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Over 130 exhibitors to debut at ISE 2017
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Netherlands - With over three months to go before it opens its doors Integrated Systems Europe 2017 has been confirmed as the biggest exhibition in the event's 14-year history following an increase in show-floor space, exhibitors and halls.

A true indication of the event's international pulling power is the fact that ISE 2017 will see 135 first time exhibitors making their debut at the show. In total, ISE 2017 will feature over 3,000sq.m of additional show-floor exhibition space compared to ISE 2016.

Integrated Systems Events managing director, Mike Blackman comments, "Making sure that we can feature all of the world's leading AV vendors and service providers has always been a priority for us in delivering value for ISE attendees. With the expansion of the show I am delighted that we are able take the attendee and exhibitor experience to the next level for our 2017 event."

The 2017 edition will not only be the largest but also the most compelling show produced so far. A closing keynote featuring Cirque du Soleil's CEO Daniel Lamarre, the largest ISE educational programme so far produced by CEDIA and InfoComm International plus five Show Floor Theatres all point towards a rich and vibrant four-day event.

To help cope with the show's continued year-on-year growth the RAI Amsterdam will be introducing an additional hall and pavilion, a new hall numbering system and increased car parking facilities. The new hall, named Hall 9, will be able to be accessed via Halls 8, 10 and 11. A new Pavilion will be erected at the Congress Square providing an additio

Doughty's Articulated Carriage debuts at LDI
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

USA - Doughty Engineering's new Articulated Carriage made its official debut at this year's LDI show. Visitors to stand 1946 got the opportunity to see the new product which Doughty has added to its Studio Rail 60 range and which has been designed with film, TV and theatre in mind.

Speaking ahead of the show, Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty, said, "We are extremely excited to give this Articulated Carriage an official debut - it's an item I felt was missing from the Studio Rail 60 range, so I've spent time on the design to ensure it works seamlessly. The Articulated Carriage means our curved Studio Rail to be used for many more applications, including its original use as a curtain track - as visitors to the stand will see, it works well with pieces of our Modular Rigging System, for example."

The Articulated Carriage enables the Studio Rail perimeter tracks to be used for scenery and lighting - a significant benefit to both TV and theatre applications. It consists of a laser profiled 6mm back-bone chassis with independent bogies attached at each end. Both bogies are fitted with guide wheels which steer the carriage around the curves. One bogie is fitted with a large hook for pole operation while the other features a pole operated brake. The Three Point Receiver allows a spigot to rotate freely when corners are encountered, allowing two carriages to work in unison. "The action is similar to that of a train carriage", explained Dan.

The Space Saver Clamp and Atom G Clamp also made their first US appearance. The Space Saver Clamp is desig

 
 
Sennheiser set for Prolight + Sound Middle East
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

UAE - Audio specialist Sennheiser is set to participate at the inaugural Prolight + Sound Middle East trade show, taking place in Dubai from 31 October to 2 November, 2016. As a Founding Partner, Sennheiser intends to demonstrate its commitment to establishing this international exhibition as a key regional platform for the entertainment, event, media and creation industry.

"Prolight + Sound has a strong brand and reputation due to their annual fair in Frankfurt. As this is a new venture for the region, it is important that the main players in the industry support this initiative to help firmly establish it as a must attend event in the Middle East calendar for our industry," said Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East. "Prolight + Sound will give us the chance to place our very latest products in the hands of our longstanding supporters. Of course with so many industry players participating and attending, it's also a great opportunity to secure new leads and evaluate new partners."

At the show, Sennheiser will demonstrate its wide range of wireless microphones, from the evolution wireless D1, aimed at musicians and performers that need to rely on class-leading sound that is simple to operate and ruggedly reliable for their gigs, to its top-of-the-line Digital 9000 series. The audio specialist will also have wireless microphones from the industry standard evolution G3 series, the dual-channel 2000 Series, and its high-end analogue wireless 3000/5000 series range, as well as its range of in-ear monitors.

