The hashtag #ThisIsWhoWeAre has been trending in Ireland today.
A new campaign has begun this morning to create supports for those in the entertainment sector who feel they have been left without support for the last six months due to the COVID pandemic.
As per the campaign's statement:
"The entertainment industry has been decimated by the Covid19 Pandemic. The industry is unique in that it is almost fully shut under government mandate. On September 16, EPIC launch their Pre Budget Submission requesting a number of supports for the staff and businesses of the sector.
"One of the key things you can do to help amplify this message is to mail your TD. All you need to do is click on the link attached, select your constituency, fill in your details and hit send.
"If you miss live gigs, theatre, festivals and the memories and joy that they bring, this is the most important thing you can do today to help the people who make these events."
For those in support of the campaign, you can follow the directions above and click through to the campaign page here.
Several large venues, promoters and artists have tweeted this morning in support of the message:
Venues across Ireland are facing total decimation unless the government acts now. The Live Entertainment & Events Industry need to be protected. Our Stage remains Empty & Silent!#ThisIsWhoWeAre pic.twitter.com/orJ66G452d
— Vicar Street (@Vicar_Street) September 16, 2020
People Laughed at me 23 years ago when I said I wanted to start a comedy club ....... well nobody is Laughing NOW!
Our comedians, venue staff and technicians haven't worked for 6 months. Live entertainment needs URGENT government support.@LaughterLounge #ThisIsWhoWeAre pic.twitter.com/Mc8BF8siIS
— Peter O'Mahony 🈯 (@LinkedPeter) September 16, 2020
— Music Cork 2020 (@MusicCork_) September 16, 2020
This week is National Awareness Week for the Events industry.
With the government measures announced yesterday it seems live events of any scale are essentially ruled out for the next 6 months!#ThisIsWhoWeAre pic.twitter.com/uN6USuBbCv
— Keith Barry (@KeithpBarry) September 16, 2020
— Dolans Pub Limerick (@mydolans) September 15, 2020
#ThisIsWhoWeAre ✵ If you miss live gigs, theatre, festivals and the memories and joy that they bring, then support the live event industry and mail your TD by clicking https://t.co/rcoSLJQrme pic.twitter.com/i1rNdkgzeF
— MCD Productions (@mcd_productions) September 16, 2020