Events News

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)

 
 
nwrs-2020-logoRegistration opens for 2020 NWRS
Thursday, 17 October 2019

USA - Registration is now open for the 2020 New World Rigging Symposium taking place 31 March – 1 April in Houston, TX in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo. The event provides an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry. A complete schedule, session descriptions and a link to register are available at www.esta.org/nwrs.
Over the two days participants will be given a range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge in sessions covering video wall rigging, automation and motorization, and tension grids. They’ll keep up to date with codes and standards, have some of their most pressing questions answered by structural engineers, and learn about rigging for cinema and performer flying.
Jeanette Farmer will deliver the Keynote Address to open the symposium. Her career spans more than three decades of professional theatre technical support, show production, concert/theatre lighting design, theatre design consulting and themed entertainment project management.
(Jim Evans)

 
doughtysixtyunusualUnusual, Doughty and SIXTY82 together at PLSME
Tuesday, 15 October 2019


UAE - Unusual Rigging & Engineering, Doughty Engineering and SIXTY82 will exhibit jointly at this year's PLSME. Visitors will be able to see a range of equipment from Doughty and SIXTY82, as well as kit from Liftket, for whom Unusual Rigging is a distributor, and a selection of PPE gear.
Speaking ahead of the show, Denis Bramhall, managing partner at Unusual Rigging and Engineering said: "We've been exhibiting with Doughty at PLSME for a few years now but this is the first year that we welcome SIXTY82 onto the stand. We look forward to it being a very successful show for us and hope it marks the start of an interesting and exciting working relationship with SIXTY82."
Denis continued: "From experience, PLSME is a well organised show and attracts the right people. We look forward to meeting up with new and familiar faces, making the most of the networking opportunities that the show provides and of course demonstrating a selection of products on the stand."
Doughty's Fifty Clamp and Scaff Boom Arm will make their Middle East debut on the stand this year. Julian Chiverton, sales director for Doughty said: "This is the first time we'll be showing the Fifty Clamp and Scaff Boom Arm in the region so we are looking forward to hearing what visitors to the show have to say about these new items. They've been big hits in the UK and Europe but PLSME puts us in front of a very different audience and it's great to really understand what's important to our customers in this part of the world."
SIXTY82 will show a range of trussing and staging sol

 
 
OCA Alliance hosts educational sessions at AES
Tuesday, 15 October 2019


USA - At this year’s 147th AES Pro Audio Convention in New York the OCA Alliance is exhibiting within the AVoIP Pavilion, promoting the advances in control and monitoring of AVoIP networks embodied within the AES70 standard. The convention will be the focus for a number of presentations and announcements from the OCA Alliance, including numerous educational sessions, presentations and demos, and the reveal of a new AES70 Products page on the OCA Alliance website.
The OCA Alliance will be on hand throughout the show as an exhibitor in the pavilion, with experts from the alliance and its member companies available to discuss the AES70 standard, available developer resources, and the evolution and progression of the standard throughout the AV industry.
In addition to demonstrations on its booth, the OCA Alliance will be participating in the programme of presentations in the AVoIP Pavilion Theatre, providing ‘public’ overviews of the AES70 standard to visitors and exhibitors attending the AVoIP Pavilion sessions.
In conjunction with its presence at the convention, the OCA Alliance has also launched a new AES70 Product Page on its website. Highlighting available and shipping product from seven companies covering 11 brands, this product gallery demonstrates the growing ecosystem and adoption of the AES70 standard across different application verticals.
“It’s great to see the portfolio of AES70 devices reaching the market,” says OCA Alliance marketing chairman Ethan Wetzell. “The adoption of a control standard can take time an

