ES:ME value-driven training event in Rwanda


Empowering events in Rwanda Image: ES:ME

The Chief Executive Officer of entertainment services ES:ME Alex Wuerfel embarked on an inspiring trip to Rwanda to provide training and support to the company’s esteemed AV Alliance partner, the value-driven event management company Rwanda Events.

‘ES:ME’ stated that following a meeting at the AV Alliance gathering, it became clear that there were ample opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration. In particular, discussions focused on rigging, as ES:ME has gained recognition for its exceptional rigging productions.

Doha (Qatar)-based ES:ME Entertainment Services is a premium event technology specialist in the Middle East since 2010. The company supports the clients from detailed and individual consultation, to engineering and implementation of each event. It is an award-winning audio-visual (AV) and engineering company that provides technical consultancy, venue services and AV and rigging equipment for events. They help put on the most impressive event of one’s career, thanks to the company’s unique combination of creativity, technology and engineering expertise.

ES:ME Entertainment Services is a Member and Partner of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

Zürich (Switzerland)-based AV Alliance is the global network of premium audio visual rental, event technology and event service providers. Its members cover 100 of the most popular event locations around the world. Together, they create, manage and deliver more than 100,000 international events, exhibitions and conferences, shows and sport events every year. They provide more than 309,000 square meters of warehouse space, where the company stores the latest event technology and audio-visual equipment around the world.

Kigali (Rwanda)-based Rwanda Events is a value-driven business company. They are specialized in production and management, develop winning business strategies, and provide marketing horsepower requires producing clear, measurable and recognizable impact for its clients to boost their activities.

‘ES:ME’ further stated that the company identified the need to train the Rwanda Events team on statics, mechanical advantages and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

With careful coordination, ES:ME organized a training agenda that suited both companies’ schedules. The initial days were dedicated to theoretical teachings, aimed at assessing the knowledge levels of the Rwanda Events team. Covering topics such as levers, pulley systems and forces in triangles, ES:ME ensured everyone had a solid foundation in understanding loads and weights. A pre-training assessment helped the company customize the program to ensure uniform progress among the participants.

The team at Rwanda Events showcased a genuine thirst for knowledge, engaging actively throughout the training process. Practical sessions featured hands-on experiences with load cells, different slinging methods and various pulley systems. While there were some challenges with the availability of PPE and rigging gear, the team made the most of the available resources, supplementing with the head honcho Wuerfel’s comprehensive kit. The training was further enhanced by supporting the Rwanda Events team in setting up the Women Deliver conference at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, where they emphasized on safe working practices.

The 10,000-capacity BK Arena is a multipurpose indoor arena in Kigali, Rwanda, used mostly for basketball and volleyball matches. Built and finished in 2019, it hosts sporting events and concerts. It is the biggest indoor arena in East Africa and is located next to the 30,000-capacity Amahoro National Stadium.

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