USA - Integration specialist MC2Solutions has completed the design and installation of a powerful new Community loudspeaker sound system for the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The church’s impressive main sanctuary can seat a congregation of up to 4,000 and is built in the round.
Carl Woodard II, the owner and designer of MC2Solutions, explained, “The system was required to provide very high quality speech and full-range music, with intelligibility being key. With such a large space, more akin to a theatre than a traditional church, we designed a system based on wide dispersion column line arrays with under-balcony fill, to ensure absolute coverage with no dead spots.”
Woodard continued, “I chose Community based on previous experience and the new IV6 modular vertical array was the ideal solution. I prefer passive loudspeakers for their cost-effective combination of acoustic purity and long-term system reliability. The multiple IV6 configurations available, with splay options and built-in passive acoustic optimization settings, allowed me to design the arrays to provide excellent SPL and frequency response consistency with seamless coverage.”
Flown with IV6 GlidePoint array frames, the system has three arrays, each comprising seven IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements. Four IV6-118S 18-inch subwoofers extend the low frequency and add impressive bass impact. A combination of Community single and dual 8-inch two-way IC6-1082 and IC6-2082 loudspeakers provide front and under-balcony-fill,
UK - ITV Studios Global Entertainment unveiled their spring drama slate to a packed audience of international buyers at its second annual Drama Festival. Held at London’s Roundhouse on 20 February 2019, the event saw 330 delegates experience a range of new titles from ITV Studios’ production labels and leading independent producers.
Creative technical event production company Hawthorn supported the ITV Studios team to showcase dramas soon to launch to the international market. Featuring a 360-degree projection, the Hawthorn team delivered full technical production for the Drama Festival including lighting, video, sound and draping.
With the event showcasing programmes such as World War Two drama World On Fire and screen adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts + Crosses, content was key. Designed to immerse the audience in a world of storytelling and make the most of the impressive birdcage architecture, Hawthorn collaborated with event production designer Matt Gates to deliver a 360-degree projection solution.
A main hero screen, measuring 14.3m x 6.79m, was created using two of Hawthorn’s Barco UDX-4K32 projectors, delivering full 4K playback. Over 65m of custom-made voile draping were then installed around the venue’s iconic pillars to allow the content to seamlessly run out from the central screen, completely enveloping the space.
Nineteen Panasonic RZ970 laser projectors were used to display content between the pillars, creating nineteen screens that worked alongside the hero screen to create the 360-degree experie
UK - Portsmouth-based MLS Audio has become the latest UK pro audio solutions provider invest in KV2 Audio’s large format True Point Source VHD system.
Having steadily increased his KV2 inventory over the years, director Guy Morris decided that the time had come to invest in a complete VHD system comprising VHD2.0s with VHD 1.0 down-fill enclosures, a full complement of VHD 2.16 dual 15-inch subwoofers as well as the impressive VHD 4.21 ultra-low frequency active/passive dual 21-inch subwoofer system.
Morris describes his early exposure to KV2 products, and the reasons for his continued – and increasing – reliance on them for his wide range of applications.
“My first introduction to KV2 was purely by accident,” he recalls. “I had gone to my local audio supplier for a quick chat and should have known when they brought out the coffee and biscuits that they had something to show off. In their demo area was a selection of KV2’s active EX range.
“As an existing owner of another premium German brand I was absolutely not in the market for anything else – but of course that was until I heard it. It was immediately apparent that what I was hearing was a very different listening experience.”
As time progressed, MLS’s requirements developed to the point where KV2 EX products became a clear and obvious solution.
“After searching out more information about KV2, I learnt about George Krampera and his quest for a true and accurate reproduction of whatever source material is being presented,” continues Morris. “Based
Australia - Australia Day is celebrated and every year on 26 January when the nation celebrates in spectacular style. The flagship event is Australia Day Live held at Sydney Opera House and in 2019 it was bigger and better than ever. Australia’s musical stars, including Kate Cebrano, Jon Stevens and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, took to the stage in a concert, featuring dazzling firework displays and a maritime extravaganza.
