World Health Organization Europe: New mobile friendly web tool with interactive dashboard gives individuals the information they need on monkeypox in advance of attending gatherings

World Health Organization: New mobile friendly web tool with interactive dashboard gives individuals the information they need on monkeypox in advance of attending gatherings. “WHO/Europe has launched a new tool that will offer convenient access to monkeypox information for people planning to attend large gatherings, events or parties. The tool provides an up-to-date assessment of the in-country situation, links to the websites of local health authorities, advice on available preventive measures, as well as links to WHO guidance. It is part of a comprehensive monkeypox resource toolkit with ready-to-use and customizable tools to support national authorities and event organizers in their planning and coordination of mass and large gathering events.”

Funny Business: TikTok Is Putting a New Spin on Standup Comedy (CNET)

CNET: Funny Business: TikTok Is Putting a New Spin on Standup Comedy. “The short-form video app’s fingerprints are all over the Fringe this year, shaking up the 75-year-old arts festival with an injection of new talent and energy. Freshly TikTok-famous comedians have come to the Fringe for the first time, buoyed by their online success, while old hands are using the platform to find new audiences and experiment with material.”

AccessWire: FestivalNet(R) Updates Largest Database of Festivals and Fairs in North America

AccessWire: FestivalNet(R) Updates Largest Database of Festivals and Fairs in North America (PRESS RELEASE). “From spring to winter, FestivalNet® covers 18,000 events around North America, each of which attracts hundreds or thousands of patrons, vendors, and visitors, creating opportunities in each host city, and a chance to experience new and exciting exhibits, games, food, and entertainment.”

PR Newswire: New website for craft beer lovers featuring breweries, beer festivals, and events across the US (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New website for craft beer lovers featuring breweries, beer festivals, and events across the US (PRESS RELEASE). “LocalBrews.Beer has officially launched its website that people can’t get enough of. The new website was created by four friends who came together to build this one-stop source of all information on the best breweries and beer events in the US. During their travels, they have continuously kept an eye out for the best local breweries, taprooms, brewpubs and visited many beer festivals.”

Spotted in Mentions all Over the Web: Festivals from India

Spotted via lots of mentions that I could not resolve into an article link: Festivals from India. From the About page: “Festivals From India is an India-UK initiative made possible by the British Council. The digital platform is designed to showcase hundreds of arts and culture festivals across artforms, locations and languages. Whether you love attending festivals, are a festival manager, supplier, sponsor, advertiser, volunteer or just a curious cultural carnivore, Festivals from India is here to help.”

NoCamels: Digital Arts Festival At Tower Of David Museum To Showcase Impact Of AI On Art

NoCamels: Digital Arts Festival At Tower Of David Museum To Showcase Impact Of AI On Art. “The art festival, which will hold a hybrid of physical and virtual events from December 27 through the 31st, will give viewers the chance to take in 30 works of art, six original site-specific pieces, nine lectures, 10 live performances, 12 international artists, and 28 Israeli artists. Many of these events will be livestreamed on the Tower of David website.” I went to the livestreaming site. I only saw a Hebrew version but it was easy to both translate and navigate.

ABC 7: Coachella, Stagecoach festivals to require fans to show proof of vaccination in order to attend

ABC 7: Coachella, Stagecoach festivals to require fans to show proof of vaccination in order to attend. “The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals will require fans to show proof of vaccination in order to attend, festival organizers announced Thursday. AEG Presents said it will be requiring proof of vaccination for entry into its owned and operated clubs, theatres and festivals nationwide no later than Oct. 1 — including the Coachella Music & Arts Festival and the country-themed Stagecoach Festival in Indio.”

Festivals: ‘Grave concerns’ over drug safety this summer (BBC)

BBC: Festivals: ‘Grave concerns’ over drug safety this summer. “If lockdown is lifted as planned, large events are expected to go ahead from 21 June onwards in England – with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland aiming for a similar timescale. Charities are worried ‘pent-up’ energy could increase the amount people take. They’re also concerned about the strength of the drugs and the lack of testing to identify bad batches.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Folklife Festival Goes Virtual for 2021

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Folklife Festival Goes Virtual for 2021. “In addition to monthly digital programs online, the festival will offer a weekend of artisan-based digital programming in late June. Activities will include master classes and family workshops, cook-alongs and panel discussions. The festival is scheduled to return to the National Mall in 2022 with the programs ‘UAE: Living Landscape | Living Memory,’ ‘Creative Encounters: Living Religions in America’ and ‘Earth Optimism.’ This is the second year the Folklife Festival has been virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents a Series of Virtual Programs as Part of the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival

Smithsonian: Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents a Series of Virtual Programs as Part of the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival. “The Smithsonian American Art Museum is collaborating for the eighth year in a row with the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a series of virtual cherry blossom-themed public programs from March 20 to April 11. The museum’s virtual suite of cherry blossom family activities and celebrations is part of its popular online Family Zone series, designed to spark learning, creativity and appreciation for the arts.”

Calgary Herald: Quickdraw animation festival goes online, celebrates local and international talent

Calgary Herald: Quickdraw animation festival goes online, celebrates local and international talent. “GIRAF [Quickdraw’s Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival] programmers received 1,200 submissions and also scouted other festivals to make up its 2020 lineup, which will stream online from Nov. 19-29. In past years, the program was usually whittled down to roughly 50 titles. But in its 16th year, the festival will feature more than 80 selections from around the globe. For the first time, it will also put a focus on local animators with its Alberta Spotlight program.”