Australia - Canberra Theatre Centre is Canberra's premier performing arts venue, providing world class performing arts and entertainment to the people of Canberra and surrounding regions. The main venue is the 1,244 seat Canberra Theatre which up until late last year was home to over 120 rather ancient Strand Patt. 23 - last manufactured in 1983!

"I believe it may have been the largest operational rig of Patt. 23's in the country," said Andrew Tweedie, head of lighting at Canberra Theatre Centre. "But they were getting harder and harder to maintain, especially as you couldn't find spare parts, and were not as punchy as they should have been."

A decision was made to replace the Patt. 23's with the main criteria being that the replacement had to be the same size as the space they would be housed in is very small. Canberra's Sound Advice recommended the ETC So

USA - The prestigious Warner Theatre has made its next quantum leap forward in entertainment services with its new Outline Butterfly PA system. Nestled just two blocks from The White House in Washington, D.C. the majestic Warner Theatre has a rich legacy dating back to its origins in 1923 - first with Vaudeville, and later as a cinema theatre during Hollywood's Golden Age.

Fully restored in 1992, the Warner took on yet another incarnation and became an esteemed live performance venue. The new sound system delivers the power and clarity of Outline technology to support the venue's expanded entertainment roster.

Taking its name from Harry Warner, one half of Hollywood's famed Warner Brothers, the Warner Theatre is now a preeminent D.C. Metro showcase, and home to the annual BET Awards. Its lofty stage has been graced with performers from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, ZZ Top, and

UK - International dance troupe and dance school Dance Reality Studios has selected Le Mark's brand new Dynamic Compression Dance Floor as part of their latest studio expansion.

Increasing their existing studio facility by over 30%, the new dance floor has offered both amateur dancers and Dance Reality's 50 professionally employed dancers the opportunity to learn and rehearse on one of the most sophisticated vinyl dance floors on the market.

The specifically designed professional dance floor offers nearly 6mm of compressed foam, providing an instant and discrete shock absorbing top layer for hard floors.

Le Mark's Sharon Marshall said: "The transformation of this room was incredible. A huge advantage of Dynamic Compression is that it takes minimal time to install and it offers dancers and the studios themselves an impact absorbing surface with minimal cost.

"The

USA - Described as an "evangelical Christian megachurch" Saddleback Church in Southern California embraces high production values to reinforce its services.

Looking to remain at the cutting edge via an architectural makeover late last year, they took delivery of a quantity of Spot One and Wash One LED moving head fixtures from GLP - commissioned by the then lighting director, Jon Griffin.

GLP Inc president, Mark Ravenhill, recalls: "Jon contacted us about the fixtures when they were planning a lighting upgrade to their main stage - replacing the existing discharge lights they had been running for many years. He had heard about the Spot One and could instantly see the potential of it for Saddleback."

The main sanctuary at their 3,000-seat Worship Centre in Lake Forest has long glass walls down each side and by conducting the demo at the peak of the day in

Australia - The Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove in Queensland is one of Australia's premier leisure, conference and incentive destinations. Working closely with Staging Connections, provides a full event service from state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, meeting aids and technical assistance.

With such a varied range of events to cater to, Staging Connections has found the flexibility of their JBL VRX900 Series Constant Curvature Line Arrays to be ideal, so much so they ordered even more JBL VRX932LAP speaker and JBL VRX918SP subwoofers.

"The VRX line array is a welcome addition to our audio inventory," commented Matt Danks of Staging Connections. "These powered top boxes are light which means they are easy to fly and saves time not having to set up additional amplifier drive racks."

"They sound great. The array has an even sound-field and wide di

USA - Beatport's top 10 sound systems in the US features five venues installed with Funktion-One. Beatport - one of the largest online music and tools resources for DJs in the world -searched across the USA to reach a shortlist of 10 standout venues. "The criterion here was very straightforward; which venues in the US have the best sound?" says Beatport.

The enviable top spot went to New York's Cielo Club, which boasts a Funktion-One system. And this was no one-off for the British loudspeaker manufacturer, which also took position number three (Beta, Denver), six (Q, Seattle), eight (Mansion 360, Miami) and number 10 (Smart Bar, Chicago) - quite an achievement when you consider the thousands of nightclubs, theatres and bars dotted around the country.

