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UK theatre industry webinar platform launched to support rebuilding after COVID-19

A new platform with a long list of webinars related to the theatre industry has been launched by SOLT and UK Theatre, while promoter BigCityBeats has announced a drive-in ‘club night’ in Germany.

Theatre webinars

Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have created TheatreMeansBusiness.info, an online platform highlighting a range of live and recorded webinars to support the industry in rebuilding after the COVID-19 lockdown ends.

The webinars will cover topics including business interruption planning, audience development for recovery, and professional and personal resilience.

Sebastian Cater, head of UK Theatre and Workforce Development, said: “Our members are having to take some tough decisions about their organisations at present, and we wanted to help them and the wider sector by creating this website.

“We’ve curated these webinars to provide the resources and support our workforce needs to plan for the future. We are extremely grateful to all the consultants and agencies we are working with on this project, many of whom have donated their time to help the industry as it rebuilds itself.”

The webinars have been designed to appeal to a range of experience levels and most do not require SOLT or UK Theatre membership to join and will be free of charge. A donation option will be available throughout the webinars, with the contributions to be split between the two organisations and the invited speaker.

The website already has many listings, including a Weekly International Virtual Roundtable to be hosted by TRG Arts tomorrow (Thursday), and Remaining Positive and Resilient, which will be hosted by Arts Marketing Association on April 27.

Drive-in club night

Electronic dance music (EDM) promoter BigCityBeats has announced it will host a club night at a drive-in theatre in Düsseldorf, Germany on April 30.

The event, which will feature BigCityBeats resident DJ Le Shuuk and friends, will allow 500 cars occupied by two people into the car park, for a total capacity of 1,000 attendees.

The drive-in theatre has had two stage elements built to the left and right of the screen and have been joined by a catwalk. It does not have speakers or a PA system, but rather transmits the sound via FM radios in the cars.

Earlier this month, BigCityBeats was forced to cancel its main summer event World Club Dome Las Vegas Edition after the German government extended the bans on mass gatherings until August 31.

Friends tickets

The cast of hit 90’s TV show Friends are the latest to join the All-In Challenge in support of the COVID-19 relief effort by offering tickets to the filming of the highly-anticipated reunion special in Los Angeles.

Fans need to make a donation to the challenge, which is raising money for charities Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry and America’s Food Fund, in order to be entered into the draw for tickets.

The winner and five guests will also get a VIP tour of the Warner Bros studios, which includes enjoying a cup of coffee at Central Perk, the TV show’s local café, with the cast.

The reunion show, which was scheduled to begin recording in late March, was forced to suspend production due to COVID-19. A new date for the special has not yet been set.

In addition to the cast of Friends, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, other stars taking part in the All-In Challenge include Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, who are offering a walk-on role in their upcoming film Killers Of The Flower Moon.

Event Genius webinar

Event Genius by Festicket has partnered with Google to host free webinar for event promoters on April 30 to discuss how brands can adapt to changes in consumer behaviour due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The webinar, entitled Consumer Behaviour Trends & Recommendations During COVID-19, will tackle a number of themes, including strategy, brand communications and utilising Google Analytics.

Festicket marketing director Luis Sousa said: “These are hugely difficult times for many of our event partners as they deal with having to either cancel or postpone their events, as well as the long-term uncertainty.

“We wanted to try and help ease some of these stresses by tackling them head on, and we’re delighted Google have agreed to join us and share their valuable knowledge.”

Joining Festicket and Google for the webinar will be Prateek Arora (Account Manager at Google), Divya Subramaniam (Strategic Lead for Customer Solutions at Google), Niall McLaughlin (eCommerce Account Manager at Google) and Maxime Calot (Agency Key Account Manager at Google).

If you are interested in attending the webinar, you can find out more and sign up here.

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