Europe - Over the past five weeks, Bose Professional has hosted Installed Sound Expansion events in 10 cities across Europe and the Middle East. Over 900 dealers, integrators, consultants and end users visited Bose offices and external venues to experience a two-hour showcase of some of the latest audio solutions that are now available.
These events were the culmination of the launch of over 50 new products earlier this year. The Installed Sound Expansion has one goal: to provide consultants and integrators with the components they need to deliver complete systems - from simple, repeatable background music systems, to sound reinforcement, to more complex, networked, and distributed solutions.
To accurately demonstrate how the expanded lines of loudspeakers, amplifiers, processors and controls can provide flexible, full audio solutions for more spaces than ever, the listening experiences were focused around two key verticals, Hospitality and Education. During the sessions, complete audio solutions for small, medium and large installations were carefully explained alongside a wide range of listening experiences.
Guests were able to experience the full and consistent coverage of the new, aesthetically designed DesignMax Premium surface and ceiling loudspeakers as well as the EdgeMax In-Ceiling Premium loudspeaker, the Panaray MSA12X steerable column line array as well as ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers and MB210 compact subwoofers. Some events also featured demonstrations from the DeltaQ range of ArenaMatch stadium loudspeakers and ShowMatch portabl
UK - Stage Electrics has announced it is hosting a showcase for lighting, audio, trussing and staging equipment in January in Bristol.
Taking place on 29 January 2020 (Wednesday) at the SS Great Britain, the event is free to attend and will run from 2pm to 7pm, with drinks being served after 5.30pm. Over 20 manufacturers will be in attendance, including leading theatre brands Sennheiser, ETC, DiGiCo and Yamaha.
"This event will be the perfect opportunity for those who work within the industry to see and get hands-on with the latest products. Alongside live demonstrations, there will be three interesting seminars, as well as an exciting pyrotechnics display," says the company. Those wishing to attend can secure free parking if they register for the event by 20 December.
UK - Specialist live music and venues company VMS Live is undergoing “a significant business realignment” following the appointment of its new CEO Bert Van Horck in September.
The company has set up a new marketing department and is moving into new premises in London’s Kings Cross area in January 2020. The new office will house the company’s booking department, ticketing, marketing and music department, as well as central services such as finance and HR.
Van Horck comments: “We have taken a very close look at the heart of the company and consulted with the great team of people working here and fantastic clients to make some well-informed, bold decisions. To align our aims and those of our clients’ we will invest in new systems, a new office, create a new marketing department, for which we have appointed two marketeers. This signals our ambitions to help our clients grow their businesses and expand our portfolio of venues.”
Ioana Mosteanu has joined VMS Live as head of the new marketing arm. She will also take charge of the ticketing department including the dedicated Hull Box Office, which is managed by Mark Hall. Yara Magarino, a new digital marketing and design specialist, has also been appointed to this team.
Van Horck adds: “Reflecting this fresh approach, we have refreshed our branding to better reflect the dynamic course we are setting on, concentrating on supporting mid-sized and university venues.”
Elsewhere in the company, Aoife Niblock has been promoted to northern regional manager, supervising the venues VMS
France - Lighting industry professionals are invited to present their ideas for conference papers for the 2021 programme of Showlight, the quadrennial event taking place on 22-25 May 2021 in Fontainebleau.
Anyone involved in lighting - whether lighting designers, lighting directors, directors of photography, architectural lighting designers or those in associated crafts like programmers and manufacturers - are invited to submit their ideas.
Subjects might include innovative designs; unusual projects, large or small; solving the impossible; the future and the past - where should we be going and what should we have learned; issues that are affecting our industry and how we work. Talks are to be 20 minutes in length to enable as many papers as possible to be presented over the three-day period.
If you would like to become part of Showlight 2021 by presenting a paper, please email your name(s), company, mobile number and a brief summary of the paper you are proposing to email@example.com.
Speakers will be confirmed from 2020 onwards.
Showlight is sponsored by headline sponsor Robert Juliat; platinum sponsor Ayrton; gold sponsors Eyetidy, Robe and SFL Group; silver sponsors White Light and ACT Lighting, Inc; and Bronze sponsor, PRG. Showlight 2021 is also supported once again by media partner, LSi and by LSA. If you would like to become a Showlight sponsor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
USA - Chauvet Professional was awarded the 2019 LDI Large Booth Design Award. Described by the award organisers as a “welcoming and easily walkable” exhibit that “beautifully integrated” lighting and video, the stand engaged visitors with its visual displays.
