South Africa - Mediatech Africa, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa, will be staged this year from 15-17 July at the Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg. Staged biennially, Mediatech Africa presents the latest technologies and trends to southern Africa's broadcast and film sector and rapidly-growing live event and AV systems integration industries.

The exhibition area will feature over 130 exhibitors including manufacturers and distributors, and over around 700 brands, while the conference running alongside will cover the latest trends in AV and broadcasting.

Mediatech allows thousands of decision-makers in these key industries to discover new trends, solutions and service providers and assess top technologies from manufacturers and distributors locally and around the world. Visitors also benefit from the environment that includes hands-o

UK - Organised by the Electroacoustic Group of the Institute of Acoustics in collaboration with ABTT, AES, APRS & ISCE, the 31st Reproduced Sound Conference - Playing with Fire - will concentrate on all aspects of electroacoustics for live events, including music, theatres and sports in auditoria, festivals and stadia.

The event takes place 10-12 November 2015 at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Papers are invited on topics related to the following: Live Sound; Intelligibility; Venue Safety and Crowd Management; Measurement & Evaluation; Audio System Design; Loudspeakers and Microphones; Case Studies; Acoustics of Venues; Environmental Noise Control of Events.

Offers of papers on any electroacoustics topic will also be considered for the programme.

Please send your abstract (150 words) for papers plus a short biography of up to 150 words

to li

UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. will be on hand at PLASA Focus, Leeds 2015 (stand N-E01) to discuss how they can provide bespoke integrated solutions of lighting, audio and AV equipment to the performance, architectural, educational, corporate and retail sectors - including the very latest technologies showcased on the adjacent stand of their sister company (AC-ET, stand N-E02).

The company's highly experienced project managers can handle all aspects of a project and have a diverse portfolio of previous client examples ranging from theatres to nightclubs and bars, restaurants, schools, houses of worship, cruise ships and live performance venues.

With access to over 200 leading brands, ACSP can cater for any size of installation from a simple six circuit lighting bar with dimming and control, to a full blown multi-media theatre system.

Staff will be happy to discuss th

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., a leading 'one-stop' international provider of cutting-edge professional equipment with over 40 years' experience supplying to the industry, will showcase a selection of the very latest solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 premium brands - on stand N-E02 at PLASA Focus 2015 in Leeds, UK.

Sales teams from company's four specialist product divisions will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the latest technologies from leading marques which AC-ET are the exclusive UK dealer for - including Chroma-Q, Jands, Prolights, Spotlight, GLP, Columbus McKinnon Entertainment, BroadWeigh, Dynamic Audio Device, and Green Hippo. Other leading brands showcased include Manfrotto, Litec and Petzl, amongst others - all available from the company's multi-million pound inventory.

Also featured are AC-ET's in-house Cable Expres

UK - White Light returns to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this month for the annual PLASA Focus exhibition 12-13 May.

On stand N-C24 in New Dock Hall, visitors will find the latest lighting, effects and audio solutions including White Light exclusive products from manufacturers Altman Lighting, ArKaos Pro, Core Lighting, JB-Lighting, Interactive Technologies, Look Solutions, LSC Lighting and Wireless Solution; and from manufacturer EM Acoustics. White Light's display of products will focus on LED lighting, show control systems, special effects and loudspeaker equipment.

Visitors will find the latest in LED lighting technology from US manufacturer Altman Lighting, including the new Spectra Cyc 400 featured for the first time at the show. The fixture blends colours via a patented LED blending lens which reduces pixilation from direct view. The Phoenix LED 250W and 150W profiles w

Germany - Laserecene 2015 is billed as the premium exhibition in Europe fully dedicated to laser display-technology in the fields of entertainment, art and education.

The exhibition is a marketplace for buying and selling, a community for networking, a forum for exchanging ideas and an opportunity for contributing to industry trends by bring together manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and technicians.

The main exhibition categories include: laser systems, control equipment, laser projectors, laser show software, laser show artwork, laser advertising systems, show tips & techniques, stage technology and event services.

(Jim Evans)

UK -The Technical Theatre Awards' nominations close on Wednesday 13 May - so now's the time to ensure someone's outstanding achievements working behind the scenes are celebrated.

