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White Light Supports Henry Kissinger Event at Banqueting House
UK – Former US Secretary of State, Dr Henry Kissinger, made a rare visit to England last month when he delivered the inaugural Edward Heath International Lecture as part of the centenary celebrations for the former UK Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. The 93-year-old attended the closed-door event which took place at Banqueting House, Whitehall, and was attended by 300 people, including former UK prime minister Sir John Major. White Light was approached by the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation to provide the complete technical support for the evening.
The event took place on 24th October. Alongside Henry Kissinger’s speech, there was also a drinks reception, a lecture and a dinner. WL was tasked with providing the production support on every aspect of the evening.
The Foundation commented: “This was a high-profile dinner with attendees who have held some of the most prominent positions in government. The aim of the evening was to celebrate Sir Edward Heath’s outstanding contribution to foreign policy and raise funds to secure the future of Arundells, his home in Salisbury which he left to the public.”
The dinner took place in the Main Hall where WL supplied the lighting, audio, video and staging, on which Henry Kissinger gave his speech. WL also supplied four 70” screens which relayed the discussion that was given on the evening, ensuring that everyone in attendance was able to experience what was being said.
WL also had to work closely with the BBC who were on-site recording Henry Kissinger’s speech. WL’s project manager, Phil Gladman, comments: “Due to the significance of someone such as Henry Kissinger visiting to UK, BBC Parliament wanted to broadcast this. We had to facilitate them within the room where they were filming with three cameras. We worked closely with them to ensure that the audio feed we provided was the best it could possibly be as this would ultimately be broadcast to a global audience.”
WL had a limited time frame in which to prepare for the evening. Phil states: “We had a couple of hours in the afternoon to set-up in order to get everything in place for the event. Time was extremely limited but we have often worked at dinners similar to this so are used to quick turnarounds.”
The event was a great success, as was the broadcast which aired on BBC Parliament.
photos: Holly Clark Photography
17th November 2016
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