 
jbl-nzJPRO hosts JBL demo in Christchurch
Monday, 14 October 2019

New Zealand - Distribution and AVC support company JPRO presented an exclusive demo of the JBL VTX A8 line array to a group of entertainment and commercial industry representatives in Christchurch.
The VTX A8 is a compact line array system available in various formats for small to medium size installed and tour configurations. VTX A8 and its bigger brother VTX A12 have impressed this year during NZ's Summer Festivals - being used extensively with touring artists and music festivals such as Toto, UB40, Slayer, KORA, Sound Splash and The Hollies.
The demo took place at the newly rebuilt Christchurch Town Hall in the James Hay Theatre.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to use venues such as the James Hay Theatre to allow audiences to get a first-hand impression of the JBL VTX A8,” comments JPRO’s Nicholas van Dyk, sales manager South Island. “This is a new sound from JBL and it is important for people to experience the transparent, smooth sound for themselves. I enjoyed seeing their response when the system is run in full range - we had jaws dropping when we told guests that we were not running the subs.”
After a full range demo, JBL’s new generation of subwoofers, VTX B18 were used in cardioid configuration, while the VTX M Series touring wedges were demonstrated on stage.
Due to a tight schedule the crew were able to provide a fast setup - with final system checks ready to go in less than 90 minutes. “This is thanks to the VTX A-series newly devised world-leading rigging system, travel carts and packaging system, which al

 
 
johnlennonbusJohn Lennon tour bus calls at AES New York
Monday, 14 October 2019

USA - This week’s AES New York Convention will feature its first visit from the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which invites AES attendees to tour its facilities, learn about its mission of inspiring creativity, and participate in the interactive tent experience featuring jam sessions using the latest gear. Daily gear giveaways worth over $6,000 - with gear from Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Neutrik, OWC, and Yamaha - will take place at the bus at 1:00pm each day of the exhibition.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 22nd year, with the latest technology and gear, the bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions - all in one day.
The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. The bus, the physical manifestation of the mission of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus non-profit corporation, travels the country visiting schools, music and technology conferences and events, and partners with communities and media outlets to call attention to the importance of arts and

 
prolightsProlights hosts international distributor conference
Monday, 14 October 2019

Italy - Prolights staged its annual international distributor conference at its HQ in Minturno.
Welcoming over 150 guests from 40 countries, the conference comprised a week of product demonstrations, keynote speeches, new product previews, networking and team bonding.
The event was opened by Prolights managing director Fabio Sorabella, who welcomed the group and introduced the keynote speeches and corporate presentations outlining the past, present and future vision for the company. Sorabella also outlined the current and future expansion plans for the Italian HQ, aimed at further developing the laboratories and R&D departments.
“We’ve had over 150 people visit us, from our closest customers through to people who want to know more about us and what we do,” he explains. “Couldn’t have asked for a better crowd and the feedback from the conference about where we are heading and our ‘next step’ shows us that we are definitely on the right track - watch this space!”
Paolo Albani, Prolights international sales manager, outlined the confidential future sales and marketing strategy for the company which will be revealed at this year’s LDI in Las Vegas. “I am truly amazed by the response and energy of our distributor network. It was amazing to see everybody contributing and inspiring others. The energy and ideas they contributed really helped make the event a great success. I thoroughly look forward to seeing what the future will bring us."
Prolights and its growing network of distribution partners work synergistically in

 
 
laser-safety-officer-seminarsinenglishLaserworld Academy offers LSO seminars
Friday, 11 October 2019

Germany - The Laserworld Academy is holding an LSO-certified laser safety officer seminar in Munich in January 2020, with more dates set to be announced shortly.
The organisation holds events dedicated to laser safety and the training and education of Laser Safety Officers across Europe. This upcoming seminar, to be held in English at the Leonardo Hotel Munich City South, addresses regulations in Germany which require a laser safety officer (Laserschutzbeauftragter) to take responsibility of any laser system class 3R, 3B or 4 that is used. It is suitable for those utilising lasers in trade and for show/display applications, as well as for industrial purposes.
The contents of the LSO seminars meet the requirements of the German legal framework for laser use (OStrV and TROS) and base on the international regulatory IEC 60825-1. Upon successful completion, participants qualify as Laserschutzbeauftragter for work with laser systems in Germany.
“The more diverse the society gets, and the more companies work all across Europe and worldwide, the more demand came up for those specific Laser Safety Officer Seminars in English language for the German market,” explains Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group and head of the Laserworld Academy. “We can definitely see the demand for this kind of certification and have therefore scheduled the first dates for 2020.”
Further details and reservations are ava