This comprehensive

 
Tupac Martir's launches Lux Festival 2017Tupac Martir's launches Lux Festival 2017
Monday, 24 October 2016

Colombia - Light magician and creative director, Tupac Martir, has announced his latest creative project - Lux Festival; a light and video showcase where the dynamic canvas for the adventurous event is the colonial architecture and cobbled streets and squares of the historic coastal town of Cartagena, Colombia.

Set to run from 4-8 January 2017, Lux Festival will feature designs from some of the most imaginative international theatre, concert touring and event lighting and video artists the world has to offer. There has been huge support from the local community and Cartagena's Mayor Manuel Vicente Duque has extended his warm welcome to all the designers and expressed his excitement at raising the profile of the town and introducing the creative possibilities of lighting and video to the local community.

Curated by Martir, the festival's mission is to deliver a diverse and inventive array of installations, exhibitions and mini events that transform the town and encourage the public to look at light for art's sake: "Colombia is one of my favourite countries in the world," Martir explains. "Being able to bring light and video as an art form, for it to be experienced by the people in Cartagena, is an amazing adventure and exploration. Especially with the diverse talent that we have invited to join us. It should be an incredible start to the year."

Martir is keen that the event be open to designers at all stages of their careers, with all levels of experience, especially to those that would not ordinarily have the opportunity to get involved in a project of th

 
 
High End Systems triple launch at LDI 2016
Monday, 24 October 2016

USA - Console and automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems unveiled three new products at the 2016 LDI trade show.

The SolaTheatre is the first lighting instrument in the SolaRange family to feature completely fanless operation. Suitable for studio and theatrical applications that require virtually silent performance, SolaTheatre brings the power of High End's white light LED engine to television, film and theatre LDs worldwide. The company also introduced HEX and QUAD, two new fixtures that join SHAPESHIFTER and UNO in High End's effects lighting range.

The company was also showing the SolaWash FX 2000, the latest addition to the SolaRange family, joining the revolutionary SolaWash FX 1000 and SolaSpot 1000 launched earlier this year.

High End is also introducing SolaSpot Frame 2000 to compliment the 2000 Wash and Spot range, and showing their full line of Hog lighting consoles - the flagship Hog 4, the Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, RackHog 4 and HedgeHog 4, as well as Hoglet and Hog 4PC, all driven by the recently released Hog 4 OS 3.5.0 operating system. The company also showed new features in development for upcoming Hog 4 software releases.

HES General Manager Jeff Pelzl commented, "The introduction of our new SolaTheatre fixture is sure to be really big news at this year's LDI. We are LED, and now we are LED - without fans! I urge our customers and LDs to come see our latest innovations."

(Jim Evans)

 
The Week . . .
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Serious Impacts - Theatre figures have condemned the "catastrophic" reduction of arts education in schools, claiming it is having serious impacts on the diversity of the theatre industry. Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster led criticisms of the shrinking emphasis on creative education, claiming that "pathways" in place several decades ago have now disappeared. "Twenty-five or 30 years ago . . . in schools there were teachers who were encouraged, because of a curriculum, to share these great plays, these great stories. There were drama clubs, dance classes. Drama GCSEs and A Levels, theatre studies - these were subjects that the teachers were able to teach freely and speak about passionately, and have value for the students," Foster said. He was speaking as part of a panel on training opportunities at a diversity conference held in Leicester, at Curve. Foster continued, "It seems more and more nowadays that, apart from the syllabus being shrunk, a lot of students are channelled into a more academic route . . . Because of funding being squeezed, fewer young people can know that there is a drama club, or know that there's a youth theatre. That's the very first seed, and there's a barrier." Reality Cheque - Harry Shearer is taking legal action against entertainment group Vivendi, claiming it has denied him and others profits from 1984's This is Spinal Tap. Shearer accuses Vivendi, which acquired the film in 1989, of conducting a "fraudulent campaign" to hide revenues. According to Vivendi, the actor claims he and his co-creators were entitled to just

 
 
TMB laid back and inventive at LDI 2016TMB laid back and inventive at LDI 2016
Monday, 17 October 2016

USA - At LDI this year (booth 1787), TMB will once again feature new technology in a laid back setting. The welcome mat is out!

