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melbourne-recital-4Chauvet adds new dimension to Recital Hall
Thursday, 9 September 2021

Australia - The Melbourne Recital Hall on the corner of Southbank Boulevard, with its steel and glass lattice façade resembling a honeycomb, and playfully designed white frame defying rigid conventions, attracts much interest.
Inside, the multi-award-winning venue, the aesthetics are just as impressive, only now with a more serious bent. The walls of its shoe box shaped main theatre, for example, are covered with routed timber. The 3D textured panelling isn’t only stunning visually, as it also optimizes acoustics.
In 2021, the 12-year-old music venue’s lighting system was upgraded, when it had Showtools International install a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue and Maverick fixtures.
This move was the culmination of a quest by the Melbourne Recital Centre’s lighting team, led by head of operations Jasja van Andel, to find products that would enhance the facility’s lighting rig so they could create the big looks required for modern shows. After an extensive search for fixtures, and an onsite demonstration by Showtools International, they elected to have 12 Rogue R1 Beam fixtures and eight Maverick MK1 Hybrid units installed.
“First thing we noticed was the size and weight of the fixture, Harrison Cope, senior lighting technician at the Melbourne Recital Centre, said of the Rogue R1 Beam Wash. “The pan and tilt movement is super quick, and despite their small size, they are very punchy. The 3.7⁰ to 67.7⁰ zoom range gives them great versatility. We’ve used them as beam fixtures on a hip hop act, footlights for a dance per

absenAbsen embarks on European tour
Thursday, 9 September 2021

Germany - LED manufacturer, Absen, is due to embark on a tour of events around Europe to present its MicroLED and Jade Dragon (JD) series LED panels to attendees of three major industry events in the region.
The tour begins in France on 9 September at Tech in Lyon, before heading to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK, for Peerless-AV - A New AV Experience on 16-17 September. The final stop of the tour will be ‘MEDIALOG’, which is set to take place on 6-7 October in Mainz, Germany.
Absen’s MicroLED will be front and centre at all three of these events, with specialists on hand to demonstrate how its fusion of 5G and 8K UHD intelligent micro-displays stand it in good stead to become the next great display technology.
MicroLED was developed using proprietary HCCI technology and packaged with inverted COB technology to achieve an ultra-black surface coating effect and high ambient light contrast through an enhancement of the light efficiency and heat dissipation of the display.
The JD series – which was released at Absen’s Spring Online Product Launch in March – is a light, thin, transparent LED display with high penetration rate, which suitable for shop windows and the glass curtain wall environment.
A third product line – the pliable TSC Series Flexible Display – will also be on show during the tour, but, unfortunately for Absen’s continental colleagues, only at the Peerless-AV event in London.
Emma Liu, MD of Europe for Absen said, “It’s great to be back on the road, sharing these fantastic products with ou

 
 
the-elation-coffee-break500x500-7Elation Coffee Break covers colour
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Europe - The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colours? In the end, it all depends on your needs.
Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the 9 September Elation Coffee Break will scrutinize the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, versatile LED moving heads with RGBMA colour mixing systems that can mix any shade of white a designer desires, or just as easily mix deep saturates or soft-field pastels.
The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile’s carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI (92) ensure accurate color mixing and color rendering while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens. Shades can be fine-tuned to match the environment in a variety of ways - virtual colour wheel, virtual color temperature, magenta/green adjustment or CMY emulation. Complete FX packages, including dual gobo wheels, make them ideal high-performance luminaires for use on any stage or studio.
The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile luminaires will air live on Thursday, 9 September at 11:00 a.m. CEST at facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.

