Lighting News

dstvmvca-25-june-2022-highres-255Viewers’ Choice Awards show driven by light
Thursday, 20 October 2022

South Africa - It was a celebration of talent at the fourth edition of the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards held at Time Square’s SunBet Arena in Tshwane after a two-year interval due to the pandemic. The event coincided with the lifting of all COVID-19 regulations in South Africa, allowing local celebrities and delegates to feel a sense of freedom as they attended the broadcast event produced by Don’t Look Down with technical by AV Unlimited and Visual Frontier appointed for lighting design.
The DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards honours those working in television, radio, music, sports and comedy, as voted by viewers living in South Africa. The show opened with a cameo appearance by Leanne Manas, was hosted by Lawrence Maleka and included performances by artists including Tuks Senganga, Boohle, Pabi Cooper, Kamo Mphela and Zakes Bantwini.
“What I love about working alongside DLD is expanding the boundaries on every event,” said Guillaume Ducray, co-owner of AV Unlimited. “You do not grow as a person unless you are doing something different. When working on a production like this we know that we are going to push the envelope, and afterwards, look back and think, wow, we did this!”
It was an impressive rig with a solid team made including Joshua Cutts, Andre Siebrits and Renaldo van den Berg on lighting, while Adriaan van der Walt headed the audio.
The full lighting list included 112 Robe LEDForce 18 RGBW, six Robe BMFL Blades, 12 Robe BMFL WashBeam, 12 Robe BMFL Spots, 91 Robe Pointes, 27 Robe Spiiders, six Robe Strobe IP,

robe-k3-tour-k3221650322Robe Tetra2s on song for K3 Benelux tour
Thursday, 20 October 2022

Belgium - Girl band K3 are back on the road performing to their enthusiastic young fanbase, complete with a tightly choreographed show produced by Studio 100 and lighting designed by Jeroen Opsteyn from creative outfit Painting with Light (PWL) who worked closely with choreographer, Tommy Gryson.
Wanting to keep the focus firmly on the performers, a minimalist ‘bare stage’ production concept was developed without video but with a big emphasis on lighting to provide the visual atmospherics including a kinetic essence that flowed throughout the performance with the dance movements.
This was delivered by Opsteyn with a carefully chosen rig that includes 40 x Robe Tetra2 moving LED batten fixtures that play a key role in the lighting design, which, together with a series of smartly designed props and costumes and the tight choreography, help bring the stage alive with colour and energy.
The Tetra2s are arranged in four vertical ‘perspective’ linear rows above the stage and provide a virtual ceiling and a host of architectural looks.
“I did not want to do another straight spot-wash-spot-wash design,” he explained. “Studio 100 shows are well known for having great production values, and everyone wanted something different, fresh and clean on this tour, so I think with this layout and more structural approach was the way to go.”
Opsteyn specifically wanted to create dramatic curtains of light at certain points, and more than capable of this, the Tetra2s “were perfect with their sharpness and zoom – I needed bright fixtures

 
 
canacopiaCreative BackStage calls on Chauvet for Canacopia
Wednesday, 19 October 2022

USA - Canacopia is a one-day festival sponsored by Forty8 Live!, dedicated to the appreciation of adult canned beverages. Taking place on 10 September, non-stop musical performances were held throughout the day, culminating in a headline performance from Grammy winner, Zedd. Creative BackStage worked with Zedd’s team to build a rig for the mainstage, which featured 112 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
The dynamic lightshow supporting the headliner’s performance was designed by Zedd’s LD Steven Hernandez. John Garberson of Creative BackStage spent months working with Forty8 Live! and the Zedd team to bring the event to life.
Garberson had a clear vision in mind when putting together the rig - it had to be bright enough to create bold looks during daylight hours for opening acts, which included Evening Elephants and The Brook & The Buff, and intense enough to stand up to the large bright video wall that was a critical part of the headliner’s show.
“Looking back at the show and evaluating it in terms of our goals for the design, I have to say I was really happy with the way this setup worked for Zedd’s lighting and video team,” commented Garberson. “They did great work syncing the show using timecode. The lighting and video flowed great together to create a single visual experience. The Chauvet fixtures were nice and bright while working alongside the bright LED screens.”
Featured in the rig were eight Maverick Force S Spot, 40 Rogue R2 Beam, 40 Rogue R2 Wash, and 24 STRIKE Array 2 fixtures. These luminaires were drawn from

