GL events
Welcome to the world of events!
As a leading global player in the events sector, GL events operates in the three main events markets: congresses and conventions, sporting, cultural and political events, and trade shows and consumer fairs.
© Odile Decq architect / Felice Varini – Nicolas Rodet
GL events
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018
GL events, official supplier of temporary grandstand seating for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. A total of 60,000 temporary seats were installed in thirteen venues.
Commonwealth Games   Gold Coast 2018
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
The project to renovate and modernise the Matmut Stadium in Gerland, launched by Olivier Ginon, the Chairman of GL events, highlights the Group's expertise in terms of engineering, architecture and asset management. The stadium is now home to the LOU Rugby team.
© Nicolas Rodet
Matmut Stadium Inauguration
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Brazil’s largest event devoted to pop culture and video games is organised and hosted by GL events at the Riocentro, in Rio de Janeiro.
© Light Press 2017
Geek and Games at the Riocentro
Cannes Film Festival
For more than 20 years, GL events has been providing top-of-the-range, tailor-made services for one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Cannes Film Festival
Equita Lyon
The Lyon Equestrian Show, organised and hosted by GL events at Eurexpo, is the largest indoor equestrian event in France.
© Gilles Galoyer
Equita Lyon
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
GL events provides the audiovisual services for this major electronic music festival!
© Laure Rousville
"Nuits Sonores" Music Festival
Sirha Green
The first trade fair devoted to ecological food-services. Organised and hosted by GL events, the event brings together the sector’s professionals to address the issues of social and environmental responsibility.
© Diph Photography
Sirha Green
Première Vision Paris
Organised and hosted by GL events, the reference event for the fashion world was held at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. It owes its success to its avant-garde selection, bringing together many new products, services and innovations.
© Alexandra Fleurantin
Première Vision Paris
Light Festival Lyon
GL events Audiovisual, an official partner and service provider to the Lyon Light Festival, draws on its expertise and talent for several artistic projects in various venues during this international event.
© Thierry Perre / Partners’ Club of the ‘Fête des Lumières’ / Lyon Light Festival 2017
Light Festival Lyon
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GL events awarded a €50 million 9-year concession for Rio de Janeiro's Arena

Future growth to focus on the Groups’ strategic foundations


GL events was awarded by the city of Rio de Janeiro a 9-year concession for the management and commercialisation of this multipurpose indoor facility for major sporting events and large concerts with a capacity for 15,000.

Built in 2007 to host competitions of the Pan-American Games, the Arena represents a highly attractive venue:
- As the only facility of its kind in South America for national and international events, and particularly for hosting tours of major artistic performances;
- Ideally located in the heart of city's increasingly important economic and real estate district of the Barra da Tijuca located near major sports facilities such as the Nelson Piquet automobile racetrack, the cycling track and the Aquatic Centre;
- With state-of-the-art technical facilities in line with those of the best international performance venues.

This new venue further strengthens both the Group's worldwide portfolio of exhibition and convention centres and concert halls managed by the Group and its presence in Rio de Janeiro. The Arena's development will be supported by the commercial, operational and administrative teams of Riocentro, the city's Exhibition and Convention Centre for which the Group holds a concession until 2056.

Arena will be consolidated in November and, under the terms of the agreement with the city, the Group will invest €1 million in the facility. The 9-year concession should generate revenue for GL events of between €5 million and €6 million per year including from Services.

The group will develop on this venue a "naming right" policy which will contribute to highlight the site as well as increase the revenues.

The new venue has been inaugurated on 1 December by a fully sold-out performance of Roberto Carlos in partnership with TV GLOBO.



In line with the Group's plan and development strategy based on:

- Event organization, focusing on "trade fairs for professionals and the general public" that resulted in the creation of 32 events in 2007,
- Venue and management with the addition of seven new sites this year (Curitiba, Brussel, Turin, Roanne, Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Nice, Metz),
- Services for events, providing and increasing contribution to global events (World Cup of Cricket, World Rugby Cup..),

GL events has undertaken measures to refocus its business mix on its strategic activities.

To this purpose, it has begun a process of divestiture involving, on the one hand, the fittings and fixtures activity and, on the other hand, the business specialized in organizing medical conventions managed by Europa. This latter company will however continue to contribute to the Group as a provider of services and venues for events.

These two operations are expected to be finalized soon and will not have an impact on the short and medium-term objectives announced by the Group.

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