Tuesday 25 May 2021 | 7pm BST
Stand Up for Towel Day and Save the Rhino International invites you to a raucous evening of fun and merriment to celebrate all things ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’.
Towel Day 2021
In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams wrote, ‘A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.’’ On 25 May each year, fans carry a towel in Douglas’ honour.
Since 2017 Stand Up for Towel Day has provided a place to gather after a day of celebratory towel carrying for stand-up comedy, slam poetry, sketches, improv and more in homage to Douglas and his work.
For the second year in a row, They’ve teamed up with Stand up for Towel Day’s curator, Rachel Wheeley, and producer, Nell Thomas, to bring you the 2021 edition of the event.
This year’s programme, a pre-recorded event, will feature live footage recorded at real events from 2017 to 2020. It will feature the very best sketches and segments from Stand Up for Towel Day’s short but rich history. Thanks to Kevin Jon Davies, Douglas Adams documentarian and author ’42 The Probable Ideas of Douglas Adams’ for making the footage available.
A full line up will be revealed soon. After the initial premiere the footage will remain online for one month to watch on demand via Stellar.
Douglas Adams and rhinos
Adams became interested in conservation in 1985 after the Observer Magazine sent him to investigate Madagascar’s endangered Aye-aye, accompanied by zoologist Mark Carwardine.
The trip resulted in a radio series for the BBC and a book, both entitled Last Chance to See, in which he and Mark visited rare species including the Northern white rhinos of Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Following this passion, in 1994, Douglas became a founder patron of Save the Rhino International. He participated in a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro while wearing a rhino costume and was a dedicated Save the Rhino spokesperson until he died in 2001.