Germany - On 9 June at Stage|Set|Scenery 2015 in Berlin, an award presentation took place to honour the winners of the competition presented by the Theatre Architecture Commission (TAC) of the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) and the winner of the Weltenbauer Award presented by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG).

The Weltenbauer Award honours the most accomplished technical realisation of an artistic challenge in the context of a stage performance, show or event production. Yesterday evening, for the first time, the presentation took place at Stage|Set|Scenery. Katharina Thalbach gave the introductory speech.

Orpheus steigt herab, a production by Münchner Kammerspiele was the winner of the Weltenbauer Award which was received by Fabian Iberl, deputy manager and manager of Special Construction. The jury

Germany - The opening night usually decides how successful a play will be. In the case of Stage|Set|Scenery 2015 the debut can be summarised as follows: satisfied exhibitors, enthusiastic trade visitors, high-ranking political figures and a substantial international appeal, say the organisers.

From Tuesday, 9 to Thursday, 11 June 2015 over 6,000 trade visitors came to find out about the latest trends in event technology from 270 exhibitors representing 24 countries at the Berlin convention. Attendees represented planning, architecture, film, event services, stage, lighting, sound, video and media technology, make-up, costume and stage-set design, acoustics, studio, exhibition and museum technology.

Besides Prof. Monika Grütters, State Minister for Culture and the Media, Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and Tim Ren

USA - The OCA Alliance is promoting the vision of common, open standard, real time network control at InfoComm15. The alliance's booth - # 211 - will feature a live demonstration of control and monitoring across networked audio devices from different manufacturers with different transport protocols, including OCA enabled products from Bosch Communications, d&b audiotechik and Focusrite. Leading technical and product specialists from the alliance will be available on the booth to provide information to, and answer questions from, visitors and exhibitors.

Open Control Architecture (OCA) - due to be ratified as an official AES standard - is a language that enables the common real time remote control and monitoring of audio networks, using any available transport protocol (Dante, AVB, AES67, Cobranet, etc.). During InfoComm the OCA Alliance will discuss new projects currently in dev

UK - Having received an enthusiastic reception from the European market at ProLight+Sound in April, Yamaha's new flagship Rivage PM10 digital mixing console will be enjoying more of the limelight as it makes its UK trade show debut at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015.

Taking place from 24-25 June, this year the West Hall at London's Alexandra Palace hosts the ABTT Theatre Show for the first time. Yamaha is exhibiting on Stand A12 and the show will be the first opportunity for many UK sound technicians to see demonstrations of the RivagePM10.

Yamaha will also be giving a UK trade show debut to two more new products, as well as showing its new TF Series digital mixers for only the second time at a UK trade show and highlighting its CIS series of matrix mixers, amplifiers and loudspeakers. These provide versatile, powerful solutions for any space where high quality installed audio is r

UK - Track expert Triple E is launching a construction arm to its business under the name EEE-Build at the ABTT Theatre Show.

The first product to be launched is a new 'universal building system' best described as full size Meccano, set to "revolutionise the theatre staging, set building, stage machinery, scenery, construction and event markets".

Known as ModTruss, the system features lightweight aluminium construction and a repetitious hole pattern, meaning applications are "practically unlimited". The ModTruss product line "lends itself to create endless configurations using standard accessories, and makes ideas that once took extensive custom design and fabrication to be constructed incredibly simply, easily, and speedily".

The product will be launched on an Art Deco-inspired theatre structure designed for Triple E by architect Konstantinos K

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will showcase a selection of the very latest solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 premium brands - on stand A40 at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015, 24-25 June.

Sales teams from the 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, LumenRadio, Luminex, 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 Express and Gel Express custom assembly services - as well as Lamp Express and other popular consumables from the vast ra

UK - A new website with enhanced features, a fresh new look and easier navigation has been launched for the PLASA Show 2015 (4-6 October, Excel, London). With the redesign of the PLASA Show branding, aims to complement the fresh look with improved features to help visitors find information quickly and efficiently. "Following months of development, the website has been released to truly reflect the position that the PLASA Show has as a business event for the fast-paced and innovative entertainment technology industry," says PLASA Events.

