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john-schnobrich-yfbyvpeghfq-unsplashApplications for part of £1.57bn fund launch
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

UK - Arts organisations can now apply for a portion of the government’s £1.57bn relief fund.
Up to £622m in grants will be made available during this first phase of the programme, including a £2.25m pot for grassroot music venues announced earlier this month.
Arts Council England will allocate £500m, with handouts of between £50,000 and £3m available for cultural organisations based in England, such as theatres, music and comedy venues and museums.
The rest of the money will be distributed by the British Film Institute (£30m) for independent cinemas, and the National Lottery Heritage (£92m) to protect heritage sites.
To be eligible for a grant through ACE, organisations must be registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission, and be able to present at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statements.
Applications can be lodged on the body’s website across two rounds in August, although ACE expects that 75% of the budget will be allocated during round one.
Deadlines for applying are 10 August to 21 August for round one, and 21 August to 4 September for round two.
Successful applicants are required to use the

mergingAES Virtual Vienna student wins Merging award
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Europe - Merging Technologies has supported the AES Student Recording Competition for many years, both at the European and US Conventions, by donating a prize of a Pyramix Native licence to the top student in the appropriate category.
The situation was rather different this year with the Vienna Convention being virtual; no Merging employee could present the prize. Nevertheless, the competition went ahead as normal and produced an excellent result for a student from the Detmold Hochschule für Musik. Kseniya Kawko was awarded the Gold Award in the Traditional Acoustic Category for the recording of the piece by Michio Miyagi Haru no Umi and Silver Award in the Immersive Category for the recording of the Mendelssohn String Quartet No.2 in A Minor.
Kseniya recorded and mixed both projects on Pyramix since Detmold and McGill University, where Kseniya did her previous studies, have been equipped with Merging products for many years. Merging operates a generous student purchase programme that is designed to assist those looking to make their career in music recording.

 
 
jungVoid Acoustics confirms distributor for Korea
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Korea - Void Acoustics has confirmed the appointment of a new distributor for Korea.
Joeun Media Co is based in Busan, Korea and first came to the attention of Void Acoustics in 2013 at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. The company has operated since 1985 as a wholesale AV distributor and has established a significant reputation as an exceptional audio installation company for major clubs and venues around Korea. However, this will be the first time that Joeun Media has been appointed directly as a distributor for the audio manufacturer.
Jung Wook, CEO for Joeun Media comments: “I was first made aware of Void Acoustics six or seven years ago and was fascinated by the unique design and innovative speaker arrangement of the Incubus and Nexus systems, which so clearly demonstrate the unique production values of Void Acoustics.”
Since that first introduction to Void when they were appointed as a dealer, it has been Jung’s ambition to become a distributor for the brand. During these intervening years they have specified and installed Void systems into numerous clubs around Korea including Ibiza in Daejun and Flux in Busan.
“When the opportunity arose to become the Korean distributor for Void Acoustics, I contacted the team immediately about taking over the distribution rights. We know we are in a strong position with our past experience to specify and install Void systems into upcoming major venues and installations.”
Sean Iskhandar, APAC Sales Manager for Void Acoustics adds: “With the past projects Joeun Media have been involved

 
harlequinHarlequin Floors opens new European distribution centre
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Belgium - Harlequin Floors has launched its new manufacturing plant and distribution centre in Liège.
The new 2,000 sq.m plant based in Liège will manufacture Harlequin Liberty sprung floor panels and will ensure an even faster service for our European clients, especially those in the events industry where a rapid turnaround on orders is a prerequisite and will be even more important to help rebuild the industry post-pandemic. The new site will improve efficiencies in manufacturing and supply, says the company.
It will also enable Harlequin to service the growing demand for its products in Europe.
Harlequin has also appointed Berlin-based Sander Resnik as commercial director of Harlequin Deutschland. The company will use Resnik’s background in sales expansion and e-commerce to widen its German-speaking customer base, which is dominated by the dancing elite but has further potential in the wider dancing community as well as the events industry.
Resnik comments: “I am glad to be with Harlequin Floors at this time and to be able to support the DACH region with my expertise. Working closely with Mr [Dirk] Rüter and the team in Berlin, I aim to show our German speaking customers how important it is to train and perform on a real dance floor as opposed to a generic sports floor. We are sure that our customers will also welcome further improvements to our excellent service as well as new products we are currently developing.”
Guy Dagger, CEO of the Harlequin Group, adds: “Harlequin has experienced incredible global growth over the l

