The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in South Kensington. The Festival brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances – all in the spirit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s vision for the Great Exhibition. The first festival took place in June 2019 and was a collaboration between 21 partner institutions, project managed by Imperial College.
Working closing with our client Imperial College and partners including the Natural History Museum, V&A and Science Museum, Continental Drifts provided a full event production service for the main festival zone spread across Great Exhibition Road. The road had only partially been closed before on one previous occasion, so our initial process included a scoping exercise to look at different ways of using the road and liaising with all key organisations and residents to understand the parameters they were willing to work to. We worked with an expert traffic consultant and two local authorities to navigate the complexities of the closure and suspend parking bays.
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Continental Drifts attended regular operational meetings with all event partners, working closely with them to facilitate and support their participation, which included workshops, information stands, performances and demonstrations on the road. We procured infrastructure such as marquees and staging based on their needs and worked very closely with suppliers to determine the safest and most efficient build schedule.
Health and Safety Management also fell under our remit, we produced all event safety plans in collaboration with the largest venues on the road, risk assessments and provided onsite management. Other services included budget management, artist advancing, stage management and event staff procurement. The event was a huge success with over 20,000 attendees, our clients were very happy and have asked us to continue producing the event with them.
‘We just wanted to say a massive thank you for the last few months and over the weekend. It’s been such a pleasure to be working with you on this new festival. All the staff and contractors that we interacted with over the weekend were hugely helpful and supportive. It was such a wonderfully positive team to be working alongside’. – Lara Mistry, Imperial college- Great Exhibition Rd Festival.