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Missing a bit of Art & Culture during the coronavirus lockdown? A stroll through an art gallery on the weekend or an evening concert can seem like something of a bygone age at the moment. But fear not, an online movement has come to the rescue as theatres, musicians and museums. Leaning into the Covid-19 crisis, individuals and public institutions alike have come up with innovative ways to continue to entertain us! Here’s a list of some of our favourite sites offering you the chance to get your dose of world class entertainment without ever leaving your home!
The Metropolitan Opera in New York has virtually flung open their doors to the public and are broadcasting a daily opera from their archive for your viewing and listening pleasure. Listen to some of the world’s most beloved operas from the comfort of your living room. Operas are only available for 24 hours, so be sure to take a look at their Online Schedule so you don’t miss a performance.
This is just the thing if you are missing that link to your community in your daily life. The Sofa Singers offer people around the world to join together to sing in a virtual choir. Places open 48 hours before the session so be to register so you know when a choir session is happening. If you rather be a aural spectator to a choir rather than joining in then you can listen to the Camden Voices choir putting on performances with each member joining from their homes.
Museums and galleries have across the board really tried to connect with their audiences, with many creating virtual tours of their museums during the coronavirus pandemic. Some of our favourites include, the Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, which is displayed in the imposing and impressive Gallery of Honour room. You can navigate a virtual tour of Rembrant’s works, Vermeer’s The Milkmaid and many others with audio guides and text descriptions that you explore at your own pace. Visit here.
You can also enjoy a virtual visit to the Guggenheim museum in New York, and wind your way through the spiraling walls of artwork, admiring the art but also taking in the stunning architecture of the building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and now designated a World Heritage site.
To see more options for virtual museum and gallery tours, go to Google’s Art and Culture site here. Using Street View technology, Google has partnered with over 500 museums and galleries from around the world to let you explore places that you may not get to even once you are out of quarantine!
Social media is a hot space right now for getting up close and personal with music artists who are posting Jam sessions and even unreleased music from their private accounts. This is a great time to be exploring new music or revisiting old favourites. Some of artists creating what feels like an intimate gathering space in their living rooms, include, OhWonder, who have live streamed a new song from their album every day or Chris Martin from Coldplay who has performed his music live on YouTube.
If you are after the thrill of a festival, then here are some options for you! The yearly Shaky Knees Festival has had to postpone their festival dates to October 2020 however that hasn’t stopped them from commemorating their festival with a Virtual TV event on their website with past performances aired from May 1st to May 3rd from 8pm EST here.
This year’s Altisimo Live! concert will stream live on May 5th at 1pm ET with a host of Latin performers including Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Juanes and Luis Fonsi. Catch it on various social media platforms including, YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch and Twitter and find the full line up here.
The National Theatre in London is sharing one past performance every Friday at 7pm BST on YouTube channel, The Show Must Go On. Available for viewing for 48 hours some of the legendary musicals that have aired include, The Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar. Keep checking back on the channel to find out what”s on next!
Explore European theatre with a viewing of popular theatre company Schaubühne in Berlin known for their award winning plays across a range of genres from traditional to more avant garde productions. New performances are aired every Thursday and you can watch with French or English subtitles.
This post is part of a Les 100 Ciels blog series titled, Life Indoors. Each week we will be posting on a range of topics to inspire you as you carry on your life from indoors. With the Covid-19 virus spreading around the world, the vast majority of us will be living vastly quieter lives and it is clear that now more than ever before, the importance of focusing on our shared humanity and community is integral. We are committed to continue to engage and support our community. If there is any topic you’d like us to write about, do get in touch and we’ll include it on our blog if we can. With love, The Les 100 Ciels Team