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Showforce crew the Henley on Thames Festival

Thursday, 21 July 2016

UK - Showforce, the event crewing specialist, was called upon by Henley Festival Ltd to help deliver their five-day black tie 'boutique cultural experience' at Henley-on-Thames this July.

The quintessentially British festival, set on the banks of the Thames, returned for its 34th outing, with a showcase spanning classical music, rock, pop, jazz, opera and folk. Headline acts Elton John, Elvis Costello and Will Young all graced Henley's floating stage.

Show-stopping visual art and dance, comedy from leading performers and the finest cuisine ensure that the music is not the only thing that makes Henley unforgettable to an audience of 30,000 people, the festival experience concluded with a firework spectacular.

Showforce supplied 16 crew and plant operators to unload, install and set-up infrastructure and equipment for the event. The team were onsite for eight days supporting the festival. Their tasks involved erecting pedestrian barriers to cordon off designated areas and protect the festival goers, installing metal trackway for pedestrian access, setting up steeldeck, laying out and arranging folding seats, as well as installing a variety of fencing including herras fencing and netting.

The crew were also on hand to assist PRG in unloading flight cases and installing the lighting and audio visual equipment for the floating stage and getting it ready for sets from headline acts Elton John and Will Young.

John Harris, production manager for Henley Festivals Ltd said, "The Showforce crew went above and beyond what was required. Throughout the build an

igus systems centre stage at PLASA 2016

igus systems centre stage at PLASA 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

UK - At this year's PLASA Show, igus will be demonstrating its innovative bearings, linear slides and cable management systems for the live entertainment technology industry. Returning to the heart of West London at Olympia the show, which runs from 18-20 September, is a significant date in the calendar for professionals working with pro audio, lighting, broadcast, AV, rigging and stage technologies.

On the igus stand (Stand C20) there will be two main demonstrations; the first is the drylin W curved rail system. These rails offer an innovative way of mounting sound and lighting rigs, or displays and control panels - anything that needs to be adjusted regularly. As the aluminium rails can be modified by precision bending, the profile of the curve can be tailored to customer requirements. The use of spherical tribopolymer bearings enables the guide rail system to be self-adjusting, adapting automatically to the radius of the rail making the system run smoothly and quietly. As with all drylin linear guides, these curved rails are self-lubricated and therefore maintenance free.

The second highlight will be the e-spool cable management system, which enables users to guide many different cables in narrow spaces and allows them to save space thanks to its small footprint. The innovative e-spool is easy to install and flexible, providing no-break connections in any direction for travels up to 14m. For example in theatres, e-spools are becoming the preferred technology for connecting between amplifiers and speakers, virtually eliminating the reliability and quality i

Showlight 2017 registration now open

Showlight 2017 registration now open

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Italy - Delegate registration for the tenth lighting quadrennial, Showlight 2017, is now open. The eagerly-awaited event takes place in Florence, Italy at the Palazzo dei Congressi from 20-23 May 2017 and welcomes Clay Paky as its main sponsor.

Tickets will sell out fast, so secure a place now by visiting the Showlight website. The 'register' link will direct you straight to Showlight's registration page on the Eventbrite website where you can choose your tickets. Delegates have a choice of two ticket options: Full Delegate or Papers Session Only Delegate.

Full Delegate ticket holders enjoy the whole event which, in addition to the Papers sessions, includes the Saturday evening reception, the Sunday evening company-sponsored dinners, Monday afternoon visits to places of cultural interest, and the main Showlight Gala Dinner.

Alternatively, Papers Session Only tickets give delegates access to attend just the Papers sessions on Sunday, Monday morning and Tuesday - with, of course, lunch, tea and coffee breaks. These tickets can be purchased for all three days of Showlight, or for any single day of the three. All tickets are available online, but Papers Sessions Only tickets can also be obtained from the Showlight registration desk on the day, subject to availability. "We hope this will be especially attractive to local visitors," says Showlight.

