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Opening Event – The Biennale Of Sydney – Thursday 28 June 2012
Ruth Hirst from Created Events won the contract to put together the gala opening event for The Biennale Of Sydney, which was held in the very unique Turbine Hall at historic Cockatoo Island. Many months of preparation and planning was invested into what turned out to be a very successful opening event.
The Biennale of Sydney presents Australia's largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale presents a three-month exhibition, plus a program of artist talks, performances, forums, film screenings, family events, guided tours and other special events.
Ruth turned to Colin Baldwin at Event Services to plan and design the production elements for the opening event. The venue is very challenging commented Colin..."there are many hazards within the hall and rigging from the very high roof trusses must be carefully designed to fit within strict weight guidelines". Colin engaged Malcolm Hill (licensed rigger) who took control of the overall rigging task. Once the bump-in was completed, certifying engineers thoroughly examined the installation before signing-off, only hours before guests arrived.
In all there were 24 chain hoists attached to the roofing trusses, which supported the lighting and themed set. Robe Robin 300 LED washlights and Colorspot 575 spots, plus 80 odd theatrical fixtures we deployed to light the various food stations, bars, seating areas and dance floor throughout the massive hall. Adele Winteridge designed the themed setting and volunteer arts students assisted her. Colin's lighting design was programmed and operated by Daryl Bowen. Justin Baraclough operated the audio system. Patrick Williams took on the role of crew boss. Chameleon and Strauss Productions supplied additional lighting equipment.
Event Services were engaged to provide production design and management including AV and Lighting equipment for TEDx 2012 at Sydney's Carriageworks.
TEDx (Technology, Education, Design) was created in the spirit of "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
TEDx events include screening videos and live presentations that spark deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.
An exciting list of presentations and topics were presented at TEDx Sydney, including..,climate change, architecture, coral, bees, robots and live performances by Tim freedman, Katie Noonan, Four Play & Circle of Rhythm.
The Event Services team included...Mitch Colton & Robin Lamb who managed large volumes of show content, which was switched between the main auditorium, foyer and feeds between ABC tv and back. Des O'Neill (FOH mix) Chris Irvine (mons) Richard Austin (rx mics) and Justin Baraclough looked after the sound. Colin Baldwin acted as TD, lighting and stage set designer with Richard Neville as LD assisted by lighting crew Patrick Williams, Paul Sinclair & Daryl Bowen.
Special thanks to the Carriageworks team, Nick at Norwest Productions and Chameleon TS.
Tamworth Country Music Festival 2012
Event Services in association with Norwest Productions won the tender to provide full-production for the 40th Country Music Awards held in Tamworth on 28th January 2012. This included lighting, stage set, audio, live vision and crewing at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. This was the first year both 'Country Theatre' , which runs the week leading up to the awards and the Country Music Awards were held on the same stage. Two designs were called for, one for intimate mode in theatre style and one in full-lyric mode for the awards.
Colin Baldwin was appointed production designer / manager and came up with a dual purpose rig that could accommodate mode intimate and lyric modes with minimal turn-around. The awards lighting rig, supplied by Chameleon was fully dressed in drapes supplied by George Aviat Staging and turned into a box theatre. This gave the appearance of an intimate theatre complete with tab-track downstage. Early Friday morning 27th January, the drapes were removed, then Martin LC panels and Robe Robin 300's moving lights were rigged across the back of the stage so that the rig was set for the awards.
Event Services provided the live vision consisting of 4-camera shoot and play-back of nominees packages onto several large monitors and 4 projection screens. Audio legend Ernie Rose produced a great mix at FOH for Norwest Productions, which was managed by Ray Moss and his team from Brisbane. Richard Neville programmed and operated the lights, which many commented 'was the best show seen in years'.
The Land 100 Year Celebration
Event Services were engaged by Rural Press Events to technically manage their milestone centenary event.
The Land 100 Year Celebration was staged at the Badgery Pavillion Sydney Showgrounds in front of 1000 VIP guests in February 2011.
Event Services supplied sound, lighting, video projection, staging, cameras, live to screen vision and full technical production in support of the memorable celebrations marking the centenary of The Land (1911-2011).
Mr John Fairfax personally participated as the master of ceremonies and entertainment provided by Shannon Noll. Event Services also provided a large animated LED graphics backdrop, which complimented the various elements of the event.