Australia Day Live in Sydney is produced by the NSW Government through the Australia Day Council of NSW and is supported by Big Picture. Big Picture is a part of the NEP Worldwide Network.
This year, Big Picture supplied a turnkey technical solution of outside broadcast facilities, LED screens, event communications and network backbone which included a significant amount of Riedel equipment with 68 Riedel Artist Panels across OB trucks, production and event control locations, 25 Riedel MicroNs for uncompressed video and audio signal distribution and 22 managed switches interfaced across the event site at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay with over 10km of fiber.
This was the first year that Big Picture supplied the entire broadcast facilities, LED screens, event communication and network backbone as the end to end solution. The full broadcast technical supply and management included two HD Broadcast Trucks – NEP Australia HD-10 and Big Picture HD-1.
“In previous years there were various suppliers to do different elements but this year we supplied the bulk of the technical solutions in those area
The Netherlands - Cymatic Audio has announced the appointment of RAD Distribution as the sole distributor for all Cymatic Audio products throughout the US and Canada. Signed in February, the agreement is already in effect; RAD Distribution already has stock and has hit the ground running.
Based in Middletown, NY, RAD Distribution carries a number of well-known brands in the MI/Pro Audio market, including HEDD Audio, Heritage Audio, Isovox, and more. Jon Haber, president of RAD Distribution comments, “Cymatic Audio is known as one of the leaders and pioneers in audio recording and playback for live performance. Their rock solid hardware and software have made them common items seen on live riders. We’re proud to be distributing Cymatic Audio products which are a completely natural fit for us.”
Conny Kensy, sales and marketing manager for Cymatic Audio adds, “RAD Distribution is the perfect partner for us in North America. They have a strong network of dealers – in fact, most of the top dealers across the US and Canada – and the rest of their brands are entirely complementary to Cymatic Audio. Jon and his team are dynamic, motivated and have demonstrated great success with their existing brands. I fully expect that they will do the same for Cymatic Audio.”
UK - GDS has announced a new partnership with Italian lighting manufacturer DTS, that will see the two companies work together to bring products to the UK.
Since 2004, Bristol-based GDS has been providing innovative and practical lighting solutions for a range of clients across the globe, with their focus primarily on entertainment venues and protected historical sites. This year, the company has broadened its approach to include the architectural sector in order to bring their expertise, ighting products and quality control systems to even more spaces worldwide.
Established in 1980, DTS has created a diverse product range, thanks to its extraordinary in-house expertise and authentic Italian craftsmanship.
The partnership between these two forward-thinking companies has been welcomed on both sides, with international sales manager for DTS Rafaella Scaccia saying, “GDS is a passionate company, that has been working successfully within the international entertainment lighting sector for over 15 years. It is my absolute pleasure to work together and I am confident that they will offer us a strong and stable sales and marketing platform to further establish DTS as a primary choice for rental companies and lighting professionals.”
Managing director of GDS Richard Cuthbert adds, “Put simply, DTS quality and innovation is outstanding. Witnessing the product operating reliably in harsh environments over many years is a testament to its build quality. DTS innovation is aligned with GDS core philosophies and I’m proud to be focusing on buildin
Europe - Pioneer Pro Audio is on tour. The loudspeaker manufacturer recently took elements of its range out on the road to give stakeholders a close-up, hands-on experience of system performance, during a series of all-day events across Europe. Distributors, installers and potential end-users have already enjoyed demonstration days in the UK and Spain and the future schedule includes visits to France, Germany and The Netherlands.
At immersive events space Aures in London, attendees came from as far afield as Portugal and Sweden, as well as closer to home, for a full day’s programme which included a showcase of the XPRS range followed by a demo the venue’s own XY system. A closer look at the XY-3B and XY218HS products included the chance for those present to play their own tracks whilst getting hands-on with the Armonia DSP software used to EQ the system.
