Lighting News

guinness-storehouse-20-millionth-customer4Proteus helps Guinness Storehouse celebrate
Monday, 8 July 2019

Ireland - A New Yorker visiting the Dublin St James’s Gate Guinness brewery with her Irish fiancé helped celebrate a momentous milestone recently when she became the 20 millionth visitor to Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. The occasion was highlighted with an event that included an indoor concert for 500 guests along with an outdoor lighting spectacle in which Elation Proteus Hybrid weatherproof moving heads helped draw attention to the brewery.
Dublin-based lighting designer Conor Biddle was brought in by events and branding agency Archetype as creative director for the event, which took place 25 April. “The brief was to have the whole city looking in one direction - toward the brewery - so I knew I needed a powerful beam,” states LD Biddle, who adds he had seen the arc-source Proteus Hybrid used on the New Year’s Eve light show on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and was impressed with their performance and durability.
Biddle also handled creative direction on the project and tapped into an element of Guinness’ storied brand, the Guinness harp. “We took the idea of the Guinness harp and created a light harp in the sky with beams from the Proteus Hybrid,” he says. “It was really attention-getting. We wanted to create a lot of social media talk with people wondering what the light beams were all about. The furthest away we had a report that the light beams could be seen was 70km so that was pretty impressive.”
Guinness Storehouse is part of the brewery itself and tells the tale of Ireland's famous beer,

glastonbury2photocredittimmsyChauvet enjoys high-profile Glastonbury
Monday, 8 July 2019

UK - From the Pyramid Stage, where Tim Routledge used the COLORado Solo Batten on headliner Stormzy, to the Flying Bus Stage, the Greenpeace Field and the Acoustic Stage, Chauvet Professional proliferated at the 36th edition of the Glastonbury Festival.
On the Pyramid Stage, a large collection of COLORado Solo Batten fixtures helped outline the architecture of the set and provided immersive colour washes from multiple directions.
At the Unfairgrounds, the GLX Productions team led by managing director and lighting designer Glenn Gridley, used an extensive array of Maverick fixtures to create transformative moments. This was most notable on the Flying Bus Stage, where GLX conjured up an engaging effect with help from 12 Maverick MK Pyxis, 12 Maverick MK1 Spot and three Maverick MK1 Hybrid units.
Maverick fixtures also had a transformative effect on the festival’s Greenpeace Field, where the Bailes+Light team relied on the IP65-rated Maverick Storm 1 Wash to create a forest of light. Adding to the outdoor panorama were COLORado Solo Batten, ÉPIX Strip IP, COLORado Panel Q40, STRIKE 1 and STRIKE P38 fixtures, along with F4IP video panels.
Rob Sangwell and Simon Johnson of Fineline Lighting added a powerful punch to the Acoustic Stage for artists like the Mavericks and Keane with a festival rig that featured 16 Maverick MK3 Spot and 18 Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-john--jane-katrien-vermeire-and-nico-laniere-joh141810328John & Jane adds Robe to event portfolio
Monday, 8 July 2019

Belgium - Ruiselede-based event design and production company John & Jane in Ruiselede has added a fleet of Robe lighting fixtures to its inventory.
The company, which is run by Nico Laniere and Katrien Vermeire, specialises in corporate events but is also supplying technical production needs to a select alternative summer festivals. This work prompted the company’s most recent purchases of Robe lights: a total of 58 MegaPointes and 48 LEDBeam 150s.
The operation includes a technical production / scenic company Delta Rent, which works alongside and independent from John & Jane as required. They have been a steady investor in Robe moving lights from the start, in tune with their aspirations of supplying the very best and most innovative technology and services for their clients.
The new MegaPointes and LEDBeam 150s have been in constant use since arriving. This included a series of summer beach festivals for which they will be used again this year including WECANDANCE - a food and fashion extravaganza with different music across four stages on the beach at Zeebrugge. John & Jane provided the full production for all these stages.
“Robe is a premium brand, however I was happy to pay the price for the quality and reliability, and it’s a decision that has proved a smart investment over the years,” says Nico.
(Jim Evans)

 
maestra-barcelona-tom-clements-and-justin-hammondMaestra Group to open Barcelona office
Monday, 8 July 2019

