The diverse skills of Richmond Event Management (REM) were engaged to deliver successive events launching Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, with the official opening ceremony followed by a high-wire stunt ‘Bridging the Gap’, Jan 23-24, 2015.
Having already raised eyebrows – and awareness – by turning Bristol’s iconic Suspension Bridge Green on New Year’s Eve, Richmond Event Management (REM) was entrusted to produce and stage-manage the official opening ceremony.
Working to tight timeframes (and budgets) REM coordinated a team of carefully selected local suppliers including set design, delegate management, audio visual, architectural lighting and catering. Five hundred invited guests enjoyed a smooth running, packed program inside the Victoria Rooms in Clifton, Jan 23rd, including European Commissioners, international delegations, government and national officials alongside the Mayor of Bristol and local green organisations.
REM was simultaneously working with Cirque Bijou to bring to life the creative concept of its ‘Bridging the Gap’ stunt– highlighting ‘the difference between our green intentions and our actions’, Jan 24th. A 120 metre long high-wire was suspended between warehouses on the city’s harbour side, which world-famous high-wire artist Jade Kindar-Martin cycled across, whilst Hollywood stuntwoman Karine Mauffrey performed a dramatic aerial trapeze routine suspended beneath the bicycle. REM delivered the logistics, crowd management and event technical production for Cirque Bijou, again relying on the services of local event professionals.
REM managing director Mike Richmond said:
“Having produced some incredible events both nationally and internationally across our 18 year history, it was a special moment for our team to support Bristol’s Green Capital launch. Not only because we are proud of our home city, but also over the past two years REM has made a huge commitment to our sustainable event management systems and has achieved ISO 20121 accreditation. Working on Green Capital events not only allows us to implement our practices but also to continue the learning process.”