Events News

ayrtonLDI: Ayrton’s Perseo and Huracán-X debut
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

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

plasa-industry-research-2019Industry marks steady growth - PLASA research
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

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 <

 
 
glp-highlanderGLP brands out in force at LDI 2019
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

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

 
restaurantChain creates Dutch dining experience
Monday, 4 November 2019

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

 
 
studyOutdoor events contribute “over £30 billion” to UK economy
Tuesday, 29 October 2019

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

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wicreations-hans-willems-d181477WIcreations acquires Visual act assets
Tuesday, 29 October 2019

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

 
 
bethesda1Live for Broadcast shortlist announced for KOI-USA
Monday, 28 October 2019

USA - The organising committee of the 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has announced the third and final shortlist for this year's awards.
KOI-USA honours the talents and achievements of lighting and video designers for their work across the United States in the sectors of Theatre, Concert Touring & Events, and Live for Broadcast. The judging panel in the Live for Broadcast category have reviewed this year's submissions and selected the final shortlist of nominees, which is as follows:
The Vari-Lite Award for Awards Show
Jon Kusner for Billboard Music Awards 2019
Jon Kusner for CMA Awards 2018
Tom Sutherland for People's Choice Awards 2018
The Green Hippo Award for Digital Content
Trevor Burk for CMA Awards 2018
Yussef Cole, Michelle Higa Fox, Jorge Peschiera & Marc Janowitz for Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix)
Drew Findley for Breakthrough Prize Awards 2018
The ARRI Award for Unscripted Series
Oscar Dominguez for The Voice - Season 16
Dan Rousseau for Cuomo Prime Time (CNN)
Kieran Healy for American Idol - Season 2 (ABC)
The Ayrton Award for Live Performance Special (Music)
Mike Grabowski for MTV Push: Billie Eilish episode
Joshua Hutchings for Amazon Prime Day Concert
Christien Methot for Kelly Clarkson Performs at US Opening Night 2018
The Astera Award for Live Performance Special (Non-Music)
Steve Brill & Monica Rose for Funeral of Former President

 
demo-inviteL-Acoustics demo in Durban
Friday, 25 October 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution is inviting interested parties and companies to attend an L-Acoustics demo on Tuesday, 29 October in Durban.
Taking place at the Glenridge Church in Stamford Hill, the free event will run between 12:00 and 15:00, with a focus on the L-Acoustics Kiva II and the A15 (Wide & Focus). Those wishing to attend should register at dwrdistribution.co.za/register/l-acousticsdurban.

 
 
rozbarkProlights join dance festival in Silesia
Friday, 25 October 2019

Europe - Rozbark Dance Festival is using Prolights to mark the return of a major international event to Silesia
This new dance theatre festival is a 10-day international event, presenting the most captivating dance theatre projects from Portugal, China, Israel, the UK, Poland and across the world.
The Kamea Dance Company is home to 14 versatile dancers, Israelis side by side with dancers from all over the world who bring their creative talent to the works. Based in Beer Sheva, the capital of the Negev, Kamea tours extensively in Israel and abroad whilst enjoying acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The broad repertoire includes works from internationally renowned guest choreographers.
Kamea Dance Company discussed production needs and fixtures with Teatr Rozbark and looking at the original rider and assessing the desired outcome the teams unanimously chose to upgrade the rig to Prolights fixtures.
In terms of moving lights, six Prolights ARIA700 fixtures were chosen as key lights for their theatrical finesse, extensive pastel colour palette and powerful 400 Watt LED which coupled with the powerful Prolights Starkbar.
(Jim Evans)

 
aesny2019exhibitionInspiration abounds at AES New York 2019
Friday, 25 October 2019

