UK - The Showman’s Show returns to Newbury Showground on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October this week.
Event director, Jeremy Lance comments: “The Showman’s Show has always been an excellent opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues and share ideas and information as one season draws to a close and attention turns to the following year. Let’s be honest, there has never been a more important time for us to get together.
“Challenges around securing toilets, temporary structures and other event essentials have been well reported this summer. The show is renowned for being the best place to source industry staples, and 2021 definitely won’t disappoint. Whatever you need for your events next year, then a visit to Newbury Showground this week should take a lot of the headache away from the planning process.”
Fellow event director Johnny Lance adds: “Sustainability is a key consideration for event organisers, with COP 26 now only weeks away it is definitely high on the agenda. Our exhibitors are more committed than ever to delivering carbon efficient products and services and creating sustainable businesses which will be vital as the industry builds back better.”
In addition, the Vision 2025 conference has announced that it will be delivering a series of industry briefings examining context and new research from leading experts and organisations on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 October. Topics will include Net Zero, tackling travel impacts, energy technology and bioplastics. The conference is open to all Showman’s Show at
Europe - Visitor registration for ISE 2022 at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía.is now open.
A new development for 2022 is a paperless approach to visitor registration in the form of digital badges issued via the new ISE app.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director, stated: “As an in-person event, we are uniquely placed to bring all elements of the industry together under one roof. In the build-up to our return to Barcelona, along with our co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, we have worked hard to ensure that ISE 2022 offers the industry a truly worthwhile experience – showcasing innovation, becoming inspired by some of the brightest in the business, and most importantly, meeting up after so many difficult months apart.”
Spread across five halls at the Fira Gran Vía, the show floor has been organised into five technology zones to provide a much-improved visitor experience. So far, over 700 companies have committed to exhibit.
An innovation for 2022 is ISE’s Sound Xperience. Set just metres away from the Fira Gran Vía, this dedicated cinema complex offers 12 differently configured listening rooms to showcase audio.
ISE has also greatly expanded its technology demonstration areas. There will be three new demo areas covering lighting and staging (within the Lighting & Staging Zone), audio and digital signage (both outdoors). Taking advantage of the expansive facilities at the venue, these new areas will allow visitors to experience these major multi-technology solutions in ‘real-life’ set-ups.
UK - Event and brand logistics specialist Global Infusion Group has announced a change in its leadership. Bonnie May, previously GIG’s global operations director, takes on the role of CEO and Richard Duff joins the company as managing director as the business emerges from the pandemic.
Whilst continuing to lead the day-to-day operations of GIG and maintaining her hands on approach with clients, in her new role as CEO, Bonnie will shape the group’s strategy and vision. Rich, as managing director will be responsible for its implementation and lead all business functions including sales, finance and human resources.
Richard’s career spans sales, marketing and operational leadership roles within the FMCG, consumer electronics and homeware sectors. Over the last few years his focus has turned to the hospitality sector, and in his most recent role he was CEO of hotel technology firm Navarino Services.
Commenting on his appointment, Richard Duff said: “At the heart of Global Infusion Group ethos is a desire to make things happen and put smiles on people’s faces. They’re both things that I enjoy and honestly, who wouldn’t want to join a company that has been successfully delivering those things for the best part of 40 years?”
Bonnie May, CEO of Global Infusion Group adds: “Adding a managing director of Richard’s calibre and having his experience within both FMCG and hospitality puts us in an excellent position for driving the business forward. Like everyone, we’ve been in survival mode throughout the pandemic, and had our own ch
UK - The programme details have been announced for the Theatres Trust’s Conference 21: Making Theatre Sustainable.
Scheduled for 4 November at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, the programme features a line-up of speakers including Lisa Burger (National Theatre), Lucy Davies (Royal Court Theatre), Andy Hayles (Charcoalblue), Dave Moutry (HOME/MAST), Melly Still, Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle) and Steve Tompkins (Haworth Tompkins).
Lockdown discussions have led to the creation of the Theatre Green Book, an industry-wide collaboration that builds on existing guidance and draws on input from across the sector to form a shared standard for environmentally responsible theatre.
