In London on August 11th 2020 and around the UK venues and professional event crew signalled a ‘red alert’ for live events across music and theatre as part of the #WeMakeEvents campaign. Thousands lined the river From Westminster to The Tate Modern. Organised by PLASA (Professional Lighting and Sound Association) – Bringing light to the situation of the events industry during the pandemic, It’s sole aim to highlight financial difficulties and struggles being faced by the events sector.
I’m an events photographer not a lighting or sound engineer but this effects us all and we all work side by side at events so in that spirit I went to down to offer my support for the campaign.
There was huge jubilation when the boat sailed down the Thames to bring the event to close as it made its way down passing key venues such as Royal Festival Hall, the London Eye, the National Theatre and the Tate. At the end of the route the 325 ft chimney of The Tate Modern had a projection of the slogan ‘Throw us a line’ which was the key phrase that could be heard from almost 3500 supporters and event crew (all socially distanced) dressed in red lit up their phones as passing helicopter filmed from the skies.