The Netherlands - Full service rental company HVR Show Equipment has expanded its rental stock with 66 CLF Aorun beam fixtures as it prepares for the upcoming festival season.
Dennis Sommerdijk, co-owner of HVR Show Equipment comments: “Especially for festivals and dance events we were looking for a large quantity of powerful beams. In addition, we received a lot of requests for the Aorun specifically. They are mentioned in a lot of riders and designs in the nearby future.
“Based on a number of productions in the past year, we know that the Aorun excels in light output. Furthermore, the movement and effect speed is outstanding. Our entire team was therefore quickly convinced; we had to get the Aorun.”
After delivery, all Aoruns were deployed immediately in the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome for the Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo anniversary show.
HVR Show Equipment was founded in 1999 and has 20 employees. Besides the Aorun, its rental inventory also holds a significant amount of CLF Yara and Ares fixtures.
Poland/UK - LED display manufacturer Unilumin has announced a new stock centre relationship with Poland’s Visualsupport to service the Eastern Europe AV market. Kraków-based Visualsupport will now hold increased Unilumin stock, supplying equipment and support for corporate events, festivals, exhibitions and concerts.
The Eastern Europe stock centre operator Visualsupport boasts an experienced team of producers and multimedia technicians and supplies a range of leading technology solutions. With the agreement, Visualsupport now stocks over 500m² of the Unilumin UpdadIII 2.6 LED panel, which benefits from a modular design and quick assembly.
"The Unilumin Upad III P2.6 is well designed and very reliable product that Visualsupport has been using for over three years for a range of projects,” comments Michał Płocienniak, CEO of Visualsupport. “We are delighted to work closely with Unilumin as its Eastern Europe stock centre operator. Alongside Unilumin, Visualsupport can now provide access to local stock, quality service and quick delivery to customers in Eastern Europe.”
Located in Kraków, Visualsupport is now able to supply large quantities of Unilumin stock for projects in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and beyond. This local availability dramatically reduces shipping time, as previously equipment was shipped directly from Unilumin’s base in China.
“The formal recognition of Visualsupport as Unilumin’s new stock centre in Poland reaffirms our commitment to the Eastern European AV market,” comments Steve
UK - Yamaha Commercial Audio and London’s SW19 Studios are joining forces in mid-March to host a two-day Welcome to the World of Rivage event. Taking place on 7-8 March at SW19 Studios in Wimbledon, it comprises a free series of technical training seminars which offer professional and aspiring sound engineers an opportunity to get up close and personal with Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 and PM10 digital mixing systems.
Day 1 will focus on showcasing Rivage PM7 as the solution for reliable sound for live venue and festival engineers, sculpting audio for today’s touring bands. Yamaha product specialists and SW19 staff will be on hand to deliver an overview of the system, highlighting key features and demonstrating its applications in a rehearsal environment.
Day 2 offers opportunities for those with some experience of Rivage and/or those who want to delve deep into the system. Through a series of bookable one-on-one sessions, guests can book to spend time with a Yamaha Product specialist and a Rivage system. Content will be customised to the needs of the guest - everything from converting an existing show file through to specifying and setting up a complex system for an upcoming tour.
Participation in this event is free, but registration, which can be made here, is required.
UK - Midas Consoles has agreed a sponsorship deal to provide mixing desks to Backstage Academy.
The equipment, understood to be a pair of M32 consoles and DL32 stage boxes, will be used for training purposes at the Wakefield-based college, which introduced a live engineering pathway to its Live Events Production BA (Hons) degree course last September.
Miles Marsden, Backstage Academy’s industry partnerships director, comments: “Everyone knows that Midas produces state-of-the-art mixing desks in the analogue world, setting standards on major tours worldwide throughout the 1990s. They have extended this product format into the digital world, with the M32 console. We are delighted they have loaned us a pair of these desks and DL32 I/O boxes for our students to learn on.”
Joel Perry, artist relations for Midas, has known Marsden for 20 years. “We are pleased to be supporting Backstage Academy and look forward to utilising the space at the Academy and Production Park for training in the future,” says Perry. “Having access to these excellent facilities is a real bonus as we help to inspire the next generation of mix engineers. It’s a win-win situation.”
The Netherlands - ELC Lighting has appointed ZAP Audio as the exclusive representative for the Green-GO digital intercom system in Switzerland.