 
etcdubai-2ETC to open new facility in the Middle East
Friday, 11 October 2019

UAE - ETC is opening a new facility, ETC Dubai - The Studio.
Located in the Zee Tower in Dubai's Media City, the space will act as a ‘central hub’ providing training and product demonstration areas as well as a visualisation suite for pre-programming shows.
The facility will be unveiled on 31 October with a launch event during which ETC will present its latest technologies, including the PLASA Award for Innovation-winning Augment3d programming tool, and preview brand new ETC and High End Systems products. Find out how to attend the opening event here.
“The Studio space will be a central hub for training both ETC’s Eos and High End Systems’ Hog 4 consoles in the Middle East presented by top product specialists. We plan to expand the range of courses on offer even more next year,” comments Mark Larcombe, regional sales manager for the Middle East.
“The addition of The Studio is a key move as we continue to grow our presence in the Middle East territory. We look forward to further building customer relations and being able to provide additional post-sales support in the region,” adds sales manager for ETC Ltd, Darren Beckley.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
brexitPLASA and MIA to host two Brexit forums
Thursday, 10 October 2019

UK - PLASA has teamed up with the Music Industries Association (MIA) to host two public forums to help businesses and industry organisations prepare for Brexit.
Taking place in London on 25 October at the Victory Services Club and Leeds on 28 October (exact location TBC), the events will feature a line-up of expert speakers who will provide legal, shipping, HR and currency advice.
Confirmed speakers include Ros Kellaway of Eversheds, transport and haulage specialist Tim Ridyard, Nicky Gleadow of HR Point, economist Roger Martin Fagg (Leeds only), and representatives from SGM, freight company Velta, and HR consultants Croner. More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.
The two events are free to attend and are open for bookings at www.plasa.org/brexit-forum
(Jim Evans)

 
x212afadimageloresAmate Audio showcase set for Rotterdam
Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The Netherlandsd - Amate Audio Benelux / Imagination AV is holding a two-day showcase in Rotterdam this month.
On 10 October, the company will run a comprehensive demo of its new X212AF line array at Onderzeebootloods, a 5,000 capacity venue on the former site of the EDM Submarine Wharf. Amate Audio Xperience will demo the new X2121AF line array and X218WF sub systems, with vice-president and chief technical officer Joan Amate giving an overview presentation of the systems.
On 12 October, attendees will be taken to the Dagvlinder Festival, where the same system provides the Main Stage sound, with a second system of eight-a-side NÍTID N208 line array elements and 12x N18W subs on the Jack’s House stage. More details on attending are available from the company's Facebook page.
The X2121AF line array has V-shape geometry, totally phase linear line array, with a 2x 12”, 4x 6” MF and dual 3” HF transducer configuration and proprietary acoustic design features - including the ABS mid-phase plugs, all-new HF waveguide and sonically transparent 1.5mm speaker grille - the X212AF incorporates discrete 3-way power channels with independent limiters (with differing time constants), and multi-channel DSP system management via Amate Audio’s Active+ integrated power and control platform.
The X218WF is a matched 5000 W X218WF sub system, loaded with 2 x 18” LF neodymium drivers with 4” double-layer voice coils in a compact bass reflex de

