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dancer-eve-mutso-poses-at-festival-venue-tynecastle-park-tnHawthorn enjoys ‘busiest ever’ Edinburgh
Friday, 6 September 2019

UK - With thousands of performers taking to hundreds of stages across the city, this year’s Edinburgh Festival and Fringe proved to be the busiest ever for full technical production provider Hawthorn, who supplied equipment to performances across both festivals.
Having headed to Edinburgh for their 29th festival season, this year saw Hawthorn provide lighting, rigging and power distribution to the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF).
The International Festival presents a programme featuring performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. Hawthorn was tasked with providing equipment to an array of performances in Festival Theatre, Kings Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, The Studio and Usher Hall as well as providing kit to the opening ceremony which took place at Tynecastle Park.
As well as supplying equipment to EIF, Hawthorn was also kept busy with their Edinburgh Festival Fringe clients. This included supplying lighting, rigging and power distribution for Assembly Festival - the longest-running of the multi-venue operators - as well as continuing their collaboration with Summerhall and long-term client Paradise Green.
David Slater, Hawthorn’s group director of hire, says: “This year has definitely been our busiest Fringe Festival to date and we’re thrilled to be working with so many amazing venues, both new and old. Edinburgh International Festival was a new client for us this year and it was a privilege to support them in so many fantastic new venues. EIF offers such a diverse programme so it was really exciti

ac-claypaky-mainAC-ET to distribute Claypaky in UK and Ireland
Friday, 6 September 2019

UK - Claypaky has appointed A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) as its distributor for the UK, while AC-ET sister company A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland has become Claypaky's distributor in the Republic of Ireland.
The agreement came into effect on 1 September.
Marcus Graser, designated CEO of Claypaky, comments: "We are honoured by AC-ET’s decision to dedicate special resources and commitment to the distribution of our products. The collaboration between our two companies started back in the '70s, but this new agreement - based on a shared vision of a more modern relationship - marks a decisive change that everyone will benefit from."
Jonathan Walters, AC-ET’s UK sales & purchasing director, remarks: "We are delighted to be working with Claypaky. The brand has been a leader in stage lighting for decades, producing some of the world’s most iconic lighting products."
Emilio Cornelli, Claypaky’s sales manager for the UK and Ireland, adds: "We greatly appreciate the team of AC-ET’s industry professionals; their experience and the company’s world-class service will be of great benefit to all the customers in the sectors in which Claypaky's products are used.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Hey Jude - China's oldest symphony orchestra played their first ever BBC Prom on Sunday, and after playing pieces by Rachmaninov and Mozart, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra launched into a raucous version of The Beatles' Hey Jude in a surprise encore. Conductor Long Yu encouraged Prommers to sing along, which they did, before giving the players a standing ovation. "We're very happy," said Yu. "Please accept our warm wish from Shanghai." The concert marked the end of the orchestra's 140th anniversary tour, which began in the US three weeks ago.
Picture Post - Sir Elton John features on a new set of Royal Mail stamps to celebrate his contribution to music. The singer-songwriter is only the second individual music artist to be given such an honour, with David Bowie featuring in 2017. Eight of the Sir Elton stamps feature images of some of his most popular album covers. They include his 1972 breakthrough record Honky Chateau which features the track Rocket Man.
The album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road which features the songs Candle In The Wind, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting and Bennie And The Jets, is also celebrated.Caribou is another one of the albums that features on one of the stamps. Also commemorated is Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy from 1975, which features Someone Saved My Life Tonight, with its cover designed by Gianni Versace. On Your Feet! - Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet! is being lined up for a second summer run in the West End. Produ