Conference 21: Making Theatre Sustainable will launch the Buildings volume of the Theatre Green Book and continue the industry-wide dialogue and sharing of best practice that sits at the heart of the project.
National Theatre’s executive director Lisa Burger and director/designer Melly Still will start the conference off, talking about their own journey toward sustainable theatre and why they support the Theatre Green Book. Across the day there will also be a series of debates unpicking some of the deeper challenges of, and opportunities in, making theatre sustainable.
Architect Steve Tompkins and theatre consultant Andy Hayles from Charcoalblue will head up a debate on how we ensure theatres remain fit for purpose given the need to build and buy less. Reflecting the international discussion taking place at COP26 in Glasgo
UK - Specialist architectural lighting and dynamic control solutions provider Studiotech is participating in this year’s Design Crawl Manchester. Created as a collaboration between a group of interior experts, Design Crawl is a showroom-led design event, specially developed to ‘inspire and excite the design community’.
Taking place over three days, between 19 and 21 October, Design Crawl brings together a number of brands, who will welcome guests to their showrooms to see their latest products, host learning sessions and networking events, and run workshops. Design Crawl also features a Basecamp; a central location where several events will take place over the course of the three days.
Studiotech will be primarily showcasing the controls systems it offers through its product portfolio. As well as demonstrating the capabilities of the solutions, Studiotech will focus on the benefits that lighting controls offer to the end-user and designer. In collaboration with Design Crawl's theme of wellness and sustainability, Studiotech will be sharing its expertise on innovations and design trends that can support these increasingly important elements of lighting.
As part of their Design Crawl events, Studiotech will be running three one-hour workshops with guest host Luke Artingstall from Artin Light. Entitled A Pixel Perspective: Activate the Senses, the workshop will be held at the Design Crawl Basecamp at Doubletree by Hilton, Piccadilly, Manchester. As well as an overview of control solutions, Studiotech and Artin Light will discuss their c
USA - The Event Safety Alliance has announced the initial agenda for its 2021 Event Safety Summit - a hybrid in-person and virtual three-day event that will take place 1-3 December 2021 on the campus of Rock Lititz in Lititz, Pennsylvania, sponsored by Take1 Insurance and Intact Specialty Insurance.
Registration to attend the 2021 Event Safety Summit, either in-person or virtually, can be found at //eventsafetysummit.com.
“This year’s agenda really does reflect the times we live in and the complex challenges that confront everyone involved in the production and staging of live events,” says Event Safety Alliance president Jim Digby. “From traditional safety concerns to the health and weather threats that have become part of the modern event industry, this year’s agenda is going to take a serious look at all of things that live event professionals really need to plan for as part of a complete event safety plan.”
Take1 Insurance executive VP & programme director Scott Carroll adds, “As an insurance provider, safety must be the number one consideration of everyone involved in event production. Nothing takes priority over considering every possible threat and having a contingency plan in place to mitigate against those threats. Together with Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions, we are proud to be the Co-Presenting Sponsors of this vital annual industry event.”
UK - Based in South Kirby on Production Park, XPLOR is a £9m research, development and innovation centre that aims to support SMEs across the creative industries from music, film and TV to sports, theatre, corporate events and the arts. The scheme secured grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Circlesphere is Tschida’s first exhibition in Europe and is being hosted at Neon Workshops Project Space: 7A and The Art House in Wakefield from 29 September – 28 November.
Fred Tschida, retired Professor at Alfred University, New York, was one of the first generation of artists and professors to explore and teach neon for nearly 40 years, since the 1970’s, and - until now - his artworks have not been exhibited in Europe.
The exhibition was the brainchild of artist Richard William Wheater, a former student of Tschida’s and founder of Neon Workshops in Wakefield, a company that develops and manufactures neon lighting for the creative industry.
Richard was determined to bring Tschida’s neon creations to the UK and using his own expertise in the neon industry coupled with the technical know-how of engineers at XPLOR, as well as financial support from The art House and Arts Council England, he was able to bring the 23ft structure to life.
