UK - Taking place in the tunnels beneath London's Waterloo Station, the annual VAULT Festival opened yesterday and will run for the next six weeks. Renowned for showcasing emerging talent across all art forms, the festival features theatre, dance, cabaret, live art, installations, puppetry and much more. White Light is once again providing the lighting equipment, along with the power, rigging and even the support of its apprentices.

VAULT Festival is now in its fourth year and with more than 200 shows in 2016, it is expected that up to 40,000 people will be in attendance. Andy George, festival director and production manager for VAULT Festival, comments, "VAULT was founded by myself, Tim Wilson and Mat Burt with one purpose: to provide a fair and equal platform for emerging artists to showcase interesting and risky work. A lot of what we programme would not normally be sta

Qatar - The annual Qatar Marine Festival in Doha is built around the history of Qatar, which has grown at an extraordinary rate since the discovery of the country's oil and natural gas.

The Emirate devotes these resources to its economic development, the promotion of its marine resources, the cultural identity of the country, and the education of the new generations, thanks to the organizational efforts of the Qatar Marine Festival Organizing Committee (QMFOC).

Visitors to the festival take part in a series of attractions, which the organizing committee works to transform into educational activities concerning five different focus areas: training, culture, the environment, sports and entertainment.

Lighting designer Massimo Tomasino spoke to us about the most engaging moment of the Festival for him, the Clay Paky lights and the local and international audience: The Sec

USA - Architectural lighting design firm and custom lighting fixture manufacturer LIGHTfaktor has opened an events design and rental division, in response to growing demand for experiential environments. The new division will be headed by lighting specialist Amy D. Lux.

To enhance both its fixed install and rental services, LIGHTfaktor has also become a dealer for Czech-based lighting manufacturer Robe. Both divisions will operate out of LIGHTfaktor's headquarters and showroom in Austin, Texas.

The rising popularity of its experiential, interactive, engaging environments led to the formation of this new division, said Wes Lane, principal and lead designer. "We specialise in creating environments for permanent and one-off spaces, as well as designing custom lighting fixtures. The demand for both of those services has increased dramatically in corporate branding events, p

USA / Europe - The new ADJ Magna Tube utilises a magnetic adapter and a lightweight design to offer users a new column lighting alternative to standard uplighting and PAR effects, the company says.

The Magna Tube is a lightweight but durable acrylic tube which combines with ADJ par cans to form a distinctive glowing-tube effect. Using its four strong magnets, the Magna Tube can be secured firmly to the metallic housing of any Flat Par or WiFLY Par fixtures, slotting easily into the included magnetic gel-frame adapter.

Ideal for mobile lighting users, the Magna Tube weighs just 1.6kg and each tube is 39in tall and 5.9in diameter (1008x208x208mm), making them easy to store in the back of the truck, while the included rubber covers ensure protection during transit.

The Magna Tube is available now from ADJ USA and ADJ Europe.


USA - Sandals, a three-campus church in California's Inland Empire, has a new lighting system that includes a collection of Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

"The Rogue fixtures give the church the flexibility to create a variety of different looks and do different things that engage people in new ways, not just at worship services, but also at youth events and concerts," said Duke DeJong vice-president of systems integration at CCI Solutions, which installed the fixtures. "Dynamic lighting has been a big part of the Sandals worship experience for years, and Chauvet's Rogue spot, wash, and beam fixtures fit the bill perfectly."

CCI installed a total of 28 Rogue moving fixtures at the church: eight R2 Washes, twelve R2 Spots and eight R2 Beams. While the fixtures will move around on a regular basis, at the time of opening a group of four R2 Washes

Romania - Every year the Romanian city of Ploiesti, situated 60 miles from Bucharest, celebrates the arrival of the new year in style with a concert and firework display in the main town square. Local company (and PR Lighting partner) Temple Media are contracted by the Municipality of Ploiesti City to create a dynamic show on the 16x14x10m outdoor stage - testing the artistry of freelance LD Cristian Simon.

This year he and Temple Media CEO Dan Chiorcioiu created a new lighting design and video set-up for the event, lighting the stage with nearly 100 LED fixtures. These comprised 20 x XR 200 Beam, 10 x XR 230 Spot, 16 x XLed 1061 Wash, 16 x XLed 2007 Beam and 30 x XLed 3007 Wash. They also added some other effects on the side wings, all under Resolume control.