Ryan Warffuel and Max Koehler of Antics Studio created this panorama with help from the Chauvet Professional team, using over 200 of the company’s IP65 outdoor-ready products, including the newly-launched Maverick Storm 1 Spot, Maverick Storm 1 Wash, COLORado Solo Batten, Strike 1, and F5IP video panel.
To underscore the IP65 ratings of the fixtures on the booth’s main wall, a “live rainfall” appeared in front of the lighting units. For added emphasis, the video wall that ran between the lighting fixtures showed vivid images of flowing water that bordered the geometric patterns of the panel display.
“Max and Ryan did a fantastic job balancing video and lighting in the booth design,” says global brand manager Caroline Chauvet, who accepted the award on behalf of the Chauvet Professional team. “We’re excited to receive this honour. Big thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this come to life, and to all the visitors who stopped by our booth.”
Also featured in the display were F2 video panels as well as the arena-tour grade Maverick MK3 Profile, Maverick MK3 Spot, and Maverick MK3 Wash moving heads, which were arranged in a compelling V shape suspended structure.
Another area of the Chauvet Professional exhibit featured an inviting theatrical themed di
Austria - MEET 2020 is taking place on 10-11 November 2020 at Messe Wien, Vienna.
The tradeshow and conference for the event and live entertainment technology industry has been held in Austria biannually since 1989. Over 30 years, the shows and conferences have attracted professionals, not only from Austria, but also from neighbouring countries.
MEET 2020 is directly organised by the Austrian Theatre Technical Association (Österreichische Theatertechnische Gesellschaft) OETHG - an event run by the industry for the industry.
The MEET 2020 show floor presents a wide range of manufacturers and suppliers of live entertainment machinery and AV equipment, scenery producers, costume- and makeup suppliers, training institutions, as well as consultants, service providers and distributors of international brands.
The MEET 2020 seminars and conferences are an important element of the show. During two days of conferences inspirational speakers offer comprehensive education and development presentations on topics of interest for every industry professional. The programme is further enhanced by hands-on product demos, vendor-designed presentations and partner networking events.
USA - Spotrack discussed the new features of the soon-to-be-released Spotrack 2020 edition of the system at the BCT Entertainment stand during the LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas.
Spotrack enables an operator to remotely control from any location, any number of moving lights as followspots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors from anywhere in the venue.
In conjunction with Ushio Japan and Strong Lighting, the Spotrack team also conducted regular live demonstrations of this and its new followspot interface, SpotrackEvolution, on the Apex Stages stage.
Whilst the forthcoming Spotrack 2020 sees the addition of many new features that allow users more flexibility, some in response to customer feedback, it has been principally upgraded to enable the use of SpotrackEvolution. Used with Spotrack 2020, Evolution allows the use of an existing follow spot, via a simple upgrade in the form of a small hardware accessory, to be used as a controller for Spotrack.
Also on show was the company’s entry level TracMe system, the smaller, competitively-priced sibling of Spotrack, which can control up to four moving lights from any vendor in a single universe, opening access to the technology to a greater range of application.
USA - At last week’s LDI 2019 tradeshow in Las Vegas, Prolights unveiled a new logo, brand design, and website.
The rebrand marks the beginning of a new era for the Italian lighting manufacturer, which exhibited on a dedicated booth at LDI for the first time.
Prolights’ logo features a prism design and ‘has been reduced to its essential elements, adding the yellow touch which represents the colour of the light’. A dedicated website (prolights.it) was also launched, offering a modern look and intuitive browsing on any platform.
“The new brand design marks the start of the new era for Prolights,” comments Fabio Sorabella, managing director. “By formulating new content and with new products, the brand is undergoing an essential transformation towards a future with higher technological contents and the internalization of our company. Now is the right time to make the new attitude of our brand visible to the outside world.”
World - Live event staging company All Access has refreshed its visual identity - complete with a new logo and website - to better reflect the products and services it delivers.
The rebrand includes a new logo with 'All Access' in red and black and the company's classic strapline 'All the time' placed underneath.
