Free leisure activities to get you through isolation

Since self-isolation has begun to take over our lives in the effort to contain the coronavirus, we are seeing more and more initiatives that are trying to give us alternative leisure activities so we can fill up the time at home in the best way possible.  These include magazines, books, tv shows, movies, music, even virtual visits to the best museums in the world. Today more than ever, the world seems to be just a click away.


For those that like to read

  • Publishing group Hearst has decided to offer free access to its magazines via Kiosko y Más. The idea was so successful that the platform actually crashed.  Some of the titles available on the website include Harpers Bazaar, Casa Diez, Mi Casa, and Elle Decoration.
  • Conde Nast brought the publication of the April editions of their titles forward to March 15. Architectural Digest, Vogue, and Vanity Fair are already available to download for free online.
  • If you’re more of a book person, don’t forget about Wikisource, Wikipedia’s free digital library. It might also be a good time to download the Kindle app and try the Kindle Unlimited trial, which gives you free access to over 1 million books for 30 days.
  • Various authors and publishing houses are offering their books for free. Follow your favourite authors on social media and you might be pleasantly surprised.
  • Don’t forget to take a look at our post in which we shared our favourite design magazines and blogs.


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Don’t stop the music

  • There are artists offering concerts from their own homes through Instagram live and festivals being organised in record time on social media. Keep an eye on the accounts of your favourite singers and bands.
  • If you’re more of a classical music person, The Metropolitan Opera of New York has begun a Nightly Met Opera Stream, offering a different show every night.
  • The Vienna State Opera website programs recordings of operas and ballets from the last few years and is offering free access to their archive for one month.
  • While theatres remain closed, the Teatro Real in Madrid and El Liceo in Barcelona are allowing us to virtually attend shows from their last few seasons via My Opera Player.


Virtual museums

  • When you get tired of reading or watching tv shows, you can pay a virtual visit to some of the museums and monuments on offer at Google Arts & Culture, as well as some of the best street art in cities like New York and London.
  • Some museums are going a step further with initiatives like #Pradocontigo, a program that offers live talks about artworks and artists with curators and experts from the Prado Museum.