Lighting News

ertekin2Harman appoints distributor for Turkey
Monday, 21 January 2019

Turkey - Harman Professional Solutions has announced a new distributor partnership with Ertekin Elektronik in Turkey.
The distribution agreement entitles Ertekin Elektronik the right to distribute the full range of products offered by Harman Professional Solutions. The agreement covers the JBL Professional, AMX, Martin, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, dbx, BSS, Lexicon, and Studer brands, providing a 360-degree solution to customers requiring audio, video, lighting and control solutions.
“We are excited to partner with Ertekin Elektronik in this very important region,” said Mark Coombes, regional director, MEA at Harman Professional Solutions. “We are looking forward to our collaboration with Ertekin Elektronik to lead our iconic brands towards the future. We are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge of the Turkish market to support our customers’ needs on an ongoing basis.”
“We are delighted to be distributing the complete Harman Professional Solutions range in Turkey,” said Yurder Ertekin, sales and marketing manager of Ertekin Elektronik, “HARMAN offers a great portfolio of quality brands, which are completely aligned with our customers’ needs. With our expertise and the brands that Harman Professional Solutions offer we will be able to offer a complete solution.”
(Jim Evans)

robe-nojo-nye-dallasRobe lights Great Gatsby party in Dallas
Friday, 18 January 2019

USA - Amidst the thousands of celebrations happening world-wide for the 2018-2019 roll over, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) played a special Great Gatsby themed party in the super-plush lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dallas, which required diligent lighting to produce the correct ambience.
Randy Cline of Time Matters Entertainment, based in Plano just north of Dallas, was the event’s technical producer, coordinating all the staging elements, and working for communications agency Wheelhouse Marketing & PR. He asked lighting designer Eric Wade of Crossfade Design to create a dramatically different lighting scheme to set the scene and a stylish tone for a classy evening of fun and music.
Challenged for power and lighting positions in and around the lobby, powerful LED light sources were the only way to go, so Eric selected Robe LEDBeam 150s and DL7S Profiles as his main fixtures.
This was also a one-off presentation in that there was no conventional stage, instead, the 16 NOJO musicians were positioned in the lobby, all on the deck, with a dancefloor and a VIP area set up immediately in front of the orchestra, near the bar entrance.
In response, Eric deployed lights wherever he could fit them. Fixtures were ensconced around the floor, on the PA stacks, secreted behind couches, tables, and even around the hotel’s front desk!
“I like to take a truck load of lights and design onsite to cover all bases on these type of shows” he explained. “I took the ‘Grip Truck Theory’ quite literally and then just had my guys gr

 
 
ensalsateChauvet enhances Columbian cabaret
Friday, 18 January 2019

Columbia - Among the most important things to keep in mind when running a lightshow, believes Milton de la Cruz, is “to know your key moments”. The Jamundí, Colombia-based LD had more than a few dramatic high points to light in December when working the annual main show of Ensálsate, a Salsa Caleña cabaret with over 80 artists on stage, a live orchestra, 500 colourful costume changes, and a nonstop flow of breathtaking dance moves.
Helping de la Cruz reflect this choreographed panorama in light at Bogota’s Teatro Colsubsidio was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Spot and COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures. “Few things are more important than knowing your show’s peaks,” he said. “I focus very hard on having an appreciation of the key moments and highlighting the stage and the artists during them. Fixtures that are fast and bright like the Rogues and COLORdashes help me be responsive to the key moments.”
Flying six Rogue R2 Spot fixtures on midstage truss, de la Cruz relied on them for downlighting dancers and creating a sense of space on stage. By creating columns of light on stage, he not only was able to highlight individual performers, he also added depth to the stage and established an “architecture” that accentuated the sensuous movements of the salsa dancers.
The colour-rendering capabilities of the Rogue R2 Spot, which has two color wheels, split colour capabilities and continuous variable speed scrolling, helped de la Cruz reflect different peaks in the cabaret’s performance. Working in conjunction with washes

