Create a virtual venue
Digital gatherings enable us to be together, even when we are physically apart. From birthday parties and pub quizzes to art classes, many group activities can be carried out online with easy-to-use tech and a little bit of forward planning.
Taking inspiration from the worldwide success of the Virtual Choir, people are now signing up to sing together with organisations like the Sofa Singers, while online book clubs and reading groups are popping up everywhere – Brooklyn-based A Public Space recently launched Tolstoy Together, to build a community of people batting their way through War & Peace, while Rebel Book Club just launched a 14-day reading challenge for people who want to up their non-fiction game.
Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Free apps like Housewarming make it possible to host group video calls, so why not observe the latest Japanese trend of on-nomi (which means ‘online drinking’) and raise a glass to on-screen friends and family.