USA - Under the banner Inspire, professional audio’s annual family reunion returned to New York City’s Javits Center for four October days where inspiration was abundant as leading audio innovators shared their knowledge and experience alongside gear designed to spark creativity and imagination while enhancing productivity.
“The programme rocked, and the exhibits were packed with people. Everyone was very excited to be there,” shares Agnieszka Roginska, AES New York 2019 co-chair and AES president-elect. “No time in AES’s history has seen a more diverse, innovative and forward-looking programme.” Convention co-chair and AES Secretary Valerie Tyler elaborates: “We expanded the comprehensive technical programme to include more genres, a broader range of new technologies and a wider breadth of voices than ever before.”
“We’re so proud of the team that came together to make this convention a reality,” adds Jonathan Wyner, the third of the Convention’s co-chairs. “From the technical program to the exhibition hall, the interests of every attendee were met. Expanded topics drew new attendees and let long-time attendees expand their horizons.”
More than 750 of professional audio’s leading innovators presented in the more than 330 sessions in the All Access Technical Programme and the 130 sessions on the Exhibition Hall’s Inspiration Stages and in its topical Theatres, alongside 236 exhibiting brands - was evident in the registration numbers, according to Colleen Harper, AES executive director.
“Registration

 
 
vectorworksRegistration opens for Vectorworks Summit
Friday, 25 October 2019

USA - Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks has announced open registration for its fifth Vectorworks Design Summit.
From 22-24 April 2020 in San Diego, California at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries will have the opportunity to attend industry workshops, product training for all levels of expertise, keynotes, networking opportunities and a customer appreciation party.
“This is our first time hosting the Design Summit on the West Coast, and we look forward to the networking opportunities, training workshops and events we’ve planned for attendees in beautiful San Diego,” comments Vectorworks director of channel operations, Tara Grant. “With the resort’s numerous activities and this year’s speakers, we know everyone will have the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Most importantly, they’ll obtain inspirational takeaways and lessons from the Summit structured to enhance and develop their design careers.”
From now until 31 December, attendees can register with early bird pricing for just $499. Plus, with each paid registration, attendees can buy a second registration at half price. Attendees who book a hotel room by 30 November will receive a $25 SWAG store gift card.
This year sees the introduction of two exclusive training courses: Basecamp for Spotlight Users and Basecamp for Architect & Landmark Kick off the Design Summit with eight hours of in-depth training for a $200 discount off the normal price

 
ldiLDI 2019 expects record attendance
Friday, 25 October 2019

USA - With just less than a month to go until LDI 2019, organisers have announced they expect record attendance and participation in this year’s events.
LDI runs from 18-24 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, starting with the LDInstitute and LDIntensives sessions and LiveXperience Symposium, culminating in the exhibit hall tradeshow from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November.
“We’re thrilled that this year’s LDI Show looks set to be the most well-attended yet, bringing the global live production community from over 80 countries to Las Vegas to share ideas, exhibit and do business,” says LDI's managing director, David Johnson. “Our registration process shows us that people are coming from a wide range of international live and broadcast venues - festivals, corporate events, theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks, architainment, and houses of worship. LDI has more to offer than ever, to more people than ever.”
LDI 2019 will expand its focus with emphasis on the next generation of design and technology, including AR/VR, drones, live for broadcast, and experiential design. The move will make LDI the place to discover what’s hot and what’s next and what it means for the industry.
This will be in addition to LDI’s ongoing commitment to the core live event categories of lighting, staging, video, and sound, and the awards ceremonies that take place during the week.
The LDI Debuting Products and Booth Awards Ceremony is back for 2019 and will be presented on the show floor at the end of the day on Saturday 23 November, i

 
 
paul-need10 Out Of 10 celebrates 30 years
Thursday, 24 October 2019

UK - Event production and hire company 10 Out Of 10 is celebrating 30 years in business. Formed by RADA graduate and tutor Paul Need in 1989 with the core idea of offering 10 key services to the entertainment industry, 10 Out Of 10 now works across a wide range of live events, from conferences and exhibitions to theatre, film and television.
The company achieved success with its online store, which covered lighting and sound equipment, rigging equipment, staging consumables and more. The acquisition of Drax Lighting, a leading specialist supplier of event and promotional lighting hire equipment, in 2016 further increased 10 Out Of 10’s inventory. The acquisition enabled the company to strengthen its presence outside the capital, making use of the Drax Lighting office in Dunstable.
In more recent years the company has set its sights on enhancing its event production offering, providing full production support to a wide range of events across the UK.
When asked to define what makes 10 Out Of 10 unique, Need comments: “If someone wants to buy a microphone, we’ll ask what kind of voice they have to work out if it’s right for them. We’d rather lose the sale than sell someone the wrong equipment.
“Our ethos is that we aim to do the right job at the right price, fairly. If we have to turn it down because we don’t think that what the customer is asking for is right then we will. As the company continues to grow that ethos will always be at the heart of what we do.”
(Jim Evans)

