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nwrslogo2022500wNew World Rigging Symposium sessions confirmed
Monday, 14 March 2022

USA - The organisers of the 2022 New World Rigging Symposium (NWRS), which will take place online on 5-7 April, have announced the programme of sessions and the presenters who will speak at the event. Highlights for this year include a follow-up to the popular Rope 201 where Stu Cox, Eric Rouse, and Andy Schmitz will dive even deeper into the intended uses, benefits and drawbacks of ropes, lines, and ties.
Also featured will be the Rope Access session, featuring industry experts from around the country who will explore rope access use in the entertainment industry.
Loading into a university theatre can be significantly different from backing the trucks up to a commercially operated roadhouse. A panel of university venue managers will ask, and then answer, What makes them different? by focusing on the unique challenges of the university setting including staff and leadership experience, red tape and paperwork, availability of skilled labour and more.
For the full programme, please visit

bromptonBrompton joins AV Innovation Days 2022
Friday, 11 March 2022

Germany - Held annually by audiovisual equipment supplier, Lang AG, at its Lang Academy in Lindlar, this year’s AV Innovation Days 2022 once again offered a platform to discover the latest highlights and developments, as well as encouraged communication and exchange of ideas by the AV industry’s key players.
Brompton Technology participated in the event, showcasing its latest Tessera v3.3 software and running demos of Frame Remapping, a Tessera feature that enables the significant benefits of multi-camera shoots on a virtual production set.
The two-day event saw 18 exhibitors in total, including Absen, Barco, Brompton Technology, Disguise, INFiLED, ROE Visual and Seervision, among others. There were more than 350 attendees from 130 companies joining between 2 and 3 February.
As well as Frame Remapping, Brompton presented additional Tessera v3.3 software features including Operating Modes and Per-Batch PureTone.
Brompton’s business development manager – Europe, Dries Vermeulen, also ran demo sessions on Frame Remapping at the Brompton booth, demonstrating how this Tessera feature makes it possible for multiple cameras to each see different content when viewing the same LED screen at the same time, opening up new possibilities for Virtual Production.
“The main objective of AVID 2022 was certainly to reconnect people within the industry. It also gave exhibiting companies the chance to launch new products that were originally planned to be revealed at ISE in February, in a suitable environment,” says Jennifer Wiehe, director ma

robe-schouwburg-theatre-kortrijk-reenariot-photo-by-jonas-verbeke-hr-7Schouwburg Theatre invests in Robe T1s
Friday, 11 March 2022

Belgium - Schouwburg is the municipal Theatre in Kortrijk in the West Flanders region and is located right at the heart of this city in Schouwburgplein (Theatre Square). Flanked by several historic buildings, it offers two stage spaces, an 800-seater main hall and a smaller 120 capacity space that is scheduled for a complete rebuild over the next two years.
The theatre has recently invested in Robe T1 Profile and LEDBeam 150 moving lights and is now in preparation for - hopefully - being able to return to full post-pandemic programme of live performances.
The Schouwburg Kortrijk’s newest Robe moving lights were a recommendation by lighting technician Lander Riemaeker who has worked there for eight years and often lights the venue’s own productions. He also engages in external freelance work as an LD, programmer, and operator.
It was Lander who brought the first Robe fixtures - LEDWash 300s - into Schouwburg Kortrijk shortly after he started working there eight years ago. Before then, he was regularly using Robe products whilst working for rental company PVL and always found Robe to be a solid option.
The LEDWash 300s were very successful, so when the time came to find a spot luminaire with a good output, smooth dimming and framing shutters, several different brands were considered, and after shootouts, Robe’s T1 Profile proved to be “by far the nicest option and the best investment” comments Lander.
Lander was already familiar with Robe’s first-generation DL theatrical LED moving light range through working at the theatr

linea-research--focsurite-group1536x800Focusrite buys Linea Research
Friday, 11 March 2022