"Many consider the original logo to be an icon in the industry and symbolic of quality," says the company in a statement. "However, just as the entertainment industry as a whole has evolved, All Access has evolved. The cleaner, more modern lines of their new logo are a better reflection of the brand today while paying homage to their past."
The new website, allaccessinc.com, highlights All Access' five main markets - concert touring, festival staging, special events, sports and activations, and broadcast - and features a redesigned database for its equipment as well as user-friendly product pages.
Founded in 1991, All Access provides custom sets and staging to events across the globe from its hubs in Los Angeles, New York, and London. The company has been involved in events such as the Super Bowl halftime show, the Grammys, and tours for Jennifer Lopez, Childish Gambino, and Garth Brooks.
USA - Doughty Engineering’s latest pieces of kit - the Scaff Boom Arm and Fifty Clamp - are set to take centre stage on the company’s stand 2424 at this year’s LDI Show. This is the first time the Scaff Boom Arm will be seen in the US and, along with the Fifty Clamp which debuted at LDI 2018, will be the company’s star attractions.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, comments: "We’re really focussing on these two products this year. The Fifty Clamp was launched last year and has been really well received by customers looking for a clamp that had the ability to support a greater SWL than our best-selling Twenty Clamp. The Fifty Clamp is in stock and ready for shipping and we feel it’s important to keep promoting the usefulness of this piece of kit as there will likely be some people who aren’t aware it exists.”
The Fifty Clamp has TUV approval, a safe working load of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm-51mm. Made from pressure die cast aluminium ensures it prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit.
The Scaff Boom Arm has been a real talking point for Doughty customers since its launch this spring. It has been designed in response to customer demand - and is seen as a 'get out of jail item' which will allow a rigger to fashion their own boom arm out of materials they have to hand and simply cut it down to size. It will take 48mm aluminium barrel or scaff tube and is the perfect addition to any toolkit.
While Doughty is unable
USA - At LDI (22-24 November, Las Vegas) Elation Professional will unveil five new fixtures from its award-winning Artiste, Proteus and Fuze product lines.
The Artiste Mondrian is the company’s brightest, full-featured LED Profile FX fixture Elation has produced to date. It offers extreme output with high centre intensity and narrow-beam angles, a comprehensive FX package with endless framing, and a wide colour-mixing gamut through its variable SpectraColor colour mixing system. Providing over 50,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Mondrian features a large 226mm (8 ¾”) front lens and has the power to cut through at great distances.
The Artiste Rembrandt is a bright, full-featured LED Wash fixture. Providing up to 51,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Rembrandt is the designed for any application requiring “superior wash output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunning colours”.
The Proteus Lucius is a powerful, featured packed yet compact IP65-rated LED Profile fixture with framing that offers outstanding projection qualities to cut through in any environment.
The Fuze Wash FR is an automated LED Fresnel wash fixture with framing designed for theatre, television and a wide array of precision lighting applications.
The Fuze SFX is a new concept LED Spot FX fixture designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire. The SFX is capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing
UK - Following a successful trial, NEC Group Arenas (Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena) has committed to rolling out mental health First Aid support across a number of their shows.
The Mental Health First Aiders, who are both employees of NEC Group and CBRE, will provide practical mental health reassurance and support on show nights for both audiences and fellow employees. Their help can range from providing a non-judgemental listening ear, to offering a space to relax or signposting to further support.
So far, support has been offered at Ariana Grande at Arena Birmingham and Little Mix at Resorts World Arena, receiving a wealth of positive customer feedback. The NEC Group currently has 20 employees trained as MHFAs, with plans to roll out the initiative further across a number of upcoming shows.
One customer who used the mental health service at Ariana Grande says: “We came to the Ariana concert last night, our first concert since the Manchester attack and just wanted to thank everyone involved for making the experience so positive and restoring our children’s happy memories. It wasn’t without a few panic attacks and tears, but the mental health support in place was brilliant. This visit was made so much easier by the reassurance of visible security, police presence and the mental health support on offer.”
Ellie Coombes, senior event manager at Arena Birmingham, says: “Mental wellbeing is hugely important to us at the NEC Group. Over recent months we’ve put a real emphasis on making sure our employees’ mental health is lo
UK - On 5 November, Bristol-based specialist installer Stage Electrics marked 40 years in business with a staff party held at Bristol Zoo.
