UK - On Saturday 4 September, a group of industry professionals will band together for BikeFest, a fundraising bike ride from SFL’s headquarters in Reading to PLASA Show at Olympia London. BikeFest aims to raise funds for industry charities and mark the return of live events and entertainment following 18 months of unparalled challenge.
The organisers of BikeFest are calling for fellow cyclists to sign up and follow them on one of two routes: a relaxed 40-mile ride direct to London via flat roads and cycle paths, or a more strenuous 80-mile ride traversing the Surrey Hills. The two routes will cater for all levels of cyclists, from casual and commuting cyclists to serious road bikers. London-based cyclists are also invited to join for the last leg through the capital.
All money raised will go to Backup, the technical entertainment charity. Backup will then channel the funds to Stagehand, Music Support, Acting For Others and #MakeItBlue. Each charity has been a dependable source throughout the pandemic, ensuring the industry’s workforce is recognised and supported.
To join BikeFest you’ll need to make a one-off donation at least £50 which is payable upon booking your place. Places are limited to 24 cyclists per route, so it is recommended to book your place as soon as you can.
BikeFest follows in the tracks of several fundraising bike rides to cross the finish line at PLASA Show. In 2019, ten cyclists covered 100 miles
UK - The Scottish events industry is appealing to the Scottish government to provide a further financial boost and additional support to secure a safe and sustainable return of the sector devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG) is recommending an extra £40m in re-start funding be made available along with a raft of other initiatives including continuation of the Job Retention Scheme on a flexible basis from this September to March next year.
The group warns that failure to act could cost the country its status as a world-class event destination and the sector’s associated £6bn annual visitor spend within the Scottish economy.
The EIAG, which represents the events and festivals sector, has been lobbying Holyrood through pandemic and earlier this year presented Scottish Government ministers with a submission detailing A Route Back to Scotland the Perfect Stage.
Now, following the proposed lifting of restrictions from August, the group has outlined detailed proposals in a white paper, Event Sector Stimulus Initiatives, aimed at creating a suitable environment to allow the safe return of the country’s globally-renowned sector.
Geoff Crow, director of events company 21CC Group, who leads the EIAG sector stimulus sub-group explains: “The sector has endured a devastating period of shutdown since March 2020. It has cost billions in lost revenue and many millions in hardship support, it has threatened the country’s entire event infrastructure, including Scotland’s vi
UK - Woolwich Works is set to open in September, bringing a new creative district to southeast London.
Led by Royal Borough of Greenwich, the £31.6m project - which is transforming the historic Royal Arsenal site into a cultural hub that will include a concert venue, studios and other event spaces - will be the home for local performing arts collectives including immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, Europe's first majority black and minority ethnic orchestra Chineke! Orchestra, as well as National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Greenwich-based dance company Protein, and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair.
The new district includes a 1,200 seated or 1,800 standing performance venue; an external courtyard for performances; five studios, which will also be used for performances and rehearsals spaces; cafe, bar and spaces for community groups and the general public, plus hire spaces for weddings, parties, conferences and events.
James Heaton, Woolwich Works chief executive, comments: “The past year has been painful. Hardship, loss and suffering are not the things that should be uniting people. That is the job of music, theatre, dance, circus, cabaret and comedy - and now, finally, shows are coming back. I’m excited that our stunning new venue will play a part in supporting artists to get back on stage, and bringing audiences back together to once again share the unique experience of live performance.
Woolwich Works and its artists in residence will work with the local community and schools on a wide range of projects and schemes once the district
UK - Battery powered generator specialists, Green Voltage, has extended its range of emissions free, mobile power systems, with the addition of a new 20kW E-Gen unit.
Designed specifically for use within the film, TV and live production industries, the 20kW E-Gen delivers ‘new levels of power and performance’. Adding to the company’s selection of 2kW and 5kW units, the 20kW offers ‘even greater quotas of robust, reliable mobile power - enough to keep you powered right throughout the day’.
