To project manage the UK Commemorative event for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. Ensuring all on-the-day events are integrated, and logistics are managed for the eight-month lead time, as well as budget management and reporting.
Story Events worked alongside the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust to plan the Holocaust Memorial Day UK Commemorative Ceremony 2020. The 2020 event was an extremely significant ceremony as it commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Ceremony was filmed and broadcasted by the BBC; sharing untold stories and remembering the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, and remembering other survivors of more recent genocides including Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The Story team developed an Event Safety Plan alongside the Metropolitan Police to ensure all guests arrived and departed the venue safely and efficiently. Elements of event delivery included coach transport for 350 Holocaust Survivors and their families, stakeholder liaison on behalf of the client with the venue, Westminster Council, the BBC, Metropolitan Police, and special guests.
The event was carefully curated at Central Hall Westminster to include Kosher catering, a fully accessible event with wheelchair dispensations, dedicated seating, front of house staffing for guest arrivals and hearing loops. Four events were running over the afternoon, all carefully planned and produced for the client’s specific requirements. Story managed the guest inbox and the distribution of 3,500 invitations, developed a bespoke online registration system for both postal and online invitations, as well as a ticketing system for guest arrival on the day.
Story’s role included briefing and management of volunteers, all staff, suppliers, and contractors while onsite, all while managing an accreditation system to ensure the building was sterile for guest arrival and rehearsals.
The event saw 1,500 guests attend on the day, including the attendance of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 600 Holocaust survivors, survivors of other recent genocides, parliamentarians, religious faith leaders and other special guests.
Holocaust Memorial Day UK Commemorative Ceremony 2020 was a huge success with positive feedback from special guests, stakeholders, suppliers, and the client. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has already begun conversations around the venue finding for the 76th Anniversary in 2021.
“What an amazing job you and your colleagues did! I hope you were pleased – it was a huge event with so many parts, and we’re all feeling proud and delighted. I have been receiving so many compliments about the ceremony and the event which you were responsible for organising so smoothly and professionally.” – Client, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.