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Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home

07 August 2020
Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home
Updated Fri 7 Aug 2020:
Pavilion Theatre remains closed, so while we can't keep you entertained in our usual way, we've been scouring the internet for the best cultural activities you can access from the comfort of your own home.
There are free theatre, opera and film events, online classes and activities for little ones! Hopefully this will help to stave off cabin fever while we all do our bit to stay indoors and flatten the curve.
We'll be keeping this blog updated every week so be sure to save this link or check our website homepage for updates.
In the meantime stay safe and well!
Kilkenny Arts Festival X
This year Kilkenny Arts Festival will present an exciting and eclectic programme of online and live events featuring music, visual art, talks and more. View the full programme an keep an eye on their website for daily updates.
Coming up next:
The Return of Ulysses (Opera): Fri 7 – Sun 16 Aug
Samantha Power in Conversation with Olivia O’Leary (Talks): Wed 12 Aug, 8pm
Masha Gessen in Conversation with Fintan O’Toole (Talks): Thu 13 Aug, 8pm
Mostly Mozart Festival
Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival is a multifaceted celebration encompassing music, dance, opera, theater, contemporary works, and more. This year’s re-imagined festival will feature musical broadcasts and digital content from Mon 10 – Sun 16 Aug. Find out more about the line-up here.
Jason Byrne's Fringe, Fringe
The spirit of Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be alive and well with Jason’s live stream from The Venue Theatre in Ratoath on Fri 7 Aug. Get your tickets here.
A percentage of all proceeds from this event will be donated to
CMS Front Row (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre)
As part of their unique online chamber music experiences, the CMS are presenting a host of summer archive concerts, educational programmes and artist highlights every week. Find out more here.
Coming up next:
InspectorPulse@Home - A Trilling Story! (Family): Fri 7 Aug, 4pm
Summer Evenings V (Music): Sun 9 Aug, 10pm
Royal Albert Home
While their doors are closed, the Royal Albert Hall have opened a virtual window, bringing exclusive sessions from artists’ homes to yours. You can watch back previous sets and see what’s coming up next here.
Coming up next:
Nicholas McCarthy: Sun 9 Aug, 7.30pm
At Home with Irish Arts Centre
As part of their reimagined season of events, the Irish Arts Centre in New York is showcasing artists from around the world in a selection of special performances, online classes, archive footage and more. See what’s coming up here.
Coming up next:
The X Collective (Music): Sun 9 Aug, 10pm
Animal Transformations (Children’s Workshop): Sat 22 Aug, 4pm
Joyce Theater
As part of their JoyceStream series, New York's Joyce Theater is streaming some stunning dance productions.
Coming up next:
Urban Bush Women - Women's Resistance: Fri 14 Aug, 12am
Complexions Conemporary Ballet - Bach 25: Fri 28 Aug, 12am
Shantala Shivalingappa - Bhairava and Discussing Bhairava: Watch Now (available until Fri 28 Aug)
AIM Meditation - A Silent Prayer: Watch Now (available until Fri 14 Aug)
Sydney Opera House Digital Season
The Sydney Opera House have taken a deep dive into their archives and are releasing a weekly digital programme of unmissable performances in music, dance, talks and family events. Keep an eye on what’s available here.
Coming up next:
Mad Max, Creating the Apocalypse - In Conversation with George Miller: Fri 7 Aug, 11am
Unwrapped - Dances for Now (Dance): Sat 8 Aug, 11am
Kids Music Café - Around the World (Family): Sun 9 Aug, 7am
Cirque du Soleil
The world-famous performing troupe are releasing excepts from their best-loved productions as 60-minute premieres on their YouTube channel
Coming up next:
Behind the Curtain of Toruk (inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar): Fri 7 Aug, 8pm
Best of Juggling: Watch Now
Palermo Palermo - A Piece by Pina Bausch
Inspired by the choreographer’s trip to Sicily, this is a rare chance to watch one of Bausch’s creations in full and for free online. Recorded shortly after the piece's premiere in 1989, this footage has been digitally restored. Watch Now
In Conversation With Margaret Atwood
The award-winning Canadian author, essayist, poet and activist joined Antonio Cimolino for a candid conversation as part of the Stratford Festival Forum 2018. Watch here.
Dear Ireland Continues
As a continuation of the ‘Dear Ireland’ Project, the Abbey Theatre invited audiences to write a letter to the nation. Now twenty of these letters will be read from the Abbey stage by some of Ireland’s leading actors and interspersed with music performances by Damien Dempsey and spoken word performances - all expressing the hopes, experiences and challenges facing Ireland at this moment in time: Mon 10 Aug, 7.30pm
Watching Rosie by Louise Coulthard
Starring BAFTA winning actress Miriam Margolyes this heartbreaking and hilarious online play is a tender portrayal of experiencing dementia in lockdown and the power of love to overcome it. Available to watch from Thu 6 Aug, 7pmFind out more and register here.