Green Voltage director Adam Baker says, “We worked hard to make sure our new 20kW is a premium, powerful extension to our range of E-Gen systems. Like the 2kW and 5kW, the 20kW is completely emissions free and silent, but remains extremely capable and perfectly suited to all types of application.”
Having established themselves as a popular choice with crews working in the studio, live venue or the most extreme locations, the E-Gen range is suitable for powering lighting, electrical and camera units, or any other department, on productions of all size and genre.
Gaffer David Sinfield (Wonder Woman 2, No Time to Die) comments, “The E-Gen units have been the ideal solution for the provision of mobile power in some pretty remote and extreme locations. They have however, proved exceptionally useful when working in noise restrictive and emission sensitive areas. The addition of a 20kW unit is a great extension to the range.”
Following their recent product launch, the 20kW units are available for rental now, directly via Green
Germany - Plans for this year’s Digital Signage Summit Europe, taking place on 29-30 September at the Hilton Munich Airport, have been revealed.
The theme of DSS Europe 2021 is The New Agenda. The rules of digital signage have changed, and the pandemic has had a marked effect on how displays are deployed within retail, DOOH, transport and other sectors. DSS Europe will cover the significant technological innovations that are having a positive effect, will showcase the development of sustainable solutions (eliminating waste and re-using resources) and will reveal market insights and investor news.
In a new development for 2021, the Innovation Stage, sponsored by Red Bull, will host sessions from a range of start-ups and innovators ‘with inspiring and unconventional solutions for digital signage’.
Conference chair Florian Rotberg, managing director of invidis consulting, comments: “Digital Signage Summit Europe comes after a challenging time, yet also at a vibrant time for innovation in our industry. It is so important to get back to live and in-person events, and we are delighted to be able to provide such a stimulating agenda, covering important topics such as sustainability and innovation, and with a line-up of exhibiting companies who are all eager to meet up with customers. I’m gratified at the response we’ve had so far and am very much looking forward to DSS Europe.”
Running parallel to the conference, an exhibition takes place on both days with digital signage companies showcasing their technologies and solutions: inc
UK - PLASA Show 2021 is on track to welcome thousands of industry professionals to Olympia London in September, with 70% of the exhibitor space already reserved.
The entertainment technology industry event, taking place on 5-7 September, has recorded a 53% increase in visitor registrations in the first three weeks compared to the same period in 2019 - the year when the show was lauded as “the busiest in years” - and registration has continued to climb following the UK prime minister’s announcement that the remaining lockdown restrictions are to be lifted from 19 July.
The organisers have also recorded a greater number of top-tier professionals and company owners requesting to attend, raising the prospects for the event to be a valuable hub for business and networking.
Visitors with buying power
The visitor profile at PLASA Show 2021 so far includes 45% final decision makers - which is a 5% increase on 2019, says PLASA - with a further 20% who have the authority to specify purchases, which is yet another increase. Although the industry’s economy has been severely impacted, there are still plenty of sizeable budgets, with one in four able to spend between £100,000 and £2,000,000. With the PLASA Show moving to Olympia’s largest space, the Grand Hall, the expanded showfloor will be brimming of influential industry leaders - directors, chairs and company owners are the top registered job roles so far, followed by designers, technicians, engineers, project mangers and consultants. Visitors continue to rep
UK - Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, will hold it’s first open day at its UK HQ in High Wycombe on 9 September.
The company, which is Focusrite Group’s seventh brand, was launched in April and offers a host of control, amplification and loudspeakers for small to medium sized commercial installations.
At the open day, guests will be able to see demonstrations of the company’s controller, amplifier and loudspeaker offering, and see first-hand how it works to deliver simple-to-install sound systems that are easily operated by anyone, not just engineers.
There will be three sessions, held at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30 respectively. Each demo will be capped at 40 visitors, allocated on a first come, first served basis. A supplementary ‘waiting room’ registration will be in place that can be utilised in the event that a registered visitor is unable to attend. In order to ensure a safe experience for staff and visitors, certain other protocols will be in place in respect of the ongoing coronavirus situation, say the organisers. Find out how to join via the Optimal Audio website, optimal-audio.co.uk.