The XR 230 Spots and XLed 1061 were located on the upstage centre and downstage trusses, and the XR 200 Beams were r

USA / Europe - Electronic metalcore five-piece Bring Me The Horizon recently completed a tour of the USA and Europe in support of their latest album That's The Spirit with a high-impact and punchy lighting design by Ben Inskip using Philips Showline SL Nitro 510C LED strobes.

Inskip - who has served as lighting designer for the Sheffield band for the past five years - employed the strobes to cut through the brightness of the show's significant video element.

"In terms of output the SL Nitro 510C is great," says Inskip. "It is bright enough to still have impact during the video heavy parts of the set. In addition, the strobes' great color mixing meant that they worked well with the content on the video wall to create an overall look instead of fighting to be seen."

Inskip positioned 12 units upstage tucked in between video strips that made up the

Europe - The new Holiday on Ice show, Believe, directed and choreographed by Olympic and world ice skating champion Christopher Dean, takes the concept of ice musicals to a new level of production and presentation.

Belgian design practice Painting with Light has created the set, lighting and video designs for this vibrant show, a contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet. Painting with Light's Luc Peumans imagined the set, working alongside his talented team of Paco Mispelters who created the lighting and Michael Al-Far who designed the video.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to show what Painting with Light can do as a full live show production resource," commented Luc, whose original ideas for the scenic were chosen from a competitive pitch.

Luc and Painting with Light have worked on previous Holiday on Ice productions for Dutch producers Stage Entert

USA - The inaugural KAABOO Festival launched in Del Mar, California this September with Clay Paky Sharpys and A.leda B-EYE K20s.

KAABOO was held at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds over three days, with 100 musical acts filling seven indoor and outdoor stages. Festival lighting designer Chris Lisle was tasked with delivering unique looks to each stage. "We had a lot of fun playing with architecture," he says. "We created ambience and environmental looks across the site."

The main stage, Sunset Cliffs, featured over 50 active Sharpys layered throughout the rig to give big visual punch. The EDM (Encore) stage used 24 B-EYE K20s in the design, primarily shining toward the audience for big effects and visuals. "The B-EYEs were used in shapes mode," notes Lisle. "We took advantage of a lot of the great built-in macros. They performed great, a

UK / Ireland - Irish lighting designer Conor Biddle has been turning to Elation lighting for several years now, from acts as diverse as renowned House DJ MK to Irish country singer Nathan Carter's recent UK tour.

For an MK show at Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Conor used an all-Elation rig as energy-inducing visual support for a catalogue of house tracks. Having worked on previous MK shows in Ireland, Conor worked with Session Hire Dublin to design and operate the show with Session Hire providing crew and supplying all of the lighting.

"I have worked with Session Hire for many years as a freelance designer and together we have provided lighting to MK's previous Irish tours in several venues in Dublin over the years, as well as Cork and Galway," Conor stated of the relationship. "For MK's Olympia Theatre show, we used Elation's compact Rayzor Q7 LED moving head as

USA - As New Yorkers celebrated the arrival of 2016, several thousand EDM fans rocked out at Big Week NYC, a series of concerts produced by RPM Presents and staged at Pier 94 and Pier 36 in the city's famous waterfront area. Performances by international artists like Rudimental, Nicky Romero, Knife Party, Future, Travis Scott, local heroes Chainsmokers, and young Dutch rising star Oliver Heldens were illuminated by Robe fixtures selected by Kevin Mignone, owner of New York-based KM Productions.

Kevin, searching for a new look to the lighting and a change from the moving light brand that had been used in the past, decided Big Week NYC was an ideal chance to give Robe's BMFL Spots and Pointes a centre stage position for all the action.

He credits lighting designer Michael Gionfriddo with the high-energy display featuring Robe BMFL Spots and Pointes that accompanied the truly a

USA - Jack U, Steve Aoki, Zeds Dead, Flosstradamus, Big Sean and other EDM heavies are headlining the current Life In Color 'Kingdom' Tour, which is selling out venues in the US and UK. The set features a large replica of a lion, 56ft wide by 43ft tall, towering over the stage, with bright, blinking, moving eyes that are animated by Chauvet Professional's video panels.

