Social distancing during COVID-19 but still want your fill of arts and culture?

While we’ve sadly had to cancel ZestFest 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis and the places we’d go to access arts and culture are currently closed there are many online options to get your arts fix not just in Australia but all over the world – including museums, shows of all kinds, talks, virtual tours and more… Scroll down and keep some Zest in your life!

We’d like to thank ECH for providing us with some of the links included below.

Please be aware that the links below are to external sites not affiliated with COTA SA and, as such, if you have any queries or comments regarding these websites or their content please contact the owner of the site directly

Online Arts Activities

Luminate@Home A fun new series of online creative activities developed by Scotland’s creative ageing organisation designed for you to do in your home.

Sadlers Wells Company of Elders Check out these fun online dance workshops, specifically targeted at people over 60 include Flamenco, Ballet, Contemporary and Bharatanatyam and others.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia  Visit these online experiences to inspire, engage and spark your creativity, including the artist talking about their works.

Monster Theatres: Art Gallery of South Australia  Head over to their website for the 2020 Adelaide Biennial Virtual Tour. Including podcasts and videos from artists, curators and guest speakers. 

National Gallery of Victoria Try out the amazing immersive virtual tours of the NGV: you can currently ‘walk’ through their blockbuster (and normally ticketed) exhibitions Keith Haring | Jean Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines(and listen to the audio guide at the same time) and Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness.

Art Gallery of New South Wales ‘Together in Art’ Celebrate collaborations with contemporary artists to deliver powerful art and enriching experiences directly to you at home.

LIFE INTERRUPTED an online exhibition at MOD – (UniSA’s Museum of Discovery)

The History Trust of South Australia There’s so much to do on their new online portal which features wonderful range of videos on a wide range of interesting topics ready to be explored.

Stitch and Resist Now is a great time to find you inner craftivism with the beginner friendly medium of cross stitching. The History Trust’s Centre of Democracy are inviting individuals around the world to make and share work addressing the urgent question: How do we resist injustice, engage in the everyday practice of pluralist democracy – and take care of our well-being while in the midst of a global pandemic?

Writers SA have developed an online program, now is the perfect time to pick up a pen and start that novel or write your memoirs – don’t put it off discover the writer in you! (there are fees attached to these courses)

Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  Perfect rainy afternoon on the couch entertainment.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Have a lovely selection of virtual concerts, why not set the scene and make a night of it?

Australian Chamber Orchestra HomeCasts is an immersive digital season of ACO music, featuring new recordings, live streamed performances, specially curated playlists and in-depth interviews.

Opera Australia – Staging an opera  Ever wondered just how much work goes into an opera production?  How does it all begin? Who does it involve? In five short videos, you are taken backstage and back in time to see how a production takes shape, following a new production of The Pearlfishers.

Komische Oper Berlin  enjoy videos of several wonderful productions and definitely don’t miss former Adelaide Festival Director Barry Kosky’s La bohème .

Royal Opera House for the culturally-curious at home Among an exceptional program of content, coming up is the Royal Ballet’s The Metamorphosis. Arthur Pita’s dance-theatre work is an adaptation of Kafka’s novella.

Hamburg Ballet’s Beethoven Project
Choreographer John Neumeier has always been deeply moved by the powerful, striking music of Ludwig van Beethoven. The Beethoven Project premiered only last year and is “a form of symphonic ballet shaped by the inspiration of Beethoven’s music and my subjective choreographic response.” Stunning! Available from the Ballet’s Videos on Demand. 

New York Philharmonic Orchestra plays on with a new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide.

Live with Carnegie Hall  Tune in for unforgettable episodes that feature some of the world’s finest artists as they share behind-the-scenes stories, excerpts from past performances, and live musical moments.

Monash University Live  This series of concerts brings the joy of music live streamed from the David Li Sound Gallery at Monash University to your home. Every Wednesday evening throughout May you can experience live concerts by acclaimed Australian musicians. Every Wednesday at 6.30pm ACST

Bangarra Dance Theatre: Bennelong
Acclaimed worldwide for its authentic storytelling, distinctive voice and moving performances Bangarra’s Bennelong was part of the 2018 Adelaide Festival. Immerse yourself in the full performance.

Australian Dance Theatre’s ADAPT series – An online virtual season of contemporary dance from internationally acclaimed Australian Dance Theatre.  The free performances will be uploaded every second Friday and will be available for 48 hours for anyone who signs up for the season.

Australian Ballet Digital Season
Throughout its history, ballet has always offered a most wonderful escape from troubled times. The Australian Ballet’s next full-length production will be Alexei Ratmansky’s beautiful Cinderella.

Shakespeare’s Globe Virtually attend productions online and enjoy the classics, dahrling!

City of Adelaide have curated some suggested ideas, stories and online experiences to share while practicing social isolation.

Saxton Fireside chats  Saxton, a Speakers’ Agency is conducting a range of ‘fireside chats’ intimate interviews with some well know, and some less well known speakers with some amazing tales to share.

TED talks

Did you know there are over 3400 influential talks by expert speakers on an extensive selection of topics. Here are a few suggestions:

TED Talk : Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship

TED talk :  Isabel Allende How to live passionately – no matter your age

TED talk :  Aubrey de Grey A roadmap to end aging

TED Talk : Brene Brown The power of vulnerability

TED talk :  Dan Buettner How to live to be 100+

TED talk :  Isadora Kosofsky Intimate photos of a senior love triangle

TED talk : Ashton Applewhite Let’s end ageism

TED talk : Bob Stein A rite of passage for late life

TED talk : Susan Pinker The secret to living longer may be your social life

In the last few weeks Chris Anderson, Head of TED has hosted a series of talks on responses to the current COVID 19 pandemic, releasing daily talks that go for about an hour – here is a selection:

TED Connects :  It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. Here’s what to do next

TED Connects :  How we can navigate the coronavirus pandemic with courage and hope

TED Connects : How to create meaningful connections while apart

TED Connects :  How to be your best self in times of crisis

Here are a few more gems…

This super interesting short doco on how The National Gallery London’s framing department made six huge frames for their recent Titian exhibition. 

This virtual tour of Keukenhof in the Netherlands – a park that is filled with 26 different varieties of tulips at this time of year. Presented by a most charming Dutch host.

This Oscar-winning short film based on Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella The Old Man and the Sea by Aleksandr Petrov: made of 29,000 images painted on glass.

And how could we not mention the Sea Otter Cam from Monterey Bay’s Aquarium

Here’s The Guardian’s guide ‘From standup to the Sistine chapel the best online culture for self-isolation.’    There’s so much more, we could go on and on. 

Other Suggestions…

There’s so much more, we could go on and on… If you have any suggestions we should add to the list we’d love to hear from you, send them through to