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ADI are the UK’s leading event LED screen provider supplying over 3,500 rental days annually to a wide variety of clients including Goodwood, Formula E and the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, in addition to hundreds of smaller events.
At Showman’s Show 2018 ADI will feature some of the most innovative screen solutions on the market.
From the award-winning iCONIC mobile fleet ADI are showcasing the super-wide and super-sized iCONIC 120SW, the new iCONIC 40C, the urban-friendly, compact ICONIC 25 and the versatile 3-level ICONIC H which offers a dynamic digital platform for brands and live events. A range of high-resolution modular screens and bespoke structures will also add impact across the stand.
To drive audience engagement ADI have launched a number of new content services that will be available to demo throughout the show. These include SociaLive, which brings social media conversations to your event screens through a fully customisable and flexible solution.
ADI have also teamed up with Piing to create massive multiplayer games for big screens to get the whole audience playing, shouting and interacting instantly.
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2018 marked the 40th meeting of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, a unique event featuring over 130 hot air balloons that can be seen flying over the city. In this feature length interview, The Event Industry News film crew spoke with Ben Hardy, Operations Director and Lilly Brimble, Project Manager from Richmond Event Management about the organisation of the event and what is being done to ensure the Fiesta continues entertaining audiences for generations to come.
The creators of PapaKåta, synonymous with high-end events and premium products, introduce the PapaShop: a timeless collection of furnishings and event matting for the rental market.
Parent company, PapaKåta, was founded in 2006 as one of the UK’s first providers of Tentipi Teepees for outdoor events, providing both Teepees and American Sperry® Tents. These unique backdrops are complimented with beautiful furnishings resulting in an outstanding reputation and commissions for over 300 events annually.
Drawing upon PapaKåta’s unrivalled experience of hundreds of events over the last twelve years, the PapaShop is a carefully edited selection of the most popular seating and lighting offerings, as well as the unique event matting: PapaFlex.
The wealth of knowledge and experience gained in the events industry, puts PapaShop in a unique position to create PapaFlex. Providing a marquee matting that meets both the needs of the end user (in terms of a range of colour options and styles), whilst taking the provider’s needs into account, with emphasis on product functionality and durability.
PapaShop confidently recommends the highest quality materials and offers a service that guides you through the process whilst proudly sharing over twelve years of experience and findings. Every PapaShop product you see has PapaKåta’s, and most importantly their clients, stamp of approval. The products also come with a ‘Protection and Maintenance’ guide to help keep furnishings looking as beautiful as possible.
At this year’s Showman Show, alongside their edit of event furnishings, PapaShop will be showcasing the full range of PapaFlex. Allowing visitors to see, feel and experience first-hand the quality of workmanship and the unique finish of their Herringbone and Linen weave event matting.
Informa jumps to the number 1 spot and Clarion and ITE progress up the rankings with ‘big ticket’ M&A in 2018
Leading adviser to the global events industry, AMR International, has today released its annual Top 20 Exhibition Organisers – the only global ranking based exclusively on exhibition organising revenue. The ranking takes into account 2017 revenues and 2018 M&A activity to date.
The top spots have substantially changed since the previous AMR Top 20 was issued in mid-2017. Informa now tops the table, with Reed Exhibitions in second spot and Messe Frankfurt completing the podium.
Many position changes through the table are linked to the biennial cycle of the German Messen’s activity. New entrants Tarsus and Jaarbeurs benefit from the disappearance from the table of UBM (acquired by Informa) and Ascential (who sold its pure exhibitions business to ITE).
Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman, AMR International said, “The consolidation of the industry has continued apace in 2018. We see this continuing into 2019 with other mid- to large deals likely to occur as the leading players vie for scale, strengthening their geographic and sector positions.
The AMR Top 20 enables exhibition organisers to easily see how they rank in the global events market. It also helps organisers to track any shifts in market share, particularly ahead of the financial reporting cycle.
In addition, the ranking presents an alternative view of the industry, isolating exhibition organiser revenues from venue rental and service revenues. Organisers are ranked on the latest fully reported year combined with pro- forma revenues of acquisitions.