Headquartered in Geneva, with a second branch at Winterthur, ZAP Audio has a 25-year history as one of Switzerland’s best-known providers of pro audio equipment and solutions. The company also has brands including Nexo, Luminex, Auvitran, Yamaha and Shure in its sales portfolio.
ZAP Audio director Frédéric Walder comments: “Green-GO is an innovative intercom system that goes beyond traditional production intercoms. Based on standard Ethernet technology, it can be integrated almost anywhere; it brings great flexibility for production companies, without the limitations of standard partyline intercoms. It is a true Network.”
He adds: “We are very happy and proud to act as official distributor for Green-GO in Switzerland, as we develop and sell more and more network-oriented products and systems. It is indeed an innovative product, supported by a very professional manufacturer.”
Green-GO’s Silvio Cibien adds: “We are delighted to add our friends at ZAP Audio to our expanding sales network. Over many years, the company has developed a strong reputation in Switzerland and we are confident that they will be able to bring the advantages of Green-GO technology to professional customers in all the markets they serve.”
Green-GO will exhibit at the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt in April.
China - OutBoard has appointed L-Supply Ltd as its new TiMax distributor for Hong Kong and China.
Following the appointment, L-Supply has procured a 64-channel version of the new FPGA TiMax SoundHub spatial audio matrix for demo and support purposes. The team is headed up by directors Ching Lui and Omega Lam, both veterans of the pro-audio industry with a wide range of premium specifier, integrator and operator contacts plus considerable experience in the professional live performance and AV installation marketplaces.
Ching Lui comments: "We are very pleased to be working with TiMax. As the most advanced and intuitive spatialisation and audio showcontrol automation system it cannot really be compared to anything else. At L-Supply, we understand TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker, and how it will bring the best sound arrangements for our customers across Hong Kong and China. This is a very exciting time for us and our customers."
OutBoard director Dave Haydon comments: "We’re very fortunate to have an energetic new company such as L-Supply join the growing global TiMax distribution network, and look forward to working with them to increase our already significant market penetration in the Hong Kong and PRC territories."
Columbia - Persival Producciones is a rental and production company supplying sound, lighting, video, staging, rigging and backline, based in Medellin, the second city of Colombia.
Like many Colombian rental companies, they started primarily as an audio supplier, and a few years later realized that to keep competitive, they needed to invest in lighting and video to offer full production packages to their busy client base.
Persival is owned and run by Mauricio Agudelo. He explained that the lighting side of the business was steady but slower to take off than the audio side, until they purchased their first Robe Pointes in 2016.
The first Pointes appeared in Colombia in 2014 when Andres Chamorro and his company Chamorro Iluminacion bought a quantity for a Juanes tour for which Persival did the audio and staging.
They already had a competitor beam light onboard at the time, but they were super-impressed with what the small and truly multifunctional Pointes could do. Then it was a simple case of “we had to have them”.
He consulted with Guillermo Traverso, Robe’s regional sales manager for Latin America who helped facilitate AVCom’s first sale of Pointes to Persival which arrived in two batches, 32 initially which were rapidly followed by another 16, making 48 in total which offered a lot of scope for their shows.
Following this, they bought Spiider wash beams and then BMFLs; their most recent purchase was 24 x BMFL WashBeams earlier this year and they are looking at adding another 12.
“Around the time we purchased the
South Africa - It’s all about the training for the South African State Theatre in Pretoria.
Having invested in a DiGiCo SD12 at the end of last year, technicians from the theatre received a practical training course presented by DWR Distribution’s Kyle Robson in January. This was followed by dot2 training and a theatre lighting workshop.
The DiGiCo SD12 is currently being used in the 1,300-seat opera theatre, the largest venue at the State Theatre. The console has already been set to work for the 11th annual Mzansi Fela Community Arts Festival starring artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Dr Tumi, Ringo Madlingozi, Kwesta, Sjava, and Lebo Sekgobela.
“We initially decided on the SD12 as we wanted a mixer that could handle large productions without having to compromise on channels and Aux/Group busses,” explains Tshiamo Mokgadi, an audio technician at the State Theatre. “We hosted a production called Freedom the musical, using over 70 lines. It was a bit of a challenge at the beginning because of the old console we were using - channels had to be cut and so on. After getting the DiGiCo we managed to pull off the show without having to cut anything.”
