This is a sponsored article on behalf of The British Academy.
At a time when the opportunity for discovery, education and human connection is a little thin on the ground, there’s one action-packed event that still promises to roll out the virtual red carpet. It’s the British Academy’s annual Summer Showcase and this year, they’re taking everything online.
On Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June, this world-renowned humanities and social sciences research institute flings open their digital doors for a public showcase — brimming with video talks, performances and demonstrations. Totally free to enjoy, it’s a welcome (and at the moment, rare) opportunity to connect online with events inspired by some of the brightest minds in history, psychology, literature, music and more. All you need? A computer and a desire to discover...
Ever wanted to know how to bake a pie fit for a king? Fancy learning some medieval Irish language? Ready for an insight into the psychology behind hoarding? A compelling range of ready-to-watch programmes will be hosted across each of the two days, courtesy of British Academy Fellows and researchers, meaning you're free to dip in and feast on some food for thought whenever you please.
As well as pre-recorded videos, a selection of live events will bring the action right into your living room, like a Friday Late programme (ah, museum lates, remember those?) that explores the theme of #cultureathome. It all kicks off at 6pm with a short performance by Naomi Paxton, direct from her study, bringing her research of suffrage plays to theatrical life.
Next it’s time to join a digital dinner party as food historian and artist, Tasha Marks, presents a live cook-along. She’ll whip up creations inspired by the work of British Academy researchers into Latin American music, royal menus and the 19th century Scottish sugar industry. Discovery has never been so delicious.
As you digest, tune into a real-time performance of the ‘Undead Queen of Evil!’ by Fitzrovia Cinema Noir. In a Summer Showcase first, all the action will be broadcast live and in splendid isolation from Whitechapel, Margate, Lewisham, Walthamstow and Gatwick.
But don’t forget, when the live streams end, there’s still plenty for you to absorb. Whether you want to hear more about the centuries-old tradition of Arabic coffee, the communal power of poetry, a tour of a vintage typewriter collection or an in-depth discussion on the uncertain future of cultural institutions, the Summer Showcase gives you a front row seat to explore the Academy's most cutting edge work from home. You won’t even have to leave your sofa.
The British Academy Virtual Summer Showcase takes place Friday 19 June to Saturday 20 June, 2020. All events are free but some live content requires pre-booking. For more information and to view the full programme, visit The British Academy Virtual Summer Showcase website.