Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA)
Stage design and audiovisual production
Opening Ceremony – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) designed the stage set, the lighting system and has directed all the audio-visual content of the Opening Ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017. The motto this time was ‘Practical Steps Towards a Sustainable Future’.
For the opening, APD specifically designed a spectacular 50m long and 10m high stage set to create a projection screen in excess of 500 m2, comprised of a series of volumetric planes made of 150 windmills, 2m in diameter each, over which a three-dimensional sensationalist image video mapping audio-visual production was projected.
The Opening Ceremony also hosted the ‘Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards’, which recognised the best sustainable global projects in different categories. APD’s audio-visual production included location filming in 16 countries, distributed over five continents, and the editing of a total of 32 videos.
In addition, as part of the International Water Summit of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week programme, APD designed and produced the audio-visual content for the Rain Enhancement Science Awards Ceremony, taking place January 17th, and which aims to promote water sustainability in arid regions, gathering world leaders, experts, academics and business people with innovative ideas to promote the development of new forms of energy.
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East. Until 21th January, date of the closing ceremony, more than 35,000 attendees from 100 countries were attended.