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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!


LPO stream many of their concerts online and they have a few planned during the coronavirus pandemic.
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
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.
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.
Universal have set up a YouTube Channel and every Friday at 7pm will broadcast a full-length musical theatre stage show.

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.
A selection of National Theatre Live productions will be made available to watch for free on YouTube, every Thursday at 7pm.
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.
Universal have set up a YouTube Channel and every Friday at 7pm will broadcast a full-length musical theatre stage show.
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!

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.




“A global video channel screening the best in culture.”
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.

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

National History Museum, London

Musée d’Orsay, 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

International Slavery Museum
The Foundling Museum have provided links to online resources that tell the story of their collections.
The British Museum have pinpointed all the ways people can still enjoy their collections whilst they are closed.
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!
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.

Home Schooling and Children’s Activities

A bank of resources for children and teachers to access whilst learning from home.
The Royal Shakespeare Company have a range of resources to help support learning from home, including live lessons and performances.
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.
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.
School music resource which is offering seven free songs and resources to download at home.
Children can apply for a free Blue Peter Music Badge. It is surprisingly easy to earn.
Free resources for music education from home.
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!
Why not use your time indoors to learn new skills? Harvard University have a selection of free online courses for adults.


Knowsley Archives have been posting some of their short films on their Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.
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.

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