UK - Focusrite Group has acquired pro amplifiers, controllers and software manufacturer Linea Research, adding a ninth brand to a roster that includes Focusrite, Novation, Ampify, ADAM Audio, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Focusrite Pro and Sequential.
Focusrite’s subsidiary Martin Audio is a major customer of Linea Research and the deal will strengthen the amp modules supply for the brand. The Group also intends to develop the sales of Linea Research products through third-party distribution and to OEM loudspeaker customers.
Following the acquisition, two of Linea Research’s original founders - commercial director Davey Smalley and engineering director Ben Ver - will continue to lead the business. In a joint statement, they said: “We are delighted to be able to continue the Linea Research success story from within the Focusrite Group. Having seen the support and growth of the brands within the Group, we believe this provides us with a secure foundation to further our R&D efforts and product portfolio, strengthening the Linea Research brand while continuing partnerships with our long-standing OEM partners. This can only be a good thing for our customers, end users and very much our staff.”
Tim Carroll, CEO of Focusrite, added: “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Davey, Ben and the entire Linea Research team to the Focusrite Group. We know the team and the business well given that Martin Audio is a major Linea Research customer. This will lead to many synergies and is expected to improve gross margin for both Martin Audio and the wid

cts-ayrtonCTS AVL adds Ayrton Khamsin and Mistral
Thursday, 10 March 2022

USA - Nashville-based CTS AVL, a full-service audio, video and lighting company specialising in live events, has expanded its lighting inventory with a large complement of Ayrton Khamsin profile and Mistral-S ultra-compact spot luminaires. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting fixtures in North America.
CTS AVL had been an audio company for almost 40 years when it branched out to video and lighting about half-a-dozen years ago. The addition of Ayrton Khamsins and Mistrals, the company’s first Ayrton purchases, offers more high-end lighting options for customers across all markets and across the US.
“We needed a high-output fixture with framing shutters and an LED source,” says lead lighting technician, Carter Ranson. “We were looking for something with a big feature set. I saw Khamsins in use on the road and loved the fixture, and from the research I did they seemed very robust. Then I got my hands on Khamsin at LDI 2021.”
He expects CTS AVL’s roster of Khamsins to be used mostly as key lights thanks to their even, flat field. They will also be in the rig to create aerial effects and light scenic elements.
“We’re getting ready to do several large-scale corporate projects back-to-back, so there was a big push to get the Khamsins in for those events,” notes CTS AVL vice president, Mike Taylor.
The Mistrals will be slated for aerial effects and back lighting, according to Ranson, who saw the fixtures at LDI and in use at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. “We love how small they are for su

audio-geer-logoLEA Professional partners with Audio Geer
Wednesday, 9 March 2022

USA - LEA Professional has announced a partnership with Audio Geer to strengthen the company’s presence and growing customer base in Southern California and Southern Nevada.
“From a technology standpoint, amplifiers have changed dramatically over the last few years yet several legacy amplifiers companies have struggled to make a reliable transition to these new technologies,” comments Alan Geer, president of Audio Geer. “Because of LEA's history, it's clear they know what they're doing, what the market needs, and how to provide it. We're thrilled to be working with a company of this calibre with such a foundation in the industry. Integrators and dealers of all types love the products that LEA Professional offers, how the company operates, and that they are friendly, competent, and reliable. We are very excited to welcome LEA Professional to our family of products.”
“Integrator technology needs and business models alike have changed greatly over the last few years, and through our agile, flexible technology, LEA Professional has been there to meet those needs,” said Scott Robbins, VP of global sales for LEA Professional. “We’re delighted to add Audio Geer to our list of global sales partners and further advance LEA within Southern California and Southern Nevada. This is a very fast-paced, dynamic and demanding region for Pro Audio projects, and we are in excellent hands with Audio Geer.”

etc-2022-check-presentation-to-bts500ETC supports Behind The Scenes
Wednesday, 9 March 2022

USA - ETC presented Behind the Scenes with a cheque during USITT for $40,316.27, representing the 2020-21 proceeds from sales of the company’s iRFR and aRFR (Radio Focus Remote) applications. Since the launch of the iRFR in 2009, ETC’s mobile app sales have now generated over $440,000 in donations.
The iRFR and aRFR mobile apps enable convenient, touchscreen-based remote control for Eos family consoles and controllers. You can learn more about the apps from the ETC website and download them from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
David Lincecum, vice president of marketing for ETC, states: “ETC is honoured to play a role in Behind the Scenes, but we are just the vehicle. The money we give comes entirely from the buyers of our iRFR and aRFR apps. The real thank you goes to the many Eos family users for their continued participation and support.”
Tracey Cosgrove, accepted the cheque along with other members of the Behind the Scenes Board of Directors. Tracey comments: “We continue to be astonished by, and extremely grateful for, the popularity of these apps and the generosity of ETC. From providing funding for grants for our colleagues in need to supporting the work of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative, ETC has been fundamental to our ability to carry out our mission.”