UK - A Cornish event production company has completed its busiest ever period, working simultaneously on seven separate events over the G7 Summit week.
Liskeard-based JHAV was appointed to help deliver multiple events associated with the G7 Summit for clients including Spaceport Cornwall, Virgin Orbit, the University of Exeter, and surfing brand Finisterre.
The team also created a press conference suite to be used by US president Joe Biden in the Spaceport Cornwall hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay.
JHAV managing director Jamie Hedges explains: “We’ve been involved in all kinds of events since starting JHAV, but working on all of these projects revolving around something as high profile as the G7 Summit has to be one of our biggest accomplishments to date.
“The top-secret nature has meant we have been under embargo since the event, and I am so proud to now be able to talk about the amazing work of our team. A personal highlight for me was standing 10ft away from the US President while he addressed the world’s press to close his visit, which we had put together with less than 24 hours’ notice.
“As a production company in Cornwall, it's been brilliant to be given the opportunity to demonstrate that we can deliver high-quality events to rival anything produced by multi-national event production companies. We’ve shown that Cornwall can operate on the world stage, in both a literal and metaphorical sense.”
The team was tasked with turning an empty hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay into a showcase for Spaceport Cornwall
UK - Fairport Convention have announced that their annual music festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, has been postponed for the second time.
The three-day event had been scheduled to take place on 12-14 August this year. It will now be staged over the weekend of 11, 12, 13 August 2022 on its usual farmland site in Oxfordshire.
The organisers hope the current line-up of acts will be carried forward. Artists booked to appear this year have provisionally agreed to transfer their bookings to 2022. Highlights are expected to include Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited, Richard Thompson, and host band Fairport Convention.
Festival director Gareth Williams said: “We’re left with no other choice than to postpone our festival again. We have reached the point where we’d need to spend big money but without any certainty we could go ahead. The dilemma we are facing is simple – proceed and risk potentially going out of business or postpone for a year and live to fight another day.
“So far, despite over six months of lobbying, the government has failed to support any form of Covid-related cancellation insurance scheme for the festival industry,” Mr Williams continued. Also, there has been no guidance on what mitigations might be required post Step 4. This has made it effectively impossible to plan this year’s event.
“Like the rest of the festival industry, we’ve tried everything we can to keep going but I’m afraid we would be placing Cropredy’s future in serious jeopardy if we were to go ahead.
UK -Following the government’s latest decision to delay lifting of restrictions, organisers of the remaining summer festivals have said that cancellation is inevitable unless Covid cancellation insurance is made available.
Several major festivals, including Glastonbury and BST Hyde Park, have already been axed for the second year running. Many more followed suit after the government announced lockdown restrictions would be extended until 19 July. Events like the Boomtown Fair and the Deer Shed festival said the lack of an insurance scheme was a key factor in their decision to cancel.
Peter Gabriel has warned he may have to cancel this year's Womad Festival, unless the government helps organisers get insurance, while Gareth Williams, organiser of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention says festivals have been put in “a very difficult position”.
“The increasing number of cases of the Delta variant and the announcement of a four-week delay to Step 4 has placed all remaining festivals this summer in a very difficult position,” says Williams, “but we are not giving up yet!
“Whilst Her Majesty’s Government say they are confident about removing social distancing restrictions on 19 July, our industry has still been unable to obtain Covid cancellation insurance. This places us at serious risk if we commit to going ahead only to be forced to cancel at a later date. We remain hopeful that the Treasury will step in soon and help rescue the summer for festivals.
“The situation at Cropredy is that we are going to wait a further two week
UK - Registration is now open for PLASA Show 2021. The London-based trade event for entertainment technology is returning to Olympia London on 5-7 September - and for one year only, the ABTT Theatre Show will be co-locating with PLASA Show, bringing two popular industry event under one roof.
This year, PLASA Show is moving to Olympia’s largest space, the Grand Hall, which will allow for a more awe-inspiring show experience, wider aisles and larger social areas to ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors.
