While a biological virus travelled rapidly across the globe, in parallel a more hopeful contagion spread virally via online social networks — a movement of online music and dance engagement to keep us connected while we are physically isolated.

People from various cultures and geographical locations have used music and dance to help navigate the pandemic crisis and flatten the curve. In countries from Iran and Spain to India and Germany, people have been taking to their balconies, windows, rooftops, living rooms and gardens to make music, dance, show gratitude, and connect.

Get involved

Follow the links to view, participate in and create this movement and contact the team to provide information about your own initiatives and events or to contribute blogs on your experience and tips for successful online music and dance engagement.

The role of performing arts under COVID-19

Music across the balconies was created to encourage knowledge sharing and exchange. The team is documenting the artistic outputs that are emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic and developing studies on how and why artists and audiences are participating in online performing arts during this crisis.

The Music Across the Balconies team is led by the CAWRI Chair Jane Davidson, Professor of Creative and Performing Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the University of Melbourne.