In times of corona crisis and public regulation, we must all stay at home. Well, let’s make the best of it. Today we will show you seven ways to get to know Europe from home. Best of all – they are all FREE.
#1 – A pleasure for opera lovers
Yesterday we already presented the platform of OperaVision to you. It allows you to enjoy concerts as livestream or on demand. In April, Italy will be the focus of the concerts. Masterpieces by Verdi will be broadcasted. There are many other ways to get to know European art and culture. For friends of literature, for example.
#2 – Looking for something new to read?
The EU Prize for Literature celebrates Europe’s best contemporary writers. On the website, you can find and download the works of all winning authors since 2009 (both the original version and the EN translation).
European Literature Prize
The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works.
#3 – Getting to know Europe through television – with ARTE
Arte (French acronym for Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) is a public service broadcaster based in Strasbourg, France. It is run in German-French cooperation by the two members Arte Deutschland and Arte France. The channel was created in 1991 by a State Treaty of 2 October 1990 between the French Republic and the then ten West German Länder and West Berlin and went on air on 30 May 1992.
Cultural channel ARTE broadcasts and streams programmes in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. The offer includes documentaries, drama films and series, music and digital experiences — most of it produced in Europe.
#4 – Discover European art online
Bringing together more than 3700 museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual centres across Europe. Europeana offers free access to millions of books, music, artworks and videos. From compelling online exhibitions to quirky blog posts and artsy backgrounds for your videoconference meetings — there’s something for everyone!
#5 – Travel through Europe’s cultural sites
A fantastic website! Most of Europe’s heritage sites are currently closed for visitors, but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy their beauty online. The platform World Heritage Journeys – Europe lets you choose from 4 different routes: Ancient, Romantic, Royal and Underground Europe. Perfect for future holiday planning and daydreaming.
#6 – Music to your ears – with the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards Charts
The Music Moves Europe Talent Awards are the new European Union Prize for popular and contemporary music. The awards celebrate emerging artists who represent the European sound of today and tomorrow. Can’t get enough of new music? Have a look at the MME Talent Awards. Previous winners include Adele, Stromae, Dua Lipa and Rosalia. Their Top 100 chart is updated every Friday and is the perfect soundtrack to your week.
#7 – How about a good European film?
And last but not least – how about enjoying the time at home with a good old movie?
There are really no limits for you. Classics of European film art can be watched on numerous platforms. If you need any further suggestions, you can visit the website EFA – European Film Awards for example. Or get inspired by the EU LUX Prize. This prize is awarded regularly by the European Parliament.
Don’t forget the popcorn!