With a new year ahead, 2014 is looking promising for African Pride 15 on Orange. The recent takeover of the Protea Hotel Group by the Marriot International Group who will now run the management company, prompted General Manager, Douglas Allen, to host a 2014 Venue Re-launch event on the 19th of February 2014 for more than 500 VIP guests. 

The event was used to introduce the hotel to potential new clients and to showcase the beauty, versatility and style of the venue as well showcasing the high standard of cuisine offered by the food and beverage team. At the same time guests had a taste of the technical capabilities available through INHOUSE Venue Technical Management (IVTM), the venue’s onsite technical service provider. 

Visitors were treated to an evening of entertainment and mouth-watering snacks. A typical South African shisa nyama and craft beer offering on the Judge’s Lounge balcony accompanied by a Marimba band was elevated to another level by a variety of theatrical acts including a bevy of sassy burlesque dancers, acrobats and stilt walkers. 

In the Murano Bar, brother and sister duo, Angelo and Sarah-Jane Thomas, performed whilst the guests indulged in sushi and enjoyed a sunset cocktail out on the terrace which has a view of Lions Head.

The main event for the evening saw one of South Africa’s most popular bands, Just Jinjer, performing live in the venue’s main conference room.

The brief to IVTM was to use the technical elements for atmospheric effect in both the atrium and the conference room. The team used predominantly LED lighting; Robe 600’s and Mac 250’s to create ambience and looks for the band using an Avolite Mixing desk. 

Sound-wise, a compact 2 speaker PA system served the Murano bar very effectively whilst the main conference area was equipped with a JBL VRX system, LS9 console and an array of microphones to suit Just Jinger’s particular requirements.

According to IVTM’s Venue Technical Manager at African Pride 15 On Orange, Vaughn de Beer, the technical team had no issues in setting up in the venue for this event. “We are very familiar with the venue and what equipment works best for this type of event here. The get-in went extremely smoothly - in fact, we were ready and waiting an hour before the band arrived for the rehearsals!”

All in all a very successful event and one that proved that The African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel is geared up and ready to take on all the challenges that lie ahead together with their technical partner INHOUSE Venue Technical Management.

Story and Photo Vaughn de Beer

Aug 14, 2012

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