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Virtual Culture: The best things to do and watch from home

You might be stuck at home, but there’s an abundance of cultural experiences to enjoy. We take a look at the best concerts, creative exercises, museum tours and other virtual experiences to immerse yourself in.

McQueen Creators

British fashion house Alexander McQueen has launched ‘McQueen Creators’, a new community project to inspire creativity. Embrace your artistic side and get your fashion fix from home as you make art in response to a creative concept. A selection of images and digital tutorials will be unveiled each week to inspire you, with some of the best submissions being shared on McQueen’s social media platforms.

Find out more at alexandermcqueen.com

Image source: Alexander McQueen


Curator-led tours of the Tate’s exhibits

Get a taste of culture from the comfort of your sofa with one of the Tate’s free virtual tours. The famous art institution has launched online tours of some of its biggest exhibitions for 2020, including Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern and its Aubrey Beardsley exhibition. These digital tours are led by curators and directors at the Tate and allow you to explore the artists’ lives and careers through each room. They also feature fascinating discussions about each artist, with fresh insights into these iconic figures and their works.

Find out more at tate.org.uk


British Museum’s ‘Museum of the World’

The British Museum have created ‘The Museum of the World’ to keep you learning throughout lockdown. This interactive experience through time, continents and cultures explores the museum’s collections, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history. Explore this visual timeline of the world and learn more about how two million years of human cultures and histories are interconnected.

Discover the timeline here.

Image source: britishmuseum.org


Vancouver Symphony

The Vancouver Symphony live streamed its final performance from their BeethovenFest in March and the awe-inspiring performance is now available to view and listen to online at any time. Get your culture hit by exploring the symphony’s VSO @ Home page to discover a host of performances for you to enjoy, with new videos shared each week.

Discover VSO @ Home


Chester Zoo’s Virtual Zoo Day

Bring the zoo to your living room with Chester Zoo’s Virtual Zoo Day. The team at Chester Zoo have now hosted four of these fun-filled days for children and adults alike, giving you an exclusive look into the lives of the animals across site and teaching you all sorts of interesting facts about the resident wildlife. If you can’t wait until the next live event, you can stream the previous Virtual Zoo events online.

Find out more about the next event here.


National Theatre at Home: Twelfth Night

You can still enjoy world-class theatre online thanks to the ‘National Theatre at Home’ initiative. Showing this week is Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s whirlwind comedy of mistaken identity. Featuring Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia for a new twist on the classic, it’s sure to be a fantastic performance. Watch for free on YouTube from Thursday 23 April – 30 April.

Find out more on the National Theatre website.