Art, music and culture during the lockdown

Art, music and culture during the lockdown
  • A selection of websites and online activities to continue enjoying galleries, concerts and theatre during the coronavirus lockdown


The Metropolitan Opera

Every night, 7.30pm EDT (12.30am Spain). Free.

While the MET is closed due to the epidemic it will be screening presentations from the Live In HD series of cinema transmissions. Each transmission will remain available on for 23 hours.

20 June. Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein, and Zachary James, conducted by Karen Kamensek. Fro


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ilip Glass’s Satyagraha. Starring Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson, and Alfred Walker, conducted by Dante Anzolini. From November 19, 2011.

The Royal Opera House

The ROH have announced a programme of full-length productions which will be broadcast over Facebook and YouTube. 7pm GMT (8pm Spain).

The programme includes both ballet and opera and the schedule can be found on or

Until 19 June. Il Trittico. Puccini’s trio of operas tell contrasting stories of jealousy and murder, loss and suicide, romance and cheerful trickery.

Until 26 June La fille Mal Guardée. Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta and William Tuckett perform the lead roles in Frederick Ashton’s most joyful and colourful ballet, The Wayward Daughter.

Until 3 July. The Magic Flute.Mozart’s glorious opera is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful designs by John Macfarlane.

From 26 June until 9 July Woolf Works. Wayne McGregor’s award-winning ballet triptych is inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, with an original score by Max Richter.

From 3 until 16 July La Bohème. Puccini’s music and Richard Jones’s production capture the joy and heartache of young love in a crowded city.

Ballet and Dance

Ballet Malandain De Biarritz

The prestigious Ballet Malandain is now on YouTube with short extracts of choreography from some classical and modern ballets.

The ballet company’s most recent success was Marie Antoinette with music by composers Hadyn and Glück of which a 14 minute fragment is now available on Vimeo. Finf Ballet Malandain de Biarritz on YouTube and Vimeo.

Sadler's Wells

Full length dance performances and workshops online.

The website provides free access to Facebook premieres, family dance workshops, Company of Elders workshops, digital stage programmes and much more.


Schools across Ireland took part in a Riverdance special which has been posted on Facebook.

Over 600 dancers took part in the performance which took place in Croke Park, Dublin before the quarantine. Just type Riverdance in the search box in Facebook.

Northern Ballet

World class ballet in your home with just a donation.

The lost income from cancelled performances has hit the industry hard. Watch full-length ballet performances online. Donations of any size are welcomed.

San Francisco Ballet

The San Francisco Ballet stays on its toes by streaming a different complete ballet from its archives every week.

ntil 19 June, 10.30pm BST .Commissioned for the Unbound festival, Arthur Pita’s Björk Ballet celebrates the theatricality of Björk and her music, setting songs spanning her discography from 1993’s Debut to Utopia from 2017..

BAM African Dance

Weekly dance workshops and events.

BAM African dance

BAM African dance

The 43nd annual edition of the African-diaspora cultural festival has been canceled, but BAM is filling the gap with weeks of digital programming. Offerings include public conversations and video footage of past performances as well as dance classes, an online bazaar and more.


Museo del Patrimonio Municipal

Malaga. Tuesdays to Sundays 10am - 8pm. Avda de Cervantes 4.

With art collections from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century as well as artefacts, documents etc. relating to the economical, social and cultural development of the city of Malaga through the centuries.

Museo Interactivo de la Música

Malaga. Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.30am - 2.30pm. C/Beatas, 15.

The museum holds workshops and has a varied display of instruments which recently included an exhibition of Aztec death whistles.

Virtual Museum tours

Musée de la Musique

Philharmonie de Paris. Virtual tours of the extensive collection of instruments and artefacts that form part of the collection held by the Paris Philharmonic.