 
singermargaritaladiosadelacumbiaatshowcaseLightShark delivers for Mexico’s S3
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Mexico - Mexican AV specialists Sound Systems Suppliers (S3) has invested in a Work Pro LightShark LS-1 DMX hardware lighting console in order to enhance workflow across a range of events including corporate launches, fashion shows and live concerts.
Based in Mexico City, S3 has been offering specialist AV services to clients for more than 15 years. Its main customers include the Sendero Shopping Centre, F1 Management Malls, Phillip Morris and Universal Music. The company also supports touring musicians such as Izan Llunas, Yahir, Matisse, Coque Muñiz, Playa Limbo and many more.
Company director Jorge Uriel Núñez Vega says: “Our core business is live show production and we offer our customers a complete solution that incorporates audio, video and lighting. Before buying a LightShark console we were using PC interfaces to control lighting at these events, but we found this to be a very inconvenient solution because it wasn't quick enough to allow us to be really creative with our lighting. We considered investing in a wing but realised that this would only allow us to control software and not the actual lighting, so we began looking for a console solution.”
Equipson's Mexican distributor Gonher Pro ran a training demo at S3's warehouse to showcase what LightShark could do. This convinced Jorge Uriel Núñez Vega that the LightShark LS-1 was the right product for his business because it offered the right combination of features and price.
“It is so easy to use because everything is web based, so

 
 
tslBlinding Light is now TSL Lighting
Tuesday, 3 September 2019

UK - TSL has completed the rebrand of Basingstoke-based stage lighting equipment supplier Blinding Light to TSL Lighting following the latter’s acquisition in January 2018.
Operating as TSL Basingstoke, the company will look after all lighting projects, whilst the rigging projects will be processed at TSL’s warehouse in Gatwick.
The move has been described as “a milestone” in the expansion of the company, which is under the directorship of Sam Tamplin, Loz Wilcox and Dom Sheerman.
Tamplin comments: “During the time that Blinding Light has been part of the TSL family, we’ve harmonised our processes to the point where the equipment preparation for all jobs, whether styled as TSL or Blinding Light, is identical, so the time feels right to remove any potential brand confusion for our customers.
“Bringing the brands together as TSL Lighting will see no change or disruption to new or existing customers of either brand. Projects will continue to be delivered from both our Basingstoke and Gatwick locations and our trade hire teams will continue to service our industry colleagues.”
Tamplin adds: “Clients can continue to deal with their existing project manager or hire coordinator at the same location, via the same phone numbers and email addresses, and will continue to enjoy the same great level of service and quality of equipment they have learned to expect from both brands. I’m excited to continue our mission into 2020 and beyond and to cement our position as one of the leading independent suppliers in the UK.”
(Jim

 
casteleinpersonnelMexico City’s Castelein adds Bose DeltaQ
Monday, 2 September 2019

Mexico - Castelein Audiovisual Services of Mexico City has upgraded its audio equipment with the Bose Professional ShowMatch DeltaQ Array system.
Castelein has more than 15 years’ experience in renting audio, video and lighting equipment to corporate events and live shows. The company’s clients range from top event planners, PR and promotion agencies, production companies to AV rental companies; it services small conferences as well as live shows in 1000-seat venues.
The Bose system recently acquired by Castelein includes 16 ShowMatch line array modules, eight SMS118 subwoofers, suspension accessories, and four compatible Powersoft X4 amplifiers. With this ShowMatch DeltaQ system, Castelein can deliver the intelligibility and coverage that the voice of a presenter needs to get a message through, the audio clarity required to enhance the experience from a corporate video, and all of the full-bandwidth power needed for a live concert performance.
Castelein’s relationship with Bose Professional began in 2009 when it first added the L1 portable line array loudspeakers as part of its rental inventory. This experience became one of the aspects that Aymeric Castelein, director of Castelein Audiovisual Services, took into consideration when contemplating the company’s investment in a new ShowMatch system.
“I like to see our suppliers as allies, because we can help each other and grow together. With Bose Professional we have assumed the challenge of positioning the ShowMatch DeltaQ system among different production and rental companies and s

 
 
duncan-riley-and-stuart-andrewsDWR hosts Johannesburg L-ISA demo
Monday, 2 September 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution presented an exclusive demo of L-Acoustics’ L-ISA sound technology to over 100 representatives from rental companies and TV studios in Johannesburg.
The system, which was used in South Africa for the first time during the live edition of The Voice South Africa 2019, was demo’d at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, where the TV show took place.
The demo was presented by Tim McCall, regional sales manager and Tony Szabo, head of touring applications at L-Acoustics, along with Chris Pugh, technical support at DWR Distribution and Adriaan van der Walt, audio engineer at Multi-Media who specified L-ISA technology for The Voice.
“I think it’s awesome that L-Acoustics have invested so much into South Africa,” comments Duncan Riley of DWR. “We are one of their smaller markets, yet they treat us no differently to the larger players. Their passion is contagious, and it really does feel like a family. We received an overwhelming response at the demo from the entertainment industry and I would like to thank everyone for being there.”
“Over six million spectators have enjoyed over two thousand performances in L-ISA so far, and we have sent out people to gather information from the audience to see if they enjoyed the production and noticed a difference,” said Tony Szabo. “The feedback has been overwhelming, from people commenting that they felt closer to the performance, to artists saying that they receive a greater response from the audience.”
Chris de Lancey, director at Multi-Media

