Covid-19, and the subsequent precautions to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, has disrupted every aspect of our lives, including birthdays...
When events came to a standstill, it wasn’t long before the innovations began with ideas springing forth to create income for staff and keep businesses going. Everything from music, theatre and comedy to exercise classes, education, museums and historic sites, has moved into the virtual realm.
In some ways, we have access to more than ever before. Some of these innovations will remain, while real-world eventing will continue with some adaptations.
Here's a list of free online ballet, opera and theatre screenings you can stream while you continue social distancing during the Level 3 lockdown...
Daniel Dercksen 10 Jun 2020
You can virtually explore everything from the Louvre in Paris, Yosemite National Park in California, Machu Picchu in Peru or the Great Wall of China to South Africa’s own Nelson Mandela Capture Site or Robben Island.
Or you can bring some entertainment from the outside world into your home. Already, you can order food cooked by some of the country’s top chefs, take part in virtual escape rooms and interactive theatre experiences or partake in online classes in cooking, crafts and more.
The following fine-dining restaurants are all currently offering forms of gourmet hampers and multiple course meal deliveries during the lockdown...
Ruth Cooper 28 May 2020
Winemakers in some of the world’s top wine-producing regions such as Australia and California are hosting in-home wine tasting experiences. Now that alcohol sales in South Africa are no longer banned, local wineries could well follow suit.
The Beanstalk and The Good Times co launch Park It, Live!, a drive-in experience of a series of live shows to be enjoyed from the comfort of a car in Joburg and Cape Town...
Whatever the event, I expect that live streaming will become a part of events, replacing or augmenting live shows to capture larger audiences forever.
Certain event sectors are well suited to streaming and have actually grown ticket sales numbers by making the move online. Live comedy is one such area. While performing to a silent camera is certainly not the easiest platform for comedians, who thrive from audience engagement and laughter feedback, those who have been able to make the switch to streaming have been able to draw in global audiences.
Likewise, musicians have been performing for hordes of fans online and engaging directly with their audiences in a way never seen before. While live music is unlikely to disappear entirely, online is certainly a more viable platform to attract and grow audience numbers.
Our entertainment industry is nothing if not resilient, Texx and the City's editor Tecla Ciolfi takes a look at some of the ways musicians are rising to the occasion as Covid-19 takes root in SA...
Tecla Ciolfi 26 Mar 2020
It is unclear when public gatherings will be allowed to return, and when they do it will almost certainly only be permitted with the appropriate safety measures in place.
These will likely include a mandatory screening of all entrants to the event, a dedicated health and safety officer on-site, a health and safety plan that may include quarantine areas on-site, contact tracing measures, as well as pre-event communication to attendees to explain what to expect on the day with respect to safety policies.
In addition, ticketing companies may need to assist in contact tracing. Attendees will be encouraged to still wear masks or be physically distanced from each other to limit the potential spread of contagions.
Safe is a new non-profit organisation - which was launched to raise relief funds for South Africa's entertainment, events and festival community...
I expect that either these policies will need to change, or event professionals may seek out other forms of event cancellation insurance.
Consumer refund claims, which also threaten the livelihood of event organisers, may need a new form of treatment under consumer protection laws to navigate a post-pandemic world.
The National Arts Festival will move into the digital realm and for the first time ever go fully virtual. We chatted to National Arts Festival CEO Monica Newton to find out how exactly this new virtual format will play out, the opportunities of targeting a wider audience and how creatives can try and combat the negative effects of the Covid-19 crisis...
Ruth Cooper 31 Mar 2020
Even as we return to physical gatherings, attendees may find digital activations and possibly even ways to connect with friends who aren't there physically. As we move from the virtual world back to reality, I’m certain that this interactivity and accessibility will prevail in the long term.