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Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour.


I love Douglas Adams! How can I get involved?

  • Help spread the word about Towel Day (#towelday): tweet, blog, post in forums, share a link in Facebook, make art, etc.

  • Tell us about events you organize on Towel Day, and we will announce them here!

  • On Towel Day, carry a towel. Where? Everywhere.

  • Proudly show the world you've observed Towel Day! Post for example a photo with your towel on the Facebook page and enjoy other peopl's photos. There's also a Flickr group. Videos are cool there too, as well as on YouTube.



What is happening on Towel Day 2021?


The people have spoken! Victoria won the Towel Day ambassador contest and is Earth's Towel Day ambassador 2021!

VIctoria, Earth's Towel Day Ambassador 2021

From the contest's press release: "She will be representing Earth on May 25th at the Intergalactic Pandimensional Towel Day Gala.
Helping her to bring knowledge of the Douglas Adams works to all the lands throughout the year will be the Regional Towel Day Ambassadors - Michael, Rosie, Yvette, Lori, Chris, JJ and Hannes (but not Rengaw, for he is a Vogon).
Thanks to all the contestants. Thanks to all that have voted. So long and thanks for all the fish!"

Our sincere congratulations to all!

In case you missed it, here's Victoria's video.




Due to personal circumstances we've just started building this list on May 9. Thank you for your mails, keep them coming, we're now building this year's list!



TIME TABLE OF ONLINE EVENTS


24-26 May 18:00 UTC - 20:00 Paris / 19:00 London / 14:00 New York / 11:00 LA
The 9th edition of the Power-Kon Recife convention in Pernambuco, Brazil, will livestream to Twitch. It will feature artists, voice actors, game championships, karaoke, a dubbing workshop, live shows, cosplay, Kpop performances, DJ’s, geek stands selling products online, international correspondants reporting from other countries, etc. Twitch.


25 May 17:00 UTC - 19:00 Paris / 18:00 London / 13:00 New York / 10:00 LA
Galactic Hitchiker's Towel Day livestream: Galactic Hitchhikers will run a livestream with video chat meet and greet, talk about the Tao of the Towel project, podcast entertainment from their friends at Hitchhikers and Appetizers, "slouch and play" of Starship Titanic (Slouch and Play being a lazy playthrough of the game with little intent to play well), and more. Details and latest info available on Towel Day in a pinned post in the Galactic Hitchhikers Facebook group.


25 May 17:42 UTC - 19:42 Paris / 18:42 London / 13:42 New York / 10:42 LA
Actor and director Thomas Ney reads live excerpts from "Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums" (in German). Livestream on YouTube and Facebook


25 May 18:00 UTC - 20:00 Paris / 19:00 London / 14:00 New York / 11:00 LA
The legendary Vogon Poetry Slam, which has been running for over a decade. Free to attend, optional tip jar. Details and RSVP on Facebook and Eventbrite


25 May ALSO at 18:00 UTC - 20:00 Paris / 19:00 London / 14:00 New York / 11:00 LA
Stand Up for Towel Day, presented by Save the Rhino and Stand Up for Towel Day, is this year an online prerecorded event (full line-up to be announced), with the very best sketches and segments from Stand Up for Towel Day’s short but rich history. Starts at 19:00 BST (18:00 UTC) and will remain online for 1 month to watch on demand. Details and tickets (price £4.20 - £10.00) here


25 May 19:00 UTC - 21:00 Paris / 20:00 London / 15:00 New York / 12:00 LA
Announcement of the winner of the Second Annual Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe Contest, on the Galactic Hitchhikers livestream.


25 May ALSO at 19:00 UTC - 21:00 Paris / 20:00 London / 15:00 New York / 12:00 LA
Streamer MancPete will be playing Douglas Adams’ adventure game "Starship Titanic" in full on Twitch. He will also be raising money for Kendra, a friend who lost nearly everything in a catastrophic housefire, by reading a selected guide entry from The Hitchhiker’s Guide series for each donation of £5 or over (there will be a list to choose from). More: MancPete on Twitch and YouTube.