Spain - London and Dubai-based event design, technical and scenic production company Maestra Group is opening an office in Barcelona this September.
The new base is being launched in response to Maestra’s increased involvement in live events across Europe, particularly in key areas of Spain, the South of France and the Italian Riviera. Maestra Barcelona will be located 20 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from El Prat International Airport.
Company directors Tom Clements and Justin Hammond will oversee the launch. Clements comments: “Strategically, it’s a great base for servicing events across the whole of Europe and ensuring that we stay competitive and dynamic in a fast-moving world of product launches, conferences and events.”
A multilingual team of seven experienced live events professionals will work across all departments at the Barcelona office, which will also have equipment from brands including d&b audiotechnik, Robe Lighting, Analog Way, Sennheiser and Yamaha.
As well as being able to supply design services and technical production for international clients more efficiently throughout Europe, Maestra Group will also be expanding its general European business from the Barcelona office.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
moscowGLP KNVs catch the eye in Moscow
Friday, 5 July 2019

Russia - This winter, a festive event took place in Moscow that stood out prominently against the background of other similar projects. This was due to its conceptual approach, and stylish and thoroughly thought-out stage design, where each element played its role in bringing the core concept to life.
GLP’s LED fixtures were the main performers in the lightshow. These not only decorated the event with spectacular effects, but gave a clue as to the overall concept.
KNVs were included in the equipment list even before this idea had been discussed; the show itself included introduction and solemn entry of the key figures with elements of a theatrical performance, concluding with a small concert featuring such famous singers as Ivan Dorn and Dima Bilan.
“When in December we learned that KNVs had become available in Russia, we immediately chose to use them in the set-up, and build a concept based around these fixtures,” reveals the project’s creative director, Daniil Maneshin. “The festive event, which was to take place in February, seemed like an ideal occasion. If one looks at the circle created by KNV Arcs, an image of a pupil comes to mind. So we grabbed hold of the idea and started to develop it until we had a dominating image of an eye.”
This ‘eye’, consisting of various lighting fixtures, became the key design element. The concept was extended further as tables for the guests were arranged in the form of an eye, as was the ceiling construction, where the fixtures were placed. Even the decorative photo area, where visitors

 
robe-ferrugem-dvd-shoot-img8304Robe lights Ferrugem Rio DVD shoot
Friday, 5 July 2019

Brazil - Singer-songwriter Samba Ferrugem - known for his distinctive red hair that inspired the Ferrugem (‘Rust’) nickname - recorded a live concert DVD in the Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro Brazil. This spectacle was directed by Anselmo Trancoso with lighting designed by director of photography (DOP) Carlinhos ‘Carlos’ Nogueira, utilising 450 Robe moving lights.
This impressive inventory of equipment plus other fixtures and the 500m of LED screens involved, was co-ordinated and delivered by Sao Paulo based rental company Wolf Produções, headed by Gabriel Pincel and João Freitas. Wolf Produções has supplied technical production to the artist on tour and was asked to co-ordinate the substantial kit needed to light this show. Gabriel Pincel was the project’s technical director.
The Robe quote broke down into 36 x Robe BMFL WashBeams, 94 x Pointes, 60 x MegaPointes, 62 x Spiiders, 56 x Spikies, 72 x LEDBeam 150s and 57 x CycFX 8 tilting LED battens. Collectively, these gave Carlos plenty of dynamics to enhance the fast-paced show for camera.
The BMFL WashBeams were positioned for upstage power looks and blasting through from the back. The MegaPointes were rigged on square trusses above the stage and above a long catwalk protruding into the audience.
The Pointes and LEDBeam 150s were rigged on the front wings of the stage and on a series of LED borders framing the over-stage trusses, while the Spiiders were on audience trusses flown above the arena, illuminating the crowd for those big sumptuous wide shots and sweeps across the ve

 
 
william-kirby-ambienceTechLED partners with Ambience Lighting
Friday, 5 July 2019