A Rich and Varied Programme of Papers

The Speaker Programme at Cesky Krumlov in 2013 was informative, entertaining and diverse, and included Papers from Durham Ma

PLASA Show's popular seminar programme expands

PLASA Show's popular seminar programme expands

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

UK - Another wave of thought-provoking seminar sessions have been launched in the run up to PLASA Show 2016 (18-20 September, London Olympia). The latest offering includes sessions focussed on 'Broadcast Meets Live Sound'; the Rio Olympics; 'Sadler's Wells: New Technology for the Stage'; and a production masterclass from the team behind the Eurovision Song Contest.

Innovation and collaboration is at the heart of the entertainment technology industry, and is therefore a hugely important element of the PLASA Show. 'Sadlers Wells: New Technology for the Stage', on Tuesday 20 September at 1pm, is a great example of this, highlighting significant improvements of the theatre's systems through technical innovation and collaboration. This session will be presented by Emma Wilson, Sadlers Wells' director of technical production and Christian Wallace, technical manager.

Wilson says: "Innovations in entertainment technologies have enabled us to make significant advances in our offering, we have some exciting projects and aspirations for future developments to share with the PLASA audience. London is the heart of the creative industry and PLASA 2016 is the perfect platform to showcase our collaborative projects to the designers and technical engineers."

Other highlights include sessions from Institute of Professional Sound's Chairman, Simon Bishop discussing 'Good Sound - What is it, and how can we get it right?' as well as 'Broadcast Meets Live Sound' - comparing the differing requirements for the two disciplines and offering solutions for the two audiences.


The MAdot2 provides a student solution

The MAdot2 provides a student solution

Friday, 8 July 2016

UK - Robert Arnall is just one year into a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts course at York College. He has already made his mark at college by being a member of the winning team at the 2015 Lighting the Locomotives Competition that took place at the National Railway Museum sponsored jointly by Ambersphere Solutions and Pulsar Lighting. The team's imaginative lighting of the steam locomotive that became famous in the film The Railway Children was programmed and controlled by a dot2 console from MA Lighting and provided to all the teams by Ambersphere Solutions.

Outside of his college obligations, Arnall has been busy building his own business along with his partner, Owen Price who is also at York College. "It was Owen who really got me into sound and lighting in the first place. We started out DJ-ing about four years ago but with very minimal equipment and certainly nothing of quality. Since then we have gradually been growing as a company doing bigger and higher profile events in our area and been able to invest in better equipment.

"When it came to investing in a console, the dot2 was the obvious choice for both of us. Neither of us had used an MA before but I had done all the programming at the NRM competition and really enjoyed the experience. However, everything was done under a very pressured time frame so I went down to Ambersphere for a training session with Thor André to really explore the functionality of the desk."

It proved a fruitful trip as Arnall decided to purchase a dot2 Core for his company R&O Sound & Lighting wh

LIA signs partnership with University of South Wales

LIA signs partnership with University of South Wales

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

UK - The University of South Wales (USW) and the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) have agreed a formal partnership, cementing a relationship which will see the development of a range of specialist lighting courses.

Steve Davies, LIA CEO, said: "We are delighted to have signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of South Wales. Our partnership is part of a drive by the LIA Academy to improve and co-ordinate training and development opportunities for lighting professionals throughout the UK."

Various courses will be delivered at the NEW LIA Academy facility in Telford. Students will additionally be given special access to the LIA Laboratory in Telford. This is the UK's largest independent ISO 17025 test laboratory dedicated to lighting and features industry-leading test equipment.

Stuart Green, course leader of Lighting and Design Technology at USW, said: "The LIA and USW are both leaders in the field of lighting design and technology. Our partnership provides us with new opportunities for collaboration in both teaching and learning, effectively creating an environment of improved knowledge that will benefit both organisations and the wider industry."

Steve Davies concluded: "We have spent a great deal of time working closely with the University of South Wales to agree course content. We've been impressed with the University's commitment to quality and due diligence and feel confident that we are meeting the needs (as expressed by our members) for robust qualifications to support the career development lighting professionals."

