The Association of Lighting Designers has launched a campaign to protect the futures of venues and theatres across Europe. There is currently an enormous threat being made to the way theatrical productions are presented.
The European Union (EU) is proposing, in its Eco-design Working Plan 2016-2019, to change the rules that govern the light sources used in theatrical productions. In effect, they want to bring the vast majority of quality theatre lights under the same rules that govern domestic and office and industrial lighting.
These new regulations are intended to start from 1 September 2020 and if implemented as written, would dramatically impact all areas of entertainment lighting and all who work in this field – lighting creators, lighting users and lighting manufacturers. The impact on theatrical production across Europe would be immediate, and overwhelming.
The #SaveStageLighting Campaign aims to demonstrate to the EU Energy Directorate the widest possible cultural opposition to these proposals. You can add your voice to the campaign by completing the public consultation that is open until 7th May 2018.
For more information on the proposed regulations, visit https://www.ald.org.uk/sites/default/files/resources/ALDEURegulationsPrimer14Apr18.pdf to add your name to the petition, https://www.change.org/p/energy4europe-keep-stage-lighting-exempt-from-proposed-legislation-changes-savestagelighting