Recognition from Beatport caps a successful period for Sound Investment Audio, which specified and installed the five

UK - - Venue consultancy Charcoalblue has worked with long-term collaborators Haworth Tompkins Architects, in close association with the National Theatre's directors and in-house teams, to design an intimate, exciting, low-energy and sustainable temporary theatre on London's South Bank: The Shed.

Managed for Charcoalblue by senior partner Jon Stevens, the project was designed in under six months and built in eight. "This forward-thinking experimental building will serve as a temporary and flexible space during the closure of the Cottesloe Theatre, which is undergoing major refurbishment before reopening as the Dorfman Theatre in Spring 2014 as part of the National Theatre Future project."

Steve Tompkins, Haworth Tompkins Architects comments, "The Shed was conceived in a process of concentrated dialogue between trusted collaborators. We always enjoy Charcoalblue'

Australia - For the last 22 years Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat has been working with an old mobile scissor lift to move stage sets and equipment from street level to stage level, a distance of 6.3m. Not only was it an arduous task to have to wheel it into position, it was becoming an OH&S concern.

"In order to load it you were reaching above waist level and we had no facility to attach it to trucks so it was very difficult to load from them," remarked Liz Mundell, technical operations manager. "There was always a gap between the lift and the back of the truck. Also if the winds got above 15 kilometres an hour we theoretically weren't supposed to use the lift - and in Ballarat that's a gentle breeze."

Other issues included the size of lift and the amount it could carry so council made funds available for a new lift and the project was put out to tender. Pr

USA - Since it was introduced over a year ago, Acclaim Lighting's ART SSC controller has been praised for providing an easy, flexible solution for total solid-state lighting control, appearing in some very challenging applications such as the 2013 Mardi Gras parade. Now Acclaim is offering ART SSC users the added flexibility of being able to control larger, more demanding projects that require a greater number of inputs and outputs, with the new ART IO digital/analogue expansion module.

Suitable for use with the ART SSC, the ART IO is an input/output interface module that is equipped with eight digital/analogue switchable inputs and eight relay-switched digital outputs. Designed to offer great versatility, it supports a number of different protocols, including DMX, RS-232, OSC, UDP and Art-Net.

Each of the ART IO's inputs can be individually configured as digital or analogue,

USA - The Family Church of McAllen, Texas (TFC) chose a Robe lighting system for its new 1400-capacity main worship auditorium. The Robe fixtures were specified by TFC's technical director Obed Castillo and supplied by Phil Rapp of Gear Systems Design from Edmond, Oklahoma, who partnered with TFC to supply and install the full technical production package for the new space.

The new larger sanctuary was the result of a much needed expansion to the existing premises to accommodate the popular and well-attended worship services. The stage systems for the new auditorium were designed for concerts and broadcasts in addition to the five weekly services. Currently TFC has a web-based ministry, but future plans include going to a multi-site format, so good broadcast lighting was vital to the final technical plans.

Gear Systems specified four Robin 600 LEDWashes, eight Robin 300 LEDWas

The Netherlands - Stadsschouwburg Theatre in Utrecht opened in 1941 and has become one of the best known theatres in the central Netherlands, staging a wide variety of shows from traditional theatre and cabaret, to dance, opera, circus and youth performances. It has two main auditoriums, which have 1000 and 225 seats, and is known for its high technical standards. It now boasts an ASL digital intercom system.

When Arnout Verdonk, Stadsschouwburg's sound technician, started looking for a new intercom system he put several to test, and the whole technical team was involved in making the right decision.

"We decided on the ASL digital system because of its flexibility and its ability to easily interface to our existing analogue intercom systems, wireless systems and 4-wire equipment," Verdonk explains. "We are a theatre with many different productions (more than 380

UK - As part of LOCOG's Supplier Recognition Scheme, Maltbury Staging has been recognised as Supplier of modular staging solutions (ExCeL) to the London 2012 Games.

"Actually," says Philip Sparkes, Maltbury's MD "this description tells only a small part of the story of Maltbury's involvement in the Games. We started with one contract and ended up supplying goods or services to half of the Olympic sports!"

Maltbury's story began with winning the tender for the contract to supply the stage and back wall for the Weightlifting competition. There was no technical specification for the platform so they first had to design the platform that LOCOG and the Olympic Weightlifting team wanted and then prove that they could deliver it. The same applied to the back wall, which gradually changed from a simple series of tall flats into a monolithic structure of almost 200m

UK - Watched by an estimated 1m viewers per week, the new series of Sky One's Got To Dance has once again packed a prime-time punch.