One of the most exciting innovations from TMB this year is new Q+ Technology, now available in the Solaris Flare. This LED driver technology maximizes LED output for unprecedented brightness, while also optimizing LED temperatures for long term reliability.

The new Flare Q+ fixture has all the features of its renowned predecessor, while Q+ Technology increases the brightness by over 40% with practically no fan noise. Its Theatre Mode is effectively silent, yet still brighter than the original Flare. Also introduced at LDI, the new Flare LR Q+ offers Q+ Technology performance in a linear format. Flare IP outdoor fixtures will also be on hand, as will other Solaris LED fixtures such as Mozart and the SoLED strobe.

Central to this year's TMB LDI experience are hands-on demos and announcements. Of special note, TMB was recently appointed US and Latin American entertainment production and staging markets distributor for Christie Digital's projection and video processing products, including Pandoras Box, Spyder and Boxer, J and M Series large format projectors.

Also of note, TMB was appointed this year as exclusive distributor of Wireless Solution W-DMX products for the US. See the latest W-DMX products at booth 1786, directly across from the TMB lounge.

Next to Wireless Solution will be the Nuri*Lites booth, displaying the new Nuri*Lites LED fixtures, distributed worldwide by TMB.

Other proprietary or exclusive products in

 
Altman to showcase innovation at LDI 2016Altman to showcase innovation at LDI 2016
Monday, 17 October 2016

USA - When the 2016 LDI Conference and Tradeshow opens its doors on 21 October 2016, Altman Lighting will be showcasing its award-winning line of lighting innovations inside the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Altman Lighting will feature the PHX LED ellipsoidal family, the Gallery series, Pegasus, and the Chalice LED series of luminaires in Booth 1359.

"We are very excited about exhibiting at LDI 2016 as this is a very exciting time for Altman Lighting," began Julie Smith, general manager. "Understanding the vision at Altman has always been to develop the most innovative and cost-effective lighting solutions, we are eager to have the opportunity to demonstrate our passion and latest product solutions to the lighting designers, engineers, specifiers and dealers in attendance at the show."

New and innovative options are what make the award-winning PHX LED ellipsoidals suitable for theatres, live events, television studios, or wherever superior and energy-efficient lighting performance is desired. With zoom ranges from 15-35 or 30-55 degrees, a 360-degree rotating barrel, and its die cast aluminum fabrication, the PHX LED is available in a diverse line of LED choices including RGBA, RGBW, 3000K, 5600K, and tuneable white versions as well.

The Gallery Series is a family of luminaires designed to serve as the most versatile solution available for museum, art gallery, hotel, restaurant and retail lighting. This scalable luminaire family offers 4000 lumens across a variety of colour temperatures, and can be used to build a variety of solutions through profile, bea

 
 
Prolyte to present Verto truss at LDI 2016Prolyte to present Verto truss at LDI 2016
Monday, 17 October 2016

USA - Prolyte Group will exhibit at the LDI show from 21-23 October in Las Vegas (booth 2053), premiering the new Verto truss on the North American continent.

The new Verto truss will be shown in action or you may give it a try in the Verto challenge. Pop by, request for a demonstration and get your limited edition Verto T-shirt at the stand!

Prolyte will further highlight the Verto truss during the New Technology Breakfast on Saturday 22 October - another opportunity to learn all the technical details of this truss.

(Jim Evans)

 
Countdown begins to PL+S Middle EastCountdown begins to PL+S Middle East
Monday, 17 October 2016

UAE - The countdown has begun to the inaugural edition of Prolight + Sound Middle East, with scores of product launches, industry seminars, and a live demo area setting the stage for three days of networking at the region's dedicated trade show for the pro audio-visual and entertainment market.