The event at Power Light’s showroom in Torremolinos was equally well-attended and followed a similar structure, with a particular emphasis on pro-audio and hospitality. Key Pioneer Pro Audio staff were on hand to stage the demonstrations and discuss every aspect of the systems and their applications. Each day concluded with a popular Pioneer Pro Audio sales initiative, where major purchases attracted a significant giveaway of DJ Equipment.
Marketing general manager, Mark Grotefeld reports, “Taking our systems out in this way has proved to be a great success. Interest has been really strong and the feedback we’ve received has been universally positive. There’s no substitute for getting
UK - The newly installed d&b audiotechnik permanent sound solution in London’s Royal Albert Hall made its public debut with last weekend’s Olivier Awards show (see LSi April).
Driven by a vision to provide its audiences with life enriching, unforgettable experiences, the hall has installed the world’s largest single room audio system with over 450 individual loudspeakers from the d&b audiotechnik range.
The Olivier Awards, celebrating British theatre, served as an appropriate showcase for the system’s coverage and flexibility, significantly enhancing the overall listening experience inside the auditorium.
“Previously, our control over the audio experience was limited and often didn’t meet our high standards,” explains Ollie Jeffery, HoD production and technical at the RAH. “What we wanted was to bring sound in-house with a properly implemented system and make it so good that the majority of productions would feel comfortable using it.
“Naturally, everyone who has ever played here wants to get it right; some audio teams would spend five or six hours on the day taking speakers up and down, up and down, trying to achieve that end, but it was always a compromise. It wasn’t that our service providers were doing anything wrong, but we felt the difficult challenge of delivering world class audio within the extremely demanding geometry of the room, could only be met with a different approach to the goal.
France - PlugFest 2019, the event for lighting connectivity, was recently held in Lille, France for the first time. The event, which sold out well in advance, was celebrated by attendees and organisers alike for its productive programme and thriving atmosphere.
The annual event aims to improve the connectivity of lighting products and provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to test the interoperability of their products. The move to mainland Europe enabled even more professionals from across the continent to convene and collaborate.
“We’ve been coming to PlugFest for many years” says Jon Hole from Eaton, “as it allows us to discuss protocols that are still in development and test our software with newly developed protocols before we release them to our customers.”
38 representatives from 16 leading manufacturers, hailing from 10 different countries were in attendance including GLP, Swisson, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, Eaton, ChamSys, ETC and Chauvet, as well as the National Theatre and Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD).
Fraser Connolly from CSSD comments, “PlugFest gives us the information to make sure we are teaching cutting-edge technology, to test our own developments and to strengthen ties with manufacturers.”
PlugFest offered a programme of seminars which detailed the most widely used protocols including DMX512, RDM, DALI, sACN, Art-Net, RDMnet and LLRP. Making the most of these technical sessions, Christian Van Maurik from EldoLED says, “PlugFest offers the opportunity to connect with control dev
South Africa - DWR Distribution is hosting dot2 training from 25-26 April 2019.
Presented by Ole Boinamo, the two-day training course will cover patching, user profiles, groups, chases, back up, tracking and will enable you to have a good understanding of the product.
Delegates are requested to supply their own dot2 console and laptop for the dot2 3D Visualizer.
The training will be hosted at DWR Cape Town, Unit 74D, 4 School Street, Platinum Junction Business Park, Milnerton, Cape Town.
Bookings on-line at: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/dot-2-training-april-2019/
USA - At NAB in Las Vegas this week, RTW and Avid have released details of a partnership that brings RTW Mastering Tools, RTW Loudness Tools and CLC Continuous Loudness Control to the Avid Marketplace in stereo as well as stereo+surround versions. And with the recent 4.1 update of the RTW plug-ins, these audio measuring and correcting tools now stand stronger together with Avid’s Pro Tools than ever before, says the company.
“We’re proud to announce this partnership with Avid which is a key market leader within digital audio editing,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO of RTW. “It is always important to us that we remain accessible to all customers, and the Avid Marketplace is strategically a great place to add as an option for our customers.”
