Wherever you are in the world, free Skype video calls and cheap international calls can help you to stay in touch. But what would you see if you video called the world this April? Read on to find out …
Video call California … for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary
2012 is the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge and although the official public celebration doesn’t take place until May 27, there are events going on throughout the year to mark this iconic San Francisco landmark’s birthday.
Video call someone from Golden Gate Park and enjoy the sights and sounds of San Francisco Carnaval’s vibrant ‘Salute of the Golden Gate’s 75th Anniversary’, which takes place on the Music Concourse. The free family event will include a live entertainment preview of San Francisco Carnaval (which takes place on May 27th) in the Bandshell – officially known as the Spreckels Temple of Music.
Video call Thailand … for the Songkran Festival
Anyone heading to Thailand this month will be in for a treat as the Songkran Festival takes place from April 13 to 15. Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year and the Thai people celebrate it in style, with events taking place throughout the country, but most famously in the city of Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, where you can see Songkran parades and the Miss Songkran beauty pageant.
Grab your iPad or mobile phone and use Skype to video call friends and family, so they can experience this amazing festival with you. But make sure you wrap your tech gear in a plastic bag – one of the main ways in which the Thais celebrate Songkran is to drench each other in water.
Video call Scotland … for the Beltane Fire Festival
If you have friends or family in Edinburgh, make sure they’re at Carlton Hill in the center of the Scottish capital on the evening of April 30 – and video chat with them using Skype so you can see the stunning Beltane Fire Festival.
Beltane is one of eight main festivals in the pagan year and is a celebration of spring, fertility and the land. This traditional fire festival was revived in Edinburgh in 1988 and attracts thousands of people every year.
Highlights of this magical event include the lighting of the sacred and purifying NEID Fire and the Beltane procession, during which the May Queen and the Green Man dance into the spirit world, persuading the elements to change the season to summer and the Horned God to cast off winter.
Video call Ireland … for the Titanic Festival
Make a video call to Belfast between March 31 and April 22 to enjoy some of the spectacular shows and events being held in the city to commemorate the centenary of this famous ocean liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage and the opening of the new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.
One of the most spectacular events in the festival’s programme is likely to be the Titanic Light Show on April 7, featuring digital projections, 3D motion graphics and pyrotechnics – but there will also be three nights of interactive installations between April 9 and 11 at Titanic Belfast too.
Video call Australia …for Toytopia
April 26 is the final day of the four month long Toytopia event on Frankston Waterfront in Frankston, Victoria, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Organized by Sand Sculpting Australia, the event sees a team of international sand sculptors creating amazing works based on the theme of toys. You’ll be able to see everything from a sand jack-in-the-box to a sand racing car – and if you video call your loved ones back home from Toytopia, they’ll be able to see them with you.
Which events will you video call from this month? Where would you like to video call this April? Please let us know by leaving a comment below…