 
 
wemakeeventsredalertrgb#WeMakeEvents moves into Red Alert to save UK events
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

UK - Leading trade bodies and businesses are joining forces to issue a Red Alert and highlight the severe challenges faced by the live events industry and its entire supply chain due to the pandemic.
Planned for 11 August, the action will include social media and video drives as well as legal outdoor events, with other specific activities occurring on the day.
The initiative is part of the #WeMakeEvents campaign that aims to raise awareness of the sector’s struggles and to secure further support from the government.
“The live events industry supply chain that contributes to every single event in the UK is set to completely collapse,” comments Peter Heath, MD of PLASA. “Social distancing prohibits mass events, and even if this stopped now, long-term planning for events won’t enable a return until around March 2021. Now, the whole industry is coming together to initiate a Red Alert. We have been campaigning for financial support from the government using #WeMakeEvents because the sector is on its last legs.”
According to campaign research conducted last week, redundancies across the sector have already started. Of the companies surveyed, 10% said they plan to issue notices by the end of July whilst 15% intend to do so in August.
But 70% of those polled admitted they would make redundancies by end of the year, with a fifth expecting to lose 70% of staff.
Earlier this month, the UK government announced a £1.57bn rescue

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Emergency Support - Grassroots music venues in England will be the first cultural organisations to benefit from the government’s £1.57 billion package for the arts, with the most at-risk organisations receiving cash in the “next few weeks”. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that the first tranche of money - totalling £2.25m - will fund emergency support grants for music venues at risk of imminent collapse.
It is the first news about how the billion-pound package will be spent, coming nearly three weeks after the initial announcement and following pressure from industry and unions to provide urgent clarification. A maximum of 150 venues that are at “severe risk of insolvency” are expected to benefit from the new funding, which will be distributed by Arts Council England and will provide grants of up to £80,000 to cover ongoing costs such as rent, bills and maintenance contracts.
Palladium Pilot - LW Theatres chief executive Rebecca Kane Burton has claimed a pilot event held at the London Palladium will enable theatres up and down the country to reopen their doors. At the test event, held to see how theatres can reopen safely, she said LW Theatres had employed the head of pharmacology at the University of Oxford, along with six other “erudite scientists”, to write a report looking at methods of getting theatres reopened, and which measures will enable that. She said LW Theatres had been through an 18-week process to see how venues can reopen.
“In this way, we can help theatres up and down this

 
 
heightPASMA responds to HSE tower prosecution
Tuesday, 28 July 2020

UK - A recent prosecution at Glasgow Sheriff Court has highlighted both the human and financial consequences when work at height is not properly planned, designed and managed, PASMA has said.
The association highlighted a recent court case, which looked at an incident from 2 September 2016 when an employee of JR Scaffold Services Ltd, who was erecting a tower scaffold to carry out roof repairs, fell 8m after the cantilever section on which he was standing collapsed. According to reports, the fall left him hospitalised for two weeks, with severe injuries including a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen and multiple rib and shoulder fractures. It was five months before he could return to work and he will be on daily antibiotics for the rest of his life.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had correctly carried out a risk assessment and method statement before starting work. However, the tower was erected in the wrong place. Rather than dismantle and reassemble in the right place, it was decided that a cantilever section should be added, despite this not being included in the design.
The HSE identified two major errors in what followed. Firstly, there were insufficient anchor ties available on site, so the cantilever was supported by splicing the frame of the scaffold. Secondly, no ballast/counterweight was used, which meant the top section of the tower was unable to support the weight of the cantilever.
When the employee stood on the cantilever section to fit toe boards, the top section of the scaffold and cant

