Week in pictures: ICC ceremony, Knowledge Guild, Tower of London tour

This week's industry events included a ground-breaking ceremony for the new ICC Wales, a Knowledge Guild mental health showcase, and a behind the scenes tour of the Tower of London.

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Ground-breaking ceremony at ICC Wales

Representatives from the events industry in Wales and throughout the rest of the UK attended a ground- breaking ceremony at the site of the ICC Wales at the Celtic Manor Resort on Friday (23 June). More than 300 guests also attended a gala dinner to celebrate 'Building Brilliance' during the evening.

Building work on the new International Convention Centre Wales has now commenced. First minister of Wales Carwyn Jones joined Sir Terry Matthews, chairman of the Celtic Manor Resort; Stephen Bowcott, chief executive of principal constructor Sisk Group; and Debbie Wilcox, leader of Newport City Council, to mark the official start of the two year project by symbolically digging soil on the building site’s massive footprint.

ICC Wales has already confirmed the first ever event that will take place at the new venue, two years ahead of opening. Celtic Manor Resort will play host to the brand new Hospitality & Catering EXPO in both July 2018 and 2019, the latter marking the inauguration of ICC Wales.

 

Knowledge Guild mental health showcase

On Monday (26 June), The Brewery and Speakers Corner once again opened its doors for event professionals to the Knowledge Guild showcase series at the Chiswell Street venue. The 260-strong audience were treated to personal stories of strength and resilience as speakers discussed their individual struggles with mental health and offered the audience valuable insights into the importance of speaking up and finding the time for mindfulness in this chaotic modern world.

Guests were welcomed to the venue with a drinks reception and a selection of dishes from The Brewery’s Polynesian seasonal menu. Dishes included teriyaki beef, chicken and pineapple sliders and a design your own Poke station.

From The Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon’s life-long battle with OCD, to ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle’s struggle with depression and suicide attempts, the showcase highlighted the importance of discussing psychological wellbeing and removing the stigmas associated with mental health.

At the end of all the Knowledge Guilds, guests join and share stories during a Q&A session with the speakers, before delving into an enjoyable networking and post event reception, which included a sumptuous five textures of chocolate dessert.

 

Behind the scenes tour of Tower of London

The Tower of London, one of six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, welcomed industry press to the Secrets of the Tower tour on Wednesday morning (28 June).

The private tour gave the explorers access to areas normally hidden from visitors and brought to life both the beauty and the harshness of life in the Tower while some of the guarded secrets were shared with the guests. Visitors were fortunate enough to see sites including the Queen’s House, St Thomas More Crypt, Chapel Royal and even the cells of the famous prisoners who were kept at the Tower of London.

Before embarking on the early morning tour, explorers were also treated to a private viewing of the Crown Jewels.

 

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