 
tslTSL investment fuels busy festival season
Friday, 30 August 2019

UK - TSL Lighting’s major spring investment in fixtures and consoles has resulted in a busy summer festival season, with the new kit being used at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and the biggest European festival stages.
A recent delivery of grandMA3 full-size and light consoles meant that no-compromise control could be supplied for British DJ and production duo CamelPhat at Reading & Leeds festivals at the end of August.
“The MA3 is a new investment for us but one which we’re sure will become a real workhorse for the future,” says TSL senior project manager, James Davies. “We’ve set up our systems and networking infrastructure so that our lighting designers and operators can get used to the new control surfaces ready for the launch of the version 3 software. The Reading & Leeds shows looked great. Designer Sam Tozer and Operator Patrick Krause did a fantastic job, as always.”
TSL recently doubled their stock of Martin VDO Sceptron 10 units, which were put to good use by lighting designer Matt Kemp to create a floor package for Jorja Smith’s 2019 festival tour, supplementing a rig of MAC Viper Profiles and SGM Q-7s. The Sceptron units were also used on Clean Bandit’s summer festival tour for lighting designer Liam Griffiths. For both packages, TSL also designed, built and supplied custom frames and rolling skids for the rigs to move on and off the stage seamlessly.
July also saw an increase in TSL’s stock of Chroma-Q Colorforce II 12 and 48 LED battens, improving the flexibility of its existing Colorforce II syst

 
 
absenAbsen MiniLED in high demand
Friday, 30 August 2019

UK - The initial batch of 500 Aries AX1.5 - Absen’s newest mini-LED display - has sold out instantly, confirming the strong demand for 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market. UK-based AV distributor PSCo was the first in Europe to invest in the product, with UK rental companies DB Pixelhouse, Onyx and Catalyst amongst the first to add the new product to their rental fleets.
Absen’s Aries LED display series is aimed at professional rental companies for high-end corporate events, conferences, auto shows, e-gaming competitions and broadcast applications, and is the first such product to combine a 4-in-1 integrated pixel design and Common Cathode technology.
Alex Couzins, head of brand and marketing for Absen Europe, comments: “We have really seen the demand for a 1.5mm fine pitch LED within the rental market kick off this year and we’re excited that PSCo is among the first companies in the world to offer customers the new Aries 1.5mm.
“Absen has dedicated two years of development to the Aries project; a decision that’s yielded a number of technological innovations and mechanical advances. This commitment has ensured that the product’s exceptional visual performance will not be hindered by the physical demands of the rental staging market.”
PSCo’s head of LED, Liam Winter, adds: “Absen’s new 4-in-1 mini-LED is an evolution and, ultimately, an upgrade to the traditional SMD LED technology, which sets the standard for LED performance today.”
(Jim Evans)

 
hrt-one-family-hrHuddle Room Technology partners with Jands
Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Australia - Huddle Room Technology (HRT) has appointed Jands Australia as its new distribution partner for the Australian AV and ICT markets.
HRT is the maker of Huddle Hub One, a multi-session wireless presentation system that supports up to seven concurrent sessions on the same hardware. Jands is showcasing the Huddle Hub One and One Plus at Integrate Show in Melbourne this week (27-29 August, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre).
“Having a partner like Jands with their extensive experience in the Australian market is a big win for HRT,” comments Stefano Spattini, CEO for HRT. “We are greatly looking forward to working with such a respected and professional distribution partner.”
“HRT's Huddle Hub is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” adds Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Motown Gold - Stevie Wonder's Superstition has topped the chart of the most popular Motown tracks of all time in the UK. The 1972 single beat classics by the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and the Temptations. The list of the top 100 Motown tracks was compiled by the Official Chart Company based on all time downloads and streams.
"I am proud to have been chosen at the top of such an incredibly talented group of artists," said Wonder. Overall the singer-songwriter legend had the most songs on the list with 20. His next most popular track was Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours), which came in at five.
The Empire Strikes Back - A new campaign group has been set up to bring the at risk Garston Empire in Liverpool back into use as an entertainment venue. The building has been disused for 10 years and was placed on the Theatres Trust Theatres at Risk Register in 2009 due to threat of demolition. Having opened in 1915, the Garston Empire operated as a theatre for three years before becoming a cinema. Its last use was as a bingo hall, which ended when it closed in 2009.
Now, a group of local residents, led by businessman Tony Murray, hope to see the building “returned to its glory days” as a theatre and multi-use entertainment venue. The venue has an estimated capacity of 1,000. Murray, who has previously worked as a bingo-caller at Hackney Empire in London, said: “The idea just came to me in a flash one day. I know that they have turned the Hackney Empire into a roaring success and I thought we could do the same thing

