Home Stay Home: Keeping entertained and active Arts, culture and creativity websites to visit now

Arts, culture and creativity websites to visit now

by Laura Johnston

There’s no reason to be bored while at home when you’ve got a world of arts, culture and creativity at your fingertips!

Here is a collection of creative resources you can find online and spend hours using. Enjoy!

Music

LPO stream many of their concerts online and they have a few planned during the coronavirus pandemic.
www.lpo.org.uk/lponline.html
You can also watch previously live streamed concerts by the Liverpool Phil. www.liverpoolphil.com/the-orchestra/live-streamed-concerts
University of Liverpool stream a number of live concerts and are continuing to do so throughout the pandemic, even if that means recording an artist whilst isolating in their home. You can watch previously streamed concerts and find out about future dates too. www.liverpool.ac.uk/music/events
Culture Liverpool have teamed up with Bido Lito! to bring live music every Friday night at 8pm, streamed straight from the Culture Liverpool Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/CultureLiverpool).
www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/friday-night-live
Culture in Quarantine is BBC initiative to keep public access to art and culture as great as ever. There are a range of theatre, music, and art programmes that will be broadcast on BBC or made available online.There is a schedule which will get updated.
www.bbc.co.uk/arts
The Citadel in St. Helens are still striving to provide online performances for their Music & Comedy festival. They have an online gig on 11 April, and an online comedy club on 18 April – both free of charge.
www.citadel.org.uk/events/category/list-of-events
Universal have set up a YouTube Channel and every Friday at 7pm will broadcast a full-length musical theatre stage show.
www.youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon

Theatre and performance

The Space is an organisation that support arts organisations and artists to develop work and reach audiences online. During COVID-19, they have produced a list of fantastic theatre and dance productions that are free to watch online.
www.thespace.org/resource/culture-your-couch-arts-you-can-experience-home
A selection of National Theatre Live productions will be made available to watch for free on YouTube, every Thursday at 7pm.
www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre/featured
The Royal Shakespeare Company have made it easy to find out how you can enjoy Shakespeare performances from your own home. Includes information about a subscription to Marquee TV, a Twelfth Night watch along, and information about the BBC’s plans to broadcast six RSC shows between now and September through their Culture in Quarantine initiative.
www.rsc.org.uk/at-home-with-shakespeare
Universal have set up a YouTube Channel and every Friday at 7pm will broadcast a full-length musical theatre stage show.
www.youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon
The Globe will be uploading a full English-language Shakespeare play every fortnight for free on their special Globe Player.
They have also made available all foreign language performances since 2012, which will be available for the duration of lockdown.
There’s a Korean A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Macedonian Henry VI Part 3, a Polish Macbeth, and a Hebrew The Merchant of Venice just to name a few. Shakespeare for all!
www.globeplayer.tv/globe-to-globe

Film and television

A list of movies and TV shows that were made in Liverpool, with links to direct you where you can watch them.
www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/made-in-liverpool-streamed-on-netflix-iplayer-britbox-disney-plus-more
Netflix Party allows you to watch Netflix shows and films with your friends and family online. It synchronises your videos and allows you to chat whilst watching the film.
www.netflixparty.com
No Film School has a list of the best short films of all time available to watch on YouTube. www.nofilmschool.com/Best-Short-Films-of-All-Time-on-YouTube
DaDaFest has compiled a self-isolation playlist of film and performances that celebrate diversity from some of their favourite disabled artists.
www.dadafest.co.uk/blog/article/isolation-playlist
An online magazine and blog which highlights the world of disability arts and culture. There is plenty of reading material and links to keep you busy during isolation.
www.disabilityarts.online  

Art, galleries and design

Regular social media updates with #MuseumMonday where the museum and gallery post an item and info on something from their collection; then on Tuesdays they post images and information from previous exhibitions from Kirkby Gallery; #FamilyFriday they post craft activity instructions/quizzes and stuff from the exhibitions that families can enjoy at home.
It all keys into the national #MuseumFromHome and #OnlineArtExchange content that everyone is putting out on Twitter.