 
dtsxbtinnotecDTS partners with BT.innotec for German distribution
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Europe - DTS Lighting has announced a new exclusive partnership with German distributor BT.innotec for its entire product line.
BT.innotec was founded in 2021 by Michael Timmer and Raphael Berndzen, who both have worked in the event industry for years, while developing a high level of know-how in sales of professional event technology. Product manager Malte Kaß also joined the BT.innotec team in August.
Founders Timmer and Berndzen say they’re happy to tie the partnership with DTS, as “it has grown over the years and has become one of the industry leaders in professional lighting design, and their portfolio includes both, high-quality lights for the event sector and sophisticated lighting solutions for architectural projects.”
DTS was founded in 1980 in Misano Adriatico, Italy and produces entertainment and architainment professional lighting equipment. While all of DTS’s production process happens in Italy, the company counts distributors in over 80 countries across the globe and is planning on expanding even more in the years to come.
Carmen Savarese, international sales manager at DTS Lighting says she has worked closely with the members of BT.Innotec in their former companies. “I am sure that their professionalism and vision are incredibly similar to ours, which is what our company mostly looks for, when evaluating new distributors. I expect a long-term and successful partnership,” he says.
Emilio Cornelli, European Area Sales Manager at DTS adds, “We’re very happy that BT.innotec chose DTS for its high-quality fixt

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 7 September 2021


Light Night Leeds - Digital lightning bolts and a light sculpture of a giant endangered marine mammal are among the spectacles set to light up Leeds as part of the city's annual Light Night festival. The two-day event starting on 14 October will see some of the city's well-known buildings and landmarks lit up with light projections - and this year's theme is nature and climate change.
More than 40 installations and artworks will be on show including a large-scale replica of the Earth by artist Luke Jerram and an illumination of lightning bolts on the front of Leeds Civic Hall by artist Seb Lee-Delisle, the city council said.
Last year a considerably slimmed-down festival saw lasers mounted on seven city centre buildings because of coronavirus and social distancing rules. Organisers say this year's event "will mark a return to a more familiar format" but the programme has been adjusted to allow for additional safety measures as it expects to attract thousands of visitors.
Carbon Footprint - Scientists at the University of Manchester have produced a ‘roadmap’ to help the music industry reduce its carbon emissions to stop climate change. The roadmap for live music was based on tour data supplied by the band Massive Attack. Since 2019, scientists at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research have been poring over every detail of Massive Attack's last tour. They then used lessons learned to create a roadmap for the whole industry.
Their recommendations for "super low carbon practices" deal with how musicians, promoters, tour m

 
alightwalkA Light Walk supports Lumière and Backup
Tuesday, 7 September 2021

UK - The team behind ‘A Light Walk’, which will take place from 20-24 September, has announced details of the fundraising mission and the ways in which everyone can get involved.
A Light Walk will see Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALPD Lumière working group chair Charlotte Burton walk from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank, a total distance of 162km (101 miles) which will be completed in just five days. Members of the ALPD’s executive committee and other members of the Lumière Scheme working group will be joining the walk for individual days or remotely.
Departing from The Royal Shakespeare Company on day one, the walkers will complete a distance of 38.35km. Day two starts at Bloxham and ends 30.33km further at Bicester. With day three, the walkers will pace the 37.26km to Great Missenden and on days four and five, the distances are considerably shorter, with 28.80km on day four taking participants to Ruislip and finally towards the South Bank of the Thames a mere 27.85km on, where the full 162km / 101-mile walk ends.
The money is being raised to support two causes: the ALPD’s Lumière Scheme in 2022, and the industry charity Backup.
Charlotte Burton explains: “We are taking on this almighty test of endurance because we believe that the work achieved through the Lumière Scheme and by Backup is vital and worth the sore feet.”
The funding will assist the evolution of the Lumière scheme which, for the past five years, has seen continued success. The scheme cre

 
 
women-in-lightingAyrton sponsors Women In Lighting project
Tuesday, 7 September 2021

