Lighting News

robe-craig-david-dsc03725Craig David travels far and wide with Robe
Friday, 17 June 2022

UK - Designer Daniel Richardson, working for international creative practice Sinclair Wilkinson (Rob Sinclair & Andrew Wilkinson) took the role of production designer for Craig David’s recent Hold That Thought UK tour. The scope of his work included a full stage, scenic, lighting and video design, plus content direction for the star’s acclaimed tour that was rescheduled from 2020.
Richardson’s spec included Robe moving lights - BMFL Spots, BMFL Blades and a four-way RoboSpot remote follow system - which were supplied by lighting vendor Neg Earth. Matt Arthur went out on the tour as lighting director and operator.
Craig David himself was very much involved in the show creation, explained Richardson. He shared his initial ideas with Rob Sinclair and Daniel back in 2019, who refined these into workable touring options from which a concept was chosen and developed.
Plans were then halted due to the pandemic and in this time the artist produced a wealth of new music.
During a production meeting in February of this year to get the tour re-started: “Craig indicated that he wanted to involve scenic elements in the show and loved the idea of having some real foliage on stage,” explained Richardson.
Taking the new 22 album artwork as inspiration, he and the team reimagined and reworked the stage design to capture the essence of all these fresh aspects. In the album, Craig is a journeyman, travelling through different lands, his previous homes in Miami to his present one in London.
With this in mind, a ‘real

lp-logo-pink-background-white-textSLX opens applications for The Lighting Programme
Friday, 17 June 2022

UK - SLX has opened applications for the 2022/2023 edition of its student support scheme, The Lighting Programme.
The programme aims to foster young, upcoming talent within the industry. Students joining the programme will have access to expert mentorship, along with networking opportunities with industry professionals and leading manufacturers to help prepare for the start of their careers. SLX will also provide specialist project support and an equipment package for one of their final year productions.
Live event specialists SLX, who work on high profile events like The Commonwealth Games and the West End musical Six, were recent winners of the inaugural TPi Green Award for outstanding sustainable policies. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to play a part in this change, whilst learning vital skills and practices to take forward into their career.
The Lighting Programme applicants must be lighting design and/or technical students, studying in the UK who will be in their third year of an undergraduate programme in September 2022. There are four spaces available for the 2022/2023 intake of the programme.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie comments: “Following the success of this year, I am thrilled to announce the 2022/23 Lighting Programme is now open for applications. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the previous intake of candidates, as we welcomed them to our warehouse facility in Bristol. I was also delighted to see them earning money whilst working at a number of our venues, as well as having valuable experience as part of our i

chamsysindiaChamSys and StageMix look to the future
Thursday, 16 June 2022

India - PALM expo in Mumbai was a successful event for ChamSys, not only due to the reception its award-winning line of lighting consoles received, but also because the May show marked a new chapter for the company in India, as it worked the show with its recently appointed dealer, StageMix.
“We are extremely happy to welcome StageMix as our Indian dealer,” says Aziz Adilkhodjaev, ChamSys’ international business development manager. “Given the recent surge of interest in our products, we’ve been looking for a partner with the passion for growth that could help us seize the opportunities in front of us. We’re confident we found that partner in StageMix.”
Nitesh Narayan, sales manager of StageMix is equally optimistic about future growth. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our company,” he says. “ChamSys has great products with a lot of features and functionality that are not readily found elsewhere. We got some very positive feedback from senior lighting designers who had used ChamSys abroad. Our team is committed to providing top notch support to our customers, so we share this philosophy with ChamSys, which already has a great platform with online training videos, webinars, and training sessions.”
StageMix wasted no time in putting this service and training driven philosophy to work. As a run up to the PALM expo, the company conducted seminars in Bangalore and Mumbai, which attracted more than 60 lighting designers, programmers and directors over a three-day period.
“Many of the guests at our seminars were experienc

storm-web-2-1200x570Pharos helps control desert Storm in Dubai
Thursday, 16 June 2022

