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Virtual Showlight to support industry charities

Mar 23, 2021

Date and Venue: 25 May 2021 – online

Virtual Showlight is proud to announce the first sponsors for its online, one-day event (25 May 2021) which takes place in celebration of the full Showlight event that was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

The popularity of this unique lighting quadrennial is confirmed by the number of sponsors which have already given their support for Virtual Showlight. The headline sponsor is Robert Juliat, which is joined by ACT Lighting, Inc., Altman, ARRI, Ayrton, Claypaky, Copper Candle, ETC, Robe and Vectorworks. Virtual Showlight is also supported by media partner, LSi, and by LSA. 

Sponsorship of Virtual Showlight offers a unique opportunity for sponsors to connect with clients and industry colleagues whom they have not seen for many months. As a sponsor you will qualify for a slot in which to host your own ‘breakout’ room during the day. If you would like to become a Showlight sponsor, contact 

Virtual Showlight supports industry charities 

All proceeds from Virtual Showlight will go to support industry charities, including Backup and Behind the Scenes. 

Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity is the UK’s registered charity that provides financial support to industry technical professionals, crew/production personnel and people working in the technical supply chain across the UK entertainment industry including those from live events, theatre, TV and film.

Backup’s primary and long running remit is to give support to those who are seriously ill or injured, or to their surviving family members, via a tailored Support Grant.

In light of the devastating impact of COVID-19, Backup has recently created a separate initial Hardship Fund, which will provide limited financial assistance to those most in need – please visit the Backup website for the latest details on status and criteria of the Hardship Fund, as it will be open to applications in phases.

It is only thanks to the support and generous donations from companies and individuals, that Backup is able to help the technical entertainment industry care for its own. 

If you want to support or find out more information on Backup visit

Behind the Scenes provides entertainment technology professionals in the US and Canada, or their immediate dependent family, who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. The BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative provides tools and resources to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety. These include the Be Scene-Be Heard Peer-to-Peer Chat App, Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder, anonymous online behavioural self-assessments, easy to navigate resource links, information to help fight bullying, sample language on mental health and respectful workplaces for toolbox talks, and information on suicide prevention. 

For more information about Behind the Scenes visit

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