 
rahRoyal Albert Hall prepares for re-opening
Tuesday, 28 July 2020

UK - Unusual Rigging has conducted a series of inspection and maintenance checks at the Royal Albert Hall in preparation for an eventual post-COVID re-opening. With the venue shut for the first time since the Blitz, it was unable to carry out its usual April inspections and maintenance and as such the statutory examination periods for some hoists had expired.
Alexander Tripp, deputy head of technical at Royal Albert Hall explained: “While being closed has meant that there is less wear and tear on some of the equipment than there would usually be, this is not the case for the majority of it, There were also a number of examinations that needed to be carried out – thorough examination of rigging equipment being one of them. We wanted to get this rectified as soon as possible, but there were many challenges that needed addressing before work inside the Hall could be safely resumed.”
With the BBC Proms confirming a series of concerts in the Hall, as well as fresh working guidance and risk assessments being put in place, the timing was right to complete the outstanding maintenance. Unusual is no stranger to the Royal Albert Hall, with one of its earliest projects there taking place around 20 years ago, designing and building a large movable work platform that was put into action when the Hall replaced the plasterwork and coving of the auditorium.
Since then, Unusual has supplied numerous pieces of kit, from chain hoists and rigging equipment to bespoke equipment. Most recently the Unusual team designed and manufactured brackets for the roof of the

 
 
premier-entertainment-groupPremier Entertainment Group runs with Elation
Monday, 27 July 2020

USA - “Our goal is to prep our inventory and staff so as soon as things are ready to start up again, we can hit the ground running,” states Premier Entertainment Group president and owner Dave Guiler about a recent acquisition of Elation Fuze SFX LED moving head luminaires. “That was the goal behind the purchase, to get things together easily and quickly so when this is over we don’t have to worry about any missing pieces.”
Located in Dothan, Alabama, in the southeast corner of the state, Premier Entertainment Group recently acquired 20 Fuze SFX Spot FX fixtures along with other gear as part of a strategy that will see the event services provider put more focus on the touring market. In order to be well prepared once the Covid restrictions have passed, Guiler has put together lighting packages designed to quickly fill a touring rider, truck friendly gear that will also work well on festivals and one-off shows.
Guiler founded Premier Entertainment Group in 2007, when he was just 18, and has grown the company since. He bought into Elation gear about five years ago with the Platinum FLX and also keeps Fuze Wash 350s in his inventory. Currently 85% of his moving heads are Elation brand.
“We had the Platinum FLX, which were phenomenal lights, but for the calibre of shows we were doing, it was a bit much as we don’t always have 50 or 60 foot trims,” Guiler comments. “The Fuze SFX is high quality and versatile like the FLX but with a 300W LED source it has a smaller footprint. For power consumption and output, it’s exactly what we need

 
yoop-photoSolotech partners with Yoop for virtual events
Monday, 27 July 2020

Canada - Solotech has announced that it has established a partnership with Yoop eSpace, a virtual and multifunctional production environment that enables content providers to create and stream events in an immersive and interactive way. Benoît Fredette, businessman and Yoop founder, recently launched the new two-way Yoop platform, which offers a real-time visual and audio interaction between artists and spectators.
The partnership ‘represents an opportunity to innovate and to go beyond the barriers of distance by bringing content providers and their audiences closer together’.
Solotech supports Yoop by providing its production expertise, its equipment and technical teams to ensure the audio, video capture and the broadcasting of events. The Yoop eSpace is already planning to open locations in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and the UK, adding to its first site in Montreal.
The combination of expertise will offer clients an interactive, simple and secure way to attend virtual events.
Martin Chouinard, president of the Live Productions division at Solotech, comments, “Yoop and Solotech have the same objective, to allow spectators to reconnect with their favourite artists through real contact where the energy can be felt on both sides. We are excited to bridge two worlds which have been distant for so long, it will help infuse a lot of passion into the great cultural community.
“Thanks to cutting-edge technologies, we can build a future beyond physical constraints, without sacrificing the quality of production and offer an ultimat

