UK - ETC and High End Systems return to the PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia) on stand J38A/B with a selection of new products, Tech Talks seminars by ETC specialists, and an evening of networking and Augment3d games.
Visitors can explore the newest innovations including High End Systems’ TurboRay effects fixture; the Augment3d software for the Eos family of consoles, and the ArcSystem range of houselight fixtures.
Augment3d is ETC’s first integrated 3D programming environment, which will be a part of the upcoming Eos v3.0 software. It combines pre-visualisation, live interaction and augmented reality, allowing users to work more effectively before and during production periods.
On Monday, 16 September, visitors can attend ETC’s networking event from 5pm where there will be an extra chance for attendees to experience first-hand how to program from a new perspective with Augment3d.
A range of the latest moving lights will be displayed at the show, including High End Systems’ SolaWash 1000, TurboRay and ETC’s Relevé Spot. The newly launched SolaWash 1000 includes a full framing shutter system, CMY/CTO linear colour mixing system, a seven plus open position replaceable colour wheel, iris and dual Linear Frost systems for medium and heavy frost. Sharp edge focus performs throughout the entire 12°-55° zoom range.
TurboRay’s radial diffusers give it a classic retro look. This versatile fixture can be used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a beam.
Relevé Spot is the first member of a new automated light
South Africa - DWR Distribution’s SOS Charity Fund is once again supporting the Hilton Arts Festival to be held from the 13-15 September at the Hilton College in Hilton, KwaZulu Natal.
The sponsorship includes bussing 30 children from the local community to the festival, and in addition, contributing R10,000 towards the production Cellist with Rabies.
“I have been involved with Hilton Arts Festival for over 20 years and it’s always such an honour to work with Sue Clarence, her team, and Black Coffee, the technical supplier of the event,” comments Michael Taylor-Broderick of DWR Distribution and the SOS. “DWR Distribution always looks forward to the festival, supporting our products used on the show, and more importantly, seeing the artistic talent South Africa has to offer.”
Czech Republic - Robe has unveiled Esprite, the company's new LED moving head.
The luminaire, which incorporates a new type of LED light source and outputs 27,000 lumens, is set to debut at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia).
Designed as an LED replacement for discharge fixtures, Esprite is the first in a new series of Robe luminaires to feature the company’s 650W WTE (White Transferrable Engine) white LED light source, a replaceable/transferable engine that promises to eradicate issues such as unpredictable lifecycles and other performance inconsistencies.
The LED module also holds a host of data in addition to date, serial number and usage, which can be accessed via a free mobile app.
Other design features in Esprite include a new cooling system that removes any airflow over the optics, resulting in reduced residue deposits and extending the periods needed between cleaning sessions. Meanwhile, a 5.5°-50° zoom range provides a flat-field beam, which combines with smooth CMY colour mixing, fast bumping colour wheels and a coloured prism for “a new level of effects and animations”, says Robe.
Also included are an animation wheel, variable CTO, two-colour wheels, rotating and static gobos, a six-facet rotating prism, and a selection of 1° and 5° frosts.
Alongside a set of framing shutters and LED ‘adjuster tools’ like C-Pulse flicker-free management for optimisation with the latest HD and UHD cameras, the unit also has L3 (low light linearity) dimming
UK - MDG will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 on Stand 50 where it will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of MDG Fog UK with a prize draw and the chance to win some MDG swag.
The team from MDG UK and head office will be demonstrating the ATMe and ATMe WPE haze generators. The ATMe WPE is a weather-proof and dust-resistant version of the ATMe which has been designed specifically for outdoor use.
MDG’s Me Series of fog generators, will be represented by the units at two opposite ends of the size range, with the compact Me2 fog generator at one end and the hugely impressive, stadium-filling Me8 fog generator at the other – both of which release pure white, fine particled fog in “unbelievable volume with the finest of control”.
New for PLASA 2019 are MDG’s bespoke touring flight cases. Designed to carry MDG’s ATMe haze generator or any of Me1, Me2 and Me4 fog generators, these cases not only provide rugged, safe transport for the generators, but allow the entire unit to be rolled onto stage and simply plugged in for instant use. Each flight case is fully equipped with direct plug-in connections for power and DMX In/Out.