 
test-set-up-roe-products-at-aed-hqAED Display boosts ROE inventory
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The Netherlands - AED Display has recently enlarged its stock of ROE Visual LED products with further investment. Investing in a series of new products released by ROE Visual will ensure AED’s rental fleet is completely up-to-date to respond to market developments.
“We constantly have to respond to changing market demands. Keeping up with new product releases is one of the strong features of AED Display, we scout developments and product releases of our suppliers on a regular base. When products make a successful entry in the market, we will see an increase in demand for these products at AED Display immediately,” comments Thierry Heldenbergh, managing director for AED Display.
The total investment in ROE Visual products encompasses Black Marble BM4 LED floor, Diamond DM2.6 and Vanish V8. With this investment AED can boast to have the largest rental stock in Europe, enabling AED to support companies that have invested in similar products.
“This investment will give our customers access to the latest LED products that are in high demand for live events as well as corporate shows”, states Heldenbergh.
“The ability to rent or cross-rent gives a boost to rental companies, that like to own their own LED equipment, but might run out of stock for larger shows. The great thing is we can trust ROE Visual to take that fact into account and reserve products from the same batch for a certain region.”
“We have a long and close relation with AED Display, they have been instrumental in growing our brand in Europe,” comments Roelof B

 
 
elations-eric-loader-and-ulas-cuono-bivianoULA Group to distribute Elation in Australia
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Australia - Elation Professional has announced that ULA Group is the new exclusive distributor for Elation Professional products in Australia and New Zealand. Established in 1991, ULA Group provides lentertainment, architectural and LED digital lighting solutions to an extensive portfolio of clients across the region.
“We understand the value in providing our clients with as many options and solutions as possible, therefore we sought an internationally recognized brand that was well respected and could cover a vast array of markets,” states Cuono (Con) Biviano, managing director of ULA Group. “As an acknowledged brand on international tour riders and an emerging standard in the major theatre market, Elation was a natural fit.”
Elation director of sales & marketing, Eric Loader, adds: “A partnership with ULA was a logical step for us to move forward in the Australian and New Zealand market and is an important piece of our growth strategy. With an extremely well-qualified and experienced team with well-established relationships across the industry, along with offices across Australia and New Zealand, ULA is well prepared to support our product line and grow the Elation brand.”
ULA Group serves rental companies large and small and works with major installation customers to provide clients with market-leading visual solutions and services. The growing company offers an extensive portfolio of brands and maintains offices throughout Australia and New Zealand.
“Elation offers innovative products across rental, production and theat

 
plasa-touseDays left for free PLASA Show registration
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

UK - Time is running out for those wishing to take advantage of the free registration period for the 2019 PLASA Show, taking place 15-17 September at London Olympia. Visitor registration is free until Friday, 30 August (£12 thereafter).
Organisers have also announced new additions to the seminar programme, which is covering various industry topics, from ground-breaking audio installations to safety and career advice, and practical training.
In 'More than a venue', Royal Albert Hall’s head of technical Ollie Jeffery and Steve Jones of d&b audiotechnik will reveal the story behind the venue’s multi-million pound audio installation and its effect on the RAH and its many visitors (see LSi April 2019).
In an exploratory session on sound for houses of worship, SFL project manager Patrick Smith will offer four proven ideas for better church audio, discussing what happens when contemporary music meets Gothic architecture and how immersive audio could change the face of worship.
Other audio sessions will discuss the future of theatre audio; how audio is affected by ambitious concert staging; and the realities of immersive audio. Meanwhile, Soulsound’s Darryn de la Soul will address the younger generation, offering insider know-how on how to craft a good CV and get wo

