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Production AV delivers audio and visuals to Cheltenham Science Festival
For this year’s edition of Cheltenham’s annual Science Festival, Production AV was commissioned to design, supply and operate the screen, projection and sound solutions that formed the foundation of the multiple zones that were created in the specially built Festival Village.
Festival organisers asked Production AV to deliver all aspects of audio/visual for the six-day 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.
As for the Town Hall, “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. Production AV’s Project Manager Olie Goulding oversaw the event load-in and operated the Town Hall audio.
Production AV also supplied the Town Hall’s main room with a 16’ x 9’ 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 D&B Y-Series and E-Series speakers and a 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.
“For the outdoor Cinema zone we specified a Desay M6 6 mm pitch LED screen,” McCrea continues. “This displayed thirteen hours of continuous footage from the moon landings over the festival, as well as lots of other content.” The team also installed multiple flat screens across the site, ranging from 42” to 65”.
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