Arts and cultural buildings across the UK are bathed in red light to highlight the impact of the total shutdown of festivals and events
Glastonbury Festival iconic Pyramid Stage has been lit up in red as part of the #LightItInRed campaign.
The ‘Light It In Red’ movement was launched earlier in the year to bring light to the situation of the events industry during the coronavirus crisis.
Lighting company Fineline Lighting are the ones in charge of lighting up the Pyramid Stage skeleton this evening – revealing their plans via a message posted to their Twitter account earlier today (July 6), depicting the Pyramid Stage with an accompanying message that read: “Can you guess where we are today? Stay tuned to see this beauty lit red later on for #lightitinred #letthemusicplay #wemakeevents”
— Fineline Lighting (@Fineline_FL) July 6, 2020
Currently, unlike other industries, there is no set date for live events, shows, festivals and performances, etc. to restart after the Covid-19 shutdown.
Arts and cultural buildings across the UK are being bathed in red lights this evening (July 6) to highlight the impact of the total shutdown of festivals and events – inspired by #NightofLight in Germany on June 22, which saw over 9000 buildings, monuments, structures, towers, landmarks, castles, offices, houses, spaces and places illuminated in “Emergency Red” to raise awareness and grab the attention of the public and the government.
#LightItInRed initiators, Steven Haynes from Clearsound Productions and Phillip Berryman from The Backstage Theatre Jobs Forum, states that the target for this action is to get “1000 buildings and monuments, etc.” lit up in red all around the UK.
We are calling for help!
Join us on July 6th 2020 to help save the UK events industry.
For more information or to register your illuminated buildings go to https://t.co/WyZ0DrV6gT#lightitinred #savetheUKentertainmentindustry #saveourUKtheatres #backstagetheatrejobs pic.twitter.com/e7f03WmmwU
— Light It In Red (@LightItInRed) June 27, 2020
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis posted a photo of the red Pyramid Stage against a beautiful golden-hour sunset backdrop to her personal Instagram account earlier this evening (see below).
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You can watch the Pyramid Stage bathed in red via the BBC’s Glasto webcam here.
Glastonbury Festival was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer – with headliners in Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift – but was forced to cancel this year’s instalment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a message from organisers, announcing the Festival’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”