UK - Lighting equipment supplier and distributor TechLED has opened up its operational reach to encompass two new avenues of business.
The Wakefield-based company has incorporated LED supplier Ambience Lighting into its business framework and has also launched a hire division for specialist LED lighting products.
Operating from Production Park, the rental division will provide the facility to hire LED lighting fixtures, including products such as Luxibel moving heads or architectural floodlights, and Elation weather-proof Pixelbatons, across the UK, with or without specialist operators.
Ambience Lighting’s William Kirby, comments: “We’re excited to be working more closely with TechLED. Gordon’s technical ability and project management skills are second-to-none. We’ve worked together over many years and I’m looking forward to this next stage in our history.”
TechLED managing director, Gordon Addison, adds: “I’m delighted TechLED is able to extend these services to our customers. At TechLED, we have the technical and operational experience to get the job done and get it done right first time, using the best products for the job. It’s a pleasure to be able to extend that assistance to more of our customers and ultimately to the end user.”
(Jim Evans)

 
plasashow-2019-awards-press-release-awardslogoPLASA Awards for Innovation open for entries
Friday, 5 July 2019

UK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation 2019 are now open for entries from PLASA Show exhibitors. Products from all sectors of the entertainment technology industry are invited to be entered for the awards by 16 August.
Judged independently by a panel of industry experts, the Awards for Innovation are respected throughout the industry for recognising innovative new product design. All successful nominees will feature in the Innovation Gallery during PLASA Show from 15-17 September at London Olympia, culminating in a ceremony at the show on 16 September where the winner will be announced.
Product entries must demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice and safety, introduce new technology, materials or techniques, or offer new commercial advantages. Furthermore, an Award for Sustainability is reserved for products which achieve a significant reduction of power, utilise renewable energy or have a positive impact on the environment.
Awards set to be presented at PLASA Show not only celebrate innovative products - they also recognise the people who have led the way. Each year, the prestigious Gottelier Award, named after industry innovator Tony Gottelier, is presented to a pioneering product developer, with the winner voted for by PLASA members and registered PLASA Show visitors.
The 2018 recipient of the Gottelier Award was Unusual Rigging’s Alan Jacobi, with past winners including Wayne Howell, Anne Valentino, David Cunningham, Pasquale Quadri, Jim Bornhorst, John Meyer, Terry Clarke, Fred Foster, Alex Cooper, John Stadius

 
 
zero-88-new-appointments-tyler-holpin-and-edward-smithZero 88 announces three appointments
Thursday, 4 July 2019

UK - Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 has announced changes to its dealer management.
Peter Coles joins the team as business development manager for system solutions. He will cover dealer relationships for the Zero 88 brand in the MENA region complementing his existing activities, which have included supporting the MENA architectural lighting control business, developing DMX based control solutions for a wide range of high-profile projects including theme parks and shopping centres.
Tyler Holpin has been appointed as UK & Ireland sales manager for the Zero 88 brand. His new responsibilities will extend to consolidating the recent UK sales channels and discount structure reorganisation, continuing the roll-out of Zero 88 console training nationwide, and developing the Zero 88 project sales focus as the company continues to explore and develop larger project opportunities.
Holpin has been an integral part of the Zero 88 team for six years, looking after both international sales and key UK accounts. Most recently, he has been building Zero 88’s international sales presence in the Far East and Pan Pacific, landing significant business in both Japan and Australia.
Meanwhile, Edward Smith has recently accepted the position of product specialist. Smith has been around on trade shows and out in the field during 2017/18 whilst completing his third-year work placement at Zero 88 Cwmbran, part of a BSc (Hons) in Lighting Design and Technology at the University of South Wales.
Commenting on the appointments, David Catterall, general man

