Cultural Gala 2023 (Kulttuurigaala)

Last Friday on 24th of November, Finnish culture was celebrated at the Cultural Gala in Mediapolis, Tampere.

Commissioned by Rivents Oy, Creative Technology was happy to be involved in the celebration of Finnish culture, delivering lighting, LED walls, trusses as well as venue/stage sound to the gala. The setup was visually stunning for both the invited guests on-site and the TV audience watching the live broadcast.

Collaboration with the Creative Technology team was very successful, providing peace of mind for event organizers as we can rely on the skilled CT team to professionally handle any technical matters.

– Riia Martinoja, Head Secretary of the Cultural Gala

Nearly 20 technicians from CT were involved in preparing the technology over a period of two weeks, and about five semi-trailers of CT’s equipment was delivered to the event venue. The lighting setup primarily included moving wash and spot fixtures (Quantum wash, Viper Profile, and Viper Performance), along with 36 Par64 halogen lights. Above the LED wall, an Xbar installation was placed, supporting the video content displayed on the wall. There were 24 wireless microphones and 12 wireless in-ear monitors used.

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Celebrating Finnish Culture

The festive evening featured captivating performances ranging from breathtaking musical acts to circus stunts, dance, and, of course, touching award moments. The gala was hosted by Katja Ståhl, and the audience got to enjoy live performances from Pehmoaino, Red Nose Company, and Avanti, among others.

One of the highlights of the evening was the audience chosen Cultural Personality of the Year award, which was won by Käärijä, who achieved success in last year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to actor Esko Salminen, who has been seen on movies, TV as well as various theatre stages over nine decades.

The show was broadcast live on Yle. The gala is organized by the Cultural Gala Association, that the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle and KULTA ry (central organization for support and producer associations operating in the Finnish arts and culture industry) are part of.

Design and screen-materials: Jussi Sibelius and Mikki Kunttu

 

Photos 1-5: Kulttuurigaala / Jami Ivanoff

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