Event Gallery

Come on an adventure through the world of ZARAZ!

This is a portfolio of our biggest installations to date.

This gallery gives one a good idea of the variety of skills and materials we work with in order to create fun, multidimensional party playgrounds.

Psyfi Festival 2018

Burning Mountain 2018

Equinox Experience 2018

Vortex OpenSource 2017: It's Alive and Hungry!

The Cybernetic Mushroom extends it mycelial invasion and grows teeth!

This installation consisted of multilayered fabric construction which was created using tent inspired design to give fabric a 3D structure. This 3D fabric design provided a dynamic screen for TAS Visuals projection mapping. While TAS Visuals made the stage move by night through light magic, we physically animated the stage by day, by means of robotics and good old fashioned puppetry.

The multilayered tunnel behind the DJ turned and chewed, while the soft machine points stretched in sync. This created a subtle, but constant tweaky movement that played with the eye.

Gaian Dream 2017: Surreal Dreamscape of Perculiar Mysteries

Waking up in a mysterious alternate universe is exciting but also a little scary…

Components: We created a 35m diameter shade canopy complete with a 26m x 7m stage. The stage included wood and multilayered fabric stretch pieces to create a surreal dreamscape of mysterious organic faces and shapes. The shade was flown at 10m high in the centre, tapering to 7m on the edges, creating a gigantic, wobbly hall of dreams.

ZNA Gathering 2017- Retro Futuristic UV Glow Operation!!

For this one of a kind retro- futuristic festival, we created an organic- machine like landscape. A bio-mechanical, playful H.R. Giger inspired design for the stage and a cyber flower and blob shade canopy, with psychedelic fluro-curls growing from the trees under an incredible amount of UV lights. This is the first stage creature we have created that seems like it has crawled out of the lake next to the dancefloor, scuttled across the landscape, chose a shady spot and finally settling, unfolded it’s slimy layers to expose it’s musical control panel.

Components: 10m x 7m wooden stage facade, with three-dimensional sponge sculpted elements. All of the stage and shade was hand cut and sprayed. The tree decoration consists of several orange luminecent curls to mimic futuristic fungy and finally we created giant eyes on stalks that were attached to the central tree of the dancefloor to stare down at the festival gowers. Eyes! Gggrrrrrrr!

Love Project 2017

All you need is love! This is indeed the only stage creation that contained as many hearts as possible. The theme was ‘candy heart explosion!’ We decided to use an even mix of organic and geometric shapes, soft and flowy dendrons mixed with sharp, crystalline jewels and geometric optical illusions on the sides. Components: 6m x 8m wooden “candy” heart, with foam stripes with hearts cut into them. This creates shadow effects of hearts on the wooden layer. Stretch fabric was attached to 4m wide wooden, hexagonal frames. Double layer wooden structure created the effect of giant sweets.

Vortex 2016 - Alien Mushroom Machine

The inspiration for the shade and stage installation here were alien machine/organism and of course optical illusion using dots. We created our first double layer, seamless shade that was designed to wrap around a tree, also experimenting with mesh fabric and the amazing glowing, translucent effect it creates. The stage was a double layer machine creation from stretch and mesh fabric that was designed specially to give the best surface for the video projection mapping. Components: A 20m double layer canopy, three piece shade and 8m x 5m, double layer stage piece. Everything for this environment was made from a combination of stretch and mesh fabric. Also the first time we used Velcro to attach pieces together, which made for a very slick finish.

Gaian Dream 2016 - Fancy Fans

We experimented a lot once again here, with a generally spiky look and feel to this environment, with big pointy sail like fans and an extended shade, from 25m to 30m with its own unique pointy/reaching extended edge. Playful, bright colours, horns, radiating fans containing eyes, swirls and blobs oozing from the centre of the shade made for a surreal playground on the dance floor. And don’t forget the crazy kaleidoscopic faces to finish off the detail. Components: Two 6m x 12m stretch fabric fans, foam pieces such as swirls and horn shapes to give the stage structure a more organic feel. Hand sprayed stretch fabric paintings containing face kaleidoscopes and swirls to pick up the foam elements.