 
 
hyde-parkMartin Audio reports sales growth
Friday, 23 August 2019

UK - Martin Audio has reported sales growth following a series of product launches and an overseas expansion.
The Buckinghamshire-based business has recorded a 22% increase in sales in its financial year 2017/18, growing from £16.5m to £20.1m. The company is now forecasting a further 20% increase in sales during 2019.
Over the same period, Martin Audio has added a number of major global rental clients to its roster, including US-based Soundworks, Southard Audio and Twilight Audio which were part of efforts to consolidate the brand’s footprint in North America, where it is now established as a direct distributor. In addition, Jamaican brand Main Event Entertainment, and Dominican Republic-headquartered Group AR were also added joining the ranks of Martin Audio rental companies that manage tours, corporate events and major festivals including London’s British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park, Rock in Rio and Rock in Japan.
The brand has also launched 15 new products over the past 12 months and extended its scalable acoustic technology offering. Its new range of sound solutions has enabled the business to expand into the commercial install space, allowing it to compete successfully with major industry players.
In 2018, Martin Audio completed a management buyout from global audio specialist Loud Audio. The manufacturer was backed by LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, which invested £12m in the company alongside its existing management team.
Following the divestiture from Loud, Martin Audio has invested in developi

 
blackoutsocialmediawebtwitterpost1024x512pxBlackout Immersive to run at PLASA Show 2019
Friday, 23 August 2019

UK - Blackout, an immersive installation designed by Mig Burgess to raise mental health awareness, will be presented at the PLASA Show from 15-17 September at Olympia London.
After an initial run at Guildford School of Acting earlier this year (see LSi June 2019), the project, which fuses cutting-edge technology, art, theatre and education, will visit the tradeshow as it gears up for a nationwide roll-out.
Blackout aims to give visitors a rare insight into the mind of someone with bipolar II disorder by utilising light, sound, video and vibration, creating a sensory journey into the mind of a bipolar II patient who transitions through a hyper manic and manic low episode.
The experience has been created for a single viewer and lasts six minutes. Entry is free, but those wishing to attend need to choose a preferred date and time through this booking form.
Burgess, a lighting tutor at GSA and an experienced production LX, has suffered from the disorder for most of her life.
She says: “I’m a creative - it is far easier to express my feelings through art than through words. I see Blackout as much more than just a design installation. I want to provoke more discussion around the topic of mental health in this industry, and beyond. I want to encourage people to be honest a

 
 
chamsysChamSys moves into new headquarters
Thursday, 22 August 2019

UK - Lighting console manufacturer ChamSys is opening new headquarters in Southampton’s Brooklands Courtyard.
The facility features a multi-line manufacturing centre, which will enable the company to build its MagicQ Stadium and MagicQ Compact consoles simultaneously. Also inside are storage and dispatch warehousing area, R&D facilities, service department and customer training area along with a dedicated repair centre, two training rooms, and a pre-visualisation suite for visiting programmers.
Chamsys, which is celebrating 15 years in business this year, is officially opening the new HQ with an event on 2 September - contact the company on openhouse@chamsys.co.uk for details on how to attend.
“The new headquarters reflects our dedication to maintaining the highest quality standards as we grow,” comments Chris Kennedy, managing director of ChamSys. “We’re extremely happy with how our new facility will enable us to accelerate our product development whilst maintaining our high product quality and software excellence. ChamSys is committed to providing the best value and service to the customer.”
(Jim Evans)