 
 
hpuelearningharmanHarman Pro extends Live Workshop series
Monday, 27 July 2020

USA - Continuing to offer ionline training materials and provide industry professionals a platform to share their expertise, Harman Professional Solutions has added a further 12 free Live Workshops which are now available for registration.
The new workshops, scheduled through August, feature lighting or audio experts who have extensive industry knowledge and experience working with various artists such as 3 Doors Down, Bob Seger, Guns N’ Roses, Gwen Stefani, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Josh Groban, Journey, Justin Bieber, Linkin Park, Matchbox Twenty, Mötley Crüe, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, Stormzy, Styx, Travis Scott, Van Halen, will.i.am and many more.
The workshops open for registration include:
Incorporating Martin MAC Encore and ELP into Modern Lighting Design with Paul Collison (27 July)
System Engineer Skills for the Mix Engineer with Cookie Hoff and Pooch Van Druten (29 July)
Tips for Mixing for Houses of Worship with Jim Yakabuski (30 July)
From Idea to Output: The Development Process of a Moving Light with Brad Schiller (4 August)
History of Audio Technology with Peter Moses (5 August)
Network Design Considerations and Techniques for AV Systems with Thomas Hejnicki (6 August)
Over 90 Live Workshops have been conducted since the programme’s introduction and are now available at Harman Professional’s new online training platform. More sessions are in production for release in the coming months.
For details and registration, visit test

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goboGobo A/S to distribute Prolights in Sweden
Monday, 27 July 2020

Sweden - Prolights has announced that Gobo A/S, already Prolights distributor for Denmark, will additionally take over the distribution of the brand for Sweden.
Gobo A/S has been in the business for more than 40 years in Denmark, and it has been present in Sweden for more than 13 years. Jens Lind, head of sales for Gobo A/S says: “Our focus has always been lighting and control for the entertainment industry, including TV and film. For the last seven years we have added this with museums, exhibitions and architectural special lighting. We have been working on expanding our business in Sweden, and here Prolights is the perfect match for us.
“We look forward to expanding the knowledge of the Prolights brand here in Sweden. This new partnership will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the growth of Gobo Sweden and we are impatient to begin this journey together.”
Antonio Parise, international area manager for Prolights adds, “We have known Gobo A/S for a long time, since it already distributes Prolights’ products in Denmark. We share the same values and philosophy, as we both aim to provide the customers with the best solutions and technical assistance and we’re eager to bring our technologies into the Swedish AVL market.”

 
 
london-eyeLight It Blue founders launch mental health initiative
Monday, 27 July 2020

UK - The collective behind the #LightItBlue campaign has formed a community interest company (CIC) dedicated to raising funds for mental health charities, with particular focus on benefitting people from the events and entertainment sectors.
#LightItBlue was created at the onset of lockdown by a group of events and entertainment industry professionals to show a united display of gratitude to the NHS and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Within four months the campaign had become a global movement spanning 23 countries across six continents and enjoying a social media reach of 700m.
The initiative began on Thursday 26 March when over 100 of the UK’s most famous event venues, sports stadiums and giant LED screens were illuminated in blue to coincide with the nationwide applause for the NHS and frontline care workers.
Since then, landmarks across the world - including Windsor Castle, Niagara Falls, Komazawa Park Olympics Memorial Tower and the Prince's Palace of Monaco have taken part by illuminating blue on Thursday nights. Celebrities and members of the public joined in the ensuing social media campaign to #MakeItBlue in their own way.
One of the new CIC’s directors, Tom Rees, said: “Mental health was on our agenda right from the start. We knew that thousands of event and entertainment industry jobs would be lost or put on hold indefinitely. With so many production companies, venues, agencies and freelancers facing an uncertain future, the impact on individuals’ mental health will be catastrophic.”
Gary W

 
xrstudioExtended reality offered at AED Studios
Friday, 24 July 2020

Belgium - Starting in September, AED Studios in Lint will offer TV, film and event producers the opportunity to use a high-tech XR studio. Extended reality (XR) is the umbrella term for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and other immersive technologies. At the XR studio, the physical and digital worlds are connected, allowing for new, expanded possibilities for audiovisual productions.
The XR Studio is a partnership between a number of specialised European companies - AED Display, MalfMedia, AV Wizard, by Lex Concept Design Control and Eurogrip - which fitted the Studio 4 complex at Lint with a high-tech XR setup. By using premium LED screens (floor and side wall screens), real-time rendering by powerful media servers, camera tracking systems and streaming facilities, the installation is immediately ready to use for interactive business presentations and for recording film and TV programmes.
Glenn Roggeman, CEO of AED Group comments, "Using this technology, we can focus on a broad range of audiovisual productions. Here film producers can shoot special scenes and effects, television makers can create interactive sports and fiction programmes or shows with a virtual audience and companies can turn their most ambitious ideas into dazzling presentations or commercials.
“The possibility of 'set extension' provides us with a unique way of adding virtual images, effects or elements to the shot in real time and allows the people actually on set to be immersed in a total experience. There are only a few such studios availab

