Finland - Sirkus Finlandia, Finland’s biggest touring circus, completed a successful tour of the country late last year with a lighting rig composed almost entirely of Ayrton fixtures. The Ayrton products were supplied and supported by Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Finland, Oy Lafoy Ltd of Helsinki.
Established in 1976, Sirkus Finlandia is a family run business with an international reputation. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Sirkus Finlandia had planned a 250-date tour across 115 cities from April to November, with audience capacities of 1600.
The pandemic may have delayed its plans but it certainly didn’t stop them. Determined to keep the show on the road, the company still managed to bring its colourful, uplifting show to the Finnish people over the summer, performing 108 shows in 23 cities to reduced audiences from the beginning of June until the start of November – a major achievement in these difficult times.
Sirkus Finlandia’s lighting designer, Eero Auvinen, incorporated Ayrton Perseo IP65-rated fixtures into his design for the first time - a design which already used six Ayrton NandoBeam S3 wash lights and eight Ayrton MagicDot-R. These were rigged over the main ring on trusses suspended from the Big Top’s supporting structures and used pre-show to light the audience and create eye-catching visuals.
Throughout the show, the NandoBeam S3 fixtures were used as front lighting, while the MagicDots and Perseo units created an array of wonderful effects, textures and colours that provided a magical ambience for the hug
South Korea - Arthur, Robert Juliat’s new 800W LED followspot, made its global debut at Big Eoul Madang (Yongin Cultural Foundation) in Seoul, which became the world’s first venue to receive the new followspot.
Arthur is an 800W LED followspot with a 5.5° - 15° zoom that has been designed for long throw applications in larger venues. Complete with all the ergonomic, optical and maintenance benefits expected from Robert Juliat products, Arthur is already becoming a firm favourite with opera houses and theatres around the world.
The first two Arthur followspots were shipped to Big Eoul Madang in late summer 2020, having been supplied by Robert Juliat’s exclusive Korean distributor, C&C Lightway. The pair were specified by the venue’s lighting designer, Mrs So-Jin Kang, who chose them as the perfect match for Big Eoul Madang after seeing them at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas.
“We were already familiar with the quality of Robert Juliat products having 36 RJ 700 Series zoom profiles (18 each of RJ 710SX2 and RJ 713SX2 models) in our generic rig,” says Mrs Kang. “However, Robert Juliat’s reputation for excellent followspots is well-known and the new Arthur did not disappoint. It delivers a bright, uniform beam, is easy to control for both dimming and irising and, having an LED source, gives out less heat and saves on power. It ticked all our boxes.”
Yongin Cultural Foundation is a multipurpose cultural hub that hosts a wide variety of performances for the city, which has over one million inhabitants. ‘Eoul Madang’ translates as
USA - Chauvet Professional has introduced the Maverick Force 2 Profile and Maverick Force 1 Spot.
“We developed the new Maverick Force series to address the demand for compact, but powerful fixtures that our touring and broadcast customers have been asking for,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “Smaller framed, easier-to-handle fixtures are especially well-suited to today’s social distancing environment where limited set-up crews are expected to do the jobs that were once performed by more people.”
The units are not only designed to be lightweight and compact, their output also has force from power-packed advanced LED engines. Weighing in under 60lbs (27.2kg), the Maverick Force 2 Profile is powered by a 580-watt LED engine that produces an intensely bright 21,000 lumen output. Tipping the scales even less than its stable mate, the under 50-lb (22.7 kg) Maverick Force 1 Spot features a 470-watt LED engine capable of blasting out 20,000 lumens of brightness. Both high-output fixtures produce an array of hues from brilliant reds to soft pastels with CMY+CTO color mixing and an added color wheel with CTB and CRI filters for design flexibility.