Anyone working in theatre industry can nominate their colleagues, crew members or favourite hire company. This is your opportunity to highlight why your chosen nominee stands out from the rest and deserves some recognition. It only takes a few minutes to nominate at www.technicaltheatreawards.com

Nominations will officially close during PLASA Focus in Leeds. Following this, organiser Ian Taylor will be inviting a panel of independent industry figures to shortlist the nominations. This is a new initiative for 2015, as suggested by TTA supporters as a way to improve the awards process.

Voting for the UK awards will open during the ABTT Trade Show on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at Alexandra Palace in London

Poland - This week's 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday 7 May through Sunday 10 May), at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel in Warsaw, Poland will feature a comprehensive Technical Programme specifically assembled for the AES138 Convention - the AES's first dedicated event in Poland.

The papers and engineering briefs sessions showcase the work of over 100 researchers on topics ranging from 22.2 multichannel to accelerometer-based motional feedback. Workshops bring panels of experts together to discuss a range of provocative and practical topics, such as automotive sound, music production for film, and live sound. Tutorials provide an overview of important audio fundamentals for seasoned professionals and young people alike. Additionally, Special Events will offer both entertaining and thought-provoking, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hear from industry icons.

Pa

Germany - Announcing several significant new products and with a stand that was perpetually busy throughout the show's four days, Coda Audio enjoyed a highly successful Prolight+Sound 2015.

A highlight of the new products was a first glimpse of the company's new AiRAY three-way, full-range line array system. Set for a full launch in the summer, AiRAY addresses the 'holy grail' of exceptional output and intelligibility, yet is half the size, weight and transport dimensions of conventional 2x12" systems.

Also on show for the first time was the High Output Point Source HOPS8, a passive two-way system with outstanding output-to-size ratio and 100° x 100° coverage. Optimised for near-field applications, the unit is available with two hardware options - HOPS8 for mobile applications and HOPS8i (fitted with M6 flying points) for permanent installations.

Coda also annou

Germany - With Yamaha's flagship RIVAGE PM10 making its European trade show debut at Prolight+Sound, few were expecting the company to launch a new range of digital mixing consoles aimed at bringing its digital technology to a whole new market. But that was precisely what Yamaha did, with the TF Series attracting significant orders at the show.

The TF Series is aimed at small-to-medium sized venues and touring bands, education and houses of worship - in fact anywhere where high quality facilities with remarkable ease of use and an exceptional price point are required.

Adding to the surprise of the launch audience, the first TF1, TF3 and TF5 consoles will be shipping by the end of this month.

Attracting a constant stream of admirers throughout the four days of Prolight+Sound, significant orders were also placed by a number of high profile rental companies, including leading U

UK / Germany - Avolites proved its truly international appeal at Prolight+Sound 2015, teaming up with dealers, distributors and friends from around the world to celebrate the launch of its Arena console, the new Titan V9 operating system, and its industry-leading new features such as Autoblend.

Visitors to the Avolites Prolight+Sound stand came from more than 40 countries, and included a high number of potential new distributors, especially from North and West Africa and the Caribbean.

Now, the Avolites team is continuing the buzz by debuting its well-received new products in the UK at PLASA Focus, Leeds, on stand N-D01.

"The Arena consoles attracted a huge amount of attention during April's Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt - we were inundated with lighting designers, rental companies and specifiers, generating a fantastic response from many of the people who came to see the

UK - The 2015 Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has announced that it has added a brand new award in the Concert Touring and Events category.

The KOI Awards, which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, has added a 'Club' category, which will allow the Awards to widen its reach to celebrate LDs working at all scales of touring.

Proposed to the committee by KOI chairman of Concert Touring and Events Sarah Rushton-Read, the category was introduced in response to feedback from lighting designers working with new bands just starting out on the touring circuit. It will mean that these LDs, often working with just a floor package and having to use each venue's house rig to realise their design, will also be recognised for their creativity.

"Often designers that are touring club style venues with just a floo

Germany - Acoustic Development enjoyed a very successful Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, reporting orders totalling £250,000 received at the show.

"We look to the future with great enthusiasm and determination to develop our innovative technology into the absolute market leader within our industry," says the company. "Our designs gained a lot of attention at Frankfurt causing many strange looks and flashing of cameras. It seems many visitors including the competition were curious as to how we loaded 10 transducers into our AD2000LA which measures just 750 x 270 x 500mm.

