This evening (Wednesday 30th September), watch as a digital Welsh flag is lit up as part of a Global Action Day.
Shining a light on the Wales events industry, Cardiff-based artist Nathan Wyburn has created a digital Welsh flag made up of 500 faces of people working in the country’s events industry.
The illuminated artwork will be joined by a beam of light, representing the 10,000 people in the sector. This beam will be one of 60 that will be lighting up the sky at locations across the UK. The 60 beams represent the 600,000 people currently affected by the pandemic.
Beams light up the sky
Shine a Light, the strategically placed shafts of white light, will be beamed into the night sky at 8pm. Seven locations in Wales will beam lights, as part of UK-wide events. Locations include City Hall and Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and Caldicot Castle in Monmouthshire.
Other events include LightItInRed, with venues and structures illuminated as a Red Alert; and Inside Out, projecting images of what would have been taking place inside a venue, onto the outside.
There’s also a collection of short videos from Welsh industry professionals available to watch. The videos describe how the pandemic has affected businesses, events and careers. These videos include representatives from the National Eisteddfod, Tafwyl, Only Men Aloud, Gig Buddies, Donna-Marie a Lady Gaga impersonator and a care home entertainer, along with production and events companies and freelancers.
Global Action Day
Events professionals across Wales have come together to highlight the urgent support needed for the sector, which is at risk of collapse. Professionals and volunteers from across the industry have united for today’s global awareness campaign.
WeMakeEvents is 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.
Welsh events professionals will join other industry colleagues in thousands of cities across the world, for this Global Action Day.
Countries involved in the Global Action Day include Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, USA, and Wales.
When: 30th September 2020, until 9pm
Where: Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales (with further events across the UK and beyond)
More info: www.wemakeevents.com