 
 
asteraAstera gets an Elite touch in Australia
Friday, 24 July 2020

Australia - Astera LED sales have been growing in Australia since the brand was fully introduced there at the start of 2019, with several leading lighting rental companies investing, including Elite Event Technology based in Canberra.
Elite, headed by owner and founder Darren Russell, will typically supply a full production package – lighting, audio, video rigging and staging – to its clients, embracing all sectors of the industry, from music events to corporates and industrials, TV and theatre productions.
Last year Elite purchased 96 x Astera AX1 PixelTubes in kits of eight with “all the bits”, supplied by ULA Group, Astera’s exclusive distributor for Australia and New Zealand.
More recently – and in spite of the pandemic - the company has invested in another 48 AX1’s and 48 x Astera AX5’s with a full complement of accessories which are for general stock, delivered by Astera’s Australian distributor, ULA Group.
One of the first AX1 events where Elite used all 96, was a gala dinner at Parliament House, the seat of the Australian government, for which Elite is the in-house audiovisual supplier.
Forty AX1s were used as table centres and the balance of 56 built into a spectacular chandelier that was flown in the centre of the Great Hall – the largest of 11 event spaces in Parliament House. All 96 fixtures were then pixel mapped.
The lights have proved ideal for numerous applications from room lighting to table centres, from architectural illumination to highlighting gardens and pathways, thanks to the IP rating

 
bime-pro-digitalBIME Pro 2020 scheduled for October
Friday, 24 July 2020

Spain - Now in its eighth year, BIME Pro takes place on 26-28 October. Say the organisers, “BIME Pro will once again bring together the biggest names in the music industry to discuss the future of the sector and debate the issues it faces in light of over 800,000 concert cancellations globally in 2020.”
Under the hashtag #masceraquenunca (closer than ever) the event urges the industry to move forward together through these unprecedented and challenging times.
BIME Pro will be held this year in a new setting – downtown Bilbao – supported by “a digital ecosystem that will amplify the reach of this unmissable date for music professionals on a global level”.
“At BIME Pro we believe in the need to feel that we’re closer than ever - closer to all the businesses, professionals, students, institutions, sector entities, brands, to all of us who make up this professional fabric and who for years have been coming together to debate, discuss, learn, and innovate - collectively, inclusively, for us all,” says Julen Martin, director, BIME Pro.
“To this end, despite the consequences arising from this crisis, BIME PRO is committed to continuing forward and offering a program that will help shape the strategies of the future of the music industry.”
Tickets will be available from 1 September 1st on the BIME website: www.bime.net.

 
 
daniel-dSLD to distribute Pioneer Pro Audio in Germany
Friday, 24 July 2020

Germany - Pioneer Pro Audio has appointed SLD Distribution as its new distributor in Germany.
The Fürth-based company distributes a number of leading international industry brands across the audio, lighting and AV sector. Its CEO Daniel Danzer has more than years experience in the audio industry, and in particular, the nightclub sector. He founded SLD Distribution last year to be a hub for installation, planning, rental and distribution of pro AV. SLD Distribution works closely with an established network of systems integrators and offers planning, advice, training and certification associated with all its brands.
Daniel Danzer comments, “We are very pleased to be representing Pioneer Pro Audio. The brand has a formidable reputation for sound and build quality. Where other brands manufacture plastic loudspeakers, Pioneer Pro Audio takes a different approach which I believe has great potential in many areas of the market. We look forward to further developing its presence in Germany through our extensive network of partners.”
Kei Aikawa, managing director of Pioneer Professional Audio adds, “Germany is a large and very significant market. SLD Distribution possesses a wealth of experience and expertise, and we’re very confident in its ability to expand Pioneer Pro Audio’s reach in the territory. We’re pleased to be represented by Daniel and look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
(Jim Evans)

 
lightsaredlaunchSouth Africa’s #LightSAred launched with live stream
Thursday, 23 July 2020

