Esprites debut at innovation awards show
Monday, 9 March 2020
robe-fnb-innovators-awards-101848The 2019 FNB Innovators Awards were staged in the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand
South Africa - Lighting designer Marius Coetzee was asked by Johannesburg -based technical production company AV and Beyond to create a vibrant visual ambience for the 2019 FNB (First National Bank) Innovators Awards, staged in Hall 5 of the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.
Over 100 Robe moving lights helped him produce spectacular lighting including AV and Beyond’s new Esprite LED Profiles, the first in South Africa, which arrived on site just in time to be added to the rig.
The event recognises and celebrates the efforts, contributions and ideas of the innovators within the company. All recipients work for FNB Bank and received awards based on multiple elements, including flair, imagination and ability to think creatively and out-of-the-box in formulating solutions and instigating good working practices.
With the focus on ‘innovation’, it was a highly appropriate first event for the Esprites in South Africa, to the delight of Marius together with AV and Beyond’s owner/directors Warren Freidin and Katlego Pitse.
AV and Beyond designed and built the slick, stylish set to the client’s brief. It featured a central (in-the-round) presentation stage and four individually themed satellite stages, one in each corner of the room, each with their own distinctive set and screen elements.
The lighting challenge was ensuring that all parts of the large room and all the different performance and presentation areas were covered with general light as well as with their own specials that distinguished and set them apart.
Also on the FNB Innovator’s Awards were Robe BMFL Spots, MMX Spots, LEDBeam 150s, miniPointes, LEDWash 800s and ColorSpot 700s, all making up the 100 plus Robe count which was added to another 350 other assorted fixtures making a total of around 450 lights.
AV and Beyond also supplied an L-Acoustics KARA sound system as well as all the event video - screens, cameras and playback. Marius programmed the show himself using a grandMA3 console.
(Jim Evans)

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