 
vls2187Vari-Lite launches versatile X-Series console
Wednesday, 19 October 2022

USA - Vari-Lite has announced the Neo X15 and Neo X5, a family of high-performance lighting consoles designed for mixed-use facilities such as performing arts centres, stadiums and arenas, houses of worship, studios, schools; and more.
“Large format entertainment lighting consoles are typically either focused on theatrical lighting or live event lighting, but traditionally not both,” explains Jon Hole, global product manager, Vari-Lite Controls at Signify. “However, many facilities are multifunctional and need the capabilities of a premium console that works for all the different types of events and user experience levels in the space. X Series consoles offer a feature-rich, customisable platform that is perfect for both theatrical and live event lighting - at a price point that won’t take up the entire upgrade budget.”
The new X15 is Vari-Lite’s flagship, high-performance lighting console, offering 15 multifunctional motorised playbacks and backlit encoders, and can output over 50,000 channels out of the box. The intuitive hardware layout includes two built-in monitors, a soft touch control screen, and built-in audio I/O connectivity that makes it easy to integrate lighting cues with sound effects, videos, and more. A smaller five-fader X5 console is expected out early next year, with the same processor, build quality, and 100 universes of DMX as the X15.
“Designers want consoles that are made to last, with stable, mature software and a ruggedized, hardwearing build design,” adds Hole. “Even if the consoles aren’t being used on

 
 
etc-dkk-2ETC Rigging system installed in Slovenian venue
Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Slovenia - The venue known today as Dom kulture Kamnik (DKK), located to the north of Ljubljana in Slovenia, was built in 1953 as part of the Kamnik Chemical Industry. Constructed by the workers themselves, DKK was designed to be a cultural entertainment centre to serve the local community. Although the main stage incorporated hoists, the venue was primarily used as a movie theatre until it temporarily closed its doors in 1991.
With the idea of revitalizing live performances came the decision to renovate the building. Over the past two decades, a variety of improvements have been made, including the recent installation of a stage machinery system from ETC Rigging, comprising Prodigy P2 hoists, Helix cable management, a ColorSource Raceway prewired power and data distribution system, and a QuickTouch Preset controller.
“Back in 2017, we were at DKK installing an ETC ColorSource ThruPower system for dimming, and an Element console,” says Ivan Franinović, from ETC dealer Elsis d.o.o. “We were asked by Primož Jeras – the man who holds together this venue in every technical respect – to come up with some ideas for replacing the hoists.
“As demand to see theatre shows was growing, the risks associated with using 70-year-old counterweight hoists were also increasing. No disrespect to the original stage builders, but the hoist structure was made of wood and pipes hanging on hemp ropes. They did a perfect job for that period, but it was time for an overhaul.”
Elsis d.o.o. consulted the stage machinery team at ETC, and together they wor

 
stuartwestStuart West joins lighting consultancy 3LR
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

UK Specialist consultancy 3LR Lighting has appointed Stuart West as business development manager for lighting, control and software. West brings more than 25 years of entertainment production experience to the role, having enjoyed a varied career in technical theatre production, venue management and building operations.
Founded in 2019 by Matt Lloyd, 3LR is an architectural and broadcast lighting consultancy which works closely with ETC, Rosco and other leading professional lighting brands and provides expert advice on lighting in TV and film studios, auditoriums, cruise ships and public spaces. Lloyd says: “I’ve known Stuart for a very long time, and he has such a varied and unique skillset that the chance to bring him into 3LR was simply too good to miss. He has so much to offer our clients.”
West’s interest in lighting began in a childhood surrounded by entertainment production, thanks to his father’s work for the Scouts Association’s Gang Shows - work which often took him in and out of Northampton’s Derngate Theatre. On leaving school, West completed a two-year apprenticeship at the Derngate, working closely alongside Chief Electrician and Lighting Designer, Kevin Roach. “He became my mentor,” he says. “I learned my lighting design skills through him, eventually programming and lighting his shows with him.”
After completing his apprenticeship, he worked as deputy chief electrician at ATG’s then brand-new Milton Keynes Theatre, followed by a spell as head of lighting for the Chinese State Circus, touring its major big-to

