- 14 Sep 20
The #ThisIsWhoWeAre campaign kicks off today.
The Events Production Industry Covid-19 Working Group (EPIC) has launched a National Awareness Week for the Live Entertainment and Event Industry in Ireland, taking place from today, September 14, until Sunday, September 20.
The organisers of the National Awareness Week are inviting the public to support those working in the sector by using the hashtag #ThisIsWhoWeAre on social media – raising awareness of the ongoing struggle in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Over 35,000 workers are dependent on this vital commercial sector – which has been shut down since March 12.
"The non-funded live entertainment sector accounts for 90% of all the tickets sold in Ireland but does not have access to Arts Council funding," the organisers note in a statement about the campaign. "The wider events sector needs to be supported now or this industry worth €3.5 Billion Euro to the Irish Economy will be lost along with the brilliant SMEs and skilled workforce that has taken decades to cultivate."
— eventplan.ie (@eventplan_ie) September 14, 2020
— TradFest Temple Bar | #TogetherAgainInMusic 💚 (@TempleBarTrad) September 14, 2020
That’s two decades of experience talking. One of the best tour, stage, production & people managers you’ll meet. The live industry can not afford to lose people like Ronan Murphy. #ThisIsWhoWeAre @Epic2020_Group https://t.co/XY2pMNVrZJ
— Shane Dunne (@ItsShaneDunne) September 13, 2020
Events Industry Staff: #thisiswhoweare
Health and safety crew
And many more........🙏 https://t.co/LbIagkjUgO
— Jenny O'Flynn (@jennyoflynn) September 14, 2020
Today’s @Independent_ie. #ThisIsWhoWeAre represents the tens of thousands in a sector that’s been abandoned. Y’day’s “announcement” of a (previously allocated) €5m stimulus doesn’t cut the mustard for an industry first to close and last to reopen, with no roadmap or support. 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/xvUNke70W1
— Ireland / Amy (@ireland) September 10, 2020