this shouldn’t be missed.

The Guardian Live Book Club with Margaret Atwood takes place on February 11th at 7pm. Book your spot here.

Fashion in the Time of Covid-19 with Tony Glenville
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the structure of the fashion industry has shifted. As a journalist and forecasting consultant, Tony Glenville has a profound knowledge of the sector, and has been writing online summaries for London College of Fashion called “Fashion in the Time of C19”, describing the pattern of change and adaptation that’s ensued. For the 37th issue, Tony Glenville will highlight key points of all his reports and will answer all your questions directly in a free online seminar, optimistically focusing on the current situation by discussing how new directions have been discovered during this period, which will provoke great change in the future. 

Perspectives on fashion now: Fashion in the Time of Covid 19 will take place on February 3rd at 1pm, and you can register for the seminar here.

Virtual Studio with Konstantinos Trichas
Has lockdown got you getting arty? Then share your creative flair with other visionaries and take part in a collaborative art project. Art director, Konstantinos Trichas is leading the next session of Apple’s New World series with It’s Nice That, where he’ll be sharing his Two Pages project – a series of physical sketchbooks shared between artists worldwide as a way of exchanging ideas – as well as creating a space for you to do the same. Inspired by that project, you’ll team up with others and create a series of digital postcards that will come together in a virtual journal. Open to those in every corner of the world, this is a truly unique experience that’ll bring new meaning to lockdown artwork, as well as introduce you to potential new friends. Time to get (digitally) drawing!

Virtual Studio: Build Connection with a Collaborative Journal of Postcards with Konstantinos Trichas is taking place on February 11th from 6:30pm till 8pm, and you can sign up here.

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