World - Ayrton is a new sponsor for Women in Lighting, the international support and networking project for women in both architectural and entertainment lighting. Ayrton’s primary aim is to raise awareness of, and expand, this global network across the entertainment lighting industry.
Launched in 2019 on International Women’s Day by Light Collective, Women in Lighting (WIL) is a digital forum where women can inspire, support and encourage the next generation of female lighting designers. It provides a platform on which women designers can share their passions and achievements and celebrate their work. Its worldwide programme of events and activities is augmented by a series of online interviews where women share their career paths and goals with other members. (https://womeninlighting.com/site/your-interviews)
In two short years the project has grown rapidly and is now represented in over 70 countries by its network of ‘ambassadors’, women who act as a point of contact for those seeking to discover more about WIL, join the supportive community and benefit from the many online activities which are tailored to the different needs within each country.
Until now WIL has focused largely on women working in architectural lighting, but the new collaboration with Ayrton brings a new engagement with the entertainment lighting industry, and an opportunity to raise awareness and expand the network into a different market.
“Our intention is to build bridges between different lightin

 
award-winners-2021PLASA Innovation Award winners announced
Tuesday, 7 September 2021

UK - The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. The Awards, run association with LSi Magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating pioneering technology, through new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency or performance.
Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team comprised of nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds. Their comments, along with the winning products, are listed below:
Astera: PixelBrick
The judges said “this is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in lighting applications.
Chauvet Professional: Maverick Silens 2
The engineering within this near-silent moving light impressed the broad nature of the judging panel. They simply said this product is the sound designer’s favourite light!
Copper Candle: Bonestream, Copper Stream and Cue29
The judges have chosen to award a suite of products from this boundary-pushing software developer. They felt the group of products shared the same innovative approach to merging gaming technologies into a framework engineered for the live events industry. The judges believe these products are at the forefront of the move towards virtual production in even

 
 
alpdALPD brings new identity to PLASA Show
Monday, 6 September 2021

UK - The ALPD exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show with its new name and identity. The ALPD is located in the ABTT Show Hub on stand ABTT17.
The stand is hosted by ALPD team representatives all on hand to talk to current members and those wishing to join.
ALPD Members can also make use of the Aaptle Lounge, also located in the ABTT Hub. Aaptle was formed over lockdown and brings together many of the different associations and groups, including the ALPD, that work in our industry. The lounge, kindly offered by ABTT, has been created as a hub for people to gather and meet. It’s the perfect place to talk about the deeper issues that are on your mind and the subjects close to your heart, and if there are any areas you feel deserve a greater focus from the ALPD, let us know.

 
tlp-2021-announcementSLX Lighting Programme students announced
Monday, 6 September 2021

UK - The Lighting Programme, an opportunity for graduate lighting designers and technicians, has announced the participants of its 2021/22 edition.
The programme is run by SLX, a lighting and production company based in Bristol. It aims to foster young, upcoming talent within the industry - especially important in the post-Covid era, where many are struggling to recruit.
This year, five students were selected instead of the initial offer of four places, due to the exceptionally high standard of applications.
The five students all graduate next year, and will gain experience working a number of jobs at venues around the UK, the first of which is a fit-up inside the London Palladium. They will also be introduced by SLX to key industry figures at events such as PLASA/ABTT London, as well as having access to equipment for use on their course projects.
The five students selected this year are Alexander Hannah - Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Jessica Brigham - Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Oliver McNally - The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guy Knox-Holmes - Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Ciaran Lillis - Guildford School of Acting.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie commented: “The Lighting Programme is an excellent initiative for us to engage with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and colleges. I am delighted that we are in a position to offer this support to aspiring young people as they start their journey in our wonderful and creative industry. I very much look forward to meeting the students over the coming mont

 
 
backupmhfaBackup launches Mental Health First Aid course at PLASA 2021
Monday, 6 September 2021

