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Le Jardin d’Acclimatation

New partnership formed at France's oldest amusement park

will now be managed by an 80:20 partnership between the LVMH (Luis Vitton, Moët and Hennessey) group, which has overseen operations since 1984, and Compagnie des Alpes, operator of Parc Astérix, Futuroscope and the Walibi chain of parks. The two parties have been charged with diversifying and rejuvenating the gardens whilst paying respect for the tradition, image and the identity of what is the oldest amusement park in France. Eighteen new rides and attractions will be introduced, nine of which guests will be able to enjoy for free, and 26 existing attractions will be renovated. The park's historic landscaping, created by landscape gardener Barillet- Deschamps, will also be restored. A new annual attendance target of 2.5 million has been set.

T Lighting up Longleat

Longleat, the British stately home, safari park and visitor attraction, has been celebrating the festive season with its annual Festival of Light. A highlight of this, Europe's largest Chinese Lantern festival, are the twilight multimedia shows and singing Christmas tree! The full production, including 20m LED-lit tree, up lighting, video mapping and lasers that surround it, were produced by LCI Productions of London. “The combination of a music/LED synced tree and video mapping to delver an original Christmas story with animation is very unique,” notes LCI design director Rob Paul. “It’s an interesting crossover between an installation and event, where the equipment needs semi-permanent installation for an operation for two months.

“The tree is the most complex technical element of the show, as there are approximately 300 data connections to control the lighting, which operates on more than 500 universes of DMX which, “if you understand lighting control, is complicated,” observes Paul. “There is a lot of cable and connections in the tree!” LCI also worked with Longleat earlier in 2016 on its

Dreamhunters attraction at Cheddar Gorge, which picked up an IAAPA Brass Ring Award for 2nd Best New Product. The Christmas tree show at Longleat runs for 15 minutes and operates every half an hour, for up to six times each night. The Festival of Light continues on selected dates until January 15.

he Counseil de Paris (Paris City Council) has awarded a new 25-year management concession for the city's Jardin d'Acclimatation. The 157-year old pleasure gardens, located just outside the French capital's Périphérique ring road,

The gardens' staff, currently numbering 250, will remain the same or increase, and

working conditions will be improved by the creation of a building which will bring together all the offices and workshops, as well as changing rooms, a canteen and common rooms under one roof. In keeping with the facility's public service mission, a new educational workshop programme will be developed. Founded in 1860 and comprising rides, restaurants, pet animals and of course

gardens, Le Jardin d'Acclimatation “is an important part of the attractiveness of Paris and the region,” according to a spokesperson for Compagnies des Alpes, which will lend its know-how as France's leading theme/amusement park operator. But why should a purveyor of luxury goods such as LMVH be interested in running such a park? “The ethos of the garden is very much a reflection of LVMH values: innovative but respectful of heritage,” says the group's chairman and CEO, Bernard Arnault.

Shrekmas in Liverpool

This was the scene recently at St George's Hall in Liverpool as the British city hosted a flagship Christmas event in partnership with DreamWorks. Featuring 100 Chinese lanterns of characters from the movies Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda and Madagascar, the two-month event (November 26 to January 15) was expected to draw thousands to the magnificent Grade I listed building in the heart of Liverpool. DreamWorks Lights was

staged by Unusual Exhibitions in partnership with licensing company Agosin and Heritage Brand Ventures, operator of Liverpool's Mattel Play! FEC at the Albert Dock. Admission was £10 ($12.30/€11.65) for adults and £8 ($9.85/€9.35) for those between the age of 1 and 15.




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