Doing your part to avert this crisis by staying home doesn’t have to mean missing out on the best of arts, culture and live entertainment. From the We Are One online film festival to the Museum of Art and Photography, cultural institutions are streaming events that you can watch sitting in your living room.
We Are One
The We Are One: A Global Film Festival will feature over 100 films co-curated by 21 festivals from all over the world, including two shorts and two features from our very own MAMI Film Festival: Arun Karthick’s Nasir (feature), Prateek Vats’ Eeb Allay Ooo! (feature), Atul Mongia’s Awake (short) and Shaan Vyas’ Natkhat (short). The ten-day online event will also feature talks by celebrated filmmakers such as Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) and Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather). The festival will air on the We Are One YouTube Channel from May 29 to June 7.
Art can inspire and reinvigorate the soul in the most trying times. Art enthusiasts are stuck at home to stay safe from the COVID-19 pandemic and going to a gallery is a long way away. The good news is the internet can bring the gallery to right them. In Touch is a digital platform that brings curated exhibitions from galleries in India and Dubai for people to enjoy at home. You can check it out here.
Museum of Art and Photography
Bangalore’s Museum of Art and Photography is hosting Zoom seminars with artists, historians, writers and performers and is exhibiting the works of artists online, such as this collection of images by the photographer Jyoti Bhatt. For a schedule of upcoming talks, see here.
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
To promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts, Mumbai’s Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum conducts online webinars with experts, researchers and art historians. Past speakers include curator Roobina Karode and performance artist Nikhil Chopra. You can watch the talks on their YouTube channel here.
NCPA @ Home
NCPA brings the arts straight to you on their YouTube channel with performances by the likes of Zakir Hussain and Symphony Orchestra of India. Videos of performances will be available to view for a week before they are taken down. Watch here.
MET Opera Live
Upon canceling performances due to concerns around the coronavirus, the New York Metropolitan Opera announced that it would hold nightly opera streams on their website for the duration of the closure. Performances include Il Pirata composed by Vicenzo Bellini and Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi. Watch here.
National Theatre Live
National Theatre Live is the broadcast arm of London’s National Theatre. As part of the initiative, plays filmed at the National Theatre are streamed for free on YouTube. Productions available for streaming include A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson, This House and Barber Shop Chronicles. Watch here.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at New York’s Lincoln Center showcases performances by heavy hitters of the jazz world such as Wynton Marsalis, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Joey Alexander as well as contemporary performers like Lakecia Benjamin and Elio Villafranca. The institution is in it’s fifth year of live-streaming to global audiences. Watch here.
‘At Home With Gustavo’
A partnership between the Los Angeles Philharmonic and radio stations Classical KUSC (Los Angeles) and Classical KDFC (San Francisco), and renowned Venezuelan-Spanish conductor Gustavo Dudamel. At Home With Gustavo is a series, which includes five hour-long episodes of the conductor’s curated musical selections, along with his personal reflections on the music. Watch here.
The Shows Must Go On!
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s renowned Broadway musicals, including smash hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats will be streamed each Friday on the Youtube channel, ‘The Shows Must Go On!’ The full-length shows are aired for 48 hours. Watch here.