After being approached by Richard, engineers at XPLOR took the project from initial concept through to the final design of the impressive rotating neon-clad ‘SPHERE’.
Matthew Glynn, product and concept
UK - #WeMakeEvents has launched a supporter scheme to bring more useful resources and services to campaign backers.
Members of #WeMakeEvents Supporters get free access to webinars hosted by the campaign and PLASA in the past - including on topics such a Brexit, HR, IP, and various technical sessions – as well as credit checks for UK-based companies. Other benefits include free entry passes to the PLASA Show and PLASA Focus Leeds and an invite to #WeMakeEvents’ Zoom calls.
“Launched at PLASA Show 2021 in London last month, #WeMakeEvents Supporters has already seen a large uptake, demonstrating the ongoing high level of engagement to protect and promote live events and entertainment,” says the campaign in a statement. “Supporters can opt in to be listed on the webpage to add strength to the global movement which continues to amplify the voice of the industry at government level and across the public domain.”
The new scheme will be signposted to several industry resources, including Curtain Call’s new recruitment platform (more on which here), and members will receive the weekly #WeMakeEvents newsletter and the online editions of Light & Sound International (LSi) and Lighting & Sound America (LSA) magazines.
Andy Dockerty, MD for Adlib and member of the #WeMakeEvents steering committee, comments: “We’re pleased to offer this new way of supporting #WeMakeEvents, specially for our industry’s large populati
UK - #WeMakeEvents, the campaign to amplify the voice of the live events supply chain, has now raised over half a million British pounds through fundraising efforts over the last 18 months, supporting charities which have helped industry professionals through the pandemic.
The milestone was reached during PLASA Show 2021, where #WeMakeEvents hosted a dedicated hub to promote wellbeing and mental health throughout the live sector which featured several industry charities and initiatives and welcomed a steady stream of visitors.
80% of the funds raised have gone directly to Backup, the campaign's chosen industry which supports professionals throughout the technical entertainment industry in times of ill health or financial need. In turn, Backup funnels vital funds to Acting For Others, Music Support, Stage Hand and Make It Blue UK, each one providing specially designed services to guide and support.
Matt Lloyd, charities and sponsorship co-ordinator for #WeMakeEvents, comments: “It is a fantastic achievement to have reached half a million - something that would have been impossible without the generosity of the people. The #WeMakeEvents team is truly humbled by the support we have received along this journey, showing that the live events supply chain is a valid and viable part of the cultural sector. It is with this financial support that our industry’s companies and workforce can get back to doing what they love best and show the world why live events and entertainment are not only important, but crucial to society.”
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USA - NAB has announced the cancellation of the upcoming NAB Show 2021, which was due to take place in Las Vegas from 9-13 October. The annual convention/exhibition, which in 2019 reported attendance of 91,000, is one of the largest events on the calendar for broadcasters and their technology providers. In recent weeks, the show had suffered exhibitor withdrawals - including Sony and Canon - due to the spread of the delta variant of COVID in the US, with the organisers opting to scrap the in-person event in favour of offering select virtual sessions through its Amplify portal.
“For more than a year, we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show," say the organisers in a statement. "Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community.
“As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, it has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange, in person. NAB Show is the premiere destination for the media and entertainment industry and we will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us.
The next in-person NAB Show has been scheduled for 23-27 April 2022.
UK - Martin Audio returned to its open days for the first time in two years, following the easing of Covid restrictions, which also included both a legacy product walkthrough and a party in nearby Marlow to honour the company’s 50th anniversary.
The sessions adhered closely to all Covid guidelines, including tests on entrance, and at the end, MD Dom Harter gave a heartfelt appreciation to the audience. “It’s the first time many have been back in a room of loudspeakers for 18 months,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for everyone’s time and attendance - our industry will never be tested like this again.”