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PLASA 2016 AGM focuses on change and renewal

PLASA 2016 AGM focuses on change and renewal

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

UK - PLASA will host its 2016 AGM & Members Lunch on Tuesday 26 July at the magnificent Jacobean stately home, Hatfield House, just 20 minutes by train from London's King's Cross. All PLASA members are invited to attend and contribute to this key event for the Association, whilst enjoying the chance to network with fellow members.

At the meeting, the association's new managing director, Peter Heath, will be outlining his plans for the development of PLASA during this time of change and renewal. Peter commented: "I am looking forward to meeting many industry colleagues and friends at my first AGM in charge of PLASA. The AGM is our big opportunity to bring members together, to communicate our aim to grow PLASA and clearly explain the benefits this will bring to all."

PLASA members will be encouraged to ask questions and participate, and, perhaps most importantly, to come together as a community of partners that care about the future of the industry and PLASA's role in that future.

The AGM will be followed by an informal drinks reception on the terrace overlooking the gardens and then a three-course lunch in the Old Palace. PLASA has secured Roger Martin-Fagg, renowned economist and strategist, as its guest speaker. Roger will provide an insightful economic update and offer some practical strategies for members to use within their own businesses.

(Jim Evans)

Michael Northen Bursary Award winners 2016

Michael Northen Bursary Award winners 2016

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), has announced the winners of its prestigious Michael Northen Bursary Award, at an awards ceremony aligned with the recent recent ABTT trade show. The Michael Northen Bursary is awarded annually to students or recent graduates of lighting studies in the UK, who have demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting design. The award is bestowed in collaboration with the Mousetrap Foundation, alongside the generous support of sponsors Electronic Theatre Controls, and Stage Jobs Pro.

Committed to the ALD's vision to springboard shining new talent in the arena of live performance lighting design, these supporters have enabled the expansion of the bursary from one to three awards. The awards were judged by a panel comprised of ALD-member Lighting Designers and Industry professionals from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds.

Mark Jonathan, deputy chairman of the ALD, hosted the ceremony and lighting designer Prema Mehta awarded The Michael Northen Bursary to Rory Beaton (Guildhall) for his impressive award entry and detailed submission which was felt to demonstrate his professional and comprehensive approach alongside well executed decisions. Commenting on what set him apart, the judges stated, "...Rory's subtle, and clever use of colour really enhanced the mood and his approach to all his designs seemed entirely appropriate."

The Francis Reid Award was presented to finalist Sana Yamaguchi (Central School of Speech and Drama), while the ETC Award was received by Jai Morjaria (RADA). Sana impr

Stage|Set|Scenery expands its portfolio for 2017

Stage|Set|Scenery expands its portfolio for 2017

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

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PLASA 2016 Rigging Conference line-up announced

PLASA 2016 Rigging Conference line-up announced

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

UK - PLASA 2016 has announced the line-up for its ever popular Rigging Conference, which this year is supported by Unusual Rigging as Platinum sponsor. The conference is being curated for the seventh year running by Total Solutions' Chris Higgs, with a keynote presentation by Rocky Paulson, founder of Stage Rigging Inc.

Held on the first day of the PLASA Show (London Olympia, 18-20 September), this unique conference looks at the issues that are specific to rigging for the entertainment industry and regularly attracts over 150 practitioners, managers, engineers, safety professionals and policy makers from around the globe. "With 30% of its delegates attending from 20 different overseas countries, it has a truly international flavour," say organisers PLASA Events.

During Rocky's keynote presentation, he will talk about his career as a rigger and the influences from his early life that shaped it. "I feel very lucky indeed to have been invited to speak at this year's conference," he says. "I'm very much looking forward to being there, not least to renew old acquaintances and make new ones."

Pulling in some of the heavyweights of the industry, Chris Higgs has focused attention on this year's hot topics, securing sessions which include Chain of Command, a session exploring the employment relationships that exist in staging a show; news and updates from PLASA on the NELC, NRC and trainee rigger scheme; a report from Ron Bonner on the progress of making CWA 15902 into an EN; a look at the world of flying PA systems from Britannia Row Productions; and On

ABTT 2016 Annual Theatre Awards

ABTT 2016 Annual Theatre Awards

Monday, 27 June 2016

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians Theatre Awards 2016 took place on Wednesday evening (22 June), after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.