29 May ALSO at 20:42 UTC - 22:42 Paris / 21:42 London / 16:42 New York / 13:42 LA
On 29 May Towel Day Ambassador Victoria throws the "Towel Day After Party Disco"! It's a Zoom event. The link will be provided. You can pop in at whatever time best suits your time zone, circadian cycle, and drinking schedule. Details and RSVP on Facebook



MORE ONLINE EVENTS

  • Galactic Hitchhikers is running their annual Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe contest for the second year. You can now vote! Winners will be announced May 25th on Towel Day during Galactic Hitchhikers’ live stream.
    More about the 2021 edition. Video of the 2020 winner. (he wasn't human)
  • Galactic Hitchiker's prensents a Towel Day livestream with video chat meet and greet, talk about the Tao of the Towel project, podcast entertainment from their friends at Hitchhikers and Appetizers, "slouch and play" of Starship Titanic (Slouch and Play being a lazy playthrough of the game with little intent to play well), the winner of the Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe Contest, and more. Details and latest info available on Towel Day in a pinned post in the Galactic Hitchhikers Facebook group.
  • The annual Vogon Poetry Slam has now been running for a decade.
    This year it's online (UK timezones), from 20:00-22:00 CEST (18:00 UTC).
    It's free to attend but with an optional tip jar.
    They also have:
    - Bureaucracy!
    - A communal reading of "Dead Swans" (the worst poem in the universe!)
    - A special guest, the Ambassador of the Azgoths of Kria
    - A feature set from reigning Vogon Poetry Slam Champion (and actual real-life good poet) Alexander "Woody" Woodward!
    Details and RSVP on Facebook and Eventbrite
  • Stand Up for Towel Day is back in an online version, presented by Save the Rhino, a charity dear to Douglas Adams' heart, and Stand Up for Towel Day.
    Join them for a raucous evening of fun and merriment to celebrate a day of towel-carrying and all things ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.
    They will you the very best sketches and segments from Stand Up for Towel Day’s short but rich history.
    Since 2017 Stand Up for Towel Day has provided a place to gather after a day of celebratory towel carrying for stand-up comedy, slam poetry, sketches, improv and more in homage to Douglas and his work.
    This year’s programme is a pre-recorded event that starts at 19:00 BST (18:00 UTC)
    A full line up will be revealed soon.
    After the initial premiere the footage will remain online for one month to watch on demand via Stellar.
    Details and tickets (price £4.20 - £10.00) here
  • On 29 May, at 20:42 UTC, Towel Day Ambassador Victoria throws the "Towel Day After Party Disco"! It's a Zoom event, the Zoom link is to be added to the event or the discussion. You can pop in at whatever time best suits your time zone, circadian cycle, and drinking schedule. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • Streamer MancPete will be playing Douglas Adams’ adventure game "Starship Titanic" in full on Twitch. He will also be raising money for Kendra, a friend who lost nearly everything in a catastrophic housefire. He will do a live reading of a selected guide entry from The Hitchhiker’s Guide series, for each donation of £5 or over (there will be a list to choose from). He's got more Douglas Adams related stuff coming up on his YouTube channel, like his upcoming reading of Douglas Adams' original treatment of his never produced Tom Baker era Doctor Who story "Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen". Here's an audio only pretaste of part one of the short series. The full series will include contributions by members of his community and YouTuber Omegon
    Find MancPete on Twitch and YouTube. He starts around 2pm EST (19:00 UTC)
  • Author Colin Reynolds runs once more a brilliant Hitchhiker's Guide quiz on his blog. It's again based on the Primary and Secondary Phases. This link will become active on Towel Day 2021.
  • Colin Reynolds also built a Towel Day countdown counter, which he published together with a wonderful interview with Richard Dawkins about Douglas Adams.
  • Post a picture of your towel in Ambassador Victoria's Towel Show! And add some information about how it's served you as a galactic hitchhiker. How far has it travelled, what innovative uses have you found for it, and what array of liquids has it absorbed? It might win “Best of Show” (or “Worst in Show” or “Furthest Travelled” or “Towel That’s Been Used in the Most Inappropriate Way”…) Go here to participate. Of if you don't use Facebook, mail your photo and story to oysterhiatus@gmail.com or tweet at @OysterHiatus on Twitter.
  • Terry on Tuesday will be working on his own Marvin costume (tv series style). Here's an update from early May. Impressive! You can follow his efforts here.
  • On 12 May Martial Arts school Roninz posted a Towel Day video with towel combat techniques.



