Events News

plasa-awardsPLASA Awards for Innovation deadline approaches
Tuesday, 2 August 2022

UK - The deadline for entries for this year’s PLASA Awards for Innovation is fast approaching. Those wishing to enter products for this year’s awards are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, with the deadline for entrants to enjoy maximum publicity being Friday 5 August. After that, entries will be accepted until Wednesday 17 August but will miss out on key marketing opportunities associated with the awards. PLASA Show 2022 exhibitors, PLASA members and non-exhibitors are invited to enter their products to be in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards.
Organised in association with LSi, the awards celebrate innovative products from across the live entertainment technology industry that can demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.
Each successfully entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award for an outstanding new product.
An Award for Sustainability is reserved for a product that can demonstrate a significant reduction of power, utilises renewable energy, or has a positive impact on the environment.
All nominated products will be showcased in the Innovation Gallery at PLASA Show 2022, and will also be featured year-round on the virtual Innovation Gallery. Products can also benefit from exposure in LSi, both in print, online and across social media if submitted by the deadline of Friday 5 Augu

bike-ride#WeMakeEvents to host BikeFest 2022 fundraiser
Tuesday, 26 July 2022

UK - #WeMakeEvents invites keen cyclists from across the events and entertainment industry to sign up for BikeFest 2022, which will take place on Saturday 3 September.
Together, the BikeFest team will raise funds for Backup – the technical entertainment charity, which helps industry peers during times of ill health and financial hardship, and other #WeMakeEvents-supported charities. Starting at SFL’s headquarters in Reading to a destination in London, BikeFest will also kick off the PLASA Show as it returns to Olympia London from 4-6 September.
Now in its sixth year, BikeFest began as a 100-mile cycle to PLASA Show to raise awareness and funds for mental health in the industry. With the pandemic, this need became ever more relevant. Since 2020, #WeMakeEvents campaign has been instrumental in expanding the BikeFest event in the UK, and for the first time this year, in Spain.
PLASA’s managing director, and #WeMakeEvents steering group member Peter Heath, says, “We’re proud that #WeMakeEvents continues to champion what our incredible industry is all about, whilst raising important funds for our colleagues in need. BikeFest has grown year on year and is a great example of our industry’s community spirit. I look forward to seeing you on the road as we fly the flag for live events and entertainment!”
BikeFest 2022 offers two routes to choose from. A relaxed 40-mile route will traverse roads, gravel paths and the occasional field, through the Berkshire countryside, along the river Thames and into Surrey, heading east toward London. This

 
 
lightandshadowLight & Shadow event to feature top LDs and creatives
Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Finland - Leading creatives and lighting practitioners including Mikki Kunttu, LeRoy Bennett, Christopher Bauder, Ola Melzig and Ralph-Jörg Wezorke are set to speak at Music x Media: Light & Shadow Seminar, taking place on 28 September at Tampere Hall, in Tampere, Finland.
The event forms part of celebrations around the 30-year career and 50th birthday of lighting designer Mikki Kunttu whose resume includes work for Cirque du Soleil, Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Boston Ballet, Tero Saarinen and the Finnish National Opera.
Running from 9am-6pm, Light & Shadow welcomes professionals and students alike to gain insight into the artistic processes of top professionals. The day will be hosted by Ola Melzig, as Kunttu explains: “There are very few technical producers around the world with such a mind-blowing resume. Ola is well connected and a well-known figure throughout the industry after 15 years of working as a head of production for the Eurovision Song Contest in various European countries. Ola’s latest masterwork was taking the world by a storm with American Song Contest.
Kunttu and Melzig will be joined by keynote speakers including LeRoy Bennett (Paul McCartney, Prince, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rammstein and The Weeknd); Christopher Bauder (WHITEvoid, Dark Matter Berlin) and Lightpower founder, Ralph-Jörg Wezorke.
Founder of Seven Design works, Bennett regularly delivers unforgettable moments for live concert tours, Super Bowl half-time performances, stadium shows and special events for film and TV. “It

 
plasa-show-introduces2Micro businesses invited to exhibit at PLASA Show
Wednesday, 20 July 2022

