Birmingham was the host city for the 100th Rotary International Convention, attended by over 17,000 Rotary Club members from across the globe. The annual convention brought together Rotarians from over 150 nations in a week long event which provided the opportunity to network with fellow members and discuss humanitarian issues including eradicating polio. Rotary International contracted Stage Electrics to provide the live event production for this special event.
Stage Electrics provided comprehensive technical infrastructure for this large scale event, including design, production and event management, health and safety consultancy, lighting, scenic, support services, audio and video. The event brief incorporated three elements: a Katherine Jenkins concert, a main plenary room where the majority of the key note speaking and conference took place and 16 break out rooms for discussion sessions.
The event began with Katherine Jenkins performing a special one off concert in front of a packed Birmingham NIA, presented by the Host Organising Committee. Together with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the international mezzo-soprano delighted the audience with a selection of classic arias, and tracks from her new album. For the performance Stage Electrics provided two 6 x 4 metre LED screens, DMX controlled Chameleon LED Starcloth, over 100 moving lights including Martin MAC 700's, MAC 600's and Varilite VL2000's. Lighting designer for the night was Neil Tremmell. Stage Electrics was also appointed to produce this concert. Chris Philpott, Rotary Account Manager for Stage Electrics, who produced the show on behalf of the Rotary Host Organising Committee said "This event was a complete success, although restricted by time constraints the venue staff, crew, performers and venue worked together to ensure the show was enjoyed by all."
The convention plenary sessions of the conference were held at the LG Arena (part of Birmingham NEC) and attended by 17,000 Rotarians who gathered to hear prominent speakers including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and actress Mia Farrow. Stage Electrics supplied a 13.8m x 4.6m indoor LED screen on stage, all lighting equipment comprising over 80 moving lights which included new Martin MAC 3's, sound, a double width rise and fall lectern on stage to cope with the differing heights of the international speakers, and a selection of comfort screens with prompts for speakers. The lighting was controlled by a GrandMA and a DiGiCo SD8 was used for the sound elements.
Each day before the speakers began there was entertainment put on for conference delegates, this included Irish dancers and a Welsh male voice choir. The closing ceremony was a homage to the best of British musicals, an all singing and dancing spectacle which included a cast of 40 dancers.
Stage Electrics also supplied staging, lighting and LCD projectors for 16 breakout rooms for delegate sessions across the NEC site. Some breakout rooms seated up to 1,000 delegates, with the smallest seating 50. At the House of Friendship, in Hall 5 where Rotary International members had their own exhibition booths alongside other exhibitors, Stage Electrics provided staging, lighting, sound and video, alongside these services Stage Electrics provided over 150 computers, 80 mobile phones, and over 200 radios on a trunked system for on site communications.
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