In the name of altruism, marketing, or pure boredom, we’ve seen an influx of virtual content with COVID-19. Institutions and businesses around the world are giving us more access to their services than ever before. Virtual tours of art museums. Digital concerts of the Berlin Philharmonie. People taking their services online to offer online courses in everything from fermentation to crochet. We're even being allowed into some of Berlin's best clubs, no questions asked.
If you’re looking for ways to enrich this time at home, consider this your roundup. We'll be updating it as more interesting online events and virtual offerings come available!
Over the years, our community has grown to include thousands of people spread across the world. If we’ve learned anything through all these transitions, it’s that physical space is only a very small part of what makes this a community.
We recently announced that our in-person community events will be on hold until further notice, but that doesn't mean we can't virtually hang! From webinars to online dance parties, here are some of the betahaus events that are going virtual.
Unlock access to some of the world’s finest cultural institutions without leaving home.
While the Berlin Philharmonie is closed, they’re bringing the music to you. Now you can receive free access to all concerts and films in the Digital Concert Hall.
Claim your offer by 31 March on the Berlin Philharmonie website
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
The Staatsoper is providing daily operas and concerts that can be watched on demand from the comfort of your own home.
Get more information at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden website
United We Stream
In partnership with ARTE Concert, United We Stream’s mission is to save Berlin’s club culture in quarantine by offering (cue-free!) access to Berlin’s clubs and artists via livestream. All funds raised go to a relief fund for clubs and event organzier's in need.
Virtual Museum Tours
More than 2,500 of the world’s most celebrated museums have partnered up with Google Arts & Culture to bring you a “street view” style walk through of the museum and galleries of artwork. You can explore the Pergamon, the British Museum, and the Musée d’Orsay all in one day.
As you may well know, the implications of the shut down will have economic implications that are wide-reaching. Do your part to keep local businesses going during this time by ordering in, shopping online, and joining events and workshops produced by people in your community.
Dining out is off the table, but many restaurants are pivoting to offer take out food. And as the author says best in his Lockdown Food Diaries article “Every euro and every order counts – without our continuous support during the next weeks, many of our favourite restaurants will not survive this crisis.”
Explore some of the restaurants in Kreuzberg, Neukölln, and Prenzlauerberg that could use your support.
Support the betahaus Community
There are many within our community who are working quickly to change their way of doing business and take their events or workshops online. Creatives. Craftsmen. Musicians. Freelancers. Workshop hosts.
Watch our Facebook group for virtual events by members of our community.
Is it finally time to learn the skill you’ve been putting off learning? Pick up drawing, coding, or Spanish with a virtual course.
Skillshare, Coursera, and Udemy
Skillshare, Coursera, and Udemy are some of the best known sources of eLearning with libraries in the thousands. If you’ve been meaning to learn something new and have a bit of time to do it, check out what they have to offer.
Ivy League Courses, Online
Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania are recognized as some of the most prestigious universities. While it’s pretty damn tough to get accepted to an Ivy Leage for in-person study, there are at least 450 classes you can take online completely free.
Always wanted to learn a new language or improve on one you’re already learning? Learn a new language on Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, and Babbel.
Take some time out to use Headspace or the Daily Om to avance your meditation practice.
With gyms closed, we’ve got to get creative with how we exercise. Luckily hundreds of fitness instructors and yoga teachers have taken their practices online for a free or reduced rate.
Join in the daily yoga sessions offered by our own Arrive Yoga or explore all the yoga, dance and fitness classes you can get online in this article by The Independent.