UK - PLASA is offering a generous discount for micro-businesses to exhibit at PLASA Show 2022 when it returns to Olympia London from 4-6 September.
For one year only, PLASA Show Introduces will showcase small yet exciting businesses right on the show floor, in a dedicated zone alongside 150+ renowned brands in entertainment technology.
In addition to the reduced cost of exhibiting, micro-businesses will also gain six months of PLASA membership. As a PLASA member, you’ll join 400 companies and individuals who have access to a comprehensive suite of business services, discounts on LSi advertising and exhibiting, plus a global community of like-minded professionals.
To be eligible, your company must have five employees or less and must not have exhibited at PLASA Show since 2015 (i.e., since the show moved to Olympia London).
Micro-businesses that exhibit in the ‘PLASA Show Introduces’ zone will be provided with a shell scheme stand, complete with lights, power, and furniture. This ready-to-go package means minimal planning and minimal cost.
PLASA Show Introduces stands are extremely limited, so you are advised to get in touch immediately to avoid disappointment via +44 (0)1323 524 120 or eventsales@plasa.org.
Find out more

 
 
tramlinesTramlines Festival 2022 puts focus on Sheffield
Friday, 15 July 2022

UK - Tramlines festival returns to Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park from 22-24 July 2022, delivered by independent production company Method Events
This year’s event builds on the success of the award-winning Tramlines 2021, which was one of very few festivals to go ahead as a pilot event under the government’s Event Research Programme last year.
For this year, the team at Method have planned a record-breaking event for 2022, which sold out its 50,000 capacity faster than ever before. The five-stage event will host a line up including headliners Sam Fender, Kasabian and Madness.
As a Sheffield festival that is deeply rooted in the city, there is a continued effort to make use of as many local suppliers and staff as possible, ensuring the event continues to bring significant economic benefits to the wider community. Tramlines has donated £103,000 to 20 charities since moving to Hillsborough Park in 2018. In addition to this, the festival has offered 300+ volunteering roles to students and local residents, including work placements through Sheffield Universities, and a collaboration with Hillsborough Primary School.
Hillsborough Park has also reaped the benefits of continued investment from the festival, with funds generated by Tramlines contributing towards new roadways which improve park access.
Among the local suppliers Tramlines has partnered with for 2022 are Arena Group, Banner Plant Hire, DJB Recycling, EST, Local Scaffold Services, Nine Hundred Comms, Sound of Music, Steelshield, Trans European Site Services, Usual Suspects an

 
truckTruck Festival supports UN Women UK
Friday, 15 July 2022

UK - Truck Festival, the Oxfordshire-based music festival founded in 1998, returns to Hill Farm from 22-24 July 2022.
This year, the festival features a number of new elements. It is also supporting UN Women UK’s #SafeSpacesNow campaign to tackle harassment and ensure all who attend have a safe, inclusive experience.
Truck Festival’s alignment with the #SafeSpacesNow campaign will see increased welfare provisions on site, including ‘guardian angels’ offering support to attendees, and training for festival staff to respond appropriately to sexual harassment.
UN Women UK will have a safe space set up on site which will provide advice, support and information to anyone who needs it. The festival has also published the Truck Ethos, a code of conduct that encourages attendees to “look out for each other, respect each other, look after our home, and go at your own pace”.
For 2022, the festival has improved and expanded upon many aspects of its production. Additions include a new main stage structure delivered by Star, a Stage Two which is now 30% bigger, a full video and delay package on the main stage, and a new glamping field. The Saturday of the festival will see a greater amount of production delivered for its headliners than has previously been used across the whole weekend in previous years.
The festival will also see an increase in attendance, having won a new licence in November 2019. Previous editions have been capped at 20,000 attendees, but in 2022 the festival quickly sold out 25,000 tickets.
The new licence permi

 
 
turing-festInternational speakers line up for Turing Fest
Wednesday, 13 July 2022