South Africa - In a live stream filmed at MGG Productions in Sandton, and hosted on SACIA's YouTube channel, the technical production and live events industry announced the launch the national campaign #LightSAred, to be held on 5 August 2020.
Sharif Baker, chair of the TPSA, announced that the technical production and live events industry will be spearheading a symbolic resistance campaign that will see buildings across the country lit up in red on 05 August.
"The colour red is the international colour of emergency," Baker explains. "We are following the example set by our colleagues in Germany and the UK in lighting our national monuments red to highlight the desperate plight of our industry under current lockdown policies and regulations." Baker went on to emphasise that the #LightSAred campaign is not affiliated with any political body or ideology. "We are simply an events industry in dire straits that is currently being ignored."
Joining Baker during the live launch was Kevan Jones, executive director of SACIA. "As a recognised industry association for the communications industry in Southern Africa, we have been trying to engage the Government and the Department of Arts and Culture for five months. We were the first industry to be shut down under the lockdown restrictions, and we will likely be the last to be allowed to return to full capacity. Despite this, we have not received any acknowledgement from Government to date.”
Projeni Pather, who is the chair of AAXO added to the debate, stating, “The events industry in South Africa has

 
 
sipaSiPA invites industry to sustainability webinar
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

UK - The Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA) is joining forces with the Association of British Technicians (ABTT) and The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), to stage a free webinar on 29 July (Wednesday), where a panel of experts will discuss how the industry can use the current hiatus to create a more sustainable approach to its work.
SiPA’s Carol Scott, principal advocate for sustainability at TAIT and SiPA, will be joined by a host of respected live production industry and environment leaders to discuss how we shape the future of touring and performance to reflect the climate emergency the world is facing.
Alongside Carol Scott will be Jon Bausor - multi-award-winning international stage designer and creative director; Spike Brant - CEO of Nimblist and a designer and advocator of sustainability; Ian Garrett - USITT member and designer with Toasterlab; Huntly Christie - CEO of Christie Lites based in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom; and Dr Chris Jones, research fellow at University of Manchester who is currently examining the key impact areas of the music industry on the environment.
“Every cloud has a silver lining, even the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Scott, who globally leads the charge at TAIT and wants to make sustainability an essential part of the DNA of the entertainment industry. “As an industry, we know it is imperative that we become more sustainable. This current hiatus is giving us all time to evaluate how we can holistically transform the way we work. Collectively, we can become an industry

 
peterPLASA: Events supply chain “on the brink of collapse”
Tuesday, 21 July 2020

UK - The entire events supply chain is at risk of collapse without further government support, PLASA has warned.
“Research has already shown that the majority of companies are running out of reserves fast with no prospect of work on the horizon,” the Association says in a statement. “It is only a matter of time before companies begin to fail and skilled individuals are lost to other sectors.”
It has been a devastating year for companies and freelancers across the industry, with the latest PLASA survey revealing that 70% of respondents lost all their revenue in the past four months. Meanwhile, the survey also found that 60% of the respondents don’t believe the government’s £1.57bn arts rescue package would have an impact on their business.
“This financial challenge was exacerbated for companies who were denied business grants, despite the chancellor announcing that they would be eligible, as well as freelancers and limited company directors who do not qualify for income support,” PLASA’s statement continues. “The government’s £1.57bn rescue package for the arts hit the headlines, yet only addresses the very tip of the iceberg. Theatres and venues are of course an essential part of our industry, but the government has failed to recognise the vast network of professionals who bring shows to the stage, often ranging in the hundreds from manufacture and distribution to stage design and technical crew.”
On 9 July, the government announced that outdoor events can resume. However, of those surveyed by PLASA, 80% have said t

