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It may be 'coming home' but carnival isn’t

July 11, 2021

Football has been the craze for the past month (after love island). The Euros taking place here at Wembley and the fact England has made it to the final has got everyone chanting that ‘it’s coming home.’

Despite social distancing measures still implemented until July 19th, we have seen parts of the UK go football crazy with pubs, outdoor bars and public spaces showcasing the matches on big screens and our recent victory against Denmark led to a large congregation of people and crowd gatherings in central London.

This year has seen the cancellation of huge events. Music festivals, live concerts and our beloved carnival being some of the main events which will not be running again the second time in a row. Whilst cultural and music events have been cancelled, sports tournaments and gatherings still continue. This is in no way criticising the sports industry but rather shining light at the issue, is there a bias in events that are able to get the ‘all clear’ to be running as normal?

Social distancing

For the past year this has taken control over how events are managed with spectators and visitors. The 2m distancing rule has been in place to ensure the virus isn’t spread as easily between the members of the public. When we think of sports venues, people are seated, they are based in a confined space where they cannot roam around. Music festivals and carnivals, on the other hand, allow people to move and take place in open spaces. 

Revenue generated 

It’s no secret that sports events like the Euros or Wimbledon generate a massive revenue. The Euros which were scheduled to take place in 2020 was postponed to this year with the footballing body predicting the tournament would generate a revenue of “2.5 billion euros.” (Statista, 2021). Sporting events not only generate revenue for the sports industry but the media, entertainment and hospitality sectors. The Euro games being broadcasted so close to the easing of restrictions and social distancing measures works in the favour of encouraging members of the public to go to pub outlets or local hotspots to watch the games. 

Sports Vs Arts 

Carnival is still a month and a half away and whilst restrictions are set to be lifted by then, the organisers have announced the event will be cancelled a second time in a row. Perhaps it is due to the fact that Carnival has traditionally been set up by local communities, not-for-profit organisations and small independent businesses. Perhaps it is because carnival is a UK public event and not something acknowledged internationally?

It’s not an expression of anger or frustration, but rather a point to consider. Is it because sports is more valued than arts and culture that these world tournaments have priority and precedence in shaping events? And are there actually less safety measures required at sports tournaments? 

Do you work as security for music or sporting events? We'd love to hear your opinion on whether there is a bias or more importance placed on events which are scheduled to go ahead this year!

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