UK - To mark the centenary of Stephen Joseph’s birth and the 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, the ABTT Stephen Joseph Committee has announced an award to commemorate the life and work of the influential theatre practitioner and pioneer of theatre in-the-round.
A statement from the ABTT says: “Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. He was one of the founders of the ABTT and the Society of Theatre Consultants, now the Institute of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence, and was an inspiring university teacher. His pioneering work has given rise to the use of myriad forms of theatre and open staging in current practice. At the heart of his philosophy was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience. Above all, he established theatre-in-the-round as a legitimate theatrical form in the UK.
This award honours Stephen’s wide-ranging legacy which continues to influence many aspects of theatre practice. The first ABTT Stephen Joseph Award will be presented in June 2021.”
ABTT Stephen Joseph Award specifications:
There are three categories from which one recipient of the award will be chosen. For the sake of clarity, there will be just one award in 2021 presented to the most deserving nomination drawn from any one of the following categories:
1. A living individual whose work or body of work has created an exemplary and adventurous relationship between performance and audience.
USA - The Entertainment Services and Technology Association's (ESTA's) Technical Standards Programme (TSP) has announced the 2020 recipients of the annual Above & Beyond Awards.
The TSP exists because hundreds of individuals from across the industry volunteer their expertise and significant amounts of time to write and improve standards that increase safety, provide interoperability between different manufacturers, solve problems, and make life easier. The awards are a chance for volunteers to celebrate those of their peers whom they feel have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the programme.
The 2020 Above & Beyond Awards were presented to:
Ethan Gilson, Entertainment Rigging Services, LLC (Rigging Working Group). Ethan was praised for his expert knowledge of rigging and his unique approach to both analysing rigging challenges and coming up with their answers. His method of evaluating the relevance of a subject and converting it into an ANSI accredited rigging standard is extraordinary. Ethan's enthusiasm about the TSP has also inspired many people to volunteer, which has helped the program flourish.
Wayne Howell, Artistic Licence (Control Protocols Working Group). A long-time consistent contributor to the CPWG, Wayne was lauded for being a task group leader on the E1.20 Remote Device Management (RDM) revision project. Working late hours across international time zones, Wayne has demonstrated exceptional leadership in guiding the task group and has exhibited an admirable determination to make certain that every voi
Germany - Built in 1908, the Laeiszhalle concert hall in Hamburg enchants visitors with architectural features, such as the towering organ integrated into the back wall of its stage. This made the historic venue an appropriate setting for Hype, an on-demand Netflix production by and about the award-winning comedian and author Felix Lobrecht.
No stranger to German fans, Lobrecht has rapidly risen to become one of the country’s most sought-after stand-up comedians as a result of his television shows and books. Following his first live tour, the highly successful kenn ick, he launched Hype in early 2020.
The appearance at Laeiszhalle was a stop on the Hype tour. As things turned out, it also wound up being the site of his stand-up special on Netflix, which was published on the streaming service in November 2020. Supporting this recorded performance was setting created by the Protones team from Lüneburg, and a lighting design by Alex Schmidt that featured over 75 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Led by project manager Niklas Martin, the Protones team took care to accentuate the extraordinary setting of this location, not only for the limited socially distant live audience, but also for those who would watch the on-demand production audience at home. Working with Schmidt, the Protones team created a look that supported the artist on stage, while also emphasized the remarkable ambience of the hall, an aspect of the production that was important to Felix Lobrecht himself.
"Our instruction from the client was indeed very specific
Italy - The industry has been paying tribute to Marco Bartolini, a popular and well-known industry face in Italy and internationally, who passed away on 10 February 2021 following a short battle with cancer.
Marco started working with Robe in 2004 when at SR Consulting, and since 2007 he has headed the team at Robe’s Italian distributor, RM Multimedia. Earlier in his career, he had worked with other notable industry brands and companies including SGM, always living and breathing the entertainment technology world that was his passion and in which he became a key figure.
His kindness, generosity, affable personality, and laid-back humour touched everyone he met, while his natural charisma and direct, honest approach to business impressed and earned respect, even from competitors! He possessed the wonderful ability and had a big enough heart to see positive attributes everywhere and in so many people.