MDG’s ICE FOG low fog generator will also be on show on the stand, producing low fog effects without recourse to dry ice. The line-up is completed by theFAN, MDG’s ultra-compact, variable speed digital fan which can be used in conjunction with all MDG generators.
MDG will be located alongside the Robe stand which will showcase MDG’s new ICE FOG Q HP low fog generator that runs using standard high-pressure li
UK - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 on Stand K40d with UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where it will demonstrate SpotMe, its award-winning, bespoke 3D position-tracking system for followspots, which earned Robert Juliat a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018.
The ZEP2 range of LED zoom profile spots and Fresnel fixtures will be on display. Equipped with an enhanced white LED source providing a higher light quality and output, ZEP2 can be used as a direct complement or replacement for traditional 1kW or 2kW units but uses only 150W or 300W of long-life LED power resulting in huge cost savings.
ZEP2 profile spots deliver a smooth flat beam, CRI of up to 92, and all the SX range features including three variable zoom options (28°-54°, 16°-35° and 11°-26°), a strobe function, and a built-in flicker-free dimmable PSU with silent operation which make it suitable for studio and film applications. Zero UV/IR emissions ensures protection for audiences, works of art and delicate or historic environments. Gobo projection is crystal clear which makes ZEP2 profiles suitable for applications from the smallest theatre to the largest spectacular.
ZEP2 Fresnel fixtures complement the ZEP2 profile spots. Available in warm and cool white (150W version) and, additionally, neutral and variable white (300W version), with a 200mm Fresnel lens that creates a powerful wash effect. Colour temperature remains constant while dimming, and the built-in electronic flicker-free dimmable PSU ensures silent operation. Beam shaping can be achieved with pre
UK - Ayrton will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 with its exclusive UK distributor Ambersphere Solution on Stand K40b.
On display from the French lighting manufacturer will be its latest luminaires - Khamsin, Bora, Mistral and Levante – and two new products, Perseo and Huracán-X, will be launched at the show.
Ayrton will also celebrate its heritage through a product showcase styled as a timeline, showing products manufactured since the company’s inception in 2001.
Perseo is Ayrton’s first multi-function, compact, powerful, IP65-rated fixture developed for outdoor use. Feature-rich from the factory (including 100% framing shutters, a variable CTO and six-colour wheel), Perseo produces 27,000lm from its 500W LED source, and sports a fully weather-proof housing with a new water-resistant menu navigation system. The fixture has a 27,000-lumen output calibrated at 8000K and a zoom range of 7°- 56°, with no hotspot and significant improvement from distortion at wide angles. In addition, a phase-change liquid cooling system fitted with four submersible fans is located outside the watertight enclosure.
Huracán-X is a profile luminaire that produces 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. With a zoom range of 6.2°-62°, the fixture also offers Ayrton’s advanced framing shutters for accurate positioning across 100% of the surface area in any position. Huracán-X also boasts a graphical system with one seven-position wh
The Netherlands - MOG Technologies, supplier of end-to-end solutions for professional media, will present its latest developments at IBC 2019 (13-17 September, RAI Amsterdam).
The focus will be on the latest advances for the production management platform with MAM4PRO; a new professional media deck station; new enhancements to Vizzi online video platform, and various technical deployments throughout its solutions.
MAM4Pro is an enterprise solution designed for managing and executing all media operations - record, ingest, play, stream, encode, transcode and decode - in a native virtualised environment. MAM4PRO brings to the market a set of software services that focus on asset management, resources management, and media operations.
mDECK is billed as “the ultimate professional media deck appliance to record, ingest, transcode and play in any format of video content”. It supports Avid, OP1a, QT, MP4, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XAVC, FLV, HLS, MPEG-DASH, WebM, MPEG-DASH WebM, MPEG-TS, Matroska, NDI and IMF formats. Supporting file-based and baseband, with full integration on hybrid workflows, mDECK is designed for small and medium-sized facilities, that need to switch between operations in short time frames.
