Oman’s Khareef Festival turns to GT Stagetech for AV Stumpfl Pixera-powered spectacular

Oman’s Khareef Festival turns to GT Stagetech for AV Stumpfl Pixera-powered spectacular
Omani event and production specialist GT Stagetech delivered a multimedia spectacle powered by AV Stumpfl’s Pixera media servers for the Khareef Festival.

The 16-minute 360-degree show was focused on a giant diamond-shaped monolith, with every angle of the structure bathed in mapped content of colourful patterns and tessellating shapes. GT Stagetech deployed mapped content, lighting, lasers and special effects to wow the crowds at the festival that marks the beginning of the monsoon season in the Salalah region of Oman. All elements of the show were synchronised with a SMTPE timecode signal.

Mohisn Al Hajri, managing director of GT Stagetech and Croyden Menezes, the company’s director of sales and rentals, decided to purchase two AV Stumpfl media servers, Pixera one and Pixera two Octo, due to their compact size, reliability and performance.

Show director, Lalindra Amarasekara, led the team that designed and created the content specifically for show that ran three times daily, for a month in total. “We didn’t have to switch to the backup once – it’s a system that we know we can deploy with great confidence,” said Amarasekara. “The 3D environment and visualisation inside the Pixera suite is extremely powerful, giving the programmer the feeling of working in a physical environment. This helps the tech teams to pre-plan and accurately set up projectors or scenic elements.”

The set-up also included lighting by Avolite’s Sapphire Console, audio by JBL, Crown amplification, Soundcraft consoles and lasers by RTI.

The annual Khareef Festival is run by Salalah’s Ministry of Tourism between July and August. VueAV, Dubai AV consultancy and distributor provided GT Stagetech with the Pixera media servers for the installation.

Matt Reed, associate partner at VueAV, said: “We are thrilled with the outcome of this install and the Salalah Municipality said the show has been well received by the audiences and far exceeded expectations.”

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