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Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home

28 May 2020
Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home
Updated Thu 28 May 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 even your chance to write a tiny play! 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!
Bealtaine At Home
Bealtaine Festival are bringing you a taste of the festival online, for the entire month of May! From the anarchic video postcards of The Windy Lady each Wednesday, to practical workshops and interviews with authors, there’ll be something to brighten your day and lift your heart this Bealtaine. View the full line-up here.
Coming up this week:
Bealtaine Book Club - Interview with Catherine Dunne: Fri 29 May, 6.30pm
The Dusk Chorus: Sun 31 May
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.
Comin up this week:
Imogen Heap: Fri 29 May, 7.30pm
Classical for Kids – Enchanting Cello: Sat 30 May, 2pm
Kaiser Chiefs: Sat 30 May, 8pm
San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet are digging through their archives to showcase some of their favourite pieces from recent years right in your home. They'll release a differnt piece each week - find out more here.
Coming up this week:
Bound ToWatch Now (available until Fri 29 May)
Snowblind: Fri 29 May
New York City Ballet
NYCB are bringing their programme online with a full slate of performances, online movement classes, and more. Find out more here.
Coming up this week:
21st Century Choreographers: Fri 29 May
Bloomsday 2020
Bloomsday will be going digital this year, offering a programme of readings, theatre, music, lectures, children’s activity books, maps, recipes and film. Events will be announced over the coming weeks. Find out more here.
Bloomsday Readings & Songs: Tue 16 Jun
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.
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Gare St Lazare’s 2013 production of Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot is now available to view online for a limited period for free. Please consider making a donation to Gare St Lazare if you are in a position to do so.  Find more info and watch here.
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.
Friday Opera Sessions
Irish National Opera invites you to join members of its wider operatic family for a short and entertaining performance of some of opera’s best-known arias. Featuring twenty five Irish singers, coming to you from their own homes, this is a recital series like no other. Tune in here every Friday at 5pm for the next five weeks.
Coming up this week:
Episode 1 – Fri 29 May, 5pm
Featuring Rory Dunne, Carolyn Dobbin, Gavan Ring, Aoife Miskelly and Naomi Louisa O'Connell accompanied on piano by Aoife O'Sullivan and Fergus Sheil.
National Theatre At Home
Every week National Theatre Live will be releasing filmed performances from their archives for you to enjoy at home. Click here for more information.
Coming up this week:
This House: Watch Now (available until Thu 4 Jun)
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.
Coming up this week:
Anastasia: Watch Now (available until Thu 28 May)
CendrillonWatch Now (available until Thu 4 Jun)
The Cellist: Fri 29 May, 7pm
The Shows Must Go On!
Musicals legend Andrew Lloyd Webber is serving up a free stream of one of his productions every week! They will become available every Friday at 7pm for 48 hours. You can watch them on the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On.
Comng up this week:
Hairspray: Fri 29 May, 7pm
Shakespeare’s Globe
Every Monday the Globe will be releasing Shakespeare plays and performances for free online, for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. Keep an eye on the line-up here.
Coming up this week:
The Winter's Tale: Watch Now (available until Sun 31 May)
MacbethWatch Now
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 on the Met's website and are available to watch for 23 hours.
Coming up this week:
Berlioz’s Les Troyens: Watch Now
Bellini’s La Sonnambula: Fri 29 May
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore: Sat 30 May
Strauss’s Salome: Sun 31 May
Howie the Rookie by Mark O’Rowe
Glass Mask Theatre will stage a live production of Mark O'Rowe’s seminal play Howie the Rookie online at The Lock Inn. Starring two of Ireland's most exciting young actors, Rex Ryan and Stephen Jones, the pair will host live Q&As to conclude each performance. Get your tickets here.
Druid Theatre
Druid Theatre has made recordings of three productions available to watch online for free.
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
The Tailor of Inverness 
The Tailor of Inverness has taken its place as one of the great Scottish theatre productions, generating an overwhelmingly powerful response from audiences everywhere including Pavilion Theatre. You can now rent and watch Dogstar Theatre’s production online.
The Matchmaker by John B. Keane
City Theatre Dublin’s production of John B. Keane’s The Matchmaker is now available to watch on the Civic Theatre website. Recorded live in 2001 at the Gaiety Theatre, this production stars Anna Manahan and Des Keogh.
Improvised Music Company
IMC and Triskel are hosting a weekly sequence of online solo performances featuring leading Irish improvisers, streaming each Friday at 8pm. You can watch previous performances back on their YouTube channel.
Coming up this week:
Harpist Úna Monaghan: Fri 29 May
The Butterfly Sessions
Music Network presents a new 10-week series of newly commissioned pieces of music to be premiered each week - broadcast on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm.
Performances will be hosted on Music Network's YouTube channel, where you can also listen back to previous performances including guitarist & songwriter John Doyle, jazz pianist Carole Nelson, composer Peadar Ó Riada, guitarist Julien Colarossi, song-writer Ger Wolfe and harpist Laoise Kelly.