One of the main features to catch Tshiamo’s eye was SD12’s two screens. “This allows for a much quicker access to mixer parameters and the ability to either dedicate the sides to different functions, have the right-hand screen to master functions or even have two operators at the console,” he explains. “Being able to have any channel strip on any fader layer and full channel
Germany - LED display manufacturer Absen has appointed Kern & Stelly Medientechnik as its official distributor for Germany and Austria. The agreement was announced at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam.
Kern & Stelly, part of the Midwich Group, is a large AV solutions distributor based in Hamburg. Leon Ye, regional director DACH at Absen, comments: "With Kern & Stelly, we have found a dynamic partner with whom we share a common strategic alignment in the LED market. Together with the team of experts from Kern & Stelly, we can provide individual advice and personal support for the specialist trade partners. We are looking forward to the cooperation."
As well as signalling the next step in Absen’s European expansion, the partnership is also in line with Kern & Stelly’s ambitions to diversify its own product range to include flexible LED walls and a greater range of LED solutions.
Lutz Kern, managing director of Kern & Stelly Medientechnik adds: "At Kern & Stelly, we have paid close attention to the rise of LED technology, particularly for indoor applications such as corporate reception areas, digital signage and conference rooms. That is why we are pleased to be able to complement our existing LED product portfolio with the award-winning LED solutions from Absen."
USA - Behind the Scenes reports that Gray Matter Visual has become a Pledge-a-Service Partner by pledging to donate a percentage of their design fees to the charity. Gray Matter Visual is a lighting and production design firm working on corporate and special events, concerts, television, benefits, and more. Founded in 2010 by Brendan Gray and based in Brooklyn, New York, GMV works with clients all over the US and beyond to realise their visions.
Brendan Gray, principal designer and president, states: “I became aware of the Pledge-a-Service programme through fellow designer (and friend) Herrick Goldman's involvement. Joining sounded like a great idea, but one that sat on the back burner for a while. The recent sudden loss of a friend and colleague prompted me to take action. I hope that other designers and business owners will follow suit and support this worthy cause."
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Gray Matter Visual as a Pledge-a-Service Partner. It is so important to us to have the design community involved in our efforts. Designers, by the very nature of their work, come into contact with so many industry members that they can be enormously helpful in spreading the word that help is available to those in need. We thank Brendan and his team for their wonderful commitment.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
USA - For a third year running, TAIT has been included in Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Live Event for 2019. The list honours businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture.
“Receiving this recognition again is a great reminder of just how important teamwork really is and how influential innovation is in creating extraordinary experiences,” says Adam Davis, CCO at TAIT.
“Live events create shared experiences that are community building and binding. Some are in-person communities others are digital communities. Because the ability to experience a live event has multiplied in form, it is essential that we continue to challenge ourselves, our clients and the industry, to be even more innovative when creating. This is an exciting time, we are at the advent of revolutionizing the live event experience,” shares Mia Tinari, global head of marketing + communications at TAIT.
In the past 18 months, TAIT has worked on a broad range of events including King Kong on Broadway, the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, and Drake’s Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour which was documented in a now-viral, behind-the-scenes video produced by Insider.
UK - Industry charity Backup has revealed a busy fundraising schedule for 2019.
First in a line-up of events is the inaugural Bikefest, kicking off on 18 May with a day of two-wheeled action and fun for all levels of riders.
There will be a 100km ride through the Sussex and Surrey countryside, which will take in much of the famed Olympic and Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 route, including Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey, and the famous Box Hill Zig Zag.
“Whether you’re riding as an individual, with friends or as a company Peloton, this will be a great day out to sport your finest padded shorts, have an excuse to shave those legs and pack as many bananas in your cycling top as possible,” says Backup.
The event will also feature a 50km route across the Surrey countryside, past a number of isotonic watering holes en route to allow riders to ‘recharge’ their batteries.
“Either way, you’ll be bacon sandwiched up before you set off and then given your route. Upon your triumphant return, food, drinks, prizes and prestige await you all,” says Backup.
Kartfest is back for a fifth year on Thursday, 4 July, with an Independence Day theme. Organisers expect the event to sell out quickly and promise participants should expect “all the normal fun, thrills, spills and shenanigans, as well as downright blatant team ringers and financial incentives”. Headline sponsor Chauvet Professional has signed up for a second year running.
Comfest is also returni
UK - In anticipation of a busy 2019 order book, Triple E has recently completed a move into larger premises, which has also included a complete restructure of the warehouse to improve efficiencies and production work flow.
