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.”