ucl-pearlInnovate Audio partners with PEARL
Wednesday, 9 March 2022

UK - Innovate Audio, creator of the panLab 2 spatial sound design and mixing tool, and UCL’s PEARL (Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory) have announced a strategic partnership, sharing technology and research resources.
PEARL (Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory) is a facility built to explore the ways in which people interact with their environment. The 4,000sq.m space is equipped with a large L-Acoustics sound system, enabling researchers to reproduce sonic environments, from the tiniest bird song to massive explosions.
As a result of this partnership, PEARL will now have access to Innovate Audio’s ground-breaking panLab 2 spatial audio mixing solution. panLab 2 will allow researchers to accurately position sound sources within environments, whilst offering complete flexibility over the layout of loudspeaker design.
Usually found on Broadway and in London’s West End, panLab 2 is a spatial sound design and mixing tool, designed to integrate seamlessly with QLab.
“I was completely blown away when I first used Innovate Audio’s panLab 2,” says Steve Mayo, specialist lead - sound at UCL PEARL. “It is the first spatial audio mixing solution that offers complete flexibility in how it deals with sound system design and layout. Here at PEARL we use theatrical craft to create hyper-real environmental models. panLab 2, with its roots in live theatre, is the perfect spatial audio solution which allows us to work quickly and efficiently when programming non-linear cuing sequences requiring dynamic movement sequences

copy-of-suzanne-ciani-synth-heroNo Fixed Mix returns for third year
Wednesday, 9 March 2022

UK - In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, music and sound design company, String and Tins’ No Fixed Mix programme returns for a third year to help create greater accessibility to audio engineering and sound design careers for women.
The programme provides female attendees a snapshot of the audio-post industry from String and Tins’ perspective, along with tips, tools and resources, arming applicants with the confidence they need to accelerate their career in sound-engineering.
Four workshops will take place on weekday evenings throughout May and June, which will be a mixture of online and in-person sessions at their Fitzrovia studio. Creative assignments will be set to be completed between sessions.
This year, the female-led programme will cover a wide variety of topics including an overview of the audio-post industry, sound design insights, composing to picture and mixing for the big-screen. BAFTA-nominated Kate Davis and head of sound at Directors Cut Films, will also be giving a guest lecture.
In order to apply for this year’s programme, applicants must be of at least 18 years of age and are required to email their single-page CV along with a single piece of sound work that they have created to the email, The work submitted can consist of audio only sound design, a collage of interesting field recordings, sound design to a picture, or a piece of music with unusual instrumentation that should last between 10 seconds to one minute in duration.
With the aim of encouraging women to consider a

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Ukraine - Nearly 50 European cultural networks - representing thousands of theatres, arts festivals and venues - have pledged to receive and host Ukrainian artists and to stage performances and events in a show of support for the country. The organisations are urging policymakers across the continent to help them "actively support Ukrainian colleagues" by facilitating international collaboration.
In an open letter to national and European stakeholders, 49 networks and bodies have come together to declare that the "European cultural sector is united" in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to offer solidarity with Ukraine’s people. An adjoining petition has also been signed by more than 600 individuals, including National Theatre director Rufus Norris and Thomas Ostermeier, director of the Schaubühne in Berlin.
"We are extremely concerned about the impact of the invasion on civil society. Over the past decade we have developed deep ties with counterpart organisations in Ukraine - supporting ongoing dialogue and artistic exchange, a thriving democracy and long-term collaboration with future generations through flagship civil society initiatives, such as the EU’s Eastern Partnership," the letter says, declaring that international collaboration "must be supported at all costs".
"Our organisations are ready to receive and host artists, to stage performances, to organise events, to inform and facilitate access to resources and to advocate for a peaceful solution," it adds. The letter itself has been signed by organisations including the Euro

polygon-announcement-newsherodisguise-v2disguise targets the cloud with Polygon Labs
Tuesday, 8 March 2022

