COVID-19 Resources

Arts & Theatre Activities

Below we are compiling a list of arts & theatre resources to enjoy online. We will add to this listing as we find more fantastic resources:


Watch and listen to interviews and excerpts from The Nightingale and the Rose presented by The Everyman and John O’Brien. CLICK HERE

Watch and listen to opera online with  Irish National Opera CLICK HERE and make sure to explore INO’s website further to discover so much more CLICK HERE

The European Commission-funded opera streaming platform @OperaVision_eu ⁩ is scaling up its programme of free opera in response to people’s self-isolation. CLICK HERE

 The Met’s series of free opera streams continues CLICK HERE

The Guardian Classical Music and Opera to stream at home CLICK HERE 

The New York Metropolitan Opera free streams.  Each night at 7:30 pm EST a new opera will be shown and will be available for 20 hours. CLICK HERE

The Berlin Philharmonic opens its home, the Philarmonie, for free, and has decided to counter this forced silence by allowing free access to its Digital Concert Hall for one month. CLICK HERE

The Bouffes du Nord Theater is showing archival documents, interviews and recordings of shows. Peter Brook’s production of Carmen from 1983 streaming until 11 April. CLICK HERE. 

Enjoy comedian Chris Kent’s stand-up show live from The Everyman! CLICK HERE

Bernard Casey is hosting Rose of Tralee on Instagram live with Laura O’Mahony. CLICK HERE

The Irish Film Institute turns its Q&A events into podcasts which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home CLICK HERE

Limetree Theatre has created a great Films to Watch at Home resource: CLICK HERE

Irish comedian, Alison Spittle, has been organising Netflix Watch Parties, so people can watch movies together. The viewing parties have been hugely successful, with #CovideoParty trending in Ireland last night. CLICK HERE

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival have provided a curated program of free Festival films that are available online for you to watch at home with your family.  CLICK HERE

Arbutus Yarns have lots of music documentaries and performance films and more, that are all free-to-view! CLICK HERE

Follow the Twitter hashtag for news of upcoming music online  #KeepTheMusicPlaying

Radiohead are playing weekly live shows coming to Radiohead’s @YouTube channel CLICK HERE. 

Switzerland’s famed Montreux Jazz Festival has released a free archive of over 50 full concert films CLICK HERE

Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery is hosting a series of “mini-gigs” by some of his favourite Irish and international fellow musicians and collaborators every second evening at 7pm. mick.flannery.musician or @mickflannerymusic

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will livestream songs daily from his home in Los Angeles in wake of the coronavirus CLICK HERE  

De Barras | Sitting Room to Sitting Room Sessions. Live stream gigs via Facebook every night at 9.30pm and 8pm on Sundays. CLICK HERE

Lockdown Songbirds Singalong with Cathy Jordan, Trad Tune at Lunch and Sligo Sings for the hell of it… and more events hosted on Hawk’s Well Theatre Facebook page. CLICK HERE

Re-watch live videos:

Colm Mac Con Iomaire: CLICK HERE 

The Mary Wallopers St Patrick’s Day show: CLICK HERE The Mary Wallopers have uploaded more livestreams, “Stay at Home with The Mary Wallopers”, and are continuing to do so on their YouTube channel. CLICK HERE

STAGE IT Online gigs (not all free, here to help artists get paid too!). CLICK HERE

Festival “Stay at Home” and Quarantine Fest: many artists through their Instagram profiles will do live shows of about 30 min as if it were a private acoustic concert.

Musician Tom Chapin is presenting ‘Mornings with Papa Tom’ on his Youtube Channel

Tradoodle is a traditional arts festival for young people. They have started a channel on Youtube with musical shows.

The wonderful people of Choir! Choir! Choir! are organising regular LIVE Social-Distan-SING-ALONGS. Stay tuned on their Facebook page @choirX3 for the next one.

The Causal Choir can’t meet as usual so MD Róisín Savage, is bringing the choir to you! They will post videos online so you can learn your parts, you can record yourself, send the recordings in and they will magically put it altogether. CLICK HERE

John Spillane is regularly livestreaming on his Facebook page. CLICK HERE


The Show Must Go On! Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is calling all musical lovers! Starting this Friday, their channel be releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free! (Only available for 48 hours!) CLICK HERE

Take part in Poetry Ireland’s daily #PoetryPrompt on Twitter. You’ll be hooked!