Visitors will be able to connect with leading brands from the pro audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging sectors, whilst the free seminar programme - details of which will be revealed in the coming weeks - will offer business advice, unpack technical topics, and present the latest creative achievements. There will also be various interactive offerings including live audio demonstrations, lighting console training, and more.
The ABTT Theatre Show Hub will have its own dedicated area on the expanded show floor, giving the popular show autonomy to retain its conversational atmosphere, reminiscent of its usual home at Alexandra Palace. During its time at Olympia, the ABTT will celebrate its 60th anniversary - an impressive milestone, which will be marked in style throughout all three days.
PLASA MD Peter Heath comments: “With live events and entertainment returning, slowly but surely throughout 2021, we are confident that it is the right time to bring back PLASA Show. And we are equally pleased to partner with the ABTT, whose Theatre S
World - Following on from the inaugural Virtual Showlight event, which took place on 25 May 2021, the Showlight Committee have announced that all papers and video shorts are now available to view online on the Showlight website.
Speakers Hamish Jenkinson, Mike Bauman, Ken Billington, Aaron Porter, Rob Halliday, Isabel Nielen, Floriaan Ganzevoort and Mike Evers, and David Bishop spoke on topics that included the illumination of a lighthouse on an island in the Bahamas, lighting a comic book movie, the remote lighting of a stage musical from half way around the globe, transforming a shipyard into an art gallery, and taking a spin on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor.
Also viewable online is the panel discussion on the subject of diversity in the industry, chaired by Paule Constable, which gave voice to young people with inspiring insights into their journeys into lighting, their plans to raise awareness going forward and the importance of free communication between colleagues to aid mutual understanding.
The papers are augmented by a series of video shorts that tantalised the lighting tastebuds between papers on the day, with a few bonus presentations added for good measure. Contributors include Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Tony Simpson, Ryan Metcalfe and Elliot Smith, Marco Miglioli and Bill Klages.
All papers and video shorts are available to view free-of-charge, but Showlight would like to remind people that donations to industry charities Ba
USA - Entertainment industry insurance solutions provider Take1 Insurance has announced the immediate availability of a new educational white paper entitled Reopening Live Events Safely: An Industry View.
The publication of the new white paper follows last week’s announcement that Take1, in partnership with Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions and the Event Safety Alliance, will provide free Event Safety Access Training to professionals returning to work after more than a year of being side-lined because of the Covid pandemic.
According to Take1 Insurance vice president and programme director Scott Carroll, “The entertainment and live events industry have been through a nightmare scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a halt. Virtual events have helped fill gaps, but, ultimately, the desire of people to experience live events in person cannot be denied. Now with vaccines rolling out, the prospect of getting back to some semblance or normality is becoming a reality. Together with our partners, we are doing everything possible to help shake off the rust and get our industry back to work safely.”
Carroll said that everyone must recognise that the workforce of the entertainment and live events industry has changed radically in both quantity and quality over the last year and a half. According to IBISWorld there were more than 270,000 concert and event promotion employees in the US as of February 2019. A year later, that workforce had shrunk to around 148,000, a drop of 55%.
“Even as we start to recover, the workfo
Spain - Making its Barcelona debut, ISE Live & Online (1-2 June) safely welcomed the AV industry to the first in-person and hybrid event to take place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue since November 2019.
Integrated Systems Events Managing Director, Mike Blackman opened the show and said: “This event is important for the AV and live events industries, and for the city. It’s been a 17-year journey to get to Barcelona so it’s bittersweet not to make the big bang we’d hoped for our debut, but we know the value of live events for forging trust, deeper business relationships and driving business. I hope this sends a message of confidence to cities around the world that live events can be safe and successful. We’ll be back in Barcelona, with all our might, in February 2022.”
The first hybrid event from ISE, which combined live and digital content, achieved 1,431 in-person attendees on Day 1, and 990 on Day 2 in Barcelona. Over 8,000 registered for ISE Digital, which had 120 live sessions and generated 13,759 unique views, 107,718 minutes watched (1,778 hours) and 442 online chats.