 
bayou-stockELS goes Elation for Dylan Scott charity show
Friday, 18 January 2019

USA - Country music star Dylan Scott recently organised a charity concert for kids in his home town of Sterlington, Louisiana, and used an all Elation lighting rig along with ADJ video panels to light the event. Extreme Lighting & Sound (ELS) of Nashville, Tennessee, supplied the lighting and video gear for the inaugural event.
Bayou Stock, held 17 November at the Sterlington Sports Complex, featured performances by Mark Chestnut, Morgan Evans, Lainey Wilson and others, not to mention Dylan Scott himself, and raised $30,000 to buy presents for underprivileged kids this Christmas.
ELS was brought in to turnkey the lighting portion of the show, including design and supply of all lighting, which consisted of 17 Platinum HFX hybrid moving heads, eight Colour Chorus 48 LED battens, eight Fuze Wash Z120 LED wash lights, six compact Rayzor 360Z beam moving effects, 15 Cuepix WW2 Blinders, six Protron 3K LED strobes, and eight SixPar 200 LED Par lights.
Dylan Scott is one of ELS’s main clients, having fabricated and built a floor package for his 2018 tour. “This is actually the last of 114 shows this year that it has been on the road,” states ELS president Austin Grundberg, who designed and programmed the lighting for the Bayou Stock event and ran the show for all of the artists.
Designed as a festival rig, Grundberg says he knew he would be using it for all the bands but also took into account Dylan's floor package, which he also wanted to complement. Pivotal to the design were the Colour Chorus battens, which the designer hung vertically

 
 
clf-glowCLF Lighting features on GLOW 2018
Friday, 18 January 2019

The Netherlands - Almost 100 CLF Lighting fixtures were deployed during Game On at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven.
The show was part of light art festival GLOW and was designed by TWOFIFTYK, an all-round creative agency which creates imagineering concepts. After consulting The Art of Light, technical production company 4AV chose the CLF Aorun beam as key fixture.
After using them during the 2017 edition of the Amsterdam Music Festival, lighting designer Andre Beekmans likes the Aorun. “I like the speed of the fixture. Especially the colour, gobo and prism effects are really fast. Besides that, the light output is awesome for large scale shows like this.”
The CLF Aoruns were placed in four lines of 24 fixtures, all accompanied by a square LED tile. All lighting fixtures were supplied by leading Dutch dry-hire company Rent-All.
(Jim Evans)

 
skatingLimelite colours ice rink with Showtec
Thursday, 17 January 2019

UK - Long before the Christmas period up until January 2019 the well-known Royal Turnbridge Wells Ice rink in Kent is open for the public. During this time there are all kinds of activities like figure skating presentations, live music, choirs concerts.
Kent-based Limelite Lighting has been involved with this event since its start in 2012. This year they have coloured the ice rink and the surroundings with a lot of Showtec including 43 units of the Showtec Cameleon Flood 15 Q4. With their IP65 rating very well equipped to be used outdoors, even under harsh conditions. 15 RGBW 4-in-1 LEDs make sure that the event remains colourful.
Thirteen units of the Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 including the optional 40° beamshapers are in action to light up the surrounding grounds and trees. These units are also rated IP-65 and, as an additional advantage, are equipped with W-DMX by Wireless Solutions. This makes programming and controlling the Helix S5000 Q4-units extremely easy.
Ed Railton, co-owner of Limelite Lighting, comments: “We decided on the Highlite fixtures for the following reasons - they are well-built, very bright, good strong colours, ease of use, cost effective and the Helix units are W-DMX and this has really helped on this venue. We will be looking to add more of these fixtures to our hire stock over the coming months, we would fully recommend these products for any rental/hire production company."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
lutonprojectLED Creative illuminates Luton Airport spectacle
Thursday, 17 January 2019