The company was formed in 1979 by a group of theatre lighting and sound equipment enthusiasts and has since grown from three staff to over 120 whilst amassing an impressive portfolio of sales and installations.
Offering a range of services, including installation, product sales and testing, inspection and maintenance services, Stage Electrics has a sales team of over 20, including a field sales team. Its export business has also seen significant growth in recent years.
“We tailored our service to suit our customers, who all have differing needs,” explains sales director, Anna Western. “Some clients like to see their contact person on a regular basis, while others like to have someone available on the end of the phone. We also offer a huge range of products from special effects, trussing, staging and sound, to lighting and control. We hold around £1.2m of sales stock, so we can guarantee next day delivery, which is vitally important.”
Stage Electrics also manufactures a range of cables, IWBs, panels and racks, custom-building for its own projects, as well as selling one-offs to its customers.
“It’s all about getting our customers what they want, when they want it,” Western continues. “To facilitate that, we don’t operate on an exclusive basis with any manufacturer - we want to be completely unbiased in our recommendations and make sure we always provide the right product from rig
USA - The new Maverick Storm 1 Spot just introduced by Chauvet Professional, will be showcased at the company’s LDI booth (9370).
The Maverick Storm 1 Spot delivers a flat even field of light with variable CMY + CTO colour mixing to create a wide palette of colours. Creative featuress include its 8° to 48° zoom angle and field angle, 16-bit dimming for smooth control of fades, five-facet motorized and rotating prism, animation wheel, iris for beam control, and independently controlled light and medium frosts.
In keeping with its flexible design, the versatile Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a wide array of gobo options. The fixture has seven glass rotating and indexable gobos on Wheel 1 and nine metal static gobos on Wheel 2.
Compact enough to allow easy installation on any rig (it weighs in at just 38.19 kg or 84.2 lbs.), the Maverick Storm 1 Spot is powerful enough to punch through the light from other fixtures or video panels on stage. The fixture’s 32,000 lumen source and illuminance of up to 28,829 lux (at 5 meters) ensure that it can makes its presence known on stage even during daylight hours.
A user-friendly fixture, Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a variety of control options, including DMX, RDM, WDMX. ArtNet and sACN. Its easily accessible menu system makes it simple to adjust control protocol, as well as features like fan control, pan and tilt, and dimming mode.
“We have developed the Maverick Storm 1 Spot with real world applications in mind,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “In designing this fixture, we didn
South Africa - DWR Distribution is co-hosting the Robe Roadshow South Africa. Present at the event will be Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe Lighting, and Harry von den Stemmen, international sales director, who will be introducing the new Esprite and Tetra this December.
The roadshow kicks off in Cape Town at the Roxy Revue Bar at the Grand West Casino on 2 December. Those living in Durban are welcome to pop in at the Grace Family Church in Umhlanga on 4 December. The last stop will be at DWR Distribution Johannesburg on 6 December. Demonstrations will be held on the hour from 10am to 4pm each day.
While the event is free of charge, attendees are asked to RSVP at the DWR Distribution website.
USA - Prolights will show its latest technologies at the upcoming LDI Show on stand 2953 (Prolights) and 2354/2346 (A.C. Lighting).
Prolights will present an in-booth show involving over 200 lighting fixtures every hour starting at 11:30am. The booth features the time-coded show and interactive demo stations which will allow visitors to have hands-on product demonstrations.
The exhibition will be the occasion to celebrate the success of the Prolights brand in the North American market which is being accomplished through the close cooperation with distributor A.C. Lighting. LDI also provides the stage to showcase latest products including Pixiewash XB and popular fixtures including the Eclipse FS profile.
The Prolights stand will host multiple events including an Italian “Aperitivo” that will be served on Friday, 22 November from 4pm.
LDI 2019 will also be the official launch platform for “an important announcement from the company”.
USA - Obsidian Control Systems will be showing the powerful NX 4 lighting controller with Dylos pixel composition engine at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Booth #602 for a look at this powerful console in the Onyx platform and experience the creative possibilities with Dylos.
The NX 4 is the newest member of the innovative Onyx lighting control platform. Equipped with a range of professional features and using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 is designed to handle even the largest show with ease. With a well-arranged combination of motorized and manual faders, along with an array of playback buttons, the NX 4 offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package.