Triple E had outgrown its previous warehouse, having been there for the past 16 years, and the company has now settled into a larger facility which has doubled the square footage of their office, factory and workshop. The expansion has also provided for improved training facilities for distributors, installers and specifiers who visit Triple E, as well as dedicated meeting room spaces and improved office facilities.
The increased footprint has enabled a more streamlined factory and warehouse layout with additional yard and storage facilities and a larger demonstration area for clients to see the products first hand in the factory setting.
The transition to a larger unit on the same industrial estate has also enabled the team to assimilate Thorley Engineering seamlessly into the work flow. The 2018 acquisition of Thorley Engineering - a supplier to Triple E for over 25 years - made clear business sense. “I’m delighted that we have been able to ensure continuity of supply by incorporating Thorley Engineering into the Triple E family” explains David Edelstein, managing director, Triple E. “Dave Thorley and his highly skilled engineering team bring a wealth of experience and a long-standing appreciation of the Triple E brand. It made perfect sense to bring them into the company to facilitate a seamless and speedier product
UK - Free registration is now open for PLASA Focus Leeds, PLASA has reported.
The sold-out event, taking place at Leeds' Royal Armouries Museum on 14-15 May, will feature 120 exhibitors and is ideal for professionals working across live events, concert touring, production, performing arts and installation.
Present will be lighting companies including Elation, Robe and Philips Entertainment Lighting; pro audio firms including d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Shure; and rigging, staging and production specialists including Area Four Industries, Gerriets, Hawthorn and J&C Joel. The trade show will also welcome several new exhibitors, including loudspeaker manufacturer Wharfdale Pro Audio and US sound masking company, Cambridge Sound Management.
In addition, a free programme of seminars, panel discussions and workshops will feature insights from experts involved in some the most exciting projects over the past year as well as essential technical guidance.
Sophie Atkinson, head of events at PLASA, comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be one of the most anticipated events in the calendar. It’s the perfect place for people to get together, share knowledge and find out about the latest technology.
“Our team is currently building an exciting programme of seminars and workshops, celebrating some of the most exciting projects from across the industry - we look forward to announcing the line-up
Europe - Belgian AV solutions provider AED Display has recently announced its decision to invest in AV Stumpfl's new Pixera media server software and hardware.
With a total of six full-spec Pixera two media servers, six Pixera one servers and 10 Pixera mini player units ordered at this year's ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, AED Display will soon be able to allow its customers to choose from more than 45 AV Stumpfl media server systems, making the company the world's largest provider of AV Stumpfl media servers.
AV Stumpfl CEO, Fabian Stumpfl, comments: "As a long term partner, AED was one of the first companies to understand the potential of our new next-generation media server system Pixera. We are very happy that AED customers will soon be able to discover the world of Pixera for themselves. The Pixera roadmap for the near future is very exciting and we are looking forward to further develop the possibilities of this ground-breaking soft- and hardware solution together with trusted partners like AED."
Both companies officially announced the product order at this year's Integrated Systems Europe trade fair in Amsterdam.
AED Display managing director Thierry Heldenbergh explains the reasons behind the latest investment: "At AED group we don't just follow trends, we actively research and identify the most promising technologies out there and move fast to make them available to our customers. We always strive to build industry standards in close partnership with manufacturers, like we did with the RAW Servers. PIXERA represents the next stage in the ev
UK - With less than two weeks until ISCEx 2019, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers has announced a number of new exhibitors, including Shure UK, Sennheiser, Sound Network, Ambient System and Source Distribution, have signed up to the event alongside the 31 manufacturers and distributors who had already confirmed their presence. This means this will be the event with the highest number of exhibitors yet, says ISCE.
Taking place on Wednesday, 6 Marchat Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire, ISCEx 2019 provides networking and learning opportunities. Leading audio manufacturers and distributors are on hand in the exhibition zone, whilst a programme of informative seminars is held in separate conference rooms throughout the day.
ISCEx 2019 is open to members and non-members of the ISCE. Entry is completely free of charge and promises to be an opportunity to get together with industry colleagues in an informal, relaxed environment to discuss market opportunities, technology developments and projects.
Registration for ISCEx 2019 is available online at https://www.isce.org.uk/iscex-event/iscex-2019/
UK - Fareham-based Liteup Events has recently added a substantial investment to its Robe inventory by investing in MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s and RoboSpot systems, all delivered by Robe UK.
The company was founded in 2006 and is headed and run by Marc Callaghan and Kris Box who met whilst studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. It was initially started to support Marc and Kris’s freelance lighting and visual design careers but they have since focused to growing the company and specialising in the supply of creative production equipment and designs.
