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Live Events case study – Diverse Shows in Brunei


We made history by producing our first ever shows in Brunei and taking top entertainers 7000 miles from the UK to the Far East for an event funded by the BFBS Live Events Beneficiary Fund.

The Challenge

To promote a one Garrison concept while highlighting the variety of diverse cultures that make up the heart of British Forces Brunei by allowing the whole community to enjoy a multicultural family event together, while reconnecting with UK and Nepali culture.

The event also aimed to create a greater sense of community spirit, cohesion for the future and inclusion between Gurkha and British soldiers and their families, by giving them the opportunity to socialise together in a safe environment.

This location presented a number of challenges which meant we had to navigate the cultural and religious sensitivities and laws presented by putting on entertainment in a state controlled by Sharia Law.

The Solution

CSE delivered two shows over two days for the garrison’s Party in the Park event, which were attended by a mixture of serving military and their families plus locally employed contractors.

It was very important to put together a line up that could play to both cultures and appeal to a broad age range.

  • Headline act and Nepali popstar Sudip Gurung
  • Magic & balancing from Britian’s Got Talent’s Jay Rawlings
  • Live music from Hot Shots and Simon Walker
  • Compere Barry Castagnola
  • Minion Mascot Appearances
  • Local Garrison Band R&R

The Outcome

Sudip Gurung’s set was simply stunning and the prominently Nepali audience sang along to all his hits, filmed it on their phones and there was a huge queue backstage for selfies. Jay Rawlings had a very visual jaw dropping set and both the Western music acts were very popular. While the compere wasn’t Nepali, he used his extensive experience to hold the show together and even hosted a Gurkha rap battle.

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