UK/USA - disguise has acquired broadcast data and content visualisation solutions platform, Polygon Labs. This marks a move towards cloud-based production for disguise, which the company believes will enhance its workflow to better address user needs in media production and broadcast.
Polygon Labs offers a cloud-native platform and turnkey services that have been trusted by broadcasters such as CNN, Univision, The Weather Channel and TV Globo. Its technologies dynamically control and deliver high-end Unreal Engine graphics with realtime data visualisation via cloud or on-prem solutions.
By adding Polygon Labs to its workflow, disguise will build integrations that enable xR studios to have access to a wider range of broadcast workflows which empower remote production and cloud-based collaboration. Users of both disguise and Polygon Labs will be able to benefit from easy-to-manage, data-driven graphics workflows running fully native Unreal Engine, as well as extended design and production capability for graphics.
“We are very proud and delighted to welcome Polygon Labs to the disguise team! This is a key turning point for both our user communities, partners and customers, and a huge step in our direction towards cloud and new media production workflows. The future is cloud-based remote collaboration and our work with Polygon Labs will unlock a whole new level of productivity and connectivity for all our users,” comments disguise CEO, Fernando Kufer.
“Over the years, Polygon Labs has helped some of the biggest broadcasters turn data into

capricornCapricorn Group streamlines with SAW Namibia
Monday, 7 March 2022

Namibia - Financial services specialists Capricorn Group observed continued growth and sustainability during 2021. The company made a consolidated effort to look after their employees’ well-being by providing PPE, as well as counselling services.
Additionally, the Capricorn Group recently inaugurated new furnished offices located in Windhoek, aptly named Capricorn Corner. The unveiling of the site was officiated by Mr Koos Brandt, one of the key founders of Bank Windhoek, the flagship brand of the Capricorn Group.
The building, covering 3,258sq,m of space, will house Capricorn Group’s data centre, in-house training facility, as well as the various departments of Bank Windhoek. Stage Audio Works (SAW) Namibia were called upon to deliver a comprehensive system specification and design. They also oversaw the subsequent integration, commissioning, and support, bringing these elements together with a streamlined audio-visual solution.
SAW Namibia’s primary brief was to streamline and improve the Capricorn Group’s video and audio-conferencing experience across its nine meeting rooms. One key aspect of this was the inclusion of native Microsoft Teams conference systems in each of the rooms, to ensure high quality streaming with a familiar interface. The new building also included four classrooms, which required interactive displays to improve the group’s training capability.
Additionally, the project’s scope covered the provision of a multi-purpose venue which required the dynamic routing of audio and video sources to cater for various

fm-tracks-down-new-partner-seesound-in-spain-l-isaias-garcia-r-nacho-alberdiSeeSound to distribute Follow-Me in Spain
Monday, 7 March 2022

Spain - Follow-Me has announced a partnership with SeeSound for marketing and sales distribution of the Follow-Me systems in the Spanish market.
The two companies first came in contact when Isaías (Sasi) García, product manager for lighting, video and rigging at SeeSound was searching for the right auto tracking solution for a customer’s project.
Follow-Me’s Zoë Castle comments: “We are excited to be partnering with SeeSound especially recognising their extensive knowledge, capabilities and product range, which is enhanced by the addition of Follow-Me tracking solutions.”
Nacho Alberdi, SeeSound director general, adds: “With Follow-Me we are bringing a wonderful solution for our customers’ projects where manual and auto tracking is required. My team and I are looking forward to working with the Follow-Me team. A product range like Follow-Me unites, in a single brand what SeeSound’s DNA represents: to provide solutions for the integration, broadcast and theatre markets and large format events such as festivals, concerts, touring and corporate events, offering scalable solutions such as manual, automatic and hybrid tracking control.”

logo-digigram-2021-horizontal-baselineDigigram redesigns visual identity
Friday, 4 March 2022

