With COVID19 continuing to keep us at home more than we’d like to be, many of us are looking for different experiences to satisfy our live music, entertainment and cultural cravings.

We may not be able to visit many of our favourite venues right now, however Central Geelong arts and cultural organisations are providing numerous virtual and ‘pandemic safe’ experiences to continue to connect, inspire, uplift and entertain us.

If you’re looking for a cultural fix, check out some of these wonderful options from Central Geelong businesses.

Although temporarily closed, Geelong Arts Centre remains the cultural heart of Central Geelong’s thriving arts scene. Offering a regular dose of creativity, Geelong Art Centre’s ‘Where Creativity Meets at Home’ online program features a collection of performances, behind the scenes moments, creative activities and free, live stream sessions each Friday to enjoy at home. Friday 31st July, catch Ella Hooper’s free online gig packed full of original acoustic rock renditions and unreleased material from her upcoming album. Friday 8th August is one for the kids with the Free ‘Super Show’ from 3pm. Perfect for little ones right up to the age of 8, this ridiculously fun and fast paced dance and circus performance will help kids tap into their inner superhero! Find out more at geelongartscentre.org.au/where-creativity-meets-at-home/

Victoria’s only dedicated piano bar, Piano Bar Geelong’s wonderfully energetic and elevating entertainment never disappoints, with nightly performances streaming live from 7:30pm. Each Sunday night we are also offered a special treat with the hilarious ‘Pitch Please’ Drag Queen show from 6:30pm. Book your ticket online www.facebook.com/events/751660772252005. For nightly live stream performances visit www.pianobar.com.au/piano-bar-live-stream

The Geelong region’s number one destination for movies, Village Cinemas Geelong is now open, screening a mix of new and classic films for movie-goers of all ages. Offering staggered session times and only filling every second row in each cinema, Village has a number of social distancing measures in place so you can still experience big screen movie magic safely. For session times, tickets and candy bar purchases, visit villagecinemas.com.au/cinemas/geelong

One of Australia’s most acclaimed children’s museums, Museum of Play and Art (MoPA) delivers a collection of beautiful, creative and immersive play-based learning exhibits for little ones. MoPA now offers 3 daily play sessions between 9:30am – 4:30pm, 7 days a week with a maximum of 80 participants per session. Sessions must be booked online at www.museumofplayandart.com.au/. MoPA café also offers healthy snacks to keep your family energised during your visit, plus feeding rooms, change rooms and low sensory spaces to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible..

Australia’s largest comprehensive museum of wool – National Wool Museum, incorporating history, science, fashion, handcraft and art is currently presenting ‘We The Makers – Designer Showcase’ – featuring the work of 21 professional and emerging designers from across Australia and around the world. Explore the collection online or view it in person at the National Wool Museum, open daily from 10am – 3pm. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite maker for your chance to win a National Wool Museum Shop gift pack valued at $250.

Pinot and Picasso are bringing the ‘Paint and Sip’ art experience to you at home, offering live zoom classes every Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Purchase a Pinot and Picasso Art Box online – the ultimate paint at home starter kit - and join an online art class to unleash your inner Picasso! Enjoy a glass of wine while your Pinot and Picasso host artist provides comprehensive, step by step instructions to help you create your very own masterpiece at home. www.pinotandpicasso.com.au/shop/products/artbox/

With a magnificent collection of Australian and European painting, sculpture, printmaking and decorative arts dating from the 18th Century to today, Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional galleries. Open daily from 10am – 5pm, Geelong Gallery is currently welcoming visitors. Free, timed entry tickets can be purchased online at geelonggallery.org.au If you prefer to experience the Geelong Gallery from the comfort of your home, the Geelong Gallery Channel offers a collection of virtual tours, exhibition overviews and curator insights for you to explore virtually.

To see how Central Geelong businesses have been doing things differently and to find out more about how you can keep supporting local businesses visit www.centralgeelong.com.au or download the Love Central Geelong app.