 
 
mca2020logoESTA opens Members Choice Awards nominations
Tuesday, 8 October 2019

USA - ESTA has launched the nomination process for its Members Choice Awards to all member exhibitors at the 2020 NAMM Show.
The awards, voted on by all ESTA members attending the NAMM Show, recognise outstanding new entertainment technology products. Awards are bestowed in three categories:
• Expendable: product which is designed to be consumed or replaced frequently
• Gadget: product that is physically small enough to fit in a pocket or small backpack, or software with a file size no larger than 100 megabytes
• Equipment: product that is physically too large to fit in a pocket or small backpack, or software with a file size larger than 100 megabytes
Only ESTA member exhibitors at The 2020 NAMM Show may nominate a product(s); they must be either the manufacturer or exclusive distributor and can submit one nomination in each category. Only products that have been introduced to the market after 1 January 2019 and must be deliverable by 16 January 2020 will be accepted.
To make a nomination, please visit //esta.org/MCA. The deadline is 12 December and the winners will be announced on the show floor on Saturday, 18 January.
(Jim Evans)

 
blackoutMental health survey seeks more participants
Monday, 7 October 2019

UK - The team behind the immersive installation Blackout are calling for more participants to join its industry research into mental health.
The research, which was initiated during the PLASA Show, is seeking to provide the first evaluation on mental health awareness within the UK technical backstage entertainment industry.
To collect the required research data, Dr Paul Hanna, research director in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey, has devised a short (5-10 minutes) questionnaire. The results of the study will then be used in panel discussions, conferences and health and safety reviews with industry organisations to promote a discussion on industry issues such as working hours, overnight shift work and touring shift patterns.
Mig Burgess, Guildford School of Acting tutor and creator of the Blackout immersive event, says: “This is an extremely important first step to address mental health awareness in the UK technical backstage entertainment industry and we are delighted that Paul’s expertise will provide valuable insight into mental health issues in the sector. “
Sean McNamara, head of the GSA, adds: “As part of GSA’s commitment to driving forward innovation in matters relating to mental health and wellbeing, we fully support Mig and her colleagues with this ground-breaking project.”
The evaluation has been funded by leading industry associations PLASA, ALD, ASD ABTT, PSA.
To take part in the research, participants have until 18 October (Friday) to test

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courseJames Eade training dates announced
Friday, 4 October 2019

UK - Industry electrical expert and LSi columnist James Eade has announced the October dates for his recently-launched accredited training programme, BS 7909 Temporary Power for the Events Industry.
The course has been fully updated to align it with current industry guidance and standards. It is the only course James Eade is associated with and not offered by any other provider.
BS 7909 is taking place across three days on 21-23 October at the Whatlington Village Hall, East Sussex TN33 0NE. There are still a couple of spaces left to book for this sesion, with further events scheduled by the end of the year - more details are available on  www.eade.uk.com/training.
Pearce Hire is also hosting a series of standards update courses at its HQ in Peterborough. This course is an accredited one-day course that takes the candidate through the latest industry-relevant changes to BS 7671:2018 as well as the new IET generator guidance. Also covered are updates to event industry lightning guidance as well as the ABTT Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment. The next course is on 25 October with more in November.
(Jim Evans)

 
rj-stand-plasa2019-2Robert Juliat puts spotlight on Maestro at PLASA 2019
Tuesday, 1 October 2019

UK - Robert Juliat has emerged from an “extremely successful” PLASA 2019 with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where it continued to celebrate its Centenary Year with new products.
The French manufacturer presented the Maestro server for SpotMe, developed in collaboration with tracking specialists, zactrack, extends the capabilities of RJ’s award-winning SpotMe, the bespoke 3D position-tracking system for followspots, by enabling it to operate with any DMX lighting control console. SpotMe has functioned with the PosiStageNet open protocol which is run by only a limited number of consoles, but with the Maestro extension, a designer can take control from any DMX console. The lighting console, even the simplest DMX model, retains the pan and tilt control and gets, in return, additional DMX channels to modulate the tracking parameters calculated and managed by the Maestro server.
Meanwhile, the Dalis Access 863 is a 150W LED four-colour cyclorama light with all the functionality and quality of the original at a low price point to make Dalis technology accessible to those on a smaller budget. Featuring a four-colour mixing system (red, green, royal blue and warm white 2200K) Dalis Access 863 delivers powerful, smooth coverage and a variety of pastel and saturated colours. Its body shape and location of controls and connectors underneath the unit makes Dalis Access 863 equally perfect for cyclorama or footlight applications.
Also presented was Dalis 864 Footlight, a 150W four-colour version of the original Dalis 862 tuneable whi