The Wooster Group
The Woosters have been in the front lines of postmodern, tech-forward, intensely detailed avant-garde performance in America for 45 years now. They're now streaming their bold production of Harold Pinter's first play, The Room. Watch Now (available until Mon 10 Aug)
Broadbend, Arkansas
New York's Transport Group is sharing their acclaimed world premiere production of Broadbend, Arkansas, a new jazz-influenced musical dealing with themes of racism in America's Deep South. Watch Now (available until Sun 16 Aug).
This Beautiful Virtual Village by Lisa Tierney Keogh (Abbey Theatre)
This Beautiful Virtual Village is a new adaptation of the original award-winning, razor-sharp play that exposes every side of what it means to co-exist in Ireland today. Adapted to reflect the lockdown, it will be available to watch online from Mon 17 Aug, 7.30pm (tickets €5). Find out more and buy your ticket here.
National Theatre of Scotland: Scenes for Survival
The prestigious Glasgow venue is producing an ambitous series of more than 50 digital performances inspired by the current crisis, pairing high-profile writers, actors and directors. You can view the full line-up and watch back pervious performances here.
Coming up next: 
Dirlo - Am Fear Maireann/The Survivor: Fri 7 Aug, 9pm
Out of the Woods: Mon 10 Aug, 9pm
Glyndebourne Open House
One of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world, Glyndebourne has launched a weekly series of operas available to watch for free on their YouTube channel. You can view their upcoming schedule here.
Coming up next:
Handel's Giulio Cesare: Sun 9 Aug, 5pm
The Fairy QueenSun 23 Aug, 5pm
Stravinsky’s The Rake’s ProgressWatch Now (available until Sun 9 Aug, 5pm)
The Metropolitan Opera: Nightly Opera Stream
Every night this week, The Metropolitan Opera will release live recordings from their performance archives. The operas go live each night at 12.30am on the Met's website and are available to watch for 23 hours.
Coming up next:
Puccini’s Madama ButterflyWatch Now
Wagner’s Parsifal: Sat 8 Aug, 12.30am
Handel’s Agrippina: Sun 9 Aug, 12.30am
Mozart's Don Giovanni: Mon 10 Aug, 12.30am
This opera streaming platform has a rich archive of opera and dance productions from across Europe, all of which are available to watch for free! View upcoming productions here or watch back previous streams on their YouTube channel.
Coming up next:
Moody's Push (La Monnaie / De Munt): Fri 7 Aug, 6pm
#OperaHarmony - 2°: Tue 11 Aug, 6pm
The Old Vic:
A selection of full length archive recordings will be hosted for free on The Old Vic’s YouTube channel, giving audiences the chance to revisit loved collector’s item productions, or watch for the first time.
Jekyll & Hyde: Watch Now (available until Wed 12 Aug, 7pm)
Irish National Opera
Irish National Opera have made a selection of their recorded performances available to watch for free online, including Orfeo Ed Euridice, La Cenerentola, Madama Butterfly, Acis & Galatea and The Barber of Seville. Click here to watch them now.
Druid Theatre
Druid Theatre has made recordings of five productions available to watch online for free.
Deirdre of the Sorrows: Watch Now
The Well of the Saints: Watch Now
The Playboy of the Western World by JM Synge: Watch Now
Riders to the Sea by JM Synge: Watch Now
The Shadow of the Glen: Watch Now
Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House has launched #OurHouseToYourHouse which will host a selection of their filmed performances - released every Friday on their YouTube pageClick here for more information.
Zoonation's The Mad Hatter's Tea Party (Ballet): Watch Now (available until Fri 14 Aug)
Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet): Watch Now (available until Fri 7 Aug)
Canadian theatre company Stratford Festival are now streaming a selection of the best of Shakespeare productions, straight to your home. Keep an eye on what’s coming up here.
The Taming of the Shrew: Watch Now
Imitating the Dog Theatre Company
The groundbreaking theatre company Imitating the Dog are streaming a selection of their previous productions from the last twenty years which fuse live performance with digital technology, including an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. With a new show released every two weeks, you can view the full list of productions here.
The Wind in the Willows Musical 
Recorded at the London Palladium in 2017, this hit musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) is available to rent and watch online.
