Technology is saving culture in a time defined by social distancing.  We’ve seen this with the use of virtual reality at different events, and below are four more examples of #culturasegura (literally, “safe culture”) in the digital space.

Streamed events

Scenikus is an online platform that functions as a marketplace and streaming site for events and artistic experiences.  On their website, you can hire artists for online shows or buy tickets to livestreams of plays, magic shows, musicals and more.  They are also experimenting with new formats, such as the audiovisual piece Amor de Cuarentena (‘Love in Quarantine’), a two-week long experience in which the protagonist communicates with the user by sending messages, voice notes, and photos on WhatsApp.

 

Live concerts in the digital era

Maestro is an interactive video platform that offers tools for creating visually attractive experiences and then monetising these events.  American singer Billie Eilish held a virtual concert on the platform.  The livestream included a stage with captivating visual and extended reality effects.  Rolling Stone loved it: “With the feel of a highly produced music video, the show, hit on all the strengths of livestreaming”.

 

Museums online

The Prado Museum has released its first official digital guide.  It’s an app for mobiles and tablets that lets users get up close and personal with more than 400 works at the museum, with commentary and explanations from experts.  Second Canvas Thyssen, the app for the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum also lets users take a look at its masterpieces.  Other museums, such as the Louvre, the Met, and the Uffizi Gallery, are offering virtual tours.

 

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Online film festivals

Film festivals have avoided cancellation or postponement by using online platforms.  D’A Film Festival Barcelona 2020, which was scheduled to take place at the end of March 2020, was held on time by making a deal with online platform FilmIn.  The streaming site has hosted many cinematic events during the pandemic.