A growing number of countries across the globe are in lockdown, or being encouraged to temporarily close businesses and stay at home. Cultural venues are deserted and theatres are eerily quiet. Here on the Costa Blanca, a number of local artists are livestreaming entertainment in an act of community solidarity to keep locals entertained. If you are a facebook user, you can catch up with local artists such as Stevie Spit livestreaming shows via the popular social media platform. Search for the Facebook page ‘Live Lounge Costa Blanca’ for the latest updates.
There are a great many museums and art galleries offering virtual tours which is a great way to pass the time if you’ve had your fill of TV.
Below are some of our favourites:
THE LOUVRE
The Louvre in Paris is offering three virtual tours via its website. Go to the website https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne to choose your tour, or enjoy all three.
MUSÉE D’ORSAY
On the other side of the Seine lies the Musée d’Orsay. Browse its collections online at https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris?hl=en
VATICAN MUSEUM
The Vatican Museum has an impressive collection of virtual 360 degree tours of its various exhibits. See them all at http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.1.html
SMITHSONIAN PORTRAIT GALLERY
The famed Smithsonian Portrait Gallery is also available to view online without having to go in person to Washington DC.
See portraits of political and cultural icons who have shaped the history of the USA at https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-portrait-gallery
STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST PETERSBURG
If you have time to spare (and currently, we suspect most of us do) you can take a remarkable five hour one take video journey through the world’s second largest museum. This stunning behemoth of a building is home to three million artistic and cultural artefacts.

THE WORLD’S OLDEST ART GALLERY
Back at Google’s Arts and Culture collection users can take a virtual tour through the 36,000 year old ‘art gallery’ that is the Chauvet Cave.
https://artsandculture.google.com/story/sgUB9Mfa0DpmPA