UK - A line-up of tech industry leaders and frontline operators in technology sectors will share their expertise at Edinburgh’s Turing Fest this month, set to take place at the EICC in Edinburgh 27-28 July.
Up to 1,000 attendees from around the globe are attending the conference, which brings together some of the leading practitioners in the tech industry with founders and leaders of start-ups and scaleups. As well as a line-up of talks and sessions, delegates will be able to join a Lunch & Learn session and happy hour hosted by leading customer engagement platform Twilio, speed networking, welcome and closing parties and more.
Maria Gutierrez, VP engineering strategy and operations at Twitter said: “You can pack so much into the two days at Turing Fest. The blend of disciplines; the quality of both speakers and delegates; the parties, dinners, and general networking: all add up to a fun and deeply informative and motivating few days. And then, of course, there is Edinburgh itself: the perfect backdrop for such an insightful and inclusive international event.”
Subjects to be discussed across the two-day event range from Building Security Into The Beginning Of The Development Cycle to Engineering A Growth System, How to Stay Motivated When You’re In It For The Long Haul and The Trade-offs of Bootstrapping v Raising Funding.
Turing Fest founder and CEO Brian Corcoran says: “Edinburgh is one of Europe’s best cities to build a start-up in, not least because people in tech here are open-minded and always

 
avnuAVnu Alliance hosts expanded European plugfest
Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Germany - Industry forum AVnu Alliance hosted its first European plugfest in recent years at one of its Registered Test Facilities, GRL Laboratories in Karlsruhe, Germany on 16-20 May, 2022. Twelve AVnu member companies with more than 30 participating engineers came together to further develop and test TSN products and devices, along with new devices now able to be certified under the Advanced Milan Certification Programme.
During the plugfest AVnu members continued work on the integration and validation of IEEE 802.1AS time synchronization test development, with the certification programme targeted to open for members this year. This work will lay the framework for time distribution, including media specific support for Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
Plugfest testing also included the introduction of initial Wireless TSN test development over Wi-Fi, as well as the introduction of initial 802.1Qbv/.3br wired test for bounded latency through traffic shaping and scheduling with the certification program targeted to open for members by the end of this year. Data from this plugfest event will be used to refine these test plans.
This plugfest was the first since the Milan Advanced Certification Programme opened certification testing for bridged end stations, pro audio end devices with a small bridge that meet Milan specifications. AVnu members with those devices were welcomed to participate with their devices and will be invited to future plugfests.
“Our most recent plugfest demonstrates AVnu’s continued momentum and growth in making pre-certification an

 
 
abttABTT Annual Awards winners announced
Monday, 11 July 2022

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Annual Awards took place on the evening of Wednesday 22 June, after the first day of the 2022 ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.
Engineering Product of the Year: XM Automation’s XMove
Sound Product of the Year: Clearcom’s Arcadia Central Station
Lighting Product of the Year: Robe’s T11
Widget of the Year: CallQ’s Showcaller Training Software
Stand of the Year: Prompt Side
Technician of the Year: Daniel Ewing
Award for Emerging Excellence: Kat Ellis
Virtual Ideas Platform, Idea of the Year 2021: Matthew Dean
Additionally, commendations were made for d&b’s 5d amplifier, ETC’s Eos Apex, Whirly Reeler and trackingThis’ plug-in.
The next ABTT Awards will take place on the evening of 7 June 2023 at the 43rd ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace.

 
btsmhfa400x400BTS confirms summer First Aid training dates
Wednesday, 6 July 2022

USA - Mental Health First Aid Training Classes for July, August and September 2022 are now posted on the Behind the Scenes website at btshelp.org/mhfa.
The course is delivered in two parts. The first is a two-hour self-paced online course that must be completed prior to a six-hour virtual live instructor led session. Go to btshelp.org/mhfa to learn more and to select the date and time you wish to attend the virtual live session. Classes are being offered 18 and 19 July, 15, 16 and 21 August and 12, 18 September. On completing the course you will become a certified Mental Health First Aider which is valid for three years.
The registration fee is $125. IATSE Members and those working under IATSE agreements may be eligible for Training Trust Fund reimbursement on proof of successful completion of the course. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available to individuals not eligible for reimbursement. Private group classes of 15 -20 are available - contact mhfa@btshelp.org for information. Training for Canadians is available through the AFC at this website.