www.twitter.com/galleriesmuseum

www.instagram.com/galleriesmuseum

www.facebook.com/knowsleygalleriesandmuseum

www.prescotmuseum.org.uk
“A global video channel screening the best in culture.”
www.nowness.com
Google’s own website for celebrating art and culture. Lots of interactive exhibitions and artworks you can take VR trips inside of. There are also a number of virtual tours of different venues.
www.artsandculture.google.com

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
www.artsandculture.google.com/partner/walker-art-gallery-liverpool

National History Museum, London
www.artsandculture.google.com/partner/natural-history-museum

Musée d’Orsay, Paris
www.artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris
Google has an experiments page and within that is a subsection on arts and culture where users can explore ways in which technology can impact art. www.experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/arts-culture
Podcast by the BBC. Leading creative thinkers choose an artwork from the Museum of Modern Art, and talk about how it inspires or provokes, thrills or surprises them. Presented by Alastair Sooke. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009bf6/episodes/downloads
There are a number of virtual tours of different exhibitions from NML:

World Museum World Cultures exhibition
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/world-cultures-virtual-gallery-tour

International Slavery Museum
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/international-slavery-museum-virtual-tour
The Foundling Museum have provided links to online resources that tell the story of their collections.
www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/during-closure
The British Museum have pinpointed all the ways people can still enjoy their collections whilst they are closed.
www.blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-explore-the-british-museum-from-home/
The Crafts Council have made a list of Virtual Exhibitions to enjoy whilst in isolation. www.craftscouncil.org.uk/articles/virtual-exhibitions-to-enjoy-while-isolated
Audio Guide of the Art Gallery that also includes four mindfulness sessions too. www.audio.manchesterartgallery.org
A Free resource created by artists available to download to keep children busy during lockdown. www.firstsite.uk/download-artist-activity-pack
A Free resource created by artists available to download to keep children busy during lockdown. www.firstsite.uk/download-artist-activity-pack
Arts Professional has collated a list of activities to help people through lockdown. www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/article/creative-communities

Reading / Literature

Knowsley Library Service’s eBook platform offers six free eBooks and six free eAudio books.
You can use their library card and PIN to access, but if you have forgotten details or are a brand new customer you can email the Library Service yourlibrary@knowsley.gov.uk
At the moment there is a promotion on the first Harry Potter title, with unlimited, simultaneous access!
www.fe.bolindadigital.com/wldcs_bol_fo/b2i/mainPage.html?b2bSite=6380
This can be used to see brand new, forthcoming titles and also specific authors and series of books. At the bottom of the site there are ‘genre’ links to YA fiction and children’s fiction.
www.fantasticfiction.com

Home Schooling and Children’s Activities

A bank of resources for children and teachers to access whilst learning from home.
www.wizardingworld.com/news/introducing-hp-at-home
The Royal Shakespeare Company have a range of resources to help support learning from home, including live lessons and performances.
www.rsc.org.uk/education/about-rsc-education/home-learning-with-the-rsc
Learning resources for primary schools offering video, audio and downloads for Early Years, KS1 & KS2 covering music, dance, drama, history, collective worship, assemblies, literacy and maths.
www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio
Free primary school music, songs and resources for teachers, pupils and parents. For EY and KS1 with plenty of activities, tips, games, warm ups, SEND guidance and ideas to try at home.
www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise
School music resource which is offering seven free songs and resources to download at home.
www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/?utm_source=homepage&utm_campaign=ootamathome2&utm_medium=banner
Children can apply for a free Blue Peter Music Badge. It is surprisingly easy to earn.
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/bp-music-badge?collection=blue-peter-badges
Free resources for music education from home.
www.gb.abrsm.org/en/inspire
BBC Ten Pieces opens up the world of classical music to seven to 14-year-olds with exciting films, lesson plans, instrumental arrangements and live events!
www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces
Why not use your time indoors to learn new skills? Harvard University have a selection of free online courses for adults.
www.online-learning.harvard.edu

Other

Knowsley Archives have been posting some of their short films on their Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.
www.facebook.com/knowsleyarchives
Missing out on Comic-Con events? The Geek Asylum are hosting a Virtual Con' with all the same celebrity guests, cosplayers, competitions, tutorials and workshops – but all from the safety of your own home.
www.thegeekasylum.co.uk

Please note, Knowsley Council cannot take responsibility for external web pages.