France - Audio equipment manufacturer Digigram has launched a new website and a redesigned logo, along with a new corporate identity. Effective today, the new website will enable online visitors to enjoy a refreshed graphic design for the company’s identity, as well as improved functions for customers.
This global redesign operation, encompassing the company’s graphic identity and operational website, is the outcome of a company-wide work that has been carried out in the past years with the purpose of reaffirming Digigram’s values and message to the public. A redesigned logo that puts forward the company spirit the new company logo has been designed along the lines of the cochlea-shaped Digigram signature, featuring light lines that are flexible to morph and evoke sound waves.
“The iconic cochlea has been Digigram’s signature for over 35 years, and we love to get inspiration from our roots to better shape our future,” declares Nancy Diaz Curiel, Digigram’s director of sales, marketing and communications.
“For boldness,” comments Jérémie Weber, Digigram’s CEO, “we meant to add this zest of brightness to be reminded every day that boldness has been in Digigram’s DNA forever and this is what keeps us moving forward.”
This refreshed corporate identity reflects in a new, re-designed and cleaner website with enhanced functions to connect visitors and Digigram professionals behind the screen. “The main idea was to declutter the visual field and provide a straightforward, yet efficient web design that guides our visitors

soundanchorslogoTransAudio Group adds Sound Anchors
Friday, 4 March 2022

USA - TransAudio Group has announced that it has signed on Sound Anchors. For 38 years, Sound Anchors has been designing and building professional-grade speaker stands for recording studios. More recently, they’ve added DAW stands to the product line and are currently designing new products for Dolby ATMOS applications.
“Sound Anchors is focused exclusively on providing the very best stands and mounts available anywhere,” says Brad Lunde, founder and president of TransAudio Group. “They have an excellent reputation in the industry. Bernie Mara purchased the company from its founder, Bob Worzalla, three years ago. He has been making improvements in the production process, maintaining Bob’s build quality while making the overall operation more responsive to customer’s needs and increasing profitability for Sound Anchor dealers.”
“We’re thrilled to bring TransAudio Group on board, which will allow me to get out from behind the desk and onto the factory floor,” says Mara. “We’ve made smart investments in our people, our equipment, and our facilities, and I’m excited to make the most of those investments. TransAudio Group will be a great partner. In addition to simplifying logistics on our end, they will expose our products to a much wider audience of audio professionals.”

conect-summittvONE and Green Hippo launch live summit series
Thursday, 3 March 2022

USA - tvONE is launching a series of educational AV and live events-focused sessions called CONECT. The initiative will initially take place online, with the first livestreamed CONECT Technology Summit taking place next month.
The free-to-attend event will include virtual demos, training, and panel discussion with industry leaders, also covering products and solutions from Green Hippo, and tvONE and Magenta Research.
Parent company Spitfire Creative Technologies has said that during the CONECT Technology Summit, participants will discover how tvONE, Magenta and Green Hippo can help reimagine the AV landscape.
“We’re inviting the industry to discover, learn, and interact with our latest products, solutions and strategies that enable complete end-to-end solutions, as well as understanding successful integration with other manufacturers,” says Mark Trevena, communications and training manager of Spitfire Creative Technologies. “Together, we’ll provide you with the framework to interact, connect and engage with your clients.”
The launch of CONECT follows the company’s announcement last month that it is developing ways to bring its innovative new technologies directly to partners and end users in their own countries, focusing on a series of localized tradeshow events around the world. This is in addition to a multitude of innovative virtual activities through 2022 to reach out to new and existing customers. Its aim is to showcase recent products and installations, explore industry trends, and discuss the future of AV. The team is als

sennheiserSennheiser completes consumer business sale
Thursday, 3 March 2022

Germany - Sennheiser has completed the transfer of its consumer electronics business to Sonova Holding AG and is set to focus solely on its professional audio solutions.
The deal, which was first announced in May 2021, will see Sonova, a hearing aid specialist, operate its consumer hearing business under the Sennheiser brand umbrella under a long-term licence, taking over the German manufacturer’s consumer division fully.
Daniel Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, comments: “In the future, we will focus our resources and financial strength on our Pro Audio, Business Communication, and Neumann business units. Here, we plan to grow at an above-average rate, further expand our position in the global market, and successively extend our business areas.
“We have transformed the company and - despite the pandemic - can look back on a very successful financial year: we were not only able to meet our sales targets for 2021 in all business areas, but even exceeded our own expectations despite the fact that the event industry in particular remained characterized by uncertainty for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser, adds: “From now on, we are looking forward to working even more closely with our customers in the professional sector and being even closer to the market. This is where we will leverage all of our knowledge and extensive expertise as one of the world's leading companies in the audio industry.”
Describing the Sennheiser Group’s goals for the future, he adds: “A

calibre-general-graphicCalibre promotes LEDFusion Pro series
Wednesday, 2 March 2022

