The University of Bristol’s Liberal Arts Virtual Cultural Arena: Art in the Age of Corona

The University of Bristol’s Liberal Arts Virtual Cultural Arena: Art in the Age of Corona

Necessity is the mother of invention! The whole world is a crazy place right now, but on the plus side, there are so many new, exciting ways to access the cultural productions, works of art, literature, scholarship, and learning opportunities on the interwebs, and the options keep growing. You are not in this alone

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The Bristol Liberal Arts teaching team has compiled a list of online cultural events. This is a mere starting point. Please feel free to add other resources in the comments!

And we would love it if you would share your reflections, thoughts, analyses — tell us what surprised you, what challenged your thinking, what made you understand something in a new way!

Here are our links. Let us know if any don’t work (or just fix them!):


Google Arts and Culture (you can access tours of Musee d’Orsay, the Uffizi, and more)

The Social Distancing Festival (a site for celebrating artists whose work has been cancelled or disrupted)

Stay at Home Festival

Neighbourhood Finds (this article reminded me there is wonderful art everywhere)

Kanopy (documentaries, classic/arthouse films, recordings of theatre – access through UoB library site)

Galleries & Museums 

State Hermitage Museum, Russia, video tour

Metropolitan Museum of Art

MoMA on youtube

Tours of the Louvre

Science Museum Medicine Galleries Highlights 

Pitt Rivers Museum Virtual Tour

Dali Theatre-Museum

The Smithsonian collection

Tel Aviv Museum

Underpinnings Museum – collection and exhibitions online – The Underpinnings Museum: Home

Turkish museums (free virtual tours)

Guggenheim art books

Challenge yourself to be quarantine art!! (love this!)


Live streaming of concerts

Berlin Philharmonic

Daily list of live stream concerts and theatre

Virtual Music Festival – Left Bank Live

Met Opera streaming

The Paris Opera

Bachtrack (the biggest site with live classical music events) now lists over 400 events 


US theater streaming

Online theatre and dance

Daniel Bye’s works (including the topical “Going Viral”)

Tim Crouch’s “I, Malvolio”

The work of The Royal Shakespeare Company (30 days free access) (Globe Theatre Streaming past productions online- though there are fees for some content)

National Theatre at Home


University of Oxford Podcasts

Free online courses from Ivy League universities


You Must Remember This Podcast

Jewish History Matters

She Speaks: Academic Muslimahs

Dan and Eric Read the New Yorker So You Don’t Have To

Bonnets at Dawn (Austen vs Bronte)

The History Chicks

The Guilty Feminist

The New Yorker Fiction

2 Dope Queens

Staying Alive: Poetry and Crisis

Levar Burton Reads (short fiction)

Past Present (with some nicely timely pieces, aka on quarantine and cabin fever)

Film and Television Broadcasting

Check out Box of Broadcasts!! –log in through U of Bristol single sign on — has an incredible collection!!

Chai Films — 30-day free subscription for Jewish-themed films

Estates and Ancestral and Ancient Sites

Mount Vernon virtual tour (home of George Washington)

Some countryside and coastal National Trust sites

You can explore Petra from home!


Liberal Arts magazine

Free book downloads!

Read our alumna Phoebe Graham’s “Why I Write

Language Learning

Use Duolingo to learn French, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, or many other languages. It’s great, and it’s free!


Down Dog for Schools. DownDog have made all of their apps completely free for students and teachers until 1st July. Visit to add your school/university email for free access. They offer Yoga, HIIT, Barre, and general 7-min workouts.

Finally, this is a very challenging time, and we need to do our best to stay healthy and happy now we’re a lot more isolated from one another. Here are some links regarding Mental Health .


Student Minds

Mental Health Foundation


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