Taking place from 31 October - 2 November at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Prolight + Sound Middle East 2016 has attracted some the biggest names in the business, with the likes of Bose Professional, Sennheiser, Martin Professional, Adam Hall, and Monacor International rubbing shoulders with top regional distributors such as GSL Professional, Echo Beats, and AVISS.

"They will line-up alongside 40 exhibitors from 12 countries, all of which will target a burgeoning regional market that is home to spectacular live events, festivals, concerts, hotels, and retail centres that require the latest technologies to enhance the visitor experience," say organisers.

"This is an industry that is constantly evolving, with new technologies coming to market every year," said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Prolight + Sound Middle East.

"The good news is the world's premier brands will present their latest product lines and solutions at Prolight + Sound Middle East 2016, from stage lighting and DJ equipment to special effects and multimedia, or portable loudspeakers, audio and AV systems, to infrastructure, trusses, staging, and furnishings."

Prolight + Sound Middle East is the fifth instalment of the internatio

 
 
Robe is ready to rock at LDI 2016
Friday, 14 October 2016

USA - Robe is ready to rock the LDI 2016 expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 21-23 on Booth 1715 where the featured product will be the new Spiider LED wash beam luminaire - the next big thing - from Robe, which has just been launched worldwide.

Much anticipated, the Spiider will be the visual centrepiece of the large booth with a special lightshow running at the top of each hour.

Bob Schacherl, CEO of Robe America comments, "We are extremely pleased with how well the North American market continues to embrace our brand. Lighting designers have been very complementary on the performance of our luminaires and the rental companies are thrilled with their reliability. It doesn't get much better than that! We look forward to introducing our clients to the latest Robe innovations at LDI 2016."

Robe lighting s.r.o CEO Josef Valchar confirms, "Spiider is really something special that everybody will love! Forty-two Spiiders will be in action on the Robe booth - which is an absolute 'must-see'."

Also new is the Halo, an ingenious new Robe LED 'pixel technology' device that can be used to transform PAR cans and add new and different dimensions to stage and TV sets.

Additionally, highlighted is Robe's new Spikie, a small, super-fast LED wash beam ideal for multiple applications.

The full Robe North America and International teams will be available at booth 1715 which will present another special eye-catching environment for this year, with a design inspired by classic Broadway street scenes.

The Czech brand will also be offering its famou

 
ETC celebrates 40th anniversary at LDIETC celebrates 40th anniversary at LDI
Thursday, 13 October 2016

USA - The LDI tradeshow has played a major part in ETC's history, being the site of countless product launches that have propelled the company forward.

In a nod to that tradition, the company will mark its 40th anniversary at this year's LDI show by introducing a host of new products and giving attendees sneak peeks at upcoming gear. With so much to celebrate, ETC will have three stands - 2773, 2872 and 2972 - and a demo room - N115 - at the show, 21-23 October, in Las Vegas.

ETC will show the full ColorSource family, including the ColorSource and ColorSource AV lighting control desks and the brand new ColorSource Linear batten-style fixture. LDI show attendees can also get demos of the Irideon FPZ architectural luminaire and Prodigy hoists.

And ETC's stands will feature never-before-seen fixture, control, rigging and networking products, along with a big surprise that LDI attendees will be the first to see.

ETC will also offer educational opportunities at LDI 2016, including pre-tradeshow training on Eos-family consoles as part of the LDInstitute training sessions. ETC Eos-Family product manager Anne Valentino will help lead the Of Course I Meant To Do That!: The Fine Art of Busking session on Friday 21 October. And on Saturday 22 October, ETC outreach and training specialist Tom Littrell will present his popular Fifty Shades of R80 session on using additive colour-mixing in modern stage lighting.

