Online initiatives

Online initiatives

The Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends is collecting and curating online cultural initiatives (in English) related to the current COVID-19 crisis. This list is an ongoing process and will be expanded on a regular basis. If you have any additional initiatives or developments you want to share with us, please contact the Compendium’s Service Provider Team (

Country specific information on the implications for the cultural sector and the current measures being taken can be found here.

Performing arts

The Royal Opera House (ROH) launched a programme of free online content for the culturally curious at home. This includes productions offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

The Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) has opened its livestream archives, so that music lovers all over the world will still be able to enjoy opera and ballet. From Sunday March 15th onwards, Wiener Staatsoper will broadcast recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform – worldwide and free of charge.

The European Dancehouse Network (EDN) is conducting a survey and shares the outcomes on the impact of COVID-19 on the dance sector.

IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts) published the report Performing arts in times of the pandemic: status quo and the way forward. The report outlines the situation on an international scale, identifies the most burning needs of the performing arts sector and presents an overview of governments’ responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Visual arts

CoronaMaison (CoronaBuilding) is an invitation to draw the ideal place to be quarantined in. Artists and non-artists are invited to participate in this collaborative drawing game. The single rule is to download the template of the room so that all decorated rooms seem to belong to the same building: CoronaBuilding stands for a virtual place where we all “live together”.

IED Visual Arts launched an online creative challenge for graphic designers, Stay close(d), as an invite to reflect on how isolation or being closed and physically distanced actually brings us together and makes us feel close.

#Creativityathome The Glucksman contemporary art museum in Cork, Ireland proposes a new art activity each week, based on their collection.

While the Metropolitan Museum of Arts has temporarily closed its doors to fight the spread of the coronavirus, they remain committed to their mission to inspire knowledge, creativity, and ideas. In its digital digest, they bring a selection of their many videos, articles, and online resources.

MCM Advancing digital transformation in museums has compiled an extensive list and guide to virtual museum resources, e-learning and online collections.

Museums in Europe are invited to contribute to a survey mapping the effects of COVID-19. The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) is collecting detailed and comparable data on the short- and long term effects on income, staff, online presence and work flow. The results of the survey will be used as evidence as to why adequate support for museums is necessary.

Google Arts & Culture allows you to virtually visit museums, cultural heritage sights and art works with an array of interactive tools.

Audiovisual media

The project Cities and Memory have initiated #stayhomesounds Sounds from the global Covid-19 lockdown. Listen to the world in lockdown via and interactive map.

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) offers a free online collection of films and new media projects. Outside of the Netherlands, almost 200 titles are available.

Join Sheffield Transformed for their Quarantine Film Club, a series of politically themed films on Netflix that you enjoy from home in the online company of others.

Cineurope presents an overview of the film events that have been cancelled or postponed, as well as further country specific measures for the audiovisual sector.

Talking Shorts, an online film magazine dedicated to short films, initiated the My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival. They present a weekly programme with seven short films related to the theme dystopia, after which the audience can vote for their favorite film. Talking Shorts has also set up a GoFundMe page where you can support Doctors Without Borders and cultural institutions and workers.


The European Music Council is conducting a survey on the impacts of the COVID-19 on the music sector.

The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event from James Sills that aims to bring people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.

Arts and education

Engage with two new museum and heritage learning departments each week through the GEM Education Skills Sharing Sessions via Twitter.


Culture Funding Watch organised an international virtual conference on Art Emergency Funding Mechanisms in the COVID-19 crisis. The podcast of the Conference can be found here.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, many activities carried out under the Creative Europe Programme cannot take place as planned. With this in mind, the European Commission has launched #CreativeEuropeAtHome  – a social media campaign that is running on our Creative Europe accounts on Facebook and Twitter. With this, the European Commission is crowd sourcing the effort to highlight great online cultural activities throughout the Creative Europe community – available to culture lovers currently stuck at home.

On behalf of European cultural networks, platforms and organisations, Culture Action Europe has sent a joint letter on March 20th to the Commissioner Gabriel and Members of Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC). The letter lists proposals regarding the ways to cope with the consequences of COVID-19 on Creative Europe and the European cultural and creative sectors. A range of different possibilities should be open to cultural organisations benefiting from Creative Europe funding in order to provide the appropriate support and allow for fitting responses in the case of each organisation’s circumstances.

The National Endowment of the Arts has launched a COVID-19 funding and resources page for artists and arts organisations in the United States.