Let the Arts come to you: How to get your Culture & Creativity Fix during Lockdown

Before I get into this blog post, I just wanted to say I hope that you, your friends, family, and loved ones are all safe and well.

This morning, as I was watching a play (online), I thought to write a quick blog post for the majority of us who are staying in. For us lovers of the arts, and especially those who have and need creative outlets, I have put together a list of things we can do to keep the creative juices flowing.


The Arts

Some creative people need muses, visuals, stimuli, experiences and exposure to other creatives’ work; be it, art, literature, photography or design to name a few. And to get inspired, a creative does not necessarily just hone in to their own niche places, but expand to all forms of art.   

For inspiration, you might visit a museum or art gallery, theatre, or attend a concert, and of course, at the moment, we can not go out to such places, therefore none of these are available to us. Or are they? 

As long as we have the internet, we can still access plenty of inspiration (and entertainment) without needing to leave the four walls that are keeping us safe, and below I have listed a few.

1. Theatre

 The National Theatre is generously putting up a different play a week, through YouTube, for free! Presently they are showing ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ ( which is the play I was watching this morning!) and next week’s show is Jane Eyre. And so on. 




The Globe has quite the selection of Shakespearean plays to see, again, from the comfort of your home, though they do ask for a small fee. I have to say I love their ‘send as a gift’ idea. This would make a nice surprise for a Shakespeare lover.





2. Museums

The British Museum is my favourite museum in the UK. I love getting lost in it, especially
on the second floor galleries where there are over 100 mummies. But what I mainly love about this museum is the sense of travelling through so many eras and centuries, all under one roof.


3. Galleries

The Tate Modern and Britain are showing their latest exhibitions on line, and for free!
These can be found through their website and YouTube. The exhibitions include Andy Warhol and Aubrey Beardsley. A detailed article on this is here:  Forbes on Tate



4.  Opera

The Royal Opera House





5. Concerts

There are so many live concerts going on online, I think the quarantine will be lifted by the time I get through them all!

Here are a few:

Pop

Billboard have a thorough list and schedule of most ‘pop’ concerts - from Miley Cyrus to James Bay!


Classical 

Wigmore Hall has some past live streams on their website here Wigmore Hall

Jazz

If you’d like to hear (and see) Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Nina Simone, amongst others, playing at the Montreux Jazz festival , just click here   50 concerts from past Montreaux Jazz Festivals here! That’s where I’ll be heading after this post!


6. Architecture & Design 

Wallpaper

When I think of Wallpaper, I think of architecture & design, but the magazine has so much more.



Wallpaper has a comprehensive website but if you’re used to buying the magazine itself, fret not, they are now putting their next editions on line, free for all to download, and April’s edition is already up!


7. Cinema

BFI has always been my go to whenever I have felt like watching cinema at its best. Although you need a subscription, you are not obliged to keep it and can cancel and rejoin as many times as you like!
I usually watch the foreign films and Hitchcock!

Now, the above was just a glimpse of some things available to us. If you can think of others, please do share in the comments, and also let me know what you’re doing to keep your creative juices flowing at this difficult time.

Of course, we are all creative in one way or another. These may be expressed differently to the general connotation of creatives, but nevertheless, creativity is about ANYTHING that uses the imagination or any idea that is then used to create anything. It does not have to involve a paintbrush or musical notes! You can use creative thinking in mathematics for example. 


Silence and standing still

It is only when we make space, that our creativity can truly come out. It has space to breathe and think and expand. This space doesn’t have to be an external one necessarily. What’s important is to make space in our heads. Have time to slow down, to unbury ourselves. Therefore, this period could actually be helpful for coming up with ideas and letting the imagination run free.
Have you noticed Youtubers coming out with more frequent content? Bloggers, the same, and writers too? It’s because we not only have the space to think of ideas but also the time that would normally be filled with other outside influences.
I found myself making bracelets the other night; a first for me!


From my living room to yours, 

Much love,
Raha x


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