The collection is divided into various categories such as keyboard, string and wind as well as percussion, electronic and other instruments. There are also art works including portraits of Stradivari and Fender and an archive containing documents and bills signed by Beethoven etc. The site allows previous exhibitions such as that of Charlie Chaplin to be viewed.

Palace tour

Le Chateau Versailles. A virtual tour of how the Versaille palace evolved.

The Versaille palace started life as a hunting lodge and was converted into a sumptuous chateau under Louis XIII, XIV, XV and finally Louis XVI. The video shows the gradual changes made to the buildings under each monarch.

Collections and Louvre Palace

Louvre. Visit the museum’s rooms and galleries and discover how the palace was built and for whom.

The Louvre is famous world wide as an art gallery but few know it was originally built as a fortress complete with a moat and drawbridge. Now it houses an amazing selection of art as well as Egyptian antiquities.

The Metropolitan Museum New York

The museum has six award winning videos of its three installations.

The Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum

Now you can virtually visit the Met’s art and architecture without stepping foot inside the buildings. The six videos cover the Great Hall, the Met Cloisters, the Temple of Dendur, the Met Breuer, the Charles Engelhard Court, and the Arms and Armour Galleries.

The British Museum

The world’s largest indoor space on Google Street View is the British Museum in London.

Visit over 60 galleries, see the Rosetta stone, Old Master paintings and amazing textiles from around the South Pacific as well going ‘behind the scenes’ at the museum to find out about poison arrows and ‘mummy goo’. Information on how to explore the museum online is at:

The Vatican City State Museum

Virtual tours of eight areas of the museum.

The Vatican museum website can be changed into English.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Tours of past and present exhibits among others.

An easy to use website with access to past exhibitions, permanent installations and the museum’s support centre.


Recordings of live concerts

Philharmonie de Paris The orchestra has released several of its past performances.

The web page has a selection of eight concerts which can be watched online.

The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band The band play the ‘Floral Dance from their own living rooms. The video is also on their Facebook page.

Conciertos en Casa A new website listing concerts online around the world.

The website lists the concerts, where and when they are being streamed and information on the performers. If you subscribe, information is sent straight to your email address.

French National Orchestra The orchestra play Ravel’s Bolero. It was put together with each musician playing their instrument from home, as a special concert for people to enjoy during the enforced quarantine. It can be found on YouTube ONF Ravel.

Soundtracks of the Picasso/Fellini exhibition

The Museo Picasso de Málaga held a Fellini /Picasso exhibition in 2018. Drawings, documents, films and photographs belonging to the Italian film director Federico Fellini were displayed alongside some of Picasso’s works and accompanied by the music composed by Nino Rota, can be listened to on the museum website:

You will need to register with Spotify to access the material.

You Are The Champions, Queen

Members of Queen and Adam Lambert perform a tweaked version of the famous song. Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert perform ‘You are the Champions’ in quarantine. On Instagram Brianmayforreal #youarethechampions

Live Music

NTS. Live shows as well as some archives to listen to. Bad Vibes, Eyedress, Access Denied, Creep Zone, themed radio streams, mixed tapes and guest shows and all genres of music.

Marie's Crisis Group

The coronavirus crisis has forced the beloved West Village piano bar to close its doors for now. But in a typical display of communal spirit, the Marie’s Crisis staff is soldiering on. Every night on the Facebook page Maries Group, the talented pianists who would normally be playing at the bar will be live-streaming their sets to audiences at home.

Jim Caruso's Pajama Cast party

Jim Caruso presides as host over the Monday night show which is part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set. The show is available to view on TouTube.

Marty Thomas Presents Diva

A weekly showcase for big-voiced female singers of show tunes and pop gems can be viewed on YouTube Marty Thomas Presents Diva (it is broadcast live on Mondays at 1am BST).

A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

A video of the concert tribute to Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim is famous for many works including the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy to his full scores of shows including Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George. Find it on YouTube Take Me To The World Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration,

Virtual Exhibitions

Malaga gallery

Galería Benedito. One of Malaga’s most prestigious art galleries has opened an online shop.

