Running out of things to do from home? Lockdown got you going round in circles? Missing the culture that the outside world has to offer? Fear not! As part of our Wellbeing During Lockdown series, we are spotlighting some of our favourite ways to get your culture fix while cooped up at home.
Art in Isolation
The coronavirus pandemic has brought about the need for places of culture to make the reactive shift to the virtual world. Take, for example, the Tate, who’s virtual gallery tour has been a saving grace in this time indoors.
Our friends at Anise Gallery, however, have always had in interest in this side of art. With many of their exhibitions having a focus on combining more traditional forms of art with Virtual Reality (VR), they are an online presence worth following during the lockdown.
Read the first in their series of “Art in Isolation” blogs by Matt Colquhoun, and keep an eye out for the rest of the series in which they will discuss the future of art, culture and VR.
Take a History Lesson
City Cruises have been testing our local knowledge with a series of quiz posts and “Did You Know?”s over on their Instagram. Take a scroll back through their feed for quiz questions relating to sites you would find along their River Thames cruise route. But don’t think they will be easy – these questions relate to the underground mysteries of the historic sites! With fun facts and historic titbits, they’ve been keeping us thoroughly entertained and educated.
Test yourself, learn a bit of history, and put a pot of money aside to dedicate to taking a city cruise after lockdown. With 50% off selected tours with the Courage Card, it’s the perfect way to help you appreciate the sites of London when our return to normality comes.
Theatre for Free
If you’re missing your usual dose of culture from local Bridge Theatre, you can get a weekly dose of drama courtesy of the National Theatre. Stream a play a week for free on YouTube, from comedies like James Corden’s One Man Two Guvnors, Simon Godwin’s version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
So grab your popcorn, hook YouTube up to the TV, switch the lights off, and save some money. How often do you get joys of the theatre from your very own living room?
You also have the option to donate to the National Theatre, so give what you can while they cannot operate during this time.