Lighting News

v1-1Bandit and Moo TV partner up at Venue One
Friday, 2 October 2020

USA - Bandit Lites and Moo TV are offering another collaboration at Bandit’s Venue One space, complete with a full lighting and video setup. With 10,000sq.ft of open space, clients will have access to the industry’s best in lighting and video.
The lighting system is comprised of six 20ft curved towers each loaded with Chauvet R2X wash, Chauvet R1 FXB and Chauvet RH1 Hybrid fixtures topped with an Elation Smarty Hybrid. The front 25ft truss has GLP X4 wash units and a BMFL spot controlled by the Robe RoboSpot system, while a rear centre Robe BMFL spot is also on the RoboSpot system. In the centreis a 10ft circle loaded with more Chauvet R2X washes and Ayrton Magic Dots as well as a 36” mirror ball on its own chain hoist.
The entire system is laced with 500ft of TMB LED programmable festoons. Base Hazer Pro units provide the haze, and all of this is controlled with a grandMA2 full size desk running software.
Booking Venue One includes access to the fully-outfitted, massive production space, as well as virtual programming suites, two loading docks and a ramp for a quick and easy load-in and loadout, high-speed Wi-Fi access, dressing room, kitchen areas and private restrooms. The turnkey package includes room rental with power, access to above amenities, the Bandit Lites lighting rig and Moo TV video panels as well as two lighting tech leads and one video engineer.
Clients will also save on load in and load out, as all the gear is already installed. Optional services are also available, including livestream services, additional ligh

ayrtonStar appearance for Ayrton Khamsin in Singapore
Friday, 2 October 2020

Singapore - The Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore has taken its first-ever stock of Ayrton LED moving heads with the recent addition of Ayrton Khamsin profile fixtures to its lighting inventory. Forty-four Khamsin-S and 6 Khamsin-TC fixtures were supplied to the landmark venue by Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for the region, Total Solution Marketing.
The majority of its new Khamsin profiles have been installed in the 5000-seat Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre’s key venue, which prides itself on its state-of-the-art stage technology. The Star Theatre hosts a wide range of amplified music and speech events, including large scale, high-profile conferences, pop concerts and dance performances, and recently hosted the Singapore National Day 2020 Concert.
“The Khamsins are mainly rigged on overhead fly bars and FOH trusses from where they facilitate the multiplicity of diverse events that happen here,” says head of lighting, Mohamad Azhar Bin Mazlan. New Creation Church holds its weekly Sunday service at the venue which provides an opportunity for Khamsin’s capabilities to truly enrich the experience. “The Khamsin-TC profiles are used as the pastor’s key light during the service, with the Khamsin-S fixtures used primarily for effects and occasional supplementary key light,” continues Azhar.
Ayrton Khamsin was chosen after the team at The Star Performing Arts Centre carried out comprehensive research to find LED moving head replacements for the venue’s existing inventory of 1.2kW discharge fixtures. “Our original o

robe-circo-de-hielo2-asm09064-photo-pepe-castroRobe in the ring for Circo de Hielo 2
Friday, 2 October 2020

Spain - It’s approaching a year since Spanish lighting designer Juanjo Llorens first compiled his design for Circo de Hielo 2, the latest winter show from Madrid-based Productores de Sonrisas (Smile Producers), creators of large scale multidisciplined extravaganzas like Circo de Los Horrores and many others.
The newest arena show, directed by Suso Silva, played in a bespoke 1,800-capacity circular tent that was erected for the run of shows at IFEMA Madrid that combined premium ice skating with acrobatics, breath-taking stunts – including a skater fighting with a violinist playing live - and heaped with theatricality, pumping live music and visuals.
Juanjo chose 40 x Robe LEDBeam 150s, 24 MegaPointe and 24 Spiider moving lights to be central to his lighting rig, and these were purchased for the run of shows by Productores de Sonrisas.
Right now, the producers, creative team, technicians, and cast are anxiously awaiting a possible announcement of dates for 2021, when this mega production can hopefully be reprised after its original run from November 2019 to February 2020.
The final performance portentously finished just before the live entertainment industry worldwide was shot down with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Juanjo has worked on several previous Productores de Sonrisas productions, a challenge he always enjoys, and his first ice show for them was in 2016. The new tented venue for this one was also designed to provide more precise rigging positions to accommodate the various technical disciplines – lig