"The eyes make the lion come alive and touch everyone in the audience," said Daniel Bouchard, production director of Life in Color, the popular festival, which this year is featuring the lion as part of its Kingdom theme. "We gave the lion a personality and a spirit, if you will, through the eyes. These are eyes that move and blink and change colours, so regardless of where you are, you feel their presence."

Bouchard and lighting designer Collyns Stenzel gave the lion its lively eyes by usi

China - The renowned Martha Graham Dance Company recently toured China, giving audiences new insight into 20th-century American culture.

For performances at the Shanghai Grand Theatre (SGT), lighting designer Nick Hung added a new dimension to Graham's classics by using numerous Source Four LED fixtures controlled by a Gio lighting control system. ETC's Chinese dealer, Hangzhou YiDaShi Lighting Equipment Co, also played a significant role in the event, by providing technical support for the show.

The programme at SGT, Three Masters of 20th Century Art, featured several of Graham's most prominent dances, including Chronicle, Deep Song, The Rite of Spring and Lamentation Variation. She created the pieces as a symbol of opposition to fascism and war. They blend three elements - lighting, music and dance - in a nod to artistic masters Pablo Pic

UK - Award-winning acoustics and theatre consultants, Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants have combined to form Sound Space Vision. The move formalises their long-standing working relationship and will continue to build on their success in performance, education and assembly spaces, as well as broadening their reach within the built environment.

Sound Space Vision enhances the rapport between performers and audiences, combining excellent spatial and technical design by AMPC with superb acoustics from SSD. Popular with audiences and operators, their performance environments are held in high esteem by artists. The creative, dynamic team includes specialists in acoustics, lighting, sound, stage engineering and audio-visual design to provide a complete acoustics and theatre consultancy service that touches all the senses.

Anne Minors Performance Consultant

Germany - The German Rock & Pop Music Association's annual Rock & Pop Award competition, supporting Germany's young musicians, has been hugely influential for over three decades. This year the 33rd edition took place at the 4300-capacity Siegerlandhalle in Siegen.

PR Lighting's German partner, Focon Showtechnic, was brought in by technical production company, BST Becker Studio Technik, to provide PR Lighting's PR5000 Spots and Beams to add further impact to the show. These met the requirement of the light designers, Claudia Cronauer and Christian Conrad. Focon product manager, Jens Ottenhus says: "They were looking for powerful moving heads, with an accurate and sharp projection that also delivered a good all-round performance.

"The PR 5000 Beam, which formed an important part of this lighting design was extremely bright, and did a great job. It delivered high outp

UK - Lighting designer James Bawn has employed the Clay Paky SuperSharpy to play an instrumental role in a range of recent architectural projects, including projecting light over vast distances from the iconic Victoria Tower in Huddersfield and a special one-night installation at the Halifax Transmitting Tower.

Yorkshire-based roofing company Ploughcroft commissioned Bawn to create a stunning light show at the Halifax tower to celebrate reaching a huge milestone in energy saving for homes, schools and businesses across the county. Named Ploughcroft Eco Northern Lights, the light show saw the 45.7m (150ft) tower illuminated in vibrant hues and stunning textures.

"I added the SuperSharpys, which were sub-rented from Dry Hire Lighting via HSL, to deliver an aerial dynamic to the design," says Bawn. "The fixtures didn't disappoint - everyone was very please

On The Campaign Trail - Adele has issued a statement to distance herself from Donald Trump, after he used her music at his rallies. The Republican presidential candidate, whose slogan is "Make America great again", has recently been playing Adele's hit Rolling In The Deep as his "warm-up" music. "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," her spokesman confirmed.

It is not the first time Trump has been criticised for appropriating pop songs. Lawyers for Aerosmith star Steven Tyler sent Trump's campaign a cease-and-desist letter last year, after the politician played the band's hit single Dream On at numerous rallies around the US.

Politicians using songs by musicians who do not support them has been a thorny issue for decades, since Bruce Springsteen castigated President Reagan for plann

Canada - Chroma-QColor One 100 premium performance, IP65-rated LED PARs have provided a powerful yet energy-efficient lighting solution to beam bold colours, soft pastels and stunning whites onto the massive exterior façade of the Toronto Power Generating Station - playing against the background of the national historic site at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

, with millions of sparkling lights making up beautifully illuminated displays. Recently, the organisers have made a concerted effort to utilize only power-saving LED technology for their lighting designs.