Everyone wanted to hang out with Marco at shows, gigs, events, and exhibitions.
In his wide circle of loyal industry and personal friends, he was a person of integrity, vision, tolerance, and was an open and non-judgemental spirit. His trademark infectious smile – which cemented so many friendships and business deals – was widely loved.
Robe s.r.o. CEO Josef Valchar stated, “Marco was a beautiful person and one of a kind. I and all the international team at Robe who were lucky enough to work and spend time with him over these last 17 years will miss him greatly. His understated and cheeky wit, his attention to detail, his love of
Australia - Lighting designer Hugh Taranto lit a vibrant array of artists performing on the Sydney Stage for the 2020-21 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’s New Year’s Eve broadcast. The high-profile event culminated in a pyro spectacular fired off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, stretching right across the harbour and watched by millions across Australia and worldwide.
This year, the event was named We Are One following 12 gruelling months that started with raging bushfires and ended with the ongoing pandemic. As the date neared, the tough decision was taken to go ahead without a live audience, due to general Coronavirus concerns, then a fast-spreading local cluster developing in the days immediately prior meant that even plans for a limited capacity ‘local hero’ audience – nominated by communities – had to be dropped.
Wanting to fill the gap immediately in front of the stage with some sort of atmospheric element that would look good on camera, Hugh and the team from lighting vendor Chameleon Touring Systems proposed 56 x vertical Astera Titan Tubes, set up to create an interesting and dynamic “immersive light display” later dubbed ‘The Field of Dreams’ by the producers.
This inventive visual solution had to compliment and work harmoniously with both the stage lighting rig designed by Hugh, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge illuminations designed by Ziggy Ziegler.
Underlining the symbolic importance of this year’s roll over, for the first time ever the broadcast was split between ‘live’ stages in Sydney and Mel
South Africa - In Pretoria, the State Theatre’s 640-seat Drama Stage hosted the rounds and finale of the 2020 Idols SA, complete with a lighting design by Joshua Cutts of Visual Frontier and technical production delivered by Dream Sets for SIC Entertainment. This sixteenth series was directed by Gavin Wratten.
While the show would normally decamp to the 3000-capacity Carnival City Big Top Arena in Johannesburg for the finale, this year everything remained at the State Theatre, and while accommodating a strictly limited audience of 250, the visual elements of the production were also expanded to add some serious WOW factors!
Like any LD asked to add more lights, Josh jumped at the chance to seriously pimp up the rig with an additional 120 Robe moving lights for the finale which was broadcast live on the Mzansi Magic CH 161 on DSTV as usual.
Josh has lit the finals – where the last 10 contestants are whittled down to two – for the last 10 seasons, so part of his 11th edition challenge was to make it dramatically different from before. Then, without the move to the larger venue, his key task was to create a signature visuality for the finale and help ensure that fans watching would still enjoy a great value experience.
In addition to the house band which had been present through the series under the musical direction of Kurt Herman, Tima Reece and Llewellyn George, an array of aerial performers were also added for the finale, giving Josh some extra interesting elements to light.
The Idols Live Show rig – which fea
Denmark - A Copenhagen shopping centre has installed 30 ADJ LED-powered moving head fixtures to provide a flexible lighting system that can be used both for special events and general ambient looks. Mounted to the high ceiling of the mall’s large atrium, which allows their beams to reach all across the main space, the fixtures have proved to be a big hit with the centre’s management who love the versatility that the system provides.
Located in Taaastrup, a suburb of the Danish capital city, CITY2 is a large shopping destination that also incorporates an ice-skating rink and nine-screen movie theatre. Originally opened in 1975, it was one of the first modern shopping centres in Europe, inspired by the popularity of the ‘everything under one roof’ malls of the United States. Despite its long history, CITY2 is continuously being updated and renovated, with the latest of these projects involving the installation of a lighting system to enhance special events and promotions.
The company responsible for designing and installing the new system, as well as supplying the ADJ fixtures, was SoundStoreXL, based in Aarhus. Six years ago, Kim Birk joined SoundStoreXL as sales manager in order to establish a new installation division. Kim is a qualified electrician with more than 20 years of experience in the sound and lighting industry. Starting with small projects for shops, restaurants and nightclubs, this part of the business has now also grown to supply larger venues such as the CITY2 shopping centre.