"While our industry is very conservative our ground breaking developments can't be ignored. We are applying the laws of physics to real world audio solutions that are clearly the basis for a major shift in sound system design. We welcome the challenge and look forward to building on th

UK - The SSL Live L300 console is making its PLASA Focus Leeds debut with UK dealer HD Pro Audio on stand N-A26. HD Pro Audio will also be showing the new V3 software that introduces over 40 new software and hardware features and updates for the SSL Live console range.

"With impeccable sound quality, the SSL Live consoles have created serious interest and demand since their introduction," said Andy Huffer of HD Pro Audio. "PLASA Focus gives us the opportunity to show the powerful V3 release for the first time at a UK exhibition, so we're looking forward to a very busy show."

In addition to the SSL Live, HD Pro will be showing selected products from L-Acoustics and the other leading brands the company represents.

To register for PLASA Focus Leeds, visit: www.plasafocus.com/leeds.

(Jim Evans)

UK - Cadac is debuting its brand new CDC six digital live sound production console in the UK at PLASA Focus 2015. Launched worldwide last month at Prolight+Sound, Cadac claims that the CDC six features the fastest, most intuitive user interface and highest possible audio performance of any audio mixing console available.

Cadac will be exhibiting a pair of CDC six consoles at the show, along with Cadac's MegaCOMMS networking products, including the CDC MC Router, the CDC MC MADI audio network bridge and the new Version 2 CDC MC Dante MegaCOMMS bridge.

The CDC six is based around a further development of Cadac's advanced, highly acclaimed gesture-operation user interface. With the same superlative audio performance and incredible low latency of the CDC eight, the CDC six represents a major ergonomic advance in user operation. The traditional fixed physical controls have been rep

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds 2015 sees The Prolight Concepts Group (Stand N-D12) launch their new 140 page stage & event catalogue featuring almost 100 new products. The bumper number of product additions launched so far this year will see the range offered by Prolight Concepts Group close in on 1500 product lines available from stock.

Products featured on the stand include the following new products plus a host of popular existing products:

eLumen8 Kudos 600ZS moving head alongside the smaller Kudos 100ZS, 200ZS and 300ZS. The Kudos ZS series features Osram Ostar RGBW Quad colour LEDs combined with a dynamic zoom system offering wash thru beam.

eLumen8 Liberty Wireless Uplighters. Available in two formats: 36W RGB COB LED or 7x 12W 6in1 LED the Liberty series feature long battery life combined with on board W-DMX for rock solid reliability.

eLumen8 PF series LED Profiles. Featu

UK/Italy - Showforce and Italian event and modelling agency BeA Models, have signed an agreement that will see the two companies working closely together in the Middle East.

The partnership will allow Showforce to offer its clients throughout the Middle East high-end event personnel and models from BeA's team. As a successful company in Italy they boast an impressive client roster of both national and international businesses including Mercedes Benz, Breitling, Ray-Ban, S. Pelligrino and Veuve Cliquot.

Ian Spendlove, Showforce's chief executive, commented on the partnership, "I met Guiseppe when conducting some recent business in Milan for Expo 2015 and was really impressed with their approach, professionalism and client list. With the number of international brands and companies promoting themselves in the region there is definitely a market in the Middle East for the se

South Africa - Gearhouse Group will again play a key role in Mediatech Africa, the only media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa.

Mediatech Africa, staged in Johannesburg every second year, will be held from 15 to 17 July 2015 at the Ticketpro Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg.

Robyn D'Alessandro, national marketing manager for the Gearhouse Group, says that the group, which has participated as official technical sponsor of Mediatech since 2009, views the sponsorship as a prime opportunity to show its support for the media, broadcasting, film and AV sectors.

"We see this as an opportunity to give back to the industry in a small way. While only one of the Group exhibits formally; the rest of us are there in full force, meeting and greeting and catching up with our suppliers, colleagues and competitors alike. We bring our latest complement of Gearho

UK - Debuts are to the fore at this year's PLASA Focus: Leeds, with more and more exhibitors choosing it as the UK launch pad for new product releases, including Cadac's new CDC six and DiGiCo's S21 mixing consoles, Meyer Sound's Leopard loudspeaker system and Zero88's FLX lighting console.

