Popular wedding & events venue Glemham Hall located on the A12 near Woodbridge in Suffolk will be lighting up in red on Wednesday 30th September from 8pm-11pm to highlight the urgent support needed from Government for the live events sector to survive the Covid-19 crisis.
Joining them are FolkEast organisers John & Becky Marshall-Potter, whose crew will be lighting up the historic dead oak tree in red sited in the parkland. The tree is famed for being decked out in colourful fabric to herald the 6 week countdown to the FolkEast festival every year.
The Elizabethan country house which dates back to 1560 and is set in 3000 acres, is owned by the Hope-Cobbold family, known for their long-standing association as founders of Ipswich Town football club and the Tolly Cobbold Brewery.
The venue has seen a massive 67% loss of income from the postponement of large-scale events such as FolkEast and Art for Cure during the pandemic, as well as managing the loss of weddings and in house events whilst furloughing 70% of their staff, at the same time as dealing with the extreme overheads as before.
Entertainment events around the world have been devastated, from major festivals, tours and landmark theatres, to grassroots venues and business events. Without major immediate support from national governments, the entire supply chain is at risk of collapse.
Across the globe from 8pm local time, thousands of venues and places of work will #LightItInRed alongside unique projections, art installations in a bid to creatively express to government officials that we exist, we need help and of the huge contribution we make to our economy, and to generate awareness through the media for the much needed support#WeMakeEvents
The UK is regarded as a world-leader in delivering cultural events; Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Notting Hill Carnival are household names around the globe, and spectacular events such as the 2012 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies are widely praised. UK events contribute significantly to the economy and supports approximately one million livelihoods.
The outdoor event industry alone employs around 600,000 people, this doesn’t include theatre, music venues, corporate or any indoor events.
We are thrilled to be joined by the FolkEast family for this campaign. We’ll also be working with our friends at My Big Fat Wedding Disco and EncoreSFX in supporting the #LightItInRed campaign. Our industry is renowned for collaborations in producing great events and this clearly illustrates the importance of a supportive network. Joining together to light up Glemham Hall and the FolkEast tree is an exciting and challenging event but one that we’re certain will capture the attention of the passing traffic on the A12 with the hope that it’ll be shared far & wide on social media.Donna Stockley, Events Manager at Glemham Hall