Ideas to keep you culturally engaged during confinement

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Youre cooped up at home. Restless. Bored. Its springtime and sunny and all you want to do is go outside, but you cant. Dont despair. There is a world at the other end of your internet connection and in it are plenty of ways to keep yourself active, both physically and mentally.


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Now that youve binge-watched every TV show on your list, you need to get yourself off your couch and mingle – virtually, of course – with other people. How can you do that? Join an internet dance party. Austin-based Mel Cavaricci, known as DJ Mel, blew up the web last week with his Living Room Dance Party, streamed live on Facebook. “Put away the hand sanitizer, move the furniture, and tune in!” he posted on social media. More than a million people did. Lucky for us, theres another one tonight, March 21, and every Saturday going forward, starting at midnight CET*.

DJ Mel isnt the only DJ throwing parties. Lady Gagas former backup dancer Mark Kanemura is hosting one daily on his Instagram page at 11 pm CET*. If you cant make it at the appointed hour, he keeps each days party up for 24 hours in his story (click on “Live Video”), which also includes videos that people have sent in of themselves dancing along with him – some in costume.

Kanemura dances on camera so you can follow along, but if you want to go freeform and need better moves, well, theres a live stream for that, too. Emmy and Tony Award-winning Debbie Allen, who both choreographed and acted in the TV series “Fame” gave a free dance class on her Instagram page, which is still accessible, and has one for kids planned for 7 pm CET March 21. Hopefully there will be more.


Set up your speakers: There is an online concert for every musical taste. This is an amazing time for lovers of classical music, because nearly every major philharmonic orchestra has a virtual offering, whether live or recorded.

The Berliner Philharmoniker is offering a voucher code to allow fans to access all the concerts and films in its Digital Concert Hall for free. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra is broadcasting concerts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; the Budapest Festival Orchestra has launched a Quarantine Soirées series with new offerings every evening at 7:45 pm CET* and starting Monday, the Paris Philharmonic will broadcast a nightly concert at 8:30 pm*.

Theres something for opera lovers too. The National Opera of Paris has put performances online and you can watch a new Metropolitan Opera performance each day on its website.

Here and here are more extensive lists of classical music and opera events available online.

If your tastes are more contemporary, check out the #TogetherAtHome virtual concert series being hosted on the Instagram page of Global Citizen in partnership with the World Health Organization.

John Legend, Hozier and Chris Martin have already taken part. L Devine is having a URL Tour and Jewel will be performing a “Live From San Quarantine” concert today at 8 pm ET (1 am March 22 CET) on her Facebook and Instagram pages. Christine and the Queens is performing every night at 6 pm CET from a Paris recording studio – in part to fight her own boredom. Shes streaming the sessions on her Instagram page.

An updating list of upcoming concerts can be found Read More – Source

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