“When I met with the CITY2’s management,” ex
USA - The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY, is Christine Whelan Sharp’s favourite venue to light in and not just for its graceful Art Deco architecture with its gleaming exterior and stylized accents. Nor is it for the theatre’s rich 91-year history that has seen the likes of Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones grace its stage.
What Sharp especially likes about this venue is the sense of intimacy performers and crew feel with the crowd. So, it took some getting used to when she stepped inside the Palace on 15 January to light a livestream show by rockers Annie In The Water before 2,900 empty seats.
“It was a different kind of feeling working that theatre when it was empty,” said Sharp of High Peaks Presents. “We had the band facing upstage during the livestream, so the downstage apron was really the back of our stage and the empty seats were the backdrop.”
Sharp worked this configuration to the advantage of her design by using six Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures from High Peaks’ own inventory to create an arc of light behind the band. Positioning the 440-watt spot-beam fixtures in a curved line behind the band and intersplicing them with RGB linear fixtures, she framed the group in a colourful glow.
The arc of colour from Sharp’s floor package played off nicely against the overhead house lights, which were set a low intensity, and the evocative video images from Frankie Cavone and Mirth Films. This allowed just enough of the empty theatre to be picked up by the camera to give the livestream a deep, redolent look that accentuated
World - Following the recent announcement of Virtual Showlight 2021 which will take place online on 25 May, 2021, Showlight is renewing its Call for Papers from speakers keen to be a part of this inaugural event.
Showlight has always centred on its fascinating programme of papers, delivered by lighting practitioners from around the world. Determined to uphold the spirit of the popular quadrennial event despite the global restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Showlight will treat its delegates to a day of talks and networking opportunities online that give a flavour of the full event.
Submit your ideas
The organisers are therefore issuing a fresh call for papers to anyone involved in lighting - be they lighting designers, lighting directors, directors of photography, architectural lighting designers or associated crafts like programmers and manufacturers - to submit papers ideas suitable for presentation in the virtual conference on 25 May. Papers are to be 20 - 30 minutes in length, followed by a Q&A session. “Full technical support will be given in advance, so don’t be daunted by the virtual platform,” says Showlight.
“We aim for variety, across topics relevant to all aspects of the lighting industry today, and we envisage this will be especially appealing to speakers whose commitments usually prevent them from speaking at a full Showlight event. We want to hear about your experiences, your ambitions, your inspirations, your concerns, your successes and your failures. We are not looking for simple product promotio
UK - The team behind Lightware Visual Engineering UK & Ireland has announced the appointment of Craig McQueen as head of business development.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Lightware family,” says McQueen who has 26 years’ industry experience. “As a brand that is very well known for its quality and reliability, I look forward to sharing a number of exciting developments with our customers and partners.”
McQueen will be responsible for furthering the growth of the brand in the UK and Ireland and will partner with the sales team.
“Craig McQueen joins us at an exciting time as we continue to grow the Corporate business,” says Craig Storey, sales director UK & Ireland. “Craig will play an integral role in further strengthening our presence in the UK market. His wealth of industry and product knowledge will serve him well in his position and I look forward to his success in the role.”
UK - Zero 88 has announced a new array of online product training sessions running through February and March 2021, presented in-person by product specialist Edward Smith.
Running via Zoom, participants can also request a link to the recording for re-watching ‘and use these assets as a tool for refreshing and reinvigorating their lighting console programming skills’.
Most of the training is focussed on Zero 88’s popular and powerful FLX range of lighting control consoles. These first sessions of the year will cover the FLX, FLX S24 and FLX S48, plus the ZerOS Server, and will also be applicable to other Zero 88 consoles running the ZerOS operating system.
This follows on from a considerable number of regular training seminars initiated by Zero 88 throughout 2020, taking advantage of the unexpected free time that so many lighting professionals found themselves facing as lockdowns and COVID restrictions kicked in.
So successful was the programme that Zero 88 also started live streaming several sessions that can be re-watched at any time on their YouTube channel.
“We wanted to continue the trend and keep assisting with learning and refreshing in the areas people are demanding,” stated Edward.
