Five of the best free virtual events happening this week

We’re well into our second week of lockdown and I think you’ll agree that it’s middling to extremely rubbish.

Pop to your favourite restaurant? Nah. Casually meet up with your mates? Nope! Whatever way you fry it, these restrictions may be essential – but they’re also an absolute bore.

Another way to look at things is that we’re almost halfway done with lockdown 2.0 and a blissful relaxation of these rules is (hopefully) just over the horizon.

In the meantime, I’ve got your back with all the best virtual events you can handle.

Whether you’re in need of a digital detox or fancy immersing yourself in the world of whistleblowers – here are all the ingredients you need to spice up that samey lockdown life.

Investigative journalism explored

From Monday to Thursday is an amazing event looking at just how important investigative journalism is in modern society, and its vital role in exposing wrongdoing and fighting fake news.

The 2020 Centre for Investigative Journalism Logan Symposium is free to join from anywhere in the world and includes panel discussions, talks (Ai Weiwei is a speaker!), masterclasses, workshops, roundtables and even an interactive play called The Smoking Gun, which lets participants immerse themselves in the world of whistleblowers.

When: Monday November 16 to to Thursday November 19, various times

Book online.

Festival of StartUps

Fancy working for yourself? Are you tired of answering to the man and want to branch out and launch your own business?

Today marks the launch of the free 10-day Festival of StartUps, a series of daily interactive masterclasses run by eminent entrepreneurs, including several stars of Dragons Den.

The exciting line-up features Rowena Bird (founder of Lush), Lord Bilimoria (founder of Cobra beer) and Anthony Fletcher (the former CEO of Graze).

When: Monday November 16 to Friday November 27, various times

Book online.

It’s Time… to act

Tuesday marks the launch of It’s Time, a two-day climate change festival designed to unite people across the globe in collective action for the planet, in collaboration with WWF.

The festival will be opened by Prince Charles and features an exciting line-up of live debates, video premieres, art exhibitions, cooking classes, panel discussions, performances and more.

When: Tuesday November 17 to Wednesday November 18, various times (the opening event kicks off at 3pm)

Book online.

A digital detox

In need of a digital detox?

Social distancing from our phones is something which many of us should be doing – but it can be frustratingly difficult. We know that we would feel lighter if we weren’t glued to our screen, but breaking that addiction can seem impossible.

This Wednesday, join Treasa Spragg, founder of the Revolution Project, for a free lunchtime webinar where you’ll learn digital detox strategies that can be implemented straight away.

When: Wednesday November 18, 12.30-1pm

Book online.

Make Humanity Great Again

Kick off the weekend with comedian and activist Eddie Izzard. He’s giving what’s set to be an impassioned talk called Make Humanity Great Again, focusing on his personal and global agenda, and how we can make the world a better place.

The event is part of the Eden Project’s two-day Festival of Discovery which explores what a better future would look like for us all. Other exciting acts on the line-up include Jo Brand, Mr Motivator and Richard Madeley (not at the same time…).

When: Friday November 20, 7-7.30pm

Book online.

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