 
 
arkaos-plasa-2019ArKaos praises ‘great’ PLASA 2019
Monday, 30 September 2019

UK - ArKaos, realtime visual processing technology provider for live performance and displays, enjoyed a busy PLASA 2019 expo in London Olympia (15-17 September) on the stand of its UK and Irish Republic distributor, Entedi.
ArKaos highlighted the latest version of its flagship MediaMaster Pro 5.6 realtime video control software, which is also now available with a License Rental service that enables weekly rental periods of MediaMaster Pro usage. This greatly increases flexibility and affordability for anyone involved in specific projects or events on which they want to use this award-winning platform, says the company.
ArKaos CEO Agnes Wojewoda comments: “PLASA was great! A lot of buzz and activity at the show and a lot of interest in MediaMaster Pro in particular and in the new Licence Rental options for this as well as some other ArKaos products. It’s a good show with great networking for anyone active in entertainment and live events sectors.”
On working with Entedi, she adds: “We are really pleased to be working with Cally [Bacchus, Entedi MD] and this team. They are great people with an excellent reputation and a wide reach across all areas of the entertainment industry.”
Bacchus says his company saw more high-quality and serious visitors than last year, underlining PLASA’s place as a hub for the UK’s entertainment technology industry. He adds: “We have seen ArKaos develop over the years and add a huge amount of user-friendliness, power and simplicity to the real-time control of video and pixel sources. Like us,

 
international-flags-flying-at-the-showmans-show-entranceShowman’s Show attracts international exhibitors
Thursday, 26 September 2019

UK - With less than a month to go until The Showman’s Show 2019 returns to Newbury Showground on 16-17 October, organiser Lance Show & Publications has announced that this year’s event is promising a strong contingent of international exhibitors who’ll be launching products that are new to the UK market.
From a welfare perspective there’s the innovative new Lapee, it’s been created specifically for the female market, the new design, utilises the same manufacturing process as the traditional grey kros urinal, ensuring that it can be transported, maintained and cleaned in the same way. It is also stackable, to reduce carbon emissions due to transportation. In its first season, Lapee has been adopted by all largest festivals in Denmark, including Roskilde and made inroads into the French and Norwigian markets.
From a production perspective, Kultour, the German manufacturer and European market leader of mobile hydraulic stages is set to showcase two stages from the smartStage product family; the smartStage 120: the modern 12x10m all-round mobile stage and the smartStage 27: a more compact choice.
Kultour CEO Hans von Burkersroda says, “We know that the UK has one of the biggest and expanding stage markets in Europe. Our goal is to convince UK providers of the construction, quality and reliability of our hydraulic stage program. We’re looking to test the British market and would be happy to find new customers.”
Mobile Locker has announced its entry into the UK market, with a, yet to be disclosed, local partner. It follows a p

 
 
pumpkinBackup launches Pumpkin Challenge
Wednesday, 25 September 2019

UK - Entertainment technology charity Backup is launching The Backup Pumpkin Challenge, a competition to help raise awareness of the charity in a fun and creative way.
To participate, you need a pumpkin, your design, and any props or tech you want to incorporate to bring your design to life. Fundraisers are also welcome but not required.
The Backup Pumpkin Challenge consists of four categories: Best Overall Design; Best Use of Tech; Most Money Raised (via the Backup Pumpkin Challenge Fundraising Page); Most Overall Likes (on Instagram).
To enter a design, participants need to upload up to three photos and/or a video no longer than 15 seconds to Instagram using #BackupPumpkinChallenge along with your name or team name. All entries must be posted by 31 October. Winners will be announced on 5 November.
If you don't have an Instagram account, Collaborative Creations can upload your design via their account - contact Mike at Collaborative creations at Mike@creativebd.co.uk.
Entries are welcome from across the globe, and whilst no big prizes will be given away, winners will receive merchandise from Backup.
All money raised from the fundraising side of the campaign will go to the Backup charity, which provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film who are seriously ill or who were involved in an accident. The Backup Pumpkin Challenge is sup

 
crowd-1Industry reacts to ‘busiest PLASA Show in years’
Tuesday, 24 September 2019

