As the Oxfam Festivals Team, we have felt the effects of Covid-19. For nearly 30 years, we have been taking thousands of volunteers some of the biggest and best festivals in the UK, however in 2020 we had to put our packed summer on hold.
Credit: We Make Events
Normally, our volunteer stewarding and wonderful travelling second hand shop would raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to help us end poverty, and our on-site campaigners reach out to thousands of festival-goers. These losses come at a time when the vulnerable communities we work with need this support more than ever. On the 30th of September, we stood in solidarity for the global action day and want to thank everyone who also got involved.
We stand in solidarity with our community, friends and colleagues in the UK live events sector. The UK live events sector is made up of a huge supply chain, many of whom are self-employed or freelancers and have had no work since March with little likelihood of restarting any time soon.
They need your continued support, which is why we support the We Make Events Campaign who are calling for urgent support from the government to help the events sector survive the Covid-19 crisis. To find out how you can help, visit; https://www.wemakeevents.com/global-action-day/
We also want to share that last week The Arts Council announced the first and second round of awards from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. 1972 organisations have been awarded this funding including DMF Music (who organise Beautiful Days), Bearded Theory, WOMAD and NASS who we proudly work with during summer.
We want nothing more than to see you all in a field in 2021, please do all you can to help us get there. Continue to show your solidarity for everyone who supports our wonderful sector.