Finding Culture In Isolation
The best virtual art, theatre and concerts online.
By Robin Hill
I think it’s safe to say that people across the country are a tad unmotivated. After a disruptive Christmas and the emergence of a New Year lockdown, morale is low. We are in desperate need of inspiration! As a writer, writing this, I can honestly say, “I need inspiration!” Well, after days mining the internet for every ounce of creative content, I can happily say, “Humans are amazing!” We are resourceful, resilient and unrelenting in our endeavour to procrastinate into infinity. There is no limit to our creativity and ways to support and inspire each other, even in our darkest moments. Remember those things called art, theatre and music? Good. Need some culture in your life? Well, you’re in luck. Here is the very best virtual art, theatre, music and culture you can find online in isolation.
Tour iconic destinations
Exploring cultural cities and landscapes of the world was so 2019. The majority of people haven’t been able to leave their local area for almost a year and we all need a healthy dose of escapism. Whether it’s taking a tour of Rome’s Colosseum or yomping over the incredible sights of Machu Picchu, You Visit has everything you need to indulge the explorer inside you. I have absolutely no shame in sharing that I watched an entire tour of New York City, starting in a helicopter before being led around the city by my virtual tour guide Maria. So why not take the family on a guided tour now? It was informal, fun, addictive and I’m on my way to Barcelona now.
Explore The Royal Academy of Arts
Nothing beats seeing art in person. Physically stepping into galleries and absorbing the artwork with your own two eyes is unique as it is meditative. However, The Royal Academy of Arts is providing multiple experiences to cater to our art health during isolation. As well as virtual tours within the historic RA building, there are also plenty of other ways to experience art in the RA from every conceivable angle. Watch this dizzyingly insightful video about the RA’s Summer Exhibition presented by Grayson Perry. It gives an engaging introduction to art and is the perfect kickstart for anyone needing a bit of creative inspiration.
Watch the National Theatre online
We’ve all completed Netflix over the last year. We have even enjoyed some of those TV shows we promised to ourselves never ever to watch (Selling Sunset). So what is there to watch next? The National Theatre has a catalogue of breathtaking performances available for rent or subscription. From Warhorse to Shakespeare’s Othello, there is no better fix of culture than some of the finest actors in the world treading the boards. I know what you’re thinking, is this perhaps a bit pricey just to get a culture fix? But to have unlimited theatre for a year, at only £83, is well worth it. Just think, a single ticket in the West End could cost double that amount! Help the theatre industry and give yourself enriching entertainment.
Listen to the best quarantine concerts
Music cleanses the soul. At times music has been our primal source of joy and escapism, however, at other times it seemed our patience was wearing thin. Playing the same songs by the same artists was no longer a source of joy, but a medium of tedium. But the most important thing to remember is that there is so much more music for you still to be discovered, or an artist you haven’t heard of, or a song you haven’t memorised in entirety. The New York Times posted an article containing the 10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online which shows an incredible breath of music ready to inspire. There is something for everyone on this list with a huge mix of genres and watching these performances live is just the icing on the cultural cake.