 
jeff-davenportProlight Concepts Group grows UK sales team
Thursday, 4 July 2019

UK - Prolight Concepts Group has announced the appointment of Jeff Davenport area sales manager. Davenport will represent the company in the north of the UK including Scotland. He was previously employed as a business development manager for Hawthorn and as a UK sales manager for EMD Music.
He comments: “It's a pleasure to now be representing the fastest growing supplier to the UKs event and install industry. With so many event ready products available next day from their huge stock holding, Prolight is a really exciting company to know for every size of business.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
the-dwr-team-cant-wait-to-see-youDWR prepares for Mediatech Africa 2019
Thursday, 4 July 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution will have a major presence at Mediatech Africa, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show in Africa, to be hosted from 17-19 July at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
With a list of international guests attending, the exhibition will see some of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers, distributed by DWR, hosting stands at this year’s exhibition, including Robe, Claypaky, Absen, Prolyte, Visual Productions and Quest.
“We wanted to make DWR a central hub for people to unwind, meet up with our team and catch up with our international suppliers,” says Robert Izzett from DWR.
On the DWR stand, visitors will be able to have a drink or enjoy a cup of coffee. Then, a few steps away, they will have the opportunity to see the latest products being demonstrated. “Our suppliers have jumped on board with great enthusiasm, and we know their passion will contribute to creating a fantastic vibe at Mediatech Africa,” says Robert.
Mediatech Africa plans to host three presentation zones, where discussions and training sessions will be held. “This is a great initiative by Mediatech, and DWR along with our suppliers, are glad to contribute to the conversation,” he ends.
(Jim Evans)

 
chamsysglastonbury3ChamSys consoles proliferate at Glastonbury
Thursday, 4 July 2019

UK - ChamSys desks were included in the production designs on eight Glastonbury stages this year, in addition to others being brought to the festival by a host of LDs working for a wide range of artists like Simon Horn for Maribou State, Isabel Del Moral for Rosalia, and Gary Wilson for Lewis Capaldi.
At the Park Stage, a MagicQ MQ500 Stadium with a Stadium Playback Wing served as the main desk, where it was used by a variety of LDs, including Tom White for Michael Kiwanuka. South West Group Events, which provided stage production, supplied the MQ500 Stadium, as well as the MagicQ MQ80 backup console. The lighting manager for the stage was Callam Thom, and the console operator was Steven ‘Mac’ McCracken.
Southampton-based GLS Lighting supplied a MagicQ MQ100 plus Playback Wing for the Avalon Stage, which was overseen by console operator Will Thomas. The impressive artist list on that stage included James Morrison, with the desk operated by long-time ChamSys user Martin Dudley of Martin’s Lights, and The Cat Empire with LD Paula Trounce.
Other places where ChamSys could be found during the festival included: The BBC Introducing Stage, which had an MQ80 plus an Extra Wing Compact operated by Zac Leighton and Alex Merrett; Silver Hayes WOW Stage, which featured an MQ100 Pro 2010 kit supplied by Fineline Lighting and operated by James “Chimpy” Harrington; Left Field - with an MQ80 and Extra Wing Compact supplied by and operated by South West Group Events.
Greenpeace Field featured a MagicQ MQ500 programmed by David Howard, Unfairgrou

 
 
music-summitMartin rig enhances Music Summit finale
Thursday, 4 July 2019

Spain - Martin by Harman Professional Solutions supported the International Music Summit (IMS) Dalt Vila finale on 26 May.
Martin supplied a full lighting rig, including MAC Quantum, Viper and Aura products, and also featured the recently-launched Atomic Strobe Dot.
Lighting designer Nick Jevons created the lighting display for the event, which was hailed by the organisers of IMS as the best lighting supplied in the 11 years it has presented the Dalt Vila finale.
Martin’s Spanish distributor, SeeSound, supplied logistical and technical support onsite to help ensure that things ran smoothly, Michael Walker, senior sales director at Martin by Harman also attended the event.
(Jim Evans)

 
chroma-q-event-at-ac-et-northChroma-Q celebrates 15 years of LED
Thursday, 4 July 2019

UK - Chroma-Q has celebrated 15 years of LED innovation with summer BBQs and open day events.
The events, held in the Northern and Southern offices of its UK dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET), provided an opportunity for Chroma-Q users, including lighting designers, specifiers, rental production companies and venues, to get hands-on with the latest fixtures.
The full Chroma-Q range was on display, including its film and broadcast portfolio, featuring the Space Force and Space Force onebytwo soft lights, the Studio Force II studio light, and the Brute Force quarter Wendy alternative.
In addition, the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc light and the Inspire range of colour changing LED house lights were also on show. The Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting and media control range of software and hardware solutions featured at the event as well.
The British summer weather held out and allowed guests to indulge themselves with a selection of specialty gin and tonics from the Just the Tonic bar and enjoy an assortment of BBQ food in the sun.
The events were supported by Luminex, who had on show the latest range of LumiNode converters, as well its GigaCore Switches, and AC-ET’s in-house cabling manufacturer, Tourflex Cabling was also a supporter, providing guests the opportunity to discover their new services, including laser engraving and overmoulding.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales & purchasing director for AC-ET, comments: “These events have gone down really well with our customers. Not only was it a great chance to net

