Our guide to what to cook, watch, listen to and read in Joburg's lockdown

28 Apr 2020
As South Africa embarks on a long nationwide lockdown to curb the Coronavirus spread, we at Johannesburg In Your Pocket are as determined as ever to share the best mix of cultural events and activities - that can be enjoyed online. These include awesome playlists by your favourite DJs to enjoy at home, recommended books to get you through isolation, virtual art events, social distancing theatre, concerts and more!

It is everyone's responsibility to stay home and help flatten the curve of this virus, and we have made it easy for you by bringing together all you need to know about how the city will run during lockdown.

For ideas on things to watch, listen to and enjoy online and other tips for getting through social distancing and lockdown here's our round-up of all our latest lockdown culture features so far:

A survival guide to self-isolation and social distancing in Joburg
Check out our list of some healthy ways to spend your time in lockdown that are good for your mental and physical health including meditation apps, free online courses, top shows to watch on Netflix and local podcasts to tune into.

What to Cook at home during lockdown - tasty recipes from our favourite Joburg chefs

What to Cook - recipes to try at home from Joburg's best chefs
As this lockdown drags on we are seriously missing going out to eat at Joburg's great restaurants. Happily for our readers some of Joburg's top chefs and most popular restaurants and cafes have shared some of their signature recipes with us. Find the full list of more than 20 delicious recipes to try at home here.

SA's best chefs to follow on Instagram and Facebook

South Africa's top chefs and home cooks are all heading online to share their recipes and expertise. We've been eagerly following along and have put together this rundown of our favourite Insta chef stars. 

Where to stream the best concerts, music festivals and theatre

Where to enjoy the best theatre, ballet, dance and performance online from around the world
While the theatres of the world remain closed leading theatre companies and experimental art centres are taking their performances online. Here's a look at where to stream the best.

Where to stream the best 'At Home' concerts online
Keep your spirits up and join a global community in enjoying the many concerts by some of the world’s most famous artists currently streaming online. Read it online here.

Online art exhibitions, virtual tours and art and antiques auctions 

Where to enjoy South African art experiences online
While South Afrcia's art galleries and artist studios remain closed, our favourite artists and art institutions - including David Krut Projects, The Centre for the Less Good Idea at Arts on Main, August House artist studios, Russell Kaplan Auctioneers and Strauss & Co Auctioneers (to name just a few!) have all come up with creative solutions to showcase the arts in ways that mean you don’t need to leave the house. Read our round-up of all the most inspiring South African art experiences that you enjoy online here. 

Recommended reading lists to keep you busy during lockdown

Some of our favourite authors and bookshops have been sharing their favourite lockdown reads to enjoy during lockdown. Including: 

Sewela Langeni from Melville's Book Circle Capital Read Sewela's recommendations here
Griffin Shea from inner-city bookshop Bridge Books Read Griffin's recommendations here
Kate Rogan from Love Books at the Bamboo Centre in Melville  Read Kate's recommendations here
Author, journalist and academic Nechama Brodie's quarantine reading list. Read Nechama's recommendations here.

Lockdown playlists to get you through the week as recommended by our favourite DJs

We're not sure about you but we have certainly been finding that turning off the screenings and turning on the stereo to spend the evening enjoying some great music is definitely helping us with our lockdown blues. Here's some lockdown playlists from some of our favourite local DJs to get you through.

DJ and vinyl record store owner Bret Dugmore (aka Vinyl) shares ten records to listen to during the lockdown. Check out Mr Vinyl's playlist here.
DJ and designer Maria McCloy shares twenty essential tracks to help you make it through the lockdown. Check out Maria McCloy's playlist here.
DJ Charles Leonard recommends ten albums to listen to during the lockdown. Check out Charles Leonard's playlist here.
DJ Zero from YFM
shares with his ten favourite hip hop albums that everyone should listen to from the best of old school to contemporary South African trap. Check out DJ Zero's playlist here.


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