With a unified OTT platform with Content Management SaaS and a top-tier CDN distribution, Vizzi offers extended multi-platform support and in-video interactivity with timed triggers that enable user interactions and enriches the viewing experience.
UK - Time is running out for those wishing to take advantage of the free registration period for the 2019 PLASA Show, taking place 15-17 September at London Olympia. Visitor registration is free until Friday, 30 August (£12 thereafter).
Organisers have also announced new additions to the seminar programme, which is covering various industry topics, from ground-breaking audio installations to safety and career advice, and practical training.
In 'More than a venue', Royal Albert Hall’s head of technical Ollie Jeffery and Steve Jones of d&b audiotechnik will reveal the story behind the venue’s multi-million pound audio installation and its effect on the RAH and its many visitors (see LSi April 2019).
In an exploratory session on sound for houses of worship, SFL project manager Patrick Smith will offer four proven ideas for better church audio, discussing what happens when contemporary music meets Gothic architecture and how immersive audio could change the face of worship.
Other audio sessions will discuss the future of theatre audio; how audio is affected by ambitious concert staging; and the realities of immersive audio. Meanwhile, Soulsound’s Darryn de la Soul will address the younger generation, offering insider know-how on how to craft a good CV and get wo
Russia - ETC and High End Systems’ dealers will present the latest product innovations from both companies at the 2019 Prolight+Sound NAMM Russia tradeshow. From 12-14 September, visitors to the Sokolniki Exhibition Centre in Moscow will find the latest additions to ETC and High End Systems’ fixtures and controls families in Hall 4.
DOKA Centre will demonstrate Augment3d, ETC’s new fully integrated 3D programming environment in Eos v3.0 on stand C6. Users can interact with their fixtures through augmented reality as well as controlling and designing in a three-dimensional space. Augment3d will be shown on an Eos family console desk.
They will also present Relevé Spot, ETC’s moving light specifically designed for theatre which brings affordable, high quality color mixing to smaller venues. Alongside this there will be EchoTouch, a standalone intuitive touchscreen that provides control of lighting in architectural spaces and can work as an interface with other Unison Echo products.
ETC dealer, Sistema Ltd will be on stand C8 and will showcase the acclaimed Source Four LED fixtures as well as the compact and powerful Ion Xe, and Gio console desk which has the full programming power of the Eos family software.
Theatre Technical Corporation, a partner of ETC, will be on stand C12 at Prolight+Sound NAMM. A Gio @5 and selection of Source Four LEDs will be displayed on the stand.
On stand B27, dealer LLC Imlight-Showtechnic will also provide a demonstration of Augment3d and present a selection of ETC products including Relevé Spot an
UK - Blackout, an immersive installation designed by Mig Burgess to raise mental health awareness, will be presented at the PLASA Show from 15-17 September at Olympia London.
After an initial run at Guildford School of Acting earlier this year (see LSi June 2019), the project, which fuses cutting-edge technology, art, theatre and education, will visit the tradeshow as it gears up for a nationwide roll-out.
Blackout aims to give visitors a rare insight into the mind of someone with bipolar II disorder by utilising light, sound, video and vibration, creating a sensory journey into the mind of a bipolar II patient who transitions through a hyper manic and manic low episode.
The experience has been created for a single viewer and lasts six minutes. Entry is free, but those wishing to attend need to choose a preferred date and time through this booking form.
Burgess, a lighting tutor at GSA and an experienced production LX, has suffered from the disorder for most of her life.
She says: “I’m a creative - it is far easier to express my feelings through art than through words. I see Blackout as much more than just a design installation. I want to provoke more discussion around the topic of mental health in this industry, and beyond. I want to encourage people to be honest a
UK - Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has confirmed programme details of its 2019 conference - Centre Stage - artist and audience at the heart of theatres to be held on Tuesday, 15 October at the Battersea Arts Centre in London.
Conference 19: Centre Stage will look at theatres from the perspective of the people they are there to serve. It will ask how to ensure that the needs of artists and audiences sits at the centre of theatre buildings.