themaskedsinger4Chauvet reveals The Masked Singer
Thursday, 1 October 2020

Belgium - During a career that has seen him work on TV specials like European Commission’s Presidential Debate, and popular programmes, including Dancing With The Stars Belgium and Liefde voor Muziek, Michiel Milbou has built a reputation for his key lighting.
However, in his recent project, Belgium’s version of The Masked Singer, Milbou got to depart from his usual concerns about getting the talent’s face lit “just right”.
“There were no faces to light in this show, since everyone was wearing a mask,” said Milbou, the founder and owner of Never Fear Shadows. “That was very different, and in many ways a nice change, since it opened up many creative possibilities. It allowed us to go with colours that matched the masks without worrying about key lighting faces. So, if there was a character with blue mask, we could hit it with various blues, something we couldn’t do to a face. We used Follow-Me software to track the masked characters on stage so we could keep all kinds of different effects on them.”
Providing the colourful light that enlivened the masks and famous costumes of contestants were 27 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profiles, which, like the other fixtures in the rig, were supplied by Splendit. “We used the MK3 Profile as our front light,” said Milbou. “Its CMY + CTO colour mixing and zoom ratio were helpful in giving us creative options.”
The interplay of colours on the masked characters’ faces was only one of the flourishes that Milbou and his team brought to their design for the

gdtf-vpltGDTF website migrates to VPLT association
Thursday, 1 October 2020

Europe - General Device Type Format (GDTF) founders MA Lighting, Vectorworks, Inc and Robe lighting have transitioned the GDTF website to VPLT - the German Entertainment Technology Association. This migration will ensure a compliant platform for the exchange and future development of GDTF, which offers manufacturers and users a better way of planning and controlling complex productions from design to implementation for an event.
“On behalf of the three founding companies, we are all more than pleased to move the GDTF website under the roof of the VPLT, an independent association,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “This step is actually underlining what was always the intention of the original website, which is a barrier-free entity for serving the entire lighting industry community of end users, as well as manufacturers regardless of products, brands and boundaries.”
GDTF was conceived to create a unified definition for the exchange of data for the operation of intelligent luminaires. The unified standard provides a constituent and dependable way to adapt new fixtures and devices in the lighting industry. GDTF was previously recognized by DIN SPEC 15800 as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide.
“Technological developments are part of everyday life in our industry and ensure even better opportunities to deliver creative solutions that are precisely tailored to diverse productions of the highest quality,” said

collage-wb#WeMakeEvents takes global centre stage
Thursday, 1 October 2020

World - In a collective show of solidarity, live events professionals from all corners of the world held peaceful demonstrations to once again raise awareness of the dire effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector and its workforce.
The #WeMakeEvents #StandAsOne Global Day of Action held yesterday, 30 September, was the single largest coordinated global event to take place since the campaign launched in the summer.
Just as with the regional events that preceded it, the demo saw thousands of cultural buildings being lit up in red, whilst the #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed hashtags trended on social media.
Campaigners have continued to push for state support for an industry that’s been unable to resume sustainably due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. After more than six months of uncertainty, the future of a once-thriving sector and its workforce has been further threatened as a second spike in cases has seen restrictive measures being re-introduced by governments.
A raft of celebrities and artists endorsed the campaign, including Coldplay, Radiohead, Elbow, Mumford & Sons, Melanie C, Noel Gallagher and His High Flying Birds, James Bay, Frank Turner, Keane, The Libertines, Faithless, Massive Attack, The Happy Mondays, Biffy Clyro, Madness, Fatboy Slim, Skunk Anansie, and many more.
Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis also shared a message of support: "Right now, tens of thousands of people who carry the UK's hugely successful live music and events industry are out of work, through absolutely no fault of their own. The m

