Horizon Festival - Online for 2020 // 28 Aug - 6 Sep 2020


These are hard and uncertain times for everyone, and the arts industry is feeling it heavily with events, workshops and tours being cancelled across the country in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. For this fortnight's What's On, we've instead pulled together a curated selection of our favourite films, podcasts, blogs and courses you can enjoy from home.

Documentaries + Films

Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
Revisiting 1970s photos of women that captured a feminist awakening, this film explores those women's lives and examines the continued need for change. Watch it here.

Design Flicks
The Design Series has teamed up with Richard Sowada, curator of Melbourne Design Week Film Festival, to bring us a sequence of international films that explore people, culture, the built environment and the way people operate in it. The films dive deeply into the struggle between people and their environment, global forces that shape the way we live and the ongoing dilemma between the build and the natural. The journey is not just through design but the ideas and inspirations that synthesise great social, technological and political change. Watch here.

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Known for his spectacular pyrotechnic displays, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang creates his most ambitious project yet in this breathtaking documentary. Watch it here.


Online Fiction Writing Course
Get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters, with this FREE hands-on course. Get started here.

Peppermint Magazine Free Sewing Patterns
What better time to finally crack out the sewing machine than now? Peppermint Magazine offers a huge range of free, downloadable sewing patterns, from wrap tops and maxi dresses to playsuits and cardigans. Download them here.

Virtual Drop-in Drawing
Victorian artists will teach you how to draw — and help you take inspiration from the NGV's collection. Check it out here.

Rupi Kaur Poetry Lessons
#1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Rupi Kaur, is hosting writing workshops via Instagram Live. Don't miss this amazing opportunity, check it out here.

Groove Therapy Online Dance Classes
Always wanted to learn to dance but too shy or busy to make it to a class? Groove Therapy has answered your call. These online dance courses are made specifically for people who thought it was too late to start learning. Level up, learn how to dance, foster that mind-body connection and gain some serious dance floor skills. Also wearing pants is optional. Find out more here.


The Design Files Talks
TDF Talks is The Design Files' fortnightly podcast, featuring conversations with noteworthy Australian creatives, from designers, artists and makers, to successful creative entrepreneurs, architects, and more. Get inspired here.

A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times
A collection of podcasts and poetry for however you’re processing or experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore them here.

The Creative Boom
The Creative Boom Podcast is full of fun and honest conversations with creative people. Hosted by Katy Cowan, this is the perfect platform for creatives to open up about their passions, fears, excitements and touching stories from the ups and downs of creative life. Listen here.

Creative Pep Talk
Creative Pep Talk helps you build a thriving creative practice! Each week, host Andy J. Pizza serves up monologues and interviews with creative powerhouses like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Abbi Jacobson and Morgan Harper Nichols that are chocked to the brim with creative performance hacks and fresh marketing tactics. Open up your ears and get that breakthrough perspective you need, the second you need it! Listen here.

Made of Human
Comedian Sofie Hagen chats to comedians, authors, actors, musicians, activists, medical professionals, podcasters, influencers and artists about how to do life. (Spoiler alert: no one really knows) Listen here.

Blogs + Online Art

Art Celebrating the Joys of Being at Home
Stir crazy already? Feast your eyes on 20 works of art that celebrate the joys of being at home. Check them out here.

The Joyful Everyday
Octavia Bromell is an illustrator with one goal – to find the joy in everyday life. She’s an Adobe Creative Resident based in the UK who began drawing after she was diagnosed with clinical depression and severe anxiety three years ago. This is a great read for anyone feeling down during this hard and uncertain times. Read more here.

The Ocean is Broken
In this digital comic by Sutu, the ice caps have melted and all the worlds waste has floated to Greenland. It's an end-of-the-world tale of two brothers, Piitaaraq and Aqqalu, as they sail their boat north, scavenging through mountains of trash, searching for food, supplies and signs of life. Read it here.

Online Concerts + Experiences

Digital Concert Hall
Invite the Berliner Philharmoniker into your living room! On your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone.Each season, around 40 concerts are broadcasted live and they can also be viewed at a later date in the concert archive. The archive already contains hundreds of recordings with all the great artists of classical music. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films. Watch more here.

The Social Distancing Festival
The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of COVID-19. There are plenty of livestreams to enjoy, explore the festival here.

Cello Dreaming
Local musician Louise King is running 'On My Deck’ concerts via Facebook live every Sunday. Check out her Facebook for more here.

Couch Choir
Large events are cancelled, but singing is not!. Pub Choir are convinced that communal singing should live on. Though they can't put on a physical show at the pub for a while, you could still open YOUR sound hole from the comfort of your own home. Wanna sing in your PJs? No problem. Need a distraction for your kids? They've got your back. Stop the misery scrolling for just a moment and sing together. This is your time to lazily shine. Check it out here.

Virtual Cinémathèque
ACMI and Melbourne Cinémathèque have launched Virtual Cinémathèque. It might not replace the joy of being in a cinema, but why not join them for a weekly movie night at home? There's a new double feature line-up released every Tuesday, check it out here.

Create or Die
In response to all the cancellation of events, live gigs and the challenges facing the creative and arts community during the COVID-19 situation, Create or Die have started a YouTube channel streaming a series of digital events. The initiative is open to artists of all mediums and there is no cost to the artist. Explore more here.

National Gallery of Victoria Channel
The National Gallery of Victoria might have temporarily shut their doors to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, but now you can enjoy some of their art offerings online with their new virtual programming. Explore the Gallery here.

Hidden Worlds Of The National Parks
The Hidden Worlds Of The National Parks lets you virtually explore and experience five incredible National Parks in the US, including the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Hawai’i Volcanoes in Hawai’i, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon in Utah and Dry Tortugas in Florida. Go exploring here.

Shutdown Series: Sahara Beck Live-Stream from What's Golden
If The Tivoli can’t bring you to the music, they’ll bring the music to you.. Welcome to the Shutdown Series, live at What’s Golden. Between now and when they reopen our doors, The Tivoli will be curating a series of live-streamed gigs that you'll be able to watch from the comfort of your self-isolation. Find out more here.

The Bunker Virtual Open Mic Night
The Bunker Spoken Word has always been a safe space for artists, performers and audiences to express themselves, share words and connect with each other. In this brave new world that we find ourselves in, this is more important than ever. Join The Bunker Spoken Word as they test run their first ONLINE open mic featuring Dominic Hoey from self isolation in NZ. As this is a pilot, this is currently a free event open to audience members and open mic performers where ever you are in the digital world. Register here.

Year of Scotland Australia
Introducing Scottish Sunday Lunch Sessions, beginning with a National Folk Festival special... featuring performances from the Scottish acts that would have appeared at the festival: Elephant SessionsMoishe's BagelThe Paul McKenna Band & The Jellyman's Daughter. Tune into YOSA"s Facebook page every Sunday to enjoy the fine tunes. Find out more here.

Virtual Museum Tours
Stuck at home? There are 2,500 museums offering virtual tours you can take on your couch, here's a pick of 12 of the best. Explore them here.