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Beyond The Fringe - Performers due to appear at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and theatre shows whose runs were cut short due to COVID-19 feature on the line-up of a new festival conceived during the pandemic. The New Normal outdoor theatre festival has been put together in little over a week, following a call-out to producers for shows that could be ready to perform at short notice.
Its creation came after the government green-lit outdoor performances earlier this month, with shows on the programme of the New Normal beginning on 3 August and running until 31 August. It will take place in the walled courtyard of the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building in Wandsworth, south London, with a line-up of theatre, comedy, magic and music for socially distanced audiences.
The festival has been put together by director Sean Turner, who said: "I am absolutely over the moon to be able to offer an opportunity to all these incredible artists after such a tough few months. I’ve always wanted to use this gorgeous space for something like this so when Oliver Dowden said: ‘Go for it’ to open air theatres, I leapt at the chance.”
Clarity Appeal - Andrew Lloyd Webber has called on the government to provide "clarity and consistency" on the issue of reopening the UK's theatres. He said things were "hopeless" without a date on which theatres are allowed to reopen without social distancing.
Last week the government announced that indoor performances with socially distanced audiences can take place in England from the start of August. Yet Lloyd

 
tripleenewwebsitehomepageTriple E refreshes and relaunches website
Tuesday, 21 July 2020

UK - As a manufacturer and supplier of engineering solutions to the entertainment and creative arts sector, Triple E’s factory output has been mostly stalled as a result of the pandemic.
However, the management team have been making use of the time, ensuring the business is match-ready for when the wheels of the industry start to turn again. This has included finalising the development of a new website which has launched along with a new domain name - www.triplee.ltd.
Listening to feedback from clients about what they needed from the company website has been central to the new look site. www.triplee.ltd features a customer friendly interface and clearer layout making it easy to navigate and inform the customer as they seek the products best suited to their project requirements.
“Engineering solutions are complex by their nature, and so with the launch of our new website we believe it will allow everyone to better understand the finer details of our product range and how Triple E products can expand the scope and scale of new, and on-going projects,” explains Lucy Edelstein, deputy director.
The team are confident that their new style website provides an excellent online platform for existing and new customers to explore the extensive range of engineering solutions that Triple E have been offering the industry for well over 30 years.
“During this difficult time we wanted to ensure that as things return to a new ‘normal’ we have the sales tools to ensure our dedicated team have every opportunity to resume production to pre-C

 
 
robe-loctambule-1-jacky-and-carbon-the-warehouse-catLaughter is the key with Loctambule
Tuesday, 21 July 2020

France - Jacky Fregonese of French lighting and visual rental and production company Loctambule, based near Strasbourg, has put smiles on faces with a series of amusing product and business tutorials that have gained a large fan following on social media.
With all events and shows cancelled and the industry closing down with the French COVID-19 lockdown, Jacky, who heads the company with his wife Catherine Saint-Georges, wanted to do something creative to boost morale while so many usually busy companies and talented technicians, designers, production managers, event organisers all push through until events can re-start.
Jacky was originally inspired to start the funny tutorials with products Loctambule has in rental stock, which includes Robe MegaPointes, Esprites, BMFL Blades and PixelPATTs, all of which have featured and generated interest amongst technicians and others.
In addition to lighting, the company provides LED screens and related infrastructure and works across several sectors, from corporate presentations and experientials to music events and festivals.
“I really just wanted to make people laugh during this difficult time,” comments Jacky, “that was the initial motivation for the tutorials, then it all started getting really popular, much to my surprise!”
In addition to all the Robe tutorials, he has covered other moving light products, consoles, and other useful business topics like administrative tips … and even how to properly clean an office or the warehouse in line with additional COVID-19 regulations coming

 
glpGLP extends product warranty in light of COVID-19
Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Germany - German Light Products (GLP) has announced an automatic 12-month product warranty extension for any of its products with an original warranty due to expire between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.
The company has been using the hashtag #keepthelighton and #KTLO during the pandemic.
The year-long extension is being applied to every product within the GLP portfolio. In order to simplify the process, the extension has already been registered through every GLP office and those of their distributors. Customers are not required to take action in order to ensure that the extension will be applied as this has already been done.
“GLP recognises and understands that the vast majority of our products have been sitting idle for many months, and will continue to do so in anticipation of their next call to duty,” declared Udo Künzler, managing director of GLP GmbH. “Therefore, we wanted to make a full show of support to our loyal customers, whose livelihoods depend on those fixtures being used.”
“As a global manufacturer, supporting our customers and our products around the world is of paramount importance to us,” continued Udo Künzler. “Whilst the pandemic continues to wreak havoc amongst our users, we wanted to bring a level of reassurance that they are not going to lose out on warranty status through the time that products are not being actively used.”
Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the local GLP office, or GLP distributor.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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