UK - Backup recognises the need to positively communicate with colleagues and to be aware of how they might be feeling and to ensure that they are not suffering alone, so this year’s PLASA Show sees the charity launching a free Mental Health First Aider course sponsored by Unusual Rigging in memory of Alan Jacobi who was a long-serving and valued Backup Trustee.
“Alan was always concerned about the welfare of his colleagues, and it is wonderful that Unusual Rigging has sponsored this course in his memory,” says Backup chair, John Simpson. “We are not good at asking for help or asking others if they need help. We want to change that.”
In general, the role of a mental health first aider is to be a point of contact for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction can range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help.
“Backup’s remit is to support the welfare of our technical community and is here to help if colleagues are in a dark place whether because of mental health issues, hardship, injury or illness,” John continues. “One of Backup’s missions is to ensure that there will always be one trained mental health first aider crew member for every 20 crew, no matter what the event is or the size of the whole crew. We trust that venues, promoters and production companies will engage with this is and it becomes part of crew contracts.”
Backup is partnering with fellow industry charity, Music Support which, as an MHFA England Instructor M

 
plasa2021-crowdPLASA Show 2021 opens with new products and tech content
Sunday, 5 September 2021

UK - After two years PLASA Show has finally returned to Olympia London for three days of long awaited networking, learning and discovery. The show floor is filling up with eager visitors and the seminar and training programme is in full swing.
Always an unmissable feature is Robe’s stand (E19) which runs regular presentations of their latest lighting fixtures. This year’s design is entitled The Show Goes On, a nod to the live sector’s challenges throughout COVID. The focus will be on Robe’s TE – Transferable Engine technology. Plus, visitors can look forward to seeing the recently launched T2 along with a preview of the not-yet-released T11. Also in action is the Forte, Robe’s highest powered LED moving light.
The show floor is brimming with new products, many have been awaiting release or were developed throughout the pandemic. On the audio front these include Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless Digital and Allen & Heath’s new addition to the dLive range – the CTi1500 which visitors can see on Audio-Technica’s stand. There will also be exciting products from L-Acoustics, EM Acoustics, Nexo and many more.
Lighting professionals can look forward to seeing Avolites’ new Diamond 9 console and three debut releases from Astera – the PixelBrick, AX2 PixelBar and the AX9 PowerPAR. Plus Artistic Licence are launching the candlePower octo at the show which can be seen alongside the new Commissioner multi and sunDial quad which won Gold at the 2019 PLASA Innovation Awards.
Visitors are invited to the d&b Soundscape T

 
 
btsnspw400x400Behind the Scenes marks Suicide Prevention Month
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

USA - Behind The Scenes has reminded that September is National Suicide Awareness Month - “and while we may be getting back to work, the need for awareness and action is greater than ever,” says the charity.
“Underemployment, new demands in the workplace, and worry about the future are all contributing to the negative impact on mental health. The reality is that many are not coping well and reports of suicide are on the rise,” adds BTS.
Running from 5-11 September, National Suicide Prevention Week is an opportunity to learn what you can do to help those you may be concerned about on the job or at home, as well as find resources that may help you today or in the future. Visit btshelp.org/bethe1 to learn how to recognise the warning signs of suicide, as well as the five steps you can take to save a life: Ask, Be There, Keep Them Safe, Help Them Connect, and Follow Up. Practical guidance and situational examples are provided for each of the five steps.
Most people want to help if they see someone at risk for suicide, but they don’t know what to say or do, or are afraid they will make things worse or damage their relationship with the person. However now, more than ever, we need to remain vigilant to the signs that someone may be at risk. National Suicide Prevention Week also coincides with Labour Day. This Labour Day, think of those who are here now and how we can honour one another’s contr

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Socially Distanced - The Royal Shakespeare Company will host a series of socially distanced performances of its new musical throughout November and December to cater for audiences that do not want to attend a full-capacity show. Seven socially distanced performances of The Magician’s Elephant have been scheduled throughout the three-month run, which marks the reopening of the RSC’s main house in Stratford-Upon-Avon for the first time since the pandemic began.
At each of the designated performances, audiences will be seated with an empty row in front of and behind them, and with one empty seat between parties to ensure one-metre-plus social distancing. Audience members attending these shows will also be asked to wear a face mask throughout their visit unless exempt. The RSC is currently only staging shows at its outdoor theatre, which is running at full capacity. It has made face masks optional in all settings, including inside the parts of its main building that are open to visitors.
Immersive Theatre - An arts hub hosting immersive theatre and offering affordable rehearsal space is launching in London’s Elephant and Castle this September. Founder and artistic director Sarah Davey-Hull took over the building, which was formerly an office block and originally a brewery, in March 2020, just before the pandemic began. She has been running some activities – including producing a series of short films, from the building during the pandemic – but will officially open the arts hub, which is called BOLD, to the public in September.
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blumano-east-asiaBlumano opens East Asia base
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