Coming up ths week: 
Nick Roth: Fri 29 May
NCH Livestream Series
The National Concert Hall will present four concerts, streamed live from the NCH stage and available to view worldwide on YouTube, Facebook and Find out more here.
Fri 29 May: Irish mezzo-soprano and star of the international opera stage Tara Erraught and pianist Dearbhla Collins
Fri 5 Jun: Bell X1’s front man Paul Noonan
Fri 12 Jun: Acclaimed Irish folk singer/songwriter Lisa O’Neill 
Fri 19 Jun: Renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas
NY Phil Plays On
While their doors are closed, the New York Philharmonic are releasing a collection of free digital content to classical music fans worldwide, including concert and musician videos, radio broadcasts and Young People’s Concerts. Find out more here.
Coming up this week:
Violinist Itzhak Perlman: Fri 29 May, 12.30am
The Ruby Sessions at Home
Every Tuesday at 9pm, the Ruby Sessions will host two special guest performances, raising money for Dublin Simon Community for the homeless. ⁠So far there've been performances from Lisa Hannigan & Saint Sister, JC Stewart & Gavin James, Wallis Bird & Villagers, Rodrigo y Gabriela & Theo Katzman, Soda Blonde & LYRA: and more - all of which you can watch back on their YouTube channel.
Folk on Foot Festival
Watch back the Folk on Foot Festival which aired on Mon 25 May and included performances from Cara Dillon, The Unthanks and more.
Lankum: Tiny Desk Concert
Lankum’s Tiny Desk Concert with NPR, recorded in March, is now available to watch online. The award-winning Irish quartet perform three songs from its latest album, The Livelong Day.
Other Voices: Courage
Other Voices' series Courage can be watched back on RTÉ Player including Ye Vagabonds, Steve Cooney & Iarla Ó'Lionáird, Sorcha Richardson, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Rhiannon Giddens, Glen Hansard and Denise Chaila. 
Irish Baroque Orchestra
The IBO digital platform is currently free to access with hours of performances from full-length operas to short concerts and a new ‘Meet the Orchestra’ series on their YouTube channelFind out more here.
Mini Gigs at Mick’s
Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery, in partnership with PlayIrish, is hosting a popular online concert showcase, where friends of Flannery takeover his Facebook and Instagram platforms. You can watch back previous performances from the likes of John Spillane, Slow Moving Clouds and Wallis Bird here.
Coming up:
Mick Flannery: Sat 30 May, 9pm - Book Now
DeBarras Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions
DeBarras Folk Club are bringing some of the finest Irish talent online, with special guests popping in from overseas along the way. Tune in to their Facebook Page at 9:30pm Mon-Sat and 8pm on Sundays.
Liam O’Maonlaí: Listen back here
Ólafur Arnalds - Live at Sydney Opera House
In a specially-commissioned performance from the 2015 Graphic Festival, Iceland's BAFTA Award-winning pianist-composer Ólafur Arnalds leads the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, arranged by Viktor Orri Árnason. Come on an emotional journey through new arrangements, fan favourites and rarities with visuals by Máni M. Sigfússon. Watch Now
Music Network Online Concerts
Following the cancellation of two Music Network tours, artists have been recording free online concerts from their homes especially for Irish audiences.
Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman of 10 String Symphony: Watch Now
Russian violinist Alena Baeva and her husband pianist Vadym Kholodenko: Watch Now
Project Puppet: Online Workshop
As part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2020, we're excited to host this free online workshop for children, in which Artists Maisie Lee and Fionnuala Gygax will guide children through the process of storytelling and puppet making. Throughout the process you'll get to make something really special for someone you're missing at this time and learn how to make your very own puppet show video! Find out more here.
dlr Libraries Summer Art Competiton
Children from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are asked to create a piece of art inspired by the title: ‘Summertime is for…’ Find more info here.
Ceol Connected presents The Far Field Sessions
Over the months of May/June, join Ceol Connected's Thomas Johnston (musician), Emma Fisher (puppeteer), and Thomas Baker (puppeteer) as they present a series of music and puppetry sessions for children ages 3+ and their families. Based on their show The Far Field, the sessions will draw on themes of fairies, folklore, and farming! Tune in every Wed-Fri at 2pm on Tradoodle TV.
Coming up this week:
Session 4 with Thomas Johnston: Wed 27 May, 2pm
Session 5 with Farmer Eamonn: Thu 28 May, 2pm
Session 6 with Thomas Johnston: Fri 29 May, 2pm
dlr Libraries Storytime
Families can now tune in to dlr Libraries Storytime online – at 10.30am, Monday to Friday on their Facebook page.
David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang
Direct from the West End, the musical adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book The Midnight Gang is available to watch for free until Fri 29 May. Watch Now 
Theatre Lovett's The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
Coming to you from the Sydney Opera House, as part of their digital season From Our House to Yours, families can now watch The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly for free online until July 2020.
Ingenious performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on an untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. Recommended for ages 6+. Click here to watch now.
