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Purefrancenow had the pleasure of being invited to the ‘Grand Opening’ and Inauguration of Scarabee on the 2nd December 2008, the region’s new premier events centre for Business, Exhibitions, and Concerts. 5 years of political and conceptual development and construction, and over 19 million euros of investment, Scarabee is a demonstrable symbol of the future economic, social, and political dynamism of the Roannais region.
This ‘showcase’ event centre will also service the nearby regions of the Auvergne and Bourgogne (Burgundy), and it will attract both local, regional, national, and international business and public interest for staging small and major events.
Roanne, and the Roannais’s relationship with Lyon and Saint Etienne will also be encouraged to develop even further for the benefit of this part of the Rhône-Alpes region.
During the inauguration ceremony there were very positive speeches by some of the main regional dignataries and partners of the Scarabee project, including the Mayor of Roanne, President of Roanne Agglomeration, President of the Roanne Chambre de Commerce, and President of the Conseil de la Loire.
GL Events, who will be fully responsible for administrating and promoting Scarabee in the future, and organising all event management activity, were presented with a symbolic key to the event centre to underline there new responsibilities to the region.
Scarabee has been exceptionally, and creatively designed by one of France’s most reputable, international architects – Alain Sarfati. Designed for multi-functional and flexible usage with highly adaptable spaces and high quality, modern technical services are fully available. Business Events in the Roannais
This opening evening was a resounding success, and was followed by a well-organised reception, with hors-d ‘œuvres, champagne and wine provided and served by Veronique and Olivier Boizet, owners of the wonderful Chateau de Champlong at Villerest, an exceptional restaurant in a beautiful grounds for private and business receptions in its own right (soon in 2009, to have high quality hotel accommodation available with 12 sumptuously designed rooms).
Plus a musical atmosphere and light entertainment created by a classical group.
There was a real ‘buzz’ in the air, and much hope for the future, and the forthcoming programme of events for 2009.
Charles Aznavour will be the first inaugural celebrity to perform. (Saturday 6 December, 2008), followed by a whole series of events – gastronomic, musical, artistic, and business.
In 2009, there is already a growing programme of events, exhibitions, and concerts being prepared, so the future success of this excellent addition to the Roannais landscape is heading in a very positive direction.
Purefrancenow will be continuing to report on developments and events, and our creative Event Management Team, along with all our associated resources, are available to assist businesses, clubs, associations, or private groups to benefit from the new Scarabee venue. www.purefrancenow.com