Hamlet, Prince of Derry
Performed by Stage Beyond, Derry’s theatre company for adults with learning disabilities, this is a re-imagined adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Colin Murphy, recorded during lockdown. Listen back on RTÉ’s Drama on One player.
Girls Like That by Evan Placey
London’s Unicorn theatre has a world-class reputation for creating theatre for young audiences. Its production of Evan Placey’s Girls Like That is now available to watch online and offers a raw account of adolescent anxiety, slut-shaming and self-belief. Watch Now
Come to Where I Am
Pentabus & Paines Plough have commissioned eight writers to create a series of short stories and plays exploring the places that shape us.
Coming up next:
Series 9 – RURAL: Watch Now
Series 8 – RURAL: Watch Now
Southwark Stayhouse
Southwark Playhouse in London are streaming a selection of their full length productions, free for you to watch at home. Current offerings include Wasted, a rock musical about the Brontë sisters, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night relocated to a music festival and Jesse Briton’s Bound, about a maritime tragedy.
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Tempest
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present a unique experience of Shakespeare’s work as it was first produced; all male, in the open air and with Elizabethan costume, music and dance. To keep you entertained, they are bringing their open air magic inside to your home with two fantastic productions! Watch both for free online here.
Björk will be playing a special series of four concerts this August, raising money for women’s charities worldwide. Taking place at Harpa in Reykjavik and streamed online, the four shows will celebrate the Icelandic musicians that Björk has worked with over the years. Find our more and book your tickets here.
Coming up next:
Björk with Hamrahlið Choir & Organ: Sun 9 Aug, 6pm
Björk with Strings from Icelandic Symphony Orchestra: Sat 15 Aug, 6pm
Björk with Brass, Flute Septet & Harp from the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra: Sun 23 Aug, 6pm
Björk with 15 piece Chamber Ensemble from Icelandic Symphony Orchestra Songs: Sat 29 Aug, 6pm
Other Voices & Haldern Pop Live
This exciting new livestream from Other Voices and German festival Haldern Pop on Fri 7 Aug, 8pm will feature performances from Peter Broderick, Cormac Begley & Lisa Hannigan, Stargaze and more. Tune in here.
Fleadh 2020
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the world's largest celebration of Irish music, language, song and dance and this year TG4 are celebrating with a four night celebration of Fleadh Ceoil around the world, from 6-9 Aug at 9.30pm.
Episode 1: Watch Now
Live at the Village Vanguard
The legendary New York jazz club The Vanguard is continuing its live reaming series while their doors remain closed. Keep an eye on their website for updates.
Coming up next:
Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan & Rudy Royston (Tickets $10): Sat 8 Aug, 2am
The Floating Lounge: Spektral Quartet
Multi-Grammy nominees Spektral Quartet will perform an online listening party, in advance of the release of their album Experiments in Living. Alongside flutist Claire Chase, Spektral will perform composer Anthony Cheung's piece Real Book of Fake Tunes, as well as other never-before-heard track. Find out more and sign up here: Thu 13 Aug, 1.30am
59th Philadelphia Folk Festival
From Thu 13 – Sun 16 Aug, North America’s oldest continuously run outdoor music festival will be brought to the digital world, including a full day of Irish artists on Sat 15 Aug featuring Mick Flannery, Lisa O’Neill, Liam Ó Maonlaí, The Henry Girls, Kíla and Slow Moving Clouds. Find our more and get your tickets here.
Songs from An Empty Room
Watch back this night of epic performances with a host of Irish artists in venues across Ireland including Denise Chaila, Gavin James, Lyra, Picture This, The Coronas, James Vincent McMorrow and more. All donations received will be divided between Minding Creative Minds and the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship Fund. Watch Now
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)
Relive a night of crowd-pleasing, hard-swinging Big Band classics with a rebroadcast of Harlem Renaissance Orchestra's Midnight Summer Swing closing performance from 2012: Watch Now
Live with Carnegie Hall
The prestigious New York venue has amassed a treasure trove of brilliant live performances from the worlds of classical, jazz, gospel and beyond - listen back and check what's coming soon here.
Judy Collins: Watch Now
Isaac Stern Centenary: Watch Now
All Together - A Global Ode to Joy: Watch Now
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi: Watch Now
Other Voices: Courage
Other Voices' series Courage can be watched back on RTÉ Player including performances by Ye Vagabonds, Steve Cooney & Iarla Ó Lionáird, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Rhiannon Giddens, Lisa Hannigan, Glen Hansard, Denise Chaila and more.