The Wolf & Peter
Fimled at the Sydney Opera House, CoisCéim's fun and richly theatrical production The Wolf & Peter is availble to watch for free online. This thrilling adventure with a contemporary twist - told through the eyes of the Wolf - explores themes of courage and imagination. Click here to watch now.
Shorts for Wee Ones
access>CINEMA has partnered with Discovery Film Festival to present a series of delightful short films for ages 3-8, along with resources created by classroom teachers and educational professionals, making them perfect for home learning.
Available to watch now:
Perfect Houseguest: Watch Now | Resources
Cartoon AwayWatch Now | Resources
The Little Bird and the Caterpillar: Watch Now | Resources
Penguin: Watch Now | Resources
Hey Deer!: Watch Now | Resources
The Mole and the Earthworm: Watch Now | Resources 
Lambs: Watch Now | Resources
I want to live in the Zoo: Watch Now | Resources
Tiger: Watch Now | Resources
Tyrannosaurus FunkWatch Now Resources
Adventures in Enchantasia: Podcast Play
Ofegus Theatre have adapted their play Daylight Robbery into a free podcast for all the family! An hour of fun and adventure to bring some magic to your day. Suitable for ages 4 to 10. Find out more and listen here.
The #ImagineNation Playbook is overflowing with activities for primary school children in drawing, writing and mindfulness exercises from leading creatives including Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton, Sarah Crossan, Don Conroy, Niall Breslin, Niamh Sharkey and many more.
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.
Elevenses with The World of David Walliams
Every day at 11am, David Walliams is releasing a reading from his World’s Worst Children stories - so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! Click here for today's reading...
You can catch up here on any stories you've missed so far.
New York Philharmonic: Sleepover at the Museum
Previously recorded at their ‘Fun at the Phil’ concert in March 2020, you can now watch this family-friendly concert featuring the New York Philharmonic performing the score for Karen Le Frak’s children’s book Sleepover at the Museum. This 30 minute piece includes narration and illustrations projected on to a giant screen. Watch Now
Draw with Don!
Beloved artist Don Conroy, best-known for his long-time stint on RTE’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!
Fighting Words
As part of the #CreateAtHome Campaign, Fighting Words is inviting children and young people to write and share their stories. Find out more here.
For primary school children they have created a Story-Starter generator which they hope will spark your imagination and help you get started on a story.
Secondary school writers are invited to submit stories, poems, graphic fiction plays and more for their Analecta online anthology.
Branar At Home
Branar Téatar do Pháistí is one of the leading theatre companies creating beautiful, innovative, high quality productions that inspire children and their families. Lucky for us, they are sharing fun activities and recordings of their live shows on their Facebook page.
Their new project Pop Up Poetry for Lil’ Peeps, saw Irish artists create new poems and nursery rhymes in English and Irish for children up to 6 years. It will be available online from Sat 13 June.
The Ark at Home
Each week, The Ark will present a schedule of online activities, resources, virtual events and online streams providing opportunities to children to discover and love the arts in their own homes.
RTÉ's Podcasts
Home School Hub: RTÉ's Home School Hub brings a world of fun, activity and education straight to your home. Start learning here.
Bígí Ag Ceol: An Irish language music show for kids, featuring all types of music from rock to rap to pop! Listen and sing along here.
The RTÉjr Podcast: Take a trip through some of the very best kids shows from RTÉjr, Ireland's only children's radio station. Listen here.
Cirque du Soleil
Enjoy a front-row seat to awe-inspiring moments of the larger-than-life Cirque du Soleil shows, view behind the scenes footage, take part in juggling and make-up tutorials and even a Cirque du Soleil workout!
Sadler's Wells Family Dance Workshops
Sadler’s Wells is presenting free online activities for people to dance along to at home, with Family Dance Workshops specially created to connect with younger children aged 2-6yrs
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.
Thanks to our screening partner access>CINEMA, you can avail of a 90 day free trial by clicking here.
Please Note: To avail of the free trial you need to enter your credit card details, but you will not be charged for 90 days. You can cancel at any time before or after the 90 days.
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
Starboard Home
As part of the 1916 commemorations in 2016, Dublin Port and the National Concert Hall invited Irish musicians including James Vincent McMorrow, John Sheahan, and Gemma Hayes to respond to Dublin, its port and the Liffey with a selection of music, song and spoken word. This film Starboard Home documents the project, capturing the often hidden mysteries, stories and histories of the city’s port. Watch now on RTE Player.
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. 
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of ArtsWatch Now 
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.
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.
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. Phone: 1800 804 535 or 271 3199 | Email:
Jigsaw Planet
If you've finished every last jigsaw in the house, check out Jigsaw Planet for a whole host of free online jigsaws.
CoisCéim Dance
One of the best dance theatre companies working in Ireland, CoisCéim have already started Digital Dance Classes including classes for people aged 50+ every Wednesday, adult classes and are currently developing classes for people in care settings and interactive dance workshops for children.
In addition, their Sofa Cinema series will feature exclusive online screenings from the CoisCéim archives - click here to keep an eye on what's coming up next.