Designed for use on-screen, Le Mark's Harmony gloss black dance floor has been selected as the dancing surface for the semi-finalists' pre-recorded 'Killer Move' video clip.

The smooth finish of the floor allows for a controlled glide whilst retaining the perfect element of grip. An exceptional level of dancing comfort for performers and a stunning high-gloss visual-effect for the viewers at home.

Le Mark's Sharon Marshall said, "Keeping up with the fast paced performances and such varied dancing styles is no easy task for any dance floor. The robust yet forgiving nature of our Harmony Dance Floor is a key reason why it's one of our best sellers around the globe."

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Norway - Artistic Licence Multichrome Tube LED fixtures have played a central part in the visual presentation of Isslottet at Den Norske Opera in Oslo where local distributor, Rubicon, supplied over 100 units to faciliate Øyvind Wangensteen's highly imaginative lighting and video design.

Isslottet ('The Ice Castle') is a modern ballet based on Tarjei Vesaas' book of the same name. Set to Terje Isungset's musical arrangement with choreography by Kristian Støvind, it tells the story of Siss and Unn, two teenage girls that find each other in an unlikely friendship. The story deals with issues of life and death, and how what once was light and delightful can turn dark and dangerous.

Wangensteen's design called for the creation of dripping 'ice taps' which could incorporate a 3D movement that was reflected in the high shine stage floor and formed a vital

Sweden - CAST BlackTrax is ready to wow the crowd once again during the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden as one of the show's technical partners.

The programme, produced by Sveriges Television, aims to sculpt a fully customized creative solution, employing the strategy to deliver optimal impact and to create a memory of a lifetime.

The goal for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest is to take the show to a new level and create a spectacular event full of memorable moments. In order to do that, the production depends on working directly with manufacturers to find the new technologies that will become the standards of tomorrow and to use existing technologies in a new and innovative way, in order to create a palette for the creative team that exceeds the standard norms, and provide the tools needed to reach these goals.

ESC technical director Ola Melzig has pl

Germany - ETC is showing a wide range of new and updated products at this year's Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt. The launch of a new ETC lighting control desk, new software and new ETC lighting fixtures are a popular attraction; while stand visitors enjoy regular live presentations from ETC's Layers of Light Theatre.

Visitors saw the launch of: Eos Titanium control desk (known as Ti), which takes the place of ETC's flagship Eos at the head of the product line, with new hardware and features that make designing and programming even easier; Eos software v2.0, which introduces a new magic sheet function, and revises device management; PC Congo - PC-based lighting control software for the Congo family; Source Four Mini, a palm-sized 50W powerhouse; Source Four LED Studio HD, optimised for on camera white light; and ES1 Dimmer, providing on board dimming for any brand theatrical lumin

Germany - The advantages of teamwork between German TV broadcasters and third party production companies have been demonstrated on many occasions. The latest example could be seen when Schwartzkopff TV collaborated with Talpa Distribution for the latest season of The Voice of Germany. This enabled lighting designer Manuel da Costa - once again working with an established team of lighting and video specialists - to bring Florian Wieder's stage set to life with some inspired lighting dynamics.

For the first time at the Berlin finale, a Christie YK200 and Christie MicroTiles were used, the latter serving as a podium for the duet between one of the finalists and international star Nelly Furtado.

It was last year that Manuel da Costa first experienced the YK200, using the powerful moving head projector in the course of a live TV show. The Christie YK200 from the Nitro Soluti

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd's Rigging division recently supplied a substantial quantity of Litec QX30S truss to London-based production service company, Lightwave Productions.

Servicing a large range of events from concerts to club nights and corporate functions, Lightwave Productions are committed to investing in the latest entertainment technology equipment for their production stock - ensuring they can offer the highest standards possible for their varied customer base.

Looking for an affordable, versatile, strong and durable trussing solution - Lightwave's Henry Clarke contacted A.C. Rigging, who recommended Italian truss manufacturer Litec's range of high quality, QX30S truss.

A.C. Rigging's Matthew Millward, who coordinated the sale comments, "The Litec QX30S truss range is very popular and is found in many rental stocks across Britain."<

UK - Troxy, the East London vintage venue, has expanded its team following its most successful year to date. Will Fincher and Joe Mangara have joined as duty manager and wedding and events manager respectively, ahead of the venue celebrating its 80th anniversary in September.

