Are you planning a virtual event for Refugee Festival Scotland? There are so many ways to take things online. Here are three platforms you might want to consider.

Facebook Live

Facebook Live lets you livestream events, performances and gatherings on Facebook.

  • Viewers don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch a live video – they can tune in using the live stream URL.
  • Viewers can watch from a phone, computer, tablet or connected TV
  • Interactive features, like reactions, shares and comments, allow you to engage with your audience while the event is taking place
  • If you post your live stream to a Facebook Page, you can share it to a Facebook group or event.
  • If you are using a connected camera and encoder, you can schedule your live stream up to a week in advance

Here is a helpful guide on how to go live on Facebook


YouTube is an online video platform. Anyone can watch YouTube videos on their computer, tablet or mobile phone. However, in order to host an event on this platform, you will need a registered and verified YouTube account. This will enable you to:

  • Upload pre-recorded videos that are more than 15 minutes in length
  • Create a YouTube Premiere
  • Live stream using a computer and webcam (most modern laptops come with an in-built webcam)
  • Live stream using a mobile phone – but only if you have at least 1,000 subscribers

YouTube Live allows creators to livestream an event and interact with viewers in real-time. This would work well for interactive workshops, cookery demonstrations or live musical events.

Here is a useful guide to live streaming on YouTube.

YouTube Premieres allows creators and their audience to watch and experience a video together. This is a good option for a pre-recorded concert, play or film screening

Here is a useful guide to YouTube Premieres.


Zoom is a video conferencing platform that is simple to use and compatible with most operating systems. In order to join a Zoom meeting some participants may have to first download the app.

With the free version you can:

  • Host video calls for up to 100 people
  • Host and attend meetings on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone
  • Share your screen, which is great if you’re planning to show slides as part of your event

You can not:

  • Host groups calls which last longer than 40 minutes
  • Livestream your event on social media

You can upgrade to Zoom Pro, which allows group calls lasting up to 30 hours. If you choose to upgrade, you can also livestream events on social media, however Zoom Pro is expensive.

Here is a guide to help you make the most of Zoom.

You can also find loads more tips and advice about live streaming an event here.


We look forward to seeing you at Refugee Festival Scotland 2021. For more support and guidance to help you plan a successful online event, please contact our friendly festival team at 

Rachel Lamb
Author: Rachel Lamb