The Arts & Theatre Institute and The Prague Quadrennial join many organizations across Europe in voicing our concern for new regulations forcing theatre venues to go dark!

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, office, and industrial lighting. These new regulations, taking effect September 2020, will impose a new minimum efficiency – a requirement that tungsten or most newly-developed LED-based entertainment fixtures do not meet.

This will dramatically affect performance venues and productions of all types and scales, including new and existing (long-running, long-standing rep) productions. The implementation of these rules would result in almost every lighting fixture, as well as the cabling and controls, be replaced – an expense that would force many venues to literally go dark.

The Arts & Theatre Institute and The Prague Quadrennial ask the EU to reinstate the exemption for theatrical and performance lighting.

Help us to save stage lighting now!

To add your name to the petition, click here: http://bit.ly/savestagelighting

For more detailed information about the proposed changes and their effects, visit the Association of Lighting Designers here: https://www.ald.org.uk/resources/savestagelighting.