The news brand will allow more readers no matter where they live, to access its quality programming.
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, The Guardian is digitising its events and masterclass programmes, opening up access for more readers to participate in its live experiences in the UK and internationally.
From Saturday 2 May, the Guardian Masterclasses programme of short courses will be available online for the first time – giving readers access to expert-led classes on writing, leadership skills, data visualisation and more. The move is a response to the increased demand for quality online learning during this period.
In the coming months Guardian Masterclasses will focus on business, wellbeing, culture and creativity courses to equip Guardian readers with stimulating and enlightening experiences.
The first online events will explore a mix of current topics from coronavirus to Guardian Book Club and will be available for playback online at a later time.
The Guardian’s UK events business is well established, hosting over 80 live events and 250 Masterclasses annually, featuring well-known Guardian journalists including Jonathan Freedland, Anushka Asthana and Iman Amrani, as well as international speakers including Malala Yousafzai and Ai Weiwei.
Anna Bateson, chief customer officer, Guardian News & Media said: “We are delighted to offer our world-class programme of events and intelligent short courses to Guardian readers globally. We see strong opportunities to elevate Guardian journalism and give our readers closer access to Guardian journalists and some of the world’s most imaginative thinkers. This format opens the door for many more readers to engage with our journalism.
“Guardian readers have always enjoyed participating in events and classes with our brilliant journalists and tutors. Going online will help us bring the Guardian’s expertise to wider audiences in the UK and around the world.”
Upcoming Guardian Live events:
Wed 13 May Coronavirus explained: The view from China with Lily Kuo, Emma Graham-Harrison and Tania Branigan
Thurs 14 May Guardian Book Club with 2019 Booker prize winner Bernardine Evaristo
Mon 18 May Fresh Voices: Iman Amrani talks to grime artist Big Zuu
Tues 19 May Leading Dutch author and historian Rutger Bregman in conversation with Owen Jones
Wed 20 May Coronavirus explained: Documenting a crisis with John Harris and John Domokos
Wed 27 May Coronavirus explained: The impact on the climate emergency
Thurs 28 May Guardian Book Club with Phillip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials
Thurs 11 June Guardian Book Club with David Nicholls, author of One Day and Starter for 10
Thurs 23 July In conversation with Jia Tolentino
Upcoming Guardian Masterclasses:
Sun 24 May: How to write a must-watch screenplay with John Yorke
Tues 26 May: Felicity Cloake’s masterclass: How to cook
Sun 31 May: A brief history of art with Jonathan Jones