manewsgma3-onpcsolutions1170x695New products for grandMA3 onPC solutions
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Germany - MA Lighting has introduced new products for its grandMA3 onPC range: the grandMA3 onPC fader wing and the grandMA3 onPC xPort Nodes DIN-Rail.
The grandMA3 onPC fader wing is designed as a hardware playback expansion to the grandMA3 onPC software. In combination with this free of charge software, the grandMA3 onPC fader wing offers the full playback capabilities and adds 2,048 parameters to the grandMA3 onPC parameter count.
The range of grandMA3 onPC xPort Nodes DIN-Rail are specifically designed for the ever-increasing demands in fixed installation applications to build a reliable and stable backbone of synchronized data transportation. All Nodes are remotely configurable from any console or onPC station within the session to provide easy access to DMX output or DMX input.
The grandMA3 onPC range offers powerful and easy to use solutions that are a cost-effective entry into the professional lighting world of MA Lighting.
It consists of two components – the free, easy-to-install and use grandMA3 onPC software for MAC and Windows, plus the powerful onPC hardware solutions.
The grandMA3 onPC software delivers the same performance and uses the same software functionality as the grandMA3 full-size, light and compact models.
The scalable grandMA3 onPC solution system is suitable for budget-sensitive events and installations. Different hardware options in combination with the free-of-charge grandMA3 onPC software build the basis for a genuine lighting control system.

nanlux-dyno-seriesNanlux introduces Dyno Series softlights
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

China - The new Dyno Series softlights from Nanlux has been developed for film, broadcast and media applications for both studio and location work.
Backed by almost 30 years of experience operating at the cutting edge of lighting technology, the Nanlux family of professional LED products are amongst the most innovative, versatile, energy efficient soft sources available. Built using state of the art LED technology, the Dyno Series has been expertly engineered to combine stunning levels of ultra-efficient, low energy illumination with complete control, allowing users the artistic freedom to innovate and explore.
The Dyno Series allow precision management over every aspect of their output. Flicker free, fully tuneable between 2,700K and 20,000K and dimmable from 0-100% in ultra-precise intervals of just 0.1% (1-100%), whether choosing tungsten, daylight or from over 16 million available colours, the creative possibilities are virtually limitless.
Robert Kulesh, executive VP Nanlux Americas, comments: “We are immensely proud to be introducing the Dyno Series. This exciting, new family of LED softlights offers users a hugely effective, low energy alternative to traditional light sources. They are feature rich, extremely capable and incredibly versatile.”
Both the 650W and 1200W units feature a collection of preset, fully customisable effects plus an extensive ‘gel library’, allowing users to instantly switch between a huge variety of looks or to match almost any lighting filter configuration.
The low profile, intelligent design, make

claypaky-mini-b-parled-aqua3Claypaky debuts weather-resistant LED PAR
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Europe - The Claypaky MINI-B PARLED Aqua is a weather-resistant, mini par fixture with 40W RGBW LEDs.
With the increasing demand for weather-resistant fixtures for entertainment and architecture applications, Claypaky’s MINI-B PARLED Aqua fits the needs for size, output, and features, says the company. With its seven Osram 40W RGBW LED engine, this little fixture makes it one of the brightest available.
MINI-B PARLED Aqua is a static version of the recently introduced MINI-B that is IP65 rated. This fixture has the same optical and electronic features as the MINI-B: a motorized 4° to 55° zoom, independent control of the central LED for effects, 2500K to 8000K colour temperature control, 16-bit dimmer with four different dimming curves, 25 flashes per second electronic strobe and Ethernet access.
This fixture is compact and lightweight and complimentary to the MINI-B and MIDI-B fixtures in optical performance and colour consistency.

