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How to get your culture fix from the comfort of your home

We might be limited to our own homes during coronavirus, but there are still ways to get your culture-fix from the comfort of your living room. From virtual museum tours, gigs and immersive design experiences, we wanted to share some of our favourite picks that will help you feel connected to what you love.

Film & TV

  • Arthouse cinema chain Curzon has introduced a programme of curated films and digital director Q&As. Their carefully curated selection of films include old and new classics that you can stream directly from your sofa at home.

  • Filmmaker Gary Hustwit has just made his collection of design world documentaries available for free for those in quarantine, these include: Rams, Helvetica and Urbanized.

  • Catch Abstract: The Art of Design on Netflix. With 2 series, the visually rich documentary has recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction.

  • The Independent has selected an ace collection of hidden gems to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime and NOW TV, available to view here. Definitely enough to keep you busy! Our best picks include Brooklyn, Julie & Julia and Mystic Pizza.

Art & Design

  • Tour the Vatican and explore the soaring vaulted ceilings, intricate murals and tapestries virtually. The extraordinary 360-degree images will show you all the details from home. You can complete the tour with a guide narrating each interactive space. Available here

  • You can also marvel at the portraits and dramatic altarpieces of the National Gallery, home to 2,300 publicly-owned paintings, watercolours, drawings and other European art from the 13th to the mid-20th century, via virtual tours here.

  • Grayson Perry is set to teach lockdown art classes in a new Channel 4 show. In Grayson’s Art Club, Perry will teach lessons on drawing, painting and sculpture as well as talking to artists about their creative process. Release date coming soon!

  • The BBC has announced details of its new Culture in Quarantine programme, which will take place across its TV, radio and Arts website. There will be a four-part Museums in Quarantine series which will start with a behind the scenes look at Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition.


  • The National Theatre has launched NT Live which includes a large archive of theatre shows captured on film, streamed on National Theatre’s YouTube channel at 7pm every Thursday. Twelfth Night featuring Tamsin Grieg is appearing on 23rd April, with many more shows being announced.

  • You can now enjoy Hampstead Theatre at Home as they have teamed up with The Guardian to showcase productions online, with live recordings. You can catch them on Hampstead Theatre’s YouTube Channel.


  • Laura Marling is offering isolation guitar tutorials, live, every Thursday and Sunday at 7pm on her Instagram Live. Suitable for beginners and those wanting to brush up on their skills.

  • Lots of musicians are live streaming their gigs, you can find an updated guide to Instagram and Facebook live streamed concerts on The List. Some highlights include: Elbow, Anderson .Paak, Johnny Marr and Anthony Green.

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