Cultural Enlightenment at Home
Whether virtually visiting art galleries, exploring museums or enjoying performances from a range of artists, the Melbourne’s arts community has something for everyone.
It’s easy, when we are confined to our homes, to cocoon ourselves physically and mentally. We fall into daily routines, eat comfort food and watch an endless supply of mindless television. But we can use this time to broaden our cultural experiences with a whole range of offerings online. Whether virtually visiting art galleries, exploring museums or enjoying performances from a range of artists, the Melbourne’s arts community has something for everyone.
Museums at Home
Encompassing the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum, this new initiative allows people to explore the museums’ vast collections, go behind the scenes and take part in live streaming events all from the comfort of their homes.
Animals at Home Live
While the zoo has closed its doors to visitors, the animals and keepers are still going about their business. Through Animals at Home live stream videos and photos, you can watch the keepers at their work and enjoy 24/7 live feeds of featured animals.
Arts Centre of Melbourne
Together With You is a program curated by the Arts Centre of Melbourne to allow viewers to watch a series of free archival recordings of full-length performances, artist interviews, comedy shows and much more.
The Comedy Festival, one of the highlights of the year for Melburnians, was a COVID-19 casualty. Ten of the biggest Australian names that were due to perform will now be streaming stand-up specials filmed at the Malthouse Theatre and screened on Amazon Prime.
Keep the Music Going
Unable to perform for the public, the renowned Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is continuing to provide music with an online concert series from the MSO archives broadcast every Thursday night on the MSO YouTube channel.
National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria’s entire collection of 160,000 works of art is available online. Of those pieces 97,000 have images. The various pieces are also arranged in collections that include Australian, Aboriginal, European and American art.
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