prolightsProlights illuminate Battiti Live 2020
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Italy - Radionorba Vodafone Battiti Live 2020 was staged from 16 to 24 July. The series of concerts which features all artists on the current Italian pop/rap scene, usually consist of a tour travelling throughout Puglia region. This year, due to the restrictions caused by the spread of Covid-19, the artists performed inside the beautiful Aragonese Castle in Otranto in front of a limited but enthusiastic audience.
Mod Srl, which is part of Rooster Srl (long-time technical partner for this event) was the company in charge of the lighting project. A large number of Prolights products have been used to light up both the stage and the location.
Emilio Lombardi, owner of Mod Srl said: “We had the pleasure to be part of this iconic event again, setting up the lighting design. Our goal was to highlight the venue and the artists in a very impactful way. To do so, we used Prolights Sunbar, Sunblast, Stark 1000 and Halupix on the backstage, and a total number of 200 Smart BatPlus as light sources among the audience.
“The Sunblasts recreated the perimeter of four triangles hanging under the stage's roof. The most beautiful detail was that in the middle of the roof, meaning among these triangles, we realized the outline of a heart, logo of the event since the beginning. The Sunblasts mounted on the outer structure of this heart were handled by Artnet, which means pixel to pixel for a stunning final effect. The Sunbars were installed on the ground and on off stage trusses, working as frame to the external led screens.
“We couldn't be more convinced by

trssonorisationChauvet creates moving tribute in Alsace
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

France - One hundred and fifty years ago, Woerth in Alsace on the banks of the Sauer was the site of a ferocious and desperate battle that opened hostilities in the Franco-Prussian War, or the War of 1870 as it is sometimes called.
Involving thousands of French and Prussian soldiers, the Battle of Reichshoffen was marked by valour and heroism on both sides. In August, the people of this region commemorated the 150th anniversary of the struggle by gathering at some of the solemn monuments that dot its landscape while following social distance protocol.
Among the most impressive of these structures is Le monument Belvédère, a stately 20m stone tower built to memorialise the soldiers of the Hessian Fieldartillerie Regiment No. 11, which fought on that long-ago summer day.
Accentuating the powerful effect of the pillared monument was a balanced and colourful lighting design by TRS Sonorisation that featured Chauvet Professional WELL Fit LED fixtures.
“The Town Hall of Woerth requested something for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle,” said Christophe Gasser of TRS. “We used the rich colours of the lights to create looks that marked the occasion, while complementing the beauty of the site and the monument.”
Gasser and his colleagues at TRS positioned 34 of the WELL Fit units at the monument. They strategically arranged the IP65-rated RGBA luminaires at the eight base columns of the structure. Because these massive columns were constructed to create Romanesque archways, the ground level of the monument is an op

arena-wien11Elation Fuze Profile chosen for Arena Wien
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Austria - Live event venues, Arena Wien, sought to upgrade its storied performance stage with a new profile luminaire and chose Elation’s Fuze Profile LED framing moving head for the job.
Arena, Vienna’s top alt-music venue, grew to prominence in the 70s and 80s as a platform for cultural and social activities and is still an important centre for Viennese youth and alternative culture today. Located in a former slaughterhouse and possessing an old industrial charm, the venue houses a large hall for concerts, as well as two smaller rooms for events of all types.
Elation partner AVL-Medientechnik of Traiskirchen, located just south of Vienna, has been supplying consumables to Arena Wien for years so it was only natural that they were contacted about the lighting upgrade.
“Together with the lighting technicians at Arena, we looked for a suitable full-colour lighting fixture that met the requirements of the location and one that had a good price-performance ratio,” stated AVL-Medientechnik CEO Christian Walter, who says he learned about the Fuze Profile from Elation sales representative for Austria Karl Lager.
“After thoroughly looking at the luminaire, Arena Wien decided on 12 units as it was the best fixture and in the right price range.” Another important selling point, according to Walter, was AVL-Medientechnik’s in-house service workshop in which they fully service lighting equipment with personal, individualized service and no worries for the client.
“It’s a very high-value series of lights and one that appeals to

chinaAdam Hall Group partners with Speaker Electronic in China
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

