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Five of the best free virtual events you can join online this week


How to have fun online this week (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

With a wet autumn week ahead, I’ve been trawling the internet to find the perfect line-up of free events you can attend from the exquisite comfort of your sofa.

Restrictions may be in place, but with so many amazing activities available online, nothing can stop you from having fun.

And, it has never been more important to keep yourself occupied. We all need things to look forward to – and we have all got to be a little more inventive with our plans at the moment.

Whether you’re a film fanatic, a fitness freak, crazy for coffee or up for a Halloween house party, I’ve got you covered.

So, without further ado…

Walk the (virtual) red carpet

This sounds amazing (Picture: Andrew Ness)

It’s the world premiere of Call Nina!, a new documentary described as ‘a modern take on intersectionality and feminism, from a Black woman’s perspective’.

The film follows British actress and activist Josette Bushell-Mingo as she prepares for her role in the internationally-acclaimed Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone.

Call Nina! is being screened as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival, an eclectic series of events, performances, talks and more, many of which are free of charge.

When: Tuesday 27 October, 6pm onwards

Sign up online here.

Fancy yourself an Olympic champion?

Push yourself (Picture: Everyone Active)

Want to push yourself to the next level and really get your sweat on?

This Wednesday you can take part in a one-of-a-kind, high intensity Olympic workout led by none other than British champion sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

The workout will be streamed on Everyone Active’s Facebook and Instagram pages and is part of a series of free virtual masterclasses led by Olympians, prima ballerinas and yogi masters.

When: Wednesday 28 October, 6pm onwards

Tune in via Everyone Active’s Facebook and Instagram pages

Celebrate independent cinema

Movies make us happy (Picture: April 7, 1908)

Wednesday marks the launch of the UK’s Raindance Film Festival 2020, which is 100% online this year (I wonder why?…).

The festival celebrates the best of independent cinema from around the world through films and immersive experiences – all totally free of charge (although donations are welcome).

Highlights include the world premieres of Woolf Women, the true story of five female downhill skateboarders and their adventure to an ancient monastery in Turkey, and April 7, 1908, an Israeli film based on a real event when terrorists infiltrated a kibbutz.

When: Wednesday 28 October – Sunday 7 November, various times

Sign up online here.

Coffee lovers, unite!

Get your caffeine fix (Picture: Global Coffee Festival)

Are you an americano aficionado?

Don’t miss the Global Coffee Festival, a completely free virtual series of caffeine-centric talks, workshops and experiences stretching from Seoul to Toronto to Paris.

The packed programme includes a live interview with David Abrahamovitch (the founder and CEO of Grind), an exclusive insider tour of Amsterdam’s specialty coffee scene and something called a ‘plant-based latte art throwdown’ (me neither).

When: Friday 30 October – Monday 1 November, various times

Sign up online here.

Party ‘in’ Dracula’s Castle

It’s spooky season (Picture: elrow)

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Halloween this year.

Tune into a special set from UK DJ and producer Eats Everything who will be hitting the decks from the depths of Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania – aka Dracula’s Castle.

Described as a ‘non-stop panic party’ (scary, right?), virtual viewers will be transported into a ‘House of Terror’ complete with frightening décor, dancing zombies, laughing clowns and dance floor monsters.

The show is hosted by elrow, the immersive music experience, and drinks brand Desperados, and is the latest in a series of lockdown-inspired parties.

When: Saturday 31 October, 5pm onwards

Tune in via elrow’s Facebook and YouTube

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