 
 
kraftwerkProlights appoints Belarus distributor
Thursday, 4 July 2019

Belarus - Professional entertainment lighting manufacturer Prolights has appointed Kraftwerk Trade LLC as its distributor in Belarus.
The Minsk-based system integrator was founded in 2009 and has been involved in high-profile projects and installations, including the Chapel of St Christopher, Radisson Belarus and the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.
Fabio Sorabella, managing director of Prolights, comments: “Kraftwerk’s extensive skill set and accomplishments make them the perfect distribution partner in Belarus. As previous customers, they understand our values, and we thoroughly look forward to continuing the fantastic working relationship.”
Ulyana Barkova, deputy commercial director, adds: “We’ve used Prolights products for a while now and have been amazed by the quality, output and level of service. We look forward to what the future brings and working together.”
(Jim Evans)

 
hip-hopVari-Lite VLZ Profiles power AJ Tracey tour
Thursday, 4 July 2019

UK - Lighting designer James Scott used the VLZ Profile from Vari-Lite on the recent UK tour by hip-hop artist AJ Tracey.
The LED fixtures had the power Scott required to deliver a visual complement to the bright LED screens on the Brixton Academy showcase gig that closed the tour. Scott, of design studio Suluko, worked with production designer and creative director Bronski, and Amber Rimell, of TAWBOX on the tour’s design.
Scott had already been impressed by the output and performance delivered by just four LED-based VLZ Profiles on Tracey’s UK tour dates, where limited truck space had called for a minimal fixture count. “What we achieved with four VLZ Profiles would probably have required six of any other LED spot on the market,” he says.
With this experience, when three large, portrait LED video screens were added to the set for the Brixton show, Scott was confident the VLZ Profile would not be overpowered by the bright, dynamic background. Increasing the VLZ count to 14, he added cross-stage wash and keylight positions to the floor-standing row he had used on the tour dates. The VLZ Profile’s impressive output rose to the challenge.
“The VLZ Profiles gave beautiful gobo looks and strong, open beam, wide zoom, walls of light,” he says. “Together, the lighting and the video created a strong and iconic simplicity. The VLZs had their role to play and they did it perfectly. The large aperture lens and high light output, without the heat of the traditional discharge lamp, meant it was perfectly suited for the size of venues o

 
 
etcresponsemk2dmxgateways-2ETC releases Response Mk2 DMX Gateways
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

USA - ETC’s new Response Mk2 DMX Gateways translate DMX/RDM to and from sACN, allowing users to put control exactly where they need it - saving money and time.
Available in one-, two- and four-port models, Response Mk2 DMX Gateways provide DMX and RDM data distribution, taking advantage of the reliability and interoperability of industry-standard protocols such as ANSI E1.31 (sACN) and ANSI E1.20 (RDM). Every model now features an OLED screen and four-button interface to display and modify configuration and status.
Response Mk2 DMX Gateways make it easy to deal with the headaches of networks, too, says the company. With increased processing, each Gateway can support 256 RDM devices. Plus, all Gateways can be monitored and configured from a central location with ETC’s Concert software, letting users change network status and DMX/RDM settings
Response Mk2 DMX Gateways offer powerful integration into ETC’s Paradigm, Echo, or Mosaic architectural lighting control systems.
(Jim Evans)

 
robe-at-mediatech-2019-robospotRobe gears up for Mediatech Africa 2019
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