Exciting new initiatives include focused hubs, sector specific seminar streams, 150+ industry leading speakers, workshops and demo areas. Many more exciting new developments will be announced in the coming months, don't miss out - make sure you

UK - When 25 industry companies came together at Sandown Park on 17th June to raise money for industry charity, Behind the Scenes UK, at their annual karting day, leading crewing company Showforce was only too happy to submit a team and lend their support. Other companies competing included: White Light, Stage Electrics, Wonder Works, Brilliant Stages, DiGiCo and Crewsaders.

The karting day saw 25 teams of up to 6 drivers race for 3 hours on an open air course with organisers promoting a competitive atmosphere of skulduggery, out-manoeuvring and general all out 'race to win' attitude. There was also a Formula One style pit stop challenge where the team quickest to change their tyres could claim bragging rights off the track as well as on it! With a BBQ and lots of opportunities to network with clients, catch up with old friends and take part in raffles and stalls to assist with

UK - Doughty Engineering's award winning Modular Rigging System will be making its first official appearance at this year's ABTT show. The range which is riding high on a wave of success, was first introduced as a prototype at last year's show to such acclaim that it was awarded the ABTT Award for Engineering. Since then, the product has gone global and Doughty will be exhibiting a new range of additional items, both on the stand and in the new viewing area at the show.

Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty explained, "Such is the success of the range, we are continually developing add on items in response to feedback from lighting designers who, for the first time are experiencing the freedom to run wild with their ideas. The latest items to join the range are the half connector with eye and half connector with cable holders which allow for the H-Frames to be flown at d

UK - Following KV2 Audio's successful return to the ABTT Show in 2014 the company will be returning to this year's event, taking place next week 24-25 June at Alexandra Palace, London.

KV2 will be exhibiting on Stand E-21 and showing a range of products currently being used in theatres worldwide.

KV2 will also be presenting an hour-long seminar including audio demonstrations in The Studio Theatre, Londesborough Room. This will centre on the recently released ESD 5 - The Latest Revolution in Theatre Delay Speakers - as well as other exciting products currently being used in several West End and touring productions.

The seminar takes place at 14:00 on the first show day - Wednesday 24 June, The Studio Theatre, Londesborough Room.

(Jim Evans)

UK - Unusual Rigging is set to make a major announcement on its stand (D22) at this year's ABTT show. The news will remain under wraps until 24 June when visitors are invited to attend the stand at 2.30pm for an official photo-call.

Denis Bramhall, Unusual's general manager said, "There are big changes afoot for Unusual Rigging this year and we see ABTT as the ideal platform for announcing these. We've updated our stand - offering a more relaxed atmosphere, more seating and refreshments for anyone who stops by to speak to us.

"We are principally a solutions and rental company - we sell a service, so ABTT is not about displaying our wares. We realised that we needed a space that would encourage new and existing customers to come along and spend time talking to us, finding out how we may be able to help them with a solution to their potentially challenging projects.&qu

UK - This year's First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild's (TTG) vital work, takes to the roads on Friday 3 July.

This year marks the sixth year that some of the theatre industry's biggest movers and shakers zoom together for a weekend aimed at raising awareness and much-needed funds to help TTG support Backstage and FOH staff in need. Established in 1891, TTG is dedicated to looking after theatre personnel who, due to a variety of circumstances need welfare advice, counselling, educational sponsorship and many other forms of help.

The charity has many supporters in the industry, including Dara O'Briain who is also a Trustee of The Theatres Trust.

Taking place from 3-6 July, this year's route starts in Scarborough and visits the Spa Theatre & Grand Hall and The Stephen Joseph Theatre. Over the

UK - Award-winning designer Lucy Osborne, internationally acclaimed lighting designer Emma Chapman and lighting specialist and designer Howard Eaton are officially launching their innovative new venue design company Studio Three Sixty at the ABTT Theatre Show this week.

Studio Three Sixty designs and builds a new kind of temporary venue, using the latest technology to create beautiful spaces bursting with versatility.