 
 
rise-awards-2022-general-twittercard-openingEntries now open for 2022 Rise Awards
Wednesday, 6 July 2022

UK - Rise, the advocacy group for women in the broadcast media technology sector, has announced that entries are open for its annual Rise Awards with the introduction of two new categories, Ally of the Year that honours men who have been supportive of striving to achieve gender diversity, and Business Operations of the Year, celebrating an individual who excels at making sure the workforce and clients are happy and the business is reaching its targets.
Submissions and nominations are encouraged from across the global broadcast media technology audience to showcase talent across the industry whether in a manufacturer, service provider, engineer or broadcaster role.
The awards are free to enter and nominations will close on 18 August, with a drinks events at IBC to announce the shortlist. The awards will be held in partnership with BT Sport and Timeline on 10 November at BT Sport Studio, with graphics being provided by Moov and drinks by EMG.
Entrants can be nominated, or they can nominate themselves. All applications will require statements on the nominee and why they are relevant for the award. The judges, across the categories, are looking for the best demonstration of exceptional achievement, innovation, positive impact, and the ability to fulfil the criteria.
For more information about the Awards and to submit nominee applications, please visit: www.risewib.com/awards
The categories include R&D Engineer (sponsored by Ateliere Creative Technologies

 
robe-abtt-2022-image00001-team-with-award-courtesy-robe-ukRobe’s T11 win 2022 ABTT lighting award
Tuesday, 5 July 2022

UK - Robe enjoyed a successful ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) show at Alexandra Palace in London, a highlight of which was the company’s win in the Lighting Product of the Year category of the ABTT Awards for its T11 fixtures.
Robe’s new stand design in the main exhibition hall featured a selection of the latest Robe and Anolis brand technologies and ran in tandem with a black box demonstration area downstairs where fixtures were shown ‘in situ’. RoboSpot workshops were also running downstairs throughout the expo for those keen to expand their knowledge of this powerful and versatile system.
The show proved to be a hub and meeting point for theatre creatives and practitioners working in all sectors, and “a fantastic opportunity to get kit in front of people in-person again,” explains Robe product and theatre specialist, Dave Whitehouse. “We saw many good-quality people all with a huge enthusiasm and appetite for new tech - and using it - as they get back to work.”
The ABTT Awards are one of the organisation’s flagship events, acknowledging those people and products making a difference to the industry.
The secret panel of ABTT judges - an array of experienced and influential theatre practitioners, consultants, and engineers - assessed all the Awards entries on the first show day and made their choices.
They stated that the T11 “fills a void in the industry offering not only a new LED fixture, but also addressing the industry-wide challenge of developing sustainable technology. The units are compac

 
 
innovawardsPLASA Awards for Innovation are open for entries
Friday, 1 July 2022

UK - PLASA Awards for Innovation 2022 are now open for entries. Organised in association with LSi, the awards celebrate innovative products from across the live entertainment technology industry that can demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.
PLASA Show 2022 exhibitors, PLASA members and non-exhibitors are invited to enter their products by 5 August (Friday) to be in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards. 
Each successfully entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award for an outstanding new product. 
An Award for Sustainability is reserved for a product that can demonstrate a significant reduction of power, utilises renewable energy, or has a positive impact on the environment. 
All nominated products will be showcased in the Innovation Gallery at PLASA Show 2022, and will also be featured year-round on the virtual Innovation Gallery. Products can also benefit from exposure in LSi, both in print, online and across social media.
The winners will be revealed during a ceremony during the PLASA Show on the Monday, 5 September.
The 2021 winners included: Astera for PixelBrick; Chauvet Professional for Maverick Silens 2; Copper Candle for Bonestream, Copper Stream and Cue29; EM Acoustics for R10; Glensound for Divine and LANG for its CarbonBlack Technology.
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powerofeventslogoclr-copyPower of Events hub moves forward
Thursday, 30 June 2022

UK - The Power of Events has launched a website to promote its activities: www.thepowerofevents.org
The not-for-profit organisation aims to unite interested parties from across the core sectors of the UK events industry and includes a taskforce (in which PLASA takes part) and action groups dedicated to research, skills, digital, content, comms, infrastructure and governance, and the next generation. It has evolved from the One Industry One Voice coalition, which was set up in July 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, with The Power of Events set up in April this year.
Rick Stainton, founder of The Power of Events, comments: “We have always felt that we had to be impactful, clear and content led, mapping out and signposting the UK events industry in an inclusive way across the seven core sectors. Showing everyone what how this is developing is really important to us, so we can now get feedback and suggestions ensuring the main hub is designed by the industry, for the industry.
“The support we've had from all levels of organisations and industry communities to date has been humbling - including reaching over 70% of the £100,000 start-up target fund to date, so this is just a taste of what’s to come.”
The splash page, which can be found at www.thepowerofevents.org includes some revised video material to give a taste of the core ambition for the main comms hub. “Obviously by its nature the splash page is quite static but we wanted to give everyone a sense of how dynamic the main hub could be. We all work in a truly creative indus