UK - Illumination specialist LED Creative supported Projection Artworks on a festive installation project at Luton Airport.
Housed in the easyJet hanger and featuring a sequence of scintillating visual projections, mapped across an easyJet Airbus A320, the magical performance was choreographed to sync with a contemporary reworking of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Created by a team of 10 lighting designers and artists, the spectacle incorporated an array of stunning lighting effects, illuminated props and festive themed scenic elements that included over 1.5 miles of coloured lights used to add colour and sparkle throughout the venue.
Working with Pete Boatfield at Projection Artworks, LED Creative provided a selection of their Sigma Pulse Wands paired with BYTE, the company’s state of the art controller units developed specifically to work in unison with their Sigma product range to allow maximum artistic control with minimum programming time.
Having been allocated just 24 hours to complete the festive transformation, the plug-and-play Sigma system was an ultra-convenient solution for adding dynamic colour and movement to the installation.
LED Creative’s Tim Rees says: “It has been a pleasure to have helped create such an incredible live performance. The team have worked their magic over every aspect of the installation and the end result has been simply amazing.”
Staged in front of an invited audience made up of airport staff and their families along with local school children, the festive surprise wa

 
avolites-ttii-dublin-nye-20189-tnTiger Touch II controls Dublin New Year Festival
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Ireland - Thousands of people witnessed Dublin’s New Year Festival with a light show that illuminated the landmark Custom House and River Liffey. Lighting designer Matthew Kilmurry, of Kilmurry Design, controlled the spectacular effects using two Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles.
More than 40,000 people enjoyed the New Year’s celebrations in Dublin, with millions watching live TV coverage of the ‘Midnight Moment’. This was billed as a ‘dazzling lighting spectacle’ featuring a ‘thrilling choreography of lasers and aqua beams’.
“My brief for the event was to light up the sky and surrounding areas of Custom House Quay in Dublin city centre. The lighting needed to be dynamic, original and totally in-sync with the six-minute music piece that played at midnight,” says Kilmurry. “I pre-programmed to timecode, using Capture and a Tiger Touch II at home before the event - there were about 300 cues in six minutes.
“I was really impressed with the timecode features in Avolites’ Titan operating system - the timecode learning really saved me so much time, and the fact you can run infinite cue lists from the same timecode input. I had around eight cue lists running consecutively and over 300 cues and every time the timecode playback system triggered the show ran flawlessly.
“The Key Frame Shape generator is also incredibly powerful, especially when you have 80 movers lined up along a river, you can get some really beautiful effects.”
Both Tiger Touch II consoles were supplied by Production Services Ireland, with Ciaran

 
 
inec-killarney-praises-prolights-lighting-rig-18-months-on-pressINEC Killarney praises Prolights installation
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Ireland - Early last year the INEC Killarney venue, the largest music and multi-purpose venue in Ireland outside Dublin, worked with AC Entertainment Technologies to fit a complete new lighting rig which featured a full fixtures range, cabling infrastructure and lighting control console.
Since Gavin James, the first artist to use the rig, many other big names have played at the INEC. Snow Patrol, Nathan Carter, Una Healy (the Saturdays), Jimmy Carr, Walking on Cars and Jake Carter have all subsequently performed at the INEC, with their production teams enjoying the benefits of a full existing rig at their disposal.
Mark Egan, director of corporate and leisure events at INEC says: “The lighting rig has been incredibly well received. The feedback we’ve had from LDs has been fantastic.”
The Prolights fixtures form the cornerstone of the rig, which uses a variety of moving lights including Pixie Wash and Diamond 19 RGBW LED wash lights, Luma 1500 LED profiles and Ruby discharge beam lights. These were supplemented with StudioCOB FC full-colour LED pars and Solar IP65-rated LED wash lights.
AC-ET supplied all lighting fixtures, complete with flight cases, clamps, safety bonds and replacement lamps, plus the lighting control console - an Avolites Arena - and DMX signal distributors. Power and DMX signal cabling was supplied by Tourflex Cabling, AC-ET’s in-house cable manufacturing service.
(Jim Evans)

