Amid the strong measures that Turkey has taken against COVID-19, social distancing and self-isolation have become essential precautions to curb the cases of the virus. The Turkish government has temporarily closed all public libraries, schools, universities, museums and cultural sites. Events and public activities have also been put on hold for now.
However, many Turkish museums and cultural sites have opened their doors digitally so that art enthusiasts can turn the days of self-isolation into an opportunity with virtual tours. Istanbul City Theaters also presented its plays online for their audiences.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism continues the online events with various contents on its YouTube channel under the title of “Thrill of Art at Our Home.” The contents include enjoyable, entertaining and interesting representations and activities appealing to all ages and tastes, and children in particular. Performances by choirs, orchestras and ensembles of State Theaters, State Opera and Ballet and General Directorate of Fine Arts will entertain audiences throughout the self-isolation days.