 
 
claypakyxtylosaquaaward01Claypaky Xtylos Aqua wins LLB Innovation Award
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Sweden - Claypaky reports that its Xtylos Aqua fixture was honoured with the Innovation Award at LLB Expo 2022 in Stockholm. LLB Expo is the largest Nordic meeting place for professionals in audio, lighting, video and AV technology. The fair is held every other year and attracts more than 3,000 visitors; this year it took place at the Stockholm International Fairs exhibition centre.
The coveted Prize for Innovation was awarded to Xtylos Aqua, a small form factor, IP66-rated fixture powered by Claypaky’s proprietary RGB laser source. It offers the same effects and features as the popular original Xtylos while being able to withstand harsh conditions and the elements thanks to its marine-grade C5-M protection.
Since the introduction of the Xtylos fixture, Claypaky has been focused on developing pioneering technologies that offer new ways to motivate designers to reach farther to inspire audiences. With the Xtylos Aqua this can now be done outdoors, with confidence, for television, theatre, touring, sporting events and much more.
In awarding the prize, the jury citation remarked upon Claypaky’s ability to “drive innovation to new levels in stage and event lighting”. It said, “laser technology is in its infancy, but Claypaky has shown that it is involved in pushing innovative development forward to new levels…[Xtylos Aqua] is patented and world-unique with its Additive RGB. In addition to this, Claypaky has created a product that is water- and dustproof, which means it can be used indoors and outdoors without significantly increasing the we

 
robe-saturday-showdown-hr-168editSouth African Saturday Showdown for Robe
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

South Africa - The Saturday Showdown is South Africa’s newest and hottest prime-time TV sports games show. Lighting designer Ryan Lombard was delighted to be asked onboard and he seized the opportunity to use Robe moving lights, including MegaPointes which were a new investment for rental specialist and lighting supplier, Blond Productions.
The show, recorded at Urban Brew Studio 10 in Johannesburg, and produced by Red Pepper Productions for broadcaster Mzansi Magic, is a hi-energy action-packed sport-themed entertainment game show with big prize money.
Ryan took Michael Gill’s set design as the show’s visual blueprint as he started to think about lighting. The two have worked collaboratively on several recent TV projects and enjoy a great synergy and creative language.
Ryan assessed the Showdown environment which included a ‘studio’ area where the contestants sat and the presenters did their bits, and an ‘arena’ space where many of the games were staged. He and his boss at Blonde Production, Christiaan Ballot, both thought of MegaPointes.
Robe’s South African distributor DWR had four of these fixtures in stock, so they bought these which almost immediately went on the show. They are the first MegaPointes for Blond, although the company has many other types of Robe moving lights in its lighting inventory.
Studio 10 is one of the biggest TV facilities in the Gauteng province and with throw distances of up to 7m in the arena part of the space, the beams had to be punchy and have real impact.
The 13 Showdow

 
 
kansas-2022-2Kansas wraps anniversary tour with Bandit Lites
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

USA - After 122 shows over four years, rock band Kansas wrapped up the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. With fans still clamouring for the show to carry on, the band embarked on a tour celebrating their classic hits with a lighting system designed by Scott Pearson and provided by Bandit Lites.
With nine gold albums, three multi-platinum albums and six decades of touring, Kansas is one of the more formidable rock bands consistently touring.
“During COVID-19, I personally have become very close to several members of the Kansas entourage, especially Phillip Ehart and JR Rees,” said Bandit Lites chair, Michael T. Strickland. “We bonded in the early days and have stayed in constant communication for over two years. There is not a finer, more talented organization that Kansas. Their involvement and work on COVID-19 relief was second to none and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Bandit Lites supplied Pearson Martin MAC Viper Profiles, Chauvet Rogue R2 Washes and Elation CuePix Blinder WW2.
Using the Rogue R2 Washes to simulate the classic PAR look, those in the audience are transported back in time to a 1970s look with today’s technology. Forgoing video, the tour utilises backdrops while the stage set and truss towers are toned with Elation SixPar 100s. “The Rogue R2 Washes are a ton of fun and very punchy,” said Pearson. “I really like them as a front wash.”
As the long-time designer is well versed in the music and parameters of the band, Pearson is given the latitude to try new and different lighting for

