Just like you, we’re getting weary of spending so much time at home, and wish it was safe to attend in-person events once again. There is, however, a silver lining: With livestreaming services and online event offerings growing by the minute, geographical and logistical issues are a thing of the past. This month, we bring you 10 virtual festivals, concerts, conferences and events to join, no matter where you are in the world.
TINA – The Tina Turner Musical
Broadway is, regrettably, suspended through May 2021 – in other words, seven months from now. If you’re a theatre buff and can’t go that long without your dose of drama, consider attending shows online. This month, for instance, you can stream TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. The fiery hit show features fan faves like “River Deep, Mountain High” and “Proud Mary”, so you’re bound to have a blast singing along. Nominated for 12 Tony awards, including Best Musical, you really can’t miss with TINA. Get a peek behind the scenes at their opening night on Broadway here, and listen to the original cast recording here.
Five-Day Mindfulness Challenge
We’re living through stressful times right now. This year has proven to be particularly difficult – as we’ve all learned, staying home doesn’t necessarily mean more relaxation or time off. If you’re looking to make time for mindfulness, it can help to find a programme or community that will keep you on track. An event like Sabina Vitacca’s five-day Facebook Mindfulness Challenge, for instance, can help steer you towards a more peaceful frame of mind. It’s free to participate, so all you need is sheer will power and 15 minutes of your day.
Thailand Fashion Week Online
The future of fashion is now, and Thailand Fashion Week is here to prove it. Asia’s first AI-based digital showroom/virtual trade show will be live on 29 November through 4 December. With more than 50 exhibitors, each house or brand collection will be introduced through a creative film or video, and additional content will be included on the event’s online platform. Tune in to catch the first look at Asia’s most cutting-edge designs.
Baking With Our Buds
We’re way past the 2020 “I’m baking banana bread” season, right? Right?! Good, that’s what we thought. For a while, it seemed like it would never be over, huh? Now, what we are definitely not over is baked goods in general. Join Michel et Augustin’s Baking With Our Buds online open house on 5 November and craft delicious treats through Instagram Live, all from your own kitchen and with the most basic of ingredients. Just think of all the scrumptious, buttery, gooey things that will come out of this.
This one’s for the techies: running from 9 to 12 November, AfricaTech is a huge (virtual) gathering of individuals and organisations whose aim is to accelerate Africa’s digital transformation and journey to 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution). If you’re up for more than just a bit of learning, the event offers a virtual interactive expo, three days of live content, AI-powered networking, more than 100 use-cases and insights from the world’s leading names in tech. Not too shabby.
Mark Morris Dance Group – Digital Access
There are few things as exciting and moving as watching a great dance company in action. Except maybe taking a class with them. The Mark Morris dance group is a Brooklyn-based international touring modern dance ensemble. Because of, well, the obvious reasons, they’ve launched a series of live classes anyone around the globe can take. Join them this month, and bring the joy of dance to your own home! Oh, and please make sure to stretch.
Cold War Kids Virtual Tour
Oh, man, we definitely miss concerts. Oh, you too? Join us this month for Cold War Kids’ virtual tour. All shows are available to watch anywhere around the world, and each and every show will be archived and available to rewatch online until 29 November. Tickets are $15, and each show has a different set list, so you get to choose exactly what you pay for. We’ll meet you there!
Romeo And Juliet Online
No need to be in fair Verona – or even a theatre, for that matter – to catch an amazing production featuring our favourite star-crossed lovers. One of the world’s most beloved stories is now available for your viewing pleasure through Shakespeare’s Globe YouTube channel, and will be until February 2021. And, hear this, it’s completely free. Satiate your inner romantic and maybe cuddle up for this one?
The West End Production Of Emilia
Originally staged at the Globe Theatre in 2018, and then in London’s West End in 2019, a pre-filmed production of Emilia will premiere virtually with a cast watching party this November. Morgan Lloyd’s acclaimed play celebrates women’s voices and showcases the extraordinary life of Emilia Bassano: poet, lover, mother, wife and muse. The play will run online from 10-24 November, and tickets will be available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis, starting at just £1. Proceeds will be shared amongst all the people involved in the making of the production, whose jobs have been affected because of the pandemic crisis.
A Tribute To Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon Marathon Reading
Words shape how we perceive the world, and few writers have done a better job at crafting them than Toni Morrison. One of a series of special online events focusing on racial and social justice, this online gathering, scheduled for 27 November, will undoubtedly inspire you on your spiritual and educational mission. Readers include acclaimed personalities and artists such as Margaret Atwood, Ocean Vuong and Jason Reynolds, among others. Go on, you know you need this ticket.