It’s seems like it will take a while before we go back to our normal lives. The quarantine has been a huge shock to many but it also created many opportunities. Maybe now, more than ever, we will have time to enjoy more culture activities from the convenience of our couch. Here are the culture activities to enjoy at home now.
GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE
This has been my favorite find! It wasn’t until recently that I discovered Google’s Arts & Culture hub. The digital platform utilizes high-resolution image technology and enables users to virtually tour partner museums’ galleries, explore physical and contextual information about artworks, and compile their own virtual collection. One can literally explore the world’s most popular tourist spots, destiantions as well as exhibitions including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Tate Modern in London, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and so much more.
I have previously shared with you about an app called Storytel. It has a vast collection of popular audio books in different languages, some also available to read. It’s calming, relaxing and gives your eyes a rest, because let’s be honest – we get tired from all the computer work.
Similarly to audiobooks, podcasts are just as relaxing. Some informative, others entertaining. And to be honest, this has been one of my most favorite activities with amongst my favorite series being TED and NPR’s TED Radio Hour. I can do a separate topic with some recommendations but at this point you can just tap the Podcast app on your phone and start discovering different channels and podcast series.
Theatres around the world are streaming their performances at the moment. BroadwayHD is a streaming service that offers more than 200 Broadway shows. Similarly, BBC is also working on a section called Culture in Quarantine which will be available on television, radio, iPlayer and BBC Sounds. London’s National Theatre is on Youtube every Thursday. And so many more. You only need to make a Google search or Social media search which will be quite quick to explore.
OPERA & BALLET
Similarly, Opera and Ballet are going digital now. London’s Royal Opera House’s boasts an array of opera arias and choruses along with ballet performances on their YouTube channel. New York’s Metropolitan Opera is doing a nightly opera stream, through their On Demand app, with performances available for 23 hours.
Your favorite performers are most likely streaming live performances on social media at the moment. So, you can go and check out what they have been up to. Recently, iHeart Radio organised a live-streaming concert to help raise money for coronavirus fight starring singers like Elton John, Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys and anyone you can think of singing from their living rooms. You can watch it here.