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PIEUK is over for another year, Thank you all for a making it a Success.

You asked for a big event décor build to be involved with large scale events, so we obliging by having a full day of décor on Saturday 5th October. Designed and led by the fabulous Tampilipe Corbelin of Switzerland, thank you for being part of creating something truly amazing and magical.

Thank you for coming to NABAS2019, We’ll see you next time!

The Event Build:

Saturday was all about big scale balloon décor on the theme of Enchantment. Working under team leaders, you were hands-on recreating the vision of Tampilipe Corbelin.

The Training:

There was a mix of 90 minute and 3 hour classes on the Sunday and Monday with a mix of masterclasses and hands-on classes. This was complemented by a brilliant line-up of international and home-grown Instructors that inspired and helped to make your balloon creations even more unique and amazing.

The Gala Awards Ceremony:

A great excuse to all let our hair down and network with other balloonies. Who better to understand your little foibles and frustrations than other balloon decorators from all over the UK and Europe.

Networking in such a fun industry is a wonderful way to expand your support systems and put faces to names. The award-winning catering team at The Slate provided us with a fabulous meal, there was drinking and dancing, plus awards, live music and entertainment. Congratulations to all our worthy winners!


Tampilipe Corbelin from Geneva

Tampilipe Le Magnifique! Huge sculptures, giant decor and the real WOW factor is what this international balloon artist prides himself on. Working with industry giants, teaching at industry events, Tampilipe continues to share his knowledge and passion and we are delighted that he lead the Enchanted Big Build on Saturday. He also held classes teaching the techniques for boarded balloon letters and numbers.

romina finali

Carla Romina Finali from Barcelona

This inspirational lady returned to us, with her uniquely independent style, design and passion for the beauty and art of balloons. Teaching all over the World, she runs a successful business in Barcelona, is the founder of CEBA (European Convention of Balloon Artists) and promotes this wonderful art everywhere she goes. She showed us some unique techniques in true Romina style!

Chris Horne

Christopher Horne – sponsored by Amscan

World renowned trainer and demonstrator of balloon decor skills and event decoration, Chris is the International Creative Projects Manager at Amscan International UK and held classes on both Sunday and Monday

Colin Myles

Colin Myles – sponsored by Qualatex

With over 20 years of experience in balloon decoration, Colin has gained over 30 international awards for his balloon art in both decor and twisting and has taught around the World. Colin taught an intermediate balloon weaving class on the Monday


Rob Driscoll

Multi award winning balloon artist and magician with over 25 years experience. The Bowtie Balloon Guy is not just your average balloon twister, as those from the 2017 event will know, his creations are simply incredible. Continuing the enchanted theme with intermediate twisting of princesses and stand alone numbers and letters.

STuart with Nutcrackers

Stuart Davies – sponsored by Qualatex

In his relatively short career in the balloon industry, Stuart has gained international recognition thanks to his large-scale projects, such as the Walt Disney International Pride Events.In 2018 he became the newest Qualatex Instructor in Europe, and in the last 12 months he has received great acclaim at numerous locations including WBC 2018, Saudi Qualatex Convention, Ireland, UK, Italy and most recently FLOAT 2019.

Liz Bylett

Liz Bylett  – face and body painting

Award Winning Face and Body Painter, Guinness World Record Holder, Author and owner of Follies Face and Body art and The Living Art Show. Her class was limited to 20 delegates and included Liz’s training book for each delegate booked.

Capel Manor

Capel Manor – School of Floristry and Balloon Artistry

London’s leading land-based College offers a wide range of internationally recognised courses in floristry, balloon artistry and event styling, taught by exceptional tutors with vast amounts of industry experience. They joined us for both days showing floristry skills within balloon decor.


Jessops Academy

So many of us struggle with taking stunning photographs, so we have brought you a master class in photography. The training will be led by a member of their Award Winning Academy Training Team. All their Trainers are experienced photographers and have a broad knowledge of all cameras and smartphones to ensure you get the best from them.

Saturday 5th October 2019


Room 9am – 1pm Lunch 2pm – 6pm Break 7pm – Late
1 Big event décor build – teams of décor creating large scale sculptures for the whole event.
Designed and Co-ordinated by Tampilipe Corbelin
Big event décor build – teams of décor creating large scale sculptures for the whole event.
Designed and Co-ordinated by Tampilipe Corbelin
Opening Ceremony Reception & Dinner in Radcliffe Break Out area

Sunday 6th October 2019


Room 9am – 10.30am 10.45am – 12.15pm Lunch & Exhibitor 2.15pm – 3.45pm 4pm – 5.30pm Break 7pm – Late
1 Introduction to Photography
Jessops Academy
MAX 20
BREAK Mobile Phone Photography
Jessops Academy
Candy doll, hot air balloon structure – airfilled techniques including distortion
Carla Romina Finali
BREAK Drinks Reception, Gala Dinner, Dancing and Awards
2 Alternate Duplet Rainbow; clouds and elves
Stuart Davies
Framed foam letters and number techniques
Tampilipe Corbelin
3 New designs, techniques and inspiration with Amscan Clearz
Chris Horne
BREAK Surviving the helium shortage & price rises – turn a problem into profit
Chris Horne
Floristry with Balloon Art
Capel Manor
BREAK Surviving the helium shortage & price rises – turn a problem into profit [repeated]
Chris Horne

Monday 7th October 2019

Room 9am – 10.30am 10.45am – 12.15pm Lunch & Exhibitor 2pm – 5pm 5pm til Late
1 Floristry within Balloon Decor
Capel Manor
BREAK Airfilled Giant Twisted Numbers
Rob Driscoll
Lifesized Figures plus Halloween, Christmas & Children’s Balloon Arrangements with a Romina twist
Carla Romina Finali
Fond Farewells in Radcliffe Break Out Area
2 Enchanted weaving: toadstools and fairies
Colin Myles
Tak Weaving with chrome balloons
Colin Myles
Advanced Balloon Twisting – Princess Characters
Rob Driscoll
3 Scriptive Letters from planning and design to creation
Stuart Davies
Professional face & body painting
Liz Bylett
MAX 20
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