With temperatures rising, this is typically the time of the year when festival season starts. Now that restrictions are loosening, many really start to look forward to attending a concert, a show or a soccer game. Big events were the first to be cancelled and will be the last to start again. In the meanwhile, organizers are looking for alternative ways to engage with their audience or support the community.
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Comedians are finding alternatives to reach their audience by shifting to Instagram, Facebook, Podcasts or Youtube. In Los Angeles, the Laugh Factory in Hollywood started livestreaming virtual stand-up comedy sets on its Youtube channel.
We Are One: A Global Film Festival is a free 10-day online event during which you can watch movies from 21 festivals worldwide. There will be more than 100 films screening on a schedule, and after many will be available on-demand for the duration of the event. Participating festivals include Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, New York, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, and Locarno.
For the first time ever, the annual singing competition Eurovision has been cancelled. The organizers decided to host an alternative television show named "Europe Shines a Light". The two-hour-long show with video performances from past and present participants, was watched by 73 million viewers across 38 countries.
FC Barcelona, one of the most popular Football Teams in the world, will sell the name of its stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus. The “Camp Nou” is the biggest stadium in Europe with more than 99,000 seats. It has never had a sponsor since it opened in 1957.
Music Venue Trust, which represents 670 independent music venues in the UK, has launched the campaign ‘Save our Venues’. These venues nurture local talent and provide a platform for artist to build their career and develop their performance skills. Many of these venues are now at risk and hopefully the campaign can save them as they play a crucial role in the development of British music.
Fueled by the need to socially distance and the nostalgia for happier times, Drive-In Movie Theatres are undergoing a revival. The outdoor cinema venues have been popping up all over the country in recent weeks. An example is the Town of Edgewood in New Mexico, which has put together a drive-in movie theatre to bring much needed entertainment to the area.
Tomorrowland, one of the world's biggest electronic music events, will be held online this year because of coronavirus restrictions. “Tomorrowland Around the World”, will be a unique experience that will employ a multitude of aspects using pioneering technology in 3D design, video production and special effects.
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