Full Production for Blend Abu Dhabi
Technical production specialist Maestra’s UEA based operation delivered rigging, staging, sound, lighting and video / AV for Blend Abu Dhabi, a special event to relaunch the YAS Marina Formula One circuit meeting space. Attended by event organizers, production companies, suppliers, social influencers, media and other organizations and individuals from across the event spectrum, the pressure was on for Maestra’s team on site, led by project manager Aaron Merchant, to deliver something unique. They co-ordinated technical production for four different areas, the main conference space, the pit garages, the reception area and entrance and the afterparty in the Luna Lounge. A stunning sculptural set design for the conference session’s stage comprised 28 geometric structures made from semi translucent white sheer material – all internally lit with a single LED PAR. The colours and intensities could be changed and chased to great effect creating a fantastic ‘living, breathing’ ambience to the room. The PARS were all controlled via the ChamSys MQ 60 console. Other stage and room lighting comprised of Martin MAC Aura LED Washes and MAC 700 Profiles. The YAS Event Centre has three inbuilt state-of-the-art BARCO seamless edge screens in the main area – each measuring 8 metres wide by 2 metres tall. Maestra hooked their Analog Way Ascender 32 multi-screen switcher into the screens so they could be utilised for the conference presentations. The reception area featured a 5 x 3 metre surface of Maestra’s 3mm LED surface complete with 10% curve. The afterparty in the Luna Lounge was lit with MAC Auras, Elation Pro Beam 5R Extremes, and MAC 700 profiles. A Meyer MICA sound system provided a full DJ set up. The main room’s sound system was a QSC line array comprising six top speakers and two subs with a YAMAHA LS9-16 mixer for control. Sennheiser wireless mics were provided together with a full Clear-Com talkback system. Three breakout rooms related to the main conference space were each kitted out with a 75″ screen, a choice of wireless mics, single speakers and a small mixing desk. A custom 4 metre wide by 3 metre tall arch built at the top of the steps leading into the building was made up of 10mm LED screen, with a 2.5 metre doorway in the middle through which guests passed as they entered the event. The pit garages were kitted out with a selection of lighting and audio including extensive use of SGM P-5 LED floods to light the space and imbibe it with a sunset glow. “The Maestra staff heading each department had a free rein to push envelopes in creativity, especially lighting, which resulted in a great experience for the audience. The entire YAS Events Centre staff was very accommodating in ensuring that our delivery was smooth, and the overall result was stunning with many visitors commenting on the entire event and how unique it was to the region.” concluded Aaron.