 
 
summitImmersive Experience Network hosts summit
Tuesday, 21 June 2022

UK - The Immersive Experience Network has held its inaugural Live Experience Summit, bringing together over 150 creators of immersive and interactive experiences to debate the future of the sector.
The Immersive Experience Network has been established to support creators making new work, developing audiences and growing financially sustainable companies. The Network’s strategy is centred around encouraging collaboration by building a community of creators, facilitating knowledge-sharing and undertaking research to grow the sector.
The community includes genres from across the immersive sector, including immersive theatre, scare attractions, escape rooms, Location based VR/AR, experiential art, immersive audio, Live Action Role Play (Larp), themed attractions, Alternate Reality Games (ARG) and transmedia experiences
The inaugural summit, held on 31 May, included a session on the topic of commercial strategy for immersive, where Farouk Deen and Mark Sarfo from Nexus made the case for private investment and Meri Mance and James Sinclair-Smith from Mance Communications discussed testing the market with PR, whilst James Seagar from Les Enfant Terribles spoke about the benefit of being agile and being able to move between performance mediums in order to make a profit.
There was a session on finding venues for site-specific shows with contributions from Bertie Watkins and Charlotte Potter from Colab who spoke about their experiences finding and running venues for immersive theatre. Meanwhile, David Ralf from Theatre Deli spoke about their work an

 
conferenceTheatres Trust reveals 2022 conference theme
Tuesday, 21 June 2022

UK - Theatres Trust has unveiled details of its 2022 conference. The event will take place under the banner of Theatres Fit for the Future and be held on 11 October (Tuesday) at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London.
Theatres Fit for the Future will explore what the new post-COVID ‘normal’ looks like and what this means for the way theatres are designed, adapted and operated. The conference will bring together a mix of speakers and case studies, alongside opportunities for discussion and sharing of best practice.
Sessions will feature theatres that are exploring new business models to ensure they not only survive but thrive in this new environment, looking at how they are generating new income streams and finding different ways to engage with their audiences and communities, and developing partnership approaches to increase resilience and impact.
Architects and practitioners will imagine what a truly inclusive theatre might look like, that takes account of everyone’s access and cultural needs. Theatre operators will share their innovative practices to ensure their buildings are welcoming to all.
The conference will also return to sustainability, the topic of last year’s event, which generated a lot of positive feedback. This will include the latest developments on the Theatre Green Book, including the recently released Home Survey Tool which helps theatre operators create a prioritised plan to reduce their building’s carbon emissions.
Theatres will also share their experience of investing in carbon reduction m

 
 
infocomm6Meyer Sound’s Panther makes show debut
Monday, 20 June 2022

USA - The Meyer Sound stand at InfoComm in Las Vegas pulled steady crowds throughout the show.
“This was our first major trade show presence since early 2020 and it was a great feeling to welcome back all the dealers, customers, and associates we’ve known over the years,” says director of global marketing, Tim Boot. “When the live event industry suffered setbacks during COVID, the installation market remained surprisingly strong for us, and we were happy to show our appreciation with hospitality through the show.”
Making its major trade show debut at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s new Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker.
A major focus at InfoComm was Meyer Sound’s exclusive IntelligentDC technology, which uniquely combines the installation advantages of low voltage distributed systems with a level of performance possible only with self-powered loudspeakers.
“IntelligentDC remains the only viable solution for higher-power loudspeaker systems that require neither long loudspeaker cable runs nor access to AC power,” says Boot. “IntelligentDC systems can sustain peaks up to 860 watts, which is far more than you can get with Power over Ethernet solutions. More than two-thirds of the loudspeakers in the line are true bi-amplified loudspeakers with active crossovers.”
IntelligentDC systems utilise a multi-channel rack-mount power supply and signal distribution unit to deliver 48V DC power and balanced audio over a single five-core cable through eight outputs to as many as 24 loudspeakers, depending on system co

 
visionary-stages-at-chichester-festival-theatre-sir-derek-jacobi--daniel-evansDigital recreations mark Festival Theatre anniversary
Friday, 10 June 2022