Ninety minutes earlier he had opened proceedings with a background about company founder Dave Martin, emphasising that “his vision and many of his principles continue to be followed today”. Guests had already been able to enjoy a museum like walkthrough of legacy product including many of Dave’s earlier models like the stack and F2 system. However, today’s portfolio contains a depth of product to cater for all applications, especially with the arrival of the TORUS constant curvature system and the new DISPLAY 3 software, which took pride of place in the demonstrations.
Dom Harter explained the thinking behind Torus, and how it plugged a gap in the portfolio for a 15-30m throw speaker. “The system took three years to develop, requiring a lot of mathematical modelling along the way, and we wanted to push the acoustic boundaries and deliver the best constant curvature array. We looked at typical issues and how we could overcom
UK - The PLASA Show returned to Olympia London from 5-7 September, receiving high acclaim and marking a return to normality following the 18-month closure of the live events sector.
As the first entertainment technology tradeshow in two years, the PLASA Show 2021 co-located with the ABTT Theatre Show and succeeded in reuniting the industry for three high-spirited and productive days in Olympia’s Grand Hall.
Even though the number of attendees was reduced this year, they remained top quality and similar to previous years: 2/10 were company owners or directors and half were specifiers or final decision-makers. Theatre and touring were most prominent with one third of those attending working in production or venues.
Anticipation was high as the doors opened, with a steady stream of visitors keen to check out the next generation of products and catch up with colleagues. Lee House, marketing manager for Ambersphere, comments: “When the doors opened on Sunday it was great to see so many people coming through them. This show certainly exceeded all expectations we had. Yes, the show floor was smaller this year, but the atmosphere was bigger than ever.”
Nick Boggon, marketing manager for Sound Technology, adds: “We probably weren’t alone going into the show not knowing what to expect, but those concerns didn’t last long. Understandably stands were smaller than previous years but it still felt like the PLASA Show. There was networking of course, but also a genuine desire to see new products and technology trends.”
The ABTT Theatre S
UK - The team behind ‘A Light Walk’, which will take place from 20-24 September, has announced details of the fundraising mission and the ways in which everyone can get involved.
A Light Walk will see Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALPD Lumière working group chair Charlotte Burton walk from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank, a total distance of 162km (101 miles) which will be completed in just five days. Members of the ALPD’s executive committee and other members of the Lumière Scheme working group will be joining the walk for individual days or remotely.
Departing from The Royal Shakespeare Company on day one, the walkers will complete a distance of 38.35km. Day two starts at Bloxham and ends 30.33km further at Bicester. With day three, the walkers will pace the 37.26km to Great Missenden and on days four and five, the distances are considerably shorter, with 28.80km on day four taking participants to Ruislip and finally towards the South Bank of the Thames a mere 27.85km on, where the full 162km / 101-mile walk ends.
The money is being raised to support two causes: the ALPD’s Lumière Scheme in 2022, and the industry charity Backup.
Charlotte Burton explains: “We are taking on this almighty test of endurance because we believe that the work achieved through the Lumière Scheme and by Backup is vital and worth the sore feet.”
The funding will assist the evolution of the Lumière scheme which, for the past five years, has seen continued success. The scheme cre
World - Ayrton is a new sponsor for Women in Lighting, the international support and networking project for women in both architectural and entertainment lighting. Ayrton’s primary aim is to raise awareness of, and expand, this global network across the entertainment lighting industry.
Launched in 2019 on International Women’s Day by Light Collective, Women in Lighting (WIL) is a digital forum where women can inspire, support and encourage the next generation of female lighting designers. It provides a platform on which women designers can share their passions and achievements and celebrate their work. Its worldwide programme of events and activities is augmented by a series of online interviews where women share their career paths and goals with other members. (https://womeninlighting.com/site/your-interviews)
In two short years the project has grown rapidly and is now represented in over 70 countries by its network of ‘ambassadors’, women who act as a point of contact for those seeking to discover more about WIL, join the supportive community and benefit from the many online activities which are tailored to the different needs within each country.
Until now WIL has focused largely on women working in architectural lighting, but the new collaboration with Ayrton brings a new engagement with the entertainment lighting industry, and an opportunity to raise awareness and expand the network into a different market.