 
centro2Alicante shopping mall lit by PR Lighting
Thursday, 17 January 2019

Spain - The modern Centro Comercial Gran Via in Alicante is one of the foremost shopping malls in the city. Set on two floors it celebrated its busy Christmas season by installing a number of spectacular architectural colour-change effects from PR Lighting. These were supplied and installed by Sound Light Spain (SLS), the Chinese manufacturer’s long-term territory distributor.
SLS were introduced to the project by one of their customers, Pdb Studio, and after conducting various comparative tests the latter voted in favour of PR Lighting.
SLS co-owner Fernando Abad, who is in charge of the company’s lighting department, assisted Pdb Studio in the specification and selection of the devices. They opted for 18 of the twin head ARC LED 1054 IP65-rated outdoor fixtures (each containing 27 x 10W 4-in-1RGBW LEDs and advanced colour mixing). These were chosen for their power and coverage after considering several different alternatives.
Explaining the deployment, SLS system engineer, Òscar Casassas, says: “The owners wanted to light the glass dome in a uniform and unique way. The customer requested two different lighting scenes - a fixed colour scene (without colour change) and another with changing colour. All scenes have been programmed to work in these different modes and they are on a timer for automatic switching on and off.”
He added that the company had faced pressure in getting the installation completed in time for the Christmas season. “However, this is a permanent installation, and now the lights are in, they are set to remain.”

 
 
bao-blue-goldProtec delivers technical support for Final Frontier
Thursday, 17 January 2019

UAE - Protec was called upon by Envie Events to provide full AV support for Bao: The Final Frontier EDM festival at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai.
Bao attracted large crowds to the theatrical display and line-up of world class DJs. Artistes included the top 2 DJs of the DJ Mag top 100 Martin Garrix, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike as well as heavyweights Afrojack, Don Diablo, Nervo, R3hab and more.
Mel Deighton, Protec’s project manager, worked closely with other suppliers to make sure the show was delivered beyond expectation and on time. Faced with considerable challenges along the way, he credits his team on delivering under pressure.
“Due to the complexity of the production we were on-site 11 days for set-up, two days for the show and we were fully loaded out two days later. It was a challenging build which required cooperation with the staging company. Our LED and lighting needed to be rigged intermittently and built into the structure which took some extra time and careful planning. Unfortunately, we got unlucky with the weather as a thunderstorm hit us a few days before show meaning our timeline was significantly affected. Thankfully we had ample resources and a committed team to ensure we delivered on time and as promised.”
Protec’s Chris McAleese operated audio at FOH and he gave us an insight into what he used to deliver sound that had both the crowd and DJs completely immersed in the moment.
“We used 32 of the powerful L-Acoustics K1 line array (16 a side) and 30 of the classic but phenomenal L-Acoustics V-DOSC (15 a

 
sh-best-christmas-ever-2018-photo-courtesy-endemol-shineS+H contributes to Best Christmas Ever
Thursday, 17 January 2019

UK - Devon-based specialists for LED visual effects, drapes and starcloths S+H Technical supplied 550sq.m of its LED starcloth product to help realise designer Joshua Grace’s set for ITV’s Best Christmas Ever.
The show, a Christmas special, was hosted by Alexander Armstrong with a live audience on D Stage at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, and was produced by Remarkable, part of the Endemol Shine Group.
Armstrong invited celebrity guests to his winter lodge to discuss their favourite elements of the season, and a member of the audience had the chance to win a Best Christmas Ever hamper. A house band played popular Christmas tunes, with some of guests joining in for a sing-along.
Josh wanted a twinkly festive feel for the show and to suit the environment - a cosy fireside chat scenario with a wintry forest scene visible through the windows of the lodge!
The brief was to provide a warm, cosy and festive set for Armstrong to present his evening Christmas fun with a selection of interesting and entertaining guests. The theatrical scenery evoked winter lodge style tones and textures - lots of warm wood and decorated Christmas trees inside, juxtaposed against a winter night with frosty trees outside.
The RGB starcloth enhanced and accentuated these atmospheres, and the product was used both as a back layer through the lodge windows, and to wrap around the back of the audience for the reverse camera shots.
“I wanted to make the whole studio, including the audience, twinkly - both like a night sky and like snowfall,