The sessions are crafted for anyone who wants to know more about Zero 88’s powerful and easy to use FLX range and are aimed at three key groups – those interested in the brand and the architecture; those looking for a console that’s right for them and their application; and experienced power-users wanting to maximise and get
Germany - The annual New Year's Eve show on broadcaster ZDF (Silvestershow) is a fixture of the German TV calendar. Moderator duo Andrea Kiewel and Johannes B. Kerner welcomed the New Year with numerous musical guests, yet this year everything was different. Instead of the traditional fireworks display, a stage light show with no audience took place.
As technical service provider for the event, AMBION was faced with the challenge of setting up and dismantling an open-air TV show in the cold, wet December weather. The show took place in the middle of the capital under the strictest hygiene regulations and used over 800 lighting fixtures. Some 130 weatherproof moving lights from Elation’s Proteus series were an essential part of the solution, supplied by Motion Rental.
In addition to the Proteus fixtures, 16 new KL Panels with RGBWLC array were used for white light on the moderator stage. The fixtures, broadcast-quality softlights, brought an additional challenge however: AMBION had ordered a number of the versatile LED soft lights but delivery was tight due to extremely high demand in combination with the global effects of the pandemic.
"It was not an easy task for manufacturers and sales," says Marc Petzold, managing director of LMP Lichttechnik, Elation’s German distribution partner. “But we worked between the holidays to get the goods, which had arrived just in time on 29 December, delivered to Brandenburg Gate in Berlin."
AMBION was not only responsible for the lighting, but also for the functional sound system optimised for the tra
UK - The Grand Brighton hotel, a landmark on the seafront in UK south coast city and resort Brighton, is highlighted by an Anolis LED lighting installation illuminating its majestic front façade.
Designed by architect John Whichcord Jr. and built in 1864, originally as a hangout for the smart set of the day, today it offers over 200 rooms, many with spectacular panoramic sea views and full conference facilities while its distinctive Victorian and Italian features remain almost unchanged.
The Anolis lighting scheme was installed as part of a wider modernisation programme happening along Brighton’s Kings Road seafront which is a collage of historical and modern architecture.
Anolis UK was initially approached by the hotel’s management and asked to specify a suitable, more energy conscious and cost-efficient luminaire to replace their ageing discharge lighting scheme and enhance the building’s substantial façade.
The Anolis lighting scheme was designed by Ian Forrow of IJF Lighting and the installation completed and commissioned by LTP Integration.
It was a detailed operation due to the building being heritage Grade II listed. Key lighting considerations included getting precise coverage with minimal light spill to wash the impressive 75m-wide frontage accurately and smoothly.
The lighting scheme also had to conform to the various heritage requirements as specified by Brighton and Hove City Council, which includes the exact colour of light that should be used on the façade and stipulates how many times a year it can be lit
UK - Originally slated to reopen Leicester’s Curve Theatre as part of a season of socially distanced ‘in-the-round’ shows, Sunset Boulevard in Concert was forced to become a streaming event due to continued lockdowns in the UK (see the full production report in our latest issue, out now). Nevertheless, the technical production continued to be supported by new generation Profile, Spot and Wash lighting from GLP, as originally planned, which now took on an increased role.
Theatre lighting designer Ben Cracknell, an associate artist at Curve with a long list of credits behind him, specified a large quantity of the new impression 350 series from GLP. The multi-camera film version - which was scheduled to stream over an 18-day period starting 22 December - brought even more out of the venue, according to Cracknell. “What was already a fairly distinctive in-the-round production, using not only the 960-seat auditorium but the studio theatre as well, became enhanced as scenes were staged on technical galleries, beneath the auditorium and in the balcony as well.”
The automated lighting fixtures, which comprise six impression S350 Profiles, six E350 Spots and four S350 Washes, proved invaluable as Ben’s design needed to evolve to the new staging and medium at very short notice.