ETC will honour another important tradition in its history by hosting its Student Session on Saturday 22 October. Students have the oppor

 
 
High End Systems predicts banner LDI 2016High End Systems predicts banner LDI 2016
Thursday, 13 October 2016

USA - Console and automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems will once again be exhibiting their products at the 2016 LDI trade show (Booth #2215) in Las Vegas, held 21-23 October.

Key personnel from the company's executive, sales and engineering departments will be on hand at the show to meet with customers, LDs and programmers. In addition to displaying their Hog 4 range of lighting consoles, the company is introducing several new products in their SolaRange and FX lines of LED based automated luminaires.

Unveiled at the recent PLASA show, the SolaWash FX 2000 is the latest addition to the SolaRange family, joining the revolutionary SolaWash FX 1000 and SolaSpot 1000 launched earlier this year. High End is also introducing SolaSpot Frame 2000 to compliment the 2000 Wash and Spot range.

High End will also be displaying their full line of Hog lighting consoles - the flagship Hog 4, the Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, RackHog 4 and HedgeHog 4, as well as Hoglet and Hog 4PC, all driven by the recently released Hog 4 OS 3.5.0 operating system. The new OS fully supports Compound Fixtures, and is able to communicate directly with several major video switcher products over Ethernet. The company will also be showing new features in development for upcoming Hog 4 software releases.

On Friday, 21 October, High End Systems will also be holding the finals of their annual Hog Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition. Hog Factor is a lighting programming competition aimed at university students, enabling them to showcase their programming sk

 
High impact intros from Chauvet at LDI 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016

USA - What happens in Vegas will not be staying in Vegas, at least not as far as the Chauvet Professional and Ovation LDI booths (1315 and 1515 respectively) are concerned. The company is introducing an impressive collection of new fixtures.

In the Ovation line, there is the new Ovation E-260WW IP, the first IP65 rated LED ellipsoidal. The new indoor/ outdoor fixture, which has the same familiar form factor as standard ERS style fixtures, joins the Ovation E-260WW, which was introduced earlier this year. The two Ovation LED ellipsoidals have an output that surpasses that of a 750-watt HPL ellipsoidal (6,910 lux at 5M with a 26° lens).

Chauvet Professional is also showcasing the first batten fixtures ever in the company's Ovation line. The new Ovation B-565FC and B-2805FC are the first batten style fixtures anywhere to utilize the extended colour rendering capacity of the RGBA-Lime color mixing system. Offering RDM, Art-Net and sACN, in addition to standard DMX control, the Ovation battens feature a colour blending filter for close-up colour mixing.

Like Ovation, the Chauvet Professional COLORado line is also being expanded to include more indoor/outdoor fixtures. LDI will see the introduction of IP65 rated fixtures in the COLORado Solo series. Convection cooled, the COLORado Solo fixtures run silently and feature selectable colour temperature as well as variable PWM - all qualities that make them very well-suited for broadcast, theatrical and recital applications.

Among the Solo series fixtures that will be showcased at LDI are the COLORado 1 Solo

 
 
Elation Professional gears up for mega LDI 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

USA - With an impressive variety of new products on hand to satisfy even the most discerning lighting professional, and with the added impression that an LDI Show and LDI Live Outside sponsorship makes, Elation is gearing up for an unprecedented LDI.

Join Elation 20-22 October at Booth 2515 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre for a look at a broad line-up of new cutting-edge lighting innovations then head out to the Silver Parking Lot and the LDI Live Outside stages where visitors will get a first look at an all-new product series that is set to be the talk of the show.

Designed to showcase the latest technology available as more and more events make their way outdoors, LDI Live Outside will feature demos, educational sessions and live entertainment in a festival-like set-up that will feature with some of Elation's latest lighting solutions.

Inside, Elation will debut the Platinum 1200 Wash, a full-colour LED moving head wash light with the power of a 1500W discharge fixture, while highlighting three new product series - the Fuze Series of dynamic LED wash lights, the ZCL Series of high-output LED effects, and the DTW Series of variable white LED lights.

