Germany: Berlin venues glow red to raise awareness for coronavirus-hit event industry

Landmarks and venues across Berlin were lit red on Monday night to draw attention to the difficult situation in the event industry that is severely affected by the coronavirus measures. In the framework of the campaign labelled the «Night of Light,» more than 7,000 venues in 200 cities across Germany were illuminated in red in the night between June 22 and June 23 to alert the country's authorities on the current situation the industry is facing. «We are here today for the event industry. We are interpreters, part of the event industry. A lot of events have been cancelled since March because of the lockdown and that affected most of the colleagues, 80 to 100 percent of them. The problem, of course, is that there are travel restrictions in place, big exhibitions and fairs, as well as major events, are not taking place where we are (usually) actively involved,» said Isabel Frey, interpreter and participant of the «Night of Light» campaign. Participants of the awareness campaign called on the government for urgent help in order to avoid mass bankruptcy of a great number of companies and individuals involved in the event industry, underlining that they might «not survive the next 100 days» if the current restrictions are extended. Owners and operators of concert venues, conference hotels, cinemas, exhibition halls, event locations, promotion companies, catering services, artist agencies as well as technology suppliers and interpreters took part in the campaign. Due to cancelled or postponed trade fairs and other events, the event industry has so far reportedly suffered a €3.6 billion loss ($4.1 billion). Over a million people work in this field in Germany. According to measures imposed by the German Federal government amid the pandemic, large events with more than 1,000 participants will remain prohibited until at least the end of August, while smaller ones until the end of July.

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