Virtual Events Around the World That You Can Join
Ever since COVID-19 became a global pandemic last year, many events, such as concerts and food festivals, had to be cancelled. Taking their place, however, are virtual events where participants can be part of the event via video conferencing. Even though it’s not as immersive, that’s the best available option during this time. With that said, virtual events aren’t necessarily just watching a video online as some offer varying degrees of interactivity. Last year, Malaysia has had the Tiger Street Food Virtual Festival, a virtual experience where users create an avatar to roam about virtual streets, play video games, and interact with others. The main feature of this bit of fun interactivity, however, is the street food vendors with which you can interact to order their food online to be delivered to your doorstep. Here are some of the upcoming virtual events around the world that you can join without fear of the pandemic.
Batu Kawan Virtual Career Fair 2021
Starting off with some local virtual events, the Batu Kawan Virtual Career Fair 2021 is jointly organised by The Ship Campus and Peninsula College. It will be held from 6 to 7 March 2021 via Microsoft Teams where multinational companies in Penang would be offering job opportunities to those who wish to work there. Not only that, but industry experts of the digital economy would also be giving talks and seminars during the event as well.
Due to COVID-19, it is not possible to hold marathons out on the streets, but virtual marathons are still fine as it also counts distances run indoors and on treadmills. Thus, the number of virtual marathons have exploded in popularity as people are raring to release all that pent up energy that they would normally get to use up in regular running. JomRun is a mobile platform that is based in Southeast Asia and hosts thousands of running events, both online and offline, across many Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, etc. For many of the virtual marathons, you can pay a registration fee so that you can receive physical rewards such as t-shirts, certificates and medals with your name engraved on it when you submit your proof of completion. Some of the interesting virtual marathons on JomRun include the Keris Melayu Virtual Half Marathon, the JomSelangor Virtual Challenge 2021 which includes cycling in addition to running with many different prizes to be won, and the Unicorn Finale Virtual Run 2021 with unicorn-themed charms and facemasks to be given away to participants.
South by Southwest
South by Southwest, a.k.a. SXSW, is a combined conference and festival of the film, music and interactive media industries. Last year, they had to cancel their conference for the first time ever since their inauguration in 1987 due to the pandemic. This year, they are making it a virtual event, taking place from 16 to 20 March 2021. SXSW includes a film festival, a music festival, and a comedy festival all running concurrently. As this is not a physical event, you won’t have to fly all the way to the United States to attend it, but you would still be required to fork out $249 for registration.
Live Streaming Concerts
Music concerts used to involve a big stage with bigger crowds, but this isn’t currently safe to hold for good reason. Thus, musicians like Liz Phair and Tokyo Police Club have turned to streaming their music online to share their art and passion with their fans. Likewise, this also became an opportunity for their fans to support them since they have lost a major source of their income, which is live shows and stage performances. Over at Songkick, you can find a huge list of upcoming live streaming concerts that you can listen to at no cost at all, though you are encouraged to support the live music industry by donating to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief.
CoffeeCon Online L!VE
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to join CoffeeCon Online L!VE on 6 March 2021, a virtual event centred on coffee as the main ingredient. At this coffee convention, there will be classes held by many gurus of the coffee world, including the inventor of the AeroPress Alan Adler, coffee producer Eivy Monroy, and legendary coffee expert Kenneth Davids. Registration is free, though there is a $35 coffee tasting kit that is limited to the US only.
Those are some of the most interesting virtual events from around the world that we’ve found. What other virtual events do you know of that are open to anyone to participate in? Let us know in the comments below!
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