Meanwhile, more in-depth analysis on the global exhibitions industry will be available from November 2018 when AMR releases the 10th edition of Globex: the global exhibitions organising market: assessment and forecast to 2022.
Creative communications agency drp hosted the Worcester Stands Tall live auction at their Midlands Studios on Thursday 11th October 2018. The auction was in aid of the local St Richards Hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal.
The auction welcomed 250 guests and was hosted by West Midlands Free Radio’s Tom Newitt and Richard Hurst, alongside Bargain Hunt and Flog It auctioneer, Philip Serrell. The auction included using all three drp studios to create an entertaining 2 hour show where each of the 31 giraffes were brought to life with a spectacular stage show using lighting, music, projection and special effects to captivate the audience and encourage them to bid higher.
Throughout the 10-week summer campaign, the Worcester streets, parks and open spaces were brought to life with 57 uniquely designed giraffes, with the designs created by the local businesses to help raise awareness for the ‘Build 2020’ project. The art trail allowed explorers from far and wide to find the giraffes in local hotspots and share their images via the hashtag #WorcsStandsTall to create awareness in the area. Worcester Stands Tall wanted to inspire creativity and generate something engaging for the community to follow the giraffes on their journey around the city.
Dale Parmenter, CEO of drp commented; “We are delighted to have been the venue of choice to host such a credible cause for St Richard’s Hospice. Being a local business within Worcester, we wanted to ensure that the community came together to raise awareness and help support families and patients. A huge thank you to everyone involved, and we hope the giraffes enjoy their new homes”.
The ‘Build 2020’ project is a £5.3m expansion and redevelopment of the existing hospice building in Worcester. It will enable St Richard’s to support more families and patients in Worcestershire, offering the right care and support when they need it most. The auction raised a total of £210,400 which will support their new expansion of larger spaces, therapy rooms, a spacious eating area and a specialist exercise studio for patients.
Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s Hospice, also commented: “Last night’s auction was incredible, and we are thrilled to have raised £210,400 for our hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal.
The funds raised will make a huge difference to our project to expand and redevelop the hospice – ultimately allowing us to extend our care to more patients and families”.
“To all of the buyers, artists, sponsors, partners, supporters, schools, community groups and public who helped make this project possible – we would like to say a sincere thank you for your immeasurable support. Together, we have truly stood tall for Worcester and beyond.”
To find out more about St Richard’s Hospice and to show support for its Build 2020 Appeal, visit www.strichards.org.uk
Two hundred and twenty distinguished guests from across EMEA gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin from September 11th– 13th for a large scale, multipart, event for Canon Europe. Protec European Events, who were recently awarded AV Production, Staging & Rental Company of the Year at the AV Awards 2018, have an ongoing relationship with Canon and were trusted to provide a full service package again this year. VIP speakers included Michele Tuscano, Director of Large Format Printing & Partner Channel, Canon Europe were in attendance for what was an important event in the Canon calendar. Protec were on hand to plan out every detail alongside their client using trusted brands and their highly skilled staff for complete reliability.
This event had four distinct parts, a conference, a product reveal, an exhibition including demonstrations of the new Canon large format printers followed by an evening gala dinner and networking event. The client wanted a visually engaging conference element but the look and feel of the exhibition area was essential to draw in and engage the Canon resellers who made up most of the guests.
Project manager Wayne Jackson was on hand to talk us through the specifics of how Protec delivered this successful event for the second year running.
“We hit the ground running for this show with Protec building the stage and set, providing lighting, audio and video on two screens – one of which had a kabuki drop projection, simultaneous translation, a data and control kit, exhibition backdrops and stand furniture as well as power distribution.”
Due to the venue being booked for another event, it left a very tight window to get everything built and ready. Despite the multiple elements involved, the Protec team managed to load in and build the main elements in just one evening working until 3am to build the stage and set to allow for a quick build of the other elements. Mr. Jackson and his team impressively completed the build the next day in time for rehearsals at 4pm.