Will Fincher joins the team with a wealth of experience from previous roles as a venue manager and visitor operations manager at other London locations. He will manage the visitor experience and front of house teams alongside client organisers with the mission of ensuring consistency of service.

Joe Mangara joins as an event manager from a restaurant and banqueting background and will be focusing on the bespoke wedding arrangements at the venue.

Atif Malik, events manager at Troxy explained, "Through the appointment of Will and Joe we are investing in key areas of expertise and building a platform

Slovakia - With roots going back to 1776, Slovenské Národné Divadlo (the Slovak National Theatre, or SND) in Bratislava has witnessed over 300 years of drama, in all senses of the word. Its current building, the City Theatre, was constructed in 1886. A recent technical upgrade has seen a state-of-the-art Yamaha CL series system installed, allowing maximum flexibility for its performances.

The current SND company was established at the City Theatre in 1920. The 611-seat venue is now known as the SNT Historic Building, to differentiate it from an additional venue opened in 2007. Locally it is referred to as the 'Old Opera', as nowadays it mainly hosts opera and ballet. After long and trouble-free service, the theatre's Yamaha PM5D-RH digital console has moved on to new owners and a CL series system installed in its place.

Supplied and installed by Mediatech Centra

USA - Built nearly seven decades ago, Miami Beach's Variety Theatre - later known as the Paris Theatre - achieved a certain amount of fame in the '80s when Big Time Productions used the space as a photo/film studio to shoot album covers and music videos for top artists like Madonna and U2.

Today, world-renowned musicians and celebrities are once again pouring into the South Beach hotspot - now dubbed 'Bamboo Miami' - but this time for its swanky nightlife. Bucharest-based Bamboo Group, a successful European club owner and promoter, took over the landmark venue last year and renovated it into a lavish nightclub that both faithfully preserves its classic Art Deco ornamentation and dresses it up with a mega-dose of modern ambience.

As part of the renovation, Bamboo Group brought in Audio Formula of Miami to supply a full L-Acoustics loudspeaker system to sonically reinforce the s

Panama - One of Latin America's hottest destinations just got even hotter. In the heart of Panama, the new Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis rises up to a spectacular 66 stories, promising to deliver rock star service in an environment of urban chic design - all infused with the passion and irreverence of rock 'n' roll.

Some of the millions of investment dollars have been spent on a fabulous discotheque on the 11th floor, complete with a sound system worthy of the Hard Rock's reputation. Designed and installed by Grupo Eska Panama, the system features Nexo products throughout: Geo S12 line array modules and RS18 sub bass for the main system, and lots of PS cabinets throughout the venue.

The principal dance floor system uses four horizontal arrays of three Geo S1230s, and four RS18 subs running in cardioid mode. The rest of the club audio system is managed in six zones, using in

The Netherlands - Roermond-based Easy Touch and Live Music (Arnhem) report a complete AV installation at the ECI cultuur fabriek in Roermond. The cultural centre is located at a former electrochemical factory that has been abandoned since 1974. The site has now been transformed into a temple of culture over the past two years. Having opened in September 2012, it now comprises a concert hall, a theatre, two cinema halls, an exposition room and a bar/restaurant.

It was made clear to Bart Smits of Live Music that the installation would have to be without compromises and ready for the future. The ECI technical team was closely involved in the decision making from the start. "If we wanted to meet the high demands of the ECI we could only go for our selection of high-end AV suppliers."

Although the historic building was never intended for acoustical purposes a set of measu

Sweden - Södra Teatern (Southern Theatre) located in Stockholm's lively and creative Söder district, is one of Sweden's best known privately run theatres and the oldest such venue in Stockholm, established in 1859.

A Robe LEDWash installation is another facility that can be offered in addition to its seven stages, two restaurants, outdoor terrace and fabulous panoramic views across the city.

The theatre's action-packed programme of events focuses on live music and performance and stages up to 1000 events over an average year.

The newest Robe fixtures in the house are six LEDWash 600s and four LEDWash 300s, which were specified by Head of Lighting Lars Ekdahl, as part of a general lighting upgrade.

The first Robe fixtures in the venue were ColorSpot and ColorWash 575E ATs, purchased ten years ago - and still working well today - so they already knew from experience that t

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