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Corona: D-Dream creates community drive-in shows with Chauvet
Instead of creating a single drive-in movie site for people to visit, the government of Wichelen in East Flanders, Belgium, brought the concept to its citizens. Under the leadership of mayor Kenneth Taylor, a Flemish TV and film director, it organized drive-in events at different locations throughout the community.
The Lokeren, Belgium-based event company D-Dream set up the drive-in sites for the Wichelen municipal government. “We were directly contacted by the city”, says Elke Scheirs of D-Dream. “They told us they wanted to bring a new live event to entertain their citizens in a safe way during the Corona pandemic. Since the shows were to be held at different locations, we wanted a system that was easy to transport and set up.”
D-Dream built this drive-in system around an 8 x 4-meter LED video wall made up of 64 Chauvet Professional F4IP panels. When the drive-in shows started, it was still daylight. The Wichelen drive-in shows were held in a variety of locations, from farms and fields, to town squares.
Regardless of where they took place, all shows followed strict safety protocols. Facemasks and hand sanitizing were required, seats for those not in cars were placed 1.5 meters apart and all tickets had to be purchased in advance with attendance limited to 200 people.
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