 
active-bluedbtechnologiesActive Blue invests in Vio
Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Germany - Active Blue, a Bremen-based service provider for lighting, sound and event technology, recently acquired several components of the Vio system, dBTechnologies' most powerful PA system.
The Bremen-based company is using equipment from the Italian PA manufacturer dBTechnologies for the first time. The purchase includes 20 VIO L212, 20 S218 SUB and 20 L208 modules.
Active Blue has been in operation for 30 years and since and is active Europe-wide. The company is increasingly active with corporate events and conferences, concerts, parties or cultural events. The aim of purchasing Vio components was to expand the stock of large PA systems and to respond even more flexibly to customer wishes. All equipment has to meet the highest standards. After extensive market research, they decided to take a closer look at the Vio system at the dBTechnologies stand during Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
"The discussions with the dBTechnologies team and the information we could gather at the show were compelling," says Andreas Beer, managing director of Active Blue. "dBTechnologies has done a tremendous job here and offers a wide range of features that are not available from competitors. The rigging and handling of the system are very simple, the networking of all modules with each other is smooth, the automatic recognition of the elements present in the system and of course the integrated RDNet are further, very useful features.”
The new components have already been used for several events, including the 850th-anniversary city festival of Melle, the Su

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Early Closing - Peter Pan, the opening production at the Troubadour White City Theatre in west London, will close nearly two months earlier than planned, producers have announced. Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of the JM Barrie novel began performances at the theatre in July and will have played for just six of the scheduled 14 weeks when it closes on 1 September.
A statement from the producers said: “The production received acclaim from critics and a hugely positive reaction from audiences, however due to ticket sales, we have reluctantly taken the decision to close in September. We’d like to thank our wonderfully talented cast and creative team for all of their hard work, as well as the audiences who have enjoyed the production.”
The production is the first show to play at Troubadour White City, one of two new theatres that were launched last month by the team behind the King’s Cross Theatre. The White City venue is situated on part of the former BBC Media Village, while the second theatre, Troubadour Wembley Park, is located in the former Fountain television studios.
Last Christmas - An unreleased, six-minute song from the late George Michael will feature in a new movie loosely based on his music. Last Christmas, released later this year, is set to star Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. Its director Paul Feig told BBC News: "[George Michael] was putting together his new album when he passed. And one of our tracks is one of those songs, and it's just an absolutely amazing song that I'm so exc

 
ayrton-khamsin-sDelicate Productions adds Ayrton Khamsin
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

USA - Delicate Productions of Camarillo, California has taken delivery of a large stock of Ayrton Khamsin LED profile luminaires.
“The Khamsins are our first Ayrton fixtures,” says Joe DiCarlo, director of operations at Delicate Productions. The investment came after an enquiry by the lighting director of rock band, Tool. “Lighting director, Mark ‘Junior’ Jacobson, a long-time client of ours for concert tours, was looking for an LED source profile fixture for the anticipated Tool tour. That started us on the path of exploring these types of fixtures.
“Multiple manufacturers sent us demo units and we staged a shoot-out, with Brad Nelms at ACT Lighting supplying the Khamsin fixtures.”
Khamsin stood out from the other fixtures for a number of reasons according to DiCarlo and Angelo Viacava, lighting operations at Delicate Productions. “Khamsin promised the most lumens on paper and didn’t disappoint, as it was the brightest of all of the fixtures we had for the shootout,” says Viacava. “It was able to cut through the brightness of a video wall with ease. A Tool show is normally very video heavy, and the Khamsins’ output was sure to rival the video wall’s intensity.”
He also liked Khamsin’s zoom range. “It goes from a very large wide beam to a narrow beam very rapidly,” he reports, “and its speed really got my attention. Khamsin is good for quick snaps amongst the colour wheels and gobo wheels. The gobo morphing in this fixture is exceptional.”
DiCarlo views Khamsin as a ‘very versatile fixture’ th

 
 
maestra-bahrain-is-launchedMaestra Bahrain opens, partners with Ritz-Carlton
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Bahrain - Event design, technical and scenic production specialist Maestra Group has opened a base in Bahrain and announced a new partnership with the Ritz-Carlton resort and its 43,000sq.ft conference and exhibition facility.
As the resort’s exclusive event partner, Maestra will oversee all technical aspects of the new Arena facility, which offers a full set-up and capacity for large banquet receptions and global conferences.
Maestra’s Tom Clements comments: “We are extremely excited about this new venture and to be involved in such a high profile and incredibly well-designed event space. For Maestra Group, this is a logical expansion of our work in Dubai, and it will also be the first step in some strategic expansion plans for Maestra Group in the Middle East.”
“As Bahrain becomes a global destination for premiere conferences and events in the region, it’s our pleasure to partner with Maestra and unveil a new conference facility complemented with our signature Ritz-Carlton brand service we’re known for globally,” says Bernard de Villèle, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. “With modern interiors and high-tech capabilities, The Arena stands to be one of the sought-after venues in the region and a perfect addition to the resorts already existing portfolio.”
The new venue is designed to host all types and styles of gatherings and events, including conferences, trade shows, car launches, seminars, music concerts, exhibitions and more.
Maestra Bahrain will include a core project management and technical team

