ADJ fixtures shine at ΟίνοFest in Cyprus
Thursday, 15 December 2022
cyprusAudio and visual production for the mainstage was provided by local production company Sound & Vision by DJ Nick
Cyprus - Described as ‘the modernised wine festival of Cyprus’, ΟίνοFest took place in mid-October in the picturesque inland village of Lofou. Organised by Agro Escape, the three day event attracted thousands of visitors who enjoyed sampling local wines, shopping for locally made products, and partying at two outdoor music events featuring DJ sets and live performers.
Audio and visual production for the mainstage, as well as ambient lighting for the site, was provided by local production company Sound & Vision by DJ Nick. ADJ fixtures, including moving heads, static washes, and atmospheric effect generators, were used exclusively to illuminate both the stage and the historic building that provided a striking backdrop to the event.
Agro Escape is a company based in Cyprus with a mission to help visitors discover all the island has to offer, not just the most common tourist destinations. As part of this, they host regular events at historic venues that showcase local artisans and performers to an audience comprised of both tourists and locals. OinoFest (WineFest) took place in an area well known for its vineyards and wine production in the district of Ampelochoria, between Limassol and Paphos.
The festival site was the grounds of the old elementary school in the village of Lofou, an historic building showcasing classic Cypriot architecture. The event kicked off with a low key evening on Friday, showcasing local wine, food, and music. It then ran throughout Saturday and Sunday, with wine tasting and a market area open during the day followed by ticketed music events in the evenings.
Based in the city of Limassol, Sound & Vision by DJ Nick has over 30 years of experience in the AV industry, having served customers on Cyprus since 1989. The company has relied on ADJ exclusively for all its lighting and atmospheric equipment for several years and has built up an extensive rental stock of fixtures purchased through local ADJ dealer SP Megasound.
Sound & Vision by DJ Nick has been working with Agro Escape for around 18 months, and throughout that time use of lighting to enhance their events has increased significantly. Dimitris Nicolaou, who has worked for DJ Nick for a number of years and was responsible for designing, programming, and operating the lighting system for OinoFest, has played a significant role in driving this shift and also had extensive input into planning phase of this particular event.
“Throughout the time we have worked together, I have encouraged the Agro Escape team to invest more in their production,” explains Dimitrius. “People are going out to party every week and getting bored of nightclubs and going to the same places; so, these special events need to be memorable! Part of that is choosing the right location and another is creating the right atmosphere with the right equipment.
“Designing the site to make the most of both elements is also important. At first, the organisers were planning to put the main stage in front of the school, but when they asked my opinion, I suggested that we should enhance the front of the building with up-lighting and make it a focal point instead of covering it with the stage and lots of trusses, cables, and equipment. So, we arranged the event with the main stage to the front, the historical building to one side and a view out over the city to the other side. It made for an incredible setting to host a party – wherever people looked they had something impressive to see.”
To illuminate the façade of the school building, the Sound & Vision by DJ Nick team deployed 12 of ADJ’s weatherproof, battery-powered and wirelessly controllable Element HEXIP LED up-lighting fixtures. These allowed the impressive pillars of the building to be vibrantly lit without the need for cables to be run in what was a high foot traffic area. In addition, eight of ADJ’s 12PX HEX LED par fixtures were positioned in other areas around the site to provide ambient background lighting and ensure visibility for attendees moving around the site.
The stage setup comprised two ground-supported truss structures; the first positioned at the rear of the performance space and the second set to a higher trim and located further forward above the performers. Dimitris’ lighting design utilised 10 of ADJ’s Vizi Beam 5RX dedicated beam luminaires..
The beam fixtures on both trusses were interspersed with Vizi Wash Z19 automated LED wash luminaires.
The onstage lighting system was completed by six of ADJ’s multifunction Jolt 300 LED fixtures, two rigged to the lower truss and four hanging from the upper truss.
Front wash for the performers was facilitated by four of ADJ’s 18P HEX LED par cans, which were rigged in pairs to the PA towers positioned at either side of the stage.
The Sound & Vision by DJ Nick team also relied on ADJ fixtures for the event’s atmospheric effects. A pair of the Fog Fury Jett Pro LED-lit fog machines were positioned between the moving head fixtures on the front of the stage and used to blast illuminated columns of fog out into the crowd to highlight musical drops. In addition, a pair of ADJ’s Entourage 1400W professional grade touring faze machines, paired with Entour Cyclone DMX controlled fans, were used to generate a consistent haze to enhance the beams created by the moving head fixtures.

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