China - Adam Hall Group has welcomed Speaker Electronic (Jiashan) Co as an exclusive distribution partner in China.
Effective immediately, Speaker Electronic (SE) will take over exclusive distribution for all brands of the Adam Hall Group in the country, including LD Systems, Cameo, Gravity, Defender, Palmer, and Adam Hall.
The announcement was made at a press conference with more than 200 invited guests from audio associations, large event companies, and the ME sector. Connected online for this occasion were Michael von Keitz, chairman of SE, and Markus Jahnel, COO and managing director of the Adam Hall Group, as well as members of the German team.
Speaker Electronic and the Adam Hall Group’s relationship began in 2006. The Chinese subsidiary Speaker Factory is German owned and has been an important supplier for the Neu-Anspach event technology company since that time.
In his video message, Chairman von Keitz spoke of the many years of confidence, fairness, and reliability in the now 14-year cooperation. “Our most important shared goal was and always will be to supply our customers with well-designed quality products,” says von Keitz, who is also the German owner of Speaker Factory.
In his opening speech, COO Jahnel mentioned the most important flagship projects of the Adam Hall Group, such as the iconic MAUI P900, developed in cooperation with Porsche Design Studio, and also looked back on the success story of LD Systems as a global player in the pro audio industry. Jahnel emphasised Speaker Factory as a loyal supplier and contr

esb-bobcarey1WeMakeEvents Global Day of Action planned for 30 September
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

World - The #WeMakeEvents campaign has been ramping up activity in order to highlight how the global live events industry urgently needs to get back to work. Over 30 million people in 25 countries would usually work in the events industry, but with social distancing measures in place, there is no possibility of a financially viable return for the foreseeable future.
Over the past weeks, events have happened around the world - including in the US, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain and the UK - to raise awareness of those impacted in the event supply chain, from manufacturers, production companies, catering, transport, security and others, to the huge freelance community that works within the industry.
The majority of the industry has had no income since the beginning of the crisis in March, and with a global second wave of COVID-19 imminent, a date to return to work has become impossible to predict, leaving many companies and individuals devastated, both financially and personally.
The industry is now joining together as a worldwide force on 30 September for a Global Day of Action. This marks the start of a new phase of the #WeMakeEvents campaign which will continue to alert governments to the disastrous situation the sector faces.
“The situation in Spain is terrible and we’re working very hard to highlight that to our government,” says Juan Jose Villa, from Spanish trade association, AFIAL. “Our event on 17th September got coverage on most of Spain’s regional television and radio stations, and we believe that we have shown ho

seeds2Chauvet creates aura for Seeds in Penzance
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

UK - In 1905, a coal merchant by the name of JH Bennett donated funds for the construction of a massive cast iron and stone bandstand in Penzance’s Morrab public gardens. Standing serenely amidst the winding paths and lush foliage of the park, the open, circular structure with a classic cupola roof, has blended harmoniously with its surroundings ever since.
This sense of balance and proportion made the beloved Cornish landmark ideally suited for the final, season five showpiece of Seeds, an outdoor dance recital involving 30 socially distant performers from the UK. Aside from providing a supportive geometrical setting for the precise choreographed moves of the dancers, the holistic symmetry of the bandstand reflected the performance’s mission of supporting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lewis Williams wove the bandstand into the lighting design for Seeds by drawing on the output and colour rendering quality of the Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Spot fixtures to create an engaging 3D aura of light around the iconic structure.
“I incorporated the bandstand into the design because it provides an awesome surface to bounce lights off of,” said Lewis. “Directing light from the R1s onto the roof of the bandstand, I got some stunning colour and gobo effects through the smoke. It created an atmosphere throughout the entire area when I bounced light off the roof. The gobo wheels also worked incredibly well on this project creating stunning break up gobos around the band stand as well as beyond when pointed outward into the