“Our intention is to build bridges between different lightin
UK - The winners of the 2021 PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show as it made its return to Olympia London. The Awards, run association with LSi Magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating pioneering technology, through new materials or methods that increase safety, efficiency or performance.
Twenty-nine products were entered this year, with six awards being presented in addition to two special commendations. This year’s judging team comprised of nine independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds. Their comments, along with the winning products, are listed below:
The judges said “this is not just another battery uplighter, but a well-engineered and thought-out lighting system augmented with a wide set of accessories.” They felt it would allow designers a greater degree of creativity in lighting applications.
Chauvet Professional: Maverick Silens 2
The engineering within this near-silent moving light impressed the broad nature of the judging panel. They simply said this product is the sound designer’s favourite light!
Copper Candle: Bonestream, Copper Stream and Cue29
The judges have chosen to award a suite of products from this boundary-pushing software developer. They felt the group of products shared the same innovative approach to merging gaming technologies into a framework engineered for the live events industry. The judges believe these products are at the forefront of the move towards virtual production in even
UK - After two years PLASA Show has finally returned to Olympia London for three days of long awaited networking, learning and discovery. The show floor is filling up with eager visitors and the seminar and training programme is in full swing.
Always an unmissable feature is Robe’s stand (E19) which runs regular presentations of their latest lighting fixtures. This year’s design is entitled The Show Goes On, a nod to the live sector’s challenges throughout COVID. The focus will be on Robe’s TE – Transferable Engine technology. Plus, visitors can look forward to seeing the recently launched T2 along with a preview of the not-yet-released T11. Also in action is the Forte, Robe’s highest powered LED moving light.
The show floor is brimming with new products, many have been awaiting release or were developed throughout the pandemic. On the audio front these include Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless Digital and Allen & Heath’s new addition to the dLive range – the CTi1500 which visitors can see on Audio-Technica’s stand. There will also be exciting products from L-Acoustics, EM Acoustics, Nexo and many more.
Lighting professionals can look forward to seeing Avolites’ new Diamond 9 console and three debut releases from Astera – the PixelBrick, AX2 PixelBar and the AX9 PowerPAR. Plus Artistic Licence are launching the candlePower octo at the show which can be seen alongside the new Commissioner multi and sunDial quad which won Gold at the 2019 PLASA Innovation Awards.
Visitors are invited to the d&b Soundscape T
UK - KV2, like so many, is eagerly looking forward to exhibiting at its first live tradeshow since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. PLASA Show 2021 at Olympia London (5-7 September) will offer the opportunity for the pro audio specialist to meet customers and colleagues in person as well as offering live demos in its exclusive demo room.
Situated in the London Room to the left of the main entrance, KV2’s demo room is open all day, every day – no pre-booking is required, interested parties may come and go as they please. This facility will offer industry professional and users the invaluable opportunity to experience a selection of KV2’s leading range of products at their leisure.
“We’ll be showcasing our VHD 2.0 high performance point source touring and installation system accompanied by our revolutionary VHD 4.21 subwoofer system which delivers truly exceptional power and control coupled with a class-leading ‘Green Efficiency’ low consumption power supply,” reveals KV2’s Jonathan Reece. “Together, these systems highlight why some of the world’s largest dance clubs and major theatre shows along with renowned live touring engineers are embracing KV2’s True Point Source approach to large format audio reinforcement.”
Also on demo will be the newly released CS Series that has been specially designed to deliver ultra-high vocal intelligibility and music reproduction in a compact form factor. A variety of flexible mounting options and easy connectivity make the CS range an ideal candidate for the corporate and
UK - In a post-pandemic world, Robe looks forward with a range of new products designed for ‘maximum performance, versatility and operational life aspects for the entertainment and production industry’.
Product wise, there is a big emphasis on Robe’s Transferable Engine (TE) LED technology on Stand E19.
The booth features another eye-catching design with The Show Goes On, inspired by - among other things - rapper Lupe Fiasco’s insightful Billboard Top 10 hit of the same name.