 
jazzDWR sponsors Jo’burg’s jazz festival
Tuesday, 18 October 2022

South Africa - Jazz as Heritage was the theme of this year’s jazz festival held in Johannesburg in partnership with UJ Arts & Culture, The Wits School of Arts’ Cultural Policy and Management and The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts on 2 and 3 September. DWR Distribution was a sponsor of the event which was hosted at UJ and featured a line-up including old-school jazz and diga dancers to performances by Zoë Modiga, Abbey Cindi and Muneyi, workshops and a panel discussion.
“The jazz at UJ concert is a biennial event,” explains Thato Maroga, production manager at UJ Arts & Culture. “We are inspired by the reality that jazz music is a multi-generational cultural experience. Here people from all walks of life and cultural and racial backgrounds can gather in one space and enjoy it. This year’s programme was truly a representation of the vast jazz scene in South Africa from old-school Malombo to new-age jazz sounds, all on one stage. Having sponsors such as DWR and other partners validates the shared value of the arts and live performances.”
DWR assisted with lighting, audio and backline. Stuart Andrews, projects and operations manager at DWR explains, “We showcased DiGiCo, Audix microphones and Robe lighting and brought in one of our rental company clients, Remember Chaitezvi, to support us with backline equipment and technical back-up. DWR also supplied onsite professional support.”
The lighting equipment included Robe T1 Profiles, Robe LEDBeam 350 washes and Robe Tarrantula and UJ added their i

 
 
made-in-america-festival2Elation illuminates Made In America Festival
Monday, 17 October 2022

USA - Patrick Dierson and The Activity have been involved in the Made In America Festival in Philadelphia since 2014 and this year turned to Elation Professional Proteus, Protron and Smarty luminaires as key elements of a lighting package supplied by 4Wall.
“Our goal is always to provide as many of the various lighting tools that guest LDs expect to find at modern festivals so that we can ensure that the cloning of their existing shows are as seamless as possible,” commented Patrick Dierson of The Activity. “We also have to take into account the proper design placement of all of the elements so that the design has various layers and fills the overall visual space, not just for the attendees but also for the live stream’s camera shots.”
The Activity provided the overall production design, lighting directors for all stages, project manager, art director, and technical management of all guest LDs and VJs and their camps. 4Wall supplied all lighting, video, truss, and rigging for all of the Made In America stages, as well as various levels of media and lighting support for back of house elements such as dressing room trailers, etc.
Held over Labor Day Weekend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the two-day music festival has been an end-of-summer staple in Philadelphia for more than a decade. Curated by rapper and music industry executive Jay-Z, this year’s line-up featured headliners Tyler, the Creator and Bad Bunny.
For the Rocky Stage, Dierson sought an IP65-rated beam unit that could overcome two major challenges. “Firstly, it ne

 
xytechXytech launches Media Operations Platform
Monday, 17 October 2022

USA - Xytech has launched its new Media Operations Platform for content producers across media, broadcast and technology companies. With new executive leadership and strategic direction, Xytech’s Media Operations Platform provides ‘one command centre for all media, broadcast and production teams to create and deliver content, orchestrate people, resources and facilities, and plan logistics on time, on schedule and on budget.’
With the explosion of content creation across both traditional and non-traditional media organisations, there’s an accelerated need for media teams to have a single platform to manage all the people, equipment and assets required for production. The Xytech Media Operations Platform provides the most comprehensive set of solutions to address each entities’ specific business needs, while also maintaining the ability to integrate natively with an infinite number of solutions.
"When listening to our customers, we heard the need for a deeply integrated, comprehensive solution that manages their entire media lifecycle. We are excited to share that the Xytech Media Operations Platform does just this. Not only has consumption increased through the growth in the number of traditional outlets that many of the industry’s tools were built to serve, but it has also increased exponentially due to the types of industries using video content and the platforms delivering it," said Keith Buckley, Xytech's CEO. "Xytech is well positioned to help companies of all sizes and calibers get an end-to-end view of the media production process.”

