5 Event Horror Stories

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It’s Halloween, and let’s be honest… for event planners/organisers, this day could be anytime of the year. We’ve compiled 5 real event episodes to give you an inkling of how Murphy is in regular attendance at Events! And you will realise that God, too, has a hand in it!

Story1: There’s Something Not Right About the Food.

Last year, at a Mumbai city-wide event, an estimated 5,000 children had complained of food poisoning after consuming packaged meals provided by an online food ordering firm and were rushed to various hospitals across the city. The organisers of the conference said they would take legal action.

Story 2: A Storm is Brewing.

After carefully planning the details of what would surely be a successful event, the event organiser was all set to hop on a plane to the venue city when reports of a “historic” storm to hit the area blasted the media airwaves. Airlines were cancelling flights, schools were calling snow days and the city and state governments were shutting down — just two days before the event.

Story 3: Attendees Left to Rot like the Walking Dead?

In Georgia, US, just as the closing act of TomorrowWorld 2015, the music festival, came to an end, all the roads going to and from the venue were shut down; for there were heavy rains that would’ve made it unsafe to drive in
too much mud. The result, thousands of people couldn’t get in or out and were left stranded at least five miles from any transportation. They were stuck in the forest overnight, and they didn’t have food, water or shelter. A nightmare for event attendees and the planner!

The act of God has ambushed enough events; every event planner must have a backup plan.


Story 4: A for Awkward!

Jaws dropped and ribs were tickled when, much to the horror and amusement of all, La La Land, instead of Moonlight, was announced as Best Picture during the 89th Academy Awards.
How did the envelope mixup happen?
Why wasn’t the protocol followed?
Or, was it a PR stunt?
Whatever it was, it was most certainly awkward for those on the scene and behind it.


Story 5: Last-minute Vendor Cancellations

This is a common story and perhaps the biggest problem that plagues the event industry. Imagine being in charge of putting on a 2-day bridal fashion show in your city. Where you’ve sent out and received RSVPs from over 500
eminent personalities, including artists, industrialists and politicians. You’ve handpicked the perfect place after months of searching.
And then, just a week before the event, the venue vendor calls up and cancels.
Horror, horror! Imagine the mammoth follow-ups and re-invitations that follow. Which is why, it is wise to opt for event insurance or draw contracts clearly stating vendor liabilities should they suddenly back out.

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3 Events in May That Make the World a Strange Place

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Can it be a coincidence that in the month of May, when the mercury records new highs, a few of the strangest festivals are celebrated across the globe that would make you wonder, “Have they gone bonkers?” Here’s a peek into three such events.

1. The Bun Festival, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

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When: May 1-3, 2017

Significance: In olden days, this was held in celebration of the end of the plague of 1894; in honour of Pak Tai, the Daoist deity and god of the north, who is said to purify the community and pacify the spirits of islanders who died in the plague. The plague was finally wiped out after Pak Tai’s image had been paraded through the streets of the island of Cheung Chau. In recent times, it marks the festive year for the island.

Strangeness: Three large bun towers are erected outside Pak Tai temple during the run up to the parade day – the third day of the festival. On the stroke of midnight, on the parade day, twelve participants race up the three conical bun towers to grab as many buns as they can collect within the three minute time limit. The “Full Pockets of Lucky Buns” award is given to the participant who grabs the most buns.

Organisers & Sponsors: The Bun Festival this year is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Cheung Chau Bun Festival Committee and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with the support of the Cheung Chau Wai Chiu County Association Limited, the Cheung Chau Rural Committee, the Islands District Office and the Hong Kong Mountaineering Union.
Sponsors include Lukfook Jewellery, Watsons Water and the Islands District Council.


2. Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling, Cooper’s Hill, UK

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When: May 29, 2017

Significance: An annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucester in England. Celebrated for centuries, it is believed that this event has its roots in a pagan festival that celebrates the return of spring. The Guardian called it a “world-famous event”. The popularity of the event grows each year with contestants coming from all across the world to compete or even simply to watch.

Strangeness: A 9 lb (4.08 kg) round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down from the top of the hill and competitors start racing after it. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese.

Organisers & Sponsors: This is a non-organised event on Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust land.


3. Tinku Festival, Macha, Bolivia

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When: May 7, 2017

Significance: The word Tinku is from the language of Aymara and it means ‘physical attack.’ The festival is over 600 years old, even before the Hispanic era of South America. The blood spilt is an offering to the earth goddess – Pachamama – to ensure a good harvest for the following year.

Strangeness: This festival involves thousands of men drinking homemade alcohol and then brawling in the street. Men often carry rocks in their hands to have greater force in their punches, or they will just throw them at opponents. A few men also wrap strips of cloth with shards of glass stuck to them around their fists to cause greater damage.

Organisers & Sponsors: N.A.

If you know of any strange festival/event, do mention it in the Comments box below.


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