Around fifty works of art by various artists can be viewed and purchased online at

Contemporary art

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá. The Contemporary Art Museum in Bogotá has a virtual tour of its installations.

Using videos and images, the museum takes the virtual visitor through the different galleries of exhibitions examining the works of Colombian-French artist Chanoir and Joemz among others.

My Body, My Archive

The Tate Modern. Congolese choreographer and dance artist Faustin Linyekula’s My Body, My Archive was due to perform at the Tate.

Linyekula was due to perform in the Tanks at Tate Modern at the end of March, as part of 2020’s BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Our Bodies, Our Archives when it was cancelled. Linyekula worked with the collaborators to create a site-specific piece performed to camera.

Secret London

Greenwich Painted Hall An online tour of one of London’s hidden art treasures.

The stunning Painted Hall only re-opened last March and can now be toured online at it is a baroque masterpiece and offers a chance to view the ceiling up close as well as giving the viewer tidbits of information on the history of the building and its amazing art.

Heritage art

Google Arts & CultureSome of the world’s most famous museums and galleries on the planet can now be visited without leaving home.

Clicking on the arrows you can move around in the pictures looking at the rooms from different angles and getting up close to the art works. The choice of places to visit is too many to list here.

Virtual exhibition tours

The Royal Academy Of Arts While the doors of the RA are temporarily closed the Academy’s website offers virtual tours of its installations.

Visit the exhibition Picasso and Paper from home or two of David Hockney’s blockbuster shows, 2012’s A Bigger Picture 82 Portraits and One Still-Life from 2016. There are also short videos of free public exhibitions such as Tracey Emin and displays such as Anthony Whishaw, With Spain In Mind and many more (find the above under ‘Tours’).

Multimedia visits

Museo Reina Sofía The museum has several web sites where its art works can be viewed.

A large number of videos and audios (in Spanish) of tours around the museum and particular collections can be found online with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and TouTube.

Art and Culture at home

Twitter A huge range of art and culture is available on Twitter.

Public administrations, galleries, companies and private artists are using twitter to stream their art collections. #laculturaentucasa

Johanna Unzueta - Tools For Life

Modern Art Oxford A virtual tour of the exhibition with some short videos and other material.

Enter Tools for Life online and discover new insights into Johanna Unzueta’s works with short videos, behind-the-scenes moments, curator’s notes, children’s activities and more.

Art explained

Museo Del Prado Each day the Prado museum is uploading a video.

One of its many works of art is chosen each day for an in depth study. The museum also offers free (90€ with certification) online courses. The courses available are El Bosco and Velázquez en el Museo del Prado.



Art collection

Pinacoteca Di Brera Collection.The gallery has several of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art anywhere in the world.

The art collection online is didvided into centuries starting from 1300-1400AD up to the present. A box in the right hand corner allows you to scrutinise areas of the paintings up close.

Van Gogh

The Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. 360º story of the artist and his works.

On the website click on stories (49) at bottom of page to open information about individual paintings by Van Gogh.

The Rijksmuseum

The museum houses a famous collection of art by Dutch masters.

The museum has masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer as well as many other objects of art and history. Information can be found on their website below or search on YouTube for Rijksmuseumfromhome for various clips about individual paintings in English.

Painting by painting

Museo de Málaga. The museum’s web page gives a detailed description of each work of art.

Each unique piece of art has a story which is explained. Open the web page below and click on Obras Singulares

We Will Walk- Art and Resistance in the American South

Turner Contemporary. The Turner Contemporary has created a virtual tour of its ground-breaking exhibition We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South. It is available to view for free on YouTube.

The exhibition is the first of its kind in the UK to reveal the little-known art shaped by the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. We Will Walk brings together sculptures, paintings, quilts and installations by more than 20 African American artists from Alabama and the Deep South. The exhibition addresses issues of race, class and resistance through a diverse range of works developed outside of the mainstream. YouTube Turner Contemporary We Will Walk.


