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REM Wins Liverpool Music Contracts

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Richmond Event Management (REM) has been appointed to supply event and production management services to Culture Liverpool following announcement of the city’s elevation to  Unesco City of Music status. 

 Culture Liverpool is set to announce a series of events throughout 2016 to mark the globally recognised honour, with REM entrusted to deliver the live events programme. REM managing director Mike Richmond commented:

“We are delighted to be extending our long and successful relationship with Culture Liverpool and be a part of the incredible music scene that continues to permeate this fantastic city. This was a very competitive tender process spanning skills from creativity to production logistics to health and safety. It is also recognises the depth of experience we have gained on events such as Liverpool International Music Festival, 3 Queens and T175”

Liverpool has been declared a City of Music by UNESCO and joins a select number of cities across the globe who foster international relations through cultural programmes.  The city was previously awarded ‘World Heritage Site’ status in 2004.

The City of Music status has been awarded in recognition of  music’s place at the heart of Liverpool’s contemporary culture, education and the economy; from the live music scene to tourism, music management courses and digital businesses. It was also given to the city based on its commitment to having a clearly defined music, education and skills strategy for young people so that Liverpool can continue to produce world class talent.

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Green REM transform Colston Hall

REM transformed Bristol’s Colston Hall for the European Green Capital Closing Ceremony, as the city gathered to reflect on its momentous year.

Richmond Event Management (REM) has worked with Bristol 2015 Ltd from the very start, having delivered successive launch events, at the Victoria Rooms followed by Cirque Bijou’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ tightrope stunt at CREATE centre.

As the city prepared to hand over its title to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, REM was contracted to help celebrate the legacy of European Green Capital 2015 and hear exciting plans for the year ahead. For the Ceremony, REM contracted a range of local suppliers, including Utopium and Evans Audio Visual Staging, to help transform the iconic grade 2 listed building.

As well as overseeing the transformation, REM was also tasked with stage management and production of the event. Around 70 participants were walked on and off stage by REM’s Mike Richmond to ensure smooth running of the show. A bespoke 45ft x 14ft screen was purpose built for the event, with projection utilising low level output and consumption fitting in with the Green Capital ethos. Only two vehicles were used to transport the set and equipment and suppliers and crew worked within five miles of the venue. This ensured transport could be shared and many of the crew cycled to and from the venue. Equipment was reformed and reused from the opening ceremony to minimise waste and avoid filling skips with set and scenic debris.

The Closing Ceremony included presentations and exhibitions from Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, local community groups and Bristol 2015 ambassadors, as well as a procession from local children with featured the illuminated umbrellas first seen in the launch ceremony. To link the Opening and Closing Ceremonies together, guests were greeted in the atrium by the sight of Karine Maufffrey’s unique dress which had been rigged and illuminated by Utopium. The dress was worn during the Cirque Bijou ‘Bridging the Gap’ tightrope performance in January 2015. Utopium also provided lighting within the main auditorium, atrium and first floor bar, to ensure a spectacular visual display.

Evans Audio Visual supplied the PA facilities and projection which offered the audience the best possible AV experience

REM managing director Mike Richmond said: “We’re proud to have been involved with European Green Capital from the start, as being a Bristol based company this is something close to our hearts. REM has a strong ethos of sustainability and we have made huge commitments over the years towards sustainable event management systems, which has resulted in being awarded ISO 20121 accreditation.

“Colston Hall is an extremely busy local venue which meant we had just one day to load in and four hours to load out. We worked closely with other local suppliers to transform this iconic local venue, carefully managing the carbon budget, in line with the philosophy of this great year.”

Happy New Year!

There was a time when the REM winter schedule was quieter than the summer. Admittedly, it’s still not quite as hectic but this Christmas season has been the busiest on record for REM.

The team have been involved in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s Victorian Festival of Christmas for so many years that some people think they can actually remember when Charles Dickens really was a visitor. Festival visitors were magically transported ( by lots of hard work and creativity) into a bygone era of Dickensian-style snowy streets with seasonal carols, traditional Victorian Father Christmas, the ever raucous Fagin’s Tavern, local produce, catering and a larger than ever Christmas gift market.