 
 
eliminatorADJ acquires Eliminator Lighting
Thursday, 17 January 2019

USA - LA-based ADJ Products has acquired Eliminator Lighting in a bid to broaden its product range. All existing Eliminator Lighting fixtures are now available from ADJ USA, whilst ADJ Mexico will distribute the brand in Mexico.
ADJ dealers will now be able to purchase Eliminator products alongside equipment from ADJ Lighting, American Audio and Avante Audio, allowing for consolidated orders to minimise shipping costs. To welcome Eliminator Lighting to its new home at ADJ Products, its to be re-branded with a sleek new logo.
Eliminator Lighting’s long-serving product manager, Albert Paredes, will stay with the company. Paredes has extensive experience in the lighting industry and is no stranger to ADJ, having worked in the company’s Service Department for many years prior to moving to Eliminator.
New products will continue to be added to the brand’s catalogue, continuing its focus on providing affordable lighting and special effect products to event professionals that offer unbeatable value.
President of the ADJ Group of Companies Toby Velazquez comments: “This is an exciting development for ADJ Products as Eliminator Lighting has a great range of value DJ products that fit into our diverse network of customers. It also means that the ADJ Group’s product catalogue now covers every type of application and budget; ranging from Eliminator Lighting at entry level, to ADJ covering the mid-market and Elation Professional serving top-end theatrical and touring productions.”
(Jim Evans)

 
arri-rental-atlgroup-shotARRI Rental grows Atlanta team
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

USA - ARRI Rental has announced two additions to the team at its Atlanta facility. Peter Fodero, who has joined as operations manager, will oversee day-to-day management of the rental operation, while new client contact Kyle Baggett will focus on excellence in customer service.
Fodero began his career as a production freelancer before joining another equipment rental house in 2011 where he held many roles, most recently as general manager.
“I’m delighted to welcome Peter and Kyle to the team,” says Peter Crithary, President ARRI Rental US Camera. “Their extensive knowledge and close connections within the creative community are a tremendous asset.”
Regional marketing executive Kelli Bingham will continue to focus on managing the company’s relationships with production and crew in Atlanta, as well as seeking new business opportunities. Working alongside her, senior field support technician Mike Sippel is part of the location support team and responsible for all camera-related products, including the ALEXA 65.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
highliteISE: Highlite International promotes new solutions
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Netherlands - Highlite International BV will be present during Integrated Systems Europe 2019, hall 7, stand Y190. At the Highlite stand various installation solutions from DAP Audio, visuals from DMT Premiere LED screens, effect lighting from Showtec and Infinity with the Furion and Signature series will be showcased.
DAP Audio supplies an array of installation mixers equipped for zone control with multiple inputs. Amplifiers, like the analogue HP-series, the digital QI-Series or the 100V PA- or ZA-series offer possibilities for multi-roomed venues. In combination with the Celestion-powered new XI-MKII installation speaker series are ideal for fixed installations.
Infinity will show the Furion Series, very fast and powerful LED-based moving heads, equipped with Wireless DMX. The Infinity washlight iW-720, the pixel controlled washlight iW-1915 Pixel RGBW Wash and the Infinity Chimp light controller will also be on show along with the Infinity Signature LED based theatre spots, a Robert Juliat collaboration.
DMT Premiere LED screens with pixel pitches ranging from 5.9mm to 2.9mm will also feature.
Showtec offers a very powerful outdoor wash - the IP65 rated Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 with 40 Prolight Opto RGBW 4-in-1 10W LEDs and WDMX. WDMX is also present in the Showtec Eventspot 1600Q4, a very interesting battery light with up to 15 hours battery lifetime per charge.
(Jim Evans)

 
rayzor-760Elation introduces Rayzor 760 with SparkLED
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