Gordon Torrington, well known and respected to anyone in the world of international lighting production and concert touring, has recently joined the team as senior account handler.
The recent Robe order comprised 26 x MegaPointes and 26 x Spiiders, 28 x LEDBeam 150s and four RoboSpot systems, complete with MotionCameras.
These join the existing Liteup Robe luminaires - Pointes, BMFL Wash Beams, LEDBeam 100s and 600E Spots plus other lights and a fully equipped rigging department.
Recently, the new Robe kit was used on Spotify’s Who We Be live - their hip hop, grime and R&B playlist event staged at London’s Alexandra Palace venue.
Liteup was contacted by Spotify Live’s production director Samuel Rogers to supply all lighting, rigging and video services. Gordon and Marc asked Matthew Pitman of Bryte Design onboard as show and visuals designer.
Matt used MegaPointes and Spiiders as the backbone of the rig, as “they offered the large
UK - Audio-Technica, the UK distributor for Apart Audio, has announced a series of UK dates as part of its Apart Innovation Tour roadshow.
The Apart Innovation Tour comes to England and Scotland in March, and Northern Ireland and Eire in June. The seminars are aimed at pro-audio resellers, consultants, designers and integrators and will showcase new Apart Audio products including the Mask and Kubo series speakers and Prezone preamp/mixers. Also covered in the sessions will be a look at using EASE (Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers) software in designing and creating fixed installation audio solutions for clients.
Each of the free-to-attend Apart Innovation Tour sessions run between 10am and 2pm and include drinks and refreshments. Places are limited so booking is essential - registration for the UK tour dates is available at audio-technica-ltd.eventbrite.co.uk.
Locations and dates for the Apart Innovation Tour are:
11 March – London
12 March – Birmingham
13 March – Leeds
14 March – Glasgow
12 June – Belfast
13 June – Dublin
UK - White Light has recently held a series of open days across the UK to showcase and demo its latest technology.
The company’s Audio KnoWLedge Day was held last month at WL’s Studio15. Working alongside some of the biggest audio manufacturers including Shure, Riedel, DPA Microphones, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, K-array and Astro Spatial Audio, WL hosted a day in which students could get hands-on with the latest audio technology, take part in Q&A forums as well as have one-on-one sessions with industry professionals.
The day was organised by WL’s head of audio Lee Dennison who comments: “With the KnoWLedge Day, we wanted to offer students something which would prove invaluable yet which they wouldn’t receive anywhere else. It’s not often they get the opportunity to speak to industry leaders about their products so this was their own ‘audio trade show’ where they were given time to ask those important questions and have quality hands on tuition they wouldn’t normally be afforded.
“The feedback we received was fantastic and it’s great to work with such highly regarded manufacturers and make their products so accessible”. WL also used the day to allow students to register for their crewing database for when they graduate.
WL also supported the New Technology Showcase, taking place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and held in conjunction with the ALD. The showcase was aimed at lighting designers and technicians to explore and compare the latest lighting technologies on the market. Over 60 students attended
Italy - Audio solutions manufacturer Outline has appointed Audio Effetti as the exclusive distributor of its products in Italy. With 20 years’ experience, Genoa-based Audio Effetti is a leading distributor of professional equipment dedicated to the theatre audio, video and lighting sectors, as well as accessories, lasers and special effects in general, also providing consultancy for the design of professional and special systems and after-sales assistance, with the aim of combining important creative and implementation experience built up in the entertainment and live event fields.
Audio Effetti MD Marco Medica comments: "We’re particularly proud of having acquired the distribution of this historic Italian brand, which continues to make Italian-made products a rightful source of pride. As well as the well-known loudspeaker and line array systems, for which Outline is respected at international level, we were impressed by the Newton device, following an in-depth demo at the company’s Brescia headquarters."
Outline CEO Giorgio Biffi adds: "Outline has enormous potential in countless markets, all we need are excellent distributors to help us to put it to use. We are very pleased to begin this collaboration with Audio Effetti, a company with well-proven experience in the distribution sector, and well organized in terms of infrastructure and managerial ability. There are all the necessary ingredients to ensure our brand’s widespread diffusion in an area that is as strategic for us as Italy."
UK - German broadcast manufacturer Lawo has opened a subsidiary in the UK.