USA - AV integration professionals can discover the installation and operational benefits of the Calibre LEDFusion Pro series all-in-one LED video wall solutions by attending the upcoming LAVNCH Week 5 online virtual event.
“Exhibiting at LAVNCH Week 5 will accelerate Calibre’s growth and presence, especially in North America. It gives us a unique platform to connect AV professionals with our LEDFusion Pro Series that delivers fine detail, accurate rendering of images, increased efficiencies as well as reduced installation complexities,” said Steve Su, senior director at Calibre.
The Calibre session titled A New Visual Adventure Begins with Calibre LEDFusion Pro Series will be presented by industry veteran Raymond Budd, senior sales manager at Calibre UK. The session starts at 11:20am EST on Day 3 (Thursday, 3 March 2022).
The LEDFusion Pro Series is available in three different sizes from130 to 163-inch versions, its mechanical design ensures easy installation and maintenance. The 4in1 LED gives a robust design, smoother surface and viewing angle. The proprietary UltraX engine delivers ‘premium visual performance, greater text clarity, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, outstanding picture quality and energy efficiency’. Easy control options such as WebGUI are offered and it is compatible with Crestron, AMX remote control and more.

epa-2022Pearce Hire powers to a win
Wednesday, 2 March 2022

UK - Peterborough-based technical production company Pearce Hire has received the accolade of Best Power Supplier at the recent Event Production Awards 2022.
The company specialises in temporary power and lighting systems for outdoor events on greenfield sites across the UK, including Royal Parks, stately home gardens and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
During the last two years, founder and managing director Shaun Pearce has campaigned for government support of the sector at local and national level, whilst working tirelessly to safeguard and future-proof the business he has built.
“It really has been one of the most difficult periods of Pearce Hire’s history but this really signifies the light at the end of the tunnel,” says Pearce. “Like the rest of the industry my company has battled to get through the past two years and we couldn’t have done it without the absolute support and resilience of the entire Pearce Hire team and all our clients.
“The award really does acknowledge the excellent service that my team offer our clients, and with a very busy 2022 schedule ahead of us, we can’t wait to return to doing what we love, out there in the thick of the industry.”

lgblackdovelobby-with-jonathan-mccabe00LG Electronics partners with BlackDove
Wednesday, 2 March 2022

South Korea - LG Electronics (LG) has entered into a global partnership with the US-based Blackdove to deliver digital art experiences on LG’s advanced digital signage displays. Integrating software and curated art from Blackdove’s digital art gallery and NFT platform, LG’s customisable display solution will provide a convenient way to showcase digital art.
LG LED signage offers flexibility with simple-to-install, modular, scalable designs and premium picture quality with resolutions from full HD to 8K.
Available in markets worldwide starting this quarter, Blackdove curation software can be bundled with LG LED signage products including LG MAGNIT, LG LED Bloc, LED All-in-One and fine-pitch LED signage to deliver the gallery’s vast library of digital art assets. Hand-picked by Blackdove’s curatorial team, the selection of artworks by contemporary artists such as Jonathan McCabe, Kenneth Wayne, Meghan Cheng, Franck Lefebvre and Jamie Scott encompass a broad range of subjects and styles.
“LG is delighted to partner with Blackdove as this partnership allows us to engage our LED signage customers with a benefit that is unique to LG,” said Paik Ki-mun, senior vice president and head of the Information Display business unit of LG Business Solutions Company. “The option to transform LG LED signage into digital canvases in spaces such as luxury residentials, corporate lobbies, hospitals and retail stores is something we think the public will have a very positive reaction to.”
“We are gratified to have been selected by such an extra

powersoftProaudio to distribute Powersoft in South Africa
Wednesday, 2 March 2022

