London, 17 August 2007 - For around 1,800 BT sales executives at BT UK Global Services annual UK sales conference in July, The NEC in Birmingham called upon Blackout to provide 1,500 metres of long drop black-wool-serge drape, 2,000 metres of trussing, install the roof points and rig 200 motors through Halls, 10, 11 and 12. The event was project managed by Blackout's Ken Nock who has many years of experience managing the rigging for events at The NEC.
The whole venue had a 'Game-on' theme which was designed and produced by marketing agency, George P Johnson. BT sales staff were in a blacked-out and immersive environment whereby each of the halls had the quality of an interactive game.
For the main presentation, a Musion 'Pepper's Ghost' screen was used to allow inter-play between live action, video and graphics and was visible to all areas of the auditorium. Blackout was responsible for rigging the 20 x 10 metre transparent screen which was flown at a 45 degree angle plus the five large projectors which were flown with their images being reflected using a specially treated surface and back onto the screen. Blackout's positioning of all these elements was crucial.
Blackout also provided a large quantity of white voile drapes to cover the walls in the event reception area and in the main auditorium, an entrance feature was installed using three large truss arches which carried the lighting.
For the evening event, a separate area was created providing a huge Gala Dinner with a live show. Blackout provided a drape reveal for the main performer and also used 150 metres of tab-track and drape to reveal bar, games, and casino areas for the after dinner entertainment.
Steve Tuck, Managing Director at Blackout comments, "We have a very good long standing relationship with a great Team at the NEC and were delighted to have been chosen and trusted with managing the rigging for this very large event. This was the kind of project with which we love to be involved and with enough challenges both technically and visually!"
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As a premier supplier of drapes, rigging, starcloth and track, Blackout can transform any venue into the right atmosphere for a diverse range of events, concerts, conferences or corporate occasions. With offices in London and Paris, Blackout primarily services Europe, which we are always happy to provide a consultation to customers on any project with enthusiasm. Having a large and well stocked warehouse enables Blackout to give back up support and ensures that tight deadlines are always met on time and within budget.