robe-masked-singer-belgium-tms-7Robe lights Unmasked in Belgium
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Belgium - Masked Singer - TV singing competition with celebrities concealed in elaborate costumes and full face masks, in this case depicting the Wolf, the Dragonfly the Queen and several others to keep their identities secret whilst performing cover versions - hits Belgium for the first time this autumn.
Presented by Niels Destadsbader and recorded at NEP Studio in Londerzeel, a judging panel and the audience are drip-fed with clues as to their real identity . . . which is revealed when one is voted off at the end of each episode.
Lighting for the show, broadcast on VTM, is designed by Michiel Milbou and includes nearly 200 Robe moving lights, a combination of 58 x Tetra2 and 56 x CycFX 8 moving LED Bars, 36 x MegaPointes and 36 x LEDBeam 150s. The 400 or so lights in total involved - including video and light-panels - are supplied to the production by rental company Splendit.
Michiel was asked onboard by executive producer Olivier Deprez, who together with director Maryse van den Wyngaert and set designer Koen Verbrugghe make up a dynamic creative team who have worked on several previous eye-popping TV productions. The four collaborated to produce the slick production aesthetic characterising the Belgian show.
The set design evolved into the clean and minimalist look with the entrances as two giant masks clad in a neutral white surface so they could be fashioned and transformed by mapped video projections, with a moving LED screen in between them and two more moving video screens outside of each mask. In front of these is a black glos

plasa-eventgraphics-02-04-1PLASA to run online programme covering business, industry & new tech
Monday, 28 September 2020

UK - PLASA, the lead association for the events and entertainment technology industry, has announced PLASA Online 2020, a programme of free online content running from 12 to 16 October. Designed to provide industry professionals with the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate the COVID-crisis and prepare for what’s next in live events and entertainment, the week-long online event will consist of a curated selection of keynote talks, panel discussions, product presentations and technical sessions. Thought-leaders and business experts will address the most pertinent issues such as the COVID crisis, Brexit, technological innovations, and safety regulations.
Additionally, leading brands from audio, lighting and AV will present their latest products and solutions, including: Adam Hall, DiGiCo, ETC, Highlite, Signify, Sound Technology and Vectorworks. “These sessions offer a fantastic opportunity to discover the latest technology in preparation for when live events resume,” says PLASA.
James Simpson, LSi journalist and lighting visualiser for Copper Candle, will present the best in virtual theatre and live event experiences. He will explain how you can use your existing skills in this emerging sector and will demonstrate his new virtual theatre platforms which he hopes will become the future of virtual theatre.
Award-winning speaker Marcus Child will address how industry professionals can build resilience and lead in times of challenges. Marcus’s impressive reputation as a speaker spans 18 years in which he has helped thousands of CEOs

tmb-solaris-flaresSolaris Flares Cut through Stanley Cup ice
Monday, 28 September 2020

Canada - TMB’s Solaris Flare Q+ and Flare Q+ Linear lighting fixtures are playing a leading role in the National Hockey League’s 2020 Stanley Cup. The clashes on ice began 1 August, with a champion to be crowned this week.
When production designer Gary Wichansky and lighting designer Tom Kenny got the call to collaborate on the event - on live TV with an empty audience - they knew their design must pump up excitement for the estimated 5million+ hockey fans watching at home.
The NHL Conference teams were quarantined and divided into two ‘bubble’ cities: Toronto, with its Scotiabank Arena, and Edmonton, with Rogers Place. With near-identical set-ups planned in both arenas, they needed lighting equipment that could light large spaces, and in double the quantities.
The design called for powerfully bright LED fixtures, with flicker-free performance for the cameras. Kenny enjoyed using Flare Q+ fixtures on many MTV VMA Awards and with The Who, among other projects. He had also seen the Flare Linear (LR) in many video clips. He checked with Canadian Production Company, Solotech, for quantities and, with gear now off the road from Taylor Swift and BTS tours, they could supply what he needed.
Kenny specified 132 Flare LR and 13 Flare Q+ in Toronto and 136 Flare LR and 13 Flare Q+ in Edmonton. Each set is massive, spanning half the arena. The long, rectangular Flare LRs are positioned in vertical rows between each LED screen to serve as a continuation of the visuals, or as “bookends”, Kenny describes. The Flare Q+ are sprinkled throughout th

craftwork-cafeChauvet DJ lights intimate open mic night
Monday, 28 September 2020