Berlin Special 2019 (ft. Dermot Kennedy, Lisa Hannigan, Stargaze & Aoife Ní Bhriain): Watch Now
Elegy - National Concert Hall Live Stream
An evening of music presented as a concert of reflection dedicated to those who have passed away during the Covid-19 crisis - featuring Chamber Choir Ireland with conductor Andrew Synnott, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Claire Duff and Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi: Watch Now
KEXP Live at Home
The world-famous Seattle radio station is showcasing a wide variety of livestreaming concerts. Look out for new premieres on their YouTube channel.
DeBarra's Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions
DeBarra's Folk Club are bringing some of the finest Irish talent online, with special guests popping in from overseas along the way. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
The Tiny Desk Concerts
NPR Music's The Tiny Desk concerts are being recorded from home for the foreseeable future, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space. Check out all the Tiny Desk Concerts here.
John Legend: Watch Now
Rhiannon Giddens And Francesco Turrisi: Watch Now
Lankum: Watch Now
Rodrigo y Gabriela: Watch Now
Ólafur Arnalds: Watch Now
The Beautiful Beasts @ Home with The Ark
Enjoy a range of delightful online workshops, video tutorials, at-home activities, art adventures and experiences in visual art, drama and dance. Inspired by creatures big and small, meek and mighty this online summer programme is for ages 2 to 12 and runs until Fri 21 Aug.
with The Ark. Find out more here.
Connecting Kids with ConTempo
Connecting Kids with ConTempo is a four-week initiative designed to help children to engage with, and respond to classical music in a fun and creative way. Galway Music Residency will release a video each Friday at 11am featuring a short performance by ConTempo String Quartet with an educational introduction. Tune in on their Facebook page here.
Little Angel’s Puppetry Sofa Series
While their doors are closed, Little Angel Theatre have released a series of short puppet shows for children on their YouTube channel, including an adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture book trilogy I Want My Hat Back. Watch them all here.
Shorts for Wee Ones & Middle Ones
access>CINEMA has partnered with Discovery Film Festival to present a series of delightful short films for ages 3-8 and 8-12, along with resources created by classroom teachers and educational professionals, making them perfect for home learning. There will be new shorts and resources released every Thursday but you can catch up on all previous titles here.
Cats & Dogs (3-8yrs)Watch Now | Resources
Desolado (un)Sunny (3-8yrs)Watch Now | Resources
The Cat and Its Artist (8-12): Watch Now | Resources
Lila (8-12): Watch Now | Resources
Project Puppet: Online Workshop
As part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 - the national day of creativity for young people - we hosted a series of free online workshops which guided children through the process of storytelling and puppet making. You can now watch back all four workshop videos online - find out more here.
dlr Summer Stars Online Club
Join Summer Stars Online Workshop every week until the end of August via Zoom with some very special hosts, including Sadhbh Devlin, Shane Hegarty, Dave Rudden and Sharna Jackson. Suitable for ages 7-12 yrs. Sign up for your place now at   
dlr Libraries Storytime
Families can now tune in to dlr Libraries Storytime online – at 10.30am, Monday to Friday on their Facebook page.
Draw with Don!
Beloved artist Don Conroy, best-known for his long-time stint on RTÉ’s The Den has officially launched his own YouTube channel! Over the coming weeks he will provide free drawing tutorials for both children and adults so tune in here and get creative!
Learn with Carnegie Hall
Tune in to eye-opening lessons every Wedneday from the famous from the Manhattan venue, to help kids and family fall in love with music. Watch back previous episodes here.
Soul Science Lab: Watch Now
Musical Explorers for Families: Watch Now
NY Phil Plays On
New York's Philharmonic Orchestra is brining the joy of classical music to a new generation with their family concert series. Keep an eye on their schedule here.
Very Young People's Concerts: Watch Now
An African-American Legacy — The Harlem RenaissanceWatch Now
Karen LeFrak's Sleepover at the Museum: Watch Now
Sydney Opera House Digital Season
The Sydney Opera House have taken a deep dive into their archives and are releasing a weekly digital programme of unmissable performances fro families to enjoy at home. Keep an eye on what’s available here.
David Walliams Author Talk: Watch Now
The Great Illusionist: Watch Now
The Wiggles: Watch Now
Ruby's Wish: Watch Now
Mugerra Dance Party: Watch Now
Meeting Mozart: Watch Now
Play & Create with Tall Stories
Tall Stories have put together lots of Play & Create resources on their website with loads to keep you busy at home including colouring sheets, arts & crafts, baking recipes, games and fun worksheets for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and more! Check it out here.
