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From Opera to Dance: Virtual Cultural Events to Keep You Occupied at Home

Mar 25 · 5 min read

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation and shutdown of countless concerts, plays, museum exhibits, and other live gatherings. But you can still get a dose of culture with these online events.

By Chandra Steele

As a biological term, culture refers to the conditions required to sustain life, but the same could be said of it as a sociological term. Right now, the world is segregated into discrete units of people socially distancing themselves, and it’s more important than ever to maintain life by infusing each one with culture. Although in-person events are canceled, you can still attend performances, visit museums, or engage with the arts in other enriching and distracting ways. Institutions around the globe are opening their doors virtually; here’s how to get your dose of digital culture.



  • Director Gary Hustwit has made the definitive design documentaries of our age. He’s now streaming them for free, beginning with Helvetica, which is the most fascinating film about a font you’ll ever watch. Watch it on Vimeo until March 24.

Literature and Storytelling

  • Whether or not War and Peace is sitting on your shelf, you can pick it up for free online thanks to The Gutenberg Project. Read it along with writer Yiyun Li and the book club she’s started with the literary magazine A Public Space. Li is also leading a discussion via Twitter and Instagram (#TolstoyTogether) that covers about 12 pages of the book per day. “I have found that the more uncertain life is, the more solidity and structure Tolstoy’s novels provide,” Li says.

Plays and Musicals

  • BroadwayHD is a repository of Broadway productions. There’s 2019’s Kinky Boots, 1993’s Gypsy with Bette Midler, and hundreds of other shows for $8.99 a month or $99.99 for the year (free seven-day trial).




  • Follow your favorite musical artists on Instagram, and you might get an impromptu concert. John Legend played to an audience of thousands with wife Chrissy Teigen by his side; catch a replay on Instagram.


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  • Legendary choreographer Debbie Allen (pictured) is offering free dance classes via Instagram. If you missed them live, replay her class for adults and kids on IGTV.

Other Events

  • New York event space Caveat has moved its live shows to livestreams. Visit its YouTube channel for the lineup and set reminders to catch shows like Yellow Tape, a true crime trivia show, and Popular Science’s The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.

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