Speaking at the event, Jordi Puigneró, vice-president of the government of Catalonia, says: “Today, we reopen Barcelona and Catalonia to the world. This event celebrates the reactivation of fairs and congresses, paving the road to economic and social recovery.”
Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, who accompanied Mr Puignero, comments: “Today we send a reactivation message. The digital and audiovisual sector is strategic for the city, especially s
World - The first Virtual Showlight (VSL) event which was held on Tuesday 25 May 2021 proved to be “a real success story,” according to its organisers. With the full Showlight postponed due to the pandemic, VSL 2021 turned trial into triumph when it threw open its virtual doors to an online audience in excess of 430 delegates. Students, educational establishments, venues and of course lighting designers from all genres of the industry - theatre, film and TV, architectural and events, and more - attended from almost 50 countries, and many have since returned to re-watch the Papers through Hubilo’s On Demand service.
Delegates were treated to a diverse range of subject matters from industry professionals at the top of their game. Topics included the illumination of a lighthouse on an island in the Bahamas, lighting comic book movie Birds of Prey, the remote lighting of stage musical Waitress from half way around the globe, transforming a shipyard into an art gallery, and taking a spin on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor. Hamish Jenkinson, Mike Bauman, Ken Billington, Aaron Porter, Rob Halliday, Isabel Nielen, Floriaan Ganzevoort and Mike Evers, and David Bishop all delivered their papers with a wealth of knowledge, humour, imagery and video footage.
The panel discussion on diversity in the industry, chaired by Paule Constable, gave voice to young people who gave inspiring insights into their journeys into lighting, their plans to raise awareness going forward and the importance of free communication between colleagues t
Spain - Integrated Systems Events managing director Mike Blackman marked the opening of ISE Live & Online yesterday with a presentation at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via in front of a gathering of representatives from government, local executive boards and agencies, ISE’s owners and the media.
ISE Live & Online is a hybrid event, livestreaming from the Fira and broadcasting to a global audience via the ISE Digital platform.
The opening of ISE’s first show in Barcelona represents a significant milestone in the development of Integrated Systems Europe, and a personal and professional triumph for Blackman, who launched the event 17 years ago with a staff of three.
Along with representatives of the Fira, ISE co-owner AVIXA and ISE exhibitors, Blackman made a symbolic trip by motorbike from ISE’s office in Munich to Barcelona, stopping en route in Geneva, the location of the first ISE show in 2004.
Speaking at a press conference just before the doors to ISE in Barcelona opened, Blackman said: “You do not need me to comment too deeply on our shared experiences of the past 15 months. The effects have been universal, and our heartfelt sympathy goes to all countries, businesses and individuals touched by it. No one has escaped. Yes, in more recent times the light at the end of the tunnel has begun to glimmer and then to shine. Which is why after conducting exhaustive research with our exhibitors, partners, and owners we decided that ISE Barcelona, Live and Online, should take place. And here we are.
"And there’s another reason w
UK - The team behind A Light Walk, a charity walk set to take place across 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 ALD Lumière working group chair Charlotte Burton walk from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s Southbank, a total distance of over 101 miles (160 km), which will be completed in just five days. Members of the ALD’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 24 miles. Day two starts at Bloxham and ends 19 miles further at Bicester. With day three, the walkers will pace the 23 miles to Great Missenden and on days four and five, the distances are considerably shorter, with 18 miles on day four taking participants to Ruislip and finally towards the southbank of the Thames a mere 17 miles on, where day five and the full 101-mile walk, ends.
The money is being raised to support two causes, the ALD’s Lumière Scheme in 2022 and industry charity Backup.
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 succes
The Netherlands - IBC Show 2021 has been rescheduled to take place on 3-6 December at RAI Amsterdam, moving from its usual slot in September.
Health and safety were key factors behind the decision, with the IBC operations team focused on creating a safe environment.
