Culture of Comfort

Inspired by Yo-Yo Ma's Songs of Comfort, discover how the artist and other creatives find comfort in culture

Discover how others find comfort

Yo-Yo Ma on How He Finds Comfort in Culture

The world reknowned cellist on how we can find comfort in music, art, dance, and more

"If we have culture at the base of everything, we have the resilience and the possibility of rebuilding no matter what comes our way because we are sustaining one another, and together, we're stronger"Yo-Yo Ma

Some more ways to find comfort

Eleven people share what they turn to in trying times, soundtracked by Yo-Yo Ma playing in lockdown

Find your own comfort

Culture you can turn to when you need it

“Who are we and what is our place in the universe? This is what culture is for.”Yo-Yo Ma, American Cellist

Songs of Comfort

Soothe your soul with these performances recorded during COVID lockdown

Now find your favorite music

Performing Arts

Step on stage with the world’s most amazing performers and immerse yourself in 360º shows

Art for comfort

Finding peace in paintings with Palestinian artist Samia Halaby

Get lost in color

Samia Hallaby's choice of comforting canvases

Which color calms you?

Explore art in your favorite soothing shade

Slow down with Art Zoom

Take your time to zoom into the brushstrokes

Comfort in calligraphy

British calligrapher Seb Lester on the shared language of music and calligraphy

Zoom into calligraphy

Enjoy the rhythm, harmony, and structure

Comfort in science and exploration

Yo-Yo Ma discusses the wellbeing he finds in the world's wisdom

More about the science that inspires Yo-Yo

Once Upon a Try

A journey of invention and discovery with CERN, NASA, and more than 100 museums around the world

Comfort in dance

Find comfort in the freedom of dance with American dancer Lil Buck

Watch Lil Buck perform

Wind down while you watch him dance

More on the history of inspiring dance

Comfort in nature

Explorer and author Erling Kagge contemplates tranquil landscapes

Get lost in Erling Kagge's nature picks

“Walking is a combination of movement, humility, balance, curiosity, smell, sound, light, inner silence and ‒ if you walk far enough ‒ longing”Erling Kagge, Norwegian explorer

Visit more serene seascapes

Wander around the waves with Street View

Explore More Nature

The hidden world of National Parks

The comfort of home

Pipa Soloist Wu Man on familiar surroundings and home cooked food

Learn more about her home comforts

Pick a comforting canvas for your own room

What atmosphere would you add to your home?

Comfort in the everyday

Curator Ana Elena Mallet on how everyday objects give her comfort

Ana's pick of comforting objects

What are your favorite homewares?

Comfort food

Mexican chef Enrique Olvera seeks comfort through an open window of culture

Cook up a your own comfort food

Get some dinner time inspiration from these cultures around the world

The comfort from the soul of a place

Architect Sumayya Vally is inspired by atmosphere

See her favorite pieces in detail

Comfort in crafting

Indian director Nandita Das on the meditative process of pottery

See her picks for yourself

Comfort in creating

Indian artist JItish Kallat on the comfort of feeling creative

Get Creative Yourself With Mazes, Coloring, and More

Play with art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rijksmuseum

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