Culture at your fingertips

Published: 11th May 2020

Published by City College Southampton
We've compiled our top five ways to best explore culture virtually. Now is the perfect time to connect with culture and the arts due to the wide range of digital initiatives which can be accessed for free, from home, at the click of a button.

1. Stay connected with friends
Sure, it’s not quite the same as being able to see people but you can hold get-togethers over Facebook, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Discord, WhatsApp and much more, all totally free. It’s not only useful for studying but a great way to just touch base with friends and hang out. You could even game together or hold a Netflix party. 

Netflix Party & Mobile games to play with friends

2. Read a book, graphic novel or comic
Now is a great time to catch-up on that backlog of books that you’ve been meaning to read or to start exploring the great world of books if you haven’t been much of a reader before now. If you are a fan of physical books, then most retailers like Waterstones, Amazon and WHSmith are still shipping. If you prefer the convenience of ebooks, there are also a number of options available to you. Obviously, your physical e-reader will have a store where you can buy books, but you can also find others online. Some libraries are also doing social distance borrowing, check with your local library to find out if they are doing this. 

Southampton Libraries OnlineOpen LibraryFree e-books & Free comics/graphic novels

3. Explore museums and galleries
Southampton has so much history and a lot of it is now becoming available virtually. Take some time to explore what is around the local area. As well as this there are museums and galleries both nationally and worldwide that are opening up their doors to virtual viewing.

Southampton's Virtual Tours, Southampton Gallery OnlineSouthampton's Titanic StoryPortsmouth Historic DockyardNatural History MuseumBritish MuseumNational Gallery & Vatican Museum.

4. Music
A lot of artists are now doing ‘Live’ concerts keep an eye out on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram to join your favourite artists performing in their own spaces. Orchestras and famous classical artists are also creating free YouTube videos for you to enjoy as well as creating fun videos of themselves working from home. Keep an eye on the hashtag #TogetherAtHome to keep up to date.

Live from home & Royal Albert Hall

5. Immerse yourself in theatre
Theatres all over the country have closed, but that doesn’t mean the performances have to stop! In fact, with many places offering free live shows or pre-recorded shows there's never been a better chance to explore theatre. The National Theatre is a key example of this as they are hosting a range of their shows live on YouTube for FREE, giving you the perfect chance to explore both famous plays and some lesser-known ones. The English National Ballet not only has online workshops but also offers a number of FREE shows via their YouTube page. Plus Theatre for Life have a schedule of interactive workshops, perfect for aspiring or new performers alike (14-25 yrs old).

Mayflower Theatre SouthamptonNational Theatre Online, English National BalletThe Show Must Go On (musicals) & Theatre for Life