Bristol Event Industry Unites in support of #WeMakeEvents
On Monday Night, Bristol Beacon provided the backdrop to a unique demonstration to highlight the plight of Bristol’s events industry and its many talented events professionals, as part of the ongoing #WeMakeEvents campaign.
The most recent leg of the We Make Events activity was a 1000 mile cycle ride through the country visiting venues on the way called The Survival Tour.
200 event professionals, including members of the Bristol Beacon team, headed into Bristol to greet The Survival Tour as it reached the city on Tuesday evening. Each person represented 100 of the 40,000 people employed in events, music, festivals, and venues in the city.
As a creative and cultural hub, Bristol is home to thousands of events and festivals. Across culture and corporate events, this city’s event professionals work regionally, nationally and internationally.
Events bring upwards of £300 million into the city’s economy, employing over 40,000 people based here throughout a year.
Todd Wills, Artistic Director of Bristol Beacon explains:
“As a city, Bristol is full of creatives, musicians, producers, organisers and venues, responsible for many of the UK’s flagship events. This crisis has affected everyone but disproportionately the industry which makes it such an amazing place to live and work.
The #WeMakeEvents fundraising is critical for individuals in crisis and we’re proud to play our part and stand with every part of the industry today.”
Organisations including Upfest, St Paul’s Carnival, Crosstown Concerts, Meet Bristol, Academy Music Group, Ashton Gate Stadium, Compass Group, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Plaster Creative Communications, Richmond Event Management, Tokyo World, Theatre Bath, Bristol Hippodrome, SLX, Bristol Festivals, Bristol Sounds, Bristol Craft Beer Festival, Sounds Commercial, Bristol Open Doors and many more joined the protest in solidarity with the hundreds of other businesses and freelancers affected by the crisis.
The current state of the UK event industry has been under scrutiny since the start of lockdown and its initiatives #WeMakeEvents and The Survival Tour seek to bring these struggles into sharp focus.
The Survival Tour Riders have been raising money for events professionals experiencing financial hardship through their Raisely page. You can donate to the fund here.