UK – Cheltenham’s annual Science Festival arrived in June to explore the weird, wacky and wonderful. Production AV was commissioned to design, supply and operate the high-end screen, projection and sound solutions that formed the foundation of the multiple zones that were created in the specially built Festival Village.
Hundreds of events took place over the six-day Festival, with more than 280 leading experts imparting knowledge, prompting discussion and provoking thought to thousands of visitors, including more than 9,000 schoolkids.
Festival organisers asked Production AV to deliver all aspects of audio/visual for the growing event. The team oversaw set up and technical checks for all of the zones, including the flagship Cheltenham Town Hall space and adjoining Pillar Room, the Helix, the Crucible and the Cinema zone.
“We were thrilled to design, set up and run an audio solution for the Town Hall this year, in addition to the visual elements, and we opted for a PA system based around d&b audiotechnik Y-Series speakers, Yamaha QL desks and Sennheiser radio mics,” explains Production AV MD, Pete McCrea. “The Town Hall is notoriously tricky to set up for good sound, and it took the expertise of Production AV’s Project Manager, Olie Goulding, who oversaw the event load-in and operated the Town Hall audio, to scope and plot the venue to design the d&b solution, which perfectly fitted the bill.”
Production AV also supplied the Town Hall’s main room with a 16’x9’ screen with a 10k Barco projector, a Barco switching solution and a camera package based around Agile ARC 360 Lite PTZ cameras and Sony Camcorders.
In the Pillar Room, the team installed a simple control package to interface with the in-house projection system, along with a d&b Y-Series and E-Series speakers and Yamaha TF series mixing desk. Production AV’s crew oversaw all audio aspects for the duration of the Festival in the Pillar room, with the Festival's volunteer staff operating the majority of the video systems.
“One of the highlights of our AV package was the outdoor Cinema zone, for which we specified a Desay M6 6mm pitch LED screen,” McCrea continues. “This displayed 13 hours of continuous footage from the moon landings over the festival, as well as lots of other content. The screen looked fantastic in the exterior garden, giving great high-resolution images over the large areas, with excellent colour reproduction and brightness.”
The team also installed multiple flat screens across the site, ranging from 42” to 65”.