Events News

doughty-ldiLDI: Doughty shows Scaff Boom Arm, Fifty Clamp
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

USA - Doughty Engineering’s latest pieces of kit - the Scaff Boom Arm and Fifty Clamp - are set to take centre stage on the company’s stand 2424 at this year’s LDI Show. This is the first time the Scaff Boom Arm will be seen in the US and, along with the Fifty Clamp which debuted at LDI 2018, will be the company’s star attractions.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty, comments: "We’re really focussing on these two products this year. The Fifty Clamp was launched last year and has been really well received by customers looking for a clamp that had the ability to support a greater SWL than our best-selling Twenty Clamp. The Fifty Clamp is in stock and ready for shipping and we feel it’s important to keep promoting the usefulness of this piece of kit as there will likely be some people who aren’t aware it exists.”
The Fifty Clamp has TUV approval, a safe working load of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm-51mm. Made from pressure die cast aluminium ensures it prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit.
The Scaff Boom Arm has been a real talking point for Doughty customers since its launch this spring. It has been designed in response to customer demand - and is seen as a 'get out of jail item' which will allow a rigger to fashion their own boom arm out of materials they have to hand and simply cut it down to size. It will take 48mm aluminium barrel or scaff tube and is the perfect addition to any toolkit.
While Doughty is unable

elationLDI: Elation to launch five luminaires
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

USA - At LDI (22-24 November, Las Vegas) Elation Professional will unveil five new fixtures from its award-winning Artiste, Proteus and Fuze product lines.
The Artiste Mondrian is the company’s brightest, full-featured LED Profile FX fixture Elation has produced to date. It offers extreme output with high centre intensity and narrow-beam angles, a comprehensive FX package with endless framing, and a wide colour-mixing gamut through its variable SpectraColor colour mixing system. Providing over 50,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Mondrian features a large 226mm (8 ¾”) front lens and has the power to cut through at great distances.
The Artiste Rembrandt is a bright, full-featured LED Wash fixture. Providing up to 51,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Rembrandt is the designed for any application requiring “superior wash output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunning colours”.
The Proteus Lucius is a powerful, featured packed yet compact IP65-rated LED Profile fixture with framing that offers outstanding projection qualities to cut through in any environment.
The Fuze Wash FR is an automated LED Fresnel wash fixture with framing designed for theatre, television and a wide array of precision lighting applications.
The Fuze SFX is a new concept LED Spot FX fixture designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire. The SFX is capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing

 
 
the-mental-health-first-aiders-at-their-mindfulness-station-at-resorts-world-arenaNEC Group Arenas offers mental health support
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

UK - Following a successful trial, NEC Group Arenas (Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena) has committed to rolling out mental health First Aid support across a number of their shows.
The Mental Health First Aiders, who are both employees of NEC Group and CBRE, will provide practical mental health reassurance and support on show nights for both audiences and fellow employees. Their help can range from providing a non-judgemental listening ear, to offering a space to relax or signposting to further support.
So far, support has been offered at Ariana Grande at Arena Birmingham and Little Mix at Resorts World Arena, receiving a wealth of positive customer feedback. The NEC Group currently has 20 employees trained as MHFAs, with plans to roll out the initiative further across a number of upcoming shows.
One customer who used the mental health service at Ariana Grande says: “We came to the Ariana concert last night, our first concert since the Manchester attack and just wanted to thank everyone involved for making the experience so positive and restoring our children’s happy memories. It wasn’t without a few panic attacks and tears, but the mental health support in place was brilliant. This visit was made so much easier by the reassurance of visible security, police presence and the mental health support on offer.”
Ellie Coombes, senior event manager at Arena Birmingham, says: “Mental wellbeing is hugely important to us at the NEC Group. Over recent months we’ve put a real emphasis on making sure our employees’ mental health is lo

 
groupStage Electrics celebrates 40th anniversary
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

UK - On 5 November, Bristol-based specialist installer Stage Electrics marked 40 years in business with a staff party held at Bristol Zoo.
The company was formed in 1979 by a group of theatre lighting and sound equipment enthusiasts and has since grown from three staff to over 120 whilst amassing an impressive portfolio of sales and installations.
Offering a range of services, including installation, product sales and testing, inspection and maintenance services, Stage Electrics has a sales team of over 20, including a field sales team. Its export business has also seen significant growth in recent years.
“We tailored our service to suit our customers, who all have differing needs,” explains sales director, Anna Western. “Some clients like to see their contact person on a regular basis, while others like to have someone available on the end of the phone. We also offer a huge range of products from special effects, trussing, staging and sound, to lighting and control. We hold around £1.2m of sales stock, so we can guarantee next day delivery, which is vitally important.”
Stage Electrics also manufactures a range of cables, IWBs, panels and racks, custom-building for its own projects, as well as selling one-offs to its customers.
“It’s all about getting our customers what they want, when they want it,” Western continues. “To facilitate that, we don’t operate on an exclusive basis with any manufacturer - we want to be completely unbiased in our recommendations and make sure we always provide the right product from rig

 
 
maverick-storm-1-spotLDI: Chauvet debuts Maverick Storm 1 Spot
Friday, 15 November 2019