Check out Rick O’Shea’s Book Club on Facebook. New episodes live on Mon, Wed and Thur at 7pm. CLICK HERE

Faber membership is free at  Get hand-picked book selections, reader competitions, special offers and more CLICK HERE 

Libraries Ireland can be joined HERE. They are using BorrowBox to distribute digital content. You can join and download eBooks and Audiobooks. 

UCC’s Creative Writing department will be showcasing a miscellany of fiction, poetry and non-fiction starting on Wednesday, April 1, under the title Creative Corona. A new piece of creative writing will be made available online for free each day. CLICK HERE 

Cuirt International Festival of Literature went online from 23 – 25 April. The festival aims to celebrate and shine a spotlight on national and international literary talent.  CLICK HERE

Professionally produced stage plays, ready to read now. CLICK HERE

Read, discuss books & join online book clubs & groups. CLICK HERE


Theatre Lovett’s The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly is coming to you from  The Sydney Opera House as part of their digital season From our House to Yours. Available for free online for May, June, July 2020. Your ticket is a Clicket!

The Abbey Theatre’s Dear Ireland. A national conversation let by Ireland’s artists. 50 writers. 50 actors. Now available on the Abbey Theatre’s YouTube channel. More info: CLICK HERE. 

A list of the best theatre and dance to watch online from The Guardian CLICK HERE


National Theatre of Scotland ON SCREEN  CLICK HERE

The Globe Theatre has lots of Shakespeare plays, recorded at the theatre, available to stream. CLICK HERE

National Theatre will stream NT Live Productions for Free on Youtube CLICK HERE 

The Show Must Go Online Shakespeare readings are a fun, sociable way for actors and theatre makers to stay connected and creative during these unprecedented times, and also provide audiences with something that’s live, that’s raw, that feels spontaneous and exciting – replicating the theatre experience for those who need to self-isolate. CLICK HERE

The REP Birmingham are sharing an archived recording of The Importance of Being Earnest, which originally played September 2016. Will go live from 7pm, Sun 5 April. CLICK HERE. 

The Civic Theatre have uploaded The Matchmaker by John B. Keane Live Recording (2001), in aid of the Artist Emergency Relief Fund. If you enjoy the performance, please donate to the cause. CLICK HERE is a new resource for Irish Theatre. Launching a new weekly, live webcast about Irish Theatre on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. CLICK HERE

Writing Project Cork and Covid-19. Cork City Library invites you to write a poem or short story (max 1,000 words) giving a snapshot of your life in these strange times. The library will compile the work for their social history archives. Email with your entry.

Join Fishamble’s #TinyPlayChallenge! In these challenging times, keep your creativity flowing. Send Fishamble your 600 word Tiny Play. Each week they will share select plays on their site that respond to a weekly prompt, starting with: COMMUNITY. More info: CLICK HERE 


The Glucksman presents Home From Home. Irish artists respond to the Covid19 restrictions. CLICK HERE

Crawford Art Gallery is hosting a range of exhibitions online. Learn and Explore section of the website is offering lots of fun, creative and free exercises for kids, teens and older adults. CLICK HERE

Check out the online events and activities calendar collated by Arts For All Cork. CLICK HERE

Give Back – Directory of free products / services available during COVID-19 CLICK HERE 

Huge resource at Barbican Centre online to Read, Watch and Listen for adults CLICK HERE 

Check out #CultureInQuarantine from our UK neighbours – a brilliant new arts and culture service that will keep the arts alive in people’s homes during these challenging times.

A huge list of free online resources from virtual tour of museums, music, literature to mental health resources and more from Chatterpack CLICK HERE 

The Social Distancing Festival Live Stream Directory (Calendar of lots of free live streams!) CLICK HERE

OPEN CULTURE Over 1500 free online courses, audiobooks and movies. CLICK HERE

Genevieve Ryan is a dancer and choreographer who has been teaching in Galway since 2006. Her team are sharing some dance at home videos on their Facebook Page

Get your Drama fix via radio with RTÉ Radio Drama. CLICK HERE

FinalRune Productions is proud to offer recorded Radio Drama stories as free MP3 downloadsCLICK HERE

British Museum are hosting virtual events and themed activities you can do at home for all the family! CLICK HERE

Yale’s very popular course, “The Science of well-Being”, or the “Happiness Course” is now free, and open to everyone online! CLICK HERE

Online Events are virtual and highly interactive, where people come together to learn and be entertained on the web. Stay connected through live streams of your favorite music, games, sports, or news. CLICK HERE


Come back tomorrow as we will be adding to this great list.

Do share any other fun or practical resources by emailing and we’ll post them!

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