LOCATION SPECIFIC EVENTS


AUSTRIA

  • From 14:00 until 15:00 local time, on Radio Proton Philipp Horatschek will read from Douglas Adams' cult novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Source
BRAZIL
  • In Pernambuco, the 9th edition of the free Power-Kon Recife convention takes place from 21 to 23 May (11am - 8pm).
    Like every year it celebrates Nerd Pride Day and Towel Day. This year will honor the 25th anniversary of Pokemon and the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter II, with a geek fair with sales of pop culture fan products, many actions, and special guests from all over the world. They will be announced on Instagram @powerkonrecife where also virtual attractions will be featured to celebrate Towel and Nerd Pride day. The livestream on Twitch will run from 24 May 3pm local time until 26 may. It will feature artists, voice actors, game championships, karaoke, a dubbing workshop, live shows, cosplay, Kpop performances, DJ’s, geek stands selling products online, international correspondants reporting from other countries, etc. More to be announced.
    The benefits of the fair geek products will go to store owners who suffered low sales during the pandemic in 2020 and beginning of 2021. With another donation solidarity action, food will be collected for event professionals who were out of work during the pandemic. Funds will be raised to donate to hospitals and health professionals in Pernambuco.
    Due to covid security protocols there won't be a lot of stage programming, but there will be some very pleasant attractions for the public.
    Venue: Shopping Paulista Norte - Rodovia PE-15, Km 16,5, 242 - Centro, Paulista - Pernambuco, 53401-445. Phone / whatsapp +55 (81)987045450 (Kelmer Luciano-Event Producer)
    Entry: free, but thank you if you can bring 1kg of non-perishable food for the solidarity action.
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
DENMARK
  • In Aalborg, from 16:00 until 17:30, Jakob Farian Krarup is hosting a small Towel Day get-together at a café. They'll have live readings of HGTTG and maybe a small quiz as well. Details and RSVP on Facebook
GERMANY
  • At 19:42 actor and director Thomas Ney reads live excerpts from "Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums" (in German). Livestream on YouTube and Facebook (25/05/2021 17:42 UTC / 19:42 Paris / 18:42 London / 13:42 New York / 10:42 LA)
  • Wehr.di, a site for members of a trade union who work at the airport of M¨nchen or Berlin, will post about Towel Day here (link becomes active on Towel Day 2021)
  • Bild der Frau published a short bit about Towel Day in this article about curious holidays.
ITALY
  • Italian fans can join this Italian Towel Day event. In the discussions there you will find information about events in Italy, you can post pictures with your towel, and you can participate in a Vogon Poetry Contest! They are planning an hour long online Zoom meeting on Towel Day, to proudly show off their towels and talk about the "Adamsian" universe.
SWITZERLAND
  • Blackwell Brewery has brewed a special beer to celebrate Towel Day 2021: a Stout named "42", with 4,2 Vol.% alcohol. If you live in Switzerland, you can order it here. They're also selling a black towel with the company logo. Earlier they presented a "Poetry Slambic" Kriek.
UNITED STATES
  • In Lincoln, NE, software engineering company Don’t Panic Labs runs their annual towel drive. They collect new and used towels for the People’s City Mission, that has a constant need for towels. Towels are collected from May 17th to May 25th in two locations, and financial contributions for towels are also accepted.
    The company’s name was inspired by Adams’ best-known novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, where the words “Don’t Panic” are printed on the cover of the Guide. They've made a video to promote their towel drive. More
  • Just like in 2020, the Turkish Towel Company will, for each towel sold on their website, donate a towel to Western Carolina Rescue Mission (WCRM). The Fletcher-based company aims to raise awareness of the shelter’s increasing need for basic items, especially during a pandemic, and help increase donations of items like towels, detergent and bleach. Source



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