 
 
toyota4Auvicom lights Toyota experience with Chauvet
Monday, 17 October 2022

Belgium - Toyota Motor Europe has had plenty of developments to share with customers and the media of late thanks to its impressive array of recently introduced hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, with the opening of its Brand Experience Centre in Brussels, it also has a sleek and engaging new platform for highlighting these innovations.
Located in a former workshop that has been transformed into a contemporary auditorium complex, the new facility features an event space/theatre, studio, and Sky Lab meeting rooms. Auvicom, which has been a major AV supplier to Toyota Europe for over two decades, was responsible for the design and equipment installation at the new centre in consultation with the D-Side Group event agency.
The facility’s 400m2 events space is fully equipped to stage press conferences, product launches and other live happenings, including recording and live-stream broadcasts. Auvicom has ensured that these activities will all take place in a supportive and optimal setting by installing a full AV system that features a 33m LED wall, a fully functional control room, PTZ cameras, microphones, sound-and-image systems, and an advanced lighting rig, which in keeping with the environmental commitment of the company and its client, is comprised of all LED fixtures.
Featured in this lighting rig is a collection of 34 Chauvet Professional fixtures, including five Ovation F-145WW Fresnels, five Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidals, six Ovation F-265 Fresnels, and 10 Ovation CYC1 FC units, as well as eight moving fixtures, four Maverick Force S Spots, an

 
kensington1ChamSys powers lightshow for Kensington
Monday, 17 October 2022

The Netherlands - Indie rock stalwarts Kensington have been widely praised by critics for bringing layers of added dimensions to their music without sacrificing any of its immediate power to engage emotionally. For six days this September, the quartet from Utrecht were supported by a light and video show that reflected the multi-faceted appeal of their songs.
The intricate and tightly coordinated show turned the 17,000-capacity Ziggo Dome into an immersive 3D galaxy of images that flowed in perfect harmony to the music being produced on stage. At the centre of it all was a massive 800m² ‘tree’ made of blow-through and solid LED panels that worked cohesively with intense, fast-moving displays of light.
Like the entire production, the mesmerizing video-and-light combination was the product of intense collaboration, as well as some seamless integration between two ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M Stadium consoles. (A third MQ500M was on site as a backup.)
“The thing that made this show much easier was that we did everything from the same show file,” said lighting director and programmer Leon Driessen. “I first made the cue stacks/cues on my MQ500M, and later we imported them into the video console using the Load Show Structure feature on the MQ500M used by our video director, Fabian Fisniku, who programmed on disguise servers. This worked out very well, as we only needed to make the show file once for all the cues and stacks, including timeline events.”
The 50-universe show (40 for light, 10 for video) was a tribute, not only to the skill of th

 
 
astera-love-me-tonightLove Me Tonight returns with Titan Tubes
Friday, 14 October 2022

Denmark - Lighting designer Sune Verdier used Astera Titan Tubes and AX3 LightDrops as practical and imaginative tools and vital components of his striking lighting scheme for a revival of the popular Danish musical, Elsk Mig i Nat (Love Me Tonight), which was produced by the One and Only Musical Teater company.
The show features a full-tilt string of Danish chart-topping hits from the 1980s, and first premiered in 2009.
This completely new production of the show was directed by Tomas Agerholm with scenography by Benjamin La Cour. It launched at the Scandic Falconer venue in Copenhagen and then played at the Music Theatre Holstebro and at Vejle Music Theatre over three months. Sune – known for his design style and flair – has worked with Tomas and Benjamin on other projects, and they asked him onboard to light this show.
It was a fun show that needed a flexible approach and to encompass multiple moods and atmospheres, but most importantly, to go with the flow of the scenography, explained Sune, whose first challenge was finding a wireless solution for the mid to upstage key lighting.
The backdrop for the original production was a castle being run as a hotel where a group of friends who played in a band together were meeting up with their ex-lead singer who had left to pursue a successful solo career. To make it contemporary, the cast of this version were transposed to a glamping site, which happened to be a massive marquee ballroom built in the castle’s garden – while the hotel is being renovated. Most of the action too