The story began with Roundabout - a very special commission from new writing theatre company Paines Plough to design and build the world's first Plug and Play Theatre. Roundabout went on to win The Stage Awards 'Theatre Building of the Year 2015'.

Studio Three Sixty was founded by Osborne, Chapman and Eaton to design more temporary venues using the ideas and technology developed for Roundabout.

"We are absolutely delighted to be at ABTT at the launch of

UK - This year's First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild's (TTG) vital work, takes to the roads on Friday 3rd July.

This year marks the sixth year that some of the theatre industry's biggest movers and shakers zoom together for a weekend aimed at raising awareness and much-needed funds to help TTG support Backstage and FOH staff in need. Established in 1891, TTG is dedicated to looking after theatre personnel who, due to a variety of circumstances need welfare advice, counselling, educational sponsorship and many other forms of help.

The charity has many supporters in the industry, including Dara O'Briain who is also a Trustee of The Theatres Trust.

Taking place between 3rd and 6th July, this year's route starts in Scarborough and visits the Spa Theatre & Grand Hall and The Stephen Joseph Thea

UK - Martin Professional introduced its new JEM ZR fog machines at the 2015 ABTT Theatre Show.

JEM ZR is a family of powerful fog machines designed to "deliver superior and uninterrupted performance in demanding professional applications". Equipped with 1,150-2,000 W heat exchangers they deliver large amounts of fog and excessive peak output, ideal for venues of all sizes in both install and rental markets.

The JEM ZRs feature variable output control for more subtle effects and are fully up-to-date with digital remote, DMX and RDM.

The entire JEM ZR range is compatible with a wide range of JEM Pro fog fluids. As machines designed and built to last, the JEM ZRs will continue to perform with great output and low consumption.

"Over the past two years we've successfully renewed our professional range or water-based hazers, including the CO2 driven JEM Ready 365

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians 2015 Theatre Awards took place on 24 June alongside the Stage Management Association's National Awards, after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show in its new London home, Alexandra Palace.

The experienced jury for the ABTT Awards, comprising of working practitioners and industry peers, judged nominations meeting the entry criteria that had been previously submitted or which were brought to their attention on the day.

Commenting on the event, ABTT CEO Robin Townley said, "The Awards ceremony held in the Londesborough Room was a great event to round off the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show.

"Held at Alexandra Palace for the first time, the ABTT Theatre Show was very pleased to host the presentation of both the ABTT Theatre Awards and the SMA National Stage Management Awards.

"A great atmosphere in the Lon

South Africa - Wild & Marr, one of Southern Africa's forerunners in the distribution and installation of professional sound equipment, will be exhibiting at Africa's largest media and entertainment technology trade show. Mediatech Africa takes place at the Dome at Northgate from 15 to 17 July 2015.

Wild & Marr has developed their expertise into various professional audio and AV integration markets and are keen to showcase their quality brands incorporating some innovative technologies and to share product knowledge.

"We are excited to be part of Mediatech as it creates a fantastic opportunity to highlight and demonstrate what type of product applications our brand portfolio offers," Says Andrew Sorrill, sales and marketing manager at Wild & Marr. "It also allows us to network with various professionals in the industry and with the people behind the brand."<

South Africa - ARX's South African distributor Matrix Sound will be exhibiting the ARX product range at the upcoming Mediatech Africa exhibition.

ARX director Duncan Fry will be joining Matrix Sound's Trevor Peters and his team at Mediatech, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa.

On Matrix Sound's Booth A35, Matrix & ARX will be exhibiting ARX's product range including the MixxMaker Bluetooth, USB and analogue mixer, Blue DI professional Bluetooth wireless active direct box interface, USB I/O VSR digital to analogue and analogue to digital interface, USB DI and USB DI VC USB-DI series of transformer isolated dual channel USB audio to balanced XLR output DI boxes plug and play digital to analogue pro audio interfaces and the MSX 48 16 in, 48 Out ISO-transformer microphone / line splitter.

(Jim Evans)

USA - dnp denmark was able to take full advantage of the record turn-out at this year's InfoComm 2015 in Orlando, which was visited by 39,105 from 108 countries.

