ARTS organisations have proved ingenious at adapting to a world of coronavirus-induced lockdown. We may not be able to go to the theatre, or take in live gigs or concerts. But, thanks to the power of the internet, there is still plenty of literature, art and music we can enjoy from home.

The latest organisation to find its legs online is Harrogate International Festivals (HIF), which organises, amongst other things, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate every July.

This year's crime writing event, like so many others, has been called off.

But don't despair. The festival has turned to technology by launching 'HIF at home' and 'HIF Player'.

The 'HIF at home' website - includes portals to everything from a 'book of the month' recommendation to playlists and the 'HIF Player'.

The latter includes a host of audio-podcasts - among them more than a dozen interviews with leading writers, including Ian Rankin, Lee Child and Ann Cleeves, recorded at previous festivals going back to 2003.

These include last year's sellout panel discussion at the crime writing festival about TV series Broadchurch, featuring Chris Chibnall, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Erin Kelly and Alison Graham.

And that's not all. This years's Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award - last year won by Northern Irish author Steve Cavanagh – will be going ahead.

And away from the world of crime writing, the HIF team is now working with key artists who were scheduled to star in Harrogate during this summer's festival season so they can make online appearances, including rave-scene Hacienda DJ, Graeme Park.

Already lined up as guest curator is jazz bass player, composer and arranger, Misha Mullov Abbado, who, in addition to launching his new album on HIF Player, will be playing live and handpicking young musicians to deliver live performances.

HIF's Young Musician of the Month will continue the tradition of showcasing young talent, which will be complemented by a series of interviews with international musicians, who will each have 40 minutes to speak about their careers, instruments, influences and aspirations.

HIF has also just commissioned a new piece of music – a brass work for all by Prof David Lancaster with the opportunity for everyone to get involved – including a top secret guest soloist.

“Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has all but decimated this year’s programme, we are determined to deliver as much as we can, not on the ground, but online," said Harrogate International Festivals chief executive Sharon Canavar .

“We have harnessed the creativity and agility we are famed for to bring Harrogate International Festivals to life on the internet, including new commissions, exciting projects and a look back at some of the highlights of the last few years.

“At HIF we've always been without a venue to call our own, this has encouraged us to be nomadic in nature, able to choose the most appropriate venue for the best events, making arts without walls in open areas, and unexpected spaces, transforming our town.

“And now we bring the Festival to you with HIF At Home, we’re providing a host of fantastic content and your home, phone or laptop is the venue. You've got the best seats in the house.

“The months of March through to August are virtually non-stop for us, and this is where we derive most of our income from. Whilst the coronavirus has meant our funds will be significantly depleted, we are determined that the show will go online."

Stephen Lewis

To access 'HIF at home', go to

The website includes:

- A 'book of the month' recommendation

- You're Booked, a section f author interviews, book reviews, and a pekk inside authors' homes as they share their bookshelves, their must-reads and the book they always go back to.

- HIF Playlist: the HIF team shares the 'music that’s making the month', including some aertists you might already know and love, but others that will be new

- Resources: a host of collated fun ideas, activities, lesson plans, and workshops to make isolating for families and young children just a little bit easier.