 
jonpardiReade and Ballinger power Pardi with Chauvet
Friday, 14 October 2022

USA - Jon Pardi’s Ain’t Always The Cowboy tour features a towering lighting rig, industrial influenced riser, and scenic design.
Chris Reade, KYVA’s lighting designer, credits Jay Ballinger, the company’s set designer with turning their client’s vision into reality. “Jay and Jon really came together on this,” said Reade. “The idea was to project strength through masculine steel beams and rugged structural elements.”
Reade designed a potent Elite Multimedia supplied lighting rig that featured 190 Chauvet Professional fixtures to accentuate and enlarge the evocative set design. “The lighting architecture is boxy to be consistent with the set; and there are some angles that make it feel larger overall,” he said. “Jay's overall concept changed within our process, but we wanted to have a “wall of light” within the set. We have contrast between cold and warm light, kind of an old school verses new technology vibe. I'm a big fan of this style of lighting, and it works well with an artist such as Jon.”
Shooting light through the blow-through riser that runs across the stage, adds to the impact of the entire design, while a massive wall of light backdrop fills a lot of trim, yet at the same time, the stage seems intimate and deep. Reade credits production manager Jeff “Goofy” Greeninger and LD Jacob Mueller with helping the design team adapt this impressive rig for different venues on the 25-date tour.
“There's a reason why the articulation of the trusses is a certain way in this design,” he said “It looks

 
 
robe-emperor-latam-tourRobe lights black metal gurus Emperor
Friday, 14 October 2022

Columbia - German lighting designer Dennis Feichtner was delighted that the Robe moving lights specified on his production lighting plot were available at each show on a recent Latin American tour with black metal gurus, Emperor.
The band, spearheaded the Norwegian inspired second wave of the genre in the 1990s, and now reform occasionally for special performances and festivals playing hits from their three seminal albums of that era. These are always sold out. A loyal cult following of dedicated fans worldwide are renowned for their enthusiasm and nowhere was that more evident than in Latin America.
Dennis enjoys the theatrical and dramatic potential of black metal was very excited to land in the LD ‘hot seat’ for Emperor earlier in 2021.
The Latam shows were the first gigs of the year for the band, the first time Emperor had played the territory outside of Mexico City and also a first for Dennis’s touring experience.
The band gave him an impression of how they wanted to the lighting to look, basically maintaining a classic 1990s signature, a task much harder than it sounds, especially with music characterised by being extremely fast-and-furious with screeching vocals and loud distorted guitar riffs.
Apart from that, he was left to his own devices and imagination and wanted to build to build an atmosphere and a mysterious aura with copious haze and minimal front light.
He took the colours of the three albums’ artwork – red, blue, and green – and while some might find that limiting, he found it liberating in terms of

 
leyardpermeke3Leyard LED display debuts at Permeke Library
Thursday, 13 October 2022

Belgium - As the city of Antwerp’s main library, the Permeke Library (Bibliotheek Permeke) has a curious story to tell. A striking glass cube construction, the library sits on what was the site of Oscar Permeke’s Ford garage, which was one of the first Ford dealerships in the world and a name that has long been associated with the city. In 1982, the garage was closed permanently before re-opening its doors again in April 2005 as the public library.
Open seven days a week and visited by approximately 2,200 people daily, this September saw the installation of a Leyard Luminate Pro Outdoor Series (LPO) LED screen, replacing the library’s original system of printed posters that alerted its users to its activities.
As well as a wide range of books, comics, CDs, DVDs, music scores, audio stories, newspapers and magazines, the Permeke Library is also a cultural meeting centre with a reading garden, workshop rooms and an auditorium with foyer, where numerous activities and performances take place – previously all communicated via printed brochures.
“In the past the library had always stuck posters to the glass,” recalls Jonas Dossche, Audiovisual Consultant at Play AV. “Not only was it expensive to have them printed each time, but tedious to take down and replace each time they wanted to advertise something new. The client wanted a more up to date, digital solution to allow them to quickly change the content and make it more captivating and engaging.”
Supplied and installed by full-service audio-visual company, Play AV, the new Leyard

