Bologna – Culture doesn’t stop

Following the spontaneous balcony concerts of Italians, the city of Bologna makes live music available even with concert halls closed under the corona measures. The city’s web portal Bologna Agenda Cultura offers videos from musicians who played behind closed doors and gives free access to a wide range of online events.

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Stuttgart – Digital art tours

The museum StadtPalais in Stuttgart is going fully digital. Under the title ‘Online for you’, a varied programme of interactive live tours, digital visits and media guides for home are offered, as well as online workshops for children and families, speed runs and live guests. The whole programme is for free.

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Zaragoza – Photos from the balcony competition

The municipality has launched a photography competition for shots taken out of the balcony or window. The competition #DesdeMiVentana (or out of my window) is open to people aged between 12 and 30. Zaragoza is especially targeting young people who find it the hardest to stay indoors. All photos have to respect one condition: they have to portray the empty city of Zaragoza. In other words, the shots must show how society follows the measures to contain COVID-19. Read more here

Rome – Libraries against isolation

Rome’s libraries are making their catalogue available online for free with the #cultureathome campaign. People can subscribe for a free membership that will give them access to over 7100 periodicals from 90 countries in 40 different languages, the main national and international newspapers, and widely circulated magazines. Users will also be able to borrow from 2 to 4 e-books. Read more here

Warsaw – Digital zoo and forest visits

Warsaw launched several virtual broadcasts showcasing the natural world, serving both educational and recreational purposes. The videos show how employees of the city zoo take care of animals, or teach interesting facts about the animal world. People can also take a digital stroll in Lasy Miejskie, the City Forest of Warsaw, and teach their kids how to behave when in the forest. Find out more on the Fan page of Warsaw ZooZOO Education, and the Lasy Miejskie’s YouTube channel. Read the full article here

Ljubljana – volunteering for the elderly

Ljubljana has connected with a network of local volunteers who want to make everyday life easier for the elderly. The people involved are workers and volunteers from the Home Care Institute (Zavod za oskrbo na domu) and Ljubljana’s cultural public institutes (e.g. theatres, galleries). From Monday to Friday, the volunteer project manager is using the Home Care Institute Ljubljana’s phone number to collect the contact information of those who wish to be called by volunteers. The volunteers talk to the elderly about their jobs and about how the city’s cultural institutes work, as well as about normal everyday things, in order to help the elderly overcome their feelings of loneliness.

Leipzig – museum makes videos for kids

Leipzig’s natural history museum is creating videos for children to replace its exhibition on the deep sea, which was supposed to open at the end of March. A carpet of rubbish swirling above a shipwreck, the installation, and subsequently the videos that the museum is creation, will explore areas such as evolutionary history, biodiversity and environmental protection, until the museum can be opened again. Read more (in German) here.

Milan – moving services online

The city of Milan is offering online access to citizen documents such as for a change of residence and requests for urban permits. In addition all citizens now have access to the public libraries online database, and the in-house sport company is publishing daily workout and exercise routines. Many big cultural players have joined in the digital action with the Pinacoteca di Brera, for example, offering guided virtual tours. Read more here

Munich – Don’t stop creativity

To support artists and other creative workers, Kreative Deutschland together with some funding institutions, such as the Team of Excellence for the Culture and Creative Industries of the City of Munich, have initiated the campaign ‘Don’t stop creativity’, to share information about funding opportunities as well as inspirational ideas. Creative examples are also published on a website, such as a fashion crowdfunding project for home office wear. Read more