Plenary speakers include celebrated sociologist and urbanist Professor Richard Sennett, who chairs Theatrum Mundi, a network of artists, critics and scholars who explore the relations between stage and street, Rebecca Holt, Battersea Arts Centre and the architect who worked on its recent restoration, Martin Lydon, Haworth Tompkins. David Micklem, 64 Million Artists, Hannah Fox, Derby Museums and Matt Fenton, Contact, Manchester along with members of the Con:Struct young people’s capital project team will offer their thoughts and experience of democratic design.
Taking part in an Artists’ Panel Discussion are: Nadia Fall, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tarek Iskander, Battersea Arts Centre, Joe Douglas, Live Theatre, Newcastle and Bryony Shanahan, Royal Exchange Manchester. Punchdrunk, Theatre Absolute, Theatre Deli and Troubadour Theatres.
Devonshire Park Theatres, Polka and Theatre Royal Wakefield will talk about how to adapt and use theatres to make them truly accessible, inclusive and welcoming to all audiences.
A lightening round will give conference atte
Switzerland - Ayrton has appointed menzi ebz of Horgen to its international distributor network.
From 15 September, menzi ebz will exclusively distribute and support the full Ayrton range of LED lighting fixtures across all three language areas of Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Clients can still contact Ayrton’s current distributor, cast Switzerland AG, until the end of 2019.
To introduce the French lighting brand to its customers, menzi ebz is holding an open day at its head offices on Tuesday, 17 September, with members of the Ayrton team also attending.
Marco Menzi, CEO of menzi ebz, comments: “We aim to have the industry’s leading brands in our portfolio and pride ourselves on working closely with our customers with a focus on service and support. For this reason, we consider the partnership with Ayrton a perfect match. Ayrton is a perfect addition to our portfolio which completely rounds off our sales programme. Ayrton offers a comprehensive range with their combination of high-output LED moving heads, which are available in all performance classes, and unique, innovative effect fixtures.”
Ayrton global sales director, Michael Althaus, adds: “We are very excited to have menzi ebz on board as our latest distributor and look forward to meeting many of their customers face to face at the open day. This marks the beginning of a great partnership with a company whom we have known and respected for many years.”
Specialising in the distribution of scenic lighting and control, menzi ebz was founded in 2010 b
UK - Flightcase Warehouse has acquired London-based case manufacturer ABS Cases. The acquisition came into effect on 1 August and will see all manufacturing being transferred to Flightcase Warehouse’s head office site in Tamworth, Staffordshire.
ABS Cases has built a global portfolio of clients over the past 30 years, from corporate giants to leaders in the entertainment industry. The company’s reputation has been built on the back of client recommendation and has seen ABS Cases grow into a respected UK flightcase manufacturer.
Sam Austin, managing director of Flightcase Warehouse, comments: “The Flightcase Warehouse acquisition of ABS Cases complements our overall offering whilst strengthening our hand in the production and live events marketplaces. Combining the manufacturing processes of our two brands, Pro Flightcase and ABS cases, we will continue to offer the best service and flightcases in the industry."
UK - The shortlist for the Theatre category of this year's Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has been announced.
The KOI Awards are dedicated to celebrating British and international lighting and video designers for their work in the UK. The KOI theatre judges, each serving a two-year term, are all leading UK critics. Neil Fisher, deputy arts editor of The Times and Tim Bano, lead critic of The Stage, both made their KOI judging debut. Louise Levene, dance critic for the Financial Times returned for the first year of her second term while Zoë Anderson, dance critic for The Dancing Times, opera critic George Hall and Britain’s longest-serving theatre critic Michael Billington completed the final year of their time on the Theatre panel. The judging was once again expertly overseen by founding chair of the theatre panel, critic and broadcaster David Benedict.