South Africa - Powersoft has expanded its global network with the addition of Proaudio as distributor for South Africa.
Trading under the name Proaudio and Audio Pack since 2001, the South African distributor has established a thriving business within the music industry, working alongside brands such as Pioneer DJ, RCF, Midas Mixers, and Audio-Technica.
Owner and managing director Joss Pack realised the demand for high-quality, branded DJ products in South Africa so drew upon years worth of knowledge and contacts accumulated from working in the pro-audio industry, to form the distribution company.
“We know Powersoft has market-leading products in the professional and commercial areas of our industry,” says Pack. “We are very proud to be an appointed distributor - Powersoft products fit perfectly into our professional line-up.”
More recently, Proaudio has developed its market footprint by becoming distributor for Sonance, AIAIAI, MidiPlus, Monacor & IMG, rapidly growing its network of international brands.
“The potential in the region of South Africa is diverse and wide-reaching - we hope to engage with industry professionals that are interested in what Powersoft products have to offer. We also understand just how important the church market is in South Africa, and estimate this will be the biggest area of growth for Powersoft as their products perfectly align with this vertical,” concludes Pack. “Powersoft products answer the needs for this industry with reliable, well priced, future proof solutions.”
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The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Solidarity - All remaining performances of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia in the UK have been cancelled following the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Over the weekend, venues began to cancel planned performances by the company, with the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, the Royal and Derngate in Northampton and the New Theatre Peterborough, run by Selladoor, all pulling planned appearances by the company. Ambassador Theatre Group also cancelled performances planned at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Bristol Hippodrome.
Now, Raymond Gubbay, which was producing the tour, has cancelled all remaining dates. “In view of the current shocking circumstances unfolding in Ukraine, the remaining performances by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia of their 2021/2022 tour will not be taking place,” it said.
English National Opera performed the Ukrainian national anthem before its show on Sunday in support of the people of Ukraine. The opera company’s orchestra performed the anthem at the London Coliseum ahead of its final performance of La Bohème. ENO said it wanted to perform the piece "in solidarity with the people of Ukraine".
Russia will no longer be allowed to participate in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union has said. The EBU, which produces the event, said Russia's inclusion could bring the competition into disrepute "in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine".
Going Green - Members of Equity have pledged to campaign for arts institutions to cut ties with the fossil fuel industry as part of a

adelaideAdelaide theatre wins building excellence award
Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Australia - Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide has delivered another performance, winning a major award at the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Professional Excellence in Building Awards at the weekend.
The redeveloped theatre took out the Commercial Construction ($60m+) Award nationally, awarded to Hansen Yuncken in recognition of individual building professionals who have demonstrated leadership and assisted the on-time and on-budget delivery of exceptional construction projects.
Originally opened in 1913, Adelaide’s oldest continually operating theatre was transformed into a larger and more accessible venue with modern facilities - its $66m redevelopment was unveiled in June 2020.
The redevelopment was built by national construction company Hansen Yuncken and designed by Adelaide-based COX Architecture, and managed by the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Adelaide Festival Centre.
The project employed more than 150 construction workers at its peak and engaged a 90 per cent South Australian work force, including specialist artisan contractors and local craftspeople.
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and artistic director Douglas Gautier comments: “We are delighted to see Her Majesty’s Theatre receive the great recognition it deserves and for the spectacular work done by the team at Hansken Yuncken on this much loved Australian arts venue.
“This award further highlights the building and creative talent we have here in South Australia and our ability to design and deliver world cla

road-showChauvet Professional to stage UK roadshow
Tuesday, 1 March 2022

UK - Chauvet Professional will kick off its UK Roadshow 2022 in Edinburgh on 7 March (Monday). From there, the event will criss-cross the UK, making nine stops and covering 694 miles to showcase many of the latest products from Chauvet Professional and ChamSys. With the exception of one stop - at the ChamSys headquarters in Southampton - all sessions will take place at live entertainment or broadcast studio venues.
“We elected to stick to the kinds of places that our customers actually work in day to day,” comments Sam Bowden, UK sales manager for Chauvet Professional. “Here we can get a full appreciation of things like the colour mixing, brightness, smooth movement, zooming capabilities and other outstanding merits of our fixtures.”
Among the products that will be highlighted during the UK RoadShow 2022 will be the compact, tour-grade series of Maverick Force moving fixtures, the intense Color STRIKE M motorised strobe/wash/blinder, the COLORado PXL Bar IP65 tilting batten, and the onAir range of soft light panels.
Joining these fixtures will be some CHAUVET Professional products that have been making waves in the theatrical and broadcast worlds of late including the award-winning Maverick Silens, and the Ovation Rêve multi colour ellipsoidal. The sessions will also feature the ChamSys Stadium series of consoles including the new MagicQ 250M.
In addition to seeing presentations of these products, guests at the sessions will have ample hands-on opportunities to get to know the fixtures and consoles up close. There will also b


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