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Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home

22 January 2021
Cultural Activities from the comfort of your own home

Updated Fri 22 Jan 2021:

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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!
 
WolfWalkers: The Exhibition (Cartoon Saloon)
Kilkenny's Butler Gallery launched a new exhibition in collaboration with four time Oscar© nominated Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon in an exhibition response to their new film Wolfwalkers directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. The exhibition is online now - explore it here.
 
They are also presenting a weekly lunchtime talk series featuring a supeb line-up of speakers offering personal insights inot the inspiration and creation of Wolfwalkers, every Wednesday fro 1pm. Find out more here.
 
Coming up next: 
A Director's Perspective with Mark Mullery: Wed 27 Jan, 1pm
 
First Fortnight
First Fortnight festival is back this year with a jam-pacekd programme of online events challenging mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. Have a browse through their digital programme here or check out their website.
 
Coming up next:
Create A 'Mood Book' With Artist Marta Golubowska (Children's Workshop): Sat 23 Jan, 10.30am
 
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: 
Luzia - Between Dreams & Reality: Watch Now
 
The Royal Opera House Stream
Following on from the success of their #OurHouseToYourHouse lockdown series, the Royal Opera House are now bringing live events from their stage to your home once more. Find out more and book your tickets here.
 
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.
 
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett
Landmark Live invite you to attend a once-off broadcast of Becket''s Happy Days from the comfort and safety of your own home. Performed live on stage at the Olympia Theatre on Sat 30 Jan, Beckett's masterpiece will be brought to life by Siobhán Mc Sweeney (Derry Girls) as Winne and Marty Rea (Watiting for Godot) as Willie. Find out more and book your tickets here.
 
Faith Healer by Brian Friel
The Old Vic's 'In Camera' production of Faith Healer is back by popular demand with the recorded version of the live show available to watch untiil Fri 22 Jan at 7.30pm. First broadcast back in September 2020, the production stars Michael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall. Find out more and book your tickets here.
 
The Metropolitan Opera: Nightly Opera Stream & On Demand
Every night, 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.
 
Bellini’s Norma: Watch Now
Verdi’s La Traviata: Watch Now
 
Coming up next:
Puccini’s Tosca: Sat 23 Jan
Massenet’s Manon: Sun 24 Jan
Wagner’s Die Walküre: Mon 25 Jan
 
They also have a huge selection of live and on demand events for audiences to enjoy from home. You can find out more and buy tickets here.
 
Coming up next:
Piotr Beczała and Sondra Radvanovsky Live in Concert: Sat 23 Jan, 6pm
 
OperaVision
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:
Bellini's Il pirata (The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow: Sat 23 Jan, 4pm
Rossi's The Enchanted Palace (Opera de Dijon): Fri 29 Jan, 6pm
 
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (On Demand)
Recorded live as a unique one-off performance, Blackeyed Theatre’s anticipated revival of their thrilling, five star production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic classic will soon be available to watch on demand until Sun 28 Feb. Find out more and book your tickets here.
 
Irish National Opera Online
Irish National Opera have made their lockdown series Seraglio as well as a selection of their recorded performances and broadcastas available to watch for free online, including Orfeo Ed Euridice, Madama Butterfly, Acis & Galatea and The Barber of Seville. Click here to find out more.
 
20 Shots of Opera: Watch Now
Production Streams: Watch Now
Seraglio - The Mini Series: Watch Now
 
On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry (Audio Play)
Following two sell-out runs at Pavilion Theatre, Fishamble's On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry is now available as an audio play (narrated by Niall Buggy and David Ganly) on Audible. Find our more here.
 
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 WorldWatch Now
Riders to the SeaWatch Now
The Shadow of the Glen: Watch Now
 
Celtic Connections 2021
The UK's premiere celtic music festival Celtic Connections presents its first ever digital edition with all concerts available to audiences worldwide. Across 19 days there will be a performance every night between Fri 15 Jan - Tue 2 Feb, representing the best of traditional, folk, American, blues, jazz and world music. Find out more or book your tickets here.
 
Coming up next:
José González in Concert from Sweden: Sun 24 Jan, 9pm
James Grant & Hallelujah String Quartet | Declan O'Rourke | Siobhan Wilson | Zoë Bestel: Mon 25 Jan, 7.30pm
 
At Home with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Over the coming months the RSNO will broadcast ten glorious concerts, filmed live in the RSNO’s studio. These ten performances are a reimagining of their 2020:21 Season featuring many of the guest artists and music originally programmed, alongside some surprises! Browse through their programme or book your tickets here.
 
Coming up next:
Dvořák Symphony No8: Fri 29 Jan, 7.30pm
 
Improvised Music Company: Piece by Piece
Following the international success of the series Piece By Piece in April-May 2020, IMC returns with a second season of this unique musical ‘chain letter’ of online improvisation, with eight exciting new artists from Ireland creating new work in sequence. Each online performance will be available to watch on their YouTube page.
 
Coming up next:
Vicky Langan: Fri 22 Jan, 8pm
 
Conway Hall Sunday Concerts
Conway Hall in London are continuing their chamber music concert series every Sunday with a live stream. Tickets are free but donations are welcome. Find out more here.
 
Coming up next:
Rachel Roberts (violin) & Tim Horton (piano): Sun 24 Jan, 6.30pm
 
Wigmore Hall Online
Following the success of their 2020 series, Wigmore Hall are back with a brand new series of online concerts. Keep an eye on their website for updates or tune in here.
 
Shorts for Wee Ones & Middle Ones
access>CINEMA presents a series of delightful short films for ages 3-8 and 8-12, along with resources created by classroom teachers and educational professionals. You can catch up on all previous titles for little films fans here and previous titles for bigger films fans here.
 
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!
 
Roald Dahl’s The Twits
The classic tale of the gruesome twosome is presented as a theatrical reading, filmed at the Unicorn Theatre in London. Watch Now
 
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.
 
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.
 
MUBI
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.
 
Available on MUBI:
Tripping with Nils Fraham: Watch Now
 
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. 
 
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
 
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
 
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.
 
Taking Charge of your Performance Career (Music Network)
Music Network'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.