New Focus and Bradford College. Until 31 May, Forget-me-not shares intergenerational stories, with young people exploring how the lives of their ancestors have shaped who they are today.

Working with photography students from Bradford College, New Focus have received mentoring to create studio portraits, as well as photographing heirloom objects central to their family histories. Featuring a wedding sari, a Yorkshire flat cap and a passport belonging to a Russian war veteran, the collected objects tell cross-cultural stories, shedding light on the diverse histories of young people in Bradford today.


Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi.The Uffizi Art Gallery is inviting people to discover its collections and history through pictures and descriptions (in English).

The huge collection is divided up into various sections. Factories of Stories is slightly different than the others as each picture has a narrative with it although none in English (Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic, Farsi and Mandarin).

Glass exhibition

Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga.

The museum are now posting photos of their stunning collection on Facebook. Galle, Lalique,Baccarat, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, car mascots, studio glass, ancient and contemporary designs can all be seen.

Lectures, Talks and Documentaries

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series

The National Gallery Of Art. The series gives distinguished artists an opportunity to discuss the evolution of their work in their own words.

The lectures available include artist Alex Katz talking to the senior curator and head of modern art at the National Gallery, Harry Cooper, Zoe Leonard talking to Lynne Cooke, senior curator, special projects in modern art at the gallery and Thomas Struth talking to Philip Brookman, consulting curator, department of photographs, as well as many other artists.

Free streaming

Hampstead Theatre. The theatre is releasing its collection of monologues to the public..

Audio recordings of renowned artists performing their favourite theatrical speeches. Available on the Library features over 100 speeches by artists such as Sir Derek Jacobi, Denise Gough, Sheila Atim, Gina McKee, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Sir Simon Russell Beale. Speech Share Live monologues hosted by Hampstead Theatre will also be available on the Hampstead Theatre website.

Talks and Discussions

ICA Talks. Talks and discussions held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London..

Around 889 recordings in the collection made during the period 1982-1993, featuring leading writers, artists and filmmakers.

Art Courses and Lectures

Art History in Focus. Founded by art historian and lecturer Siân Walters, Art History in Focus arranges regular courses, study days and visits in the UK as well as cultural holidays throughout Europe. Siân is a highly qualified and experienced tutor and events organiser, and lectures regularly for the National Gallery, NADFAS (The Arts Society).

Theatre and Drama

Theatre productions online

National Theatre at home.

Watch the best of British theatre every Thursday.

The much loved National Theatre will be live streaming on YouTube every Thursday at 7pm British time (8pm Spain) Each performance will be available to view for the following seven days.

Until 25 June, 7pm BST Small Island. The National Theatre’s epic, sold-out production of Andrea Levy’s novel traces the history between Jamaica and the UK through WWII to 1948..

Shakespeare online

The Globe Theatre.

A series of Free-To-View archive performances are being released online by the theatre at

Until 28 JuneA Midsummer's Night's Dream


Dead Centre.

An experimental theatrical production.

Lippy is the name of this gripping experimental theatre piece which is available on Just type in Lippy on Vimeo. if asked for a password, use ‘context’.

Larger Than Life Circus Show

Cirque du Soleil

Moments from the shows on its new digital hub.

Every Friday at 8pm BST (9pm Spain), the troupe will share the most impressive moments from its larger-than-life shows on CirqueConnect, its new digital hub. Also for an hour of highlights see YouTube Cirque du Soleil One Night for One Drop.

Other online ideas

Cultural Campus

Wysing Arts Centre.

Experimental residencies for UK and international artists.

A critically acclaimed public programme of gallery exhibitions and events including conferences, symposia, workshops and music events.Broadcasts weekly Thursdays at 9pm and Friday at 9am BST.

Scary tours

Virtual tours of haunted sites.