 
koi-usaKOI-USA Awards reveal 2019 Theatre shortlist
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA), which celebrates the creative talents of local and international lighting and video designers across the United States, has revealed the nominees for the 2019 Theatre category shortlist, following long deliberation by the judging panel.
Dance critic Lauren Warnecke of the Chicago Tribune led the Theatre judging panel in her new role as panel chair. She was joined by journalist, dancer and founder of Black Dance Magazine, Norma Porter; critic and performing arts editor for the Independent (KC), Paul Horsley; editor in chief of Arts and Culture Texas, Nancy Wozny; theatre critic for Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones; lighting designer Clifton Taylor; and dance critic for Eye on the Arts, Celia Ipiotis.
The 2019 KOI-USA theatre shortlist is as follows:
The Notch Award for Projection Design
Roma Flowers for A Bon Coeur
Brad Peterson for Broadway Bounty Hunter
Tal Yarden for Network

The ETC Award for Dance
Burke Brown for Framing Time
Brandon Stirling Baker for Reflections
Kaili Story for III. Third

The Altman Lighting Award for Plays (Large Venue)
Neil Austin for Ink
Natasha Katz for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Jan Versweyveld for Network

The Altman Lighting Award for Plays (Small Venue)
Reza Behjat for Nina Simone: Four Women
Elizabeth Harper for Mysterio

 
 
calibreCalibre links with V2 Indonesia in Jakarta
Monday, 21 October 2019

Indonesia - The integration of immersive display solutions into the world of enterprise conferencing and collaborative working was a key theme for Calibre at AV Week Jakarta. The event ran from 9-11 October at Kasablanka Hall, Jakarta.
Calibre teamed up with its new local partner V2 Indonesia based in Jakarta to showcase a host of innovations.
A smart meeting room collaboration solution utilised the Calibre 130-inch all-in-one LED Wall integrated with the Calibre 4K QuadVision scaler-switcher and multiviewer for management of 4K @ 60 4:4:4 video and HDMI bandwidth of 600MHz using sources from webcam, a notebook computer, media player, an interactive flat panel display and powerful collaboration software.
The result was an immersive, intuitive, and cutting-edge user experience. Visitors could try and test out the robust capabilities of each product.
Calibre also demonstrated the HQPro1000 scaler/switcher and SmartBrick LED solutions.
“We use Calibre with our top customers,” said Rudi Hidayat, CEO at V2 Indonesia. “We’re so excited about representing Calibre in Indonesia and AV Week Jakarta was a great opportunity to meet current and future customers.”
Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre added, “AV Week delivered a strong mix of local and international integrators and end-users, and we believe our solutions, designed in partnership with V2 Indonesia, inspires and shows how collaborative working is moving into everyday enterprise communication.”
(Jim Evans)

 
nwrs-2020-logoRegistration opens for 2020 NWRS
Thursday, 17 October 2019

USA - Registration is now open for the 2020 New World Rigging Symposium taking place 31 March – 1 April in Houston, TX in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo. The event provides an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry. A complete schedule, session descriptions and a link to register are available at www.esta.org/nwrs.
Over the two days participants will be given a range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge in sessions covering video wall rigging, automation and motorization, and tension grids. They’ll keep up to date with codes and standards, have some of their most pressing questions answered by structural engineers, and learn about rigging for cinema and performer flying.
Jeanette Farmer will deliver the Keynote Address to open the symposium. Her career spans more than three decades of professional theatre technical support, show production, concert/theatre lighting design, theatre design consulting and themed entertainment project management.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
doughtysixtyunusualUnusual, Doughty and SIXTY82 together at PLSME
Tuesday, 15 October 2019