USA - When Elation Professional showed the new Rayzor 760 LED luminaire with SparkLED technology at trade shows in Europe and North America last fall, the response from LDs on both sides of the Atlantic was overwhelmingly positive. Elation has now announced that the compact wash light - the first to feature Elation’s innovative SparkLED LED pixel effect system – will be available from February in the US and Mexico and from March - in Europe.
Driven by seven independently controlled 60W RGBW LEDs with a 5° to 77° zoom, the Rayzor 760 can produce a well-defined mid-air beam of over 8000lm that stands out on any stage and then spread exceptionally wide for even wash coverage.
The fixture’s seven oversized front lenses create a large surface that is enhanced by SparkLED technology, 28x2W white LEDs strategically placed inside the lenses themselves to create a unique additional layer of effect. The dedicated high-brightness pixels give lighting designers all new possibilities to create layers of effect through elegant lens illumination and eye-candy twinkle effects. The new effect concept allows designers access to a fresh, fun and innovative way of creating interest and depth on stage, says the company. SparkLEDs are controllable via the lighting console or driven by a multitude of internal FX patterns.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
25-nights-of-northern-lightsCommunity for 25 Nights of Northern Lights
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

USA - BayPort Credit Union’s 25 Nights of Northern Lights is an annual holiday event held from 1 to 25 December in the City Centre at Oyster Point in Newport News, Virginia. Situated by the lakeside with its 400ft fountain, a 50ft tall pixel-mapped Christmas tree forms the focal point of the festival which includes seasonal events, vendors and street performers as well as a light show that is tied to the tree and includes elements surrounding the fountain.
The sound system for the 2018 festival was designed and supplied by Washington Professional, a full service AV systems integration specialist. Designed by Austin Wydrzynski of Washington Professional, with installation by RWS Entertainment, the loudspeaker system was installed inside the Christmas tree to provide sound reinforcement for the synchronized light show.
The system designed by Wydrzynski employed Community’s new IV6 weather-resistant modular vertical arrays. The system had two arrays, each comprising four IV6-1122 wide-dispersion 12-inch two-way array elements and two IV6-118S 18-inch subwoofers.
Wydrzynski explains: “I chose these cabinets for their natural voicing. I spoke with Perry D'Angelo from Community’s rep company, SKMac, when these boxes were first announced. I then had the opportunity to hear them at InfoComm in Vegas this summer and have been very impressed ever since. In addition, their weather rating and price point were essential to this project. Right out of the box, with the FIR filters for Q-Sys provided by Community’s TAG Team (Technical Applications Group)

 
lasers-maintarm Showlaser at the Festival of Lights
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

