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Designing a Sparkling Festive Party Season for the Cutty Sark

Royal Museums Greenwich

Cutty Sark National Maritime Museum Event

We have supported the technical production of SMART’s Christmas party season held at the Cutty Sark for three years, and our latest designs for SMART’s festive get-togethers inspired guests to get into the party spirit after missing out on the previous year’s festivities due to the pandemic.

The Brief

The Cutty Sark was hosting its festive party season, and we were on board to deliver an atmospheric, festive party setting to inspire Christmas magic in every party guest, all in an impressive and functional space.

Cutty Sark National Maritime Museum Event Lighting

Our Approach

We installed a rig that could be left up throughout the venue’s party season to eliminate the need for multiple rigs and derigs, minimising disruption during the day when the Cutty Sark is open to the public. In a single install, we put a lighting rig and a sound system in place and created a bespoke back of house walling system that created a convenient storage area for the small amount of SLX equipment needed for the parties, and tables and chairs from the caterers. We used Purely-Pinks as part of our lighting design, which complemented the copper colouring of the ship perfectly and avoided Christmas cliches in the usual red and green palettes guests would usually expect.

The results

The Cutty Sark hosted eight exclusive and mixed party nights across three weeks, welcoming up to 270 guests to each of the eight parties. Our made-to-measure, back of house walling and storage system effectively masked the SLX and catering equipment during public visiting hours, and seamlessly functioned as a cloakroom, too. The space was easily transformed from a tourist attraction during the day to a unique event space at night, perfectly setting the scene for the festive party season every evening.

Cutty Sark National Maritime Museum Event Lighting Outdoors