UK - Digital Stages, five dynamic digital events celebrating Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) across the decades, will be released over CFT’s birthday week in July for audiences across the globe. The events range from VR tours and online performances to a new virtual game created by CFT’s community companies for adults with learning disabilities.
In Visionary Stages, actors Sir Derek Jacobi and John Simm, author and playwright Kate Mosse and designer Joanna Scotcher join CFT artistic director Daniel Evans and the artistic director of the Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario Antoni Cimolino, for a virtual meet-up using modern technology to recreate Chichester’s 1962 stage.
During lockdown, the Festival Theatre auditorium was scanned by the specialist company Preevue with LiDAR technology, enabling them to recreate the 1962 stage using plans, photographs and archive records of the furniture and fittings. The event was filmed by technical solutions specialist White Light, using award-winning SmartStage.
For the first time, this technology enabled a historical design to be brought back to life - by placing real, precise scans of the physical theatre into an immersive video environment. The solution also allowed for Antoni Cimolino to be virtually ‘teleported’ from Ontario to join Daniel Evans on the SmartStage for the discussion. Visionary Stages will be streamed online from Sunday 3 July at 3pm and available on demand thereafter.
The Backstage Virtual Tour is available from 5 July. An immersive VR backstage tour,

 
 
job3280w1044Registration for PLASA Show 2022 opens
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

UK - PLASA Show is returning to West London from 4-6 September, and those wishing to attend can now register via the event's website.
Taking place at Olympia London’s Grand Hall, the entertainment technology tradeshow promises to deliver some of the latest technology, product demos, and delve into key industry issues. There will also be four showfloor theatres running over 60 sessions on a range of topics across the three days.
The event will provide plenty of opportunities for networking with leading companies from audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging, each one showcasing popular products and new releases. Some of the brands returning this year include Robe, Ambersphere, ETC, AC-ET, Adam Hall, L-Acoustics, Sennheiser, Chauvet Professional, Leisuretec, Highlite, Polar and SFL Group.
Meanwhile, the seminar programme will offer valuable business advice, unpack technical topics, and present the latest creative achievements. Interactive workshops will also return to provide visitors with the chance to try the latest tech - from live audio demonstrations, to lighting console training, and much more.
The widely respected PLASA Awards for Innovation will also return to recognise and reward next-generation products and the people behind them. The awards are proudly run in association with LSi magazine - keep an eye on our website for more information regarding how to enter this year’s awards.
Free registration for PLASA Show 2022 has now opene

 
showlight23-abtt-bannerShowlight 2023 to exhibit at ABTT
Tuesday, 7 June 2022

UK - As part of the build up to next year’s event, Showlight will exhibit at ABTT for a chance to meet with future delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers face-to-face.
The ABTT Show takes place at Alexandra Palace on 22-23 June and for the first time since 2019. Showlight will be on stand E32, which is situated close to the Education Alley, the Associations Area, and the refreshment area.
Showlight is the only international event organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals and runs over four days, with the next event to be held on 20-23 May 2023. The quadrennial event focuses around presentations delivered by lighting designers from all disciplines, and offers an opportunity to network at a range of social events, workshops and dinners, plus the Grand Conference Dinner.
Showlight 2023 will see around 25 exhibitors join the occasion, with several spaces still available. Those interested in exhibiting are invited to visit the website or attend ABTT next month to discuss some options with the team.
ABTT is a Silver Sponsor of Showlight and the organisers are inviting more sponsors to come on board. As well as the standard sponsorship opportunities, companies or individuals or those with smaller budgets can opt to sponsor “the small but vital things that help make Showlight so enjoyable,” say the organisers. Examples from the past include welcome drinks on the first night, a student or speaker, or even tea, coffee or lunch refr

 
 
dalipr021-lightfair-imageDALI Alliance sets seminars at LightFair 2022
Tuesday, 31 May 2022