UAE - The recently opened Dubai Hills Mall is a destination in a popular tourist spot, offering opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment. It is also home to The Storm, the fastest indoor rollercoaster in the city; an adventurous ride that stands 50m tall.
Showcasing the latest innovations in engineering, The Storm features a vertical launch to 50m in just five seconds. The 670m track weaves throughout the entire mall building, making it a spectacle to watch and a unique experience for riders.
Experiences operator Emaar Entertainment created the concept of the rollercoaster set into the heart of the shopping mall. They appointed engineering experts Cundall to design and deliver The Storm. As the lead design consultant, Cundall provided a range of services including structural engineering and lighting design.
To fulfil the design, Creation Gulf were brought into the project. As a provider of architectural lighting and systems, Creation Gulf worked closely with the design and engineering teams to enhance the experience of The Storm.
Creation Gulf were able to utilise the comprehensive portfolio of products from lighting control experts Pharos Architectural Controls to deliver the brief, comprising multiple dynamic lighting effects on the façade, including the most important effect of all: replicating lightning as found in an actual storm. Additional content was also created to simulate fireworks, the UAE flag, and other effects.
For the interior visuals of the rollercoaster, Creation Gulf provided a system capable of creating m

virtual-riotphoto-by-alex-varsa2Elation joins Virtual Riot at Hollywood Palladium
Thursday, 16 June 2022

USA - German dubstep artist Virtual Riot brought his Simulation Album Tour to the Hollywood Palladium 22 April and electrified the sold-out crowd with his edgy brand of EDM supported by lighting effects from Elation Professional. Dallas Gasper from Paradox Productions and Design designed the rig with lighting director Lorcan Clarke on hand to run the show. Lighting gear was supplied by 4Wall with SFX/lasers provided by Owl Vision.
Clarke created laser show designs for trance, house and techno events in Ireland before moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 2020. Since, he has designed, programmed and directed lighting for Blu De Tiger’s How Did We Get Here 2021 US tour, Sidepiece’s Kiss & Tell 2022 US tour, and Deorro's 2022 Lollapalooza shows in South America. Clarke timecoded much of the Hollywood Palladium Virtual Riot show and had an Elation rig of beam lights, strobes and LED battens at his disposal, along with other colour battens and LED blinders.
Twenty-four Elation beam lights, in groups of four, functioned as the main moving lights on the show. The lights hung centred on six sticks of overhead truss and were flanked on either side by pixel bars. Because the Palladium ceiling is somewhat low, the truss was angled slightly up at the downstage to enable greater visibility of the rig.
Twelve Elation strobes hung from truss towers, six each on either side of a video wall. “Virtual Riot being mainly dubstep, with some D&B elements, we certainly needed some high-power strobes,” Clarke comments. “They pack a big punch, especiall

limelite-lighting-queens-jubilee-mac-aura-pxl-st-paulsMAC Aura PXL lights Queen’s Thanksgiving Service
Thursday, 16 June 2022

UK - St. Paul’s Cathedral is a venue that is steeped in tradition, even when it comes to lighting, the traditional PAR 64 has always been the fixture of choice for lighting designers. However, for the Queen’s Jubilee Thanksgiving Service, lighting director and BAFTA Award winner David Bishop stepped away from tradition, opting for an all-new LED lighting rig, with the new Martin Mac Aura PXL taking the leading role as the main lighting fixture.
Bishop explains: “For the Queen’s Jubilee, it was important to maintain the traditional feel and the natural look, yet I wanted to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the lighting rig.
“The new Martin MAC Aura PXL was ideal. The high lumen output, colour rendering, and zoom range is exceptional for such a compact fixture and perfect for this application. It allowed me to have much greater control of the colour temperatures, while the remote controllable fixtures meant our focus session was far quicker because we didn’t have to communicate each par fixture to multiple electricians at height. We could also continue to perfect our focus during camera rehearsals without disturbing the production.”
Gaffer Mark Newell adds: “Installing any type of lighting rig at St Pauls Cathedral is challenging - the building was simply not designed with us in mind back in 1675!
“Access to the triforium level - where the majority of lighting for events and broadcast is installed - is via a tiny window, just half a metre wide. All the equipment must be winched up the outside of the building, then m