An experienced jury of working practitioners and industry peers considered entries for the ABTT Awards. Both previously submitted nominations and items brought to their attention on the day, which satisfied the entry criteria were reviewed.

Commenting on the event, ABTT CEO Robin Townley said, "The Awards ceremony, held in the Petrus Bertschinger Studio (PBS), was again a great opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to gather and celebrate good technology and excellent technical practice. It was also very good to be able to welcome the Association of Lighting Designers' for the presentation of their Bursaries.

"There was a great atmosphere in the PBS which clearly conveyed the congratulations of those gathered to all of those commended and the very deserving winners. It was a very fitting way to conclude the busy first day of the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace for the second time."

In front of exhibitors, guests and ABTT members, the coveted individually engraved hook-clamp trophies were presented by the ABTT's chairman Louise Jeffreys, the Barbican's Director of Arts, and were awarded as follows.

ABTT 2016 Sound Product of the Year

Clear-Com FreeSpeak II Wireless Comms Base Station, presented by Autograph

Judges' comments: This base station brings high quality, multichannel wireless communications to more users, in an easy to use package.

First PLASA Show 2016 seminars announced

First PLASA Show 2016 seminars announced

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

UK - Bringing a wide range of global experts together to share their insight and experience, the renowned programme of seminars will again be a feature of the 2016 PLASA Show, which takes place from 18-20 September at London's Olympia. The first tranche of seminar sessions has just been announced, featuring a diverse array of fascinating and thought-provoking subjects.

PLASA Show's first year at Olympia sees the show showcasing the latest technology in Olympia's National Hall and the Gallery floor above, with the two seminar theatres, product demos and interactive showcases also situated on the Gallery floor.

As always, every session at the PLASA 2016 Seminar Programme is free-to-attend, with subjects including audio, lighting, AV, staging and business skills being covered. The first 15 have been confirmed and include the return of LSI journalist Phil Ward's popular panel sessions. As always they include a variety of interesting new topics, including immersive sound technologies, managing perimeter sound and mixing on tablet computers.

"I've chosen this year's panel discussions based on a handful of topics that have really caught my eye as LSi magazine reports, month-in month-out, on the industry's activities," says Phil. "Some keep coming round every time, but there are always new voices to join the conversation. I'm sure that the panels will once again represent the most authoritative of these voices."

Zoe Milton from the Association of Sound Designers (ASD) is another returning presenter, with a session titled Pin The Mic On The Actor. This

d&b to debut V-Series point source loudspeakers at ABTT

d&b to debut V-Series point source loudspeakers at ABTT

Friday, 17 June 2016

UK - d&b GB is all set for this year's ABTT Theatre Show at London's Alexandra Palace, 22-23 June. The show will be an ABTT first for the celebrated V-Series point source loudspeakers.

Renowned for their remarkable sensitivity in the vocal range, the V10P will take centre stage in show's 'pop up' Studio Theatre (PBS). Accompanied by Y7s, V-SUBs, E6s and E8s all powered by the flagship D80, whilst the V7P will take pride of place on the d&b stand no. A54.

Live Performance Masterclasses will take place in the PBS, an opportunity for aspiring technicians to get practical insights into the everyday challenges facing production teams in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Education and Application Support team at d&b GB - always ready to go back to basics, or share their latest experiments - will be offering sessions on choosing the right loudspeakers and tuning a system using d&b ArrayCalc.

Meanwhile, the d&b DS10 Audio network bridge will also make its ABTT debut on the d&b stand. Released earlier this year, the DS10 is the first d&b device to be positioned before the amplifiers in the signal chain. Designed specifically with the d&b workflow in mind, each 1RU device can output up to sixteen Dante network channels via AES3 and features an integrated 5-port switch, offering redundant networks for the Dante protocol, as well as advanced networking modes.