Theming their stand around large scale 4K content, optimised by the kind of ambient light rejection for which they are famed, the company introduced a radical change to their product roadmap by introducing bundled optical flat screen solutions - in the form of the dnp LaserPanel and dnp LaserPanel Touch.

The 100" dnp LaserPanel Touch is designed for interactivity, especially for the meeting room market. This solution also enables presenters to connect iPad, cellphone or laptop direct to the screen.

Also dominating the stand was the giant 220in diagonal dnp Supernova Infinity (constructed from 2 x 2 virtually seamless tiled panels) again showing 4K content, and the extra-large dnp Supernova XL. The company also

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the organisers of the Integrated Systems Europe trade exhibition, has announced the appointment of two new members to its board. Ollie French, from Future Automation and Tobias Lang from Lang AG will join the nine-person ISE board of directors as of 1 July.

French works as the commercial director for Future Automation, a manufacturer of motorised and non-motorised mounting and concealing solutions for televisions and projectors with its primary market in the residential sector. Lang joins the ISE board of directors as CEO of Lang AG, the German-based AV sales, rental and solution provider of visual presentation technology.

As manufacturers, both French and Lang will join the board on a fixed term basis. "It's extremely important that we get a fresh point of view and input into our strategic development," stated ISE managin

China - After months of negotiation, Prolight+Sound Guangzhou has nailed down its 2016 show dates. Being held from 29 February to 3 March next year, the show will be bigger and occupy the entirety of Area A in the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou.

The show's organisers explained how decisions were made in close cooperation with the industry. "We talked to many exhibitors and visitors from the last show and received different opinions about the show dates, and we are highly committed to providing the best solution for everyone. Combining the comments and possibilities, we are happy to announce the new 2016 show dates and it will be held during the peak sourcing season of the industry," said Ms Fiona Chiew, deputy general manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd.

The key focuses of the 2016 show are internationality and comprehensive product variety.

UK - The renowned PLASA Professional Development Programme will once again bring global experts together to share their insight and experience at the 2015 PLASA Show, which takes place at London's ExCel from 4-6 October. The first tranche of seminar sessions has just been announced, featuring a wide range of fascinating and thought-provoking subjects.

One of the PLASA Show's new initiatives for 2015 is a sector-specific zoned layout, which will make navigation around the show easier than in previous years. The show's seminars feature a similarly zoned theme, with sector-specific stages hosting over 150 speakers throughout the three days, highlighting case studies and advice on Lighting, AV, Audio, Broadcast and Staging.

The first 16 sessions have subjects ranging from high profile productions and technical best practice

Canada - The full programme of tutorials, workshops, demonstrations and paper presentations has been announced for the AES 59th International Conference, with an emphasis on Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology, taking place 15-17 July 2015, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

A recent addition to an already exciting programme, Low-Frequency Control Workshop, will be held on 16 July in the Schulich School of Music's Music Multimedia Room (MMR), and co-hosted by Flex Acoustics. Using Flex Acoustics Inflatable Membrane Low-Frequency Absorbers, Niels Werner Adelman-Larsen of Flex Acoustics will demonstrate the effectiveness of passive acoustic absorption at low frequencies using a number of seven-meter-long inflatable tubes, some installed along the walls, but some "...installed where wall and ceiling meet since we get an enormous LF pressure build up th

Germany - The supervisory board of Messe Berlin has appointed 45 year-old Dirk Hoffmann, a business studies graduate, as the chief financial officer of Messe Berlin. He will take up his post on 15 September 2015 and oversee finances, IT and human resources.

Dirk Hoffmann studied business management in Germany, the US and Canada and after working for Booz Allen & Hamilton and Fox Mobile (formerly Jamba) his last post was as managing director of ImmobilienScout24 in Berlin.

Peter Zühlsdorff, chairman of the supervisory board, comments, "Dirk Hoffmann is a highly competent business manager. I am confident that we have secured the services of a management team member who together with Dr. Christian Göke as CEO will continue to build on the successes of Messe Berlin."

Dirk Hoffmann adds, "I look forward to the many challenges and operational responsibilities that

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