“It is a pleasure to welcome RTW as a plug-in provider, as they represent decades of experience and proven results in the field of measuring audio and presenting it visually. We are certain their tools will benefit many Pro Tools users around the world,” comments Ed Gray, director, partnering programmes, Avid.
The multi-channel features of the surround plug-ins have been improved, as the surround version now aligns with the Pro Tools channel layout from mono and up to eight channels. Further, in the setup page, a new channel activity indicator makes it significantly easier for users to set up their multi-channel workflows.
The new version 4.1 of the RTW plug-ins is compatible with the latest operating systems, including Mac OS Mojave and Windows 10 in order to integrate with any system. This app
Ireland - The Audio Engineering Society’s 146th International Pro Audio Convention in Dublin, Ireland drew to a close on 23 March, wrapping up four days of audio science and education that drew attendees from 47 countries.
“It was a pleasure to bring the AES convention to Dublin for the very first time,” commented convention co-chair and Dublin resident Enda Bates, “and an excellent way to kick off the formation of the new AES Ireland regional section in style. It was also great to see a more diverse range of presenters and topics, something which was specifically highlighted by many attendees as a welcome development.”
The convention content was packed with options, notes co-chair Ben Kok, with 200 individual workshops, tutorials, paper and poster presentations and special events held in parallel across the four days of AES Dublin in seven auditoriums in the Dublin Convention Centre.
This year’s convention featured the AES Heyser Memorial lecture Learning to Listen by industry innovator and digital reverb pioneer David Griesinger and the keynote address – arranged by AES Dublin’s third co-chair, Mariana Lopez – Inclusive Sonic Interactions presented by Aalborg University Copenhagen Professor Stefania Serafin.
“For topics like cathedral acoustics and spatial electroacoustic music and education, there was a link between the technical programme, off-site and special events,” Kok elaborates, “Overall, immersive/3D sound and spatial audio had a strong presence at the convention, covering both sonic capture a
UK - Creative Technology (CT) is taking on the 100-mile Vélo Birmingham & Midlands course on Sunday 12 May in aid of Backup - The Technical Entertainment charity.
“CT has supported Backup from the outset and we’ve often said we should do something more than simply supporting its KartFest and GolfFest events,” saysDave Crump, CEO CT Europe & Middle East. “When an opportunity to enter a four-person team into a challenging 100 mile cycle event, it seemed an ideal opportunity to raise some money and awareness for the charity whilst getting fit and Team VeloCT was born.”
The original plan was to take part in the Velo South event last September. The team was formed, training begun, lycra purchased and money raised - a spectacular £7,038 at the last count. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled at the last minute on safety grounds due to severe weather forecasts.
Disheartened but determined, the team has continued training and will now be taking part in Velo Birmingham on 12 May, tackling a similar and equally challenging 100-mile, closed-road ride through the Black Country, starting in Birmingham’s city centre and taking an estimated 17,000 riders through stunning countryside and picturesque villages to finish in the heart of Coventry - the 2021 Capital of Culture.
Dave, initiator of the idea, has unfortunately had to drop out due to back problems, but his place is being taken by former CT employee and now video director extraordinaire, Dick Curruthers. The remainder of the team is unchanged and includes Steve Purkess, Nic Maa
Europe - Prolyte Group has appointed Production Services Ireland (PSI) to its growing global distribution network. The move adds significant expertise and reliability to the family of companies that represent the Dutch truss, staging and hoist manufacturer around the world.
PSI has headquarters in both Belfast and Dublin. Since its formation in 1996, it has grown its position across the Irish market.
PSI will support Prolyte’s existing Irish customers and develop new relationships in the region by holding the latest stock and delivering high-quality technical support and training.
PSI director, Sean Pagel, comments: “This is an exciting new partnership, combining the Prolyte brand and quality with PSI’s ethos of excellence, rigging expertise and passion for training. We’re looking forward to combining the strengths of both businesses and delivering quality solutions across a range of applications in Ireland.”