In their At Home section, there are links to video content, story-time readings and an informative and engaging digital book for children explaining all about the virus and the measures taken to control it, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Check out the Nosy Crow website to enjoy the book.
The cast of Room on the Broom have performed a special lockdown version of Dog's Song from the show that was a sold-out success at Pavilion Theatre last Christmas. Click here to watch and sing along!
Island Songs – A film by Baldvin Z & Ólafur Arnalds
This unique audio-visual portrait of Iceland explores these 7 local artists, the influence the country has had on their lives and shows a different side of the island they all call home. This screening of the film feautre songs along with interviews with collaborators, personal commentary and behind the scenes stories: Watch Now
Manual Cinema 10th Anniversary Retrospectacular
As part of its 10th Anniversary Retrospectacular, the Chicago company is sharing a past production each week. Find out more here.
The End of TV a fascinating theatergoing experience about the American Rust Beld which blends live music, old TV video clips and shadow puppetry: Watch Now (Available until Mon 10 Aug)
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy – A Reflection
The Irish Traditional Music Archive will stream a special reflective documentary on Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, featuring rare footage of Clancy playing the uillean pipes at his home in 1965, previously unheard audio recordings, as well as interviews and performances from Irish musicians: Watch Now
Autopsy on a Dream 
Rediscovered in recent years, this BBC documentary is as extraordinary as its provocative subject matter — the dramatic story of the building of the Sydney Opera House, culminating in Utzon’s departure from the project. It tells the fascinating story of the lost film and brings the story up-to-date, featuring interviews with Sir David Attenborough, architect Richard le Plaistrier, plus many others. Watch Now
MUBI is a movie streaming service with a difference, offering a rolling selection of 30 hand-picked titles per month across independent, arthouse and world cinema.
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The Loopline Collection Volume 2
The Loopline Collection Volume 2 is a new film collection, free to view worldwide on the IFI Player. The collection includes the highly acclaimed four-part documentary series Hidden Treasures, focusing on Irish heritage and folklife, a  a six-part TG4 series on Republic Women, Mná an IRA, and a collection of interviews with seminal Irish and international documentary filmmakers, Where Art Thou? Watch here
Exhibition on Screen Documentaries
Exhibition on Screen's art documentaries are always a hit at Pavilion Theatre, and you can now buy or stream lots of fantastic documentaries from their collection including Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo, The Impressionists, Young Picasso and more. 
At The Barre with… (New York City Ballet)
Every Wednesday at 6pm, join New York City Ballet on Instagram Live for At the Barre With..., a series of ballet-inspired movement classes taught by NYCB dancers. Suitable for people of all ages and levels of training, each class will be available to watch after the livestream concludes on NYCB’s IGTV channel.
Fly Your Flag at Dún Laoghaire Harbour
Create a flag with your message of hope or your wish for the future, and see it fly over Dún Laoghaire Harbour this summer! Stitch, draw, paint or stencil any design to be flown from the masts of boats in Dún Laoghaire Harbour and out on the sea. For tips on how to create your flag and how to enter, click here.
Laura Marling: Guitar Lessons
Acclaimed folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling, is giving a free guitar lesson every Sunday at 7pm on her Instagram LivePrevious tutorials can also be re-watched on her IGTV.
Martin Hayes - Online Lessons
Celebrated fiddle player Martin Hayes will be releasing a series of online lessons every two weeks. Tune in to his YouTube channel where you can learn a new tune by playing along.
Drawing Together with Darina Meagher
Every Tuesday at 7.30pm, join Artist Network dlr for a collaborative drawing session, facilitated by Darina Meagher. Hosted on Zoom these sessions are free and open to all – bringing together visual artists, writers, musicians, working together at the same time.
Taking Charge of your Performance Career (Music Network)
Music Netowrk's series of professional development courses are now available to watch back on their YouTube channel. Aimed at helping musicians develop important skills necessary to respond to the music industry’s shifting demands the courses are delivered by industry experts.
dlr Library Online Book Club
Do you like reading and discussing books but prefer to stay at home at this time? Join dlr libraries staff and book club facilitator Mary Burnham, on the last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm for a live discussion. Contact for more information.
Upcoming titles:
Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, by Hilary Mantel: Wed 30 Sep, 7.30pm
The Cow Book by John Connell: Wed 28 Oct, 7.30pm
This Boy's Life, by Tobias Wolff: Wed 25 Nov, 7.30pm
dlr Library Book Drops
For those without access to online services and those cocooning at home, dlr Libraries are offering a selection of physical books, CDs or DVDs delivered safely to your door.
Find our more here or reach them through the dlr Community Call Helpline, available seven days a week from 8am-8pm.