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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 people's photos. There's also a Flickr group. Videos are cool there too, as well as on YouTube.


What is happening on Towel Day 2022?


This list was just started and is still very incomplete.
Know something we should add? Please mail us!

Want to organize a Towel Day event? Inspiration can be found in the Archives



TIME TABLE OF ONLINE EVENTS


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 is back! Entry is Pay What You Want - donations via PayPal to deaddarlingspodcast.gmail.com Twelve poets can participate but they need to register their interest before May 15th. Full programme, details and RSVP on Facebook and Eventbrite


25 May 17:00 UTC - 19:00 Paris / 18:00 London / 13:00 New York / 10:00 LA
On Radio For Humans, join Adam Hebert from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT for his annual tribute to Douglas Adams with an airing of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Primary and Secondary Phases.


26 (!) May 17:45 UTC - 19:45 Paris / 18:45 London / 13:45 New York / 10:45 LA
In London, on may 26 (the day after Towel Day), a Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture will take place at the Royal Geographic Society. It will also be streamed online. It will be devoted to Douglas' conservation exploits and his book Last Chance to See, co-written by Mark Carwardine. This year's lecture will be given by Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland from the University of Oxford. Other speakers are Dr Fay Clark, a zoologist and experimental psychologist based in Bristol, Angus Dunican, a writer, actor, and award-winning stand-up comedian, and John Henry Falle, a multi-award nominated comedian and Vogon Poet. The event will be hosted by Producer, Comedian and serial Douglas fan, Rachel Wheeley. Details and tickets here



MORE ONLINE EVENTS

  • Gery Deer won the 2022 Towel Day Ambassador Contest and became Earth's Towel Day Ambassador. To help him with this enormous responsibility, Perkeo will assume the role of regional TDA for North America and Australia. Congratulations to both!
    Gery Deer, 2022 Towel Day Ambassador
  • Colin Reynolds will publish his third annual HHGTTG trivia quiz, again based on the Primary and Secondary Phases (the original radio show). Don't bother clicking the link before 10:10:10 UTC on 25 May 2022, because it will be '404 not found' until then. Such an action would be as pointless as sitting an infinite number of monkeys at typewriters with a view to publishing their rendition of Hamlet throughout the galaxy by lunchtime.
  • Towel Day Ambassador Gery Deer is raising money for literacy until Towel Day. He writes "Literacy is the silver bullet to poverty, ignorance, and socioeconomic issues." We wholeheartedly agree. Go Gery!
  • Manc Pete will release a couple of Hitchhiker's related videos.
    The first will be a video narrating the 1994 Trading Card set, including an incredibly abridged retelling of the story of the first novel. Previews: Arthur & "Phil", Memories of Marvin, and (early edit, will be different) the "abridged" version of Hitchhiker's as told by the trading card set. He has been releasing individual "bite sized" versions over on his TikTok account.
    Secondly (subject to him finishing the new additions) a compilation of the Douglas Adams related videos/narrations from his channel so far. This video will also include a couple of new extracts from The Guide as well newly recorded reading of "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe". For the individual videos here's the playlist.
    Lastly he intends to do a Douglas Adams related livestream on his YouTube channel (details still to be determined, likely an open chat with people about their experiences of Adams' work).