tambora-linear-effects3Claypaky extends Tambora family with Linear
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Italy - Following on from its range of LED bars introduced last year, Claypaky has now expanded the Tambora family further and introduces Tambora Linear, a line of static LED Pixel mapping bars designed for versatile lighting effects and artistic set decoration.
These are hybrid bars, which incorporate two complementary effects into one fixture. The first is driven by a system of 400 RGB pixel LEDs, which offer a background light very similar to that of a high-definition LED wall in appearance. This LED array can be controlled as 16 LEDs in 25 groups to provide high quality motion graphics.
The second effect is created by a central line of 200 powerful white LEDs for an overwhelming strobe effect, capable of reproducing the behaviour of the most celebrated strobe fixtures on the market. This effect can also be controlled through 25 different areas, offering unparalleled versatility.
All graphic content can be managed through the Advanced Layers Management, an exclusive feature of Claypaky LED bars, with which you can choose to use different levels of effects simultaneously, giving free expression to your creativity.
Tambora Linear 100 features a large number of built-in effects, so it can be used not only in advanced mode but also in a simple mode for whenever a media server is not available, or the installation requires a speedy solution.
The Tambora Linear can be easily connected mechanically with multiple units and then operated as one complete fixture from the control software.

verge-aeroems-2022Verge Aero drone show flies over Las Vegas
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

USA - At this year’s Experiential Marketing Summit (EMS) at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Verge Aero drone team flew a drone show high above the ballroom next to Harry Reid International Airport.
Taking off from the MGM Grand parking garage – situated just 100 yards from the airport tarmac - presented the Verge Aero team with a challenge. While a focus on safety and precision execution are always part of standard operating procedures, the tight confines of the flight envelope in an urban environment required extreme precision and attention to detail.
“The Experiential Marketing Summit team commissioned us to deliver an on-brand drone show to wow conference delegates, to be flown over the MGM Ballroom roof,” says Verge Aero’s Chris Lutts, who oversaw the project. “We had a tight timeline to design, program and create the show, and some interesting challenges.
“The first task was gaining permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones so close to the airport but, thankfully, we have a great working relationship with them. We submitted a comprehensive flight plan detailing how the show could be safely flown. Having previously worked closely with the FAA on multiple events, they approved the flight based on their confidence in our drone systems, professionalism, and ability to safely execute.”
The Verge Aero team also worked with the MGM risk management groups to ensure all checks and requirements were met. “We certainly dotted all the ‘i’s’ and crossed all the ‘t’s’ with MGM, which is a very la

etc-arcsystem-ctcrm-3ETC ArcSystem on duty at commando centre
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

UK - The Falklands Hall primary presentation auditorium at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) required an urgent replacement for their original tungsten lights, and ETC ArcSystem was chosen to upgrade the space.
The tungsten lights had come to the end of production and spare parts and bulbs were unavailable which led to a health and safety issue as they fell below the legal level required. ETC dealer, Stage Electrics, selected ArcSystem fixtures and drivers to transform the space with LED.
CTCRM, is based in Lympstone, Devon, and is the official training base for the Royal Marines. The auditorium space previously had 66 150-watt tungsten lamps which repeatedly failed and caused issues with maintenance as they were mounted over the seating rake. These luminaires were all replaced with ETC’s ArcSystem Pro One-Cell fixtures and ArcSystem Pro D4 CC Drivers.
The Pro One-Cell luminaires were selected for their high quality of light, and together with the D4 drivers, their smooth and superior dimming. The upgrade to ETC’s LED products led to over 80% reduction in power consumption at the CTCRM as well as a much-improved quality of lighting.
Martin Woodage, technical solutions engineer at Stage Electrics, comments: “It was fantastic project to work on, seeing the dimly lit space transformed into a beautifully lit space was amazing to see. The team at Stage Electrics worked hard to make sure the project was a success and brought the customer exactly what they wanted, with only a week’s downtime for the venue.”

nba1Chauvet lights NBA’s first floating court
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Australia - Hennessy and the NBA unveiled Australia’s first floating basketball court on Sydney Harbour recently, with live music performances from ASAP Ferg and B Wise. This was part of the latest version of Courts Beyond Limits, a programme from Hennessy, the official spirit of the NBA, in celebration of the league’s 75th season.
Guests were transported out for a courtside view of the event on the Hennessy Superyatch. In addition to the celebrity hoops exhibition, they got to enjoy performances by FERG, along with AIR Award-winning hip-hop artist B Wise and other stars.
Setting the scene for the event was a courtside lighting display by Jay Productions that featured 24 Chauvet Professional Well STX 180 fixtures that the production company purchased from Showtools International, which imports Chauvet products.
Showtools International notes that it added the Well STX 180 to its inventory because “being IP65 it provides protection against any weather conditions, whilst being battery-operated, it can be placed anywhere and oriented in any position.”
These attributes were all put to good use in Sydney Harbour. “The designers were looking for eye-candy effects for such an iconic location, which and the Well STX provides that with wireless control of 16 zones of the RGWW LEDs for exceptional eye-candy effects with high CRI,” said Jason Ghazal managing director of Jay Productions. “With the floating court being on the water, the Well STX 180 is IP65 providing protection for all weather conditions, which was ideal for the location.

vivid-sydneyVivid Sydney 2022 reveals soul of the city
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Australia - After a three-year hiatus, Vivid Sydney 2022 is now underway. Millions of expected visitors will descend on the 8km Vivid Sydney Light Walk that’s packed full of large-scale projection mapping, LED screens, wayfinding and high-powered media server technology linking the Festival’s 50 installations and projection artworks from Sydney Opera House to Central Station.
Festival director Gill Minervini, who directs her first Vivid Sydney in 2022, explains: “For 12 years we’ve relied on TDC working behind-the-scenes to deploy the brightest, most powerful technology on a grand scale helping to reinvent Sydney’s urban landscape and using it as a unique and colourful canvas capturing the essence of Sydney’s soul.”
Michael Hassett, founder and managing director at TDC - Technical Direction Company - adds: “Each year, Vivid Sydney gets bigger, brighter and bolder.”
TDC is deploying 110 projectors across 27 sites. “Making sure that each installation is perfect to the exact millimetre is what we do at TDC,” explains Toby Waley, operations at TDC. TDC has 30 video technical crew working on Vivid Sydney. Toby Waley says: “There’s understandably a lot more detail and fewer last-minute changes that can be made working in a post-pandemic environment.”
TDC is deploying the latest Barco laser projectors. Karl Johnstone, technical project manager at TDC said: “With the added brightness uniformity and design we can configure them in different ways that better serve the imagery on the buildings. They are more compact, more h

expo2020s10-al-wasl-plazaphoto-ralph-larmanndsc05117-arwdxodeepprime-smlAyrton fixtures chosen for Expo 2020 Dubai
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

UAE - Adam Bassett, lighting designer and founding partner of Woodroffe Bassett Designs, specified a wealth of IP65-rated Ayrton fixtures for the entertainment lighting rig for Expo 2020 Dubai’s central venue, the Al Wasl dome. The rig included 182 Ayrton Perseo S profiles, 116 Ayrton Domino S profiles and 16 Ayrton Huracán LT long-throw profiles.
Postponed for over a year due to COVID, Expo 2020 Dubai finally ran for six months between 1 October 2021 and 31 March this year, and was the largest event ever to be held in the Arab world. The indisputable centrepiece was the Al Wasl dome, a 130m-diameter by 67m-tall arching steel trellis that also became the world’s largest 360° projection surface.
Its translucent dome crowned the central Al Wasl Plaza which, as the ‘beating heart’ of Expo 2020 Dubai, encompassed gardens and restaurants during the day and transformed into the main staging area during the evening and night. Over the course of the festival it hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies and over 40 performances, concerts and events. It is destined to become a lasting legacy long into the future.
Due to the inhospitable conditions of summer in the desert, fixture selection for the iconic venue was a subject of careful consideration. “Choosing fixtures that were both capable of withstanding the harsh environment that they would be required to operate in as well as delivering the high output and extensive feature set was our goal when examining the fixture options available,” says Bassett. “Among others, we chose a range of Ayrto

unboxed-dinas-dinlle-15Celebrating wild spaces with lighting technology
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

UK - Graduate engineers from Siemens have developed a geo-locating lighting system, which is being used as part of the Green Space Dark Skies project to create artworks in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Geolights has been designed to allow thousands of people to create artistic displays in landscapes, led by Walk the Plank and commissioned as part of Unboxed: Creativity in the UK. More than 20,000 volunteers will create lighting patterns using the system that will be captured on film and broadcast as short films online.
The devices developed include GPS-enabled technology alongside innovations including Internet of Things (IoT), realtime location tracking, energy storage, and wireless connectivity. By remotely changing the colour of the lights, each participant will effectively become a ‘pixel’ within a coordinated image of live artworks within the landscape.
Siemens graduates Annabel Ohene and Nathaniel Fernandes worked on the devices, alongside engineering interns Sam Rhodes and Sam Newton, who joined the team during the development phase.
The engineers have worked together with lighting company CORE Lighting, to integrate the Siemens processing technology into CORE’s lights being manufactured in Gloucester, using mainly UK-supplied parts.
Nathaniel Fernandes, graduate engineer at Siemens, says: “Working on this project really tested what is possible when it comes to self-locating lighting systems in an outdoor environment. It has been great to work on something that has a fantastic social purpose, but

surf-stage-hangoutHangout Festival returns with Bandit Lites
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

USA - After two years of waiting, fans of the Hangout Festival returned to the Gulf Shores beachfront for a weekend of live music. Headliners included Post Malone, Fallout Boy, Halsey, Tame Impala and Megan Thee Stallion. More than 40,000 fans turned out for the sold-out, three-day event, and Bandit Lites provided the festival lighting system for the main Hangout Stage and the Surf Stage.
Bandit’s vice president of production, Dizzy Gosnell, has designed the festival lighting rig for many seasons, and he meticulously works to ensure the headliners on each stage have a plethora of lighting to work with from washes, spots, beams, strips/strobes and blinders/safety lights spanning across both rigs.
“The first thing I try to get is to layer the lamps on each truss,” explains Gosnell. “For example, having lamps perched from the top chord, outrigged down from the top chord, mounted hung down from the top chord, perched up on the bottom chord and then hung under the bottom chord. On one truss this gives you five layers for the audience from just one truss. You do that with four cross stage trusses and step them, you now have twenty layers or more of big, repeated arrays, without choking the roof for visiting acts bringing in their own elements if they want to.”
LED blinders function both for the show and as ‘house lights’ for safe exits if needed during weather evacuations.
“We’ve used that a few times for weather evacs, and they work really well compared to the good ‘ol DWE heads that needed massive amounts of genny power to k

robe-det-norske-teatret-oslo-nor030909263-photo-louise-sticklandThe Norwegian Theatre invests in Esprites
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Norway - Det Norske Teatret (the Norwegian Theatre) in Oslo houses three stages in its main building in downtown Oslo, plus one more in another venue in the city run by the same team, all of which work on a busy repertory schedule. Together at least 25 original productions are created annually, in the Norwegian language of Nynorsk, and some guest works are hosted.
Also known for high production values, the theatre has recently invested in 15 Robe Esprite moving lights for its 250-capacity Scene 2.
The theatre’s resident lighting designer Torkel Skjærven, explained that they previously had Robe ColorWash 750AT Tungsten moving lights in the black box Scene 2 space, and these have worked hard and reliably for over 10 years. However, the time arrived to replace them with a more modern LED light source.
The drive to convert the theatre’s lighting to LED has been ongoing since 2013, but apart from that, replacement lamps were no longer available for those original Robe tungstens. In fact, they purchased the last five in the world three years ago, so this also prompted the upgrade.
Scene 2 offers a programme that embraces contemporary dramas and new works, from the experimental to the classics, so they need an adaptable lighting rig.
“The Esprites are primarily used as part of Scene 2’s permanent back lighting rig,” explains Torkel, “but as some of the principal lights used for several tasks, they needed to have multiple features.”
It was a team effort in choosing the replacement lights, comprising Torkel, head of light

gary-numanVari-Lite gives camera clarity to Gary Numan
Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Europe - Gary Numan took to the road in April with a moody and ethereal lighting design created by award winning LA-based designer Dustin Snyder.
An essential objective of the design was to ensure that the fans could see Numan and his band’s expressive faces from all parts of the room and also on camera. For that reason, Snyder sought out the precise framing capability and familiar CMY colour palette of the VL2600 Wash from Vari-Lite.
Atmospheric and moody, the design is inspired by Numan’s three red stripes of facial war paint, from his portrait on the cover of the Intruder album, and centres around a heavily backlit, multi-layered, video and lighting design.
The main scenic element on stage is a huge video wall that oozes ominous, cinematic insights into a broken planet, destroyed by humanity, as Numan manifests as the planet’s own lamenting voice. Numan’s signature industrial synth and electronic sound is full of rage, desolation, and treachery, while Snyder’s beautiful and precisely programmed, oft-menacing lighting design, complements this with disturbing, dystopian atmospherics.
In addition to showcasing Numan’s Intruder album, the tour also includes songs that span Numan’s 45-year career, so Snyder was keen to give each album its own aesthetic. Using stark, desaturated colours on the more industrial songs, Snyder reinforces the apocalyptic world of the video content as requested by Numan himself: “Gary wanted a video wall that felt asymmetrically fractured, with pulsing light radiating from the cracks betwe

altman-copyESTA announces awards winners
Monday, 13 June 2022

USA - The winners of the ESTA Members Choice Awards were announced during The NAMM Show in Anaheim. ESTA member exhibitors nominated new products, and ESTA members, who attended The NAMM Show, voted on their favourites in two categories, Equipment and Gadget.
In the Equipment category, Altman Lighting was awarded the prize for their AIP-200 Hydra PAR, a compact 200W RGBL IP65-rated and convection-cooled zoom PAR. “It’s always gratifying to receive recognition for a product that so many people put so much hard work into,” says Nicolas Champion, Altman’s vice-president of sales and marketing. “And when it’s ESTA members that are recognising your product, it’s extra special. We are very proud to support the work that ESTA and its members do for our industry and community and are greatly honoured by this award.”
In the Gadget category, Link USA took home the prize for their PCB Widgets, a solution for using standard Cat cabling to take advantage of multi-pin connectors and typical panel-mounted XLRs. Bob Vanden Burgt, Link USA vice-president, reflects: “The Link global team was proud to represent ESTA at NAMM 2022 and is very appreciative of the membership for recognising our PCB Widgets for a Members Choice Award.”

allstar1Chauvet supports Allstar World Championship
Monday, 13 June 2022

USA - Over 16,000 athletes representing 800 teams from 40 countries participated in the 2022 Allstar World Championship in Orlando this spring.
Craig Huddleston, the designer and show director, comments: “This is a competition, but it needs to be fun. We wanted to highlight the athletes and make them feel like rockstars when they ran out on stage.”
Huddleston and his team at AVOS agency succeeded in doing this in spectacular fashion. Athletes competing in 50 different divisions were greeted with a walk-on light and video display reminiscent of a NBA championship game, complete with flurries of strobing and aerial effects, as well as dynamic neon-like video wall patterns heralding their arrival.
Helping them accomplish this on the event’s main stage was a 4Wall Entertainment Nashville supplied rig that featured over 300 Chauvet Professional F 5IP LED panels. “We couldn't be happier to have Craig and AVOS' Agency be the first to have a go with 4Wall Nashville's new Chauvet F5IP video tiles,” comments account executive Tyler Bevel. “The F5IP tiles are already proving to be a valuable addition to our rental inventory and a great creative tool for our clients.”
The AVOS team arranged the video panels in three distinct walls. This configuration made it easier to create distinct entrance and exit paths for the teams at the beginning of the competition.
“In designing this event, we carefully considered the reveal of the athletes running on stage; and how it looks and makes them feel,” says Huddleston. “We typically do a cent

expo-closing-ceremony-with-proteus-excalibur3Excaliburs add elegance to Expo ceremony
Monday, 13 June 2022

UAE - Lighting designers Travis Hagenbuch and Bob Dickinson lit the Expo 2020 Dubai Closing Ceremony and turned to Elation Professional’s powerful Proteus Excalibur beam moving head to create a spectacular finale look that brought to a close the six-month Expo journey.
The Emmy-award winning designers - who also lit Expo’s Opening Ceremony back in September - sought a compact, IP-rated beam light with power to project an impactful ring of light out of the Al Wasl Dome. “We were tasked with how to make it happen within the constraints we had,” comments Travis Hagenbuch, who notes that the brief came from Expo 2020 director-general Reem Al-Hashimi. “It was a beautiful poetic moment, simple and elegant, and a fitting way to end the Expo.”
The Expo story began during the Opening Ceremony when a young Emirate girl was given a ring, which unlocked a world of discovery and connection. The ring - a gold ring found years ago on an archaeological dig outside of Dubai - came to symbolize connection, unity and strength, and inspired both the logo and theme of Expo 2020 ‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’.
For the 31 March closing ceremony, the same girl, who had just spent six months at the Expo gathering information about the world, reunites with the ring, which had transformed into a large scenic piece that was lowered from the top of Al Wasl Dome and returned to the desert. The energy that the ring had absorbed during the Expo then emanated out from the earth and out through the centre of the Al Wasl Dome as a huge shaft of light.

john-simpson-4-768x511In memoriam: John Simpson
Monday, 13 June 2022

UK - LSi is sad to report that John Simpson, co-founder of White Light and chairman of technical entertainment charity Backup, passed away on the morning of 11 June after a short battle with cancer. He was 79 years old and is survived by his partner, Sue, and three children.
In a tribute to its founder, White Light has published the following statement: “We are heartbroken to bring you the news that our founder and former chairman John Simpson passed away (…). Those of you who were lucky enough to know John, or work with him, will know what a brilliant person he was and how this is not only a huge loss to White Light but also the wider industry. John had a lifelong passion for theatre lighting and his co-founding of WL was both a pioneering and revolutionary move; forever changing the way the industry would operate. Not only did he have incredible foresight but, most importantly, he was warm, caring, approachable and had complete respect for all of those who worked with him; never believing in hierarchies. His attitude was embodied in how WL operates as a business, with its core values of being dependable, friendly, knowledgeable, adaptable, and customer-focused at the heart of the organisation.
“John was born in 1942 in Chipstead, Surrey and throughout a somewhat impoverished childhood found solace in the local amateur dramatics group where he developed a quick obsession with the technical aspects of the theatre - in particular the lighting side. Although, back then, John never thought a career in the industry could be remotely viable an

cameoqueens-Cameo illuminates the Platinum Jubilee concert
Friday, 10 June 2022

UK - Great Britain marked the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign with thousands of events and street parties over a long weekend, including a large-scale live concert at Buckingham Palace. 22,000 spectators gathered in front of the three stages, where Queen & Adam Lambert, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran played, among many others, and another 13.4 million watched the BBC's mega-event live on TV. For the lighting of the main stages, Buckingham Palace and the Tree of Trees sculpture designed by Heatherwick Studio, Version 2 Lights supplied more than 600 cameo spotlights, including over 60 of the new hybrid outdoor all-rounder Otos H5.
The forecourt as well as the Palace itself was staged by 62 Otos H5, 156 Zenit W600, 392 Flat Pro 7 G2 and 72 Flat Pro 12 G2. The lighting design was done by Nigel Catmur, who used the Cameo spotlights for the numerous live performances of the biggest British pop stars as well as for the moving speeches of Prince Charles and Prince William.
In particular, the Otos H5 Beam-Spot-Wash Hybrid Moving Heads played a central role in the visual staging of the globally broadcast anniversary party. Prominently placed on high truss platforms, the Otos H5 framed the action wonderfully and sent impressive beams into the royal evening sky.
The Zenit W600 LED Outdoor Wash Lights also played an important role in the lighting design of the platinum party. With their massive luminous flux of 21,000lm, the wash lights ensured a strong and uniform illumination of the stage in daylight and in the evening. In addition, t

bandit-lites2Three Bandit Lites executives promoted
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the promotions of several major leaders with Brent Barrett as vice president of business development, Roth Edwards as vice president of operations and Jake Tickle as vice president of business and innovation.
“Every great firm is defined by their great people,” says Bandit chair, Michael T. Strickland. “Bandit Lites is no exception. Brent Barrett, Roth Edwards, and Jake Tickle exemplify that dynamic. Each a long time Bandit, they have from day one contributed at a level far beyond what was asked of them.”
Barrett now takes the helm of VP of business development. “Bandit has been a part of me most of my life,” Barrett reflected. “For me, Bandit started with a friendship with Michael during our elementary school that continues today.
Roth Edwards entered Bandit as an assistant warehouse manager and appeared on the cover of a major industry publication his first month at work.
“Roth is simply amazing” says Strickland. “There is nothing Roth will not do, not take on or not learn. His thirst for knowledge along with his desire to make himself and Bandit better is second to none.”
As Bandit moves into the very bright future, Jake Tickle sits at the forefront of leading the firm on all subjects technology related. “There is simply no title large enough to cover Jakes phenomenal contributions at Bandit Lites,” says Strickland.

infocomm2022headerLightware puts spotlight on connectivity
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - Lightware Visual Engineering will highlight a range of new and enhanced professional AV solutions at InfoComm 2022, on stand W1831. From its Taurus universal matrix switchers to UBEX AV-over-IP devices and more, the Lightware technologies on display combine atmix of performance, quality and efficiency needed by commercial end-users and system integrators.
Lightware is also announcing the official opening of its new global training facility, the Lightware Discovery Centre, based in Las Vegas.
“The professional AV/IT landscape is constantly changing, with an increasing emphasis on network connectivity, remote access and interactive collaboration,” said Gergely Vida, CEO at Lightware Visual Engineering. “Attendees will experience our latest technology innovations and comprehensive solutions designed for every application, requirement and budget as well as our commitment to training and education - a demonstration of our end-to-end support for the AV industry.”
Ubex is an AV-over-IP device that delivers pixel-accurate 4K60 video in real-time with Dolby Atmos capabilities for enhanced immersive experiences in live events, eSports or XR screen applications.
Ubex units can connect to create a complex network through standard Ethernet switches with virtually unlimited numbers of endpoints while providing enhanced redundancy.
The Vinx series of AV-over-IP devices for 1G Ethernet networks can also operate in point-to-point configuration with diverse application possibilities. Vinx devices include built-in USB 2.0 ports for KVM fu

qolorflex-banner-5-in-1-v3City Theatrical tapes on demo at Cine Gear LA
Friday, 10 June 2022

USA - City Theatrical is staging demonstrations of relevant tape products at Cine Gear Expo LA which is running currently at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
City Theatrical's QolorFLEX HiQ High CRI LED Tape is designed to have a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 95, making it an iappropriatel high CRI LED tape for the needs of the film industry. It is available in three types, 3200K, 6000K, or 2700-6500K in a single chip, and offers exceptional on-camera colour rendition and the ability to match the light sources already being used on film and television sets.
QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape is an interior-grade LED Tape with high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colours when used with a DMX colour control system. QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape comes in two colour options, RGB plus Amber plus Cool White (new!), and RGB plus Warm White plus Cool White, which both have a high output brightness and the ability to create a wide spectrum of colors when used with a DMX color control system. Designed for installations for television and film, all LEDs used in QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED Tape RGBACW are identical to create an even illumination.
QolorFLEX NuNeon is rugged, outdoor-rated, and dimmable. It can be cut to length and is available in a variety of colours plus RGB. It offers nearly the same visual impact as traditional blown glass neon without the problematic issues of installation and maintenance. QolorFLEX NuNeon's extreme flexibility includes a ½" minimum bending radius in the horizontal plane for ideal precision for signage, like


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