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Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home

04 November 2020
Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home

Updated Wed 4 Nov 2020:

Pavilion Theatre remains closed, so while we can't keep you entertained in our usual way, we've been scouring the internet for the best cultural activities you can access from the comfort of your own home.
There are free theatre, opera and film events, online classes and activities for little ones! Hopefully this will help to stave off cabin fever while we all do our bit to stay indoors and flatten the curve.
We'll be keeping this blog updated every week so be sure to save this link or check our website homepage for updates.
In the meantime stay safe and well!
The Royal Opera House Stream
Following on from the success of their #OurHouseToYourHouse lockdown series, the Royal Opera House are now bringing live events from their stage to your home once more. Find out more and book your tickets here.
Sydney Opera House Digital Season
The Sydney Opera House have taken a deep dive into their archives and are releasing a weekly digital programme of unmissable performances in music, dance, talks and family events. Keep an eye on what’s available here.
Joyce Theater
As part of their JoyceStream series, New York's Joyce Theater is streaming some stunning dance productions. Find out more here.
Coming up next:
Streb - Massive Rotations: Mon 7 Dec
Michela Marino Lerman's Love Movementt: Watch Now (available until Mon 6 Dec)
Sankofa Danzafro in Fecha Limite (Expiration Date): Watch Now (available until Mon 6 Dec)
Thunderbird Amerian Indian Dancers in Concert: Watch Now (available until Mon 6 Dec)
Cirque du Soleil
The world-famous performing troupe are releasing excepts from their best-loved productions as 60-minute premieres on their YouTube channel
Coming up next:
Spotlight on Bazzar: Fri 27 Nov, 8pm
Galway International Arts Festival
Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition 2020 programme took place in September and October. With both live arts and an enhanced digital component audiences can watch back theatre, music, talks, visual arts and more. Take a look at the full programme here.
On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry
Following two sell-out runs at Pavilion Theatre, Fishamble's On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry is now available as an audio play (narrated by Niall Buggy and David Ganly) on Audible. Find our more here.
Irish National Opera
Irish National Opera have made a selection of their recorded performances available to watch for free online, including Orfeo Ed Euridice, Madama Butterfly, Acis & Galatea and The Barber of Seville. Click here to watch them now.
Coming up next:
20 Shots of Opera: Thu 17 Dec
The Metropolitan Opera: Nightly Opera Stream
Every night, The Metropolitan Opera will release live recordings from their performance archives. The operas go live each night at 12.30am on the Met's website and are available to watch for 23 hours.
Coming up next:
Strauss’s Elektra: Fri 27 Nov, 12.30am
What a Carve Up! by Henry Filloux-Bennett
This thrilling murder mystery, based on the award-winning novel by Jonathan Coe, gets an online production with a deluxe cast featuring Derek Jacobi, Griff Rhys Jones, Sharon D Clarke and Rebecca Front. Performances start from Sat 31 Oct and runs until Sun 29 Nov. Find out more and book your tickets here.
This opera streaming platform has a rich archive of opera and dance productions from across Europe, all of which are available to watch for free! View upcoming productions here or watch back previous streams on their YouTube channel.
Coming up next:
Kirsten Flagstad Jubilee Concert: Sun 29 Nov, 6pm
Little Wars
Bringing together six exceptional women, this online drama unites famous literary figureheads from the 19th and 20th Century with an anti-fascist freedom fighter, in the most fantastical “what-if” dinner party imaginable. Featuring Juliet Stevenson, Linda Bassett, Sophie Thompson, Sarah Solemani and more, the production will be streamed online until Thu 3 Dec. Find out more and book your tickets here.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Recorded live as a unique one-off performance, Blackeyed Theatre’s anticipated revival of their thrilling, five star production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic classic will soon be available to watch on demand until Thu 31 Dec. Find out more and book your tickets here.
Druid Theatre
Druid Theatre has made recordings of five productions available to watch online for free.
Deirdre of the Sorrows: Watch Now
The Well of the Saints: Watch Now
The Playboy of the Western WorldWatch Now
Riders to the SeaWatch Now
The Shadow of the Glen: Watch Now
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Live
This new series of twelve live streamed concerts will be broadcast from the National Concert Hall on Friday evenings at 7pm on RTE Lyric FM's YouTube channel. Find out more here.
Coming up next:
Gavin Ring & RTE NSO with Prionnsias O'Duinn: Fri 27 Nov, 7pm 
Sebastian Adams, Ravel, Haydn & Respighi with Gavin Maloney: Watch Now
From Europe with Love
Galway Music Residency is delighted to present their ambitious monthly lunchtime series exploring string quartet repertoire from all 27 EU member countries. Performed live at The Mick Lally Theatre, these performances will be live streamed for free on their Facebook Page.
Coming up next:
From Europe With Love - Romania: Tue 1 Dec, 1pm
Imagining Ireland Series – National Concert Hall
In this new livestream series, the National Concert Hall showcases the most exciting creative artists at work today ranging from Hip Hop to traditional music and contemporary composition to roots music. Find out more and book your tickets here.
Coming up next:
Martin Hayes: Tue 8 Dec, 8pm
Wigmore Hall Series
Following the success of their summer series, Wigmore Hall are back with their Autumn series of live concerts every day until 22 December. Keep an eye on their website for updates or tune in here.
Coming up next:
Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano) with Julius Drake (piano) - Britten, Musorgsky & Weill: Mon 30 Nov, 1pm
Heath Quartet - Britten, James MacMillan & Thomas Adès: Mon 30 Nov,  7.30pm
London Philharmonic Orchestra - In the Stream of Life
In a series of free online broadcasts, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will perform 13 full length concerts, available to watch at home every Wednesday. Find out more here.
Coming up next:
2016 - Bach to the future: Wed 2 Dec, 8pm
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts
