Welcome to WorldFest 2021!
Radios from all of the world
This website allows you to listen radio station from different countries from around the world. Just click on the green dot in any country, and you hear a radio station there!
City Guesser - Virtual Travel Game
Take a virtual vacation with browser game City Guesser, which is free and comes with video. As explained in PC Gamer: “ Do you miss travelling? Visiting other countries and cities? Do you even just miss walking around your own city streets in a brig crowd of other people? There hasn’t been much of that this year, what with…well everything.
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you might like City Guesser. Start up a game and you'll see a full-screen (sometimes even 4K) video of a city somewhere the world. The camera person typically walks around for a while so you can begin to gather clues as to where you are. When you think you know what city you're in, click the Start Guessing button at the bottom of the screen. On the pop-up map, scroll around and make your guess, then see how close you were.”
Various challenge levels are available, as well as timed-levels. Choose from categories such as Worldwide, Europe, Monuments, USA, or Country-Specific. Happy playing!
Reading Project: Explore your World through Reading a “Book from Every Country”
Check out this resource, which was recommended by the editor in the March 29, 2021 edition of Latitudes, a weekly newsletter about “what matters in global education, and why”. The editor writes : “Hey guys, remember when I wrote about the USC professor who vowed to read a book for every U.S. state and so many of you messaged me to say that you wished there was a similar reading project for countries around the world? There is!”
The reading project is called Bookmarked and it follows the journey of a literary agent, Tabatha Leggett (who in turn was inspired by Ann Morgan) working in Helsinki, Finland, as she reads one book for every country. See her recommendations and subscribe to her free weekly newsletter. She has covered 31 countries so far, so get cracking to catch up! A list as well as a map keep track of where her literary journey has taken her so far.
Virtual Tours and Online Exhibits of Famous Museums around the World
Tour museums around the world from the comfort of your couch with Google Arts & Cultures Collection. Included are museums from many countries where you can gain knowledge about art, history, science, and special topics. Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories and knowledge of over 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. There are also special hands-on features to explore, such as: experience art and cultural icons in 360 degrees; turn yourself into Vincent Van Gogh; discover which artwork looks like you; experiment with augmented and virtual reality; and much, much more! It is all free and can be viewed on the web or via an app.
AirPano is a VR project created by a team of Russian photographers focused on taking high-resolution aerial 360° photographs and 360° video of the most beautiful and interesting places on earth. View stunning arial videos of locations all over the world, ranging from cities to remote areas, from architectural gems to amazing natural wonders and remote areas, and from the heights of mountains to the realms of the ocean. There are over 170 short videos and 13,500 photographs to choose from. Use the search bar to locate specific sites, or explore using the map that pinpoints each location they have filmed. Although commercial photography and videography are on offer, there is plenty of free content to keep you exploring for many days. You will go to some magic places, including many you didn’t even know existed.
Decidedly more low-key and down-to-earth than AirPano, WindowSwap is nevertheless a delight in an entirely different manner. Image you could teleport to anywhere in the world and land in someone’s house and look out their window for ten minutes. What would you see and take in if this was your daily view? What can you learn about this place from just a glance out one window? WindowSwap lets you slow the pace and experience someone else’s daily reality in a Slow Movement way. The Story behind WindowSwap is that a couple on lockdown in Singapore got so tired of the view out their window that they started a website sharing snapshots of what it looked like from their friends’ windows elsewhere. The movement grew and now you can go to WindowSwap and enjoy video window views (complete with sound) that users have submitted from around the world. Hit a button and a random window will pop up and “open a new window somewhere in the world”. A recent excursion on WindowSwap for this GEO reviewer led to random window views of: a plant swaying on a balcony overlooking Bangalore, India; bright white high-rises gracing a sunny long-view of Singapore; a blue ocean peeking up beyond a cloth-covered porch in Oaxca, Mexico; uniform apartment blocks standing silent vigil in Severodvisnk, Russia; and a cat (complete with grooming!) taking in the views of its neighborhood in New York City. Sign up and you can bookmark your favorites, or turn on the loop and that window never leaves. An interesting article about this is at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/window-swap-180975334/