UAE - Unusual Rigging & Engineering, Doughty Engineering and SIXTY82 will exhibit jointly at this year's PLSME. Visitors will be able to see a range of equipment from Doughty and SIXTY82, as well as kit from Liftket, for whom Unusual Rigging is a distributor, and a selection of PPE gear.
Speaking ahead of the show, Denis Bramhall, managing partner at Unusual Rigging and Engineering said: "We've been exhibiting with Doughty at PLSME for a few years now but this is the first year that we welcome SIXTY82 onto the stand. We look forward to it being a very successful show for us and hope it marks the start of an interesting and exciting working relationship with SIXTY82."
Denis continued: "From experience, PLSME is a well organised show and attracts the right people. We look forward to meeting up with new and familiar faces, making the most of the networking opportunities that the show provides and of course demonstrating a selection of products on the stand."
Doughty's Fifty Clamp and Scaff Boom Arm will make their Middle East debut on the stand this year. Julian Chiverton, sales director for Doughty said: "This is the first time we'll be showing the Fifty Clamp and Scaff Boom Arm in the region so we are looking forward to hearing what visitors to the show have to say about these new items. They've been big hits in the UK and Europe but PLSME puts us in front of a very different audience and it's great to really understand what's important to our customers in this part of the world."
SIXTY82 will show a range of trussing and staging sol

 
OCA Alliance hosts educational sessions at AES
Tuesday, 15 October 2019


USA - At this year’s 147th AES Pro Audio Convention in New York the OCA Alliance is exhibiting within the AVoIP Pavilion, promoting the advances in control and monitoring of AVoIP networks embodied within the AES70 standard. The convention will be the focus for a number of presentations and announcements from the OCA Alliance, including numerous educational sessions, presentations and demos, and the reveal of a new AES70 Products page on the OCA Alliance website.
The OCA Alliance will be on hand throughout the show as an exhibitor in the pavilion, with experts from the alliance and its member companies available to discuss the AES70 standard, available developer resources, and the evolution and progression of the standard throughout the AV industry.
In addition to demonstrations on its booth, the OCA Alliance will be participating in the programme of presentations in the AVoIP Pavilion Theatre, providing ‘public’ overviews of the AES70 standard to visitors and exhibitors attending the AVoIP Pavilion sessions.
In conjunction with its presence at the convention, the OCA Alliance has also launched a new AES70 Product Page on its website. Highlighting available and shipping product from seven companies covering 11 brands, this product gallery demonstrates the growing ecosystem and adoption of the AES70 standard across different application verticals.
“It’s great to see the portfolio of AES70 devices reaching the market,” says OCA Alliance marketing chairman Ethan Wetzell. “The adoption of a control standard can take time an

 
 
jbl-nzJPRO hosts JBL demo in Christchurch
Monday, 14 October 2019

New Zealand - Distribution and AVC support company JPRO presented an exclusive demo of the JBL VTX A8 line array to a group of entertainment and commercial industry representatives in Christchurch.
The VTX A8 is a compact line array system available in various formats for small to medium size installed and tour configurations. VTX A8 and its bigger brother VTX A12 have impressed this year during NZ's Summer Festivals - being used extensively with touring artists and music festivals such as Toto, UB40, Slayer, KORA, Sound Splash and The Hollies.
The demo took place at the newly rebuilt Christchurch Town Hall in the James Hay Theatre.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to use venues such as the James Hay Theatre to allow audiences to get a first-hand impression of the JBL VTX A8,” comments JPRO’s Nicholas van Dyk, sales manager South Island. “This is a new sound from JBL and it is important for people to experience the transparent, smooth sound for themselves. I enjoyed seeing their response when the system is run in full range - we had jaws dropping when we told guests that we were not running the subs.”
After a full range demo, JBL’s new generation of subwoofers, VTX B18 were used in cardioid configuration, while the VTX M Series touring wedges were demonstrated on stage.
Due to a tight schedule the crew were able to provide a fast setup - with final system checks ready to go in less than 90 minutes. “This is thanks to the VTX A-series newly devised world-leading rigging system, travel carts and packaging system, which al

 
johnlennonbusJohn Lennon tour bus calls at AES New York
Monday, 14 October 2019

USA - This week’s AES New York Convention will feature its first visit from the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which invites AES attendees to tour its facilities, learn about its mission of inspiring creativity, and participate in the interactive tent experience featuring jam sessions using the latest gear. Daily gear giveaways worth over $6,000 - with gear from Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Neutrik, OWC, and Yamaha - will take place at the bus at 1:00pm each day of the exhibition.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 22nd year, with the latest technology and gear, the bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions - all in one day.
The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. The bus, the physical manifestation of the mission of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus non-profit corporation, travels the country visiting schools, music and technology conferences and events, and partners with communities and media outlets to call attention to the importance of arts and

