Touring Exhibitions: Exploring new worlds

Saturday 7 March 2015
14:00 – 15:00
Room 3
Chair: Christoph Scholz, Semmel Concerts (DE)

For many rock ‘n’ roll promoters and concert venues, the touring exhibitions market is proving a more reliable and consistent form of income. But as a relatively young industry, there’s still plenty that can go wrong for the inexperienced. Exhibition promoter and producer Christoph Scholz leads a discussion on the business behind a successful exhibition, providing best practice examples, as well as a whistle-stop tour through the key international markets for these products. Do you know your Bodyworlds from your Bodies Revealed and your Dinosaurium from your Mega Mammals? Find out why so many ILMC members are adding these lucrative shows to their rosters…

Guest speakers:
Manu Braff, Fire-Starter (BE)
Rob Kirk, Grande Exhibitions (AU)
Maren Krumdieck, Natural History Museum (UK)
Noel McHale, MCD (IE)
Vincent Sager, Opus One (CH)

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About Christoph Scholz:
Christoph heads up SC Exhibitions, a division of German promoter Semmel Concerts GmbH. He is the executive producer of the touring exhibition Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures and director of The Touring Exhibitions Meeting – an annual gathering of touring exhibitions professionals. He is married and has two sons.

About Manu Braff:
Raised in the Live Nation Belgium woods under a canopy of family entertainment shows and concerts, Manu Braff took his destiny into his own hands and partnered with Brussels Expo in 2011.

Fire-Starter was born from this partnership and Manu went on to promote blockbuster shows and exhibitions with a renewed energy and team.

Human Bodies, Titanic, Dinosaurs and the Art of the Brick are amongst the exhibitions he has promoted to date.

This mixture of promoting touring exhibitions and world class shows such as Cirque du Soleil have given Manu and his team a unique sense of entertaining the Belgian market and made Fire-Starter one of the foremost companies in Belgium promoting high quality entertainment.

About Rob Kirk:
Grande Exhibitions is a leader in creating and touring high quality, cost effective and commercially successful cultural experiences. Having exhibited in 87 cities across 6 continents to over 8 million visitors so far, their portfolio includes Van Gogh Alive, The Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition Collection, Planet Shark, Monet to Cezanne - The French Impressionists & 101 Inventions That Changed The World.

Rob Kirk is part of the team behind the development of these highly acclaimed, successful international exhibitions. Based in the UK, he heads the exhibition team at Grande who continue to lead the way in the creation of significant touring exhibitions, some of which have set new benchmarks within the museum and entertainment industry.

About Maren Krumdieck:
Maren Krumdieck is a sales and marketing professional within the Touring Exhibitions team at the Natural History Museum in London.
A German national with a masters degree in tourism from the University of Paderborn, she moved to London in 2002 and has been at the Natural History Museum since July 2007.
As part of her role Maren represents the museum’s groundbreaking and educational touring exhibitions. She works with national and international institutions worldwide in order to make Natural History Museum content accessible to dedicated audiences and to farther expand the reach of its brand worldwide. Last year for example 3.7 million visitors visited the museum’s touring exhibitions outside of London.

Her private interests include writing, photography and travel. She has recently successfully been awarded with a degree in Travel writing from the London School of Journalism. 

About Noel McHale:
Noel is a promoter with MCD in Ireland, mainly concerned with concerts, but also comedy, theatre, family shows and exhibitions.

About Vincent Sager:
Former journalist and press officer turned promoter, mostly of concert and shows, Vincent has been involved with exhibitions for the last few years.
Opus One is the sister company of the Paléo Festival Nyon.
Vincent is based in the Geneva area, but is active as a promoter throughout Switzerland.