Virtual Festivals To Tune Into
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With all large-scale events banned until further notice, festival season is going to look a little different this year. We sadly won’t be enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of our favourite summer fiestas – but we can still have a taste of the action by tuning into one of the virtual festivals taking place. Read on for some of the best, spanning the worlds of music, food, literature and theatre.
Puffin Festival of Big Dreams
As part of their 80th birthday celebrations, the world’s biggest children’s book publisher, Puffin, is launching a virtual festival in partnership with Waterstones. A stellar line-up of authors, illustrators and special guests will be running writing masterclasses and draw-along sessions, including Jacqueline Wilson, Robin Stevens, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Nadia Shireen and Sam Copeland. The festival will be hosted by Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, who will be taking audiences on a journey through Puffin’s 80-year history, revisiting an assortment of beloved stories and characters, past and present.
When: 8 – 14 June 2020
How: Events will be streamed on Puffin’s YouTube and Facebook Live channels.
Marylebone Summer Festival
Brands and restaurants across Marylebone will be coming together for a series of digital workshops, classes and tutorials this June. Running for a week-long period, the Marylebone Summer Festival will see each day based around a particular theme, including food & drink, wellness, home and garden, and music. Highlights include appearances from Marylebone food spots The Ginger Pig and La Fromagerie, a workout with Xtend Barre, a drawing competition hosted by The Howard de Walden Estate, and a fragrance session run by Anthropologie with Sarah Binns.
When: 8 – 14 June 2020
Glyndebourne Open Festival
In lieu of this summer’s six operas, Glyndebourne is going virtual, offering opera fans the chance to stream a free, full-length past production every Sunday evening. First up is Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, followed by Jonathan Kent’s Don Giovanni and Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Festival-goers are encouraged to recreate the Glynebourne experience in their homes by dressing up in their glad rags and tuning into the live picnic cookery demo, taking place on 23 May. Though performances are free to watch, donations are encouraged to help support artists and seasonal staff who have been left unable to work.
When: 24 May – 14 June
How: Performances will be streamed via YouTube and at glyndebourne.com
Cook with Netflix star Asma Khan, discover a new skincare routine with Pixi, workout with Heartcore and much more at Carnaby Together, a month of sustainable and charitable initiatives from the Carnaby community. The virtual events taking place span the worlds of fashion, food, beauty and fitness, with a whole host of Q&As, Instagram tutorials and cook-along sessions to tune into. Fred Perry will champion its ongoing collaboration with the Amy Winehouse Foundation through a Q&A with one of the charity’s founders, Jane Whitehouse, while founder of MOSCOT, Dr Harvey Moscot, will be giving advice on how to maintain eye health while working from home. There will be opportunities to win prizes throughout the month too, including a box of vegetables from Detox Kitchen, and pizza making kits from Pizza Pilgrims.
When: Throughout June 2020
How: Visit carnaby.co.uk for details on upcoming events
Free global virtual literary festival venue My VLF was launched in April 2019, well before coronavirus came into our lives. It was born out of a love of books, and the desire to connect readers and authors without the need to travel or spend money attending a literary event. Now, of course, it’s more relevant than ever. Events take place frequently throughout the year: coming up in June is the Historical Book Festival, with a line-up including Kate Mosse, Ellen Alpsten and Victoria Hislop.
When: 6 June 2020
How: Sign up to My VLF for free, and you’ll have access to all events via myvlf.com