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Cardiff Artist creates digital collage to shine a light on the Welsh events industry

 

Cardiff based artist Nathan Wyburn has created a digital collage of the Welsh flag, which is made up of 500 faces of people working in events industry in Wales to shine a light on the Welsh events industry as part of the We Make Events Campaign Global Day of Action taking place today on 30th September!

Speaking about the campaign, Nathan said “I’m honoured to have been asked to be part of this campaign, as a proud Welsh artist I’ve often made art that reflects the times, and the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been an exception."

"It’s been heart-breaking for me as a concert and theatre attendee, an events hosts and charity fundraiser to not be able to do any of these things. Many of my friends also work in these industries and have lost their income."

"I too, lost a lot of mine. I think the artwork of the dragon roars with Welsh pride, but also sadly shows how much talent is currently unable to be used."

To think 500 people sent in photos and that’s barely 1% of the people in Wales affected by this... that’s extremely emotional.”

Events professionals across Wales have come together to highlight the urgent support needed to keep the sector from the risk of collapse during the current pandemic.

Professionals and volunteers from across the industry have united to plan activity as part of a global awareness day, which includes a digital collage of the Welsh flag made up from 500 of events people in Wales unveiled today (‪30 September 2020‬).

Amid significant job losses and reduction in demand as a result of COVID-19, the global events industry is joining forces ‪from 8.00pm BST on the 30th September‬ for a Global Day of Action.

The initiative will see event professionals and venues from 25 countries lending their support. The Day of Action marks the start of a new phase of the wider #WeMakeEvents industry campaign, alerting governments worldwide to the disastrous situation the sector faces without financial aid.

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According to DCMS, the value of the UK's Cultural Sector currently exceeds £100bn, and was the fastest growing sector in 2017 and 2018. Despite this, the sector does not receive grants, which means that the recent £1.57 billion bailout from government in light of COVID-19 is not reaching the highly skilled people, manufacturers or the huge supply chain of businesses that enable the sector to operate.

Nathan Wyburn with his creation at The Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay.

#WeMakeEvents is now calling on governments worldwide to extend significant financial support for the people and companies in the events sector supply chain until they are permitted to run mass participation events and can viably return to work.

The #WeMakeEvents campaign has been ramping up activity to highlight how the global live events industry, which usually comprises over 30 million workers worldwide, urgently needs to get back to work. Without significant financial support for the people and companies in the events sector supply chain, there is no possibility of a financially viable return for the foreseeable future.‪

On the 30th September, Wales event professionals will join other industry colleagues in thousands of cities across the world to Stand As One for the Global Day of Action.

The ‘baton’ will be passed across different time zones and feature creative activities, which include:‬* Shine a Light - strategically placed shafts of white light will be beamed into the night sky, with each one signifying potential job losses. ‪

At 8.00pm‬, 7 locations in Wales will beam lights which as part of the UK effort which will also be streamed live. Locations include:

  • Cardiff - City Hall and The Roald Dahl Plass
  • Anglesey - Amlwch
  • Aberystwyth - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • Llandudno - Venue Cymru
  • Monmouth – Caldicot Castle
  • Bangor – Pontio
  • Swansea - Patti Pavillion

To find out how to support the campaign, visit www.wemakeevents.com

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