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Get ready to watch live theater performances from your couch

Be amazed by the next big thing from Google.

Google is bringing live performances to a whole new level.

According to the Google Cultural Institute, Google is now partnering up with multiple performing art institutes across the globe to bring live theater performances straight to your laptop or phone screen.

These 360-degree performances will offer new, amazing experiences for those not able to travel the world and view theses forms of art firsthand. You can watch anything from American ballet, cultural festivals, and multiple operas.

There are 60 institutes in total that are participating in Google’s new program. Partners include the Metropolitan Opera in New York along with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the U.K.  You can watch performances from Poland, London, Italy, and more.

Their website features an interactive map categorized by type of performance: music, opera, theater, dance, and performance art.

Aside from performances, you can take virtual museum tours featuring different collections and exhibitions. These features are part of Google’s goal to create a universal platform to showcase works of art and basically contribute to a world of wonders.

The Google Cultural Institute launched in 2011, with plans to make different cultures and experiences available to the vast majority of the public through photos, documents, videos, etc.

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If you haven’t already tried it out, you need to explore the website at least once – it will literally change your life. From artwork to history to countless exhibitions, there are a ton of different things you can explore. It’s perfect for those of us who can’t travel around the world that often, or just want to discover something new.

You can even visit historical sites virtually through their website – think Google Street View, but for historic cultural sites and museums.