NYC & Company Launches ‘Virtual NYC’ Encouraging Digital Exploration of New York City! – Part Two


NYC offers a virtual taste of its cultural experiences in response to temporary closures


Colombian Film Festival New York

In response to its postponement, the director has arranged for three film screenings per week with English subtitles. Updates are posted on the Facebook page and links are available via streaming service Boonet.

You are Welcome Here QWFF 2020 – Credit Ken Brown

Film Forum Presents Virtual Cinema

The venerable cinema has partnered with distributors Kino Lorber, Zeitgeist Films and Film Movement to present recent releases, an Oscar nominee for Best International Film and more.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

The ReelAbilities Film Festival, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. ReelAbilities will take place online from March 31 to April 6. Virtual tickets, available free or low cost ($6), include a link to the film as well as interactive Q+As with filmmakers.


Tribeca Film Festival 

Movie lovers can stay entertained by watching short-films from Tribeca Film Festival alumni posted to the website daily. Viewers can expect fan favorites from previous festivals, curated works and even some world premieres.

Women Make Movies

A virtual film festival commemorating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month highlights feminist films from across the globe. Initially launched for March, the organizers are seeking to extend its run.

Courtesy ChamberMusicSociety of Lincoln Center Cherylynn Tsushima

Performing Arts


Ailey All Access

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is offering an online streaming series featuring full length performances, Ailey Extension dance classes and original short films created by the Ailey dancers, along with other specially created content.

All Arts
Available online or on TV in the tri-state area only, All Arts offers programming across dance, film, music, theater and additional visual arts. Launched in the summer of 2018 by NYC’s WNET (New York Public Media) there’s no better time to take advantage of its free and engaging art programming.


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS)


For eight weeks, at 12:30 pm daily, CMS will release chamber music concerts from its 50-year archive on the ‘Watch & Listen’ section of the website, with a new theme each week. Web visitors can also enjoy concerts, lectures, master classes, ‘Meet the Music’ and the CMS National Radio Series.


This Downtown Brooklyn-based arts incubator, a staple in the community for 40+ years, is going virtual. Visitors to the website can now stream past performances from BRIC House and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival for free. Donations to the Bric Creative Future Relief Fund are welcome.


The Joyce Theater
Considered the international leader in dance presentation, the foundation continues to advocate for the art form and support artists thanks to their podcast ‘Still Spinning”. Hosted on the non-profit organization’s website, episodes help listeners get closer to artistic directors of dance companies, choreographers and dancers as they navigate topics from inclusion, to processing grief and talking climate change, all through the power of dance.


The Metropolitan Opera

For the duration of its closure, the Met Opera will stream a different encore presentation of a top operatic performance nightly, with each video posted to the website at 7:30 pm and left up for 20 hours.

New York City Ballet

City Ballet The Podcast features in-depth conversations with dancers, choreographers, orchestra members and more. Also worth tuning-in for, @tilerpeck (a Principal NYCB Dancer for over ten years), is helping aspiring dancers pass the time with free ballet classes on Instagram at 1 pm daily.


New York Philharmonic

#NYPhilPlaysOn will show past performances of the world-renowned symphony orchestra posted to Facebook every Thursday at 7:30 pm EST. The next rebroadcast will spotlight Act 1 of Wagner’s Die Walküre on April 2.

Met Opera- Anna Netrebko in Lucia. Courtesy Ken Howard


The Actors Fund
Benefits for New York City’s beloved theatrical community are underway.

Stars in the House is being produced daily by SiriusXM’s Seth Rudetsky and his husband James Wesley. Mini-shows featuring Broadway stars stream live at, Playbill and at 2 pm and 8 pm, traditional showtimes. Stars announced include: Laura Benanti, Wayne Brady, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara and many more beloved luminaries of the screen and stage.


Separately, the 25-Time Emmy Award® Winning “THE ROSIE O’DONNEL SHOW” returned for one night only, with appearances by celebrities like: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Gloria Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, Barry Manilow and others. The extravaganza now lives on and viewers can still donate funds.


The Amazing Max  

While this family-friendly, Off-Broadway magic show is on pause for now, fans can book 30-minute virtual magic lessons from the comfort of their homes. No special props required.

Broadway HD
This streaming platform helps locals and travelers access The Great White Way from afar. It is offering 7-day free trials to entertain and inspire theater lovers while stages are dark in New York City. A few of the productions in its library of hundreds include: Cats, Broadway’s dearly departed Kinky Boots, Lincoln Center Theater’s recent production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I and Sweeney Todd starring Angela Lansbury.


Joe’s Pub Live! at The Public Theater
A free series of live-streamed and archived performances titled ‘Joe’s Pub Live!’ will helps theater enthusiasts maintain a connection to the Off-Broadway community. Optional donations can be made directly to featured artists, to help sustain theatrical innovators in this uncertain time.

Living Room Concerts

Broadway World’s e-newsletters and website are hosting daily, surprise performances by Broadway’s top talent. Cast members of Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Jagged Little Pill and more have already belted showtunes from the living room. Upcoming performers include: Telly Leung, Lesli Margherita, Renee Rapp, Erika Hennigsen, Stephanie J. Block and more.

National Yiddish Theater

The longest continuously producing Yiddish theater company (at Museum of Jewish Heritage) is streaming an online celebration of Yiddish culture on its website and Facebook page. Titled Folksbiene LIVE!, expect musical reviews, family story time, theatrical performance, talks and more events.


Queens Theatre

“Digital Story Circle” is a new, virtual opportunity for constituents to connect. The first conversation was facilitated by the director of community engagement. Twitter is a good source for updates on future Zoom chats.

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