At the entrance to New Dock Hall, Martin Professional is displaying its new VDO Sceptron indoor/outdoor LED strips, which come with a choice of diffusers, the 6mm Fenix panel video and Rush 650 and 850 smoke products. Also on show are the Quantum Wash and Quantum Profile, launched last year, as well as the Aura XB, which has 50 per cent more output than the standard Aura, plus extended colour mode.

"Out of all the shows we exhibit at, this is where you can spend proper time talking to people, so we've brought representative selection of our new and current ranges," says the compan

Australia - Danny Rose, the award-winning Paris-based art and design collective, celebrate their return to the seventh annual Vivid Sydney festival, the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, with "the true synaesthesia of Mechanised Colour Assemblage".

The group's latest large-scale digital art installation will transform the sandstone façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia into a series of sound and colour 'machines' to create "a truly stunning, continuously morphing listening and viewing experience".

This work, a close collaboration between the creative team at Danny Rose and Australian artist Rebecca Baumann, will be one of the centrepieces of the 18-day festival of light, music and ideas that is Vivid Sydney.

Rebecca Baumann is a Perth-based artist working predominantly in kinetic sculpture, installation and performance. Her

UK - Illuminate Design has announced that from 15 May they have become dealers for the GaffGun range of products.

The GaffGun, launched in October 2014 has seen massive sales throughout the USA. Now with GaffTech the company behind it looking to branch out into overseas markets, Illuminate Design has been chosen to help this development.

The GaffGun (patent pending) is billed as "a great advancement in floor tape since gaffer tape was invented". Saving over 90% of the time to lay tape over cables or rope, The GaffGun simplifies your job while saving time, money, and your back. Cables don't even have to be straight-the GaffGun uses a funnelling system to straighten and centre your cables and then lay tape over them.

GaffTech developed the patent-pending CoreLok tape to work in unison with the GaffGun, ensuring a consistent result with every tape run. GaffGun CoreLok

UK - AED Distribution UK has enjoyed the intimate, lively and focused environment of PLASA Focus Leeds for the past three years and the 2015 show last week once again met the expectations of this favoured show. Spread across two separate stands, the new enlarged AED Distribution UK Team enjoyed a busy two days discussing the strong portfolio of bAV products now offered in the UK, all underpinned by the range of AED solutions.

The main stand was home to the lighting and rigging offering from AED Distribution that includes High End Systems, Prolyte, Columbus McKinnon, SRS Light Design, Swisson, AV Stumpfl, Doughty, Verlinde (Stagemaker) and MediaLas.

Prominent were the latest stage lighting luminaires from High End Systems under the LED RISING Banner, including the SolaSpot Pro 1500 with its 400w White LED engine providing a staggering 20,000 Lumens output and the Shapeshifter C

Poland - The Audio Engineering Society held its highly-successful 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, 7-10 May, 2015.

This first-ever AES Convention to be held in Poland was co-chaired by Bozena Kostek and Umberto Zanghieri, and featured a keynote address by ORF (Austrian TV) sound engineer Florian Camerer, as well as the Heyser Memorial lecture given by Genelec Chairman Dr. Ilpo Martikainen.

Other highlights included the popular Project Studio Expo stage, several unique Tech Tours of local Polish audio production facilities, and a wall-to-wall exhibition area, where attendees were given a first-hand look into the latest professional audio equipment and services from leading manufacturers.

Additionally, as part of the Tech Programme events, the Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award was presented to Frank Schultz, Florian Strau

UK - d&b audiotechnik introduced three new products at PLASA Focus 2015 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The new D20 amplifier, the MAX2 stage monitor and ArrayProcessing, a significant new feature within the d&b ArrayCalc V8 simulation software, made their UK debut in the New Dock Hall.

ArrayProcessing is a new optional feature for optimising the tonal and level balance of d&b J, V and Y-Series line array systems across an entire listening area, significantly improving the consistency of performance. The D20 joins the D80 as part of the four channel 2RU amplifier family. It features intuitive user interfaces and fast, responsive remote control and monitoring via Ethernet, through the OCA protocol. The MAX2 is a flexible 15" stage monitor, which can be pole mounted on a d&b subwoofer and used as a small, full range system.

The Y-Series also made its first appearance at th

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