Photo of Amy Lame with black hair and a pair of black glasses, dressed in red with a black cardigan and a white necklace, against the London night sky

Join us for a talk with Amy Lamé, London’s Night Czar, to learn more about how the service industry – and particularly how people in entertainment and nightlife, have both been affected by the pandemic and the innovative solutions they’ve come up with to allow them to continue to deliver world-class entertainment.

As a core member of the Mayor of London’s team, Amy will also talk about the importance of preserving cultural institutions particularly relevant to the LGBT community, the challenges of leading in particularly uncertain times, and share examples of how people in the service sector are reinventing themselves.

Event Agenda

17:00 Introduction from Joël McConnell, Co-Chair of Imperial 600

17:05 Amy Lamé presentation on Nightlife in London and Tackling the Impact of the Pandemic on Service Sector Professionals, and the broader LGBT community

17:25 Insights on how Imperial Operations have had to Innovate Under COVID.

17:35 Q&A and Closing of Event with Caz Ulley, Co-Chair of Imperial 600

What You Can Expect: Take-Aways from the Event

Acts of Resilience Can Inspire: The lockdown presents a particularly challenging situation for London’s nightlife and entertainment industry. This talk will provide examples of some of the most impressive solutions people in the sector have put together to survive the short-term consequences of the pandemic.

London is Acting: Learn more about how the Mayor of London’s team is working to help people in the service sector, and particularly from the perspective of not allowing the short term effects of the pandemic to cause longer term damage to this vital aspect of London’s cultural fabric.

Help How You Can: The nightlife and entertainment industry contributes to London’s global reputation and attractiveness. Therefore, this event also will shed light on how event participants can support the industry in these challenging times.

About Amy Lamé

Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a proud Londoner for over 25 years and has served as London’s first Night Czar since 2016.

Amy is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. She broadcasted for a decade on BBC Radio London, and now hosts Sunday afternoons on BBC6 Music.

Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the first LGBT+ history book for children – was published by Hachette in June 2017.

In 2018, Amy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of East London (UEL) and appointed Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL).

Who’s Invited to Attend

While this event is aimed at primarily at the LGBT community and service sector professionals, the event is open to Imperial 600 members, the entire Imperial College London community, and external guests as well.

So join us for this event that is part of Imperial 600’s LGBT History Month programming.

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