‘We have been forgotten’; events sector recovery campaign sees red

Tomorrow, the #WeMakeEventsAustralia campaign will light up buildings in cities and towns across Australia to bring attention to the plight of the decimated events industry following the coronavirus.

In Tasmania, Parliament House in Hobart will be bathed in red and an LED screen will display information in front of an empty stage, Launceston’s Albert Hall will be lit up along with Devonport’s parnaple convention centre.

Speaking to The Mercury, tour and production manager Barry Brody said it “feels like we have been forgotten”.

“It is like the age-old adage, we seem to be out of sight out of mind,” he said. “Thousands of Tasmanians have lost work – musicians, roadies, security personal, truck drivers, artists, riggers and caterers.

“In March, I, like many others, suddenly lost every event in my diary for 14 months.”

Dark Mofo was the first major event to cancel in Tasmania due to coronavirus. But in one glimmer of hope, Mona, the organisers of Dark Mofo, announced that Mona Foma would be held across both Hobart and Launceston in January.