The events sector urgently needs government support to survive the COVID-19 crisis, so on Tuesday evening, UK event venues were lit up in red as part of a nationwide campaign to support the events sector. Escape to Freight Island at The Depot Mayfield was lit up in a glorious shade of red to show support.
Without immediate support from government, the entire events industry supply chain is at risk of collapse. Live events around the world and across the entire landscape of major festivals, landmark theatres, grassroots venues and business events have been devastated by COVID-19.
#RedAlert is a campaign to raise public and media awareness in support of the live events sector which employs over 1,000,000 highly skilled people in the UK, all of whom have had no work for the past four months, with little likelihood of restarting until Spring 2021. The sector includes a huge supply chain of companies ranging from event production, audio, lighting, video, logistics, planning, transportation and some of the world’s leading technology manufacturers.
The campaign is being run by a large and growing industry collective of trade bodies, businesses and freelancers affected by the shutdown. The aim is to have financial support extended for the people and companies in this sector, until they can return to work.