Capital of Culture opens with GLP
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
plovdivThe spectacular light design was conceived by Björn Hermann
Bulgaria - On 12 January, the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv began its year as one of the two European Capitals of Culture for 2019. The opening ceremony was again under the artistic direction of Sven Sören Beyer of phase7 performing arts. For the third time, the Berlin artist collective took over the artistic design of the opening ceremony of a European Capital of Culture, and the opening show titled We Are All Colors attracted over 50,000 viewers.
The central element of the show was a 30m-high media tower in the form of a regular octagon, which had been designed and built specifically for the event. Running in a north-south direction, a 100m catwalk linked to the tower. The 360-degree light show spanned across all five levels of the entire tower, 1,500 show participants performed on five levels. The spectacular performance combined traditional Bulgarian show acts with futuristic performances as well as state-of-the-art media technology and a dramatic light design conceived by Björn Hermann.
After using GLP’s modular KNV LED system for the first time at the christening of the AIDAnova cruise ship in the summer of last year, Björn Hermann immediately realised that this solution could be deployed at this follow-up assignment in Plovdiv: "The tremendous brightness and special effects that can be realised with the KNV make the system unique, and without alternative. At the christening of AIDAnova, I knew immediately that we needed the KNV in Plovdiv as well.”
As in the previous year, Oliver Schwendke and Michael Feldmann from GLP also supported phase7 performing.arts during the preliminary discussions for the KNV deployment in Plovdiv.
Consequently, in Plovdiv 100 GLP KNV Cubes were specified and installed in the scenic tower. Thanks to their IP54 rating, the use of the fixtures outdoors was no problem either. The tower contained numerous LED screens, with five-metre gaps between each. The KNV Cube not only bridged the gaps, but also allowed phase7 to run content via pixel mapping, and flash lighting cues ten times brighter than the adjacent LED walls.
"The KNV Cubes are simply made for this project," enthuses Björn Hermann. "When I let the modules light up in white, half of the city was brightly lit! It was a real gigantic look!"
The project team consisted of Sven Sören Beyer (director), Björn Hermann (lighting designer), Steffen Fuchs (technical director), Christian Steinhäuser and Maximilian Trieder (musical direction and arrangement), Frieder Weiss (interactive software art) and Hajo Rehm and Daniel Bandke (video design).
(Jim Evans)

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