Conway Hall in London are continuing their chamber music concert series every Sunday with a live stream. Tickets are free but donations are welcome. Find our more here.
Coming up next:
Greenwich Trio: Sun 29 Nov, 6.30pm
The Tiny Desk Concerts
NPR Music's The Tiny Desk concerts are being recorded from home for the foreseeable future, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. Check out all the Tiny Desk Concerts here.
Michael Kiwanuka: Watch Now
Tigran Hamasyan: Watch Now
Shirley Collins: Watch Now
Lankum: Watch Now
Ólafur Arnalds: Watch Now
Shorts for Wee Ones & Middle Ones
access>CINEMA presents a series of delightful short films for ages 3-8 and 8-12, along with resources created by classroom teachers and educational professionals. You can catch up on all previous titles for little films fans here and previous titles for bigger films fans here.
Pearfall: Watch Now | Resources
Draw with Don!
Beloved artist Don Conroy, best-known for his long-time stint on RTÉ’s The Den has officially launched his own YouTube channel! Over the coming weeks he will provide free drawing tutorials for both children and adults so tune in here and get creative!
Roald Dahl’s The Twits
The classic tale of the gruesome twosome is presented as a theatrical reading, filmed at the Unicorn Theatre in London. Watch Now (available until Mon 30 Nov)
Project Puppet: Online Workshop
As part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 - the national day of creativity for young people - we hosted a series of free online workshops which guided children through the process of storytelling and puppet making. You can now watch back all four workshop videos online - find out more here.
dlr Libraries Storytime
Families can now tune in to dlr Libraries Storytime online – at 10.30am, Monday to Friday on their Facebook page. 
Big Note, Little Note
The Big Note, Little Note program from Carnegie Hall gives the gift of musical play to families all over the world with a video series for at-home music making. Music helps babies form strong connections, develop social and emotional awareness, build vocabulary, and more. Watch these four new videos with your little ones here.
Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom
Led by some of world’s best artists and educators, each creative learning activity utilizes simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. Watch back previous episodes or see what’s coming up next here.
Coming up next:
Inspector Pulse@Home - Inspector Pulse Takes the Fifth!: Fri 27 Nov, 4pm
Quese IMC Pop-Up Classroom: Fri 27 Nov, 7pm
#ConcertsForKids (Lincoln Center)
For family audiences, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is teaming up with a remarkable group of artists who will bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes to yours. New concerts are released on Wednesdays at 9pm. Keep an eye on their website for updates or to watch back previous performances.
Coming up next:
Project Voice: Thu 26 Nov, 3pm
There’s a Sea in my Bedroom
Weaving captivating storytelling with an original score performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, There’s a Sea in My Bedroom is an immersive introduction to live music, capturing the magic of a child's fantasy world. A beautifully reimagined story by award-winning author Margaret Wild for ages 2-7 years. Watch Now
Little Angel’s Puppetry Sofa Series
While their doors are closed, Little Angel Theatre have released a series of short puppet shows for children on their YouTube channel, including an adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture book trilogy I Want My Hat BackWatch them all here.
Sydney Opera House Digital Season
The Sydney Opera House have taken a deep dive into their archives and are releasing a weekly digital programme of unmissable performances fro families to enjoy at home. Keep an eye on what’s available here.
David Walliams Author Talk: Watch Now
Mugerra Dance Party: Watch Now
Play & Create with Tall Stories
Tall Stories have put together lots of Play & Create resources on their website with loads to keep you busy at home including colouring sheets, arts & crafts, baking recipes, games and fun worksheets for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and more! Check it out here.
In their At Home section, there are links to video content, story-time readings and an informative and engaging digital book for children explaining all about the virus and the measures taken to control it, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Check out the Nosy Crow website to enjoy the book.
Island Songs – A film by Baldvin Z & Ólafur Arnalds
This unique audio-visual portrait of Iceland explores these 7 local artists, the influence the country has had on their lives and shows a different side of the island they all call home. This screening of the film feautre songs along with interviews with collaborators, personal commentary and behind the scenes stories: Watch Now
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The Loopline Collection Volume 2
The Loopline Collection Volume 2 is a new film collection, free to view worldwide on the IFI Player. The collection includes the highly acclaimed four-part documentary series Hidden Treasures, focusing on Irish heritage and folklife, a  a six-part TG4 series on Republic Women, Mná an IRA, and a collection of interviews with seminal Irish and international documentary filmmakers, Where Art Thou? Watch here
Exhibition on Screen Documentaries
Exhibition on Screen's art documentaries are always a hit at Pavilion Theatre, and you can now buy or stream lots of fantastic documentaries from their collection including Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo, The Impressionists, Young Picasso and more. 
Martin Hayes - Online Lessons
Celebrated fiddle player Martin Hayes will be releasing a series of online lessons every two weeks. Tune in to his YouTube channel where you can learn a new tune by playing along.
dlr Library Online Book Club
Do you like reading and discussing books but prefer to stay at home at this time? Join dlr libraries staff and book club facilitator Mary Burnham, on the last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm for a live discussion. Contact for more information.
Upcoming titles:
This Boy's Life, by Tobias Wolff: Wed 25 Nov, 7.30pm
Taking Charge of your Performance Career (Music Network)
Music Network's series of professional development courses are now available to watch back on their YouTube channel. Aimed at helping musicians develop important skills necessary to respond to the music industry’s shifting demands the courses are delivered by industry experts.