Like many events over the past 18 months, Wikimania is virtual for the first time in 15 incredible years. We aim to make Wikimania 2021 as special as possible and find ways for people to feel connected from afar.
One of the best ways for people to enjoy connecting is through shared culture. So, with invaluable help from Wikimedians around the world, we will offer a mixture of live and on-demand cultural content to entertain attendees at Wikimania.
On Sunday 15th August from 18:15 UTC, we will be creating a Remote Team Anthem with the help of SongDivision, an interactive musical experience. This virtual, interactive songwriting session will invite attendees to create a song, live and in the moment together. No musical experience is required but if you would like to contribute, bring along instruments you can play.
Led by world-class musicians who have worked with international superstars, this SongDivision session will guide us through the creation of an original song centering on the Wikimedia Movement. Song and lyric ideas will be shared through live chat and arranged by the musicians into a final song. That song is then performed live, on-screen, all in the space of an hour!
The collaboratively produced song will then be released under a Creative Commons Zero 1.0 license. An additional opt-in sign-up for the Remote Team Anthem session is required. This grants permission to record your voice and person and dedicate your copyright and related/neighbouring rights to Wikimania 2021 and any derivative works of it to the public domain worldwide under the terms of Creative Commons Zero 1.0.
Q: This MIT librarian, free culture advocate, and co-author of the 2008 book “How Wikipedia Works” is the host of our Wikimania Quiz.
A: The indomitable Phoebe Ayers! and her team of Wikimania Organisers from years gone by will be hosting a 30 minute Wikimania Quiz on Saturday 14 August at 14:15 UTC. Get your buzzers ready and join in the challenge. No looking up answers on that handsome community-built encyclopedia you know and love!
Feeling hungry? The entertainment includes Cook-along videos starring Wikimedians and chefs from around the world. Chef Hnoi Latthitham in Bangkok, Thailand will cook Drunken Noodles with Wikimedian May Hashem. Chef Thando Xiphu in Johannesburg, South Africa will cook Beef Fillet with Truffle Pomme Pureé alongside volunteer Diane Ranville.
The ingredients and recipes for both sessions are available below for you to cook-along during the Plenary Stage screenings or whenever you like.
The content concludes with GLAM Video Tours of globally renowned institutions with Wikimedians; including Gnangarra facilitating a tour of the town of Toodyay and Winnie Kabintie introducing us to a Curator of Natural Science at the Nairobi National Museum.
More than just a museum destination, Toodyay has 2 museums and its historical town. The town has embraced Wikipedia and uses QR Codes throughout. Their support of the Wikimedia Movement has been incredible.
One of the 20 National Museums of Kenya, the Nairobi National Museum is at the forefront of scientific research in Kenya. We go behind the scenes for exclusive content around recent discoveries, the study, documentation and preservation of mammals and how the laboratory is assisting in the fight against COVID-19.
We hope you can join in on these live events as we eat, sing, quiz and explore together.