 
 
the-tehcnical-team-with-michae-taylor-broderik-first-row-third-from-the-leftHilton Arts Festival celebrates success
Thursday, 13 October 2022

South Africa - It was with slight trepidation that the organisers of the Hilton Arts Festival opened the event on Friday, 23 September in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. After a two-year COVID-19 gap, the depressed economy, the hazardous N3 highway between Durban and Hilton and severely reduced sponsorship, it was a risky decision to take. However, driven by the sure knowledge that the arts are one of the most vital parts of a balanced society and a happy people, they forged ahead.
“With the weather playing ball (no wind, no rain) crafters and visual artists had a steady flow of visitors all weekend,” said Sue Clarence, the founder of Hilton Arts Festival. “All productions were well supported, with several selling out. The community of performers, visual artists and crafters who, over the years, have become a firm part of the success of the festival, were overwhelming in their praise, excited to be back.”
Shows and exhibitions included Firefly and Mandela A Life’s Journey, Urban Circus. The new Music Auditorium raised the bar for music with its acoustic design. “This is what art is meant to do,” Sue adds. “Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to up our game technically which made a huge impression on the visiting production companies.”
This was the 28th year that technical director, Michael Taylor-Broderick from DWR Distribution, was involved in the festival. “Thank you Sue Clarence and Evan Roberts for your unfailing dedication to keeping the festival alive,” said Michael. “You took a huge risk and provid

 
frameworklondon-nameframe:work set to unite real-time content creators in London
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

UK frame:work is a brand-new community event series conceptualised by four key live entertainment production experts: Laura Frank, Luke Malcolm, Soren West and Elliott Dunwody, who have a collective career experience spanning decades across multiple sectors.
The first event will take place at central London’s multipurpose tech venue, CodeNode on 3 - 4 November. For frame:work:london, the team has partnered with Bild Studios, a creative house of media technologists who are pioneering the next generation of visual experiences, in order to present the two-day conference to the industry.
The event will host conversations around the unique challenges of creating video for physical spaces, live performance and virtual worlds.
Laura Frank, frame:work co-founder, who began her own career as a touring lighting programmer for Madonna and David Bowie before moving into the XR space, states: “If you work in real-time content creation, screen content for live entertainment, or interactive content, frame:work is your new home. Together, we aim to build a transparent and peer-supported future for the creative video community of ‘live pixel people’.”
She continues: “From theatre to film, television broadcast, concert touring, conferences, installations and online events, the more we learn from each other about process, the more we’ll improve our relationships across different production communities. Our end goal is to create an authentic community and share valuable insights into the practice of these specialised fields of work.”
The c

 
 
ayrton-huracan-washAyrton releases versatile Huracán Wash
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Europe - Ayrton has announced the release of Huracán Wash, its first wash type fixtures designed around a Fresnel lens.
Designed for rapid scene changes, Huracán Wash is a formidable partner offering efficiency and reliability. A precision machine that provides total confidence for the most demanding users.
Available in three 1000W LED sources (S, ST and TC) to suit a myriad of applications, Huracán Wash has a zoom range of 6.2° - 75° and is designed around a 13-element zoom lens system, equipped with an entirely new Fresnel lens. This lens’ optical structure is specially developed for use with framing shutter blades, and with geometric gobos or ovalisation lenses, allowing it to operate with subtlety and excellence, free from the usual constraints.
A subtle progressive diffusion system allows the diffusion level to be adapted according to the application and accessories or optical elements used. This Fresnel Optimisation System (F.O.S.) also significantly improves the colour mix and can give up to 10% more intensity than a conventional Fresnel lens.
The proprietary optical system of Huracán Wash delivers a 12:1 zoom ratio and a zoom range of 6.2° at half peak to 75° at one-tenth peak.
Huracán Wash adopts the complex colour mixing system of Huracán Profile, offering a double level of CMY saturation that can obtain 281 trillion colours, and a triple corrector (T.C.S. patent pending) for variable colour temperature allowing subtle adjustment from 2700 K to 15000 K and significant CRI improvement.
Huracán Wash introdu

 
jellyroll-1Bandit Lites illuminates Jelly Roll
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