Simon Barrett, head of GLP UK, has a relationship with Ben Cracknell dating back to the time when they both studied lighting at Rose Bruford College. “The plan is to help with the
Belgium - During the pandemic, when so many activities have been cut off, the municipality of Herentals made its magical streets even more inviting to walkers by adorning them, as well as some of their most beautiful landmarks, with richly textured lighting displays created by The Creative Factory (TCF) with Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Kristof Van Mensel, lighting designer for TCF, deployed Maverick and COLORdash fixtures, supplied by Studio Haifax, throughout the city of Herentals and the adjacent towns of Morkhoven and Noorderwijk. In the process, he created “an atmospheric walking environment” for locals and visitors alike.
Among the highlights of this walking panorama was the illuminated Lakenhal (Cloth Hall) an impressive structure dating back to the 15th century in the city centre. Once the heart of the region’s thriving textile trade, the sandstone and brick building features a 35m high octagonal belfry with a clock and belltower to its north, and a historic statute commemorating the Farmers War to its south.
Van Mensel and his team used some of their 18 Maverick MK3 Profile fixtures to accent the distinctive architectural features of Lakenhal and dramatise its towering belfry. With its vivid gobo patterns set against bold colour washes on the building itself and more subtle hues at the top of the tower, their design led people to see this familiar landmark from a fresh, new perspective.
The remaining Maverick MK3 Profile fixtures were used to create a compelling light-scape on the historic church in the town of Morkhoven. “W
China - Canton Tower, formerly known as Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower, is a 604m observation tower in Guangzhou, China. It is reportedly the second tallest tower in the country and the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. The structure was topped-out in 2009 and became operational in 2010 for the Asian Games.
Advanced Communication Equipment Co. Ltd (ACE), MA Lighting’s exclusive distributor in China, recently installed one grandMA3 light, one grandMA3 replay unit, six grandMA3 processing units and 16 grandMA3 8Port Nodes, all using grandMA3 software to run the tower’s architectural lighting, which was previously controlled by a grandMA2 system.
“One challenge was the tower’s height,” the company says. “Achieving smooth lighting in real-time and stability were key to the project. The main body of the Canton Tower is 454m high, so the network system had to deal with these distances.”
“The grandMA3 light and grandMA3 replay-unit are used as master and backup. The console and the network cabinet realise the long-distance signal transmission via the network with the nodes set up on the tower body - on floors 7F, 16F, 29F, 33F, 65F, 74F and 110F - to send DMX signals to the luminaires," explains Long Zhiyong, technology manager from ACE’s Guangzhou Lighting Department. "The grandMA3 system is trustworthy, and the stability of the system plus the convenience of programming made our work more efficient and straightforward."
Lux Li, in charge of marketing at ACE’s lighting department, adds: "A grandMA2 system w
USA - Immersive experience experts PixMob scored with both football and music fans alike at the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show featuring a performance by R&B star The Weeknd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Following on the heels of PixMob’s success lighting up last year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show - which featured Jennifer Lopez and Shakira and drew over 104m viewers - PixMob were tapped once more (their third time overall) to provide an epic game-day experience.
Employing over 22,500 LED wristbands for live audience members (and some 30,000 adapted LEDs for the cardboard cut-out ones), 500 ‘flares’ (ultra-powerful LEDs) for the performers on the field, 75 LED masks, and 150 ‘light-up eyes’ (on face shields) for the choir, PixMob demonstrated their ability to turn audiences into part of the show while creating a pulsating, colourful and entrancing canvas of light for viewers at home.
“We’re very happy and honoured to be doing the Super Bowl Halftime Show for a second year in a row, especially during these exceptional pandemic conditions. We approached it as both a challenge and an opportunity, and we are very pleased to have been able to offer such an uplifting experience for everyone watching this extraordinary event during these unprecedented times,” said Jean-Olivier Dalphond, president of PixMob.
Best known for their respected events record - from tours with Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and the Spice Girls to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and NHL and NBA playoff games — PixMob has shifted and adapted
UK - Distro Design has been working with long-standing customer BBC Studioworks to upgrade the dimming system for Studio D at BBC Elstree Centre.
BBC Studioworks selected Distro Design’s most advanced dimming system for the project, which features GEN VI lighting controls from LSC Control Systems. This technology provides greater flexibility for the user.
A permanent 400A Powerlock output panel, with variable and switchable RCD and rotary 400A MCCB, was designed by Distro Design for the initial installation to provide a new, clean power supply to the six dimmer racks on the gantry.
