Hundreds of Venues Light Up in Red To Highlight U.K. Live Events Crisis

Hundreds of venues, including theaters and music venues, lit up to highlight a crisis in the U.K’s live events industry amid continued coronavirus restrictions.

More than 300 venues including the National Theatre and several skyscrapers were lit up red as a part of the Red Alert campaign. Protesters made up of out-of-work industry crew also gathered on Waterloo Bridge to demonstrate in support of the campaign.

“Current government support packages for employees and the self-employed are slowly being tapered and will terminate completely in three months. This will leave up to one million industry professionals with no financial security and no work prospects for several more months at least,” industry association Plasa said on August 2.

“A survey last week reported that 10% of businesses are serving redundancy notices in July, with a further 15% in August. By the end of the year 70% of industry businesses will have made redundancies,” it said.

Most live event venues in Britain have been closed for five months since the beginning of lockdown in March.

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