PLASA Online 2020 running all week
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
UK - PLASA Online 2020, a five-day programme of business, technical and product sessions, kicked off yesterday and will run daily until 16 October. The week-long programme includes live key notes, panel discussions and training sessions designed to provide education, guidance and inspiration during these challenging times.
In light of challenges that have emerged in the COVID era, chartered safety practitioner and production manager Tom Goode will discuss event production in the new COVID environment. Joining him will be Karl Raw, Health and Safety Inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Dominique Perrissin-Fabert, Health and Safety Manager for the Royal Opera House, and Ben Stephen, Head of Operations & Production for the Albany. Together they will share how they have adapted workplaces and practices and will answer questions from the virtual audience. In other sessions, James Eade will unpack the latest changes in PAT testing guidelines, and Nathanael Dannenberg of Signify will reveal how to harness the power of UV-C lighting for disinfection.
Business webinars are planned throughout the week: economist Roger Martin-Fagg will outline predictions on the UK’s economic recovery; HR expert Nicky Gleadow will provide advice on employment, support schemes and redundancies; and to highlight the importance of mental health, PLASA’s Peter Heath will speak with Eric Mtungwazi from Music Support and Pat O’Toole, an experienced coach, trainer and consultant, to share ways of managing mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, a panel of industry and trade bodies will discuss ways of preparing for Brexit. PLASA’s MD Peter Heath will be joined by Naomi Pohl of Musicians’ Union, Lisa Ryan of EFM Global Logistics, and Peter Bishop of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Several leading brands will present their latest products, including lighting brands Chauvet, Elation, ETC and Martin. Sennheiser will showcase their new range, and Adam Hall and Highlite will highlight a variety of their products for both the lighting and audio markets. Meanwhile, DiGiCo will detail how they use Audinate’s Dante with their mixing platforms, Vectorworks will host a training session on event production and design, and Broadweigh will present case studies of their wireless load monitoring solutions being used in international shows and tours.
Following months of government lobbying and campaigning, key members from the #WeMakeEvents team with discuss what has been happening on the frontline of the campaign to save the live entertainment sector, with insights into government communications, industry data and what it takes to grow a global grassroots movement. This will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions and find out how you can get involved in the campaign.
PLASA Online is running from 12-16 October and it is free to sign up for sessions. Find out more at

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