Drawing on their years of experience, and with technical insights provided by Bryan Raven of White Light, the judges chose the following nominees for this year’s KOI Theatre shortlist:
The PRG Award for Projection Design
Andrzej Goulding for Life of Pi, Sheffield Crucible
Joshua Pharo for The Shape of The Pain, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Jack Phelan for The Second Violinist, Landmark Productions, Irish National Opera
The ADB Award for Plays
Jessica Hung Han Yun for Equus, English Touring Theatre & Theatre Royal Stratford East
Aideen Malone for Death of a Salesman, Young Vic
Tom Visser for Europ
UK - Martin Audio has announced the latest in its series of product open days, which have been running twice a year since 2017 at the company’s High Wycombe HQ.
The latest programme will run over five sessions spread across three days, on 17 September (at 10.00am and 2.00pm), 18 September (at 10.00am and 2.00pm) and 19 September (at 11am).
The event is aimed at existing distributors, dealers, integrators, rental partners and sound engineers as well as potential new customers wishing to gain in-depth understanding of Martin Audio’s platforms and at the same time take advantage of plenty of listening time in relaxed surroundings.
Many new products will be showcased for the very first time and tours of the factory and refreshments will also be provided. The demonstrations will include: the full line up of Wavefront Precision line arrays including the new WPS; subwoofers including the new cardioid SXC118; 3D immersive sound and wide stereo imaging with Sound Adventures; ADORN and CDD installation ranges; portable point source ranges including the new BlacklineX Powered Series.
Martin Audio MD Dom Harter comments: “The decision to refocus our marketing and prioritise a series of Open Days as an alternative to exhibition participation has proven an unqualified success. Each series of sessions has built on its predecessor with the result that now there is barely a spare seat in our dedicated theatre.
“Aside from providing existing members of the Martin Audio family with an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the products
USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the sponsors for the 2020 New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 31 March to 1 April in Houston in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo.
Returning as the platinum sponsor for the third year is Stage Rigging, Inc. a diversified theatrical rigging company that provides a full range of specialised rigging services on a global basis for tours, corporate and special events, and expositions.
Chris Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Stage Rigging, comments, “When I started my career in rigging little did I know that by working for Stage Rigging, one of the first to focus only on arena rigging, I had access to the some of the industry's most respected and innovative professionals to bounce ideas and ask some of the most basic questions. The New World Rigging Symposium is the perfect place for both seasoned riggers and those interested in rigging to do the same. This is a great place to network and have access to the rigging industry’s top talent. And please don't be afraid to ask!”
Returning gold sponsors are ETC, offering a range of hoists and controls to accommodate the needs of any production space and budget, and J.R. Clancy, providing professional riggings solutions worldwide on thousands of venues since 1885.
Certex USA joins returning silver sponsors Geiger Engineers and Kish Rigging. One silver sponsorship at $5,000 is still available.
To the Moon Rigging joins returning Bronze sponsors CM-ET, H&H Specialties, The Light Source, Motion Labs, Prolyte, Reed Riggin
USA - The Sound Reinforcement Track sessions at the AES New York 147th Audio Engineering Society International Pro Audio Convention (16-19 October at the Javits Centre) will offer “insights for sound professionals of today and tomorrow”, say organisers.
“This year, we have once again gathered top industry experts and manufacturers at the pinnacle of live event production and sound reinforcement to share their hard-won knowledge,” comments AES New York sound reinforcement chair, Henry Cohen. “From foundations of systems design, to the latest in the science and technology of audio perception, the AES New York Sound Reinforcement events offer unprecedented access to the latest from the industry’s top researchers and gear designers, as well as the engineers that exemplify best practices in the craft of sound reinforcement.”
The AES New York Sound Reinforcement Track’s series of educational opportunities includes sessions revealing crucial details of sound reinforcement implementation such as Seven Steps to a Successful Sound System Design and further ideas and techniques in A Cookbook Approach to Sound System Optimisation with Bob McCarthy.
Delving further into system specifics, the multi-part RF Super Session will host a discussion of RF spectrum and regulatory changes, an update on the latest compliant equipment, and best and advanced RF practices including filtering techniques and RF over fibre.
AC Power, Grounding and Shielding will cover theory and practice of AC power for small to large sound systems, i
South Africa - Stage Audio Works is celebrating the success it has seen at Mediatech 2019. With a two-storey booth design, the company made a statement on the show floor as visitors looked to find out more about its latest audio, visual and staging solutions. The company succeeded in winning a number of deals over the three-day event.