“It was certainly a challenge, but with a committed team all working together and the benefit of providing the full package ourselves – not waiting on other suppliers, we were able to ensure everything was ready on time for rehearsal and everybody stayed on site until the client and we ourselves were happy things were perfect.”
The scenic and set department, run by James Bramwell, needed to prepare and install 162 panels of various sizes, 19 different banner wraps, a 14m x 3m seamless projection screen, another 5m x 2.8m seamless projection screen, 2 camera risers, 2 crew hides, and 11 custom pods for exhibition stands.
In fact, Protec didn’t just provide the usual full package one would expect – it also provided delegate name badges and hand out packs. Protec handled the full graphic design of all the elements including menu cards, brochures and bags for the client. They also were trusted with the design of the exhibition layout, gallery areas and the coloured graphics on all the backdrops.
Ben Waters, head of audio, talked us through the audio solutions chosen and their placement.
“For this event we used 18 Nexo Geo m620 array boxes, supported by 4 LS18 subs and PS10 as fills. The subs were configured as a central mono cluster, which was key for two reasons, firstly, even coverage avoiding a power allay as with left right subs but also for saving space behind the set. We had six hangs of array, due to height constraints mainly. Everything was run over Dante, through a Cisco network, allowing multiple locations for Rio boxes and with redundancy inputs for outputs to the amps. FoH was a Yamaha QL using Dan Dugan and RF controlled via Sennheiser Wireless System Manager and Qlab for audio stings. All speakers wore headset microphones that were discreet and allowed flexibility to walk around the show area near speakers without causing feedback during the session.”
When asked about any challenges from an audio point of view, Mr. Waters explained how part of the show required some extra consideration.
“One particular difficulty was mid-session when everyone turned around to watch a lengthy demonstration from the rear of the hall. The kabuki drop opened up a new gallery and exhibition area. To overcome this we added extra speaker hangs facing from back to front. Obviously, being 75 meters away from the stage also causes radio difficulties which needed careful RF co-ordination and managing key line of sight to receiver paddles.”
Head of the video department, Sean Godefroy, ran through the video solutions he chose in planning this show.
“We chose three Christie 14K HD M-series projectors due to their compact but powerful design and the weight restrictions we had to operate within. They also were a good fit for our client’s budget. We chose the Christie Spyder X20 video processor to manage the pixel space that was required for the event. Projection was done on two different screens one being 14mx3m with a pixel count of 5040 and a blend region of 360 pixels. The second screen was 5mx2.8m with a resolution of 1920×1080. This was used in conjunction with the Kabuki drop. We used two high spec laptops with dual output cards to run a PPT at 5040×1080; these laptops were run as main and backup. The playback was provided by Coolux which handled a full screen opening VT.”
Mr Godefroy explained how he reacted to late changes and how he prepared as much as possible in advance to ensure the client’s expectations were exceeded.
“Some changes were made to the screen spec beforehand which meant there was quite a knock on effect of changing content aspect ratio, extra projection etc. The use of Spyder meant that we had the correct system in place to manage the end client’s expectation of being able to react to any change. It is important we are adaptive as inevitably things can change and this software allows us to react quickly. Alongside that, we used Master Cue so the client felt they were in control of their presentations.”
The lighting department used Avolites power cube for LX power and control, ETC source 4 fresnels for stage wash effects, ETC source 4 profiles for lectern spots, 16 Clay Paky A.Leda B EYE K10’s for set back lighting and room effects, ETC Source 4 Parnel zoom wash lights for the gallery lighting, TR LED Color Blast kits for set up-lighting and sim trans wall lighting, and 20 Day light studio Par ML’s for exhibition lighting. Lighting was designed by Protec and operated by Scott Bell using Avolites Tiger Touch.
Mr Jackson applauded his team on what was a very successful event,
“The sound quality was perfect, the data projection through Spyder onto the 14m x 3m IMA screen was stunning and gained lots of comments from the client and from delegates. Everyone really showed incredible commitment and teamwork in order to overcome challenges and find solutions.”