Installation specific xS-Series will also feature on the stand and passive cardioid columns of the xC-Series. These loudspeakers will be joined by 10D and 30D installation amplifiers, specially tailored

ETC offers ColorSource training at ABTT

ETC offers ColorSource training at ABTT

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

UK - As a part of the company's 40th anniversary celebrations, ETC has something extra special in store for visitors to the ABTT Theatre Show at London's Alexandra Palace. For the first time in Europe, ETC will be hosting interactive training sessions with its new ColorSource consoles.

In tandem with the exhibition, ETC will be running a series of 70-minute training sessions in Suite 4 of Alexandra Palace's Palm Court. This is an opportunity to get an overview of the capabilities and benefits of the entire ColorSource range of products, followed by a more in-depth look at the current and forthcoming ColorSource consoles.

The sessions will include an interactive demonstration of ColorSource consoles; each attendee will have hands-on access to a desk, and can explore the main operational features. As an added bonus, participants will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a ColorSource console.

The sessions will take place on Wednesday 22June at 11.00, 12.30, 14.30 and 16.00, and on Thursday 23 June at 11.00, 12.30 and 14.30. They are free to attend but places are strictly limited so booking is essential. Reserve your space via

On stand B40 in the primary ABTT exhibition space, West Hall, ETC will be showing a selection of luminaires, consoles and rigging solutions.

Across the aisle, stand C40 will be dedicated to ColorSource, a recently introduced family of products designed to make ETC-quality light available to smaller venues and applications with limited budgets.



Doughty to show Modular Rigging range at ABTT

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

UK - Doughty Engineering is set to début three new pieces of kit at this year's ABTT show. The Doughty team will be on hand to demonstrate the company's new Super Lightweight Drop Arm and Projector Mount - both new additions to the award winning Modular Rigging System.

The Projector Mount offers full 360 degree rotation, tilts in two directions and is adjustable to fit most projectors. Meanwhile the Super Lightweight Drop Arm,with a safe working load (SWL) of 10kg,gives lighting designers the opportunity to hang smaller luminaires. With a 16mm spigot and a safety bond slot, the Super Lightweight Drop Arm fits 48-51mm diameter barrels and is adjustable from 75-400mm in length.

Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, said, "The Modular Rigging range will continue to grow as long as its users keep approaching us with their suggestions on how it could be improved. A show like ABTT is the perfect arena for our customers to tell us just how well our products are working for them and how they would like to see them developed.

"We designed the Modular Rigging System to offer lighting designers the opportunity to be more creative and versatile with their lighting designs. This has worked, but more than that, it's allowed designers to dream up even more interesting ways to use the system. We believe that our best products are those which have been designed with the users' wish lists in mind - and this has never been truer than of the Modular Rigging range."

Doughty is also set to début its new floor stand at this year's show. Manufactured in ste

The artistic process revealed at Vivid Sydney 16

The artistic process revealed at Vivid Sydney 16

Monday, 13 June 2016

Australia - During the Vivid Sydney 2016 festival, the famous Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in The Rocks has become a giant canvas for the energy of the creative process. Multimedia art collective, Danny Rose, teamed up with Western Sydney Artist, Huseyin Sami, to create an illusion of the MCA fa

Cashless technology at Romania's Electric Castle

Cashless technology at Romania's Electric Castle

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Romania - Leading live electronic music festival, Electric Castle, will provide 100,000 festival-goers with high tech RFID wristbands for fast and secure entry through the event gates and camping sites. The RFID wristbands will also be used as "digital wallets" for guests to make speedy purchases for all food, drink and merchandise on-site, making for a pain-free and seamless experience.

This year's Electric Castle is a fully cashless festival, delivering benefits to guests including significantly reduced queue times, increased convenience and enhanced security. Electric Castle takes place from 14-17 July in the grounds of B

DPA Microphones and Sony to feature at ABTT 2016

DPA Microphones and Sony to feature at ABTT 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

UK - Newly appointed Sony Pro Audio distributor and long-time distributor partner for DPA Microphones, Sound Network is set to exhibit at the ABTT Theatre Show 2016 at Alexandra Palace, 22-23 June.