Also showing will be the new seven-colour Platinum SEVEN LED wash luminaire along with the Sniper Pro, an upgrade of Elation's award-winning Sniper 2R with three times the power.

Elation's high-power 40,000 lumen LED colour strobe, the Protron 3K Colors, will be on hand as will the new Rayzor 360Z, a brilliant compact beam moving effect. Also on display will be a pair of new soft lights for broadca

 
DTS focus on innovation at LDI 2016DTS focus on innovation at LDI 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

USA - DTS will showcase its latest products at LDI 2016, booth 2359. The focus of the display will be on three innovative fixtures - Core, the true hybrid moving head; Katana, an advanced LED bar for the entertainment market, and NRG 1401, the LED beam / wash projector designed for the most creative applications.

George Tellos, the lighting director who lit the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, designed the DTS booth and the light show of the fixtures on display.

(Jim Evans)

 
 
AC-ET launches new Tourflex cabling brand at PLASA 2016AC-ET launches new Tourflex cabling brand at PLASA 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

UK - AC-ET's latest brand, Tourflex Cabling, launched at the recent PLASA Show at London Olympia with a dedicated area, display stands and literature. Tourflex Cabling builds on the estab-lished success of Tourmate connectors and Tourflex Datasafe.

"Some of our customers don't even know about the service we offer; but last year we made over 100,000 bespoke assemblies, using half a million metres of cable, for the professional entertainment industry," said Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director for distributor A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET). "This included power, signal and multicore for lighting, video and audio. If we get an emergency call we often turn orders around in 24 hours, so the show can go on."

"We've got a great manufacturing facility in High Wycombe, skilled technicians, and we are keen to promote and grow this part of our business - we thought it was time for a new look and approach and so launched Tourflex® Cabling at PLASA."

AC-ET has been custom making cable assemblies for the last 40 years. Whilst cables are often seen as unexciting, they're a vital part of every event. Colour coding, RFID and barcode identification greatly simplify and speed up installations and trouble-shooting. Using high quality, industry stand-ard branded components like Tourmate, Tourmate Multilock Plus, Tourmate Powersafe, Tourflex Datasafe Ultra, Neutrik and Socapex, together with rigorous testing before dispatch greatly increases reliability. Holding good levels of stock gives fast order turnarounds.

The business is investing in f

 
d&b helps audio top the agenda at PLASA 2016
Friday, 7 October 2016

UK - It was all about sound at the 2016 PLASA show, held at London's Olympia. There was a distinct air of enthusiasm among the audio community as they were presented with an increased choice of manufacturers, distributors, and seminar sessions, including the newly appointed d&b sales partner SFL, and long-term partner SSE/Wigwam. At their respective stands, the d&b dealers were joined by members of the d&b GB team, putting some friendly faces to the UK and Ireland supplier network.

While the d&b DS10 Audio network bridge and new QSC Q-SYS plug-in attracted plenty of attention, it was the far field noise immission modelling software, NoizCalc, that ultimately stole the show with a PLASA Award for Innovation.

Hans Metger presented the game changing technology to the judges: "With NoizCalc d&b hopes to raise awareness of how important the subject of offsite noise 'immisions' is to the future of open air events. Noise sensitivity in communities surrounding these sites is a big issue, but with NoizCalc, PA companies now have a fighting chance to assess their sound systems ahead of time, and take measures to reduce any negative impact on the neighbours. Receiving this award shows how important solving this issue is for the industry."

Meanwhile in a seminar session entitled Democracy for listeners, the next level, d&b GB's Oran Burns guided an attentive audience through the latest line array technology. Elsewhere, in The Exploratorium, colleague Bill Brooks fascinated visitors with his acoustic experiment Head Space. And, taking every opportunity t

 
 
ETC's LDI Student Sponsorships announcedETC's LDI Student Sponsorships announced
Thursday, 6 October 2016

USA - In its continuing support of arts education, ETC is once again giving six students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the fields of lighting design and stage technology an exclusive opportunity for professional development.

