Get creative with your social (distancing) life with these online ideas

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Exercise, guitar lessons, free opera, online qualifications, castle tours and more. We have the full list of isolation boredom banishers, right here, and just for you.

 

Montreux Jazz Festival shares 56 concerts

Montreux Jazz Festival would like to bring a little magic into your home! They have made over 50 Festival concerts available to stream for free for 30 days, including performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana, and more. Get a little music and soul into your day here.

Metallica to stream complete live show every Monday

Metallica have announced #MetallicaMondays on their social media: “While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music,” Metallica said in a statement. “So how about we dive back into a few of our favorite shows at a socially responsible distance? Not to sound too cheesy, but now more than ever, we’re in this together, and staying connected is how we’ll get through it. With that in mind, we’re bringing a series of live Metallica shows right to your couch!” Tune in here. (US time, obviously, although you can replay!)

The National Theatre is going to stream a free play every Thursday night

Each Thursday at 7pm (BST), the National Theatre will stream one play on its YouTube channel. Completely free! And don’t worry if you miss it: the production is available to re-watch for seven days. The initiative kickstarted on Thursday 2 April, with the theatre streaming a recording of One Man Two Guvnors, featuring Gavin and Stacey’s James Corden, and continues with Jane Eyre on 9 April, Treasure Island on 16 April, Twelfth Night on 23 April, and more titles to be announced in May.

Fender is offering three months of free guitar lessons

Guitar manufacturers Fender have announce that they will be offering three months’ worth of free guitar lessons. New customers to their Fender Play service –  a subscription-based platform for newbie guitarists – will now be offered three months’ free use of the platform. So get on it and start making some noise!

There is now a National Emergency Library

Recently announced is the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Pretty straightforward!

190 universities just launched 600 free online courses

Thanks to this awesome compilation over at classcentral.com, you can browse over 600 free or mostly free online courses at universities all over the world. Might be the perfect time to brush up on those quals you’ve been chasing, eh? And check out these free Ivy League courses you can take online too, thanks to freecodecamp.org.

Yale’s most popular class ever is available free online

Speaking of studying, Yale University, known as one of the world’s most elite institutions, has come up with a way for those biding time at home to take − and potentially pass − its most popular course. The course, The Science of Well-Being, will be offered on digital course site Coursera for free to anyone with an internet connection, according to Business Insider. Virtual students will take about 20 hours to complete the class, with “challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits,” according to a description on the course site.

Google has opened an interactive Frida Kahlo exhibition

Google Arts and Culture has set up an extraordinarily detailed interactive exhibition on the life and works of Mexican artist Friday Kahlo, with videos, galleries, writings and musings on the artist, her work, collections, a series of articles and writings about her, personal musings from those who knew her and resources for teachers. Dive in.

Ten Irish museums to visit virtually

You might not be able to fly to Emerald Isle right now, but grab yourself a Guiness and a bowl of seafood chowder and settle down for a virtual tour through one of these ten famous Irish museums, and you might just be able to feel like you’re there for a bit. And if you just can’t get enough Gaelic history into you, grab another Guiness and take a 360 degree virtual tour of these seven Irish castles.

The Met Opera streaming free operas online

During this difficult time, the Met hopes to brighten the lives of their audience members even while the stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. Paris Opera also has a whole bunch of free performances online.

50 documentaries you need to see

Obsessed with documentaries? Join the club. Thanks to this awesome compilation over at The Guardian, you can while away the hours watching some of the best in the world, as ten of the best non-fiction film makers in the world choose their favourites for you to see. It’s the inside scoop to end all inside scoops.

You can watch your favourite Broadway shows for free

BroadwayHD, a streaming service for theatre fans started in 2015, has long been bringing Broadway performances to people’s living rooms. And now, the platform is currently offering a free seven-day trial, along with a wildly affordable $8.99 monthly plan. So even if you can’t afford to continue it, you can cram as many watches of Phantom, Kinky Boots, Sound of Music, and Sweeney Todd and as you possibly can in a week!

Berlin promoters announce 24 hour virtual club

Here’s one for the young and energetic! With the shutdown of Berlin’s infamous nightlife, club promoters have teamed up to launch the United We Stream initiative. As well as live DJ sets and performances, the initiative also offers discussion rounds, presentations and movies that will address various themes in club culture. All income from the streaming will flow directly to a relief fund which will support clubs, event organisers and artists in need.

Seven books Australian climate change scientists recommend you read

Thanks to the legends over at australiangeographic.com, we have access to this must-read list for climate-conscious individuals. A little light coronapocalypse reading for ya.

YMCA 360 on-demand classes available online

Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness, hence YMCA is offering a variety of at-home exercise options for members to use called YMCA 360.  Find some of your favorite classes by browsing videos. Find out more here.

 

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