For the sixth year running, Hawthorn delivered the technical production for the British Arrows Awards. Honouring the very best talent that the advertising industry has to offer, the awards this year celebrated their 40th anniversary. With this in mind, the team at British Arrows tasked Hawthorn with making the 2016 event even more spectacular than previous years. 


As guests walked into the venue, they were greeted by an open plan view of the event space before them and a large 13m x 3m 3.9mm LED wall behind them, showing custom British Arrows content. With stunning video content the focal point of the ceremony, an AI Media Server was used to show super-wide video across a 40m area, using five large projection screens to showcase the winning advertising campaigns.

Lighting was kept simple but effective, utilising 120 Source Four Par’s to frame the screens and provide a golden ‘glow’ around the room, complementing the British Arrows brand and visuals. Twelve Martin Mac Viper moving lights added depth and texture to the room and created impressive awards ‘stings’ for the winners.

As the awards ceremony ended, guests were treated to an after-party back in the bar area. This space was sectioned off using drapes whilst the event was live, allowing a dancefloor to be laid, a Video Jockey to be set up, and the lighting trusses to change heights to create a different feel for the guests. The 13m x 3m LED wall was used to display content from the VJ, supported by 24 Robe Pointe moving lights to create a real party atmosphere.


'We’ve been working with Hawthorn for a number of years and never fail to be impressed by both the creative and technical skills of the team. As this was our 40th anniversary, we wanted to create a truly unforgettable event, really going beyond what we had done in previous years. We were delighted with the service that Hawthorn provided and the feedback from guests on the evening was fabulous.'

Janey de Nordwall, Awards Director at British Arrows