 
adamson-hermes-aug19-hrAdamson partners with Hermes Music
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Mexico - Adamson Systems Engineering has appointed Pro Audio Comercializadora, a division of Hermes Music, as its exclusive distributor for the Mexican market.
“Pro Audio Comercializadora has been in the professional market for several decades, and in that time, we’ve watched Adamson become a market leader in terms of innovation, product performance, and brand profile,” comments Raul Carlos Uriegas, director of Pro Audio Comercializadora. “The development of their various patented and proprietary technologies over the years makes it clear Adamson is proud and passionate about the audio industry, and that’s exactly the kind of company we want to partner with.”
Based in Mexico City, Pro Audio Comercializadora will work in close collaboration with Adamson’s Canadian headquarters to develop educational programming, provide client support, and propel further growth in the national market. Uriegas states that customer and user support will be at the core of their efforts from the outset, with plans already in place to deliver Adamson’s globally-standardized Applied Certification training in the near future.
“A very important part for us is to assist those who have trusted Adamson over the years, regardless of the origin of the sale,” he asserts. “Pro Audio and Adamson share a common bond in the way we care for our customers, and we plan to live up to both companies’ reputations with education opportunities and second-to-none service and support as part of the Adamson Network.”
Uriegas says in closing that his team is looki

 
 
ald-awardsforexcellence-logoALD launches Awards for Excellence
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

UK - The ALD has launched the ALD Awards for Excellence, a scheme aimed at students and recent graduates that replaces the annual Michael Northern Awards.
The ALD says the new format “better reflects” the association’s growing representation and introduces a restructured prize fund, with three categories instead of four.
Rory Beaton, head of the ALD’s Working Group for Awards, comments: “The awards have grown in stature and, like most things, need a firm foundation from which to grow further. With the consolidation of naming and prize structure, The ALD Awards for Excellence have a strong and flexible framework to shape them for the future.”
The awards are now open for submissions to current students studying in the UK, recent graduates (2017-present), or to corresponding affiliate members of the ALD. The deadline is set for midnight on 31 October and the winners will be announced during the ALD’s annual Lighting Lunch in December.
The categories are as follows:
The Michael Northen Award for Excellence in Lighting Design (sponsored by the Mousetrap Foundation) - £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals to run alongside the initial stage of their career, a copy of Michael Northen’s book, Northen Lights.
The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics (sponsored by ETC) - £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a on

 
robe-protec-dubai-aaron-russ-with-elie-battah-robe-mepro221134491Protec Dubai invests in Robe
Monday, 19 August 2019

UAE - The Protec Group’s Dubai branch has started investing in Robe moving lights, including BMFLs, Pointes, MegaPointes, Spikies and RoboSpot systems.
The purchases have been spearheaded by Protec’s head of lighting, Aaron Russ.
The company delivers full technical production solutions across entertainment, leisure and commercial sectors - from corporate presentations to music festivals - throughout the UAE, Middle East and UK / Europe.
Russ explains that it was a case of the right product at the right time with Robe. Obviously, they had other moving lights in stock up until this point, but the first batch of 96 Pointes were sourced to replace a competitor beam light product, together with 48 Spikies on the same order.
Then in 2018, for opening ceremony of the Qiddiya Theme Park in Riyadh, KSA with a design by US-based LD John Featherstone of Lightswitch, they needed a powerful wash light and purchased 24 BMFL XF Washes with the barn door module. “Every design we receive from John specifies a lot of Robe,” comments Russ.
Also delivered by Robe Middle East with this second batch of luminaires were another 24 Pointes and 12 MegaPointes.
The next purchase was two RoboSpot base stations with two BMFL Blades luminaires and separate motions cameras specifically to be used as remote-controlled follow spots.
Russ cites the opening and closing ceremonies of the Presidents Cup Football in the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain as a good example, where he positioned 24 BMFLs on one of the balcony handrails at the top of the seating

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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