Carrying on the theme of historic elegance, Bath Christmas Market continued to be one of the top – it’s certainly one of the busiest markets in the country. There is never really a quiet day for our site managers with over 170 chalets to maintain and a city centre site to keep running. The entire population of the Welsh valleys seems to shop at the market so there is always a lively atmosphere.

The two new additions to the REM Christmas calendar prove that if you want a really atmospheric market, you really need a beautiful historic setting. Salisbury Christmas Market was built and managed in the 18th century Guildhall Square, right in the heart of the medieval, cathedral city. With the backdrop of the historic Guildhall and surrounded by dozens of other wonderful buildings this is a truly beautiful setting for the market and with over 100 chalets, a great shopping destination. We also produced a rather wonderful Christmas Lights Switch On ceremony involving lighting effects and pyro.

If we were playing Top Trumps then St Albans would have a very strong hand. The pretty 11th century Cathedral sits right at the centre of a triangle of St Albans ‘oldest’ treasures: the only working Medieval Clock Tower; the oldest Public School in the country; and, for visitors to the market who fancy a pint of real ale, the oldest pub in the UK, The Fighting Cocks.

The Holbourne Museum Lantern Procession has, over many years, grown from a small scale family celebration into a magical spectacle involving the whole community. The theme this year was The Enchanted Forest taking its inspiration from the museum’s displays, in particular the autumn show Gold: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection, and also the work of Japanese paper cut artist Nahoko Kojima. During the procession, birds, beasts, trees and mythical creatures travelled from the Holburne through the streets of Bath to Parade Gardens.

A huge thank you to all the clients, agencies, contractors, exhibitors and traders that we worked with in 2015. Let’s do it all again in 2016!

Flights of fancy

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2015

Anyone who works on an outdoor event has one eye and one ear on the weather forecast. Never more so than at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta where over 150 pilots all seem to have a slightly different idea of what is around the corner. As it turned out the Fiesta celebrated breaking an event record with hot air balloons flying in all of the 7 scheduled ascents, for the first time in the event’s 37 year history.

Perfect flying conditions meant that the 551 balloon flights took place from the evening of Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August, in the morning and evening ascents.

Friday’s peaceful early morning balloon flight included the launch of the world’s first certified hybrid-solar powered hot air balloon, developed by Cameron Balloons and funded by Bristol 2015,the balloon marks the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green Capital.

Working in and around the historic Ashton Court Estate always presents a lot of challenges as the Smyth family who built it never really foresaw it being used as the site for one of the UK’s largest outdoor events. Add on to that, the estate’s Special Scientific Interest status with protected trees and insects, the complex traffic management plan, enormous media interest and hundreds of exhibitors, caterers and traders, it all makes for an interesting project. The REM team have years of combined experience and knowledge to make sure any drama is where it’s supposed to be.

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Ship shape and Bristol festival fashion

It’s hard to believe that 45 years ago, someone had the bright idea of filling in Bristol docks to build a city centre by pass. The port’s salty sea dogs organised a regatta to exercise their navigational rights and possibly the city’s worst idea was quashed.

In the ensuing years , the regatta has transformed into a full blown harbour festival which attracts over 250,000 people who enjoy 6 music stages , a dance village , an area entitled the state of happiness, four markets , a steam railway, visiting ships and boats as well as a host of festival surprises.

This year , Friday and Saturday evening finished with a projection mapping show on the Harbourside’s amphitheatre building which was designed to highlight Bristol’s year as European Green Capital as well as the richness of city life.

The real star of the show is the harbour itself, offering a 2 mile perimeter site with 250 visiting ships and boats. All set around a unique and very beautiful city centre event site.

Never without its challenges but most definitely worth the effort. 

Bristol Half Marathon

As the city’s Saturday night revellers drifted somewhat unsteadily towards their beds, the REM team were busy putting in the final preparations for the Half Marathon. Bristol was bathed in glorious autumn sunshine as over 8,000 runners took part in the 2014 run.

Wave 1 was started by the Lord Mayor of Bristol who jumped down from the podium and joined the race – running in his thick Mayoral robes complete with dummy gold chain and race number “1” befitting his status as the “First Citizen” of the city of Bristol.

Cathedral bells chimed as runners assembled for Wave 2 and with the Lord Mayor now well into his race, the starters flag was waved by Cllr Simon Cook accompanied by the Lady Mayoress and veteran local Olympian Nick Rose.