South Africa - Robe Lighting is heading to South Africa to present a selection of its latest moving lights and LED technology on stand - C18 - at Mediatech Africa, at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, from 17-19 July.
This is the second time that Robe hosts its own stand at Mediatech, supporting its local distributor DWR. Expo visitors can look forward to meeting up with key Robe people including CEO Josef Valchar, international sales director Harry von den Stemmen, theatre and performing arts specialist Dave Whitehouse - who previously worked at DWR Distribution - lighting and media designer Nathan Wan and technical specialist Radim Zlebek.
Highlighted products will include the T1 Profile, T1 Wash, SuperSpikie, SilverScan, BMFL FollowSpot, BMFL WashBeam, MegaPointe, RoboSpot and Divine 160.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
wicreations-rammstein-20190527221635WIcreations debuts WImotion with Rammstein
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Europe - Entertainment engineering specialist WIcreations is working with Rammstein and their production team on the current three-month stadium and festival tour around the UK and Europe including Russia and Latvia.
WIcreations took the opportunity of working with the band to launch its new integrated WImotion system, which gives precise control and synchronisation of individual and group moving chain hoists utilising SIL3 group position monitoring.
WI, well known for their own industrial strength automation and engineering solutions, was asked to supply several custom staging and automation elements for the tour.
All this is being co-ordinated for WI by Koen Peeters and Hans Willems, who were asked onboard by the tour’s technical consultant Jeremy Lloyd of UK based Wonder Works.
They have worked closely with Rammstein’s own creative team, a collaboration between lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe from Woodroffe Basset Design (WBD), production designers Wieder Design Studio and Wonder Works. The band themselves are also very involved in their stage presentations.
WI has designed and built six backwall structures which are part of the set and contain integrated lighting elements. 104 Vari*Lite 6000 moving lights, 210 Solaris Flare Q+ LED strobe/washes and six ColorForce 72” LED battens are integrated into these.
All the lights are rigged on integrated mounts that slide over the grid structure and into place. WI’s design means they remain on the structural beams during transportation, making it extremely fast to install t

 
kunzGLP supports Marco Kunz Förschi tour
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Switzerland - Marco Kunz released his fifth album Förschi earlier this year, and from March to May, he set out on a club tour throughout Switzerland.
LD Benjamin ‘Beni’ Bohler, who has previously worked for numerous other Swiss artists, including Luca Hänni, Bubble Beatz and Züri West, was at the console for the first time with Kunz. He states: “With my lighting art I want to transport audiences to a free, unencumbered world that both fascinates and amazes them. Of course, it’s always about creating a recognition value for the music, and supporting the artists on stage to the optimum.”
Party of his armoury for the Kunz tour included six impression E350, which Beni set on the stage, on three different levels. Also represented in the lighting design were a number of GLP impression X4 Wash.
“I used the E350 to play with shadows and bring movement to the stage,” he explains. “That’s how various effects were achieved that you do not necessarily see every day. The large zoom, the excellent colour rendering and the enormous speed of the lamp gave the light show a lot of dynamism. For me the E350 is an ingenious lamp that I would like to use again and again.”
Finally, he paid tribute to GLP’s Oliver Schwendke and Andreas Brandt. “They provided great cooperation and I look forward to many more great projects using GLP fixtures in the future.”
Kunz’s performance and Beni Bohler’s lighting design can be seen and heard over the summer at numerous festivals throughout Switzerland.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
mosqueMartin illuminates Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

UAE - Martin Professional Middle East (MPME) recently outfitted the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi with a Martin by Harman exterior lighting solution.
Located in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an imposing structure with a 262ft main dome and four minaret towers rising to a height of 351ft. As the largest mosque in the UAE and the third largest in the world, Grand Mosque accommodates up to 40,000 visitors.
The mosque recently opened a new three-story visitor’s centre bookended by two glass dome entrances. Abu Dhabi officials hired MPME to install an exterior lighting solution that would visually emphasize the new visitor’s centre and glass domes. In order to overcome the challenge of outfitting the dome’s curved surfaces, MPME installed 2,556 Martin Professional Exterior PixLine 10 fixtures.
“Installing a high number of fixtures on a curved surface is a complex process,” says Bilal Assidi, sales manager, MPME. “We selected the Exterior PixLine fixtures because Martin could supply them in customized lengths, which reduced installation time and cost, and also allowed us to perfectly integrate the fixtures into the structure of the domes.”
The Exterior PixLine 10 is a linear LED video fixture for media facades and creative installations, which can be fully customised in terms of length and colour to match any specification while the power source is hidden. In addition to illuminating the translucent domes at night, MPME also utilises the creative LED media façade to display video

