After Corona - Amy Lame on the night time economy

“Governments and communities are realising just how important the night time is to economy and wellbeing”

In this episode, we’re looking at the night-time economy. And our very special guest is Amy Lamé.

Amy is co-founder of the Olivier Award-winning arts company and club night Duckie, and has been an active campaigner to preserve and protect London’s LGBT pubs and clubs for many years.
She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010/11 and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is broadcaster, writer and cultural commentator, and her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – was the first LGBT+ history book for children – and was published in 2017.

in 2016, Amy was appointed as London’s first ever Night Czar. Working closely with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, her responsibility is to promote London’s varied nightlife both in the UK and internationally, including safeguarding venues across the city.

We spoke with Amy at the end of September 2020, seven months into the global coronavirus pandemic – and at a time when the hospitality, tourism and culture scenes across the whole UK were shell-shocked from the disruption. I wanted to know about a city like London – a city that never sleeps, and is built upon a vibrant life after dark – is this moment of fear and social distancing just going to be a blip for this resilient metropolis – or is there an existential crisis with real challenges for the future?

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The interviewer was Richard Freeman for always possible and the producer was Chris Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts