Hotel manager Michael Fahey welcomed ISES members and guests to the Civic Hotel for the November get together. Pearl Catering provide catering services at the hotel and turned on a delightful set of canapés.
Sydney International Food Festival director Joanna Savill spoke about the logistics of staging food based events in and around Sydney.
It is now a month since the closing ceremony of the Delhi Commonwealth Games and while the Opening and Closing ceremonies looked great on TV we had the opportunity to be taken behind the scenes by Andrew Howard.
Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics designed and provided all the fireworks for the ceremonies and Andrew Howard described the challenges he and his team were confronted with in getting the job done – here are a few highlights and we will soon be publishing an extensive report based on Andrew’s presentation.
- 27th March 2010 – Pyrotechnics tender released – the Organizing Committee (OC) requested the submission be submitted in seven days – as it takes 3 days for DHL to deliver to Delhi this was extended to 14 days
- 15th April – Pyrotechnics tender submitted (150 days till Opening Ceremony)
- 11th May – Presentation to OC tender panel (126 days till Opening Ceremony)
- 13th May – Verbal confirmation of winning tender
- 7th July – Contract signed and incorrect deposit payment received – (84 days till Opening Ceremony)
- Permission for importation of pyrotechnics missed Sea Freight shipping deadlines, so…
- 1st September – Airfreight permission granted (31 days till ceremony 14 days till crew due onsite)
- OC had full control of content and direction of ceremonies
- Rehearsals onsite cut due to crew accreditation, venue construction and security scheduling issues
- No producers or directors in control room for any rehearsals – never experienced this before
- No complete dress rehearsals, just segment rehearsals, no food and water provided for cast
- Police and security permission for pyrotechnics displays granted 3 days prior to Opening Ceremony
- Final music delivered 48 hours prior to Opening Ceremony (the fireworks display is choreographed to the music)
- Final music for Closing Ceremony delivered 24 hours prior to ceremony
- Final payments to all ceremony contractors still not yet paid 30 days after games
- Contractor’s equipment and return freight still held up in Indian customs
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