 
claypakyzaryadyeconcerthall1Claypaky lights Moscow’s Zaryadye concert hall
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Russia - When Moscow’s Zaryadye concert hall opened it became one of the most technologically advanced venues in Russia. It features a large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures in its 1,600-seat philharmonic auditorium and the smaller, 400-seat theatre.
Zaryadye is part of a new park adjacent to Red Square and next to the Kremlin walls. Its Philharmonic auditorium is equipped with stage machinery, precisely chosen lighting gear and integrated engineering technologies that allow it to host different types of productions from classical music concerts and theatrical performances to international conferences and shows.
Claypaky fixtures selected for the hall include 54 A.leda K-EYE K20s, 12 Scenius spots, 12 Scenius profiles and 30 Show Batten LED linear lights.
The K-EYEs were chosen for their quiet operation, notes Vasily Litvin, Lighting Director of the DOKA Center, a Claypaky distributor in Moscow, which has been involved with the project since Zaryadye’s conception in 2015. “As the stage is intended for acoustic concerts a minimal level of technological noise was one of the main priorities when choosing the equipment,” he says. “Nothing should disturb visitors while they enjoy the tailor-made acoustic characteristics of the auditorium.”
He finds the K-EYEs to be “ideal for the orchestra pit and auditoriums: Their new 6-color system of color synthesis provides a white which does not differ from a classic halogen lamp while at the same time enables the user to change colour temperature or work with tones”. The same fixtures

 
 
eiffel-tower-130th-anniversary33Elation Proteus lights Eiffel Tower spectacular
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

France - Paris celebrated the Eiffel Tower's 130th anniversary in May with a spectacular son et lumière atop the Iron Lady with 60 Elation Proteus Hybrid luminaires used in an extraordinary double helix design. The weatherproof Proteus moving heads played an integral part in the sound and light show and were supplied for the event by technical solutions provider Magnum, who has been involved the majority of Eiffel Tower events since 2004.
Magnum’s role on the project was to interact between the artistic ideas of set designer Bruno Seillier and the Eiffel Tower’s technical director. Programmed by Magnum’s Clément Lelevé, the custom light show portrayed a series of moments in history including Gustave Eiffel’s design and construction of the tower, special broadcasts France got to experience due to the tower’s height, the two World Wars, and other notable events in history including the recent fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral.
“For this great and historical event, Seillier wanted to feature the tower as the ‘DNA of Paris’ so the 60 Proteus Hybrids were positioned accordingly on the top section of the tower,” stated Magnum head Jérôme Chupin. A double helix design of Proteus fixtures, mounted above the second platform, lent itself to a beautiful symmetry of design, sending powerful beams of light thousands of feet into the Parisian night sky and allowing for unprecedented visual effects. The Proteus fixtures worked with other beam effects (in domes) located at the platform positions.
Climbing technicians akin to mountaineers s

 
charlotte-westerADJ Group appoints tradeshow manager
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

USA - The ADJ Group of Companies has announced the appointment of Charlotte Wester as its new tradeshow manager. Based out of the group’s Los Angeles HQ, she will be responsible for organisation of the company’s stands at the numerous tradeshows at which it exhibits each year, representing its brands including Elation Professional, ADJ Lighting, Acclaim Lighting, Global Truss America and Avante Audio.
After graduating with a BFA in Lighting Design, Wester moved to California to work for Stage-Tech as a project manager, draftsman and account manager. During this time she expanded her knowledge and experience working on projects with production companies including Live Nation, Trevanna Entertainment and Michael Levitt Productions.
“Tradeshows are very important not only for staying in touch with our existing customer base and showcasing our new products, but also for introducing our brands to new markets,” comments Toby Velazquez, president of the ADJ Group of Companies. “The role of trade show manager is therefore vital for ensuring our continued growth and success, which is why I am very pleased that we have been able to find the ideal candidate for the job. With a strong background in the lighting industry as well as practical project management experience, I am confident that Charlotte will soon become an integral member of our close-knit, professional and passionate staff.”
“This is a great group of companies and I am very excited to be a part of it,” adds Wester. “I am looking forward to getting to know and working alongside th

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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