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White Light in partnership with the UKickstart Event 2020 adds a Live Performance Panel

PLSN Staff • International News • September 4, 2020

UK – Following the recent announcement of the expansion of UKickstart Event 2020, the first UK-wide live and virtual gathering of event professionals post-lockdown, it has once again extended its programme to include a Live Performance panel discussion on kickstarting the events industry. Not only will the panel discussion take place at one of White Light’s managed venues, Illuminate at the Science Museum, but it will be chaired by its Managing Director Bryan Raven.

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The panel is called ‘Working in a Post-Covid World – How to Kick-Start Live Performance’ and will take place on Tuesday 8 September at 4.30pm. Alongside Bryan, industry experts speaking will include Adam Blackwood, Founder and Creative Director of Private Drama; Jon Drape, Director of Engine No 4; Clara Cullen, Venue Support Manager and Nicholas Wells, Owner of Power Plan Services Ltd.

The panel will discuss issues encountered due to the pandemic, covering small music venues, theatres, indoors/outdoor venues and arenas, as well as the solutions needed to overcome these. We are particularly excited to have Jon Drape, Director of Engine No 4, on board who will be discussing the challenges and lessons learnt from his recent experience working on the Virgin Money Unity Arena Festival in Newcastle.

Bryan comments: “The Live Events industry is on a cliff-edge, particularly as we approach October and the end of Furlough. There are so many jobs and buildings at risk of simply collapsing that we need to look at safe and practical ways in which we can kick start live performance and work with our clients again; something which this discussion will initiate”.

The panel discussion is part of the wider UKickstart Event 2020, the first UK-wide live and virtual gathering of event professionals post-lockdown. This free-to-attend nationwide multi-hub live and virtual event takes place from 1-5:30pm on Thursday 8th September and will bring together meeting and event leaders and professionals who want to drive the UK to have the confidence to start meeting again. Participants will be able to attend in-person at one of many UK venues located in major cities and towns such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Farnborough and Liverpool. Up to 30 socially distanced delegates will be able to attend in person at each venue, in accordance with current government guidelines. All the panel sessions will be streamed online as a virtual experience for professionals who cannot participate in person.

Adam Simpson, leader of UKickstart and Director of Marketing of etc.venues, said: “We’ve had phenomenal interest for UKickstart; so much so that it felt only right to extend the event program and have an in-depth discussion about live performance and how we can bring this back. As seen when we opened registration, hundreds of event professionals immediately signed up to attend mostly the live locations, which, for us, indicates that united desire to get back to meeting in-person. The panel has the power to act as a catalyst to kick-start this and we look forward to welcoming Bryan and all the other speakers.”

UKickstart Event has been created and led by etc.venues as well as backed by major industry bodies, such as BVEP, HBAA, MIA, VisitBritain, ILEA, MPI, ABPCO, EMA, AEO, ESSA, EVCOM, AEV and the London Convention Bureau.

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