Scottish Event Awards 2013 in association with Event Scotland (part of Visit Scotland) have announced the finalists for this years awards and Dundee’s own Vision Sound and Light (VSL) are in the running.
The winners will be announced at a glitzy awards ceremony on the 26th September at a black tie event in Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Under the category, Best Technical Services / Production Company VSL have achieved acclaim for their transformation of the Caird Hall for a charity event in support of cancer research in 2012.
The charity, Bare All for Brain Tumours (BAFBT) wanted to not only raise much needed funds so every person in Scotland could have access to vital brain scanning technology but also to raise awareness of the disease and the work of the charity to conduct vital research.
Gary Langlands from VSL said ‘We met Carolyn Pierpont who is driving this charity and described to her our vision of how the Caird Hall could look gently swathed in luxurious black starcloth with decorative chair covers and table runners, centre table decorations, screens so all 400 diners could see the action and in the end, with partners that is what we delivered.’ The Marryat Hall was lit in the corporate colours of the Reception Sponsor, Balhousie Care Group and we set up a discrete PA for Paula Barclay to provide a superb acoustic set for the guests to arrive ahead of a speech from BCG Chairman, Tony Banks. Tony revealed that his brother Roddy had died of a brain tumour in 1990 aged only 34 which was why he wanted to get involved and support BAFBT, encouraging everyone to have a great night and raise plenty money.
When guest were called through to the Caird Hall for dinner to strains of Viva Las Vegas from the King of course, you could hear many a deep intake breathe being taken and screams of wow, wow, wow. The Caird Hall was covered in starcloth hiding the jury boxes and the balcony from the diners and soft purple, being the corporate colours for event sponsor Star Lifestyle Management, bathed the room, with all the 34 tables pinspot lit in white. Gary added, ‘We knew this was mission accomplished as we produced and directed the show for the night with the help of Red Pepper Events, delivering images on large screens and plasma monitors around the room and the night was a great success raising over £13,500 for the charity.’ The transformation took over two tons of black starcloth, 8 vehicles of technical video and lighting equipment, two days to rig the massive Caird Hall and three hours to come down and get out with the room cleared for 3am on Sunday morning.
Gary revealed that VSL would attempt to work their magic again this year for the 2013 Braveheart BAFBT Ball on 18th October this time in the Apex Hotel. Tickets are priced at £55 per person or £550 for a table of 10 and are available by calling 01382 227700 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.