As recipients of ETC's annual LDI Student Sponsorship, the students will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to the LDI tradeshow, a full conference pass to experience the newest technology and benefit from LDI seminars and trainings, and the chance to network with professionals throughout the industry at special events.

ETC will match the Student Sponsorship recipients with industry luminaries who serve as mentors - giving advice, inspiration and support to the students as they embark on their careers. The 2016 ETC LDI students are:

Ben Clark - Currently a graduate student studying technical design and production at the Yale School of Drama, Ben Clark has worked professionally for 10 years. This summer, he held an equipment designer position at Theatre Projects. Prior to grad school, Ben served as associate technical director at ArtsEmerson for three years.

Wylder Cooper - Finishing up his last year of undergraduate studies at Clemson University, Wylder Cooper is earning a bachelor of arts in production studies in performing arts, with a theatre concentration and lighting emphasis. He worked as an apprentice electrician at the Santa Fe Opera, and as an overhire programmer at StageTech.

Jessica Ann Drayton - Jessica Ann Drayton is a senior at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, working toward a bachelor of

 
Montreal hosts international video mapping festival
Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Canada - From 6-8 October, Montreal will host its first festival dedicated to video mapping. With the support of numerous internationally acclaimed creative studios from Montreal, the first edition of MAPP_MTL will emerge at the convergence points of Montreal's renowned Mile End and Mile-Ex neighbourhoods, proposing circuits of both exterior and interior installations, exploring as an open laboratory - -a vision of the future of video mapping.

Thien Vu Dang, the co-founder and artistic director of MAPP_MTL, explains, "Mapping is a fascinating medium that uses video projection to reinvent spaces. It's a form of art that is gaining more and more notoriety, but still has plenty of untapped potential.

"The festival brings life to a number of structures throughout Mile End and allows the public to reclaim their neighbourhoods, see the environment through new eyes and completely reinvent the spaces. MAPP_MTL hopes to propel Montréal to the forefront of creative thinkers in video mapping and bring attention to a new generation of artists with a mastery in both art and technology."

With an eclectic and inspiring programme, the first MAPP_MTL invites local and international artists to participate in a creative event that paves the way for meetings and exchanges among creative minds that inspire reflection and discussion on the many uses and applications of video mapping.

Among the festival guests are VJ Suave (Brazil), Philippe Dubost (France), Delphine Dussoubs (France), and Rémi Vincent (France), as well as Jean-Sébastien Baillat (Canada

 
 
GLP PLASA lightshow pays rich dividendGLP PLASA lightshow pays rich dividend
Tuesday, 4 October 2016

UK - After a highly successful year with their new product portfolio - notably on the London West End stage - GLP's inventive solutions continue to evolve, as was evidenced at this year's PLASA Show at Olympia.

Visitors to their booth saw the new GT-1 hybrid, which has been causing such a stir on the international circuit in 2016.

GLP marked the PLASA Show's 39th edition with the first presentation that the German manufacturer has fronted under its new UK operation.

Led by head of operations (UK & Ireland), Noel 'Roly Smith, with full support from senior international representatives, GLP could not have been more effusive about the response to their new LED fixtures, expertly integrated into a centrepiece lightshow by KOI award-winning LD Tom Campbell.

Campbell, who was accoladed last year by the Knights of Illumination for his touring work with Anna Calvi, again drew many plaudits as he choreographed GLP's new super-strength X4 atom, being shown for the first time, the GT-1 (also receiving its London debut) and the award-winning X4 Bar 20 and 10 battens - which are in huge demand in both West End theatre and concert touring - into a co-ordinated dynamic.

"When I was invited to design GLP's PLASA booth I couldn't say yes quick enough, considering the X4 Bar 20 is my favourite fixture currently on the market," he commented. "I took the opportunity to see how far I could push the mixture of Bar 10's and Bar 20's, by mapping them through an Avolites Media AI server; they passed the test with flying colours."

