On 28 June 2013, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) celebrated a decade of success. To commemorate this significant milestone, the centre hosted several events, which included a stakeholder event, a public concert, an Open Day and a series of social legacy projects.

As the appointed preferred supplier to the CTICC, INHOUSE Venue Technical Management - backed by the Gearhouse Group - partnered with the centre in terms of providing cutting edge technology solutions for the stakeholder, public and Open Day events. 

For the Open Day, IVTM provided several technical “room set ups” to give visitors an experience of what is involved in a typical conference set up and what sort of look and feel to expect when booking an event at the CTICC. 

“We have realised that Event Managers, PCOs and Meetings Planners sometimes underestimate the value of good technical support” explains IVTM General Manager, Jacques Fourie, “When you have only one chance to create a memorable experience, you can’t afford to have technical mistakes mar the delivery or for the Audio Visual elements to be sub-standard in any way – a mistake like that can make or break a business reputation. The Open Day gave us an opportunity to demonstrate how it should work.”

In September, the CTICC hosted a theatrical Cirque d’ Afrique production for its clients, stakeholders and industry role-players. The evening began with a series of circus-themed events taking place throughout the building including a silk act and a custom show put together by Debbie Bird from African Dance Theatre. A series of big screen displays took the audience on a journey through the past 10 years of the centre. The WOW factor for the evening was a performance from Cellosphere musician, Carol Thorne, who played at the centre’s initial opening in 2003. 

CTICC also hosted a public event, where international music sensation Mi Casa and renowned local Dee jays Vernon Carver and Andy Carr entertained a 1000 strong audience. IVTM was responsible for transforming the centre’s Exhibition Halls into a magical performance space.

This event drew on the combined resources of several members of the Gearhouse Group. IVTM, Gearhouse SA and LEDVision collaborated to provide lighting, sound, audio visual, rigging, power and LED screens whilst the Group’s set company; Sets, Drapes, Screens provided all set elements and Gearhouse ICS handled the IT requirements, online invitations and guest registrations. 

The stage area in Hall 1 was set up against the divider wall of Hall 2 creating a wide, but narrow, audience area, so the choice was for an L’Accoustic audio rig to ensure solid coverage with great sound clarity. 

A central 12,9m x 3m daylight screen, comprised of 48 panels of Lighthouse R16 LED Screen product was used to display VJ footage, Prezzie presentations and live camera to screen. 

Energy-saving LED Lighting was the order of the day and Lighting Designer, Alan Muller, used a mix of Martin Mac 1010 LED and Robin 600 LED fixtures to create ambience and sufficient light for cameras throughout the venue.

HD 14K Projectors were not only used for standard rear projection, but also as a back-lighting tool creating silhouettes of the dancers on the traditional rear projection surface. 

IVTM is a Level 2 BEE Supplier and is a member of SAACI, TPSA and EXSA. 

IVTM CTICC, powered by the Gearhouse Group, is committed to continue supplying high-end equipment and a world class technical solution to our international and local clients. 

Story Jacques Fourie, Photo courtesy CTICC (Anthea Davison)

Nov 27, 2013

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