“Mediatech only takes place once every two years, so we have spent a lot of time and energy ensuring that we can maximise our presence at the show,” reflects Shaun Xavier, marketing manager at Stage Audio Works. “The response that we have had over the three days has more than justified this effort. We have been able to spend time with old friends and make some strong new contacts, as well as writing a significant amount of new business.”
This success has been boosted by the support that the company has received from the various brands it represents. Staff from Christie, dB Technologies, Sennheiser and Yamaha were all present on the booth, taking numerous customers through their respective technologies and adding to the expert advice that the Stage Audio Works team was able to provide for other brands, including in-house ranges Stage Plus and Pixel Plus, and international manufacturers such as Analog Way, d&b audiotechnik, Living As One and NovaStar.
“When people talk to us about projects, they are looking for solutions, not just products,” notes Nathan Ihlenfeldt, technical director at Stage Audio Works. “The hands-on approach and systems-based strategy supported by our agencies, suppliers and manufac
UK - The upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia) will enjoy "huge support" from the pro audio industry, with more brands debuting at the tradeshow and an increased number of live demos also taking place, PLASA has announced.
Among the companies supporting the show are L-Acoustics, Coda Audio, d&b audiotechnik and Void Acoustics. The PLASA Show has also doubled the amount of audio demonstrations on offer with the inclusion of three Audio Lounges and a new live feature, Stage to Studio, held in association with Sound on Sound and Headliner magazines.
PLASA MD Peter Heath comments: “PLASA has worked hard over the past few years to make the show an essential destination for all things audio. As a result, we are confident that this year’s show will inspire professionals working across the audio industry.”
Among the brands making their debut at the tradeshow is Coda Audio, an independent loudspeaker manufacturer whose line arrays are making an impact around the world. Void Acoustics, known for loudspeakers that are equally visually and sonically striking, will take a stand as well as a space in the main audio demo room. They join L-Acoustics, Bose, Yamaha and Audio-Technica among others.
d&b audiotechnik has joined the show as a headline sponsor. Visitors will find their installation and touring systems on both the Sound Foundation Limited (SFL) and SSE stands, alongside products from Sennheiser, DiGiCo, DPA and AVID.
“Live audio demonstrations are always a popular part of the show experien
UK - A respected sound engineer will record and mix live performers to demonstrate the intricacies of mixing and capturing live sound as part of a new initiative at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, Olympia London).
Running from 3pm on Sunday 15 September, and Monday, 16 September, Stage to Studio - organised by PLASA alongside Sound On Sound and Headliner Magazine - will feature Simon Todkill, chief engineer at London’s Miloco Studios, who has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Matt Corby, Hiatus Kaiyote, Charli XCX, Movement and The Griswolds.
Todkill will offer advice on his techniques, microphone choices and placements, step-by-step mix decisions, as well as insight on how to maximise multi-track recordings.
After the sessions, the audio stem files will be made available to the audience and a competition will launch, inviting people to submit their own mixes for a chance to win a pro audio prize.
Performing live will be VC Pines and Effie and their bands. Meanwhile, from noon on both days, emerging artists picked by ex-Iron Maiden band member Tony Moore will perform acoustic sets - see the PLASA Show website for details and set times.
VC Pines delivers a blend of alternative soul, poetry and punk. He has garnered the support of BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris Hawkins, Huw Stephens and Cerys Matthews, as well as Clash Magazine, Headliner Magazine, Atwood Magazine and Fred
UK - Four events sector businesses have been merged into a new full-service company called Star Live.
Live events equipment supplier Star Events, event management agency Mobile Promotions, brand partnership agency BluePeg and staffing business Beautiful Minds - all owned by entrepreneur David Walley - will adopt the new name and brand identity with immediate effect, while founders of the four companies will form part of Star Live’s senior management team.
The merger was preceded by the recent acquisition of Star Events in July. All four businesses have been acquired by Walley within the last 18 months.
