Quarantine culture from rooftops & balconies


People are self-isolating across the world, either alone or together.

Here’s take a look at the novel ways of community building, self expression and shared motivation captured in these times of enforced distancing.

Meal at the balcony

Exercise class for neighbours

Personal trainer Antonietta Orsini carries out an exercise class for her neighbours from her balcony while Italians cannot leave their homes due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rome, Italy.

What’s going on

An elderly woman and her caregiver lean out of the window to watch what is going on in the street during lockdown in Rome, Italy.

Playing with daughter

A woman plays with her daughter on the balcony of their home during lockdown in Rome, Italy.


Concertist and conductor Stephanie-Marie Degand and her daughters, Madeleine and Gabrielle, perform on their balcony the prelude from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum, formerly the Eurovision theme, as part of the Eurobalcon weekly challenge in Paris, France.

Playing cricket

People play cricket on a rooftop of a building during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the old quarters of Delhi.


People exercise on a roof as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Mexico City, Mexico.

Prayer in balcony

Devotees pray for the eradication of coronavirus during Chaitra Navratri amid a nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of the virus, in Ahmedabad.

Live streams music

DJ and event producer Nash Petrovic live streams a set from his roof during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York, US.


A man sits on his window sill in Islington, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain.