Lighting News

akgaragroupHarman Professional hosts night of technology
Thursday, 22 December 2022

USA - Harman Professional Solutions recently hosted 20 Los Angeles-based artists, musicians and content creators at an immersive product showcase and networking event. The event launches what will be an ongoing Create With programme where emerging music creators will engage with JBL Professional and AKG products in new and creative ways.
“The event was an amazing opportunity to get connected with other artists and creators,” said musician Caroline Kingsbury. “I loved seeing all the detailed behind the scenes work that goes into making the great products JBL and AKG make to help us create our best work.”
The event kicked off with a happy hour, giving attendees a chance to meet local creators in-person for the first time. Following the meet-and-greet, the creators designed their own AKG Ara microphones using paint markers. Gathered around a long table with a full spread of colours available, everyone embraced the good, old-fashioned arts-and-crafts moment by customizing a USB condenser mic with their respective, one-of-a-kind styles. By the end of the activity, there were plenty of flowers, neon colours, detailed landscapes and more painted onto 20 Ara mics at the drawing table.
Creators were then given a comprehensive tour of the Harman Experience Centre, a 16,000sq.ft audio and lighting product showcase with a 6,000sq.ft soundstage and multiple studio recording set-ups. The Experience Centre is a hands-on environment for exploring all things professional audio, from JBL Professional’s audio touring, studio and portable PA loudspea

jamrockThe Design Oasis sails smoothly with Chauvet
Thursday, 22 December 2022

USA - As Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas steamed out of port 7 December for the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, Nesta Garrick, Abbas Ritscher and the entire team at The Design Oasis were grateful that they would be able to do something, they’d never done before: leave all their fixtures unbagged overnight!
“This was the first time we didn’t have to worry about putting bags over our fixtures at the end of a long day,” said Ritscher, who oversaw the installation of the lighting rig on the ship. “That’s a tremendous time saver.”
Ritscher and his team were able to avoid the hassle of wrapping fixtures in plastic bags, because for the first time, since the cruise began in 2012, the entire rig was made up of IP65 rated units, most prominently the Color STRKE M, Maverick STORM2 BeamWash, and Rogue Outcast 1L Beam from Chauvet Professional.
“Welcome To Jamrock goes from Miami to Jamacia and is out at sea or in port for five days,” said Ritscher. “Even when the weather is good, you get a lot of moisture in this ocean environment. Having the IP65 rated fixtures is really important.”
The lighting rig for the cruise was designed by Garrick, who also ran the lights for Damian and Stephen Marley, as well as many of the other headliner acts. Kenny Gribbon served as the LD for the other artists. (The cruise featured an array of stars, such as Burning Spear, Ding Dong and Shabba Ranks.)
Garrick and his team used the IP65 rated rig to cook up a variety of dynamic looks on the open-deck stage, each one reflecting the music a

james-eadeTemporary power courses announced for 2023
Thursday, 22 December 2022

UK - James Eade, a leading expert on temporary electrical power safety, particularly in event environments, is announcing the availability of his popular electrical safety training courses for 2023.
James, who has trained almost 500 professionals in event, touring, theatre, film and television during 2022 alone, is chairman of the British Standard 7909 committee and author of The IET Practitioner’s Guide to Temporary Power Systems and the IET Code of Practice on In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE), 5th edition.
As a leading authority on temporary power systems, James was commissioned to serve as Head of Energy for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. In this role he oversaw all energy-related procurement and management of on-site temporary power systems. The work included some significant innovations in sports events, including the (unheard of) shared power systems between broadcast and other services, plus the extensive use of solar power and battery technologies. Working with Aggreko, he also oversaw the implementation of an efficient load-on-demand generator system which ran on hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Among a range of courses being offered for 2023 are one-day and three-day courses on the new 2023 edition of BS 7909, as well as courses providing important updates on ISITEE (which replaces PAT Testing) and new guidance for generator earthing and bonding.
Courses include the three-day Jet 7909, which covers the vital understanding and application of BS 7909 to temporary event power systems. The course, designed b

rebecca-nicolBrit Row sponsors Women in Live Music Awards
Wednesday, 21 December 2022

UK - The 5th Women in Live Music Awards (WILMAs), which champions women in the European industry, were held last week at the Shure Rose Centre in London. As an event sponsor, Britannia Row provided personnel and equipment. Senior apprentices Olesya Lesyk and Rebecca Nicol set up the evening’s DJ equipment, including a small L-Acoustics PA system.
“When Britannia Row Training alumni Hannah Brodrick and Malle Kaas set up Women in Live Music five years ago, of course, we wanted to support them,” comments Britannia Row Productions and Britannia Row training director, Mike Lowe.
“It’s of paramount importance to us that we find and retain talent from around the globe. We proudly encourage and welcome a diverse team through our doors. We have, over the years, trained and employed exceptional talent, and it remains a key driver in our future endeavours to create a safe and equitable space for all to learn from, work and thrive in.”
Founded in December 2017 by CEO Malle Kaas and co-director Hannah Brodrick, WILM provides a platform for European-based gender minorities working in backstage roles covering live production, logistics and technical duties.
“We saw a need for this kind of community,” says Malle. “It was a way for us to reach out to other women in the European industry. Currently, the percentage of non-white-male workers in our sector is below 10% when we look at directly at professional European tour and live events crews. WILM’s aim is to increase that number by introducing backstage careers to young women and non-mal

harvey-gHarvey Goldsmith joins Entourage Pro board
Wednesday, 21 December 2022

UK - As Entourage Pro, the freelance crew network and technology insights company, celebrates having successfully placed hundreds of crew on tours and gigs across the globe this summer, co-directors Joel Perry and James Stanbridge have announced the appointment of Harvey Goldsmith CBE to the Entourage Pro board to further expand their standing in the industry and help communicate the site’s suite of services to the global sector.
Goldsmith is one of the best-known names in the industry. He has acted as promoter for Live Aid and Live 8, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Jam, Teenage Cancer Trust, Madonna, Queen, Hans Zimmer and countless other international artists, and has recently launching the Nvisible Agency. He will assume the role of non-exec director at Entourage Pro with immediate effect.
“I’m excited to join this young, pioneering company,” he says. “EP has succeeded in bringing six major components of the live entertainment sector together in one accessible eco-system. Having recognised that the industry has long needed digitising, they have managed not only to create something entirely new, but something that is simple to use and benefits all stakeholders in the process.”
Perry adds, ‘We’re thrilled to have Harvey join us. He’s a true industry visionary whose wealth of knowledge has already proved indefatigable. Harvey knows that in order to implement change, you have to convince people that change is necessary. He knows better than anyone how to communicate that message and we’re already seeing the results.”

hog-4-milanHog 4 lights up Milan Fashion Week runway
Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Italy - Danilo La Rosa is an Italian lighting designer with a successful career spanning more than three decades. He has worked on live events and theatre productions all over the world. A long-time Hog platform fan, Hog 4 was the obvious choice for La Rosa when he was tasked with lighting runway shows at the recent Milan Fashion Week.
For Milan Fashion Week, La Rosa was eager to put the latest Hog 4-18 hardware and 3.17 software to the test after being consistently impressed by Hog consoles in the past. "I’ve been using the Hog platform for many years, so I know the tools it’s equipped with,” he says. “The colour-mixing and the speed of use make it a top performer for fashion events where quick set-up and the technical realization really make the difference."
The goal was to illuminate and colour the clothes, giving them character, while at the same time respecting the artistic needs of the designer and the aesthetic demands of the event as a whole. The key words were “strong colours” and “rainbow”. Therefore, it was equally important to devote part of the work to the creative aspects and part to programming. Thanks to the Hog 4-18 console, La Rosa was able to simplify the programming work and allocate sufficient time for the imaginative aspects.
"With Hog 4 I was definitely able to optimise realisation times,” La Rosa explains. “In collaboration with the director and the set designer, I established the sequences and colours to be used quickly and intuitively, creating the sequence of lights, colours and any effects that had t

qatarCTME delivers for World Cup opening ceremony
Tuesday, 20 December 2022

Qatar - Sixty thousand fans gathered from around the world and millions of viewers tuned into the FIFA Opening Ceremony live from the Al Bayut Stadium in Qatar.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was the narrator of the opening ceremony and Jungkook of K-pop boy band BTS performed Dreamers, a new tournament song as well as more than 300 dance performers ignited the stadium and filled the air with excitement just before the first FIFA match.
Creative Technology Middle East delivered the spectacular projection mapping covering the pitch for the impressive opening ceremony along with flown tracking LED screens and rolling stage LED screens for the biggest football opening ceremony of the year.
The show was a technically complex production with lots of signals and different displays under the high-pressure environment that comes with global televised shows.
CT’s technical solutions consisted of video mapping projection which covered the massive pitch area of 3,250sqm with a canvas size of 3840 x 5340. We provided 18 x Panasonic PT-RZ31k laser projectors with all signals distributed though fibre from a 128x128 video router matrix. In total our disguise servers were playing back 30 million pixels to all screens and projection systems around the venue.
For content playback CT supplied a fully redundant disguise system of 2x VX2 and 4x VX4 servers to output content for the FOP projection, LED screens, Stadium Ribbons and Broadcast VT.
One of the striking features of the opening ceremony were the flown LED screens that were sit

hampden-dayMDG is theONE for Gerry Cinnamon homecoming
Tuesday, 20 December 2022

UK - Scottish singer songwriter Gerry Cinnamon concluded his summer tour with two sell-out concerts at his home stadium, Hampden Park, in Glasgow, breaking records as he did so. Cinnamon was the first Scottish artist, and the first independent act to sell out the 50,000-capacity stadium - twice!
His long-term production and lighting designer, Pete Hutchison of Illumination Creative Design, knows all about Cinnamon’s determination to entertain every member of his audience and give each and every one of them an unforgettable experience, whichever part of the stadium they are seated in.
‘This Is The Beginning Of The Rest Of Your Life’ is a maxim which forms a big theme for Cinnamon and outlines his intention to bring the party to his fans. His set and lighting are designed to deliver big moments, which include lots of pyrotechnics, video and lighting effects, and are based on an open design which renders the performer highly visible to all.
From an artist’s perspective, Cinnamon likes a lot of haze coming off stage to create that big party look. “He wants to see beams go right out into the back seats as an extra element to keep everyone involved and part of the show, no matter where they are. You need to chuck a lot of haze out to achieve that! It helps that we had some really excellent stadium hazers from MDG!” says Hutchison who toured with four MDG theONE dual haze and fog generators to help realise his design to its maximum potential.
“theONE is absolutely incredible,” he says. “The volume of haze they produce to fill the w

ise-nrfHYPERVSN to showcase holographic solutions
Tuesday, 20 December 2022

USA - HYPERVSN, the Integrated 3D Holographic Display Platform manufacturer will be showing the very latest in interactive holographic solutions at CES 2023 in Las Vegas and the NRF Big Show 2023 in New York. Featuring the new HYPERVSN SmartV Digital Avatar and HYPERVSN Full Body Live-Streaming, these products are designed to ‘revolutionise customer experiences in retail and many other verticals’.
HYPERVSN recently featured Full Body Live-Streaming when they live streamed Michael Blackman managing director of Integrated Systems Europe via 3D Hologram all the way over from Oman, to the centre stage of the Talent Congress in Barcelona. This solution from HYPERVSN enabled Mr Blackman to collect the award in person, even though he was over 4000 miles away. The live streaming was created using the HYPERVSN SmartV products, with specially created image layers and visual effects to maximise reality and impact.
Another platform to be showcased at both these shows, is the HYPERVSN SmartV Digital Avatar. The HYPERVSN SmartV Digital Avatar, is a solution which allows two-way interaction with a digitally rendered human avatar, bringing the Metaverse to the physical world.
“Connecting with audiences all over the world is more and more defined by digital-only technology,” says Kiryl Chykeyuk, CEO and co-founder, HYPERVSN. “But standing out is more important than ever before. We are set to bring the best of digital to the real world. With the newest additions to our industry-specific solutions, we mark the ascent on both retail and entertainment and giv

la-folie-douceMavericks reflect style of La Folie Douce Val d'Isère
Tuesday, 20 December 2022

France – To celebrate the inauguration of the Christmas lights of the Village Outlet of Villefontaine, the whole troupe of the Folie Douce Val d'Isère was there. In this open-air emporium in this ski resort that showcases chic designer fashion, these artists presented live electronic music backed by a dazzling light show.
Produced by Romain Plantier and the team at L&Db, the lighting design is anchored by a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures. “The Folice Douce Val d’Isère troupe give us their general lighting scheme,” said Plantier. “We are then pretty free to choose the fixtures and colors we want.”
What Romain Plantier and the team wanted this year was a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Wash and WELL Fit fixtures, taken from L&Db own inventory.
Arranged six units across upstage horizontal truss and four units on vertical stage-left and stage-right poles, the RGBW moving Maverick fixture are used to create vibrantly colored stage washes as well as dynamic aerial effects. “The integrated macros of this fixture are important in our design,” said Romain Plantier. “They allow us to create shapes in the beams that give our show a lot of dynamic movement and life.”
Adding more richly textured colour to the event is a group of WELL Fit fixtures. Arranged throughout the cocktail area near the stage, these IP65 rated RGBA up lighting units lend a stylish touch to the festivities in terms of the light they create as well as their overall appearance.
“In addition to creating colourful looks,

finlandVisual Monkeys and Ayrton light Linnanmäki
Tuesday, 20 December 2022

Finland - Helsinki’s Linnanmäki is the oldest and most popular amusement park in Finland. It is owned and operated by the non-profit making Children’s Day Foundation to raise funds for Finnish child welfare work.
With Finland’s 24 hours of sunlight in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter, Linnanmäki has, for the past 20 years, marked the final days of its open season with a Carnival of Light (Valokarnevaali), when visitors are entertained on site by samba groups and visual artists in illuminated costumes.
Having designed the pyrotechnic and light show for last year’s event, Helsinki-based Visual Monkeys was invited back to light the entire amusement park in 2022. Lighting designer, Rölli Ridanpaa, who likes nothing better than to light the unconventional, was the ideal man to transform the amusement park into an illuminated wonderland guaranteed to chase away the gloom of a long winter ahead. He chose some of Ayrton’s newest and most powerful fixtures for some far-reaching results.
“Our continuous summer sunlight means Linnanmäki doesn’t have its own lighting installation,” explains Ridanpaa, “so when our client requested a very festive atmosphere for the park during the 11-day Carnival, we had a blank canvas to work with.
“Mikko Enäkoski (Visual Monkeys CEO) established which areas and rides should be lit and we immediately launched into our ideas. This included using a 60m wide disused red brick circular water tower located in the centre of the park, on the highest till in Helsinki, as a base for some l

arri-claypakyOsram sells Claypaky to ARRI
Tuesday, 20 December 2022

Germany/Italy - ams Osram, a global leader in optical solutions, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Claypaky entertainment lighting business to Germany based ARRI AG. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

Claypaky, established in 1976 and acquired by Osram in 2014, is headquartered in Seriate, Italy and is recognised as a leading brand in the professional high-end entertainment lighting market. The company has a strong reputation for its LED- and laser-based portfolio extensions, and offers an innovative, award-winning portfolio of moving body and moving mirror projectors, colour-changers, followspots, projectors and various lighting effects.

ARRI AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems as well as system solutions for the film, broadcast, and media industries, with a worldwide distribution and service network.

“The acquisition of Claypaky is a strategic, long-term investment into our lighting business,” says ARRI CEO Dr. Matthias Erb. “Claypaky enjoys premium recognition in the entertainment lighting market while ARRI is recognized as a premium manufacturer in motion picture and broadcast lighting. This premium position of the two brands shows, that both companies are an ideal match and can further expand their respective businesses under the unified parent company.”

Dr. Wilhelm Nehring, EVP Business Unit Digital at ams Osram comments: “ARRI AG is an ideal new home for the Claypaky team in Seriate and

elektralitetheatreraleigh3elektraLite shines on The Great Comet of 1812
Monday, 19 December 2022

USA - North Carolina’s Theatre Raleigh pretty much defines what small professional theatre can and should be. Theatre Raleigh is a regional, non-profit theatre company, operating out of the new Theatre Raleigh Arts Centre, home to four new performance venues ranging from an intimate 70-seat theatre to a 200-seat black box space. The company has served the arts community there since 2005, growing into one of the top theatre destinations in the area, employing both local professionals and Broadway veterans.
From 26 October through 6 November, it brought the Broadway hit, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 - an adaptation of a 70-page segment from Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 novel, War And Peace - to its stage. Directed by Tim Seib, the production starred Broadway's Manna Nichols as Natasha and David Toole, a Theatre Raleigh favourite, who played the role of Pierre. There was also another key member of this cast: elektraLite’s Stingray Profile RGBW 200W lighting fixture, which was used to ‘bring a bit of Broadway sizzle’ to the room’s stage and newly-reconfigured seating area.
Director Seib told a local news outlet that the production would “stay true to the original in that it will feature many actor-musicians, which adds a whole other level of organic storytelling and really draws the audience in,” but added, “The flexibility of the space allows us to create a very unique environment from which to bring this story to life.” Some of that is certainly attributable to the Stingray Profile’s deep, saturated light and incom

ayrton-cobra2Ayrton Cobra lands in Scotland with 21CC
Monday, 19 December 2022

UK - 21CC Group, an events company based in Scotland, specialising in event design, technical production, hire, sales, fireworks, pyro and special effects has confirmed that they will be bringing the award-winning Ayrton Cobra moving lights to the Scottish events industry as part of a 32 Ayrton fixture deal from Ambersphere Solutions.
Geoff Crow, director of 21CC Group says: “We are delighted to be the very first in Scotland with this award-winning piece of equipment and to be working with such high-calibre brands as Ayrton and Ambersphere. This is only set to enhance the stunning productions we create and allow 21CC to take our creativity to the next level.”
These fixtures have already appeared at a variety of high-profile and festive events across Scotland; including Tales of the Castle at Stirling Castle, Scottish Canals 200th Anniversary celebrations, Beecraigs Festive Forest and Conifox Christmas Experience.
Loz Marshall, key account manager for Ambersphere says: “It’s exciting to work with 21CC and to get behind a business like theirs as they are so forward-thinking and creative, continually looking to innovate and create outstanding experiences. We are excited to see where the brand development goes with this new kit.”
21CC Group has also added the Diablo and Perseo Profile fixtures to their hire stock, giving the production team further versatility and creative power.

marc-antoine-girard2NX Touch and Wing drive virtual DJ stage
Monday, 19 December 2022

Canada - Marc-Antoine Girard - also known as DJ Phoenix - of Ottawa has reinvented the DJ livestream by immersing himself in a virtual world of his own creation with a large virtual lighting setup creatively driven by Obsidian Control Systems’ Onyx platform. The DJ sets stream three times weekly on Twitch with Girard controlling lighting and special effects, virtual camera views and video projection content while mixing electronic dance music and interacting with viewers in a virtual nightclub environment.
Stuck at home during the pandemic with no live gig to attend, Girard saw a virtual music festival online and fell in love with the concept. Seeking a challenge and a way out of pandemic lethargy, he first started livestreaming using a green screen but, finding he missed the emotion created with live lighting effects, then decided to jump feet first into learning virtual 3D from the bottom up.
Girard says he knew creating virtual environments was the path he wanted to take so he began to learn everything he could about it. He researched and studied, took online training courses, learned to use previz software to create his own designs, and learned Unreal Engine, a 3D computer graphics game engine. Seeking a lighting control system to run the virtual lighting, he turned to Obsidian’s Onyx platform, software he was familiar with from his experience with the M1 lighting console from his early years as a lighting tech/designer. He has been a fan of the platform ever since.
Today, Girard runs Studio Phoenix Media and boasts a modern production st

idles-aChamSys MagicQ helps connect Idles to crowd
Monday, 19 December 2022

UK - The line between the stage and audience quickly becomes blurred to the point of obliteration on Idles’ current world tour. Rocking out the crowd with their relentlessly intense vocals, the award-winning band from Bristol jumps right into things, quite literally, as the guitarists invariably leave the stage at some points in the show to crowd surf the giant mosh pits that gather before them.
A key part of the high-octane lightshow that adds to the wildly embracive atmosphere of the band’s performance night after night is an abundance of stage-melting strobing.
“Idles take their strobing extremely seriously,” said Ed Warren, their lighting designer. Warren, who has been lighting Idles since 2018, acknowledges that sometimes he wonders if he is strobing too much. However, when he brings this up to the band, their response typically runs along the lines of “you’re not strobing enough!”
“The intense strobing is all well and good, but you can’t strobe the entire show, so you have to be creative with your effects,” he explained. “I use strobes as key light sources and enjoy flipping between lighting the band from the back, the sides, and the front.”
Warren, who used his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M when designing the show, has also added an extra dimension to its looks though the adroit used of colour combinations and light angles. “I think a lot of people would expect a traditional rock light show but I like to blend colours in unique ways, never using more than two for any song,” he said. “I limit myself a lot, not only

astera-alt-j-tour-2022-img0024Astera NYX Bulbs light The Dream with Alt-J
Monday, 19 December 2022

UK - Rockers Alt-J were back on the road again in 2022 having released their fourth studio album The Dream earlier in the year, and their live performance style could be enjoyed with a new lighting design by Davy Sherwin.
A striking scenic element of the design was created using 60 x Astera NYX bulbs hung on a series of asymmetric drops from the overhead trusses and attached to specially modified mic stands deployed on the floor.
All of this created an organic looking ‘forest’ of NYX Bulbs which were supplied together with the other lighting kit for the UK and European dates by Hampshire-based rental specialist, Liteup.
Davy wanted to bring a fresh look to the stage and something that was simultaneously intimate, quirky and interesting, and the NYX Bulb drops were one of the first visual pictures that came to mind when he started imagining the design.
He knew they would work for big scenic looks as well as being able to help close the space down for some of the more intense numbers.
He had become familiar with the various Astera products during the pandemic when live events halted, and he was able to transfer his lighting skills and sensibilities to working as a console operator/programmer on several films and television series.
“I needed a versatile, lightweight and cost-effective solution for creating big bespoke looks and it immediately just screamed ‘NYX Bulb’ at me,” he explained.
Liteup already had the fixtures in stock as they have a good range of different Astera products.
To create this sp

Bilbao Basketball basks in Robe spotlightBilbao Basketball basks in Robe spotlight
Monday, 19 December 2022

Spain - The 10,000-seat capacity Bilbao Arena this year for the first time hosted the 2022 FIBA Basketball Champions League Final 4 season-ending tournament with over 100 Robe moving lights highlighting the action for a venue packed with enthusiastic basketball fans plus a vast televised audience.
In charge of co-ordinating lighting for the event was Iker Gartzia from one of the region’s leading rental companies, Abs Fluge Euskadi S.L (Fluge) which was the official supplier of lighting, sound, and video for this high-profile event. They were working directly for FIBA.
The various lighting requirements had to cover several bases. The tournament’s opening event took place at Bilbao’s famous and spectacular paean to modern art and architecture, the Guggenheim Museum, while all the sporting action and the closing ceremony were at the Arena.
Lighting inside the venue had to be flexible and well thought out for all the games and their broadcast requirements as well the ceremony.
Most important was great lighting for the playing area for live audience and TV and ensuring that the multi camera mix director had everything they needed to catch the best shots. Obviously, all the public needed to see the action, and the crowd themselves had to be lit for TV. The area around the players’ entrance needed a bit of razzamatazz, so that was another prominent focus of lighting together with a DJ booth set up above the players’ entrance corridor.
The chosen moving lights were 64 x BMFL WashBeams, 20 x Tarrantulas, 24 x MegaPointes, 24 x Viva

claypakyfifaworldcup5-photo-courtesy-of-bwsClaypaky helps make magic for World Cup Qatar
Monday, 19 December 2022

Qatar - UK-based lighting designer Durham Marenghi is no stranger to high-profile events with numerous Winter and Summer Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies, Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee events, many citywide New Year’s in London celebrations and more to his credit. He recently lit the Opening Ceremony for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which featured large complements of Claypaky Sharpy X Frame, Tambora Linear 100, Xtylos and Sharpy fixtures throughout the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.
“The ceremony had many symbolic indications that expressed welcome, generosity and hospitality in Arab culture, as well as contemporary musical, cultural and visual performances that were used for the first time in the tournament,” Marenghi explains. Since the Opening Ceremony took place in a projected world devised by creative director Anghela Alo and the content artists at Luke Halls Studio, Marenghi and his team were challenged to light the performers for broadcast without damaging the ‘screen’ environment in which they lived.
“We were operating at a light intensity of around 400 Lux and sports lighting for the games was around 2000 lux, so a very careful approach was required to create the magic to entertain billions of fans around the globe,” says Marenghi.
He selected an array of Claypaky fixtures for their light weight, brightness, superior optics, and low power consumption.
“For this event the key factor was weight on the roof and very high truss heights of more than 50m to keep the equipment above the technic

creativeCT releases the power of flow at DP World Pavilion
Friday, 16 December 2022

UAE - Created for the largest event ever staged in the Arab world, Expo 2020 Dubai, and part of its legacy District2020 project, DP World Pavilion is a construction comprising five floors of content-led immersive brand experience, with a VIP floor for invited guests and government officials.
Creative Technology Systems Integrations (CT SI) Middle East team was awarded the contract for DP World Pavilion, with its team working alongside The OpenLab creative agency, responsible for designing the Pavilion, to supply systems integration of the audio, video, lighting, and control systems for this impressive complex.
Based around the concept of ‘Making Trade Flow’, DP World Pavilion’s content gives an insight into the world of global trade. Split over five floors, the lower four floors are dedicated to the public visitor experience, while the fifth floor is used for the DP World Senior management to host VIPs and government officials.
The visitor experience starts as they enter the building via a four-storey internal escalator, which takes them directly to the fourth floor. Here, the Connectivity Gallery tells the story of Dubai’s rapid transformation from merchant city to super hub at the heart of a new world economy. Here, CT installed a 44,5m2 Unilumin 2.5mm LED screen positioned beneath a glass table displaying acrylic models of shipping and transport, and a scale model of DP World’s Box Bay, a new and intelligent storage system. The glass landscape table is backed by a 50.4m2 Unilumin 2.5mm LED screen, with 15-inch Litemax displays for a con

stagelightStagelight AG invests in the Prolights floodlights
Friday, 16 December 2022

Switzerland - AV supplier Stagelight AG has recently purchased 44 Prologhts EclExpo Flood300VW, a 300W asymmetric LED floodlight with variable white.
The company made this acquisition since they are a large supplier of all kinds of events, including trade shows, corporate events, concerts and festivals. Stefan Rüttimann, head of lighting at Stagelight, commented, “We were very impressed with this fixture for its bright output, yet a very compact design and lightweight.”
The EclExpo Flood300VW was launched earlier in the year and has been widely successful across companies in many sectors. “We see us using this unit on many types of shows thanks to its flexibility and multipurpose use,” added Stefan. The CCT range from 2,700K to 6,500K is brilliant. The fact that we have DMX and Wireless DMX control makes it much more than a simple floodlight - it means we can use it across concerts, corporate events, or simply as a standard exhibition light using its standalone mode.”

womenProlight + Sound supports Women in Lighting
Friday, 16 December 2022

Germany - Prolight + Sound 2023 will be supporting the Women in Lighting initiative with the premiere of the Women in Lighting Lounge and specialised programme formats; the show will draw attention to the achievements of women in the sector and provide impetus for more gender diversity.
The lounge is located in Hall 12.0, near the booth of the initiative's entertainment lighting partner, Ayrton. It serves as a central meeting space for female professionals and interested newcomers alike, as a venue for interviews with inspiring personalities and as a source of information about career scenarios. In cooperation with Light Collective, the initiator of Women in Lighting, there will also be topic-relevant lectures and discussion rounds on the Theatre + Light Stage in Hall 12.0 on all days of the fair, as well as daily WIL Meet Ups at the Ayrton stand which provides valuable networking opportunities.
“The event business is not a ‘Mens’ World’!” says Mira Wölfel director Prolight + Sound. “This is also proven by Prolight + Sound, which is realised by women at various management levels. It is a matter close to our hearts to provide a worthy stage for the merits and great careers of women in the industry. At the same time, we would like to support the industry in inspiring the next generation of female talent for lighting and event technology. That is why we are exceptionally pleased to be working with Light Collective to promote the Women in Lighting project.”
“Women in Lighting is honoured to cooperate with Prolight + Sound as it create

prolightsProlights releases compact LED moving profile
Thursday, 15 December 2022

Italy - Prolights has launched the Astra Profile400, a compact LED moving profile with an efficient, punchy output. The Astra Profile400 has a 400W LED source calibrated at 7,000K and a smooth zoom system from 6.5º to 50º.
The new moving light includes an extensive feature set including four-layer motorised framing shutters, linear CMY and CTO, colour and gobo wheels, an animation wheel, a frost filter, a prism and an iris.
The colour wheel includes a CRI enhancement filter that increases its CRI value and meets a 6000K white, suitable for broadcast and studio applications. Despite its heavy feature set, this fixture is compact and lightweight.

claypakyrapyd4Claypaky lights Hack the Galaxy in Lisbon
Thursday, 15 December 2022

Portugal - Lighting designers Omer Israeli & Dor Aichner of Tel Aviv-based lighting and stage design company, LEAD, chose a large complement of Claypaky fixtures to illuminate the dynamicHack the Galaxy event held by Rapyd at the 2022 Web Summit in Lisbon. They utilised 96 Tambora Batten Square, 16 Mythos 2 and 48 Xtylos fixtures for the third and last event in Rapyd’s Hack the Galaxy campaign held at developer conferences in Europe in 2022. Previous events took place in Berlin, Germany and Zadar, Croatia.
Lisbon’s Web Summit is an annual tech conference focusing on Internet technology, emerging technologies and venture capitalism. More than 70,000 attended the November 2022 gathering.
Rapyd is an Israel-based fintech company, which provides worldwide payment solutions. Hack the Galaxy was staged by The Moment, Rapyd’s experience brand, as part of a recruiting drive to attract developers and programmers to the company and to increase awareness of Rapyd among retailers and other prospective clients. "Hack the Galaxy” comprised a series of challenges, puzzles, hackathons and events and offered the chance to win tickets for a private Space Perspective capsule launch in 2026. More than 15,000 people registered for the event, but only 8,000 won admission tickets.
“Since the main prize of flying into space was at the center of this campaign, we knew we wanted the event to feel like a scene from a sci-fi movie with pods flying up and down in the air and an hourglass-shaped central DJ booth holding a three-meter high pyramid we called The Dia


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