This year’s PLASA show has the additional dynamic of teaming up with ABTT who will be hosting their own theatre-dedicated Hub area of the show floor.
With the performing arts in mind, Robe will highlight its T range of luminaires designed specifically for this demanding discipline - notably the new T2 launched a few months ago and the soon-to-be-revealed T11 which will be previewed.
The stand’s own lightshow will feature 40 x T11 luminaires in action, being seen for the first time in a ‘live’ show situation ahead of its official launch later in September.
The T2 Profile is a high-powered fixture utilising Robe’s multispectral LED engine to achieve next level brightness, colour detail and quality to throw its beautiful light over impressive distances.
Manufacturing the light-engines in-house in its factory in the Czech Republic, Robe offers the world’s first full range of LED Transferable Engine lighting fixtures - an intelligent, powerful, and eco-friendly lighting solution for now and the future which enables different engine
UK - PLASA Show 2021 will reopen its doors this weekend to reunite industry professionals at Olympia London after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic - and time is running out for visitors to secure their free entry passes.
Taking place from 5-7 September, the show will welcome back leading brands from pro audio, AV, lighting and stage technologies, who will take up residence in Olympia’s Grand Hall alongside the ABTT Theatre Show which is relocating for one year only.
“In light of the monumental shifts felt by the live events and entertainment sector over the past 18 months, PLASA Show 2021 will be people-centred, with inclusive networking spaces, support resources and learning opportunities,” say the organisers.
Free registration ends at midnight tonight, 31 August – those wishing to claim a free entry pass should head over to www.plasashow.com.
Exhibitor highlights include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, who will showcase their latest luminaires including the Forte, T2 Profile, iSeries, LED Beam and Esprite in regular show-stopping presentations. Also exhibiting will be Chauvet Professional, ETC, GLP, Avolites, Artistic Licence and SGM.
For pro audio enthusiasts, in attendance will be L-Acoustics, Shure, Sennheiser and Yamaha among many others. The stage is also set for bespoke staging from Race Furniture and Drapemakers; heavy-duty gear from Area Four Industries and NSP Cases; web-based services from trackingThis and Current RMS, and the
UK - ETC will be returning to the PLASA Show at the Olympia London this year for its joint ‘come-back’ industry event with the ABTT. ETC will be attending the trade show to connect and network with old and new faces, present in-depth product seminars and showcase newly launched fixtures on stand B29.
Sales Manager for ETC Ltd, Darren Beckley comments: “After a long and challenging period for our industry, we are really looking forward to returning to PLASA and catching up with our customers in-person. Throughout the past 18 months, ETC has continued to innovate and develop its product offering and we are excited to share some of those products with visitors to the show.”
Attendees will be able to join a series of seminars hosted by ETC product specialists during the three-day show. The available sessions will explore Comparing Moving Lights, Multi-emitter LEDs and Incorporating Augment3d into your workflow.
ETC’s stand B29 will also feature some of the latest fixtures that the company has launched including Lonestar, Source Four LED Series 3, Desire Fresnel, ColorSource Spot jr and more. For anyone who can’t attend the show, ETC’s online demo studio has product experts available to give tailored one-to-one demonstrations on these and any other ETC products, suited to your needs. Slots can be booked via etcconnect.com.
UK - Avolites heads to PLASA Show in London Olympia this September (stand D17) as the company celebrates its 45th anniversary.
From humble beginnings underneath a Hammersmith railway arch in 1976, the company has been at the cutting edge of major developments in the lighting sector in the decades since. From the first programmable consoles designed to control the then-new intelligent lighting arrays of the 1990s, to the rise of the media server, the virtualised console, and the blending of lights and video into a single visual canvas, the company's products have been instrumental in the success of some of the biggest events in history.
As the industry starts to recover post-Covid, the latest generation Avolites technology is being used on some of the largest tours, stages, festivals, corporate events and cutting edge installs around the world. At this year’s PLASA Show the company will be highlighting the power of its new flagship Diamond 9 console, which features vast screen real-estate, all-new controls, and unique media integration that intuitively combines the control of all visual aspects of a show.
