Writer and comedian Mark Gatiss will perform at the Cosmic Shambles Network Stay At Home Festival
Writer and comedian Mark Gatiss will perform at the Cosmic Shambles Network Stay At Home Festival Credit: Andrew Crowley

The government has effectively cancelled Britain’s cultural life beyond the home for the foreseeable future, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

三级成人视频Theatres, galleries and gig venues are closing their doors, as the government asks Britons to avoid all non-essential travel and social contact, and to avoid pubs and public gatherings.

All in all, it’s a pretty gloomy time for culture lovers.

三级成人视频Luckily, slowing as the arts world may be, it has not yet ground to a complete halt. From concerts live-streamed by the London Symphony Orchestra to Damien Hirst sculptures in the heart of London, the Telegraph’s arts editors and critics have put together a guide to performances and events still going ahead, digitally if not physically. 

Online Festivals

BBC's Culture in Quarantine  

Billed as a  “virtual festival of the arts”, the BBC will launch a new ongoing service to promote British art and culture, aiming to “provide an audience that can't be there in person”. The service will run across a number of platforms, including Radio 3, Radio 4, BBC Two, BBC Four, Sounds, and iPlayer. 

Culture in Quarantine will focus on non-traditional broadcast media, with guides to closed exhibitions and museum collections, broadcasts of new plays, including Mike Bartlett's Albion which had been running at the Almeida Theatre, archive footage of classic theatre and dance performances, and “the experience of book festivals” with special access to authors and publishers.

The Cosmic Shambles Network’s Stay At Home Festival

Comedy and science focused online entertainers The Cosmic Shambles Network has launched a , featuring internationally-renowned comics and scientists. Events lined up so far include:

March 23: Mark Gatiss, George Egg and Grace Petrie at 10am.

March 24: Brian Cox, David McAlmont and Bec Hill at 10am

March 25: Jo Brand at 10am.

March 26Sara Pascoe and Natalie Haynes at 10am; Chris Hadfield with JB Morrison (formerly Jim Bob from Carter USM) at 6pm.

Defected Virtual Festival

On March 20, House label Defected Records will  from the Ministry of Sound in London. DJs include Simon Dunmore, Monki, Sam Divine, Low Steppa, The Shapeshifters, Melvo Baptiste, Joey Negro, Dan Shake and Darius Syrossian三级成人视频, and dance group Glitterbox will provide the dancefloor energy.

Other festival highlights will include an extended live recording of Sam Divine’s weekly radio show Defected Radio Show from Simon Dunmore's home studio.


Classical concerts, live-streamed

The Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center will live-stream concerts Credit: John Minchillo

As concert halls shut and concerts are postponed worldwide, many major classical concerts and events are being held without audiences, and streamed live. The Berlin Philharmonic三级成人视频 has made its entire digital archives – including concerts covering six decades, documentaries and interviews with its conductors and soloists – .

Here are some more upcoming free concerts:

19 March

London Symphony Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth perform works by Bartók and Stravinsky, with violinist Isabelle Faust at 19.30 GMT三级成人视频. Click  to live-stream.

The Met presents Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey (transmitted live on December 15 2018) at 19.30 ET (23.30 GMT). Click to live-stream.

20 March

The Finnish National Opera performs Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at 18.00 GMT. Click to live-stream.

At 19.30 ET (23.30 GMT), the Met三级成人视频 presents Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez (transmitted live on April 26 2008). Click to live-stream.

21 March

The Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation performs Bach’s Cantata BWV 106 Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit at 18:00 GMT. Click to live-stream.

At 19.30 ET (23.30 GMT) The Met三级成人视频 presents Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien (transmitted live on February 7 2009). Click to live-stream.

Pop concerts, live-streamed

John Legend Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer

三级成人视频Similarly over in the popular music scene, as tour dates and live gigs are cancelled, artists are devising new ways to play live music to their fans. Pop star John Legend, UK singer , Coldplay’s  and  are among those who have already live-streamed gigs on Youtube or Instagram. The cast of the Olivier-winning improvised musical Showstoppers live-streamed their show from the Lyric on March 16 and you can still watch it .

三级成人视频Here are some upcoming free online gigs:

L Devine: the English pop singer for every date of her cancelled tour, on March 20, 23, 26, and 30.

Christine And The Queens: the French singer is performing nightly (18.00 ET) live shows from the Ferber recording studio in Paris and streaming them to .

Dropkick Murphys: the Celtic punk band posted their St Patricks Day gig on March 17 at 19.30 ET (23.30 GMT).

Some venues are also continuing their live music programmes, in the virtual world:

The Piano Works: the piano bars will be live-streaming live music via their  from 8pm to midnight every Friday and Saturday, beginning on March 20 and 21.

Sing alongs

The Sofa Singers is a free online choir set up in response to the coronavirus outbreak which brings people together in real time for 45 minute choir rehearsals, to learn a classic song with some optional harmonies/backing parts, followed by a virtual tea break. The is on March 20 at 7.30pm.

The Great British Home Chorus, run by TV choir master Gareth Malone, on March 28.


While most big summer events are cancelling or postponing, family favourite Camp Bestival is currently in Lulworth, Dorset from July 30Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul is also  from Moseley Park, Birmingham from July 10.


While most art galleries have shut their doors for the time being, there is still art to be enjoyed both online and in person.