UK - The 2019 PLASA Show was “the busiest in years” thanks to a six per cent increase in attendance, PLASA has reported. The event’s global status was also strengthened, with delegates from over 63 countries flocking to the London-based tradeshow.
This was the last edition of the event that was held at Olympia’s National Hall, with the 2020 PLASA Show set to move to London Olympia’s Grand Hall to accommodate a greater number of stands and show features.
“PLASA Show has clearly been improving year on year with 2019 being the best one yet,” comments Johan Gunsing, international sales manager for Adam Hall Group. “We have started to see a wider geographic audience attend the show which brings with it new opportunities, new business and increased brand awareness.”
“Once again PLASA did not disappoint,” comments Gareth Collyer, Nexo’s UK sales manager. “We were very pleased with the overall number and quality of the visitors that visited our booth and we look forward to seeing the show grow again next year when it moves to the Grand Hall.”
Grant Bales-Smith, sales manager EMEA for Vari-Lite & Strand, adds: “The show has really re-built itself which is a great thing to see. We’ve met with international customers from France, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia, representing the whole industry from theatre to concert touring.”
Coda Audio’s director of global marketing, David 'Webby' Webster, comments on the company’s debut appearance: “Because we’re relatively new to the market, it’s been great for us t

 
 
christie-connect-banner-950pxChristie sets October UK open days
Monday, 23 September 2019

UK - Following on from last year’s successful event, Christie is once again opening the doors of its Wokingham office to visitors from the UK and further afield. Held over two days, Christie Connect UK will showcase new projectors for enterprise and cinema, LED displays, as well as content management and processing equipment, all of which highlight the powerful end-to-end nature of the Christie offering. The event coincides with Christie’s 90th anniversary and offers a special seminar programme designed to demonstrate Christie thought leadership on current and future technology developments.
One of the event’s main attractions will be the award-winning Christie MicroTiles LED. For many this will be the first opportunity since its launch at ISE 2019 to see a live demo of the MicroTiles LED. Another attraction will be the Christie D4K40-RGB pure laser projector which will feature in a working display where visitors can see for themselves how this award-winning product raises the bar in projector design, image quality, built-in processing, and connectivity.
“We are very much looking forward to this year’s Connect event,” comments David Griffiths, senior director EMEA at Christie. “Last year we had a great turnout over two full days and this year with MicroTiles and other award-winning products on display we’re expecting another full house. Connect is always a first-class networking opportunity for industry professionals so I’d recommend registering early so as not to miss out and help us toast Christie’s 90 years in business.”

 
plasa-awardsPLASA Innovation Award winners are announced
Tuesday, 17 September 2019

UK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration with LSi magazine, took place at the end of a vibrant Monday at the PLASA Show 2019. The Awards recognise and reward pioneering product designs and the people behind them and are widely respected as they are independently judged by a team of industry experts with a variety of specialist backgrounds.
This year saw 36 entries for the Awards, with the judges selecting seven winners and one Gold Award winner.

The winners, along with the judges comments, are:
Nexo for the P12 Point-source loudspeaker
“This is the ‘loudspeaker version of a source 4’ having interchangeable horns with tool-less interchangeability.”
Robe for Esprite
“This advances technical practice by increasing the potential lifespan of LED fixtures, hopefully setting the model for other manufacturers to follow.”
Theatrixx for its 8-bay Reversible Rackmount Converter
“A simple solution to the wired mess that media conversion can entail which is robust and effective.”
SSE for The Azimuth
“This will really help audio companies bring accurate panning to the angle of the dangle in immersive audio applications – it’s simple, effective and well-engineered.”
ETC for Augment3d
“This will change the way lighting design and operation works by increasing speed in the lighting workflow and making the process of design to conception easier to manage.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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