Sound Network will be showing all of the latest DPA Microphones and explaining how they are best used in the theatre and live performance arena: d:screet Miniature Mics and d:fine Headset Mics for bodyworn applications, d:dicate Recording and d:vote Live Mics for instrument miking.

Adding to DPA Microphones' long-standing close relationship with the Theatre Industry (mainly due to their exemplary d:screet range of miniature microphones), Sound Network hope to bring Sony's brand new DWX-N digital wireless systems to the fore, with quality and specifications that are widely heralded as the best on the market.

DPA's d:screet Miniature, d:fine Headset and d:vote Instrument mics are all compatible with Sony's Wireless transmitters using a simple adapter. The Sony DWX-N Digital Wireless transmitters feature ultra-low latency and smart control software that allows easy, sequential allocation of multiple channels over a narrower bandwidth. You will also be able to get hands-on with Sony's UWP-D Digital-over-Analogue modulation wireless systems as well as their range of professional headphones, portable recorders and microphones.

Both Adam Pierce and Sam Simon-Norris will be available for demos and meetings for the duration of the ABTT show.

(Jim Evans)

PLASA 2016 Kick-Starts the run-up to September

PLASA 2016 Kick-Starts the run-up to September

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

UK - The PLASA Show (18-20 September) has begun its run-up to the 2016 event with the opening of online visitor registration and the announcement that this year's highly valued PLASA Awards for Innovation is now open for nominations. This year the PLASA Show will make the highly popular move back to the heart of West London, in its former September timeline, and reintroducing the show party, which will take place at a venue on King's Road on the Monday night. Full details of PLASA 2016's industry-leading Seminar Programme will be launched soon hosting topics from world-class designers, production teams and consultants involved with some of the world's best known venues, prolific tours and major global entertainment and sporting events taking place this year.

The Rigging Conference will run alongside the PLASA Show on Monday 19th September. With the opening key-note from well-known rigger and founder of Stage Rigging Inc. - Rocky Paulson - the one-day programme will also feature sessions looking at the chain of responsibilities involved in staging a production and an in-depth look into the complex discipline of performer flying. The full programme and delegate registration will be available shortly.

The PLASA Awards for Innovation will again attract visitors to the Innovation Gallery. Any products - whether lighting, sound, video, staging, effects, software or any associated product area - which meet the criteria for Innovation, can be entered into the Awards. However, product can only be entered by an exhibitor at PLASA 2016, or by a member company of the PLA


OCA demonstrates power of AES70 at InfoComm

Monday, 6 June 2016

USA - The Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance is exhibiting in the US for the first time since ratification of OCA by the Audio Engineering Society as the AES70 standard, at InfoComm 2016.

The OCA Alliance will be demonstrating the latest technology developments on booth #C11246. The live AES70 demonstration will include products from Bosch Communications, d&b audiotechnik GmbH, Focusrite and Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG, as well as new technologies available from the OCA Alliance. Included will be software tools and hardware reference designs from OCA Alliance member companies.

The alliance also welcomes new member DeusO GmbH. Specializing in GUI and web-based interfaces for professional systems, DeusO GmbH has created interfaces for some of the AV industry's most prestigious brands. Most recently, DeusO has created OCA.js, a pure JavaScript implementation of an OCA controller library, currently available on GitHub.

A further significant addition to this year's OCA Alliance InfoComm demonstration is the inclusion of products from Beckhoff Automation. Beckhoff, a market leader in the automation and building sector, introduced its first OCA (AES70) implementation at ISE earlier this year, a move which attracted considerable interest during the show.

Michel Matuschke, market manager stage and show technology at Beckhoff, states, "The OCA implementation went very smoothly. We like the high technical quality of the standard and the ease of implementation. Our modular system is now even more flexible as a result and also allows remote control and

Registration open for Theatres Trust Conference 16: Protecting Theatres

Registration open for Theatres Trust Conference 16: Protecting Theatres

Friday, 3 June 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust has announced that booking is now open for its tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres (21 June 2016, New London Theatre), a leading event in the Trust's 40th anniversary year.