Germany - Covid-19 has challenged creative minds to reimagine old ways of doing things. The results have often been transformative. This was the case recently when the backyard of an open-air cinema took on the air of an intimate club for the Craftwork Café in Oldenberg.
An open stage show featuring independent artists, the ‘café’ traditionally took place in a crowded, cosy bar not far from the shores of the Baltic. That was before the pandemic. With lockdown restrictions in place the popular event had to find a new home in more spacious quarters.
That’s when kreativ:LABOR, a local creative collective, and Christian Hansen, owner of Hi-Fi Science Fiction, stepped in. They arranged to have the show moved to a space on the grounds of the outdoor cinema Cine-K.
To give the open-air venue a more intimate look, the team contacted Daniel Bremer from Heinrich Visual Design to create a stage that called forth images of a homey living room. As the technical director, Christian Hansen enhanced this intimate atmosphere, while supporting the performers on stage, by creating an engaging lighting design with help from Chauvet DJ fixtures.
“We were very eager to do this,” said Hansen. “Within 48 hours of announcing the event, all artist-slots where fully booked. Everyone was so excited to finally perform again – especially with an open-air feeling this time.“
In the end, eight independent artists, singer-songwriters, poetry slammers and turntable maestros where able to perform 15 minutes each for a broad audience. Each performance wa

vergeVerge Aero soars with Philadelphia Eagles
Monday, 28 September 2020

USA - Verge Aero recently took to the skies together with partner Strictly FX for a celebratory light show marking the launch of the 2020 NFL season for the Philadelphia Eagles. The company, which is based in Philadelphia, deployed a fleet of 200 drones to deliver the large-scale aerial performance, which played out above Philadelphia’s Mann Centre for the Performing Arts.
As Eagles fans across the city looked on, Verge Aero’s sophisticated, GPS-guided drones delivered dynamic images, logos, animations and messages of support across Philadelphia’s night sky. Imagery included the screaming eagle’s head of the team’s logo, animated football players, and messages including the Eagles’ Let’s Fly slogan and fans’ familiar refrain, Go Birds.
The Verge Aero team collaborated closely with the Eagles to develop new graphic concepts while optimizing their brand identity and messaging for aerial display. The stunning show content was carefully programmed by Verge Aero’s design team prior to launch, using the company’s proprietary software.
The drones took off and touched down again at a safe zone adjacent to the Mann Centre. Thanks to its class-leading drone technology, which has been specially developed to ensure simple deployment, accurate positioning and fully reliable operation, the company was able to complete the whole performance with a minimal crew, following strict COVID-19 safety guidelines at all stages.
The show, which was filmed for the Eagles’ website and shared widely on social media, also drew enthusia

cineplex-alsdorfElation upgrade for Alsdorf water tower beacon
Monday, 28 September 2020

Germany - The nearly 40m high water tower in Alsdorf is a well-known local landmark that serves as an unmistakable beacon to anyone in the area. Visible for miles in every direction, its prominence has great benefits for the retail establishments nearby, none more so than the Cineplex Cinetower Kinopark that sits at the base of the historic structure. Cineplex Cinetower offers more than 1,600 seats across nine theatres as well as the Zwei Brüder restaurant, a new kind of cinema and leisure experience all at the same location.
The water tower recently received a dynamic night time illumination courtesy of Elation Professional luminaires specified and installed by APA Showtechnik of Belgium. “A tower is a unique architectural structure that is something special and presents a unique opportunity for illumination,” comments Daniel Huppermans of APA Showtechnik. He says the reason behind the installation is simple: “To show that there is a cinema there and to attract people to the area.”
The multiplex cinema is operated by the Stürtz brothers, a family with a passion for movies who have managed movie theatres in Germany for decades. The Stürtz family also operate a popular cinema in Aachen where APA Showtechnik had earlier illuminated the foyer to the brothers’ great satisfaction. “That turned out well so they asked us if there was something special they could do with the tower in Alsdorf,” Huppermans said.
“We proposed a dynamic lighting concept and they liked the idea. The Stürtz brothers are quite knowledgeable about lighting and

robe-pula-arena-red-alert-2020Robe lights Pula Arena red for #WeMakeEvents campaign
Monday, 28 September 2020

