The Royal Opera House – Opera Streams
The Royal Opera House are offering a free programme of curated online opera and ballet broadcasts that include music master-classes and cultural insights. A unique behind the scenes look at one of the world's most famous cultural institutions.
(Note: programme is provided via a free 30-day trial on Marquee TV, an international performing arts streaming service.)
The Metropolitan Opera – Opera Streams
Nightly, during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Met Opera will be streaming for free a different encore presentation from its Live in HD series. Each opera will be available for 23 hours (from 7:30 pm EDT until 6:30 pm the following day). The schedule includes outstanding performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera's greatest performers.
(Note: streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon and Roku & Samsung Smart TV.)
Russia's Bolshoi Theater is livestreaming several of its most popular opera and ballet performances via its official YouTube channel, allowing viewers around the world to tune in for free. There will be a total of six performances shown from March 27th to April 10th of April.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet – Streamed Opera & Ballet
Keep on Singing & Keep on Dancing: Dutch National Opera & Ballet are offering online content which includes opera and ballet performance streams, song and dance workouts, quizzes, games, personal video messages and tips from our singers, dancers and colleagues.
Vienna State Opera – Streamed Opera & Ballet
Streamed opera and ballet performances, free of charge, every night via Wiener Straatsoper; including stagings of Richard Wagner's epic 16-hour Ring cycle, Der Rosenkavalier.
Garsington Opera – At Home
Watch full length operas or a selection of isolated arias free on their YouTube channel, or join their 20-min Monday Motivation live streams for singing, moving and motivation (10am Mondays BST).
Covid-19 Global Quilt – Global Quiltmaking
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An online global quilt project asking people to make a square piece of textile art, using materials from home, that depicts their thoughts, feelings & experiences during isolation & then to share an image of it to create a "digital-quilt" on the Instagram grid.
Free Sewing – Free Sewing Patterns
Freesewing is an open source platform for made-to-measure patterns for home sewers. Included because they've published a facemask pattern for during the Coronovirus crisis; comes with full instructions & a video – so get stitching!
Instructables – Machine Sewing Class
The Instructables Design Studio offers a beginner-level 8-lesson virtual class teaching the basics of sewing on a home machine and working with different types of fabric.
Sarah Maker – Face Mask Free Pattern
For another facemask pattern and comprehensive sewing instructions, including a video. She's also got instructions on how to make a no-sew face mask from materials you are likely to have at home.
Wool And The Gang – Free Knitting/Crochet Patterns
In return for a newsletter sign-up Wool And The Gang are offering free knitting and crochet patterns from a great looking collection of designs; from hats to tops, to dresses, to bags and blankets...
UK Hand Knitting – Knitting for Charity
Knitters, why not spend lockdown knitting for your favourite charity? There are a lot of charities with campaigns asking for knitted items to be sold to raise money, or to help with their work directly. This list of such charities includes those diverse as: Hats for the homeless, Age UK, National Animal Welfare Trust and Médecins Sans Frontières ...
Black Sheep Wools – Knitting/Crochet 'Make Alongs'
Check out Black Sheep Wools knitting and crochet Make Alongs on their Facebook pages. There's both a crochet and a knitted blanket project with patterns free to download a video for more information.
The Knitting Network – Free Knitting/Crochet Patterns
In exchange for signing up with your email address The Knitting Network are offering free Woman's Weekly knitting/crochet patterns. You also get discount on your first order and a new free pattern each week.
Tribe Yarns – Virtual Knit Nites
Tribe Yarns are hosting fortnightly virtual Knit Nites via Zoom. Hook up with other knitters anywhere in the world for some kinit together social time – bring your own drink, nibbles (and knitting!).
Lowie – Free Sewing Workshops
Free online sewing workshops: including darning, patch weaving, friendship bracelets and embroidery upcycling; new workshops added as time goes on. From Sustainable womenswear label Lowie!
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Free full-length plays from the National Theatre every Thursday on YouTube. Enjoy world-class theatre whilst they're closed. Streaming in April are: One Man, Two Guvnors; Jane Eyre; Treasure Island and Twelfth Night. The NT YouTube channel has full details, trailers, background info, talks and interviews , lots to keep theatre lovers occupied here!
The Shows Must Go On – Free Smash-Hit Musicals
During the Coronavirus crisis Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free! It will be available for 48 hours, so it can be watched whenever you like over the weekend. First up: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!; followed by: Jesus Christ Superstar – further shows to be announced.
RSC: Royal Shakespeare Company
Watch the RSC from home for free. As well as 17 RSC performances, there are also weekly Saturday premieres for shows not yet aired. Currently available productions include: Antony & Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1 & Part 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost & Won, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Richard II, The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona.
(Note: programme is provided via a free 30-day trial on Marquee TV, an international performing arts streaming service; RSC Patrons and Members can access the trial for 3 months.)
Wind in the Willows the Musical
The stage version of Kenneth Grahame's classic book, The Wind in the Willows is available for free streaming, recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017. Includes an option to donate to help provide financial and emotional support to theatre workers.
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Free streams from the Globe theatre, each available for 2-weeks, including Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Two Noble Kinsmen, Winter's Tale and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The Hampstead Theatre, in partnership with the Guardian, is to re-release the live stream recordings of a series of hit productions from its digital archive – Mike Bartlett's Wild; Beth Steel's Wonderland; and Howard Brenton's Drawing the Line.
Free musicals & plays – Filmed on Stage
A daily updated list of musicals and plays for streaming free during the Coronavirus outbreak. Includes both worldwide and country restricted streams as indicated on each performance.
Explore the globe with 360° imagery and panoramas; 360 Cities is one of the biggest collections of still images and videos. The Curated Sets Gallery allows you to explore diverse special collections such as: rainforests; ww2 military aircraft, world cities, UNESCO sites, walking over bridges ...
Sir David Attenborough – Great Barrier Reef
A fabulous interactive journey through Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the company of Sir David Attenborough. There's also interactive maps and some great infographics to help you understand the corals. This wasn't created for lockdown but is a great way to (virtually) get away from it all for a while!
Travel the world from the comfort of your own sofa with Google Earth. You'll be able to fly anywhere in seconds, discover new places, explore hundreds of 3D cities; create your own maps; and take guided tours using Voyager (visit the International Space Station, Animals of the World, 'Monet was here', Natural Wonders Quiz etc. etc.).
(Note: From March 2020 Google Earth can be viewed on a range of web browsers including: Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge – support for more browsers is promised. Google Earth is also available for mobiles and tablets via the Google Earth app – visit site for links.)
Take a virtual visit to Yosemite National Park in California; enjoy the 360° panorama, click the flagged points for more info or check out the Panorama Index to navigate from point to point. While this isn't a live webcam it does include sounds captured at the various sites, so make sure your sound is turned on to get the full experience.
Virtual sightseeing tours of the Vatican in Rome: 360° tours that explore the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, Room of the Chiaroscuri, Niccoline Chapel, Pio Clementino Museum, Chiaramonti Museum.
Explore famous tourist destination sites across the world via live webcam – eerily empty in this time of lockdown.
360° photographs, 360° videos and a fabulous photo gallery – around 3,000 panoramas of more than 300 places of the Earth, including the North Pole, the Antarctic, volcano eruptions and even panoramas from the stratosphere. Each week they aim to publish a new virtual tour.
Stonehenge – Stonehenge Skyscape
View the stones live 24/7 via the Stonehenge Skyscape website. Experience sunrise and watch the journey of the moon and stars from within the stone circle any time of the day or night.
Starboard Boats – Virtual Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Discover Amsterdam's canals on this virtual cruise using 360° photos and landmark information points en route.