Spain's best online plans this week

Coronavirus lockdown has us all still confined in our homes but that doesn’t mean life has to be boring. The online culture scene is making sure there is plenty to see and do!

Madrid's Espacio Fundacion Telefónica is now offering online exhibitions / Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Madrid's Espacio Fundacion Telefónica is now offering online exhibitions / Espacio Fundación Telefónica
25 March 2020, Emma Donaldson

The spread of the coronavirus and strict rules and regulations from the government means that residents in Spain are still confined to their homes and will be for at least a few more weeks. However, the COVID-19 outbreak isn’t going to stop us from enjoying the best of Spanish culture, as more and more cultural plans are becoming available online. As well as many of Spain’s best museums offering virtual exhibitions, many other cultural centres and initiatives have taken to the web to offer hours of entertainment. And the best part? You don’t even have to move from your sofa. Let’s have a look at Spain’s best cultural plans that you can enjoy at home this week.

Tabacalera

Tabacalera is a cultural and art centre located in an old tobacco factory in Madrid and makes it its mission to promote local art, as well as holding workshops and other exhibitions. Due to the recent closure of museums and cultural centres throughout Spain, Tabacalera has made the leap into the virtual world like many other centres of its sort, with many of the exhibitions found in this quirky art centre now available to the public online. The online platform is offering a dozen virtual exhibitions that you can enjoy at home, including paintings, sculpture and photography.

#SoloEnCasaFest

Instagram is proving a very popular option for quarantine entertainment initiatives in Spain and #SoloEnCasaFest (translated as “Home Alone Fest”) is the latest to take social media by storm. This festival hosts all kinds of activities including concerts, illustration classes, culinary and craft workshops, DJ sessions, live make-up tutorials, interviews, bachata classes, sports, cinema and so much more: you’re certainly going to spoilt for choice! The sessions are announced just one day in advance, so keep an eye out for all the details on the #SoloEnCasaFest Instagram profile.

El Doré en casa

Madrid’s Doré cinema and its programme planned for March and April have also been affected by the closure of the city's cultural institutions due to the spread of the coronavirus. But like so many others, this classic cinema which shows restored films has taken a step forward by strengthening its online content and announcing the launch of its new initiative: “El Doré en casa” (El Doré at home). Through its Vimeo channel, accessible and free for everyone, El Doré en casa offers open viewing of classic films restored by the institution. Take note that each film is only shown for three days before being replaced by a new title.

Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Espacio Fundación Telefónica has always defended the fact that knowledge must reach everyone. In a bid to keep to their word, the cultural space located in the centre of Madrid is continuing to demonstrate that technology is a fundamental tool for expanding creativity and culture. In these exceptional circumstances, this is being demonstrated more than ever. From a glimpse of the Telefónica collection at home, to listening to their podcast or enjoying exhibitions, talks, meetings and debates on their Youtube channel, Fundación Telefónica has put all of its digital content at the service of citizens to help make confinement just that little bit easier.  

#YoMeQuedoEnCasaCocinando

The hashtag #YoMeQuedoEnCasa (translated as “I’m staying at home”) has taken the internet by storm and has been the initiative behind many of the virtual plans on offer that residents in Spain and beyond can enjoy from the comfort of their own home. One initiative has taken the hashtag one step further, translating as - “I’m staying at home to cook” - and is encouraging people to take advantage of their free time to cook up a feast at home. This period of quarantine isn’t all about music and the cinema, with other activities like cooking and gastronomy also giving life to many in Spain to beat the boredom, some even discovering their inner chef. If you see yourself as a budding chef, check out the #YoMeQuedoEnCasaCocinando Instagram account where you can be a part of Spain’s first culinary streaming festival and learn to cook with top chefs.

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