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.
Tune in Nature at Natural History Museum
Connect with local wildlife, test your knowledge of natural history and learn about the life cycle of plants at Tune in Nature, a new virtual festival launching at the Natural History Museum. Created in collaboration with Pukka Herbs, the festival aims to connect people with nature, with a jam-packed programme of free digital events taking place across the two-week period. There are activities for all the family, including Pukka Herbs’ ‘how to’ video series, which focuses on three pollinator-friendly herbs used in their organic teas. There’s also a YouTube quiz on natural history, and an event titled Noisy Nature which encourages families to use their sense of hearing to connect with local wildlife.
When? 27 July – 9 August 2020
How? Visit nhm.ac
Developed a new love for crafts during lockdown? Celebrate your new skill at LoveCrafts’ first ever free virtual crafting festival, running throughout August. The main stage will feature an array of established crafters showcasing their talents through live stream videos, Q&As and podcasts. Events include an Instagram live with designer Lydia Morrow on fast fashion, a crochet make-along session with Katie of The Queen Stitch and a workshop on macramé knitting with Tea & Crafting.
When? 1–31 August 2020
How? Register for a free ticket here and visit lovecrafts.com for more information
Edinburgh International Festival
The world’s leading performing arts festival has unveiled My Light Shines On: a series of video works and light installations across Scotland’s capital city. The digital content will include a personal love letter to Scottish theatre from the National Theatre of Scotland, a performance from The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and a series of films from Scottish ballet including new work from emerging choreographer Nicholas Shoesmith, as well as a revival of acclaimed American choreographer Helen Pickett’s Trace. The light installation, meanwhile, will see Edinburgh’s festival venues illuminated with beams of light.
When? Activity launches on 8 August 2020 at 9:30pm
Keen to learn about wild food? Tune into Foraging Fortnight, which features a whole host of virtual events focused around foraging. Discover wild plants on a virtual walk through Binscarth Woods, learn the art of papermaking from natural materials with artist Lin Chau, paint with shore-sourced pigments and reflect on our relationship with the natural world with horticulturalist Elizabeth Woodcock. Though all events are online, they’ll equip you with skills to forage independently and responsibly afterwards.
When? 29 August – 13 September 2020
How? Events will be streamed live on foragingfortnight.co.uk
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: next up is a discussion with Katie Fforde and Elizabeth Noble on all things books, writing and inspiration.
When: Available to watch on the website now
How: Sign up to My VLF for free, and you’ll have access to all events via myvlf.com