Going without social contact doesn’t mean giving up culture during the lock-down to curb the coronavirus outbreak because taking in an art exhibit, concert or theater performance is just a mouse click away.
The pandemic that has led to restrictions in more than 100 countries, including the Czech Republic, has also spurred symphonies, theater troupes and museums to tap into their creativity by offering visitors to experience the magic of Broadway or enjoy a tour of the Louvre from home.
For its 75-year anniversary, the Prague Spring International Music Festival ensured that the show would go on by offering ten concerts for live broadcast of the programme to be be announced in coming weeks. Festival director Roman Bělor summed up the feelings of many artists by saying music could help ease tensions in troubled times.
The Czech National Gallery has also prepared online virtual tours and live streams from exhibitions or online workshops. Its collections include paintings by Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, artifacts from Asia, and the work of the French painter Nicolas Poussin.The country’s biggest gallery gives additional access to permanent exhibitions and places that are normally hidden from visitors.
The Louvre opened its exhibition rooms and galleries for online tours, including “The Advent of the Artist” exhibition from the Petite Galerie, collections from the Pharaonicperiod, Remains of the Louvre’s Moat and other art pieces.
The Met from New York City offers cutting-edge 360-degree videos, catalogs of past exhibitions, a selection of articles and online resources. The museum presents over 5000 years of art from around the world. Digital visitors can discover art-making activities for the whole family and watch concerts by musicians from around the world.
Opera and ballet lovers can visit The Vienna State Opera free of charge online to view recordings of previous performances via its streaming platform www.staatsoperlive.com. The online programme follows the regular schedule with only a few exceptions.
Good news for musical fans too as BroadwayHD, a streaming service, brings Broadway performances to people’s homes. The platform offers a seven-day free trial and offers performances of classics including “Cats,” “The Sound of Music,” “Kinky Boots,” and “42nd Street.”
For more collections, including The State Hermitage Museum, visit Google Arts and Culture. In addition, Grammy Museum releases exclusive free digital interviews and concerts of artists, exhibitions like “40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles”, and lessons on music and video productions.
By Francesca Popa