Women On Tap Festival is all set to go fully virtual for the fourth annual event this May.

“With our beloved pubs and bars closed, and with public gatherings on hold indefinitely, the 2020 programme has been reconfigured to produce a virtual beer & arts festival,” said organiser Rachel Auty.

A five-day schedule of online talks, live-streamed panel discussions, virtual tastings, internet gigs, and more has been put together – all designed to showcase brilliant women, highlight beer excellence, and promote equality. Events include beer tastings, poetry readings, yoga, interviews, a brewery tour, photography exhibitions, and some wartime-themed specials to mark 75 years since VE Day.

Founded in 2017 Women On Tap has now delivered more than 50 events and three major festivals, all showcasing women alongside the joys of great beer and hospitality. As a certified Social Enterprise, all of the profits are reinvested in the core work and social aims.

Rachel said: We wanted to create a virtual beer festival experience to help boost community morale, playing our part in supporting positive mental health and reducing social isolation, while highlighting persistent issues and tackling inequality.

“We also want to ensure that the joy of beer is put back in the spotlight and we’ll be showcasing an impressive portfolio of experts and talented creatives from across the UK. We want to keep on connecting people and keep the conversations alive.

Women On Tap Virtual Festival takes place 6-10 May with 18 online events planned across the five days.

To see the full programme visit www.womenontap.co.uk or browse the events on the Facebook page.

Almost all events are completely free, and the festival organisers are instead asking for donations to Refuge. A JustGiving page has been set up at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/women-on-tap-fest2020

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