There was tough competition amongst the elite athletes with some excellent results for local club Bristol & West AC – but the real winners were the thousands of participants many of whom were chasing personal best times or taking part to raise funds for charity.

Supporters of the three official race charities St Peters Hospice, Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Refugee Action turned out in force, along with hundreds of volunteer marshals provided by the 3 charities.

Liverpool goes global

Liverpool International Music Festival

The phenomenal Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) returned for a third year from 27th to 31st August to celebrate music of all cultural diversities on a worldwide scale, alongside the city’s extraordinary music heritage.

This year LIMF explored the theme ‘Music Migrations‘ through four specially produced commissions including Routes Jukebox exploring the cultural impact of music from the Americas, The Revolution will be Live: A Tribute to Gil Scott Heron curated by Malik Al Nasir and Rich McGinnis and featuring veteran rapper Mos Def

The festival culminated in the LIMF Summer Jam, a three-day FREE outdoor bank holiday extravaganza based in Sefton Park. Headliners such as Basement Jaxx, Labrinth performed alongside local heroes Echo & the Bunnymen performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

An understandably exuberant Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson summed it all up by saying “The 2015 LIMF line-up is testament to the success of this event after just two years. The number of high calibre, diverse acts is staggering and I’m positive the Summer Jam element in Sefton Park is unrivalled anywhere else in Europe – what other city stages household-name music acts and up and coming talent in the beautiful surroundings of a Grade I park and all for free?

REM spend a lot of time in Liverpool and have developed some really productive working relationships. Great music in an iconic city – what’s not to like?

“What can we say – just thank you so much!

We have pulled off an incredible festival together, and we can’t thank each and every one of you enough! 3 years in and we really have created something amazing and special and that is down to each and every one of you.

We have some really special memories of this weekend – we all kept laughing and smiling when things were tough. But to see the crowds and the people enjoying themselves so much made it all worthwhile.”

Trading at REM events

If you have a product or service that you want to get in front of a high spending audience or you’re a caterer who wants to tickle our visitor’s taste buds- we have two perfect opportunities.

Bristol Harbour Festival – 17th -19th July

One of the best loved and most diverse festivals in the South West of England and one of the biggest free events in the country. Bristol’s beautiful city centre harbour comes alive with music, dance, circus, children’s entertainment, ships and boats, markets and fireworks for this fabulous weekend spectacle. Attracting over 250,000 visitors with opportunities to suit all budgets.

For further information, please send an email to chloe@rem-events.com or call 0117 927 6614

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 37th year and is the second largest hot air ballooning event in the world. It’s a spectacular, free, four days of fun for the whole family from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August. With mass launches of over 120 balloons at 6am and 6pm daily, arena, aerial entertainment and flying displays as well as the unique Night Glows where 30 balloons light up the night sky in time to music with a fireworks finale, the Fiesta is one of the biggest events in Britain.

For more information please contact alex@rem-events.com or call 0117 904 6509

Green bridge

Having created one of the most spectacular fireworks ever seen in the West Country to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Clifton Suspension Bridge , REM were invited back to create a single colour lighting tour de force to mark the start of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital .

2015 was ushered in dramatic fashion, when the bridge was lit in a, you guessed it, blaze of green. The structure dazzled onlookers out enjoying New Year’s Eve parties when as the clock struck midnight, the bridge presented a unique photo opportunity

The symbolic gesture heralds a yearlong programme of artworks community plans, city improvements, conferences and entertainment involving local communities as well as national and international participants.

Happy new year

2015 has finally arrived and everyone at REM is looking forward to another busy year of event creation, production and management. Not that we rested on our laurels in December when the team switched on Christmas Lights in Bath in the company of Bath Rugby Club, site managed the highly acclaimed Bath Christmas Market, managed the Christmas lights in Radstock, produced the Clifton Bridge 150th anniversary Firework Display, produced and managed the Festival of Christmas in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and welcomed the start of European Green Capital by turning a bridge green.

In between that, we were also working on 2015 events and talking to people about 2018.

To paraphrase a famous saying – “if you want something doing, ask a busy company “. If you want to talk to us about an event you are planning or a fledgling project – we can always find time to talk.