For the five-minute show, he chose a t

 
Chauvet debuts weather-resistant LED at LDI
Tuesday, 4 October 2016

USA - With an output greater than that of a 750-watt HPL ellipsoidal, the Ovation E-260WW IP is bright enough to work effectively at outdoor events, theatrical performances and concerts. The new LED fixture from Chauvet Professional will also keep working without issue if the weather at those outdoor projects turns bad, because it is fully IP65 rated, says the company.

In addition to its IP65 rating, the new indoor/outdoor fixture, which will be showcased at the Ovation LDI booth (1515), is endowed with all of the performance features of the popular Ovation E-260WW. This includes a 50,000-hour LED source life as well as an intense output (6,910 lux at 5m with a 26? lens). The latter feature makes it, along with its sister fixture, the brightest LED ellipsoidal on the market.

"The response to the Ovation E-260WW has been overwhelming since we introduced it earlier this year," said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. "We followed up on this fixture by introducing the Ovation E-260WW IP, because many of our customers asked us to develop a version that they could use outdoors. Both fixtures allow you to enjoy the benefits of LED technology without sacrificing brightness in your key lighting."

Unlike outdoor gobo projectors, the new Ovation fixture has the lens selection, shutters, framing, and all the other features of a standard ERS product. It also accepts standard B-size gobo holders and easily maintains the accessory slot for ERS accessories.

"We're very excited to be introducing this versatile and powerful fixture at LDI," said Chauvet. "The Ovation E-26

 
 
PLASA 2016 enjoys successful return to West London
Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - The decision to relocate the PLASA Show back to Olympia proved to be a great move, securing the show's continued future as a key event on the industry's calendar. The quality of the audience was strong across all three days, with 60% being final decision makers and specifiers. Exhibitors also reported an increase in international visitors, further validating the decision to move the event back to West London.

Once again, PLASA's high quality free to attend seminar programme was a key element of the show and featured extremely well attended presentations by Durham Marenghi on lighting the Olympic ceremonies in Rio as well as a Production Masterclass from Ola Melzig and Fredrik J├Ânsson on Eurovision 2016.

This year's content-rich show also featured the seventh edition of the Rigging Conference, hands-on console training opportunities, the Innovation Gallery, and an experiential maze curated and produced by Darryn De La Soul of Soulsound, which featured a number of interesting and challenging experiments created by manufacturers and leading educational establishments, culminating in an interactive art installation by Iris Musel that explored the notion of visual and sound perception in relation to dementia. This compelling feature was visited by over 1400 attendees.

"There was an amazing atmosphere in Olympia during the three days of the show," says PLASA's Christopher Toulmin - director of events. "The vibe was right, the quality of visitors was high and business was being done. The very definition of a great show.

"We were delighted to welcome ne

 
Showlight 2017 at PLASA Show 2016Showlight 2017 at PLASA Show 2016
Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - Showlight 2017, which takes place in Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017, exhibited for the first time in four years at the newly relocated PLASA Show, with great success.

Showlight is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the theatre, television, film, performance, architectural and event worlds. A mix of conference, tradeshow and sociability, Showlight is an opportunity to mix with others in the lighting industry in an informal and informative atmosphere.

"PLASA was the right forum to have a stand for Showlight," says lighting designer and Showlight technical support, Rudi Benz. "It is a show that puts a lot of effort into networking and education which is right in line with Showlight's own philosophy.

"We had a lot of interest from visitors as prospective exhibitors, speakers and delegates. Being situated amongst the industry organisations and drama schools, we also met many students who had not heard of Showlight before. They were very interested to hear that Showlight offers 40 places to students sponsored by the exhibitors, and uptake has increased since. We were also very happy to sign up more exhibitors for next May, to the extent that we have almost reached maximum capacity eight months before the event!"

Exhibitor places in Florence are almost sold out and delegate registration is newly opened. Visit www.showlight.org to discover more about all Showlight.

(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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