Prolyte’s distributor manager Paul Hadfield says: “PSI perfectly complements Prolyte Group’s philosophy with a focus on technical support, product availability and a dedication to provide the knowledge to further educate the industry to the latest safety regulations. With the addition of PSI as our Irish distribution partner, we have created better access to our product range, allowing Irish customers to be better served with Prolyte products and our Prolyte Campus events.”
“It is a pleasure to collaborate with PSI to strengthen our global network, while increasing the availability of Prolyte’s wide ranges of
Europe - Prolyte Group has announced a partnership with F-Musiikki / F-Pro as its distributing partner for Finland. F-Pro has offices and outlets in Helsinki, Espoo, Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Seinäjoki. The central warehouse is located in Vantaa/Helsinki.
Peter-Tjalling Siertsema, distributor manager, Prolyte, comments, “I am excited to improve and expand our services in Finland by working closely together with F-Pro and our customers. The Finnish region represents an important market for Prolyte. By installing F-Pro as our new distributor, we assure that our existing and new Prolyte users have quick access to material, service, knowledge and support.”
Jussi Aalto, sales manager, F-Pro adds, “It will be a great pleasure to work together with a company like Prolyte, the world leader in hardware products. Together with Prolyte we can expand our footstep in the local entertainment business and serve our customers even better. I’m excited to take one remarkable step forward and start productive longterm co-operation with Prolyte.”
F-Pro is an event technology division of F-Musiikki, the well-known musical instrument distributor and dealer in Finland. F-Pro is distributing a number of visual and audio brands including Robe, ChamSys, Allen & Heath, Bose Professional and dB-Technologies.
William Voskuil, Prolyte sales director EMEA and LATAM concludes, “We constantly strive to enable even better access to our product ranges, support and product knowledge. The new partnership between Prolyte and F-Pro enables us t
UK - Event support company Showforce has opened an office in Coventry’s city centre. It is now well placed to service events and venues throughout the Midlands region. The new office will provide production and technical personnel, corporate event crew, stage and production crew, general and site crew and plant operators, along with its popular crew man and van service.
Headed up by Showforce’s former Middle East operations manager, Michael Boylan following his return to the UK, the Coventry office has recruited large numbers of crew locally who are already working regularly at venues throughout the city and nearby Birmingham, along with other venues based in the Midlands.
The office will deal with all enquiries and bookings along with recruitment, training and accreditation to ensure that the impressive standards of service that Showforce is globally renowned for are maintained.
Showforce’s operations director, Chris Martelly comments, “Agencies, suppliers and venues in the region were regularly mentioning that they were struggling to find hard working crew with the necessary training and skillsets in the region. It was clear that there was a gap in the Midlands for a reputable crewing company with a strong back office operation and highly skilled crew. Michael is from Coventry and he has an excellent knowledge of the event market in the area. This coupled with his Showforce background will stand him in good stead for heading up the new office.”
Recent venues the Showforce crew have been in action at include Ricoh Arena, NEC, ICC,
South Africa - Solid State Logic has announced Surgesound as its new live market partner in South Africa. With a rosta of impressive projects and clients, the team at Surgesound has been providing high-end live solutions for tours, concerts, churches and venues across the region.
“Surgesound represents some of the world’s leading professional-audio equipment, so when we wanted to add mixing consoles to our portfolio, there was no question as to which brand we wanted,” comments Andrew Rowan, managing director of Surgesound. “Apart from SSL’s outstanding reputation on product and sonic quality, they also have excellent support and service and that was extremely important to us. We pride ourselves on our reputation for training and service, so this makes an excellent fit.”
Jonathan Attard, area sales manager for SSL, adds, "Our Live range fits perfectly with the other brands managed by Surgesound. Moreover, they have the field experience and technical know how to make any client feel at ease. This is why Surgesound was clearly the right partner for us in South Africa."
Frankfurt Fairs - The worlds of music and the event business are getting together in Frankfurt am Main this week, via Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound.
“Today, music is available everywhere and at all times. In this age of streaming, user behaviour is changing fundamentally – with drastic effects on musicians, labels, service providers and education. The expanding live-entertainment market is also undergoing a paradigm shift towards digital transmission,” says Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt.
