What to see, watch and listen to in lockdown

02 Apr 2020
created 26 Mar 2020
As South Africa enters into a 21-day lockdown on Thursday March 26 at 23:59 to curb the Coronavirus spread, we at Johannesburg In Your Pocket are as determined as ever to share the best mix of cultural events (to be enjoyed online) and activities. These include awesome playlists by your favourite DJs to enjoy at home, recommended books to get you through isolation, virtual art events 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.

We will continue updating our features and putting out new content as this crisis continues to help ensure that we also stay, calm, sane and united in our mission to stay at home and defeat the Coronavirus!

For ideas on things to watch, listen to and enjoy online and other tips for getting through social distancing and lockdown read these features:

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. Read it online here.

Where to stream the best 'At Home' concerts online
While you stay at home during this 21-day lockdown, don’t get stuck up on your phone reading all the depressing stories, instead 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.

Where to enjoy South African art experiences online
It feels like now more than ever the visual arts can bring us comfort and calm. While the galleries are closed they are coming up with creative solutions to showcase the arts in ways that mean you don’t need to leave the house such as via virtual tours, online exhibitions and art lectures and performances hosted on Instagram. Read it online here.

Recommended reading lists from our favourite independent bookshops
Sewela Langeni from Melville's Book Circle Capital shares her top ten books to read during the lockdown. Read Sewela's recommendations here.
Griffin Shea from inner-city bookshop Bridge Books shares his top ten books to read during the lockdown. Read Griffin's recommendations here.
Kate Rogan from Love Books in Melville shares her top eleven books to read during the lockdown. Read Kate's recommendations here.

Lockdown playlists to get you through the week as recommended by our favourite DJs
DJ and vinyl record store owner Bret Dugmore (aka Vinyl) shares ten records to listen to during the lockdown. Check out his list here.
DJ and designer Maria McCloy shares twenty essential tracks to help you make it through the lockdown. Check out her list here.
DJ Charles Leonard recommends ten albums to listen to during the lockdown. Check out his list here.


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