France - Every year around 4m visitors come to the Fête des Lumières in Lyon and every year this festival surpasses itself.
It began in December, 1852 as a spontaneous, religious gesture: During the procession of Mary, the inhabitants of Lyons put candles on the window. In the meantime, Fête des Lumières has become France's largest art festival, attracting millions of visitors every year and offering 40 light installations spread all over the city. For four days, international light artists illuminate highly complex light projections on the historic buildings of Lyon.
For four nights, the courtyard of the Hôtel de Ville becomes is made accessible to the public. People can cross the building from the Place de la Comedie to the Place des Terreaux. Walking becomes a contemplative experience of pure light, the laser sources are multiplied and compose a spectacular scenography playing in colour with the historical architecture. They dance to the chosen sounds, far from the traditional laser stereotypes, with tarm lasers to the fore. The show adds the magic of intense light to the setting of Lyon City Hall.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
glpA-Team Plus deploys X4 Bars at Clockenflap
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Hong Kong - Clockenflap Music and Arts Festival, which takes place annually on Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront Event Space, once again proved a major success. This year’s headliners included such names as David Byrne, Erykah Badu, Jarvis Cocker, Interpol, The Vaccines, Khalid and Wolf Alice, which delighted the crowds of more than 60,000.
GLP’s X4 Bars were pressed into action by event management and production company, A-Team Plus (HK) Ltd, who had made their first investment in the German manufacturer’s LED fixtures. They had added eight impression X4 Bar 10 battens and 16 of the longer X4 Bar 20 - all of which were specified and deployed at Clockenflap.
A-Team Plus has been the main stage supplier for a number of years. Although the stage structure this year was shipped in 15 containers from Megaforce in Germany all AV for the main stage was provided by A-Team Plus.
The company purchased the new GLP fixtures specifically for the event. “They were always keen to get them,” explains GLP Asia’s Michael Muenz.
The company was already familiar with the versatile battens, having received a demo in Hong Kong, and seen them multiple times at the Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
Michael Muenz recalls: “I still remember this year’s PL+S where [A-Team Plus owner] Ray Mok sent me a Whatsapp after seeing the PRG lightshow in the Festhalle with Jerry Appelt`s famous ground shaking effect. They were so excited that they wanted to see me immediately … and half an hour later, they were at our booth for further talks and a cold beer!

 
all-about-eveA happy new theatre year for White Light
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

UK - White Light is welcoming in 2019 by supplying a range of theatre shows in London’s West End as well as touring productions across the country.
Over the course of 2018, WL supplied the lighting for a variety of hit shows including the critically-acclaimed Company, The Inheritance, Young Frankenstein, The Jungle, The Pinter Season, The King and I, True West and the Oscar Wilde season. The company also continued to supply long-running hits including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Matilda, Aladdin, Tina The Musical, 42nd Street and Les Misérables.
WL’s MD Bryan Raven comments: “We had a fantastic 2018 which was one of our busiest yet. As we progress into 2019, we have hit the ground running and are looking to repeat the success of last year. Our expert Customer Service teams continue to work with designers, both established and emerging to help achieve their vision”.
In January alone, WL has supplied the lighting for Songs for Nobodies at the Ambassadors Theatre; with the company providing the lights for every single show at the venue last year. Over the next few weeks, WL will also supply All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre, The American Clock at the Old Vic and The Price at the Wyndham’s.
Away from the West End, WL is also supplying a range of tours. Shows that have loaded out this month so far include Rain Man, The Lady Vanishes, Abigail’s Party, Wise Children, Ghost, Art and Avenue Q.
The company is also supplying shows within London’s OffWestE

 
 
Goboservice Divum debuts in fairytale park
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Lithuania - The Lithuanian agency Baltas Daznis put their trust in Goboservice to create a highly evocative scenario in collaboration with the Creative Dock agency.
The municipal administration of Vilnius last year announced a competition reserved for innovative projects which aimed to embellish public zones of the city. 30 proposals were submitted, from which the Commission selected the top four. One of these is the Vilnius Illuminated Legend Park, based on an idea by Simonas Eismontas.
At the Pasaku Park (the fairytale park), Divum projectors were used to revive 10 legendary figures in the national history of the Baltic country. The architectural projections were used to give new life to an urban-suburban area that risked degradation in a territorial marketing operation with a strong cultural value.
This was a difficult test for the new architectural projectors. The prolonged time in the woods and exposure to the wind with temperatures well below zero, represented an excellent field test. The IP54 rating of protection of the machines was thus tested in an environmental context.
The aim of the project was to attract citizens and tourists to the park to raise awareness of the city's history. The full-colour gobos were the winning innovative solution. The Goboservice graphic designers reproduced the high-resolution figures, also applying the necessary distortions to allow diagonal projection onto the paths.
The gobo projectors were easily camouflaged among the trees thanks to their light weight and the reduced dimensions, which allowed po