Online exhibitions

Josh Smith, Karma Palms (2019) Credit: Kerry McFate; David Zwirner

Contemporary London gallery David Zwirner is putting on On Painting: Art Basel Online, an online-only exhibition, from March 18–25. Inspired by Leon Battista Alberti’s 1435 treatise On Painting, the exhibition will feature sixteen works from David Zwirner artists and estates, many of which have never been on public view and come directly from the artists’ studios. Artists include Jeff Koons, Noah Davis and Lucas Arruda.

Online gallery visits

Under the Instagram hashtag , museums and galleries around the world are explaining how you can enjoy their collections from home.

The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Prado, the National Gallery, the Palace of Versailles, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Smithsonian三级成人视频 all have excellent online facilities.

Art outdoors

Philip Haas, Four Seasons, detail, in RHS Garden Wisley Credit: Luke MacGregor/RHS

三级成人视频Here are some open-air artworks still open to visitors, in London and further afield:

Contemporary British artist Conrad Shawcross’s Three Perpetual Chords, commissioned in 2015 to honour the park’s original sculpture by Barbara Hepworth can be seen in Dulwich Park, in Southwark. 

Two pieces by Damien Hirst – Hydra & Kali and Mermaid – are on permanent display on Greenwich Peninsula, where the British artist once lived.

The oldest dinosaur sculptures in the world, once a favourite of Queen Victoria, can be seen in the Dinosaur Court at Crystal Palace Park三级成人视频, in South London.

The Four Seasons, an exhibition by contemporary American sculptor and filmmaker Philip Haas, is on at , the closest of the four Royal Horticultural Society gardens to London, until September 30.

At the  you can see permanent pieces from internationally acclaimed artists, including Ai Weiwei, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Four major sculptures by Damien Hirst are due to go on display from April 12.


Cinemas may be closed, but there will be plenty of ways to access new releases in the coming weeks from home.

Home releases

 Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse in Emma Credit: Focus Features

Universal Pictures is the first studio to announce that its current cinema releases – including Emma, The Invisible Man and The Hunt – will be available to rent from March 20三级成人视频, in the US and in some other international markets including the UK. The films will be available for 48-hour rentals at a suggested price of $19.99.

Curzon Home Cinema will release Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Truth, starring Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve, Fire Will Come, and Dogs Don't Wear Pants on March 20, which is their theatrical release date.

The BFI Player will release Zed Nelson’s East London documentary The Street on March 23.



三级成人视频Several platforms have released or brought forward a clutch of exciting new titles to meet increased demand for at-home entertainment.

The Mandalorian Credit: Disney+

Disney’s dedicated streaming platform Disney+ will launch in the UK on March 24, bringing with it over 1,000 films, TV shows and originals. Mostly hotly anticipated are The Mandalorian (the Star Wars spin-off), a live action retelling of the 1955 classic Lady and the Tramp, and a new Toy Story三级成人视频 series, Forky Asks a Question, centred on the fourth film’s breakout star.

Apple TV+ (also available on other platforms including Amazon Fire TV and Roku) will release flashy New York period drama The Banker starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie on March 20, and mystery drama Home Before Dark, produced by Jon M. Chu of Crazy Rich Asians, on April 3.

And a bit of good news from Netflix... stiff upper lips at the ready, The Crown will finish its final week of filming on season four, despite Netflix suspending production on most of its other shows. If social distancing measures drag on into the end of the year, at least we'll have a royal wedding to look forward to.


The BBC has unveiled ambitious plans to provide entertainment, laughter and escapism. Boxsets shortly to appear on the iPlayer include Spooks, The Missing, Waking The Dead, French And Saunders, Wallander and The Honourable Woman.

三级成人视频They will shortly also be launching a new iPlayer experience for children.

Late Night Talk shows, home edition

Late night talk show hosts are making very DIY-looking home monologues and streaming them for free on weeknights to replace their shows.

Jimmy Fallon home edition

Jimmy Fallon is posting, filmed by his wife, every weeknight, in support of the food bank Feeding America.

Jimmy Kimmel is also every weeknight.



Simon Russell Beale is George Smiley  Credit: Andrew Crowley

Radio 4 is digging into its archive of drama, with such well-loved titles as The Complete Smiley, all of the novels by the Brontë sisters, film-noir classics by Raymond Chandler, and such reassuring favourites as Rumpole and Wodehouse.

A new initiative Culture in Quarantine, focused most intensely across Radio 3, Radio 4, BBC Two, BBC Four, Sounds, iPlayer, will work with Arts Council England and other national funding and producing bodies to keep the arts alive in the home. Programmes will include guides to shuttered exhibitions, performances from world-class musicians and comedy clubs, new plays created especially for broadcast featuring exceptional talent, poetry and book readings.


New writing

Several theatre companies, including and the newly formed  are commissioning short pieces of new writing, to be performed, filmed and streamed online.

Online performances

The Original Theatre Company’s production of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art三级成人视频 performed a closed performance on March 18 at 2pm and will be soon.


Online readings

Oliver Jeffers Credit: Clara Molden

Children’s author Oliver Jeffers (How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found) is doing nightly readings of his work live on his at 6pm.

Online book clubs

Writer Robert McFarlane三级成人视频 has launched a via Twitter. This week's choice: Nan Shepherd's slender masterpiece The Living Mountain.

Poetry online

Eastside三级成人视频, an arts organisation helping the creative development of young people, has cancelled its 25 Hour poetry event “I know, I wish, I will” planned for World Poetry Day at the Criterion Theatre in the West End, and replaced it with a Digital Stage event, broadcasting 25 spoken word poems from young people . The broadcast will begin at 11am on March 21.

The bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan三级成人视频, has in the social distancing measures.