Over two kilometres of new cables were supplied, with various connectors, from the incoming supply, via the dimmers right out to the lighting fixtures. The cables were built to BBC Studioworks’ exact specification by Distro Design.
The system features 4 x 24 ways of LSC Control Systems’ GEN VI 5kW with 7-pin, 3-phase and 32A/single-phase sockets, and 2 x 48 ways of the GEN VI 2.5kW with Socapex outputs. All the dimmers have been built to BBC Studioworks’ exact specification by Distro Design, using high quality components.
A further dimmer has also been supplied for the floor package. This consists of 1 x 48 ways of LSC GEN VI 2.5kW with Socapex outputs, with fully patchable bay on the top, along with 12 extra 16A/single-phase sockets for local power.
All the dimmers were supplied in customised cases with hex-grip board and client’s logo on the side, all of which were designed and manufactured by Custom Cases, part of Distro Design.
Mexico - Lighting designer Delher López harnessed the power of 50 Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures to create striking spot/beam lighting effects for a TD Bank commercial for the Mexico City region.
An industry veteran with more than 19 years’ experience in lighting design, López has many live music credits, including the Juanes’ Mis Planes son Amarte tour, Maria Leon’s El Sargentour and Unbreakabletour and DLD’s Primary and Future tour.
For the TD Bank spot, López chose a 50 Sharpy Plus to meet the request of the director and DP for lighting effects that gave depth and spot/beam looks to a minimalist set. He tested Sharpy Plus for their focus and functionality before making his pick.
López says he selected Sharpy Plus “for their versatility, speed, solid colors, and uniform projection as well as their constant, stable light temperature. They could work in spot mode without degrading their power.” He positioned the Sharpy Plus fixtures, well spaces apart, on a custom 18 x 12m box elevated to a height of 10m and controlled them with a grandMA2 light console.
Sometimes the Sharpy Plus beams fanned out to illuminate actors standing in light-edged circles beneath each beam; at other times the beams criss-crossed in saturated colours. The Sharpy Plus fixtures also concentrated their beams to illuminate small spots on the floor and were angled to produce an overlapping pickup sticks effect.
“The commercial shoot lasted 18 hours, and the Sharpy Plus’ performance was always the same,” López reports. “The lights always maint
New Zealand - Music fans in New Zealand kicked off their 2020-21 summer festival season with the Downtown Shakedown event in Wellington where a diverse line-up included Fat Freddy’s Drop and rising star singer-songwriter Benee who joined popular favourites L.A.B., Ladi6, Sola Rosa and Sunshine Sound System to welcome everyone to Waitangi Park.
The new event – which celebrated being able to stage live music shows again due to New Zealand’s containment of Coronavirus – was organised by Precision Live which is run by Andrew Tuck who also produces Homegrown, one the country’s major annual music festivals.
Stage lighting, rigging and site power was supplied by Wellington-based rental company Grouse Lighting, project-managed for them by Steve Sanders, and Robe moving lights were at the core of the production lighting system.
The 350sq.m of stage space (including wings) was located inside a 40m wide by 90m long marquee. A 14m by 10m deep ground support system provided the lighting positions, with an upstage 4m high LED wall also in the mix.
Twenty Robe LEDWash 600s were utilised for overhead washes and side-fill positions – on drop bars – with 24 x LEDBeam 100s allocated for various floor packages with some on trusses above the audience.
Twenty-four Pointes were used on the rear truss, on the upstage side drops either side and also in selected floor packages, again proving perfect for the job with their multifunctionality.
Eight Robe ColorStrobes were also added to the rear truss / side bars. Lighting control was via a g
UK - Artists including Sir Elton John and Radiohead are putting pressure on the government to resolve the problems around post-Brexit EU touring. UK artists will face red tape and fees for visas to play in some EU countries.
Sir Elton John told The Guardian: "Either the Brexit negotiators didn't care about musicians, or didn't think about them, or weren't prepared."
But Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government had "pushed" for a solution and the door was still "open". She told MPs on Monday that the government had put forward a "very straightforward" plan to allow musicians to travel without work permits, drafted "in consultation with experts from the UK to creative sectors". She added: "Quite simply the EU rejected this proposal."
