Have you been wondering what to do during long days and weeks, when you need to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit us so unexpectedly?
TV series and movies from well-known broadcast platforms have already bored you?
Watching the news repeatedly several times a day is not as exciting and invigorating as participating in cultural events.
Reading books is great, but sometimes we need a break, even from the loved ones.
You need something to spice up your life and give yourself various types of entertainment, simply to stay sane during self-isolation at home.
We have good news for you – many cultural institutions such as theatres, opera houses, concert halls and museums that are currently closed are available online.
Thanks to the fact that lots of cultural organizations are so brilliant and generous, we can watch performances, concerts, world-class artists, virtual tours, etc. without leaving home.
So, let’s participate in cultural life from around the world, while following the authorities’ recommendation to stay home, not only to protect your health but also to protect the health of others and not to overload healthcare services that are very busy at this time.
Check out our list below and choose something for yourself:
- Museums and more.
It is amazing how many different things you can do without leaving your sofa at home!
As we love to watch dance let’s start with these:
- The Royal Opera House shut its doors, but it has opened up its archive. Upcoming Royal Ballet performances:
Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7pm GMT
The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST
- Marquee TV. This is one of our most favourite platforms recently, so we want to share it with you:
Performing arts streaming service Marquee TV, showing international performances and events of various genres. This time in collaboration with the Royal Opera House will bring to you the very best of world-class performances on demand. You can find there dance, opera, theatre and documentaries. Get 30 days free trial!
- Gandini Juggling
Ensemble of jugglers, they are constantly creating new works, which range from radical art/juggling fusions to accessible theatrical performances, from choreographic studies to commercially commissioned routines.
They aim to reposition juggling as a versatile, engaging and susceptible art form for our times by engaging in a complex dialogue with the audience, demanding the viewers’ engagement, transcending cultural barriers and stimulating imaginations.
‘Smashed’, we really enjoyed watching this performance last night. Highly recommended! https://vimeo.com/210302903
‘If you want to feel like you belong to something higher, to something even beyond this universe, then go to the opera!’ – Mehmet Murat Ildan.
- Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streams
During this difficult time, each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website.
Each performance will be available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.
The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV
- The Royal Opera House
ROH will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical master classes and cultural insights.
As productions and events are postponed at the Royal Opera House and around the world, they have created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime across the globe, bringing both ballet and opera to every home and every device.
- Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST
- Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST
This is an opera site for the connected world. Watch live streams as the operas themselves unfold in the opera house. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on-demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing their richly populated digital library, stories, and articles. Discover resources for young audiences and for artistic career development. In English, French, and German, thoughtfully curated, and free to browse and explore.
- Marquee TV
Invites you to world-class opera events.
Free 30 days access to admire the best artists’ voices you will find here:
- Broadway – stream your favourite Broadway hits! Anytime, anywhere!
Start your 7-day free trial by clicking a plan:
- Marquee TV
Various plays on demand.
More details about Marquee TV you can find above.
- ‘Key Change’, winner of The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015, premiered in New York in 2016 and was the prestigious New York Times Critics’ Pick.
- ‘I and You’, starring Arya Stark herself and Maisie Williams. It’s a two-hander, also featuring Zach Wyatt, appropriately exploring isolation and also hymning the wisdom of Walt Whitman.
Written by the US playwright Lauren Gunderson, the production was filmed at Hampstead Theatre in 2018.
It’s available for a week from 23 March.
- ‘5 Soldiers: The Body is Frontline’
Rosie Kay’s extraordinary 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline is now available online; you can watch it from the comfort of your own sofa. Performing in close quarters to a score that mixes punk and opera, Kay’s the phenomenal company bring home the horror of combat and disarm audiences.
For a limited time, they are making ‘5 Soldiers’ available for free for online viewers.
- The Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. With its constellation of architecturally and culturally distinct museums, exhibitions, publications, and digital platforms, the foundation engages both local and global audiences.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another. Because of the boundless curiosity of our researchers, the breadth and depth of our scientific collections, and our ability to inspire future generations of scientists, we have a vital role to play. Here people can both discover the world and learn to become better stewards of it.
3. MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
Today MoMA’s rich and the varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design, and performance art. Collection highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others.
The Museum presents an active schedule of modern and contemporary art exhibitions, over 1,000 film screenings a year, and a wide range of educational programming, from artist talks to family workshops. The Museum welcomes approximately 3 million visitors every year and has more than 130,000 members.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
The Met Collection
When The Met was founded in 1870, it represented more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe, from the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time, for everyone to experience and enjoy.
- Vatican Museums
A dynamic museum where tradition and innovation find a perfect synthesis, able to render concrete what the Roman Church has pursued for centuries in her cultural institutions.
Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman, Christian, and epigraphic, paintings of several centuries and the great Renaissance of Raphael and Michelangelo in the “Rooms” and the Sistine Chapel. And then there are the decorative arts, the ethnological collections, the historical collections, the carriages and the papal berlins, up to modern and contemporary art.
You can take the virtual tour at:
- Berliner Philharmoniker
The great conductors and soloists of our time; more than 40 live broadcasts in High Definition every season; hundreds of archive concerts covering six decades. Free interviews and concert introductions. Exciting documentaries and artist portraits. Free Education Programme concerts for the whole family.
Redeem the voucher code BERLINPHIL by 31 March and receive free access to all concerts and films in the Digital Concert Hall.
- Budapest Festival Orchestra – Live streaming from Budapest
The BFO is rated among the top ten orchestras in the world. The orchestra regularly performs at the most important concert venues of the international music scene, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre in London.
The BFO’s innovative concerts, such as the Autism-friendly Cocoa Concerts, Surprise Concerts, and musical marathons, are well known around the world. The Midnight Music concerts attract young adults, while the Dancing on the Square project integrates disadvantaged children. The orchestra promotes free Community Weeks and co-produces the Bridging Europe festival with Müpa Budapest.
Other great orchestras online:
- Seattle Symphony – ‘Live Broadcasts’ every Thursday and Saturday
Visit: youtube.com or facebook.com
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra – ‘DSO Replay’
- Royal Opera House – ‘Curated online broadcasts’
Visit: youtube.com or facebook.com
- London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Always Playing’
- Vienna State Opera – ‘Continues Daily Online’
- Bavarian State Opera – ‘Staatsopera TV’
- Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra – ‘GSO Play’
OTHER INTERESTING WEBSITES:
- Stages Around the WordIf you are interested in how well-known stages look like, you can admire 11 Dramatic Virtual Tours of Stages Around The World:
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium – an aquarium unlike any other.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit organization. From sea otters to seaweeds, their unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries bring the wonders of the ocean to life for their visitors. People can stay connected during closure by following social media channels and viewing their live webcams.