ADJ fixtures light the sky over Limassol
Friday, 5 February 2021
cyprusUnited We Can was filmed on top of one of the tallest buildings in the city of Limassol
Cyprus - A virtual charity event recently took place on the island of Cyprus to help families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring local DJs and performers, United We Can was filmed on top of one of the tallest buildings in the city of Limassol. A lighting rig comprised exclusively of ADJ fixtures was used to not only illuminate the performers, but to fill the whole sky above the city.
Cyprus relies heavily on tourism to fuel its economy, which means that it has been seriously impacted by COVID-19, resulting in many families struggling to pay their bills and feed their children. In direct response to this situation, the United We Can fundraising livestream took place last Friday evening (29 January), which not only collected donations for those in need but also provided entertainment for a community under strict lockdown measures.
Broadcast by Cypriot radio station Choice FM, the two-hour virtual party was hosted by radio presenter Maria Christou-Pierides and featured local performers DJ Journal, Illeven and The Voice Greece contestant Charles Kay.
The venue for the video shoot was the rooftop of Cedar Oasis, a 16-floor tower located in the center of the city of Limassol. The DJ booth was setup at the edge of the viewing platform; this meant that the cityscape provided a special backdrop for the performances, which began just before dusk and continued well after the sun had set. A combination of drone shots and close-up cameras allowed the livestream to feel both intimate and epic, while the wide drone shots captured the beams from the ADJ moving heads which filled the sky and could be seen from a distance of more than five miles away.
Sound & Vision By DJ Nick, a company with a 30 year heritage in the city, provided lighting production for the video shoot. Owned and managed by the DJ Nick, the company has grown from providing mobile DJ services to now also supplying AV rental and production for events and concerts of all sizes. In addition, DJ Nick runs a small retail store in Limassol, which supplies other local DJs and also provides installation services for bars, hotels and nightclubs throughout the region. An official reseller for ADJ’s Cypriot distributor, SP Megasound, DJ Nick has grown to rely on ADJ lighting exclusively in both the retail and rental divisions of his business.
“For the past six years we have only bought ADJ lighting through Stelios and SP Megasound, for use on our own productions, for sale to our customers here in Limassol and for our rental stock,” states DJ Nick. “And in all that time we have had no problems with any of the equipment. In the past we used and sold many other brands, but we always had problems with faults and equipment failing on our productions or letting down our customers. Now, with ADJ, we only ever have positive feedback from our customers.”
A total of 38 ADJ lighting fixtures were utilised for the United We Can shoot, with lighting design and programming duties carried out by Dimitris Nicolau, who is a fulltime member of the Sound & Vision By DJ Nick team. Most prominent within the rig were Vizi Beam 5RX moving heads, with 12 units arranged along the semicircular perimeter of the roof and another four fixtures positioned in front of the DJ booth.
“The Vizi Beam 5RX is extremely powerful,” enthuses Dimitris. “Even with its 5-degree beam angle, which is pretty wide for a dedicated beam fixture, it creates a really nice bright output that will travel a long distance.2
In addition to the moving heads, five UB 9H linear LED fixtures were positioned in front of the DJ booth, arranged in a fan shape. Each loaded with nine 6-watt HEX (6-in-1 RGBWA+UV) LEDs, these generated color washes for close-up shots and added interest to the rooftop for drone footage shot directly downwards.
Further colour washing was provided by six 12PX HEX par fixtures, which each feature twelve 12-watt HEX LEDs. Dimitris positioned these units in between the fixtures in the semicircle of Vizi Beam 5RXs, pointing directly forwards. This not only created an ambient wash for the performance space but also projected swathes of colored light onto the surface of the roof itself, which further enhanced the drone footage captured from above.
Illumination of the performers themselves was covered by a pair of Encore FR150Z LED-powered Fresnels.
ADJ atmospheric fixtures were also used on the shoot with an Entourage faze machine generating a beam-enhancing atmosphere and a Entour Cyclone DMX fan ensuring it stayed in place.
The live stream proved to be a big success, not only raising much needed donations to help those in need, but also lifting the spirits of the community in Limassol and across Cyprus.

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