Pre-sales and systems engineer Kadhim Boyd, solution architect James Walker and sales managers Olivier Hough and Devin Workman will form the core of the UK team.
“Lawo is investing heavily in the UK as part of a drive to keep up with increasing activity and opportunity in the area of IP processing and distribution, and management of IP-based media workflows,” explains Craig Newbury, director of sales and operations, UK & Ireland, who is heading the new team.
With his roots in IT development engineering, engineer Kadhim Boyd has extensive experience at Snell, including responsibility for management of and training for larger projects involving control and monitoring systems across the world.
Before taking up his new role of solution architect at Lawo, James Walker worked as head of system architecture and delivery (live production and infrastructure) at Grass Valley.
Prior to his move to Lawo, Olivier Hough served as UK and Ireland strategic sales manager for Vitec Production Solutions.
Devin Workman counts 20 years in professional audio and arrives at Lawo from HHB Communications/Scrub where he specialised in the supply and support of Avid Pro Tools and S6 consoles.
“I am excited to be able to bring together this new group of talented individuals who not only offer an improved level of attention and customer service to our customers in the UK, but also bring the expertise and attitude focused upon customer success that is a hallmark of the
The Netherlands - Multi-national rigging and staging equipment specialist Sixty82 has partnered with Dutch distributor Senci. Working with the existing distribution network in the Netherlands, the Dutch company will offer customers optimised access to the full range of Sixty82 products. This partnership will focus on expanding the Sixty82 product line across the Netherlands as well as enabling the company to provide the growing demand for craftsmanship and technical know-how.
Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82, comments: “We are excited that we can name Senci as our new distribution partner, as it is a highly regarded player in the industry. They have a dynamic and experienced team, that can deliver the expanding demand for top level support.”
Carlos Rego, CEO of Senci, comments: “It is impossible to miss the growing success of Sixty82. With their in-house experience and knowledge of the industry they deliver a wide range of high-quality products. With our mutual drive to reach an unrivalled level of quality, and the simplicity of purpose that comes with that, we believe that together we can change the current industry standards. "
Creative Support - Projects funded by Creative Europe will continue to receive support from the government if the UK leaves the EU without a deal next month, thanks to new legislation. It is intended to put contingency arrangements in place in case no deal is struck before 29 March and the EU decides to cease funding Creative Europe projects involving a UK organisation.
Creative Europe currently funds schemes across the creative industries through two programmes – culture and media – providing a total of €1.46bn to cultural projects. On exit day, it is estimated that Creative Europe will have between 160 and 200 projects involving a UK organisation. According to the government, about €18.9m has been awarded to British organisations through these projects, with approximately €8.9m left to be paid.
However, this figure is dependent on the EU allowing all current projects to continue and the amount paid out could be affected in a no-deal outcome. The government is using a statutory instrument to grant the culture secretary Jeremy Wright powers to provide financial assistance in the event that the EU ceases to provide funding following no deal.
Improving Access - The Theatres Trust has awarded its 100th grant to a consortium of theatres in Greater Manchester, including Home and the Royal Exchange, to make them more accessible. Seven projects have been awarded a total of more than £100,000 by the Theatres Trust’s Theatre Improvement Scheme, in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, which focuses on improving the accessibility of the
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has helped full event production services company Makin Lightin to expand its equipment inventory with audio and video technologies from some of the industry's leading brands, including Allen & Heath, Shure, Panasonic, Draper, HDAnywhere, PureLink and Tourflex Cabling.
The Lancashire-based company, which is a major supplier to the local theatre, education and corporate events sectors, wanted to expand its audio offering to meet growing demand, as well as invest in its first Video system owing to the technology's increasing convergence with lighting.
Having used AC-ET previously to purchase the latest technologies, owner Jonathan Makin turned to them again for product advice and convenient one-stop supply of everything he needed.
He comments: "As with everyone I have dealt with at A.C. over the years, Steve Eaton and Chris Beardwell in the audio and video sales teams are really friendly, helpful and highly skilled in their product fields. I was able to discuss the various audio options with Steve over several conversations before choosing the equipment. Similarly, being a video novice, I was given a lot of useful advice by Chris to ensure that we got the right Video system to cater for our different clients' needs."
To extend the company's audio inventory, Jonathan purchased Shure QLX-D handheld and bodypack wireless radio mics & accessories; DPA d:fine CORE 4066 Omni headset mics; an Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixer and portable DX expander; and wireless mic cables assembled by AC-ET's