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Unusual Rigging aids the European Games in Baku

September 2015

The European Games opened and closed in Baku, Azerbaijan in the National Stadium. The ceremonies, brought together by world leading artistic production and technical teams proved themselves to be historic event.

Such prestigious events demanded an expert team of  riggers to provide the infrastructure for the ceremonies and as such, Nick Eltis, Senior Technical Director for the Baku 2015 Ceremonies, chose Unusual Rigging to supply the full production rigging equipment and services.

Eltis explained: "Having worked with Unusual Rigging in Sochi, I was confident that Steve Porter and his team had a good understanding of what was required for the European Games and I felt comfortable that our needs would be met and excellent service delivered. Unusual provided the most complete tender response with good pricing and on that basis came on board to provide everything we needed - all the truss, motors, general rigging and also show riggers and aerial rescue (which was fortunately not required)."

Steve Porter, Senior Project Manager at Unusual added: "We arranged an initial site meeting with Eltis just before Christmas in order to get a better understanding of the requirements of the opening and closing ceremonies.  Based on that and several other meetings that followed, we supplied 4km of various sized trussing, 500  one tonne hoists ranging from 30 metres to 75 metres height of lift and 16 flying equipment racks. We were also responsible for all installation and removal labour, supplying the show crew and rescue cover for the whole of the load in and load out and for the duration of the show and rehearsal periods."

With rehearsals commencing on 22nd May, the Unusual team  installed the rigging in just two weeks. Porter continued: "It was great to work with the 5C team on this project after our initial meeting in Sochi a few months earlier, with a finished stadium and some really friendly local people”

Eltis concluded: "Unusual Rigging really does offer a professional and cost effective solution. The beauty of working with Unusual on events like this is that they 100% understand the requirement of the job and the shifting needs of the production throughout the entire period. They know how to provide good management and work with the production team to make the entire process efficient and trouble free."


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