USA - The new Maverick Storm 1 Spot just introduced by Chauvet Professional, will be showcased at the company’s LDI booth (9370).
The Maverick Storm 1 Spot delivers a flat even field of light with variable CMY + CTO colour mixing to create a wide palette of colours. Creative featuress include its 8° to 48° zoom angle and field angle, 16-bit dimming for smooth control of fades, five-facet motorized and rotating prism, animation wheel, iris for beam control, and independently controlled light and medium frosts.
In keeping with its flexible design, the versatile Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a wide array of gobo options. The fixture has seven glass rotating and indexable gobos on Wheel 1 and nine metal static gobos on Wheel 2.
Compact enough to allow easy installation on any rig (it weighs in at just 38.19 kg or 84.2 lbs.), the Maverick Storm 1 Spot is powerful enough to punch through the light from other fixtures or video panels on stage. The fixture’s 32,000 lumen source and illuminance of up to 28,829 lux (at 5 meters) ensure that it can makes its presence known on stage even during daylight hours.
A user-friendly fixture, Maverick Storm 1 Spot offers a variety of control options, including DMX, RDM, WDMX. ArtNet and sACN. Its easily accessible menu system makes it simple to adjust control protocol, as well as features like fan control, pan and tilt, and dimming mode.
“We have developed the Maverick Storm 1 Spot with real world applications in mind,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “In designing this fixture, we didn

 
robe-roadshow-sa-2019Robe Roadshow rolls into South Africa
Friday, 15 November 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution is co-hosting the Robe Roadshow South Africa. Present at the event will be Josef Valchar, CEO of Robe Lighting, and Harry von den Stemmen, international sales director, who will be introducing the new Esprite and Tetra this December.
The roadshow kicks off in Cape Town at the Roxy Revue Bar at the Grand West Casino on 2 December. Those living in Durban are welcome to pop in at the Grace Family Church in Umhlanga on 4 December. The last stop will be at DWR Distribution Johannesburg on 6 December. Demonstrations will be held on the hour from 10am to 4pm each day.
While the event is free of charge, attendees are asked to RSVP at the DWR Distribution website.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
proligthsLDI: Prolights doubles-up show exposure
Thursday, 14 November 2019

USA - Prolights will show its latest technologies at the upcoming LDI Show on stand 2953 (Prolights) and 2354/2346 (A.C. Lighting).
Prolights will present an in-booth show involving over 200 lighting fixtures every hour starting at 11:30am. The booth features the time-coded show and interactive demo stations which will allow visitors to have hands-on product demonstrations.
The exhibition will be the occasion to celebrate the success of the Prolights brand in the North American market which is being accomplished through the close cooperation with distributor A.C. Lighting. LDI also provides the stage to showcase latest products including Pixiewash XB and popular fixtures including the Eclipse FS profile.
The Prolights stand will host multiple events including an Italian “Aperitivo” that will be served on Friday, 22 November from 4pm.
LDI 2019 will also be the official launch platform for “an important announcement from the company”.
(Jim Evans)

 
nx-4LDI: Obsidian to show NX 4 with Dylos
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

USA - Obsidian Control Systems will be showing the powerful NX 4 lighting controller with Dylos pixel composition engine at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Booth #602 for a look at this powerful console in the Onyx platform and experience the creative possibilities with Dylos.
The NX 4 is the newest member of the innovative Onyx lighting control platform. Equipped with a range of professional features and using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 is designed to handle even the largest show with ease. With a well-arranged combination of motorized and manual faders, along with an array of playback buttons, the NX 4 offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package.
Obsidian Control Systems offers Dylos in each NX 4 console, a pixel composer that far exceeds the capabilities of regular pixel-mapping systems. Based on a full 3D environment and powerful DirectX graphics processing, the Dylos engine has been designed from the ground up for power and performance to manage thousands of fixtures and parameters with ease.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
proteus-maximusLDI: Elation to highlight award-winners
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

USA - A string of innovative products will be shown by Elation Professional at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, Elation’s all-purpose Beam/Profile/Wash power luminaire. With a custom designed 950W LED engine and large 180mm front lens, Maximus has the power to cut through at even great distances and with IP65 protection can be exposed on outdoor shows.
Joining the Maximus is the 45,000-lumen Artiste Monet, a recent PLASA innovation award winner. The Artiste Monet is a full-featured LED Profile offering outstanding projection quality, a comprehensive FX package, dynamic framing and a wide array of colours via an innovative SpectraColor colour mixing system. SpectraColor uses traditional CMY but adds RGB flags and CTO to produce colours that were previously impossible to achieve.
Also showing is the Smarty MAX, an extreme-output Spot/Beam/Wash hybrid moving head featuring a new Platinum FLEX 400 lamp rated at 480W with up to 4,000 hours of smart lamp life.
Elation is expanding its popular Fuze series of LED wash luminaires with new profile and spot versions. Showing will be the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, both housing full-colour-spectrum RGBMA colour mixing systems. Also available is the cold white Fuze Profile CW with dual colour wheels.
Three new fixtures in Elation’s Paladin series of versatile Blinder/Strobe/Wash lights will also be on display - the Paladin Cube, Paladin Brick and Paladin Panel - all with IP65 protection.
(Jim Evans)

 
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)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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