The feedback from the clients mirrored Mr. Jackson’s views with Protec being commended:
“Protec European Events provided excellent support in Berlin and offered terrific pre event planning advice and support. We have had very positive comments from the attendees, and also our senior leadership team who attended. The screen looked fantastic, the kabuki drop and the exhibition area were a great success. The crew did a wonderful job and we really appreciated how flexible they were onsite with changes. Thank you very much!” Subbaiah Kuttanda, Marketing Projects Lead / Brand Identity & Experiential Projects, Canon Europe.
“I’d like to thank Wayne and the Protec team for their amazing patience, professionalism, and the hard work you put in – we received so many good comments from all our partners which wouldn’t have been possible if you hadn’t done such an amazing job. Thanks especially for the helpful advice and smiles during the more stressful moments.” Andriani Lada, Speaker and Product Manager, Canon Europe.
With the final words on the event, Mr Jackson lets us know he’s already planning for next year.
“We have gone from providing the AV element at last year’s event in Rome to handling the whole event including delegate registration, creative design, venue find and full AV production. We are now looking at venues all over Europe to stage next year’s event. We’d like to thank our clients for putting their faith in Protec once again, we look forward to growing this relationship even more.”
Grip is the first and most advanced AI-powered full-cycle event networking solution in the world. As a multi award-winning support system geared towards the event industry, Grip serves intelligent recommendations, facilitates meaningful connections and enables quality on-site meetings for exhibitors and visitors.
Grip’s unique algorithm matches people based on their specific professional goals and interests, enabling a higher return on time by serving tailored recommendations through its self-learning matchmaking engine.
The technology landed with a splash in 2014, impressing clients on both sides of the Atlantic with its capacity to provide quality interactions across the event spectrum. With their slogan, “Networking is an art, but matchmaking is a science”, they operate globally in 15+ countries and power 100+ trade shows, including those of Reed Exhibitions, ITE and Easyfairs.
In essence, Grip provides a higher return on time for visitors and a higher return on investment for exhibitors, and sponsors. With more than 10 different data-science strategies, Grip’s AI-powered matchmaking app slashes time wasted from the serendipitous course of attending an event.
Onboarded through either LinkedIn or Facebook, Grip first analyses profile data and previous meetings/connections, looking at people in similar businesses and roles to suggest. By doing so, the artificial intelligent can predict the best sessions to attend and connections to make. However, the true power comes thereafter with swiping the attendee profile on the app. The more you swipe, the more the AI learns and the more tailored your recommendations become.
“We empower professionals and the event industry by providing support that facilitates quality interactions,” Grip CEO, Tim Groot, says.
“We use natural language processing, advanced algorithms and deep neural networks to constantly learn about the professional goals and interests of visitors, exhibitors and sponsors. Their success is our business and their objectives are our starting point.”
Empowering, efficient and effective, Grip is a fully GDPR compliant matchmaking solution that provides opt-in names for SMS/e-mail invitations. It can also book meetings at an event and get them added straight into your calendar. For this reason, and many others, a whole suite of other platforms already leverage Grip’s API, including Zerista, Moblee and Venu-IQ apps.
Based in Shoreditch, London, Grip is the product of highly skilled data scientists, who have developed a technology that is able to predict, anticipate and learn about individual and exhibitor needs.
In summary, Grip will make sure that you have the most productive and lucrative day at an event, whether you are an investor looking for an exhibiting start-up, a B2B exhibitor looking for new clients, or a passionate industry expert looking to connect with like-minded people.
Launched in 1984 and held at Newbury Showground for the last 20-years, the Showman’s floorplan is weighted 10 to one in favour of the great outdoors. It’s a unique opportunity for the likes of stages, structures, trackway/toilet/cabin companies, and other infrastructure suppliers, to show exactly what they do in the field.
It’s about timing too. Showman’s pitch is mid-October, comfortably post-season, which means visitors and exhibitors are rested and ready to talk shop again. A 10 minute drive from Junction 13 on the M4, with shuttle buses ferrying visitors from Newbury station, Showman’s Show is very well connected for all sides of the country.
Event Industry News takes a look at some of this year’s exhibitors.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on this page for more exhibitors over the next coming week.
