eclipse Staging Services helped bring the Mother of the Nation Festival to life with their supply of lighting, rigging, power and audio solutions, with special effects support from Laser FX and Stage FX.
The second edition of the Mother of the Nation Festival, held along more than one kilometre of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche beach, offered a diverse range of experiences through more than 100 activities spread over ten days.
eclipse helped light up the kilometre-long beach by providing ten lighting towers for both conventional and atmospheric lighting. Knowing the potential for bad weather, the team utilised some of their more robust and proven fixtures, such as the Clay Paky Alpha Beam, and the Martin Mac 2000 Spot. The site encountered multiple electrical storms and gale force winds, causing minor damages to some fixtures, but ultimately the kit performed well under the conditions with only minor repairs and maintenance throughout the two-week festival.
As part of the complex City of Lights installation, eclipse worked with lighting designer, Tupac Martir to bring the designs to life. Trenching below the beach, eclipse laid kilometres of power cables and built specialised rigs to support all the equipment. The installation called for over 300 fixtures including Clay Paky B-EYEs, Alpha Washs, Sharpys and Martin Mac Viper Profiles and Auras. As one of the bigger zones of the festival, “It was a Herculean task”, recalled Tom Warneke, eclipse’s Project Manager. He continues, “The team worked tirelessly to flesh out a bespoke solution across the site to fit the multiple installations.”
For an added flare of different lighting effects, Laser FX installed a selection of lasers around the venue, such as the RGB lasers used in conjunction with mirrors and water to create beautiful displays on the pathways, as well as the lasers used to map various cubed structures in different colours. Olly Yates, Laser FX technician commented, “We had limited time to rig each laser due to the bad weather. Thanks to the eventual break in the wind, and our team’s persistence, we were able to get each laser up and running.”
Over in the Happiness zone, Stage FX were called in to provide a number of their Universal Effects Bubble Machines, which required over 200 litres of bubble fluid for the ten days.
“eclipse’s response to challenging weather situations is second to none. It has been a challenging season in terms of demanding weather, but we have demonstrated that we’re well prepared for such things by getting our shows back up and running to 100% as efficiently and safely as possible. Despite thunderstorms, tight timescales, last minute changes and equipment damage, the festival ran smoothly with thanks to the monumental efforts made by many people. Well done everyone involved, it was a testing few weeks with a gratifying outcome.” Concluded Tom.
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