In August, Spiralstagelighting Director and Founder Elliot Baines was interviewed by The Exchange in Keighley for the #WEMAKEVENTS campaign during the #LIGHTITINRED night. The interview was filmed by Danny Hardaker along side Michael Watmough (owner of The Exchange), interviewing multiple members of the industry. “As part of #wemakeevents we interviewed freelancers to ask how they’re handling the shutdown of their industry. First up Elliot Baines of Spiralstagelighting Write to your MP and help us rescue this industry which is on the verge of complete irreversible collapse.”
Michael and Danny also interviewed Roger Nowell and Dave from Vachon Audio. The interviews took place in the shop of The Exchange a few minutes before we lit the building red for Light It In Red.
During the final week of October, actors, West End, opera singer, dancers, freelancers, and more gathered in Parliament Square, London to protest for the WEMAKEEVENTS Campaign. As there has still been no sign of help for most people in the Arts & Entertainments industry.
Talented people including opera singers, members from the West End, actors, dancers, and more talented individuals socially distanced and followed the UK Government Guidelines.
Day one – dancers and classical musicians
On Monday the 26th of October, Dancers and Classical Musicians gathered in the square to contribute to the WEMAKEEVENTS CAMPAIGN to make sure their voices were heard. Most of the dancers in the square wore t-shirts that said: “I am Fatima”. What does this mean? HM Government released a poster that caught a lot of people’s attention. But this did anger and frustrated a lot of people. The poster shows a ballet dancer. The poster also includes “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know it yet)”. “Rethink. Reskill. Reboot”. Then we realized, we had to do more to get our voices heard.
In total. There were 7 different protest with a mix of different, hard working individuals who work in different categories. Day three Wednesday 28th of October was the Singers also played they part, day four, Thursday 29th Theatre Performers, Creatives, Technicians and all Freelancers who work in theatre. Day five, Friday 30th were individuals from the Opera scene. Day six, Saturday 31st, West End Waiting, Theatre performers sung a medley from West End Musicals. The on the final day, was The Bow.
#WEMAKEVENTS supporters, technical crew and freelancers came together to Parliament Square in front of the House Of Commons where the previous #SurvivalInTheSquare protests took place. Over 240 lights were brought to the square to light up the freelancers and supporters in red who have been forgotten about by the UK Government. During that night, everyone came together to stand as one to take their bow.
The lights were picked up from the Collaborative Creations office in London by us and Avolites. We then drove to Parliament Square to drop off all 244 lights.
Massive thank you to the guys and Collaborative Creations for showing their support!