Jungala 2016 – Fantasy Jungle Paradise

This was the first 10m high stage we decorated with Giant flowers, glowing crystals, three dimensional foam creations and hand painted backdrops, a tropical and magical rain forest with a psychedelic twist. The shade was an intricately sewn, mosaic mixture of differently coloured fabric and hand sprayed designs, which made for a big, bright jungle chandelier canopy. The stage was also covered in live plants for the ultimate jungle feel. Components: lightweight 3d foam sculpture, 2 x 7m long tentacle tubes, giant ferns and decorative mushrooms for the trees around the dance floor. The crystals are made from light wood structure with fabric stretched over and acted as a light cover to create the effect of glowing and changing colour from within. The shade itself was 25m in diameter.

Love Project 2016- Lovely Lady Love Stage

Back to the 1960’s, hippies, round sunglasses and psychedelic curls. This stage takes inspiration from the 1960s, with graphic, stylised portraiture, a stage of three happy portraits of a friend and party attendees. The backdrop behind the DJ, of a girl wearing sunglasses, had a lighting effect on the glasses, which made them look like they morphed and changed as the party went on. “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes”. Components: The materials used here was a collection of stretch fabric, foam and wooden framed with fabric stretched over them to create the effect of slick, neat, hexagons. The wooden and foam shapes created a good contrast between organic/soft and hard lines.

Equinox experience 2016 – Forest fillers

Christel joins Zaraz! First opportunity to create peripheral décor, which wasn’t a stage or shade, instead we were briefed to make creatures and give trees personalities, so we crafted around 85 forest fillers, including a collection of butterflies, moths, snakes, caterpillars, faces for trees, flowers and giant mushrooms for people to sit under. We created a magical forest wonderland for all the creatures to hide and play in. Components: A variety of techniques and materials were used to craft all these elements including foam, metal, fabric and plastic. Wrap around décor elements that fit around a tree, wire and cloth moth wings, 3d foam sculptured 1,5m tall mushrooms.

Gaian Dream 2015

The second time creating the Gaian Dream stage, using the skills I had learned creating a gigantic flower, I worked on evolving the stage into a more organic creature, while keeping the original face kaleidoscope designs incorporated. I decided to make another circular eye shape in the centre, but with sides that resembled psychedelic gold fish and long radiating shapes coming from the centrepiece, also, a new and improved eye behind the DJ. I created my first 25m-diameter shade resembling giant curling tentacles over the dance floor. Components: All pieces were created form foam and stretch fabric. Once again a 4m x 4m curcular foam construction to frame the DJ and centrepiece backdrop. 25m-diametre shade canopy tension structure with centre pole.

Love project 2015 – DJ Eating Flower

The second time creating the Gaian Dream stage, using the skills I had learned creating a gigantic flower, I worked on evolving the stage into a more organic creature, while keeping the original face kaleidoscope designs incorporated. I decided to make another circular eye shape in the centre, but with sides that resembled psychedelic gold fish and long radiating shapes coming from the centrepiece, also, a new and improved eye behind the DJ. I created my first 25m-diameter shade resembling giant curling tentacles over the dance floor. Components: All pieces were created form foam and stretch fabric. Once again a 4m x 4m curcular foam construction to frame the DJ and centrepiece backdrop. 25m-diametre shade canopy tension structure with centre pole.

Tribe 2014- Neon Owl Stage

This was a small but intense creation, inspired by tribal totem poles and woodcarving. I decided to create a bold, iconic owl centrepiece with big shapes and bright complementary colours. The backdrop behind the DJ was designed in a very stylised way to create the effect of morphing figurative images. Many different people noticed different images/ faces/ animals in this infinitely interpretable image. Components: This was the first time I had created an entirely wooden frame for a stage, with a 4m x 6m backdrop for behind the DJ.

Gaian Dream 2014- Dreaming Eye

The first Gaian Dream party that I got the opportunity to do, I created a stage installation themed primarily on the dream aspect of its name. I decided to make the focal point of the stage into a stylised eye looking back at the crowd, with its giant pupil behind the DJ. To reference a dream like state, I employed a visionary art style I had learnt during my studies, of creating a kaleidoscopic face effect within the paintings on the sides of the stage and within the eye. The dream world is essentially the world behind your eyelids. Are we waking up from a dream of slipping into one? Components: This stage was created using mainly stretch fabric over stage trussing and some sprayed foam pieces to create the centre flower, small eyes and leaves on the top of the stage.