Light It In Red!
5 July 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan
Venues, including theatres, across the UK will be lit up in red tomorrow, Monday 6 July, to highlight the plight of businesses and workers in the events industry.
A statement from the organisers of the event said, “since early March, the events industry has been mostly without work. All kinds of major events are currently prohibited due to the COVID-19 crisis. Corporate events, conferences, concerts, festivals, trade shows and theatrical performances are no longer able to go ahead. This is leaving an entire industry dormant, with over twenty-five thousand businesses and over half a million workers throughout the UK directly suffering the ill effects.”
Companies from all across the events industry, as well as event locations, such as event centres, convention centres, conference hotels, theatres, concert halls, playhouses and nightclubs, will be taking part to draw attention to the danger the entire industry faces.
“Our goal is to have a conversation with politicians and the government about how the billion-pound events industry can be saved from a massive wave of insolvency and how the preservation of over half a million jobs can be ensured,” the statement continues. “Our action is also aimed at the general public to draw attention to the dramatic situation the industry is in.”
North East companies taking part include:
- Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham
- ARC Stockton
- Chester le Street Community Centre Group
- The Customs House, South Shields
- Darlington Hippodrome
- Hi-Lights Theatre Services, Gateshead
- Middlesbrough Town Hall
- Northern Stage, Newcastle
- Playhouse Whitley Bay
- Sunderland Empire
- Theatre Royal, Newcastle
- Tyne Audio Ltd
- Tyne Theatre & Opera House