“Moreover, there are fantastic new areas of application for audio-visual media technology. The two trade fairs take account of this increased level of complexity with a multitude of options for knowledge transfer and networking. And, parallel to this, we are celebrating a five-day festival of music in Frankfurt.”
Stones Postpone - The Rolling Stones have postponed their upcoming tour of the US and Canada because Sir Mick Jagger needs medical treatment. It is understood he is to undergo a heart procedure. They were due to kick off the US and Canada leg of their No Filter tour at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on 20 April, finishing at the Burl's Creek Even Grounds in Ontario, Canada, on 29 June.
However, Sir Mick, 75, has been told by medics that he cannot perform. He wrote on Twitter: "I'm so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I'm devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon a
Poland - Cymatic Audio has extended its European distribution into Poland with the appointment of Konsbud Audio. Konsbud has been introducing new brands to the Polish market for 30 years and is now one of the country’s biggest and most successful distributors of professional audio equipment.
President of Konsbud Audio, Agnieszka Pyrich comments, “We’ve always prided ourselves on our ability to bring new brands to market and help them grow. Cymatic Audio is a young, exciting and extremely modern brand that leads the way in audio recording and playback for live performance, which is of great interest to us as we don’t have anything else like it in our portfolio. We have an extensive sales network and a huge amount of experience so I’m confident that we can be instrumental in making Cymatic Audio a success in Poland.”
Sales and marketing manager for Cymatic Audio, Conny Kensy, adds, “Having met Agnieszka and her team, I’m convinced they’ll do a great job for us in Poland. I was thoroughly impressed by their professionalism and positive attitude to their work. They have one of the most far-reaching sales networks in the country, and they are constantly developing it. I’m looking forward to a mutually profitable partnership.”
Brazil - Nexo has made a significant move in Latin America, with the appointment of a new distributor in Brazil. Effective from 1 April, Yamaha Musical do Brasil Ltda. (YMDB) will take up representation of the Nexo brand.
Based in Sao Paolo and led by manager Caio Lenzi, Yamaha’s large professional audio team composed by Giuliano Quiqueto (senior NEXO/PA tech support/sales), Matheus Madeira (PA tech support), Renan Silva (senior CIS sales), Vinicius Mullieri (junior CIS sales), Claudia Pereira (internal sales) and Lucas Prado (MIPA tech support) will be working on promoting, selling and supporting Nexo’s sound reinforcement products in Brazil.
Yamaha has a long-established presence in the Brazilian market, establishing its first office in 1973. “The Nexo name and technology is well-known in Brazil, thanks to the expert work of Torau, which has had a long relationship with the brand,” explains Caio Lenzi. “Torau will continue to work with us as a dealer.
“We see strong potential for the ID Series and the impressive Geo M family of line arrays that range from the compact M6 to the powerful mid-size M12, Nexo’s latest system design which we will have here in Brazil later in the year. Looking at the fixed installation market, we will team Nexo together with Yamaha CIS and PA products to make a strong sales proposition for theatres, churches, governmental and private infrastructure projects. We will get off to a flying start at the Infocomm Brasil expo in Sao Paulo in April.”
UK - On Friday, 29 March 2019, HRH, The Princess Royal, was the honoured VIP visitor to Le Mark Group, there to open its new high-tech international warehouse facility.
HRH, accompanied by HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM, was greeted by senior Le Mark staff members and noted dignitaries from the Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the High Sheriff’s Association.
After touring the sales office, HRH was provided with a manufacturing demonstration of the multi-award winning BlackTak light masking foil. HRH heard of the work undertaken by the company and which countries it sells to.
Linda Gibbons, joint managing director, said: “We have an amazing performance flooring department and one particular project I was proud to present to HRH was our printing and fitting of the world’s largest printed floor for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.”
HRH officially opened the new international warehouse by unveiling a memorial plaque.