Maverick Force 2 Profile features a quick four-blade framing shutter system with 120-degree rotation for precise control, a 7° to 55° zoom to cover a wide range of areas, and 16-bit dimming for smoother fades. Added versatility is provided by its five-facet prism with frost, motorized iris, two rotating gobo wheels, and animation wheel. Maverick Force 1 Spot’s effect wheelhouse has one rotating
Europe - The next Elation Coffee Break sees hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif examine three modern-day ellipsoidals from Elation Professional.
With the WW Profile HP and CW Profile HP the traditional tungsten Leko has been re-engineered from the ground up with efficient LED engines, while the Fuze Profile CW takes the evolution even further with more features and fully automated performance. These LED framing fixtures, all with high CRI and outstanding output, are designed for applications where a top quality ellipsoidal fixture is required.
The Elation Coffee Break on modern-day ellipsoidals will air live on Thursday, 4 February at 11:00 a.m. CEST. Join at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live - no registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. Previous episodes of the series are also available from the company's Facebook page.
USA - ETC’s F-Drive LED power system has been expanded with the addition of F-Drive W1 Chroma. The wall-mounted LED driver is compatible with Navis 100 RGBW luminaires, offering a new solution to control colour-mixing LED fixtures.
F-Drive makes the critical components controlling an LED system accessible, utilising familiar category type cable with RJ45 connections. All F-Drive solutions control your LED luminaires via DMX with RDM configuration, management, and monitoring. For simple connection to Navis RGBW, the W1 Chroma offers a single output for up to four uniquely addressable luminaires. The driver is convection cooled, making it ideal for noise-sensitive environments.
With the addition of W1 Chroma, F-Drive now has more options for locations where a centralised driving solution is not required. Together, F-Drive power controls and Navis luminaires offer one robust LED system for any space. Users can schedule a one-on-one virtual product demo with an ETC team member at www.etcconnect.com/schedule-a-demo.
Sweden - Harman Professional Solutions recently teamed up with Swedish lighting supplier LiteNordic and lighting designer Johan Moritz to revitalise Malmö’s Parking House Anna with a cutting-edge lighting design.
Built in 1978, Parking House Anna was the first public parking garage opened in the Swedish capital of Malmö. In 2019, the aged building was renovated with a new façade made of sheet metal, plant walls and solar energy panels. The renovation was ordered by the municipal company Parkering Malmö and designed by NIRAS Arkitekter.
In order to visually enhance the building’s new façade with bright and dynamic colors, Parkering Malmö hired Johan Moritz to create a fresh design using Martin Exterior Dot-HP fixtures supplied by regional distributer LiteNordic.
“The goal was to revitalise the iconic Parking House Anna with organic, beautiful lighting,” says Moritz. “I wanted to show that we could use LED lighting in a dynamic way that evokes a calming, peaceful effect, even in the middle of a busy city. The Exterior Dot-HP fixtures have a very stable color consistency and are easy to install. The clients are happy with the results, and there’s been a lot of positive response from residents and guests in the area.”
Moritz’ design includes 235 Martin Exterior Dot-HP fixtures installed along the corner building’s two newly renovated façades. The Exterior Dot-HP allows for long fixture runs with variable pixel pitches for flexible designs.
“My job is understanding our customers’ expectations and taking care of
Zimbabwe - Gospel singer Janet Manyowa launched her new EP, Sounds of Victory with a streamed performance at Harare International Conference Centre, supported by a colourful lighting design.
Blessing Bero and his team at Events Evolution served up a procession of looks for the occasion with help from a Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R2 Spot and Rogue R2 Wash run through Net-X 2 via sACN .
Drawing on the versatility of these fixtures, Bero balanced the demands of lighting for the event’s pay-per-view livestream audience and the limited number of VIP guests invited to the launch. “Our primary focus was on the livestream viewers, but we also wanted to create a dynamic show for those who were present,” he explains. “This required a degree of flexibility from our relatively small rig.”
Since Bero had only a limited number of fixtures at his disposal, each unit was called upon to perform multiple functions and cover wide areas. “We needed a consistent, even field of light across the main performance area,” he adds. “Although we had only four MK2 Spots, they were able to provide us with this coverage perfectly, giving us excellent light levels for the lead singer and the backup vocalists.”
