Three Tips for Culture From Your Sofa

Three Tips for Culture From Your Sofa

The libraries are closed, concert halls and museums have shut their doors and you have watched the entire season of your favourite series? Here are some inspirational (and free) online cultural offerings for you to experience from the comfort of your sofa.

From the Sofa to the Concert Hall

If there is one thing the last few days have shown, it is that you cannot get a musician down so easily. The social media are full of clips of people singing or playing on balconies to ward off isolation; jam sessions take place via video link and stars keep their fans entertained with performances from their homes. Here you can find some of the most beautiful moments so far (Classic FM). One of those performers is the star pianist Igor Levit, whose home concerts already enjoy a huge following. You can find his current streams on his Twitter profile.

Since the listeners cannot come to the music, even world-class orchestras are bringing their music to the listeners. In the near future, you can look forward to enjoying these streams (Classic FM). In view of the Corona crisis, the Berlin Philharmonic is even making all of its recordings available free of charge until the end of March: Click here to register.

Of course, it’s not only the classical world that turns its living and rehearsal rooms into streaming studios. Rock bands, funk combos and singer-songwriters are also touring from the comfort of their homes. You can find the latest sessions here (JamBase). Also the Arte Media Library is full of fantastic concert footage across all genres.


Reading Material, Audio Books and Online Courses

You’ve been wanting to brush up on your Italian skills for ages, read the newspaper in peace and quiet for once, immerse yourself in a novel or listen to an audio book while relaxing in the bathtub? We have good news: Even though the Munich City Libraries are shut at the moment, you can still access their online services. Just log in from home and peruse the publications on screen.

Besides e-books and audio books in German and English as well as newspapers and magazines from all over the world, our e-learning platform is well stocked with courses on image editing, programming, foreign languages, meditation and much more. Why not take advantage of your time at home to learn boogie-woogie piano (yes, this course is also available) and impress people with your new skill. You can find all information about this service on the website of the City Library.



Virtual Visits to the World’s Museums

Being inspired and moved by art while combating your wanderlust: Yet another thing you can do from the comfort of your sofa. Many of the most famous museums can also be visited online in fantastic virtual tours, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Louvre and the British Museum. And all that without unnerving crowds of visitors and queuing for tickets. Here you can find digital tours to 12 world-class museums (

Google runs a huge arts and culture project. Besides perusing an enormous number of museums, you can pay a virtual visit to numerous cultural sites – from the tomb of a Vietnamese emperor to the South Pole. You can find an overview here. If city life is more your thing, take a few audio tours of street art from all over the world.



Pictures: Karolina Grabowska, Pexels, Kerstin Herrmann/Pixabay

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