Shear Display was the contractor responsible for the design and implementation of the installations along the Winter Festival of Light. One of the major elements of the Festival was a sound and light show on the exterior of the Toronto Power Generating Station - a majestic building adjacent to the Niagara River, fash

UK - TSL Lighting has acquired London-based rental company Point Source Productions. The move will see both companies' teams and rental equipment combining at TSL's premises during February 2016. Point Source's rental, projects and operations staff have also joined TSL. Customers will retain the same point of contact, levels of quality, service and value for money, say TSL.

Hire manager John Beer comments: "This is a huge step forward for our customers, myself, Ian and all the team joining TSL from Point Source. The operational systems, warehouse space and extra products available are a huge advantage to the markets and clients that we serve. We will continue to provide dry-hire, projects and trade rental, locally and nationally."

The owners of TSL Lighting, Sam Tamplin and Martin Locket, added: "We are pleased to welcome the staff and customers of Point Sourc

Italy - Popular Italian comedian Angelo Pintus was joined on stage by Clay Paky Sharpys for his recent tour. The show featured Pintus's simple, natural humour, his musical skills and his talent as an impersonator. Last year's show at the Mediolanum Forum marked the beginning of a period of technical cooperation between Leader Sound and Angelo Pintus's production team. Lighting designer Gianluca Brunelli put together a lighting rig for the over 60 tour dates in various theatres and for the show at the Forum.

Brunelli decided to put a few Sharpy units on the stage floor: "They were placed on the set as side-lighting in fixed positions for much of the show, and remained motionless until the scenes where Pintus describes changes in the situation. These are usually comical situations."

The outdoor tour dates, in public squares, meant it was necessary to use reliable, po

UK - Theatre designer Johanna Town made the most of Robe's new DL4S Profile fixture when lighting Pine at the Hampstead Theatre in London.

The setting for Jacqui Honess-Martin's new festive tragi-comedy is a Christmas tree retailer and the action spans a month over December from early morning to midnight. The witty and incisive narrative incites laughter and tears as a group of 20-somethings from mixed backgrounds and experiences sell Christmas trees from a street outlet ... along the way singing all those gloriously clichéd Christmas songs you love ... and hate!!!

Hampstead Theatre is a small but highly acclaimed studio venue with a limited budget, so Jo explored some options for additional lighting, and Robe was able to help out with the two DL4S Profiles.

She was initially slightly unsure of putting a fully spec'd moving light into a grid with only 3m of

USA - The sold-out Madness Fall Tour by Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer, The Weeknd, in support of his third studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was a spectacular production, with set and lighting design by LeRoy Bennett of Seven Design Works. It incorporated over 650 lighting fixtures from Ayrton - including 'every available IntelliPix-R fixture on the planet' - to help realise a design concept that delivered a multiplicity of looks from the subtly atmospheric to a totally engulfing spectacle.

The music of Abel Tesfaye, the musician known as The Weeknd, is very dark and cinematic. Bennett reflected this by creating a mutable set with lots of transparency, depth and changing personalities.

Ayrton fixtures featured heavily in its creation with a grid of 270 MagicPanel 602 fixtures forming a back wall that hid two rows of washlights, and which itsel

UK - Blinding Light, the corporate and event lighting specialist has announced that following the company's success and significant growth in 2015, it has now completed a move to new larger premises.

Consisting of over 20,000sq.ft, the new facility has warehouse space to provide ample storage to support the company's expanded inventory and growth for the future. There will also be dedicated prep & pre-production spaces for incoming crews to oversee and prepare larger shows prior to despatch to site, plus a dedicated space to allow clients to hold production meetings.

The new facility is set within a large secure compound with several loading bays and storage for multiple trucks. The expansion will also result in further growth of the Blinding Light team, with a number of new warehouse technicians coming on board to support the additional workload. The new site is well locate

World - Showlight (Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017) is now inviting lighting designers and directors, associates, programmers, scenographers, equipment manufacturers and others to submit their ideas for conference papers for the 2017 programme. Now is your chance to be part of this prestigious event!

The Showlight Quadrennial is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the performance, television, film, architectural and event worlds. Held every four years, Showlight 2017 takes place in Florence and celebrates the 10th presentation of this eagerly-awaited lighting colloquium.

Showlight has made a special name for itself by bringing together many of the most famous names in lighting. Delegates are given the opportunity to be part of the larger international lighting community, as those with establis

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