It’s fair to say 2020 has brought a load of challenges for the events industry. So, in an effort to show solidarity with businesses and individuals affected by the ongoing Covid crisis, organisations such as Upfest, St Paul’s Carnival, Crosstown Concerts and Bristol Sounds joined forces in colourful protest.
Five event professionals have cycled more than 50 miles a day across the UK as part of The Survival Tour, stopping off at venues that have been closed since lockdown. The list of previously visited places includes the Louisiana, O2 Academy, Ashton Gate Stadium, Motion, Thekla and the Hippodrome. However, it was Bristol Beacon that lit up on Monday to welcome the riders, as over 200 people took to the streets with bright red lights to highlight the plight of the industry.
This is all a part of We Make Events, a fundraising effort for festival organisers, event suppliers, promoters, performers, venues and conference organisers who have all felt an immense pressure throughout the last few months. Their mission? To encourage more funding for the arts industry during this difficult time.
The Survival Tour team have now passed their £20,000 target, but you can donate to the cause here. More information regarding We Make Events can be found on their website. Want to help the industry further? Check out online events and deliveries via DeliverMyNight here.