There is still no sign that the cultural sector will restart any time soon. So, if you’re looking for some mental stimulation, here are a few ideas
For people worldwide, an upside of lockdown has been the chance to stream sell-out arts events from the comfort of a sofa. Whether it’s watching a favourite band perform from their living room, taking a course on zoom or streaming a live theatre event, there’s been plenty to keep us occupied.
As lockdown measures begin to ease, and non-essential shops get ready to open, there is still no sign that the cultural sector will restart any time soon. So, if you’re looking for some mental stimulation, here are a few ideas:
1 National Theatre at Home
This series of acclaimed plays launched on YouTube on April 2, with One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden. The show drew more than 2.5 million viewers. Since then audiences have been treated to productions featuring Gillian Anderson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tamsin Greig. You can see the last broadcast - Shakespeare’s Coriolanus featuring Tom Hiddleston until 11 June.
2 The V&A’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’
This stunning show opened in February only to close within days. One of the first exhibitions in Europe to delve into the social significance of the kimono, it brought together some fascinating and beautiful garments. Included are kimonos made for Bjork by Alexander McQueen and others used in the Star Wars films. Through five YouTube videos viewers can get an intimate, behind-the-scenes tour of the show led by V&A curator Anna Jackson.
3 The Royal Opera House #OurHousetoYourHouse
A free programme of curated online opera and ballet broadcasts each Friday night at 7pm. Forthcoming productions include Puccini’s Il Trittico and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
4 About Time at the White Cube gallery
An online exhibition featuring major international artists including Olafur Eliasson - whose recent Tate Modern show wowed audiences. With many of us having so much unexpected time on our hands, it’s fitting that the show explores time and its place in our world. From works featuring clocks and calendars to more abstract pieces, there’s plenty to get you thinking. You can catch it until 16 July.
Read about more events to get you through lockdown in Time Out