Reed Exhibitions Austria’s Salzburg subsidiary, System Standbau, recently donated their services to help stage a Voices for Refugees concert in Vienna, attended by over 150,000 spectators.
200 metres of walling, carpeting for two press tents, 130 chairs and 30 couch sets for the backstage area, 35 discussion tables, and equipment for 15 changing rooms for the performers is just some of the tangible aid provided by System Standbau for the concert, held on Saturday 3 October 2015 on Vienna’s Heldenplatz, to encourage solidarity with the refugees.
The concert was initiated by a number of aid agencies, who managed to attract several artists prepared to lend their voices to the cause of refugee aid without payment. The long list of the performers that appeared in front of around 150,000 spectators also included the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Conchita Wurst.
Martin Roy, CEO, Reed Exhibitions Austria said: "We didn’t hesitate for a second when we were asked if we were prepared to provide our support."
For System Standbau, the task of setting up on Thursday and dismantling everything again on Sunday in the heart of inner city Vienna, and being subject to restrictive delivery and collection options, was a challenge the team faces on a regular basis. Project Manager Thomas Milles said what made their involvement so special was the "absolutely fantastic" atmosphere.