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March 25, 2020

How to stay sane and entertained at home in Adelaide during COVID-19

Being socially distanced doesn't mean being completely isolated from society. There are businesses, arts groups and institutions offering cultural and community connection through the world wide web - from virtual gallery tours, free morning yoga sessions to local livestreamed gigs.

  • Main image: A relic from Paradise Loft


Contemporary human connection has long been fostered online, even before social distancing made it a necessity.

With the Federal and State Government’s enforced closure of non-essential services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all now collectively deep-diving into the internet looking for any and all activities that will help ward off cabin fever and stay mentally well. 

Some institutions and businesses have been forced to close; however, some have adapted their business models to either stay afloat, or foster their online community pro-bono, making this house arrest season a little easier for us all.

Browse the A-Z list to below keep your brain active while supporting the Adelaide community through myriad of online offerings, such as live music streams and concerts, virtual galleries, and guided workouts.

If we’ve missed you and you’d like to add your initiative to our list – please get in touch.



Picture: Phillip Larking


The Adelaide Sustainability Centre on Franklin Street is no longer holding environmental workshops or events but has established a virtual community on Facebook to continue promoting a green message. On Tuesday, 7 April, the environmental conservation organisation will host a free virtual screening of the 2015 permaculture documentary Inhabit by director Costa Boutsikaris, which will be pre-empted with an online conversation via Zoom.

Pour yourself a glass of natty wine and settle in.



Remember when our Prime Minister banned ‘barre’ in a press conference despite not knowing what it was? Well, the flexi gods at FORM Pilates and Barre are well informed and want to help you twinkle your toes and strengthen your core, and maybe forget about our current crisis for a little while.

Instead of offering small classes like they usually would from their Glenelg studio, FORM’s co-owners (and sister duo!) Megan and Clancy have recorded Clancy, an ex-ballerina, doing home exercises that combine pilates and ‘barre’ – ballet-infused cardio (Mr Morrison, take note).

They’re available online. Subscribe for $30 a month.



The boys from Groundfloor Radio are known for throwing wild club nights in East End haunts like Sugar and Roxies. In light of the current situation, it’ll be a while before we’re able to see any of the resident deejays perform live. However, you can pretend you’re out dancing next to someone at <1.5 metres (remember those days?) by listening to all their past mixes and interviews online.

It’s better than Centrelink hold music, that’s for sure.



Nothing compares to the lived experience of turning off Hindley Street in through the double doors of Imprints Booksellers and breathing in the smell of pulped trees and black ink.

Imprints is our favourite bookstore, not just for the bound tomes on their shelves but for the wise and empathetic advice Jason and Katherine give us when we are at a loss for what to read. 

This time, Jason suggests he’s got two types of customers online. One is ordering Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and leaning into the void, and the other is ordering the third volume of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy as a means to escape. Which reader are you?

Free freight within SA for all orders over $50 and Jason says the turnaround on post is close to next day if you order before 2pm.



Love live music but hate obstructed views and spilling alcohol all over yourself and others? Well, the local grassroots podcast Knock Off Sessions, spearheaded by local Adelaide outfit SEABASS, is delivering all the perks of live music without the hassle.

Knock Off Sessions presents a live set every Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm via its YouTube channel. Check their Instagram and Facebook pages for information on upcoming guests.


Andrew Eden’s FLC (Frame Lounge Chair). Picture: Supplied


Adelaide multidisciplinary arts hub The Mill have had to cancel the public viewing of their new Showcase exhibition, however they told InDaily they’re launching a virtual tour of the new gallery this Friday, 27 March instead. Head to The Mill’s website to learn about what the resident artists are crunching out, which includes anachronistic hats, paintings by a hand-poke tattoo artist legend, ceramic Antipodean sculptures and utilitarian and comfortable furniture (which we could all use rn).



The University of South Australia’s future-facing museum MOD. on North Terrace is unfortunately shut for the public (for now), but they’re hosting virtual exhibition LIFE INTERRUPTED from Thursday, 26 March, for “as long as we” need it. Tune into their livestream online on Thursday from 4pm to figure out how others are coping with no IRL connection.


Picture: Facebook


Historian and Modernist Adelaide tour-guide Stuart Symons is crazy about mid-century architecture and design. Although there is limitations surrounding individuals gathering outdoors in groups of two or more people, you can still get your concrete fix by visiting the Modernist Adelaide website and viewing a range of short, free films about the architectural style.

Titles include Adelaide Advances (1954) by The National Film Board, which explores the construction of South Australia through Colonel Lights original plan, as well as A Taste of Adelaide (1953) by the State Library of South Australia, which follows a young couple exploring “the delights of Australia”.



Tune into play / pause / play to hear only Australian musicians played on rotation. There’s no hosts, no forced banter and little to no advertising. Luke Penman is a radio stalwart, so expect top-quality curations to keep you company. Tune in online or download the app for Android or iOS to listen on your mobile.



The gurus at Power Living Yoga have transitioned all sweaty face-to-face studio sessions into online sessions. This means you can touch your toes in comfy sweatpants, without judgement, at home. CityMag has heard people who practice yoga do form tight-knit communities and we love Power Living’s proactive approach to keeping its people connected.

Over at our Caremongering Facebook group (please join!), we were alerted to Power Living Yoga’s FREE 20-minute, live-streamed meditation, happening daily at 7:30am, if you’re game. They’ve also reduced their membership down to $25 a week.

Maintain the mantra “serenity now!” by heading online for more information.


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