Obsidian Control Systems offers Dylos in each NX 4 console, a pixel composer that far exceeds the capabilities of regular pixel-mapping systems. Based on a full 3D environment and powerful DirectX graphics processing, the Dylos engine has been designed from the ground up for power and performance to manage thousands of fixtures and parameters with ease.
USA - A string of innovative products will be shown by Elation Professional at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, Elation’s all-purpose Beam/Profile/Wash power luminaire. With a custom designed 950W LED engine and large 180mm front lens, Maximus has the power to cut through at even great distances and with IP65 protection can be exposed on outdoor shows.
Joining the Maximus is the 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet, a recent PLASA innovation award winner. The Artiste Monet is a full-featured LED Profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via an innovative SpectraColor colour mixing system. SpectraColor uses traditional CMY but adds RGB flags and CTO to produce colours that were previously impossible to achieve.
Also showing is the Smarty MAX, an extreme-output Spot/Beam/Wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life.
Elation is expanding its popular Fuze series of LED wash luminaires with new profile and spot versions. Showing will be the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, both housing full-colour-spectrum RGBMA colour mixing systems. Also available is the cold white Fuze Profile CW with dual colour wheels.
Three new fixtures in Elation’s Paladin series of versatile Blinder/Strobe/Wash lights will also be on display - the Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel - all with IP65 protection.
USA - Ayrton will be exhibiting at LDI with its US distributor ACT Lighting on stand 1237, with the first official US showing of Ayrton’s two latest products: Perseo and Huracán-X. Ayrton is also supporting the second KOI-USA Awards by sponsoring the Live Performance Special (Music) Award in the Live for Broadcast category.
Perseo is Ayrton’s first multi-function, compact, powerful, IP65-rated fixture developed for intensive outdoor use. Feature rich from the factory (including 100% framing shutters), Perseo produces 27,000lm from its 500W LED source, and sports a fully weather-proof housing with a new water-resistant menu navigation system to handle whatever the weather can throw at it!
Perseo-S has been designed to achieve an optimal resolution-to-performance-to-efficiency ratio with perfect image reproduction. Not only is its 27,000 lumen output calibrated at 8000K, but it also offers a zoom range of 7° to 56°, with no hotspot and significant improvement from distortion at wide angles. Perseo-S is shipping with immediate effect..
Huracán-X is a profile luminaire that delivers exceptional light output as standard, but is also a formidable new graphical tool possessing a wealth of features and an entirely new complex colour mixing system capable of generating 281trillion colours.
Huracán-X produces an output of 50,000lm from its 1000W LED source, at a colour temperature of 6500K. A triple variable colour temperature corrector allows subtle adjustment from 2700 K to 15000 K and offers noticeable CRI improvement. Specifically develop
UK - The market value of the UK entertainment technology industry has grown by an estimated 5% in the past 12 months, according to PLASA research.
This puts the industry’s value at £1.36bn in 2018/19, up from £1.30bn in 2017/18. The sectors with the largest growth include architecture, broadcast and corporate events, which are valued at £250m, £220m and £160m respectively.
Only a third of the businesses surveyed expect the industry to grow in 2019/20 however, the main concern being how and when the UK will exit the European Union.
The full report, which follows on from PLASA’s comprehensive industry research released in 2018, details sector by sector performance, investment in marketing and R&D, and the future outlook for the industry.
“We are delighted to offer this important resource,” comments PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “It provides vital insight for business planning, budgeting and benchmarking performance - I encourage all businesses to download the full report.”
He adds: “Whilst it’s great to see that the industry has performed so well over the last year, we are clearly looking towards a period of uncertainty as Brexit looms over the sector. PLASA will continue to support our members to the fullest extent that we can.”
The 2019 PLASA industry research report is available to download free of charge to PLASA members or £500+VAT for non-members. For more information, visit <
USA - Visitors arriving at GLP’s stand at LDI will be greeted by four diverse offerings as GLP extends its 25th year celebrations accompanied by associated brands Fusion by GLP, Cosmic Truss and Scenex Lighting.
Also present will be the Highlander high output discharge washlight; impression S350 Wash, which brings a new level of control and functionality to the mid-range LED washlight market; and impression FR10 Bar, with a new optical system, and larger size aperture.
