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Protec overcome all challenges at 10-day Mother of the Nation Festival

Spread across ten days — and more than a kilometre of Abu Dhabi’s corniche — the Mother of the Nation Festival (MOTN) celebrates, commemorates and honours the inspirational values of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

Protec were engaged for the second year running, working for Flash Entertainment to provide cutting edge technology for the Main Stage, and by HQ Worldwide Shows to light up the Happiness Zone — one of five such diverse activity zones designed to preserve the Emirati heritage.

Protec provided a fully integrated technology package — including rigging and an array of backline from drum kits to keyboards.

However, the biggest challenge was not so much servicing a total of 42 Main Stage performances with mission critical lighting – much of it from the Clay Paky catalogue, or its L-Acoustics KARA PA and DiGiCo control, but dealing with external circumstances.

Driving rain with high wind speeds during the build-up, proved to be a challenge. All equipment needed to be bagged overnight and projectors realigned the next morning. Audio kit was damaged by water when the covering was ripped off by freak winds, but fortunately Protec were prepared, and had spares on site. Experience, forward planning and being able to dig into its vast resources, allowed the team to deliver a seamless show in extremely difficult circumstances.