 
robe-arbol-naranja-bogotaRobe helps paint the town orange
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Columbia - Arbol Naranja (Orange Tree) is an event organiser and creative agency that more recently also became an equipment rental company called Circuito Naranja, initially to service their own shows and clients, then expanding into a proactive new division of the business.
They are young, ambitious and passionate about their work which is primarily music orientated, and the new rental element has also become a bit of a disruptor on the lively Bogota event production scene.
The rental side of the business is managed by Luis Burgos, also one of the owners and founders of Arbol Naranja, which kicked off in 2006. Their two main areas of business are complete event organization and equipment rental, and there are currently 70 full time staff working across two nearby sites in the Chapinero area of Bogota, servicing around 200 events a year of different sizes and complexities, from small corporates to large scale festivals.
On the festival front, this includes Colombia’s biggest and best known, Estéreo Picnic, on which they provide and co-ordinate the full technical event production and the rental company services one of the principal stages with equipment.
They have recently invested in 24 x Robe Spiiders delivered by Colombian distributor AVCom Colombia, also based in Bogota. These are their first Robe purchases and their first of a fully professional moving light product.
The rental side of the operation started off as an audio focused company, offering premium brands like L-Acoustics, which grew and expanded steadily. It then reached

 
 
nyeberlin4Chauvet adds sparkle to Berlin’s party
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Germany - The Brandenburg Gate has seen New Year’s Eve come and go over 225 times, but the historic structure has never shined quite like it did this 31 December. An estimated one million NYE revellers gathered along a two-kilometer route that culminated at the landmark for New Year's Eve in Berlin. There, in the shadow of the famous gate, international stars like DJ Bobo, Alice Merton, Bonnie Tyler and the Village People appeared on the Genesis Stage. Providing visual support for their performances was a dazzling lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures deployed by TCL Event AG.
Designed by Denny Arndt of 666 Veranstaltungstechnik and Helge Rabethge of TCL Event AG, the lightshow used 160 of the 1-meter ÉPIX LED strips. With over 50 different acts from a wide variety of genres taking to the stage, the designers’ main challenge was to underline this musical diversity with a wide range of dynamic and compelling looks for the live crowd and the millions more watching on television. They achieved this through the use of multiple scenic levels that delighted the audience with a constant flow of new effects.
In addition to contributing to the varied visuals, the ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures outlined the contours of the stage. Pixel mapped, the strips added depth to this stage design, often working in conjunction with the large video screens.
(Jim Evans)

 
nx-2Elation brings innovation to NAMM
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

USA_ Visitors to the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Centre will be able to see some of Elation’s latest lighting innovations at Booth #11542 in Hall A.
On display – and shipping from February – will be the much-talked-about Rayzor 760, a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire with SparkLED technology. SparkLED consists of 28 individual white LEDs inside the front lens that creates a unique additional layer of effect. Driven by seven, independently controlled 60W RGBW LEDs, the Rayzor 760 with wide zoom projects well-defined mid-air beams as well as an exceptionally even wash. Continuous pan & tilt rotation adds another layer of dynamic effect.
Featuring alongside the Rayzor 760 will be the Smarty Hybrid, a full-featured spot/beam/wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date.
Also on show will be the new Protron Eclypse, a high-powered and highly versatile hybrid LED luminaire that can multi-function as a bright blinder, powerful strobe, high-output wash light or creative eye candy effect in one. Featuring (96) 10W CREE RGBW 4-in1 LEDs with pixel zone control, strobe intensity, duration, rate and FX control, the Protron Eclypse can fill multiple requirements in the rig.
Obsidian Control Systems reports that both the powerful NX 2 and the portable NX Wing are now shipping and will showcase at NAMM.
Obsidian Control Systems is offering Capture SOLO lighting design, documentation and visualization software free with any NX Series console purchased.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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