Fusion by GLP’s Fusion Stick 10 and Fusion Stick 20 feature a connector system, which allows the Stick to create seamless light lines in either a horizontal or vertical set up; the Fusion Par 7 is equipped with seven high powered 30 Watt RGBW LEDs, and with an IP65 rating, it is capable of outdoor applications; Fusion Supernova features a powerful, homogeneous pixel free RGBW light output, making it a suitable wash fixture for any event, indoor or out. Two new additions are the Exo Beam and Exo Wash.
Also distributed in North America by GLP, Cosmic Truss will present new additions to its F34DNA 12” spiral truss, its twisted truss design. In addition, it will show corner and new angled conical pieces for box to spiral conversion. Finally it will present a new ‘Ubase’ that features stabilizer arms for U-Torms, its flexible solution to create both hanging drop and ladder positions for lighting fixtures and other pieces of kit.
Scenex Lighting will introduce the latest innovation in pixel LED control, the PixeLit Control Manager. PixeLit empowers control of up to 256 indi
The Netherlands - One of best-known event venues in The Netherlands has been recently transformed into an intimate restaurant with high-tech decor. Madame Jeanette is the successor of dinner show Pandora, which ended early this year.
It is an intense evening full of visual spectacle, where visitors dine in the middle of a vibrant story that is told in a visual, musical and culinary way. In recent months, Studio 21 has been completely rebuilt especially for this show, with the kitchen in the centre of the room and a high-tech decor in which the stage, the video and audio are in a 360° setting around the guests.
Dutch lighting, audio, and rigging company Chain was responsible for the technical production. Because of the complete round set up, the decision was made to use six circles in the decor. In the middle of the room a 6mtr FD34 circle was used for the centre video. On the outside, a 270° LED screen was hung on a HD44 circle of 40m. Visuals are presented during the show that sets the scene. In between the smallest and biggest circle four additional HD44 circles of 8, 20, 30 and 36m were added for rigging the lighting fixtures.
Paul Chamalaun of Chain comments: “The entire creative concept is based on an ‘in-the-round’ scenario. This is also the reason that for the spacing and shape of the lighting plan circles were used.
“In practice, you will find a lot in a ceiling like Studio 21's, from air conditioners to suspension points and other steel construction parts. Lennart Lindhout, our rigger, has fully mapped the s
UK - New research, carried out by Bournemouth University for the Events Industry Forum, has revealed that outdoor events have been much undervalued for the contribution they make to the UK economy, both locally and nationally, with a Gross Value of over £30 billion and providing employment for some 589,000 people.
The research, funded by sales of the Purple Guide, is thought to be the first comprehensive study of the market to be undertaken. Its findings were introduced to key industry players at an event at the House of Commons on 24 October.
In 2018, the year which was the focus of the study, over 140 million people attended outdoor events according to the researchers, ranging from music festivals to fairs and steam rallies. The good news for the industry is that 84% of those attendees were satisfied with the way events are run, and the majority of interviewees felt that outdoor events were very important to them.
Over 80% of respondents said that outdoor events create a positive image for the community/destination where they are located and are important in providing local businesses with additional customers.
There are, however, some areas where respondents felt that organisers could improve - ranging from congestion and antisocial behaviour to helping people cope with Britain’s hugely variable weather conditions.
The full research report is available free-of-charge on the Events Industry Forum website at test
Europe - Belgium-based entertainment technology engineering and automation specialist WIcreations has acquired the assets of Swedish advanced technology manufacturer, Visual act Scandinavia AB, effective immediately.
The terms of the deal include all the IP, source coding, patents, etc., related to Visual act’s computerised control systems designed for all types of automated machinery - on, over or below the stage - for events, installations and venues.
The move makes independently owned and operated WIcreations the largest automation rental provider in Europe.
Hans Willems, CEO of WIcreations, comments: “This hugely exciting opportunity will assist our planned medium-term growth and allow us to develop even more dynamic and all-encompassing automation solutions for a wider range of clients, including full touring packages.
“WIcreations has been using elements of Visual act’s Stage Control System for three-dimensional flying and for moving our own stage / event wagon system since 2014, so this puts us in a strong position to develop this powerful software for future applications”.
The intention is to integrate the platform into WIcreations’ comprehensive new WImotion system, which offers a full range of European-designed and manufactured motion control hardware and software to move any object safely, smoothly and accurately in a 3D environment.
WIcreations, founded in 2005, already has over 80 Visual act drive units in its rental stock and is the most active and creative worldwide provider of this specific programmable