Unique New Weekly Event For Dockyard

July 19, 2018 | 2 Comments

A unique new weekly event – which will feature a huge range of interactive entertainment including a technology playground, theatre and deli – is set to kick off at the Royal Naval Dockyard next week.

Earlier this year the West End Development Corporation [WEDCO] put out an RFP to revive Destination Dockyard, which was won by PinkSand Entertainment – a business launched by two young Bermudians, Jonathan Tankard and Zuri Darrell in 2009.

It is well-known for events such as ‘An Evening of Jazz’ and the ‘Made in Bermuda Festival – now in its third year.

“A friend saw the RFP and recommended it to us. We are always looking for opportunities to provide a platform for local entertainers and performers in different ways,” said Mr Tankard.

“Destination Dockyard has been absent for a few years and this was a great opportunity to bring it back to life using our relationships and creative ideas in the entertainment space.

“Dockyard is full of history, culture and opportunity. The ideas were jumping out at us when this opportunity presented itself. PinkSand has crafted a niche in the market for entertainment consulting and management locally, and we saw the opportunity to use our expertise in a partnership with WEDCO as an excellent opportunity.”

PinkSand has created an Interactive Village on the North Lawn at Dockyard which will see an Abstract Avenue, Technology Playground, Theatre by the Sea, Dockyard Deli and Sports Arena.

  • The Abstract Avenue: Featured artists will each exhibit their craft through live creations where guests have the opportunity to participate. The Avenue layout will feature an actual passageway leading guests through a path to experience each vendor’s unique offering.
  • Technology Playground: The playground will feature digital displays with Bermuda photo galleries, virtual reality games, a drone zone and much more of the most up-to-date technology on the market.
  • Theatre by The Sea: The event main stage will feature different host DJs, a local live band throughout the night and various special guests. The host will make use of the stage and from time-to-time visit village areas to interact with guests. Local theatre companies will perform scenes about Bermuda culture and history – untethered from stage to provide a fully immersive theatre for guests.
  • Dockyard Deli: The food area will be full of local cuisine with vendors encouraged to share with guests the process of creating the products and the story behind it. Each vendor will be encouraged to provide an exploration option for their meal options – thus allowing guests to be involved or at least understand the complexities of their meal options.
  • Sports Arena: This area will be full of interactive sports games, such as football, cricket, basketball, a trampoline park and more. The focus is on having fun in a truly interactive and immersive setting using a variety of sports and ideas.

Destination Dockyard Bermuda July 2018

Mr Tankard added: “Interactive is the way to go. Entertainment today has shifted, becoming more about the experience and not just a product. Standing behind a table and selling a product is a thing of the past.

“Guests want to feel as much a part of the experience and atmosphere as possible. By providing this totally immersive village we feel it will add a fresh new experience that guests are yearning for.”

Joanna Cranfield, WEDCO’s Business Development Manager, said the ideas put together by PinkSand were “absolutely phenomenal and something never seen before in Bermuda”.

“Jonathan and Zuri had so many good ideas and the things they have planned are amazing. It will be a unique experience for Bermuda – it will showcase local talent in way not done before and I am sure it will be a huge hit for locals and visitors. I can’t wait for it to start.”

Joanna Cranfield, WEDCO’s Business Development Manager, said the ideas put together by PinkSand were “absolutely phenomenal and something never seen before in Bermuda”.

“Jonathan and Zuri had so many good ideas and the things they have planned are amazing. It will be a unique experience for Bermuda – it will showcase local talent in way not done before and I am sure it will be a huge hit for locals and visitors. I can’t wait for it to start.”

The first event will take place on Monday, July 23, from 7pm to 10pm and will take place every Monday until September 24 with additional dates in October being Saturday the 6th, Monday 15th, Sunday the 21st, Friday the 26th and Wednesday the 31st.

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  1. What says:

    They must be great as the article repeats it twice in case we did not pick up on it the first time around! Too far to go and parking sucks. Until that is addressed Destination Dockyard won’t work!

  2. JIGGSBDA says:

    Funny Bermuda is 20 square miles so at most an hour away, somehow that is too far to travel for an evenings entertainment.

    Strange perspective we have here.

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