Are you missing your friends and classes from U3A? Are you looking for ways to connect and keep busy? Listed below are a number of virtual events and things you can do to help you fill the gaps.
Get in the groove!
This year, the 2020 Seniors Festival Reimagined is being brought “…straight to your home through online performances, zoom interviews and story-telling.”
Get in the groove and visit the Festival website to watch your favourite performers from prior years and discover what’s new.
Melbourne Comedy Festival
The Melbourne Comedy Festival for 2020 has been cancelled but you can still watch loads of videos from earlier Festivals on TheMelbComedyFest YouTube channel.
MTC NOW Theatre Anywhere
Melbourne Theatre Company brings you a weekly dose of MTC NOW , including “…updates on the myriad of on-going activities at MTC, recommendations from the in-house artistic team (get ready for everything from their suggestions of the best Netflix series to TedTalks, to illuminating essays on current global challenges, to favourite songs and YouTube clips), conversing about our history, current discourse, sharing interviews, and much, much more.”
Watch a movie or video
- Virtual Cinématique and ACMI have joined forces to present a free movie every Wednesday to watch from the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information and to view their program.
- Why not check out Ted Talks and watch “…influential videos from expert speakers”?
- If you’re a sports nut, have a look at these sport films and documentaries.
- For foodies, some food documentaries may be more to your taste.
- For those who like to connect with nature, there are some nature documentaries.
National Gallery of Victoria
The NGV offers interactive virtual self-guided tours of their exhibitions.
National Museum of Australia
The National Museum offers free, live virtual tours of their collection and exhibitions. This is a fully interactive experience — see the exhibitions, ask questions and engage in conversation.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria have created a Virtual Garden as a new way for you to engage with the Gardens. There’ll be regular posts added, so “…check in daily to see what you can do at home to unwind and maintain your connection with nature.”
Melbourne Zoos – Animal House
Melbourne Zoos are live streaming so you can enjoy seeing their animals from the comfort of your own home.
Listen to music
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Watch and listen to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s online concert series of performances from the MSO archives. Join the MSO YouTube channel every Thursday night at 7.30pm and every Sunday at 3pm, “…to experience the magic of music, from the comfort of your own home!”
Discover new music or listen to your old favourites
You can also find your favourite kinds of music by using YouTube’s search function. Just type in the genre of music that you want to explore, then listen to your heart’s content.
Look for online inspiration! Here are some websites to help make it happen:
- National Gallery Victoria’s NGV Learn provides online activities for children and families, so join your families in these activities or have a go yourself. After all, we’re big kids at heart!
- Explore collections from around the world on Google Arts & Culture.
- Do you like Van Gogh’s art or want to learn more about it? Visit the Van Gogh Museum.
- London’s The National Gallery is offering a new digital programme that “brings art to the home” during its closure.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has much to fuel your creative juices, including its latest videos.
- Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) lets you explore over 5000 past exhibitions.
- Be inspired to get creative at home by searching YouTube for tutorials and inspiration.
Exercise your body and mind
Eastern Regional Libraries
You can access free library resources from home, including eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines and over 30,000 TV shows and films.
Staying healthy at home
Annie Belcher offers free audio yoga classes.
Healthy and active ageing
Learn new things
How to Acquire New Skills During Lockdown offers insights into online learning, with suggestions on what to look for in selecting a course and examples of some courses currently on offer.
YouTube videos offer a vast array of tutorials. Why not search for something that interests you? Line dancing, quilting, painting or drawing tutorials are the tip of the iceberg of what you can find.
Join Coursera for free online learning. “Build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM.”
Another site for online learning is futurelearn.com which offers free courses from universities around the world.
Then there’s Be Connected which offers “…free courses on everything from how to access the internet, using your device and keeping in touch with others online.”
Stay in touch
The Knox Bright Ideas Network
The Knox Bright Ideas Network has been developed to bring together older Knox residents and community groups who support older people, to discuss matters which are important to seniors in the Knox community.
If you’d like to be kept up to date on matters relating to seniors within Knox, you can find them in the Bright Ideas Newsletter. To subscribe, visit Bright Ideas Network and follow the subscribe link.
Utilise social media such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Facetime (Mac users) and Skype to connect with family and friends.
Host your own event
There are many ways to connect — for example, use social media to share a glass of wine or cup of coffee (virtually), or arrange an online chat session with friends or neighbours.
Phone a friend or neighbour
If you have a U3A friend, but don’t know how to contact them, send an email to the U3A Office. They’ll contact the person concerned. With your friend’s permission, the Office will email you the details you need.