Some of the scarier places to visit online.

Virtual tours of Dracula’s castle, The Winchester Haunted Mansion, the Paris Catacombs and the Stanley Hotel (where The Shining was filmed) can be found on

Cabaret and comedy

Joe's Pub.

Scottish stage and screen actor Alan Cumming in a series of shows filmed in America.

Alan Cumming became an American citizen in 2008, a decade after taking New York by storm in Cabaret, and this 2018 Joe’s Pub set explores his immigrant experience. YouTube Joe’s Pub.

Aquarium tour

Oceanográfic Valencia.

A virtual, 360º tour of the aquarium.

The Oceanográfic in Valencia is the biggest aquarium in Europe. You can now visit thirteen different rooms, each one centred on a species or climate at

Space watching


Track satellites across the night sky with this online tool.



Starlink is a satellite constellation being constructed by American company SpaceX to provide satellite Internet access. The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), working in combination with ground transceivers. The satellites can be seen crossing the sky at certain times using the tracker

Online story reading

Bedtime stories with Dolly Parton.

A series of ten stories read by Dolly Parton

Goodnight with Dolly features Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books for children.

Free audio books

Literary classics.

A selection of classics and children’s books.

Besides Wuthering Heights, Shakespeare and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The jungle Book among many others.

Creative Activities

Family How To.

The Royal Academy of Arts suggest ways for the family to get creative.

Inspired by the RA’s world class exhibitions, leading artists and architects and Collection, this site includes a range of creative activities such as how to make a recycled sculpture, making stencils and vegetable prints etc.

Meet and Make

Leeds Museums and Art Gallery.

The adult art and crafts sessions linked to artworks on display.

Last year Leeds Art Gallery held three craft workshops supported by the Arts Council England which are now on YouTube Leeds Museums Meet and Make.

Indoor learning activities

U3A Costa del Sol Fuengirola.

The association has turned to social media to continue offering a service to its members.

Art history, bridge, quiz nights and even a choral group are just some of the online activities being offered by the U3A. Anyone can become a member, contact for more information

Online choir

Find Your Voice .

One hour singing sessions every Wednesday at 5pm.

Local opera singer Clarice Williams runs the Find Your Voice Vocal Studio which raises money for charities as well as allows people to get together for a chat and sing songs from a varied repertoire. Participants do not have to be competent singers. registration 5 euros. Facebook Find Your Voice Vocal Studio.

Free comics

Marvel Comics

There is now an App available for free comics.

Marvel Unlimited have released an App for iOS or android to download. Click on Free Comics and select from a variety of titles including Avengers vs X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Phoenix Saga and Kree/Skrull War etc. More info on

How to be Happy

The Science of Wellbeing

Yale University has made this course completely free.

The ten-week course, led by instructor LaurieSantos, will break down the science behind happiness, shining a light on common misconceptions and teaching you how to create better habits for yourself.

Religious Services

Anglican church services

Costa Del Sol West Chaplaincy.

Services available online from the website

Sunday morning services available at 10am every Sunday on YouTube Costa Del Sol West Chaplaincy. Pre-service prayers are at 9.45am

Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tea at Five Live (5pm-6pm on Zoom). Wednesday night prayer Compline: link is on the website.

Anglican Chaplaincy of Nerja and Almuñécar .

Regular services on Zoom app.

Every Sunday at midday and on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am. People wishing to access the service E-mail details to Fr Nigel Thomas (Chaplain): or John Hodgson:

Visits and attractions

El Caminito del Rey


Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey


Centro de la Prehistoria de Guadalteba


Open from 10am - 2pm.

More information call: 952458046 or email:

Iglesia Rupestre Mozárabe Bobastro


Open from 10am - 2pm.

More information call: 952458046 or email:

Alcazaba and Gibralfaro


Open from 9am -8pm. Last admittance at 7.15pm.

Entry to both monuments is free until 1 June.