USA - The DALI Alliance is set to present two showcase seminars at LightFair 2022, a trade show and conference for architectural and commercial lighting taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on 21-23 June.
The seminars will focus on two hot topics within the lighting control arena - smart lighting with D4i-enabled luminaires, and the benefits of the Zhaga-D4i ecosystem - delivered by eminent experts in the field. The DALI Alliance will also be present on Booth 2371 at the exhibition, from where it will set out how this open, global consortium of lighting companies is helping to grow the market for lighting-control solutions based on DALI-2 and D4i.
On 22 June at 11:00-12:00, the DALI Alliance will deliver a seminar on smart lighting with D4i-enabled luminaires, exploring energy reporting, asset management, predictive maintenance and more.
Experienced industry speakers from Signify, Synapse Wireless and Georgia Power will talk about the basics of D4i and deliver a number of relevant use cases, including one for roadway lighting.
On 21 June at 3:30-4:30pm, the DALI Alliance and the Zhaga Consortium will give a joint seminar on standardized lighting and control interfaces for indoor and outdoor luminaires.
A trio of industry experts from Inventronics, Synapse and Zhaga will help seminar participants to identify the key benefits of Zhaga-D4i certification, and compare D4i requirements for drivers and control devices (nodes) with the ANSI C137.4 standard. Another aim of the session is helping those in attendance to recognise how

 
voidVoid Acoustics enjoys successful return to ISE
Friday, 20 May 2022

UK - Void Acoustics enjoyed a busy ISE trade show and reports a positive response to the new Cyclone 4 – the latest compact, versatile addition to the Cyclone speaker series.
“Our expectations for ISE have most definitely been exceeded,” says Josh Pearce, EMEA sales manager for Void Acoustics. “We had designed an open and welcoming stand for us to re-connect with many of our existing customers – both from Europe and from further afield. And there was a constant stream of global customers and potential new customers coming onto the stand from as far afield as Mongolia, Israel, India, Central America and Africa. As well as the UK and all the main European countries. It was fantastic to be able to greet our global family and to see so many people face-to-face for the first time in a long while.”
The Void team reported constantly high footfall onto the stand throughout the four-day show.
The new Cyclone 4 speaker attracted considerable interest. “The reaction to the Cyclone 4 was very positive. In fact, people absolutely loved it. The feedback from our dealers, distributors and end users has been all about the sound quality of this compact speaker” says Josh. “People love how it looks and they told us in no uncertain terms they are excited to start specifying it on projects all around the world.”
In addition to the Cyclone 4, Void Acoustics was also showcasing the recently launched addition to the Venu range – the ultra-compact Venu 208 sub-woofer, as well as their newest Bias Q3 touring amplifier. These products were ably

 
 
disguisedisguise powers Cannes virtual production
Thursday, 19 May 2022

France - The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is, for the first time, hosting a virtual production space powered by disguise - marking a new milestone in virtual production’s expansion into the European film and television industry.
Film and television group Film Soho, is partnering up with virtual production innovators disguise, ROE Visual, global video solutions provider CVP and content studio ZOAN to showcase a virtual production stage in the garden of the Grand Hotel in Cannes - hosting many of Cannes Festival’s A-list participants.
Visitors will step into a virtual production volume, powered by disguise and will become fully immersed into rich environments such as expansive city scapes and lush Icelandic country scenes - all designed in Unreal Engine and Notch. Visitors can drop by the space during the festival to receive demonstrations of the technology.
Powered by disguise’s extended reality (xR) workflow for virtual production, the stage is made possible with the support of LED technology from ROE Visual, camera tracking from Ncam with CVP supporting on-camera and tracking system curation.
“disguise is so excited to support Film Soho in bringing the vast possibilities of virtual production to the Cannes Film Festival and truly connecting with the innovative and disruptive qualities that both the festival, the international filmmaking community and disguise represents,” says disguise CEO, Fernando Küfer.
“disguise xR, combined with powerful graphics supported by Unreal Engine, empowers filmmakers to let t

 
roadie-gamesInaugural Roadie Games join Kartfest 2022
Wednesday, 18 May 2022

UK - The Roadie Games will take place alongside this year’s Kartfest, charity Backup has announced. Described as a “fun-filled addition” to the main event, the Roadie Games will include tests of strength, endurance and industry skills such as a Socapex Tug of War, Radio Mic Challenge, Followspot Small Bore competition, and Lamp and Spoon race.
The Games will run alongside the annual industry karting day with drivers and non-drivers encouraged to enter. New entrants specifically for this event are also welcome.
Teams, companies and sponsors are invited to register their interest in taking part at kartfest@backuptech.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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