“This is a logical and exciting step for us,” comments Walley, Star Live CEO. “We have brought together four market-leading companies with a clear vision - to be the full-service live event and brand experience partner for all our clients. Our new brand identity reflects our heritage combined with a contemporary mindset, fully-focused on creating world-class experiences for our clients and their audiences.”
Star Live will offer a range of services, including stages and grandstands, trailers and roadshows, brand ambassadors and crewing alongside design and creative, sponsorship management and partnerships, event production and brand activation. The combined business will also benefit from teams based in multiple locations across the UK and internationally in Shanghai.
Key members of the newly-formed team include former CEO of Arena G
South Africa - Johannesburg rental company MGG supplied the full technical production package for the Africa Play Conference.
Hosted at The Maslow Time Square hotel in Pretoria earlier this year, the conference is a partnership between the Lego Foundation, the Department of Basic Education of the Republic of South Africa, UNICEF South Africa and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).
Four hundred delegates from around the globe, including educators, policy-makers and researchers, joined together to share insights and come up with ideas to help equip children in Africa to become creative and life-long learners. The emphasis was to explore learning through play and how this could improve the quality of early childhood development and become an integral part of the education system.
“To add an element of fun, MGG was asked to include Lego pieces in the set design,” explains Denzil Smith of MGG. “We soon realised that the Lego factory in Denmark was willing to manufacture actual Lego blocks, 500cm wide by 250cm high and 250cm deep, which were then shipped to South Africa. There was great excitement as the containers arrived at the MGG premises, and even more so when it came to the actual load-in. It was like watching children build a big Lego set.”
MGG project manager Günther Müller was on-site to head the project. The Lego built stage included three high-resolution Absen 2.9mm LED screens designed into the white set, which were the main source for content and information. The middle screen was able to switch
Australia - After months of anticipation and secrecy, Halo - the light and sound experience designed specifically for Townsville, a coastal city in north eastern Queensland - has opened.
Created and produced by Sydney-based AGB Events, Halo transforms Castle Hill, the natural ‘halo’ that hovers above Townsville. Presented by the Townsville City Council, Halo runs in conjunction with the inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts, and has been made possible through the support of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
“Townsville City Council wanted to create something highly memorable that would truly mesmerise and captivate the public’s imagination,” says Anthony Bastic, CEO and creative director of AGB Events. “We were thrilled and honoured to be asked to undertake such a prestigious and challenging project. We’re delighted with the results.”
Halo which runs from 19 July - 4 August between 6:00pm and 10:00pm - is the latest in a series of large scale multimedia shows produced by AGB Events. These have included Vivid Sydney Light Walk, Australia’s largest annual event; Parrtijma, a light festival in Alice Springs that took its inspiration from indigenous stories and culture, lighting up two kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges, and the Lights of Christmas in Sydney and Brisbane.
“Halo is a new event experience that showcases creativity in one of the most aesthetically compelling new art forms; light art,” continues Bastic. “Over the past decade, th
UK - Technical production company Maestra Group has launched a scenic division. Based at Maestra’s London HQ, Maestra Scenic will offer services including CNC, carpentry and joinery, fabrication and engineering, painting and finishing as well as integration of other technical detailing - such as lighting, video or audio - into scenic fabrication projects.
The new division will employ a team of 20 full-time staff, who will be led by director of production Mark Davies, former director of technical operations at the National Theatre and sales director at Stage One Creative Services.
Davies comments: “The goals for good scenic companies are about meeting and then exceeding client expectations in all aspects - quality and build, finishing, being on-budget and ease of installation. It is essential to have the right people and processes all working harmoniously and with a full understanding of each project’s individual requirements. At Maestra, we strive to achieve this every time.”
Joining Maestra Scenic as head of its construction department is Paul Evans, former NT head of construction. Another key appointment is Jon Chute as head of production. Chute was previously an account director for Stage One Creative Services and a senior production manager for Imagination.
Meanwhile, the Maestra Scenic facility is made up of a 9,000sq.ft fabrication area which will include CNC equipment for carpentry and metalwork, and a mezzanine area that will be utilised for CNC poly carving and other 3D modelling. An external spray booth will deal with all fi