Here’s How to Get Your Culture Fix During Covid-19 Shutdown
While the coronavirus pandemic has stopped normal life dead in its tracks all over the world, and forced us all indoors, a whole host of online events, classes, virtual travel experiences and museums have opened up a treasure trove of escapes to keep up with the best of quarantine lifestyles. These are just a few of the many reasons to stay indoors and bring certain normalcy into our lives while upgrading our access to the best that life has to offer while staying indoors. Take a look at what should become your monthly culture fix during this shutdown!
Galeria Uffizi — Florence
The 16th-century halls of The Uffizi Gallery are available for exploration via Google Maps. One of the world’s most famous museums whose collection of the Italian Renaissance is now on full virtual display, now available to you at fingertips.
The National Archaeological Museum — Athens
Founded at the end of the 19th century, this museum is not only the largest museum in Greece but also has one of the best collections of Ancient Greek culture to be seen anywhere in the world.
Acropolis Museum — Athens
At the home of the Parthenon, you will find archaeological artefacts dating back almost 5,000 years. You can explore both the ruins and the neighbouring museum virtually and free of cost on Google Maps.
Louvre Museum — Paris
The world’s largest art museum offers free virtual tours of several of its most popular exhibits online. Make sure you stopover for this intoxicating art and culture fix here.
Musee d’Orsay — Paris
Housed in a former railway station, in the Musee d’Orsday museum, you can explore online some of its most prominent collections, including French art from the mid-19th and 20th centuries.
Rijksmuseum — Amsterdam
The Dutch national art museum is home to the largest collection of masterpieces by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The museum counted nearly 3 million visitors in 2019, but you can check out the collection from the comforts of your safe quarantine.
British Museum — London
The world’s oldest national public museum showcases a virtual, interactive gallery, which allows visitors to roam the art halls, peruse the exhibits and watch famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
Metropolitan Museum — New York
An award-winning series of six short videos invite viewers around the world to virtually visit The Met’s art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. You can now explore some of the museum’s most iconic spaces in 360˚.
National Gallery of Art — Washington
Explore the National Gallery of Art’s extraordinary collection of over 124,000 works from the Renaissance to the present by over 13,000 artists.
While museum tours can satiate your soul for finding an artsy out, there are plentiful live concerts that you can tune into as well.
The Metropolitan Opera
Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be streamed on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours. These will include complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of the opera’s greatest singers.
Vienna State Opera
Opening its archives and offering a different opera to watch each day, the Vienna State Opera, is now streaming these on its platform for free.
Theaters, Dance & Comedy
While Instagram has a plethora of dance acts and gurus going live, there are other performance acts that you can view online.
Broadway livestreaming HD offers full-length shows and classical performances such as Cats (1998), Swan Lake (2015) or Sweeney Todd (1982). Before a monthly or yearly subscription, a seven-day free trial is offered for those culture aficionados.
Teatro Aberto suspended the show ‘Alma’ by Tiago Correia, winner of the Grand Prix of Portuguese Theatre SPAutores/ Teatro Aberto, but will walk more open than even by bringing the theatre to the digital world. Now you can watch some of these shows streamed as once seen on stage at Teatro Aberto.
Marquee TV — a premier arts and culture streaming platform — has extended their trial period to 30 days, giving free access to a huge array of theatre and ballet productions and a large and varied collection of operas that include latest productions such as Brett Dean’s Hamlet to Opera North’s award-winning production of Jonathan Dove’s children’s opera, Pinocchio, and one of the greatest opera events of the last decade — Aldeburgh festival’s outdoor production of Peter Grimes, staged on the beach where Britten’s opera is set.
The Asiatic Society in Mumbai
Closer home, The Asiatic Society, one of India’s premier institutes for Indology and research has gone on to produce a digital publication for the first time in its 236-year old history. Done during the nationwide lockdown, the e-journal starts with an article on two other pandemics witnessed in Mumbai – the plague of the 1898 and the Spanish Flu of the 1918s.
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