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Illuminate Bradford

As the nights get longer and the days get darker, the people of Bradford have come up with a great way of spreading some light into their lives.

The city’s historic city centre buildings and modern Mirror Pool were transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour as part of the Illuminate Bradford Festival.
One of the main attractions was staged by our good friends, cutting-edge 3D projection specialists the Colour Project. The art-piece told the story of Bradford’s rich and fascinating history using a futuristic light, sound and movement show.

The Luminarium, which had also been created specifically to be shown in Bradford, was projected onto the front of City Hall throughout the festival.
Ivegate became a “river of light” during a music, dance and performance event organised through arts group, the Brick Box.

Three days of spectacular outdoor entertainment including dancers and acrobats performing in the streets, multimedia shows and interactive light installations.
Our MD Mike, a proud Yorkshire man, was naturally delighted to be working on home ground

For the full picture, follow this link Illuminate Bradford 2017

Torbay Airshow 2017


Reach for the skies, double check the tides!

Torbay Airshow 2017 has been hailed a huge success after a record breaking 150,000 crowd turned out across the bay for an action packed two day programme of world class flying.

The event brings a much needed boost to the local economy and is notable for the huge spirit of partnership and enthusiasm generated by everyone involved. REM always like to work in this way as we believe combined effort always produces the best results.

The 3 hour daily programme included the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, Team Raven, the Percival Piston Provost, Strikemaster, RAF Red Arrows, the PBY51 Catalina, Gerald Cooper in his Xtreme XA41, the Autogyro, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades and the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon FGR4. Not forgetting the mighty RAF Red Arrows who performed their first display of the season.

Paignton Green hosted an event village with entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering. Although Team REM were grounded all weekend, it was a great example of how our event management packages combine income generation, event production and management and project management to produce a superb event.

“Please convey my grateful thanks to all the team for all the excellent work they’ve undertaken in making this event a huge success. I know that everyone has put in an enormous amount of work and I’m well aware of the responsibilities that this entails. That said the response from the private sector and residents has been very positive in indeed …. The professionals you have engaged are highly respected and undertake work for Bournemouth, Bristol and other local authorities”

Gordon Oliver, Elected Mayor of Torbay

Harbour Festival and Fiesta!

Bristol celebrates itself
Harbourside Festival 2017, Bristol. please credit paulbox©

The 46th Bristol Harbour Festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and depth of the artistic and cultural scene that makes Bristol one of the top places to live in the UK. Each year, we work hard to ensure that the harbour itself is the star of the show. Gracing the skyline this year were the tall ship masts of the Earl of Pembroke, Kaskelot and the Phoenix.

The festival programme provided visitors with an opportunity to explore and enjoy an event site stretching 3 miles, from Underfall Yard into the city centre and up to Castle Park, of dance, storytelling, poetry, circus performance and workshops, boats, nautical capers, music and great food as well as a range of sports to mark Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport.

Despite the inaccurate weather forecast, around 200,000 visitors paid little attention and went ahead with their plans to attend the city’s flagship free family and cultural event.

The Festival came to a stirring end with a finale performance by Bristol Ensemble celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music on the water. The 22-strong orchestra travelled around the Harbour onboard the Tower Belle before finishing the piece with a boat parade and confetti canons at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

All shipshape and Bristol Fashion

Fire, Air, Fiesta!
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017 please credit paulbox© framedogs
Anyone involved in the event industry can’t help but be fascinated by weather forecasts. For balloon pilots and crews, it’s a way of life.
Over the four days of the 39th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, four successful mass ascents took place as well as two magical night glows on Thursday and Saturday. In total 334 balloon flights took to the skies putting on a great show for the hundreds of thousands of visitors.

New shapes and special balloons delighted the crowd over the weekend as Sunday saw an appearance from a brand new special shaped balloon named Busby, a member of the Queen’s guard. Balloon Lindy made its first flight outside of the US and pilots travelled from all round the world to be at the Fiesta from as far away as Hong Kong

The weekend ended on a high with both the morning and evening ascents taking place on Sunday to a packed audience.

Entertainment for all the family, throughout the day, included fairground rides, Happy’s Circus, our new Fiesta Big Wheel, delicious food stalls and bars, balloon tethering, model aircraft displays, experiential activities and a local music stage, showcasing the best local bands and solo performers.
balloon teams.

Truly a unique spectacle – whatever the weather

REM Show Reel

A picture does the work of a thousand words so we have put together a show reel that gives a big picture of what we do , how we do it and why we do it.
Enjoy the fruits of our labours and find out how we can turn your plans into reality .

REM awarded Harbour Festival Contract!

REM win Bristol Harbour Festival Contract!

The contract for delivering the hugely successful Bristol Harbour Festival for the next four years has been awarded to local firm Richmond Events Management REM).

The festival is the city’s flagship summer festival and a major showcase of local talent and Bristol’s maritime heritage. The 2016 45th anniversary event was the biggest yet and began in spectacular style with English rock band Echo & the Bunnymen headlining the opening concert at Bristol Amphitheatre.

Bristol Harbour Festival has been running since 1971 and is a major highlight of the city’s events calendar. The festival, which attracts about 250,000 people to the city over the course of a weekend, has grown into one of the largest festivals in the South West, attracting up to 500 ships of all sizes to the city every year.

Stretching form Underfall Yard, along the Harbourside and over to Castle Park, the festival combines music, art, dance, food, drink, sights and sounds to entertain visitors and residents alike.

REM were chosen after an open and transparent tendering process involving two other companies and have experience of running the festival having managed the event since 2013.

Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, said: “Bristol’s world class calendar of events is one of the features that the city is renowned for across Europe. The Harbour Festival is the flagship event in this calendar so choosing who is going to bring it alive over the next four years was a big decision. REM’s local knowledge and experience in running the festival were big factors as were many of their ideas on how we can ensure an inclusive and diverse showcase of the city’s heritage. I look forward to working with Mike and his team in helping the festival flourish over the coming four years.”

Mike Richmond, Managing Director at Richmond Events Management Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have won this contract and continue our association with the Bristol Harbour Festival. We’ve learnt a lot over the past three years about what this festival means to the people of Bristol and the role it plays in showcasing the city’s cultural and maritime heritage. I and my team are determined that the festival will continue to grow and be a festival for all of Bristol’s communities.”