LOCAL EVENTS


BRAZIL

  • In Camaragibe, Pernambuco, the 10h edition of the free Power-Kon Recife convention takes place from 13 to 15 May (11 am to 9 pm). It's a big geek convention at Camará Shopping (Camaragibe-PE) and this year multiverses are a big theme. It's taking place before Towel Day but there will be a towel competition and trivia quiz about Towel Day and Douglas Adams, besides many other attractions like shows, cosplay, K-Pop dance, Spiderverse presentation, Star Wars Celebration, Karaoke, video games, and lots of fun for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your towel! RSVP and details on Facebook. For more information about the schedule, check Tiktok or instagram: @powerkonrecife
    Location: Camará Shopping, Rua Manoel Hónorato da Costa, 555 - Vila da Fabrica, Camaragibe - PE, 54759-902
    Free Admission: Collaborate by Donating 1Kg of Non-Perishable Food, Basic Basket or donation via Pix Key: powerkonrecife@gmail.com
DENMARK
  • In Aalborg, from 4pm - 5:30pm Jakob Farian Krarup is once more hosting a Towel Day get-together to celebrate Towel Day and remember Douglas Adams at the Cafeministeriet. Expect talk about the number 42 and primitive carbon-based creatures who still think digital watches are a cool idea. Details and RSVP on Facebook
FINLAND
  • In Turku at 20:00 Towel Day will be celebrated IRL at Cosmic Comic Cafe (Kauppiaskatu 4, Turku). The main programme consists of multidimensionally bad poetry recitations. Unlike almost everywhere else, it's not a competition. Whatever you churn out, they read, immediately, without any filtering. According to the unfound scriptures by Prophet Zarquon, theirs is the oldest ongoing bad poetry night on Towel Day; they started already in 2006. At midnight, while the universe is being gently destroyed, troubadour Kiero plays pangalactic hits accompanied by a harp. Their modest plan is to get rid of the Universe before that emerging local vogon Putin starts pressing buttons that should not be pressed. ”Kiusa se on pienikin kiusa”, as they say in Finland. Carry a towel and get a discount on Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters! While you wait for Towel Day to arrive, perhaps check out last year's poems.
    RSVP and details on Facebook. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter
  • In Helsinki, Towel Day is celebrated starting at 18:00 at Bar Leijuva Lahna, Eerikinkatu 14, Kamppi, Helsinki. The main programme consists of drinking beer, consuming peanuts and trashtalking about Vogons and a lot more! The waiters go crazy when customers repeatedly order Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters and that drink drives them crazy... if Vogons poets didn't do it yet! All are welcome. Don't forget your towel!
GERMANY
  • In Hamburg, after a two year interruption, Towel Day will be celebrated again at 17:42 on the Platz ohne Namen (PON). All life forms are welcome to share some Pangalactic Gargle Blasters, listen to readings, get scientific enlightments, eat 42 peanuts & all the rest. They still accept submissions in form of more Adams readings, Vogon poems, towel origami, intergalactic lectures & planetary workshops, please contact them via their webpage. Things are going to happen if you make them happen. Bring your towel, a lawn chair and don't panic!
  • In Lüneburg, at 19:42, actor and director Thomas Ney will read live excerpts from "Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums" (in German). Entry is free and Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters will be served! Where: mosaique - Haus der Kulturen, Katzenstr. 1, D-21335 Lüneburg.
HUNGARY
  • In Diósd (near Budapest), Rádiósd celebrates Towel Day for the first time and a group picture will be taken at 7:00 at the Petöfi-Mikszáth zebránál. They're asking peope to send Towel Day pictures and will group them in an album. Details and RSVP on Facebook
ITALY
  • In Caorle (Venice) 10 days before Towel Day froods will have a first meeting at the "La brussa" beach on Sunday 15 May at 10:30 am at the exit of the second entrance. More information on the Telegram channel https://t.me/towelday_it - Happy Towelday!
POLAND
  • In Łaziska Górne from 19:00 - 19:42, geocachers, Muggles and new players are invited to come celebrate the 21st Towel Day on the place in front of the House of Culture. They will try to form the longest / largest towel "carpet", create intergalactic chalk drawings, sit in a circle and talk about geocaching and recent trips, exchange geocoins, read together the next chapter / chapters from the Hitchiker's guide, and take a photo commemorating the event. Changes will be published via Announcements. Details and RSVP on Geocaching.com
THE NETHERLANDS
  • Q42, a Dutch company that works on apps, websites, connected devices, games and VR, continues its tradition of giving away cool towels. Instructions on how to win one can be found here.
UK
  • In London, ON MAY 26 at 7pm, a Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture will take place at the Royal Geographic Society. It will be devoted to Douglas' conservation exploits and his book Last Chance to See, co-written by Mark Carwardine. his year's lecture will be given by Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland from the University of Oxford. Other speakers are Dr Fay Clark, a zoologist and experimental psychologist based in Bristol, Angus Dunican, a writer, actor, and award-winning stand-up comedian, and John Henry Falle, a multi-award nominated comedian and Vogon Poet. The event will be hosted by Producer, Comedian and serial Douglas fan, Rachel Wheeley. It will be streamed online as well. Details and tickets here
USA
  • In Indianapolis, IN, Books & Brews run their trivia night from 7pm until midnight. "From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, we celebrate everything Douglas Adams with discounts on all books, beer, collectibles, and more." "Stay tuned for more specials and discounts (but only if you bring your towel)." Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Nederland, CO, the Backdoor Theatre will host a Vogon Poetry Slam contest at 5pm at the Knotted Root Brewery (250 N Caribou St.) Those adventurous souls that survive the contest will get to witness prizes for the three worst poems. Having a towel will be key to survival as the group will move to the Backdoor Theatre (750 Highway 72 North). Once there each adventurer will be able to demonstrate their skills with a towel. Prizes for the top three adventures in the Towel Contest. After demonstrating their skills with a towel the theatre will then show the 2004 movie "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Don't Panic!
  • In Cambridge (Boston Area), MA, from 1pm-9pm Pandemonium Books & Games has a Towel and Toiletry drive, in order to guarantee that all froods have that most important of items: a towel! There will be a costume contest: two of the best dressed--bathrobes or any other character included--will receive a special 25th Anniversary Edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Their address is 4 Pleasant St. Cambridge, MA 02131. Details
  • 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 in numerous locations that are listed on their website, 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. More
  • In Seattle, WA, Amanda Funaro will be hosting a Vogon Open Mic Night at the College Inn Pub.


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Featured video: Mostly Harmless - a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cocktail for Towel Day, by Angrycocktails


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