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ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño wins best European public event bronze elephant for San Sebastian bicentenary


The show '200 years building San Sebastian', designed and executed by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño, was given the Bronze Elephant Trophy at the European Best Event Awards in the Public Event category.

The awards ceremony took place in Seville as part of the first International Festival of Events and Live Communication.

APD San Sebastián spectacle

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño earned recognition at the European Best Event Awards (EuBEA) with the Bronze Elephant in the Best Public Event of 2013 category for the design and execution of '200 years building San Sebastian',commemorating the bicentennary of the burning and reconstruction of the city. It consisted of an audiovisual projection employing a mapping technique which combines 3D images, music and special effects to reflect the historical and cultural legacy of San Sebastian as well as its evolution in the last 200 years.

The show was screened from 20 June until 2 July 2013 on the façade of San Sebastian City Hall, covering about 700 square meters. ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño employed 8 projectors of 22,000 lumens each, with a 4,000 pixel image quality and 60,000 watts of sound.

The jury valued the way ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño employed cutting-edge technologies as a vehicle to transmit local culture, create an audiovisual show accessible to all citizens and foster sustainability —the event was 'carbon neutral', ensuring all associated CO2 emissions were offset.

The European Best Event Awards, which celebrated its ninth edition this year, are Europe's leading event industry awards. There were 163 submissions this year, of which 90 were shortlisted for the final stage in which entrants explained the nature and strong points of their submissions to an international jury panel consisting of authoritative representatives of the corporate event world. 

The awards ceremony took place on Friday in Seville as part of the first International Festival of Events and Live Communication.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño has previously been awarded the Golden Elephant Trophy in the Cultural Event category at the 2012 Edition of the European Best Events Awards for the Commemoration of the 8th Centenary of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela; the 2013 Golden Elephant Trophy in the Sustainable Event category for its 'Día de la Música 2012' urban music festival; and the Silver Elephant Trophy in the  Cultural Event category for its Christmas Seville 2012 Christmas mapping.

ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño was founded in 1992 and specialises in the design and execution of museums, exhibitions, events and performances. Its activities are carried out within a concept of Cultural Engineering —projects that showcase the value of cultural heritage through technological innovation, social innovation and sustainable development. It is currently undertaking several projects in the area of museums and exhibitions, including the National Museum of Oman and the House of European History in Brussels in Brussels.

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