UK venues to light up blue for international autism stunt

On 2 April a number of venues across the UK will be lighting up blue for the United Nations' World Autism Awareness Day.

Liverpool's Town Hall to take part in Light It Up Blue stunt
Liverpool's Town Hall to take part in Light It Up Blue stunt

UK venues onboard for the fourth annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign include Hillsborough’s Burton Street and Sneinton’s Green Windmill in Nottingham. Larne in Northern Ireland will also be joining in the international event by lighting up its town council offices on Victoria Road.

The campaign was launched by Autism Speaks, an international autism science and advocacy organisation, and marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month.

Liverpool has also announced plans to light up its Town Hall and St George’s Hall. Mayor Joe Anderson, said: "It is really important that we do all we can to highlight autism and its symptoms to overcome ignorance around it, and also to support parent and carers."

Paul Johnson from Liverpool City Council, added the council buildings may not be the only buildings turning blue on the day: "The mayor is keen to get the big iconic landmarks in Liverpool to join in the campaign. He’ll be contacting the Three Graces on the waterfront – the Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building – this week."

The UK venues join a worldwide list of locations partaking in the LIUB campaign, including the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls. Last year's stunt saw more than 7,000 iconic structures and landmarks in 90 countries take part.

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