South Korea - Blumano, entertainment industry consultants in safety and machinery design, is expanding into the Asian market with the announcement of Blumano East Asia. The new operation will work closely with Blumano's network of offices in Ireland, the UK, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Laurent Ste-Marie joins this organisation and brings with him 25-years’ experience and vast knowledge of the acrobatic rigging world
''Seeing how the entertainment industry is bouncing back from an unfortunate dip, the timing seemed right to take on a new and exciting challenge by joining yet another industry leader,” says Laurent. “Through our exchanges we realised that our passion for the industry, vision, and dedication for the promotion of a safe work environment would make a partnership between us a perfect fit.”

 
mdaMarshall Day Entertech becomes Entertech Australia
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Australia - Marshall Day Acoustics (MDA) has announced that its Theatre & AV Design division, Marshall Day Entertech will be succeeded by new independent company Entertech Australia. The company will be led by former MDA staff members and theatre specialists Micah Johnson and Kate Kelly.
“We are thrilled for Micah and Kate and what this change will bring. On behalf of the board and leadership team, we thank Micah and Kate for all their efforts as members of the MDA team and look forward to seeing their new business develop in the future,” said Marshall Day Acoustics’ co-CEO Amanda Robinson.
MDA says it made the decision to split the company in order to increase operational efficiencies and return focus to the core area of the business, acoustics.
“Kate and I are excited to begin a new chapter as an independent business, after fifteen years as part of Marshall Day,” said Entertech Australia’s director Micah Johnson.

 
 
ambersphere-standPLASA Show 2021: free registration ends midnight
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UK - PLASA Show 2021 will reopen its doors this weekend to reunite industry professionals at Olympia London after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic - and time is running out for visitors to secure their free entry passes.
Taking place from 5-7 September, the show will welcome back leading brands from pro audio, AV, lighting and stage technologies, who will take up residence in Olympia’s Grand Hall alongside the ABTT Theatre Show which is relocating for one year only.
“In light of the monumental shifts felt by the live events and entertainment sector over the past 18 months, PLASA Show 2021 will be people-centred, with inclusive networking spaces, support resources and learning opportunities,” say the organisers.
Free registration ends at midnight tonight, 31 August – those wishing to claim a free entry pass should head over to www.plasashow.com.
Exhibitor highlights include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, who will showcase their latest luminaires including the Forte, T2 Profile, iSeries, LED Beam and Esprite in regular show-stopping presentations. Also exhibiting will be Chauvet Professional, ETC, GLP, Avolites, Artistic Licence and SGM.
For pro audio enthusiasts, in attendance will be L-Acoustics, Shure, Sennheiser and Yamaha among many others. The stage is also set for bespoke staging from Race Furniture and Drapemakers; heavy-duty gear from Area Four Industries and NSP Cases; web-based services from trackingThis and Current RMS, and the

 
24hr-helplineimageBackup launches free 24-hour helpline
Friday, 27 August 2021

UK - Industry charity Backup has long recognised the technical entertainment industry as an exciting, but challenging place to work and is committed to helping those who face the pressure and stress involved by providing further help and support.
Now, the charity has launched a free helpline that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide a centralised access point for both urgent and non-urgent well-being support.
The helpline offers a number of options, from a dedicated Backup counsellor, to direct transfer to other industry charities, including the Music Support Helpline, Theatre Helpline and the Samaritans. Upon selecting one of the above options, you will be transferred directly to the support you require.
The Backup Counsellor option is a free, independent and confidential phone service with a certified counsellor who has a broad experience of the industry and will provide initial support or signposting on mental health and well-being to people working in the live technical entertainment industry. If further sessions are needed, The Backup certified counsellor is available to offer support and to assist with Backup grants.
“Whilst we already have information about a number of resources that can be accessed on the wellbeing section of our website, we understand that it’s never easy asking for help, so we wanted to make it as simple as possible for people to get the direct help they need,” says Backup chairman, John Simpson. “Our hope is that the addition our dedicated helpline will encourage more people to take adv

