The Xiqu Centre will be the first major performing arts venue in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the 7-storey Centre, which sits on a prime site of 13,800 sq. m. on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West, will provide more than 23,700 sq. m. of gross floor area and will house a 1,100-seat main theatre and a tea house with a performance stage, in addition to 2,000 sq. m. of arts education facilities and generous public leisure space.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the Xiqu Centre was to be an outdoor event with senior government officials and celebrities officiating, but unfortunately as the event date grew closer, it became apparent that Typhoon Usagi - a large and dangerous storm - was bearing down on Hong Kong.
As a professional event company with a great deal of experience operating in typhoons, we immediately draw up a detailed contingency plan with options catering for several different scenarios. The original venue set up schedule was expected to fall on the day the typhoon was forecast to hit Hong Kong. Three days before, we sat down with the client to evaluate the situation and decided that the day before the typhoon was expected, we would set up only the basic elements of the event, like flooring and structures, which would not be affected by the wind or heavy rainfall. All subsequent add-ons, including marquees and ground-breaking props, were to be set up on the morning of the event. As it turns out, this plan worked perfectly and the event proceeded smoothly and successfully.
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