Croatia - Robe moving lights were at the core of a spectacular lighting scheme designed to illuminate the Pula Arena in Croatia in red for the evening of 1 September.
This was in solidarity with the #RedAlertRESTART action in the USA which saw over 2000 buildings lit in red all over North America on the same date, to highlight the critical stage of the live events and entertainment industry globally during the Coronavirus pandemic and the need for support and roadmap to re-starting.
Pula’s world-famous arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre in the world to have four side towers and all three Roman architectural orders – Doric, Ionic and Corinthian – intact. It was constructed between 27 BCE and 68AD, is among the largest six surviving Roman arenas worldwide and is also the best-preserved ancient monument in Croatia.
The lighting scheme was designed by Emil Koller, Dalibor Vidaček and Igor Svećarovski – who were proud to have the chance to transform this already stunningly beautiful space into something even more special for the evening.
The design utilised 12 x Robe MegaPointes, six MMX WashBeams and 12 x BMFL Spots which were supplied by rental company I.D.D. Production (Idea Design Decision Production).
The 12 x MegaPointes were positioned on the stage floor with the six MMX WashBeams rigged above a projection screen, all focussed on washing the arena’s internal walls.
Six of the BMFL Spots were rigged on top of the columns above the auditorium, with six on the ground below, and all the lights were programmed

ovation-h55fcChauvet introduces Ovation H-55FC
Friday, 25 September 2020

USA - Chauvet Professional has made an addition to its popular line of Ovation house lights. The new, compact Ovation H-55FC offers theatres, recital halls, houses of worship, and other venues greater versatility by fitting seamlessly into smaller spaces.
The RGBAL fixture works with the larger H-605FC, as well as other Ovation house lights, to provide a smooth even field of light throughout a room. Its removable fixture yoke, sconce mounting kit, and recess mounting simplifies the installation process, even in tight quarters. Adding to its versatility, the new house light features interchangeable lens plates to adapt to different mounting heights.
Suited for applications that need to eliminate distractive background noise, the convection cooled Ovation H-55FC is operates in complete silence. The fixture’s RDM and W-DMX control offers greater flexibility.
Weighing in at only 7.4 lbs. (3.4 kg.) and measuring 13.14 x 6.92 x 4.52 inches (334 x 176 x 115mm), this compact house light packs a powerful array of performance features including 16-bit dimming and a selectable red shift, as well as virtual colour and colour temperature pre-sets, says the company.

new-cuts-art-centre-looks-to-a-brighter-future-with-the-help-of-prolights-led-fixtures-c-callum-macdonald-The Cut looks to a brighter future with Prolights
Friday, 25 September 2020

UK - Since opening its doors 17 years ago, Suffolk creative entertainment, education and enterprise hub, the New Cuts Art Centre (The Cut), has gone from strength to strength, becoming a centre for arts in the community, and now offers a full programme of activities, including a weekly cinema, theatre, music, regular art exhibitions and an educational programme.
Looking to the future, the venue decided it was time to upgrade their existing lighting rig in the theatre to LED. As the space is used for a variety of performances and events, they needed fixtures that were versatile, easy to use and that could work for a range of styles - Prolights fixtures proved to be the answer.
Callum Macdonald of CM Lighting oversaw the specification and install of the lighting fixtures. He commented: “The theatre is a small community theatre that doubles up as a cinema. The programme mostly contains one-nighters and musical acts, so I wanted to create an easy to use fixed rig. There are no dedicated in-house technicians, so re-rigging for each act was not a viable option.”
After discussions and product demonstrations given by Benjamin Taylor of A.C. Entertainment Technologies - Prolights’ exclusive UK distributor - The Cut chose to invest in Prolights EclFresnels, EclProfile and Studio Cob PARs .
Callum continued: “I chose these Prolights products because of the light quality, colour and ease of use. In my opinion, the output of the saturated colours produced by the Studio Cobs exceeds that of some of the more expensive and popular equivalents out the


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