 
 
rcmRoyal College of Music studios for hire
Thursday, 26 August 2021

UK - The Royal College of Music (RCM) in South Kensington is home to various studio facilities, available for private hire in the heart of London. Services and facilities offered include music recording, video production, web streaming, audio-visual research and development.
The original studio was founded in 1967 and was the first electronic studio at any UK academic institution. Today, the studio complex is housed directly underneath the RCM Concert Hall. The Belle Shenkman Studio, a spacious live room, contains its own Steinway Model D grand piano, three control rooms linked to performance spaces around the campus, and three rooms dedicated to composition, production and editing. In addition to the core work within the College, RCM Studios offers a commercial service to clients including major broadcasters, record companies and leading international soloists.
Sam Glenister-Batey, head of events and venue hire at the Royal College of Music, says: “Our studio complex is truly a one-off location for musical endeavours, broadcasters and event organisers. RCM Studios are always in high demand from commercial clients, and we expect to see a significant increase in demand from corporate clients as hybrid events come to the fore.
“As a charity and place of education, all private hire of our studios helps to support the development of the next generation of talented musicians, as well as maintaining and developing the facilities. It is our ambition at RCM that no student should be denied an RCM education due to lack of funds, so part of the money rais

 
btsboutique2BTS extends Toolbox Talks programme
Wednesday, 25 August 2021

USA - The Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative has announced a key addition to its Toolbox Talks programme: One-Sheets on a range of topics designed to delve deeper into common issues currently impacting entertainment industry workers as they navigate fluctuating work situations and frequently changing Covid protocols.
As the industry continues to transition and re-open, industry leadership and supervisors are observing significant anxiety in the workplace and are requesting tools to help their crews better navigate and manage the return to work. One-Sheets briefly describe general mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression and substance use, and offer basic information and resources around these prevalent issues within the industry
We must continue raising awareness and normalizing the conversation around mental health and emotional wellness in the workplace and these flyers are designed to be posted in break rooms or be handed out with schedules or during toolbox talks. The goal is to convey the message that psychological safety is as important as physical safety, says BTS.
The Toolbox Talks programme was created to assist with language around mental health and wellness in order to facilitate respect in the workplace. Sample language is provided to incorporate mental health into daily safety briefings, and Toolbox Talks can be tailored to fit specific individual and group needs.
The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative, and programmes such as Toolbox Talks and One-Sheets, are committed to crea

 
 
evolutionwirelessdigitalexperienceshot-27mrSennheiser stages Evolution seminars
Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Europe - The Sennheiser Sound Academy is inviting everyone interested in wireless audio to a mini-series of two live seminars that will explain the new Evolution Wireless Digital system (for an in-depth technical review, read the September 2021 issue of LSi).
Seminar 1 takes place on 31 August at 12:30 p.m. CEST and gets you started on benefits, features and operation. Seminar 2 takes place on 14 September, again at 12:30pm CEST, takes things further by taking a more in-depth look at the system. The hosts will be answering any questions that participants need to address. To register, visit this link.
Sennheiser experts Jonas Naesby, Vincent Tilgenkamp and Volker Schmitt will meet seminar participants remotely in the two EW-D courses.
“Evolution Wireless will bring simplicity to your performance, show, service or talk while operating in the professional UHF spectrum,” said Volker Schmitt, technical application engineering manager, pro audio. “In our live seminars we will introduce the system to you and show you how easy it has become to set up wireless microphones.”
Seminar 1 will look at how to operate EW-D and get it set up with the help of the app, touching on all features and benefits that the system offers. Seminar No. 2 takes a detailed look at