IBC chief executive Michael Crimp explains: “Following a period of industry consultation, the IBC Partnership Board has agreed that December is the best date in terms of safety and industry readiness to engage. Our conclusion is based on the results of the recent IBC exhibitor and visitor surveys and macro evidence of Europe opening up for business. We really value the feedback and candid input of our community - we have always been ‘by the industry, for the industry’, and this ethos continues to guide our daily decision-making process.”
IBC has surveyed visitors and exhibitors, and two thirds of respondents said assurance of robust onsite health and safety protocols would encourage them to attend, with vaccination passport entry by far the most popular measure.
Some 86% of the respondents said they were very likely, and 13% - likely, to have been vaccinated by December. Two thirds of respondents already feel they are ready to travel, and a vast majority expect any corporate travel restriction policies to be updated by the end of the summer.
Further, macro trends point to accelerated vaccine roll out and opening of borders across IBC’s core markets over the next six months, says IBC. EU commission data shows that Europe is now on track to achieve its 70% vaccinatio
UK - Liverpool Public Health officials and scientists have found the city’s pilot events did not cause any detectable spread of COVID-19 across the region.
The city hosted four successful events as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP), with a total of 13,258 people attending The Good Business Festival, two nightclub events hosted by Circus and the Sefton Park Pilot music festival.
All attendees were required to take a lateral flow test ahead of the event - a negative test would allow them access. Five people with the COVID-19 virus were identified through this process and were not allowed to attend.
Ticketholders were encouraged to take a PCR test on the day of the event, and a second one five days later.
This process identified four people as possibly having the virus at an event; and a further seven were identified with the virus four to seven days after they attended an event. Of those who tested positive, two attended the music festival, nine attended the nightclub and none attended the business festival. The study claims that many of the cases were friends who meet outside of events and may not have been infected at an event itself.
Everyone who tested positive was successfully followed up by the contact tracing team. Scientists found the testing, data and contact tracing systems worked well, with key information being available to public health teams before the events, which allowed contacts of potential cases to be traced quickly.
The research team also found that between 25 per cent and 43 per cent of peop
South Africa - The South Africa Events Council has published its review of the past year. “The SA Events Council is fighting to retain the headway we have made towards re-opening the events industry before the losses we are suffering reach a point of no return,” says the council.
“For 14 months, the associations that make up the SA Events Council have collaborated on various measures to re-open the industry. We have developed a stringent set of ‘Re-opening Guidelines’, sent scores of lobbying letters and hosted in-person, proof-of-concept events to show what is possible. We have also conducted awareness campaigns, hosted webinars, organised radio and television Interviews, provided information sessions and engaged with the various relevant government entities in person.”
As one of the first responders to the crisis, SACIA's Event Safety Council developed and disseminated the back-to-work guidelines, which set the parameters for a safe re-opening of the events industry. This development was the catalyst for the industry to start providing solutions for the re-opening of events.
A host of advocacy letters to Hon. Minister Kubayi-Ngubani, the Department of Tourism, Hon. Minister Mthethwa, the Department of Sports Arts and Culture and the Hon. Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, followed. These made a case for business events versus social events, called for re-opening and relaxations of the capacity limitation restrictions, requested assistance from financial institutions and the extension of TERS, sought clarification of regulations at each
USA - Costa Mesa-based manufacturer, QSC, will present Mental Health Amplified, a special virtual fundraising event to celebrate the healing power of music. This live, 90-minute musical event, to be held on 27 May from 4pm to 5:30 pm (PST,) will celebrate the magical power of music to transform peoples’ lives and enhance our mental, physical and emotional well-being.
All proceeds support The Priority Centre of Orange County California, whose mission is to deliver life-changing programmes to assist people in crisis by giving them the tools and support necessary to end the generational cycle of trauma- including prevention of child abuse and neglect, through early intervention and mental health services and advocacy.
Headlining the event are three of today’s top up-and-coming artists – singer/songwriter Lee Coulter, R&B artist Cedrice and Latin soul artist Andy Vargas & Soleras – each of whom have been lifted-up and transformed by music in their own lives.
The event will be hosted by Wesley Geer, founder of Rock to Recovery, which helps people heal and transform their lives through the powerful experience of writing, playing, and performing music as a group.