This year Event Hire Association (EHA) is showcasing its wide range of event hire products and services specifically for the event hire industry. Taking to the stand in the main exhibition hall, Stand 80, EHA will be promoting everything event hire from Codes of Practice for Portable Sanitation, Electrical Services, Safe Use of LPG, and Temporary Structures, to certification schemes such as SafeHire and new for this year is Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS).
Qdos Event Hire is showcasing its new range of modular buildings, available for short and long-term hire, along with direct sales products at the Showman’s Show 2018. Held at Newbury Showground on 17th-18th October, the annual exhibition forthe outdoor event industry provides the perfect platform to showcase the new additions to the company’s product range.
This October, Site Equip Ltd will be celebrating 30 years of outstanding service, hiring portable toilets, luxury toilet trailers and mobile showers, to the event industry under the banner of Site Event.
FIRST, a leading global events agency operating out of New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Singapore and Hong Kong, announced today that Jon Reid has been named Regional General Manager, Europe.
In his new role, Mr. Reid will have overall accountability for both FIRST and Clive brands in Europe, and he will report to Maureen Ryan Fable, CEO-Group and CEO-Americas of FIRST. Barry Richards, who had been overseeing the transition of the European business in the temporary role of CEO-Europe, will now return to his position of Chief Client Officer based in the FIRST offices in New York City.
“This role is pivotal not only in continuing to build our European capabilities and client portfolio but also in driving the growth of our global business,” said Richards. “Jon will bring energy, passion, a sharp commercial mind-set and creative flair to our business and we’re thrilled about him joining the team.”
FIRST has experienced significant global expansion in recent years supported by the 2018 acquisition of U.K. and Ireland based experiential and creative agency Clive, as well as the 2016 acquisition of creative agency Barkley Kalpak Agency (BKA) in the U.S. FIRST is continually enhancing its core capabilities and leadership bench to meet the demands and complexities of its clients. FIRST’s total workforce is now approximately 330 employees worldwide, of which approximately 130 are based in EMEA.
Mr. Reid added, “I’ve been in both the trenches and in senior leadership positions for over 20 years, and I’ve never felt more optimistic about the road ahead. We stand at a historic juncture in this industry, an era where brands will live or die based on their ability to engage consumers with dynamic experiences — and FIRST is helping to lead the industry into a very exciting future. I look forward to helping take this business to the next level.”
Over the course of his career, Mr. Reid has built and transformed major brands across numerous sectors. In addition to serving as the Managing Director of Evoke, an award-winning brand experiences agency with a unique heritage in targeting millennials and growing Gen X/Y engagement, Mr. Reid has served as Managing Partner of Wolf Brand Experience and Global Business Director of SET Creative & SET Live (WPP).
Organisers of Event Tech Live have confirmed David Adler, CEO and Founder of BizBash, as the opening day’s keynote speaker on the Expo & Engage Stage.
A primary source of ideas, news, and resources for event and meeting professionals Stateside, BizBash attracts some 225,000 unique users every month, looking for venues, ideas, technology and tools for their next event.
Sponsored by D2i Systems’ event management platform Engage, other sessions/roundtable topics on the Expo & Engage Stage include: The True Value of the Event App, The Digital Transformation of Exhibitions, The Future of Event Registration, What Does Matchmaking Means for Exhibitions? and Farnborough International Airshow – Event Tech Behind the Scenes/How it’s Made.
Adam Parry, co-founder of Event Tech Live, comments: “BizBash is the biggest media property in the business-to-business event industry so we’re really excited to have a keynote from David Adler. He’s also been involved with State Department, on a voluntary basis, as a consultant to the Chief of Protocol, and it will be a fascinating 45 minutes.
“The Exhibition world has to keep moving to stay relevant to a very different visitor mindset from even 10 years ago. Technology is a perfect partner to that end and understanding, amplifying, how the relationship works fosters all the Expo & Engage content.”
See the full programme of Event Tech Live 2018 sessions at here.
Event Tech Live is at the Old Truman Brewery, East London, on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 of November. Register here