Stuart Gibbons, joint managing director, said: “It was an honour to welcome HRH to Le Mark and we were delighted that she supports this expansion. International warehouse 3 marks an important investment for Le Mark. No matter the political climate, Europe and the rest of the world remain vital markets for our products and we will continue to drive export growth.
“The new warehouse almost doubles our storage capacity with an additional 360 Euro pallet bays. With this, Le Mark is reinforcing its commitment to, and confide
USA - The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) celebrated their upcoming ride with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT Stage Expo last week in Louisville, KY.
A myriad of activities including sales of raffle tickets, a live and silent auction, challenge grants, swag sales, and sales of Neal Preston’s books, posters and prints raised over $18,000 for the charity. The LRLR 2019 ride, dubbed the Altimeter Tour, starts on 7 July in Denver Colorado. The riders cover all their own expenses so everything they raise goes to the charity. Sponsor a rider today at www.behindthescenescharity.org/lrlr.
The booth featured a display of some of The Lightpower Collection’s photographs by Neal Preston including those of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Robert Plant, Bob Marley, Ray Charles and others.
Raffle festivities led off with the traditional kazoo parade led by Bill Sapsis and Eddie Raymond (yes, they were the T-Rex’s), and many of the LRLR. Following the parade, BTS Pledge-a-Product partners ETC (irFR and aRFR application for iOS and Android devices), ACT Lighting (The dot2 Series of Lighting Control Solutions from MA Lighting) and InCord (Theatrical Safety Netting Systems) presented checks from the sales of their products pledged to BTS.
Live auction items included a hand-tooled seam ripper and serving tray created by Shan and Trish Ayers, a special pack of Amberient’s industry trading cards which included a signed Richard Pilbrow Rookie card, and a hand crafted pen and pencil set donated by Indianapolis Stage in associ
Latvia/Ukraine - In response to significant business growth across Europe, Sixty82, a manufacturer of trussing and staging systems, has announced it has entered into a strategic agreement with JSA Stage Company as its exclusive distributor for Latvia and Ukraine.
From this point forward, JSA will serve its customers by providing a complete range of Sixty82 solutions.
“JSA’s distribution with Sixty82 is a crucial step to better serving our customers in Latvia and Ukraine,” says CEO Fokko Smeding. “With their history of representing leading manufacturers of trussing and staging equipment, they have built an excellent reputation in the industry and form an opportune extension to our already existing distribution network. In the many years that we have worked together we have established mutual trust, which is crucial in this ever-changing industry.”
Alexander Strizhak, CEO of JSA, comments: “JSA has been working in this business for more than twenty years and has always used constructions from the best manufacturers in the field. Sixty82 is a new progressive brand on the market, with a lot of experience in the manufacturing of innovative technologies.”
He continues: “In addition, Fokko Smeding, the founder of Sixty82 is an extraordinary person, who put together an amazing team of professionals. Therefore we are extremely excited to present SIXTY82’s products to our potential customers and to start this journey with the Sixty82 team. I am sure that the Sixty82 products will be a great success in the market.”
UK - For over a decade, Backstage Academy has been working with the South African Roadies Association (SARA) to explore the creation of a training initiative for the live events industry in South Africa. The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to establish a live events training institution based on the Backstage Academy model to provide the young people of South Africa with the skills and opportunities needed for the successful and continuing growth of the live events sector on the African continent.
In March 2019, this journey took a major step forward as Backstage Academy welcomed a VIP delegation of South African dignitaries from the Department of Culture and Arts to their campus at Production Park in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Led by Vusumuzi Mkhize, the director general of the Department of Arts and Culture, the delegation spent four days in the UK, visiting Production Park and meeting with key stakeholders to gain an understanding of how Backstage Academy was formed and developed into the institution it is today.
The visit marked a milestone on this ambitious journey and secured the agreement of the South African government to throw their support behind SARA and Backstage Academy. This resulted in an agreement to create a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations to drive the creation of a training initiative throughout South Africa focused on the live events industry.
Mr Mkhize commented, “The Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa is excited that Backstage Academy and SARA have come on board to journey