Alongside the Diamond 9 console, Avolites will be showing the latest versions of its Q3 Media Server, that unlocks 4k playback through a single DisplayPort 1.2 connection; the ability of the Titan Net Processor’s networked DMX processing to act as the hub of expanded lighting installations; and how the optical Titan Net Switch can connect FOH to stage over large distances.
UK - The Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA) is joining forces with four greener touring, live entertainment and events organisations at this year’s PLASA Show for an open panel discussion to explore how we can transform, together, to create a better future.
Entitled Becoming a Sustainable Industry - because this is a not a rehearsal, the event will take place at the PLASA Show Seminar Theatre at Olympia London at 15:30 on 6 September. It will bring together key sustainability experts from SiPA, TAIT, LIVE Green, the Tour Production Group, the Theatre Green Book and isla, who will share ways in which the industry can reduce emissions and become net zero by 2050.
The hour-long, deep-dive discussion will be moderated by Carol Scott, principal sustainability advocate at TAIT and SiPA, with panellists Evie Redfern, a third-year Theatre Production student at Guildford School of Acting; Paddy Dillon, Theatre Green Book co-ordinator; Anna Abdelnoor, co-founder, isla; Sarah Rushton-Read, creative director at The Fifth Estate and principal advocate, SiPA; and John Langford, COO AEG Europe and chairman of LIVE Green.
“Throughout the enforced hiatus of lockdown individuals and organisations, from all sectors of the live entertainment industry, have joined forces to build back more sustainably,” says Carol Scott. “With COP26 looming, there has never been a more pressing time to go green. Everyone who can effect change, no matter how small, must play their part in protecting the planet. The PLASA Show will provide the ideal forum for us t
UK - The programme for PLASA Show 2021 has been unveiled, bringing a rich line-up of seminars and training sessions to the trade event that takes place on 5-7 September at Olympia London.
Sponsored by Vectorworks, the programme is set to deliver in-depth content on the future of live production, immersive product experiences and plenty of practical training, bringing skills and knowledge to the forefront of the show experience.
All sessions are free for pre-registered attendees (you can get your free entry pass by 31 August - find out more here), with details of the schedule available on the show website. More content will be added over the coming weeks, say the organisers.
Vectorworks are delivering two technical sessions based on their software products, firstly looking at Concert Design and Pre-Visualisation with Vectorworks Spotlight and MVR Export, which follows a complete concert design workflow, from creating detailed drawings and rigging plots to exporting a fully functioning pre-visualisation model. Their second session, Schematic and Rack Layout Design in Vectorworks ConnectCAD, details the complete schematic workflow from creation of signal flow diagrams to designing rack layouts with ConnectCAD.
In addition to the Theatre Show Hub, the ABTT will be running a session on their Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment, whi
UK - The first Christmas light trail to take place in Windsor Great Park is set for this winter. Windsor Great Park Illuminated will open on 18 November 2021 and run until 9 January 2022.
The experience is created and produced by global events and entertainment group IMG (Hampton Court Palace Festival, Natural History Museum Ice Rink, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Taste Festivals) and DEAG Entertainment Group / Christmas Garden Deutschland (creator of 15 light trails in Europe).
For the first time this winter, trees, paths and the Obelisk Pond within Windsor Great Park will be ‘awash with hundreds of thousands of lights, lasers, projections and holograms’.
Both celebrating and respecting the natural surroundings, and flora and fauna of the park, this very special light trail will feature colourful and brilliant light installations including floating water lilies, an impressive field of lights which extends over 1,400sq.m, fountains of projected flowers, and holograms of woodland creatures. In addition, the trail will take visitors through a dreamlike laser-scape amongst the trees, a cathedral of light and an ethereal ship in recognition of Britain’s naval past
The light path will be run in accordance with Covid-19 guidance in place at the time of the event, with the health and safety of visitors and staff remaining the priority. In addition to regular cleaning of touch points and hand sanitisation stations in place throughout the outdoor site, Windsor Great Park Illuminated will operate a timed entry system (outside the usual park opening