Just because we’re staying in doesn’t mean we’re not staying busy


Here we are again, at the start of another lockdown and with staying indoors more important than ever we all need something fun to keep us going. There’s only so many sourdough loaves or crocheted blankets one person can realistically make at the end of the day.

Even if you think you’ve exhausted all of your entertainment options, we’re here to reassure you that isn’t the case. There’s still plenty of fun, virtual events coming your way. 

We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting online entertainment from the LGBTQI community to fill your time even if you can’t leave the house. From open mic poetry to album launch performances, we’ve got you covered. 

Sofie Hagen – The No Diet Show 

A show for people who are sick of dieting. Join Sofie Hagen on 14 January to make fun of diets, the diet culture and the ridiculous rules.

Women’s Writes Festival 

After sell out shows at The Arcola Theatre and VAULT Festival Women’s Writes is back, this time online! Producer Alex Critoph has put together a line-up of five short plays written by female playwrights, challenging stereotypical depictions of womxn, putting them front and centre of the narrative. The Online Festival is available online from 1 -31 January 2021.

Poetry LGBT Open Mic Nights

Come and enjoy poetry and spoken word from new and established LGBTQI poets, writers and creatives on the first Sunday of every month via Zoom. Got some spare time in lockdown? Why not even write something to share? Submissions are welcome from everyone.

LGBT Family Bedtime Stories

Curl up together virtually with parents and other children in LGBTQI families to listen to, enjoy, explore and discuss LGBTQI-affirming children’s books, just before bedtime.

Arlo Parks – Live From Rough Trade 

Rough Trade are proud and excited to present this live stream in-store event with Arlo Parks performing live from the Rough Trade East stage 21 January – the day of Arlo’s debut album release.

Always Be Comedy

Who else can’t live without live comedy in lockdown number three? Always Be Comedy are here to present the biggest names and the best new talent — live (when it’s allowed) and online from the comfort of your own home for now. Join the likes of Suzi Ruffell (24 February), Jen Brister (17 February) and Sophie Duker (27 January) for an evening of laughter with your favourite queer comedians.


Gigless is your new favourite award-winning online comedy gig, hosted weekly by our hilarious bi-con, Catherine Bohart!

Join Catherine every Thursday evening alongside the very best stand-ups on the circuit, performing live and streaming straight to your sofa.

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