Last week invited guests were witness to a showcase evening of the newly transformed Banking Hall within the OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) venue.
Guests from the local business community were entertained with a sneak preview of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, (complete with full sized car) which will premier in August, a performance from OPEN youth charity’s Elite Dance team, a set from the Norfolk County Young Musicians Jazz band as well as aerial exhibitions from the rigging from the Fool Hardy Circus.
The purpose behind the event was to highlight just what can be achieved within the Banking Hall now that the bridge has been removed. The seating capacity has now increased from 250 - 360 for cabaret and from 500 - 800 for theatre style events, enabling the venue to cater for larger conferences, banquets and celebratory dinners.
As well as entertainment, the guests were treated to samples of canapes, hot food and desserts from the in-house catering team as well as a demonstration of the state-of-the-art audio visual facilities from the in-house lighting and sound technicians.
John Gordon-Saker, CEO for OPEN said: "For the first time in three years, I’m delighted not to be banging on about the getting rid of the Bridge, instead to start banging on about the endless possibilities without it! And it could be anything you want, with drapes hung from trusses and/or floor panels we can create any size room or flexible spaces you like. As the largest in-house catered dining hall in Norwich, it might be a banquet for up to 400 people, an awards ceremony with VIP reception area, a conference for up to 650, a party for anything up to a thousand, an urban all-weather wedding or fine dining for any number from 4 to 360. All with top tech, top food and top staff.”