 
laedgeL-Acoustics adds distributor for Qatar
Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Qatar - L-Acoustics has announced that Edge Electronics has joined the loudspeaker manufacturer’s family as its newest certified provider distributor for Qatar.
Edge Electronics offers a complete service with its audio, video and lighting products, as well as providing training and technical support. This has made it one of Qatar’s leading AV distributors and secured Edge Electronics’ involvement in the majority of the area’s high-profile projects. Adding L-Acoustics completes the AV spectrum for its clients.
“We take pride in distributing some of the world’s most innovative AV brands across the board enabling us to work closely with our clients offering on-site assistance and 24/7 support,” says Pratap Singh, general manager at Edge Electronics. “Working in a fast-paced market as Qatar, holding local stock enables us to exceed our clients’ expectations.
L-Acoustics fits perfectly within our portfolio by completing the AV spectrum for our high-profile clients,” continues Singh. “The Edge team is involved in almost all high-profile events in Qatar, so by adding L-Acoustics we now have the power to deliver any of our customers’ needs for their creative audio visions.”
“We are very excited to have Edge Electronics join our CP network to look after Qatar,” says Chris Mead, L-Acoustics sales manager, Middle East - India - East Africa.
“Pratap and the team have built a very notable presence in Doha in the relatively short amount of time since the office was opened there, and we are excited to be a partner in

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Pilot Programme - Further findings from the government’s Covid pilot programme claim that mass participation events "can be conducted safely", with case numbers from four months of crowds remaining in line with, or below, community infection rates. Little to no coronavirus cases were detected among audiences that had attended several theatre pilots, including indoor and outdoor performance.
The second release of data from the Events Research Programme, covering phases II and III of the pilot scheme, concluded that major events can take place in a safe way and demonstrates how certification can be "effectively implemented at large events". The findings cover all 37 test events, which took place in England across a four-month period between April and July, however the latest research includes pilots specifically intended to test events of increased size and scale.
According to the data, fewer than five Covid cases were recorded over 10 indoor performances at the Grange opera festival, at four shows at Grosvenor Park Outdoor Theatre in Chester or at seven performances of Leeds Playhouse and Opera North’s A Little Night Music.
The data does show spikes in cases across the country on the days after England’s Euro 2020 matches, which "highlights the need for members of the public to remain cautious in all settings" the government said. "A cautious approach should be taken at unstructured events involving attendees being in close proximity for extended periods of time, when spectators are at high-density pinch points at venues, when travelling

 
sipa-plasa-panel-heroSiPA brings sustainability to the fore at PLASA 2021
Tuesday, 24 August 2021

UK - The Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA) is joining forces with four greener touring, live entertainment and events organisations at this year’s PLASA Show for an open panel discussion to explore how we can transform, together, to create a better future.
Entitled Becoming a Sustainable Industry - because this is a not a rehearsal, the event will take place at the PLASA Show Seminar Theatre at Olympia London at 15:30 on 6 September. It will bring together key sustainability experts from SiPA, TAIT, LIVE Green, the Tour Production Group, the Theatre Green Book and isla, who will share ways in which the industry can reduce emissions and become net zero by 2050.
The hour-long, deep-dive discussion will be moderated by Carol Scott, principal sustainability advocate at TAIT and SiPA, with panellists Evie Redfern, a third-year Theatre Production student at Guildford School of Acting; Paddy Dillon, Theatre Green Book co-ordinator; Anna Abdelnoor, co-founder, isla; Sarah Rushton-Read, creative director at The Fifth Estate and principal advocate, SiPA; and John Langford, COO AEG Europe and chairman of LIVE Green.
“Throughout the enforced hiatus of lockdown individuals and organisations, from all sectors of the live entertainment industry, have joined forces to build back more sustainably,” says Carol Scott. “With COP26 looming, there has never been a more pressing time to go green. Everyone who can effect change, no matter how small, must play their part in protecting the planet. The PLASA Show will provide the ideal forum for us t

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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