USA - Rapper and singer Jelly Roll is out on the road performing with a lighting system from Bandit Lites. The Southern hip hop country rock breakout artist recently hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart, leading as the top emerging act in the US for the first time thanks to his new album, Ballads of the Broken. The Son of a Sinner singer has been touring with Shinedown on their Planet Zero World Tour.
As Jelly Roll’s sound crosses multiple music genres, his team called upon lighting director Nate Cromwell to program a show that wouldn’t resemble a traditional hip hop, country or rock show, but instead showcase a performance that is as unique and dynamic as he is.
“They also didn’t want him, or the message to get lost in all of the visual noise that can be achieved these days,” said Cromwell, “therefore my approach was to try to resonate and amplify the emotions and expression that was coming through, but in lyrics and music.”
Bandit Lites supplied a modular system that would provide a large amount of visual horsepower that would be able to move on and off the stage efficiently. The system is made up of 120 Ayrton Magic-Dots, Elation CuePix WW2, GLP X4 Bar 10, JDC1 LED Strobes, Robe BMFL Spots and Robe Patt 2017.
“When (tour manager) Ron Gardner first contacted me, he told me that they wanted a wall of light behind the band that was quick to deploy and remove after Jelly Roll’s set since they had to clear the decks swiftly for Shinedown to close the night,” said Bandit Lites vice president of p

 
 
claypakyClaypaky fixtures back Florian Pittis tribute
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Romania - A large array of Claypaky fixtures illuminated the eighth edition of Flowers of the Soul: Remember Florian Pittis, a two-day tribute concert held in Bucharest last June honouring the Romanian stage and television actor, folk singer, writer and director who died in 2007.
“It can be tricky to create something for an already installed simple stage, but with the help of Claypaky fixtures we managed to design a friendly folk music festival in the heart of the city,” reports lighting designer Bogdan Gradisteanu from Marbo Trade, a Bucharest-based production and rental company and Claypaky distributor.
For the rig, he used a selection of Claypaky Sharpy, Mythos 2, HY B-EYE K15, Scenius Profile, Mini-B and Stormy CC fixtures. “We chose them for their versatility to accommodate all the different performances during the festival,” Gradisteanu explains. “Since the event was also recorded, we needed to add a touch of television artistry to the show.”
The lights were positioned upstage, along the sides of the stage, at the top of the stage and on the stage itself providing a full range of coverage for every artist. “The B-EYEs were perfect for background, covering the stage and offering rotating lenses and predefined shapes that were visible even during the daytime,” Gradisteanu points out. “The Mythos 2 gave us the long range beam output we were looking for, and the Scenius Profiles covered the top of the stage with gobos.
“We used the Stormys for the different colour palettes in the songs and also for its full strobe

 
steve-richardson--mat-spencer-1Full Production and Avion TSL forge partnership
Wednesday, 12 October 2022

UK – Berkshire-based Full Production has announced a new strategic partnership with Coventry-based Avion TSL. The partnership will see both companies benefit from the sharing of premises, resources and expertise, enabling the delivery of a stronger and faster service to a broader range of clients in the UK and beyond.
Founded in 2010, Full Production has worked on a variety of top-flight events in recent years, from touring exhibitions and awards shows, to television, festivals and other special events. Drawing on a network of skilled designers, project managers and crew, the company prides itself on its central ethos of ensuring the customer’s vision is realised as fully as possible.
Avion TSL, a family-run business formed in 2001, specialises in providing full-service production for, concerts, fundraising events, fairs, Christmas walks and other visitor experiences. Under the new partnership it will operate under the Full Production banner where appropriate, while continuing its own activities as Avion TSL.
“Avion TSL focuses on a largely different niche, but is very much a like-minded company,” says Full Production’s managing director, Steve Richardson. “We worked alongside them last year, and we saw that they shared our customer-driven approach to the events market, always taking great pride in bringing an event to life, always enthusiastic and professional. I believe we will complement each other very well.”
“We’re both companies that like to say ‘yes’ when clients ask if we can do something, or if we have previou

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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