 
 
prolightsProlights hosts international distributor conference
Monday, 14 October 2019

Italy - Prolights staged its annual international distributor conference at its HQ in Minturno.
Welcoming over 150 guests from 40 countries, the conference comprised a week of product demonstrations, keynote speeches, new product previews, networking and team bonding.
The event was opened by Prolights managing director Fabio Sorabella, who welcomed the group and introduced the keynote speeches and corporate presentations outlining the past, present and future vision for the company. Sorabella also outlined the current and future expansion plans for the Italian HQ, aimed at further developing the laboratories and R&D departments.
“We’ve had over 150 people visit us, from our closest customers through to people who want to know more about us and what we do,” he explains. “Couldn’t have asked for a better crowd and the feedback from the conference about where we are heading and our ‘next step’ shows us that we are definitely on the right track - watch this space!”
Paolo Albani, Prolights international sales manager, outlined the confidential future sales and marketing strategy for the company which will be revealed at this year’s LDI in Las Vegas. “I am truly amazed by the response and energy of our distributor network. It was amazing to see everybody contributing and inspiring others. The energy and ideas they contributed really helped make the event a great success. I thoroughly look forward to seeing what the future will bring us."
Prolights and its growing network of distribution partners work synergistically in

 
laser-safety-officer-seminarsinenglishLaserworld Academy offers LSO seminars
Friday, 11 October 2019

Germany - The Laserworld Academy is holding an LSO-certified laser safety officer seminar in Munich in January 2020, with more dates set to be announced shortly.
The organisation holds events dedicated to laser safety and the training and education of Laser Safety Officers across Europe. This upcoming seminar, to be held in English at the Leonardo Hotel Munich City South, addresses regulations in Germany which require a laser safety officer (Laserschutzbeauftragter) to take responsibility of any laser system class 3R, 3B or 4 that is used. It is suitable for those utilising lasers in trade and for show/display applications, as well as for industrial purposes.
The contents of the LSO seminars meet the requirements of the German legal framework for laser use (OStrV and TROS) and base on the international regulatory IEC 60825-1. Upon successful completion, participants qualify as Laserschutzbeauftragter for work with laser systems in Germany.
“The more diverse the society gets, and the more companies work all across Europe and worldwide, the more demand came up for those specific Laser Safety Officer Seminars in English language for the German market,” explains Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group and head of the Laserworld Academy. “We can definitely see the demand for this kind of certification and have therefore scheduled the first dates for 2020.”
Further details and reservations are ava

 
 
etcdubai-2ETC to open new facility in the Middle East
Friday, 11 October 2019

UAE - ETC is opening a new facility, ETC Dubai - The Studio.
Located in the Zee Tower in Dubai's Media City, the space will act as a ‘central hub’ providing training and product demonstration areas as well as a visualisation suite for pre-programming shows.
The facility will be unveiled on 31 October with a launch event during which ETC will present its latest technologies, including the PLASA Award for Innovation-winning Augment3d programming tool, and preview brand new ETC and High End Systems products. Find out how to attend the opening event here.
“The Studio space will be a central hub for training both ETC’s Eos and High End Systems’ Hog 4 consoles in the Middle East presented by top product specialists. We plan to expand the range of courses on offer even more next year,” comments Mark Larcombe, regional sales manager for the Middle East.
“The addition of The Studio is a key move as we continue to grow our presence in the Middle East territory. We look forward to further building customer relations and being able to provide additional post-sales support in the region,” adds sales manager for ETC Ltd, Darren Beckley.
(Jim Evans)

 
brexitPLASA and MIA to host two Brexit forums
Thursday, 10 October 2019

UK - PLASA has teamed up with the Music Industries Association (MIA) to host two public forums to help businesses and industry organisations prepare for Brexit.
Taking place in London on 25 October at the Victory Services Club and Leeds on 28 October (exact location TBC), the events will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will provide legal, shipping, HR and currency advice.
Confirmed speakers include Ros Kellaway of Eversheds, transport and haulage specialist Tim Ridyard, Nicky Gleadow of HR Point, economist Roger Martin Fagg (Leeds only), and representatives from SGM, freight company Velta, and HR consultants Croner. More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.
The two events are free to attend and are open for bookings at www.plasa.org/brexit-forum
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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