Brussels has previously argued the opposite, saying it was in fact the UK that turned down its offer.
Meanwhile, a growing number of MPs and Peers are rallying behind Tim Brennan’s petition and call for visa free travel for touring artists and professionals
Brennan’s Carry on Touring campaign seeks to secure free EU movement for touring artists and professionals. Carry on Touring is calling on the Prime Minister and the UK Government to take action and re-open negotiations.
Tim’s petition which has almost 300,000 signatures. asks the UK Government to negotiate a free cultural work permit to allow touring professionals visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states and to secure a Carnet exception for touring equipment.
“Support for my petition has been phenomenal,” says
UK - LSi is sad to report the passing of respected lighting designer Jon Pope earlier this month.
Having worked in rock’n’roll and corporate lighting, in recent years Jon was well-known for his work lighting productions for simultaneous live and TV audiences, including Crufts and the Windsor and Olympia horse shows. He leaves behind wife Barbara, daughter Sam and son Lewis.
Jon’s son Lewis has issued the following statement:
“Dear friends and colleagues, it is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of my father, Jon Pope. He passed on Wednesday evening after a sudden and catastrophic brain haemorrhage. His family were able to be at his side until he passed.
“He was such a big man, not just in terms of stature but kindness and talent too, that there is now a great void left in all of our hearts. We know that he impacted many people during his lifetime. Many of his friends have described him as 'one of the kindest men I know' which is a simple and beautiful summary of him.
“With the current restrictions, the funeral will be limited and we are looking at ways to live stream the service and have a more inclusive online gathering at some point. We have also opened a memory book for any wishes, comments or thoughts. Please email his daughter Sam on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish for details of the memorial services or wish to contribute to the book.
“One of the brightest lights on Earth has now departed only to be rigged in the heavens above. May its warm and loving glow (because Jon was an old-sc
Europe - Creative Technology (CT) UK has announced the formalisation of its new dedicated systems integration team for the UK and European integration market.
This long-term planned expansion that CT UK have been working towards over the last few years was accelerated by the rapid growth in customer demand for support in implementing permanent solutions and strengthened with the acquisition of Ion Solutions (now CT Ireland) back in 2019, says the company. Graeme Bunyan and Jack Strong are joining the CT team.
As director of technology, Graeme led the design development and technology strategy on major international projects including the UAE Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 and the Opportunity Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020, V&A Dundee (2019) to name just a few.
“Joining CT is an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Bunyan. “I am looking forward to working with so many talented people and helping develop and grow the integration business further.”
Jack comes to CT with a well-established reputation in the integration systems industry. He notes, “Ever since being introduced to CT during my time at Panasonic, I have been a huge admirer of their work and this is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of the most creative minds in the industry.”
John Roche, managing director of Creative Technology Ireland, says, “In recent years we have seen a marked convergence in services within the audio-visual industry, many clients now wish to bring the same levels of technical innovation into their permanent installations as they adopt in
USA - Shoreline City Church (SCC) held a fully social distanced and masked Covid-safe Christmas Eve service and celebration at the American Airlines Center (AAC) in Dallas which featured a diversity of performances by multiple artists and a flurry of different vocalists from the church, all backed by their house band.
The church asked Josh Beard and Jacob Vanvlymen from Houston, Texas-based production design specialist Visual Edge to create a memorable production design.
They chose Robe BMFL moving lights – a mix of BMFL Blades, BMFL WashBeams and BMFL FollowSpots – to be at the core of the lighting rig.
Visual Edge was initially asked to present some design ideas which would incorporate lighting and video by SCC’s technical director Jeremy Hix. Three concepts were presented and one selected in which automation was also central to the design.
Taking into account the idiosyncrasies of a socially distanced audience, Josh and Jacob knew the importance of the design being “immersive” and able to reach out and touch everyone in the room, transferring the energy and action of everything happening onstage.
Automation helped achieve this, allowing completed shifts in the stage architecture and plenty of visual surprises that could be revealed throughout the event.
Movement also enabled “supersizing” the rig at key moments to make the environment look and feel huge, sweeping everyone up and into it. Furthermore, working in conjunction with a large ‘blow-through’ LED screen upstage, it helped create a series of unique p