Sponsorship opportunities remain available through 20 May at all levels, some of which include dinner or appetisers as well as drinks delivered to sponsors’ recipients of choice in the local Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego areas.
The Netherlands – The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is back on track following a one-year hiatus due to the Covid Pandemic. Heading up a new technical and production team is Netherlands based Erwin Rintjema, who takes on the position as ESC’s head of production.
An industry respected production manager, Rintjema was selected by ESC host broadcaster for his experience, knowledge, and proven ability to smoothly deliver international, large scale, televised events. He is supported by a carefully curated team comprising Dutch technical production talent, as he explains: “Key members of the technical management team include Gijs Vos as Broadcast Manager and Stefan Hoohenkerk as Show Manager.
“In addition, several of our key heads of departments came from official technical supplier to Eurovision, Netherlands based, Sightline Productions. They include Marcel Vellekoop as CAD manager; Christiaan van Oudenallen as technical producer for Other Halls (Delegation Bubble, Press Centre), Jaap Bouma as operations manager and Jeroen Veenman as technical producer, Main Hall + Contest.”
The technically ambitious, 65th international Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast globally from Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena.
“Eurovision is a unique event, both logistically and technically,” states Rintjema. “I am proud to be taking on this iconic role on the show, which is a complex and multifaceted marathon that combines the challenges of both live and multi-camera television production. Thankfully, my team brings unrivalled experience to every aspect of th
UK - PLASA ran a second online programme from 10-13 May, covering the most vital topics and trends for those who work across live events and entertainment sectors.
Following the successful debut PLASA Online in October 2020, PLASA Online 2021 attracted thousands of industry professionals who signed up to watch the four-day programme which featured expert panels, technical sessions, and presentations on creative projects and products.
The ABTT partnered with PLASA Online to host popular presentations each day. These included a panel of Health & Safety and production experts who discussed the challenges of returning to work; a talk with CREATEBritain co-founder Richard Woods who introduced the new features of the online platform for creative professionals; the 2020 updates to the Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment and Volume 1 of The Theatre Green Book, a collaborative publication for making theatre sustainably.
Electrical expert James Eade topped the bill yet again, this time looking at the myths and misunderstandings of electrical safety. He answered several questions and detailed the importance of electrical qualifications, PAT testing requirements, earthing and phase separation.
LSi magazine delivered two well-attended sessions diving into pioneering stage technology: James Simpson, author of the popular LSi column Future Tech, shared some of his favourite recent stories, including light fidelity, spatial displays, the Internet of Things and haptic soundwaves; plus Rob Halliday and Ryan Metcalfe
World - The programme of events for Virtual Showlight has been announced.
The online event, taking place on 25 May, gives delegates the opportunity to hear industry-leading lighting designers talk about their work, ask them questions and network with others from across the industry, for a flavour of the full Showlight experience.
The programme is as follows (all timings are BST):
15.00 - Introduction & welcome from Showlight chairman John Allen
15.10 - Paper 1 - The Disco Lighthouse - Hamish Jenkinson
15.45 - Break
16.00 - Paper 2 - Lighting a Comic Book Movie - Birds of Prey Case Study - Mike Bauman
16.45 - Sponsors Breakout Rooms
17.35 - Paper 3 - Lighting Around The World Without Leaving Home: The Story of Waitress in Japan - Ken Billington, Rob Halliday, Aaron Porter
18.15 - Networking, Sponsors Breakout Rooms & Meal Break
19.15 - Panel Discussion with Q&A - A Panel on Diversity - to celebrate, to listen and to learn
20.15 - Break
20.30 - Paper 4 - From Shipyard to Street Art Museum - Floriaan Ganzevoort, Isabel Nielen and Mike Evers
21.15 - Break
21.30 - Paper 5 - BBC Strictly Come Dancing - David Bishop
22.15 - Breakouts and Networking
23.15 - Conference finishes
For further information on each Showlight session, visit: www.showlight.org/vsl-programme
Tickets can be obtained via the Virtual Showlight website here: test