In this milestone year in the history of the Trust, the conference will examine the state of our nation's theatres and discuss their future. The event will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

The Trust will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask: What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so? How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change? What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have? How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Interested parties are welcome to attend the conference to discuss these topics and more with top theatre producers, designers and architects at Protecting Theatres on 21 June at the New London Theatre.



Ambersphere offers free dot2 training at ABTT

Friday, 3 June 2016

UK - Following the success of the MA Lighting dot2 console training sessions at PLASA Focus in both Glasgow and Leeds, Ambersphere Solutions are once again offering free places for visitors to ABTT at Alexandra Palace on both days of the show.

All the sessions run for 90 minutes and are designed to provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the features of the MA Lighting dot2 console. After a short introductory seminar that covers all the basic operational features of the desk, delegates will have the opportunity to explore the features of the console that are relevant to their particular needs with expert advice and guidance on hand.

The sessions are designed and delivered by Thor Andre' and Sam Parsons from Ambersphere Solutions. "After the success of our last two PLASA Focus Training sessions, we are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to our friends attending ABTT," comments Parsons. "I am currently working on ways to be able to deliver additional training during the 90minutes - Prepare to have you minds blown.

'More excitingly, MA Lighting have continued in their development of this product by releasing yet another software version full of additional improvement based on your feedback. My personal favourite new feature is the work in the Fixture Sheets; as well as helpful predefined view we now have the ability to create our own Layout View which makes operating and programming in every environment effortless."

"Many theatres are now diversifying and expanding their portfolio of performances," adds Andre'. "The dot2 is equally

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 shakes up judging panel

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 shakes up judging panel

Thursday, 2 June 2016

UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, announces it has added new members to the judging panels of two of the awards categories.

Well-respected and industry-renowned Coral Cooper is now chairperson of its Concert Touring and Events category, with three new judges joining the panel.

Cooper has had an impressive career in lighting design, international touring and lighting console demonstration and was winner of the KOI Lifetime Recognition Award in 2010. Well known throughout Europe, she has spent the last 18 years as an official Philips Vari-Lite product instructor.

"I am absolutely delighted to be chairing this category," says Cooper. "Since winning the Lifetime Recognition Award KOI has meant a great deal to me, so it's incredibly exciting to be involved at this level."

For the 2016 edition, Cooper has taken over from longstanding chairperson Sarah Rushton-Read in coordinating the activities of the Concert Touring and Events judges. Rushton-Read, who is creative director of content creation, communication and events agency The Fifth Estate Ltd, has stepped down after eight years in the role in order to focus on delivering the Awards' press, PR and marketing campaigns and producing and managing the event itself.

Formally-trained lighting designer and experienced video content creator Miguel Ribeiro, deputy editor of Lighting&Sound International (LSi) maga


L-Acoustics launches ultra-compact line array

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

France - L-Acoustics has announced the launch of the Kiva II, a new ultra-compact modular line source, adding 6dB of max SPL versus its predecessor, maximized amplifier density with 16 ohm impedance and a new rugged enclosure material

Despite its ultra-compact format, the Kiva II features the L-Acoustics Wavefront Sculpture Technology (WST), giving it a long throw capability and allowing even SPL from the front to the back of the audience. Its coplanar transducer arrangement and new K-shaped coplanar transducer configuration generates a symmetric horizontal coverage of 100° without secondary lobes over the entire frequency range.

The Kiva II will be on display during Infocomm16 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre at L-Acoustics booth number C12116 from 8-10 June, 2016.

"This new Kiva II keeps the elegance of its predecessor but that's where the comparison ends," explains Cédric Montrezor, director of application, installation at L-Acoustics. "Delivering an extra 6db, the new model offers an impressive peak SPL of 137db. With only a '1.5db' price increase, kiva ii is now the SPL-to-size ratio benchmark in its format category.

"Beside the whopping SPL, we also bring reinforced weather resistance, a rigging visual safety check, and new rigging accessories to expand the range of applications."

(Jim Evans)


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