To highlight Manyowa as well as individual band members during solos, Bero relied on four Rogue R2 Spot fixtures. Thanks to the 240W fixture’s 16.5° beam angle he was able to achieve tight focus positions with no spill over. For some segments of the show, he would back the light from the Rogues with the output from his MK2
Germany - As was the case for many churches around the world, COVID-19 had a significant impact on the recent Christmas celebrations at the historic Katharinenkirche in Oppenheim. The attendance capacity for some services had to be limited, while others were hosted exclusively online. However, the church found a new way of serving as a beacon of hope for the local community through a lighting project that saw the building vibrantly illuminated on the outside throughout advent and the Christmas season.
The Katharinenkirche (St. Catherine’s church) is regarded as one of the most important examples of Gothic church architecture in the country. While continuing to serve the local United Protestant congregation as an active church, the imposing structure is a popular tourist attraction for visitors from across Germany and even further afield. It is also the town’s most recognisable landmark and its grand towers can be seen from a considerable distance in every direction.
Since COVID-19 put restrictions on the church’s usual Christmas celebrations, they decided this year to illuminate the building throughout the holiday season as a symbol of the festive light of Christmas joy that could be enjoyed by local people from a safe distance. The lighting project ran continuously from the beginning of advent in late November through to Epiphany on 6 January.
Based in the neighbouring town of Nierstein, Full House Eventtechnik was the company responsible for designing the lighting for the project and supplying the ADJ fixtures. Owned and operated by young an
Europe - Robe has revealed its new website, at www.robe.cz with ‘a fresh contemporary look that is action-packed with useful information and resources for all’. The site has been co-ordinated to coincide with the launch of a series of new products from Robe that are being revealed throughout the first half of 2021.
Robe.cz is designed for speed, convenience, and ease of viewing, optimised for use with mobile devices. Faster access to a greater amount of product-related information is a cornerstone of the new architecture.
The site is curated to offer a lively mix of interesting data and multiple layers of technical depth for those needing to drill down further into the complexities of products and Robe’s use of new technologies.
An Innovation section will highlight Robe’s constant development and interest in harnessing new, emerging and more sustainable technologies, and how this will potentially shape future products and impact the lighting industry generally and the application of light in multiple environments.
Reflecting the imagination and joie de vivre of the entertainment and performance community, new sections like Spot On will feature dynamic original content.
Things like poplar product infomercial video series The Shed and Robe On Location – where industry characters, movers, and shakers from around the world discuss their stories, experiences, and a diversity of other topics – will be featured in Spot On.
The News section will continue to bring relevant and up-to-the-minute news, views, creati
USA - Last November, rock band Dance Gavin Dance performed their new album Tree City Sessions 2 in its entirety on Tower Bridge in Sacramento, California, a setting that provided a visually stunning framework for the introduction of their latest music.
The PPV concert, executive produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, was lit by Justin Wade and Sacramento Production & Lighting (SPL) using a rig of Elation Professional luminaires.
Formed in 2005, Dance Gavin Dance hail from Sacramento and are local favourites. Last February, the band had just started a tour to promote a new album release when the shutdown hit. Tour manager Travis Wade and Dion Cook of SPL decided to see if there was a market for pay-per-view streaming of the band, a project that culminated in a successful July PPV concert from a recording studio set up in a converted space in SPL’s warehouse.
When the band decided to do a second PPV concert last fall, Travis and band LD Justin Wade, called on Dion and SPL to help make it happen. Soon thereafter, the three began hashing out a design. Travis, a co-producer of the event together with Derek Brewer, came up with the stage concept while Justin handled lighting design and programming.
“The show needed to be an elevation to anything the band had previously done and we treated it as such,” comments Justin, who began working with the band on their Artificial Selection tour a few years ago. “This show was shot in the round, with each band member facing other directions, similar to the cover of the Tree City Sessions
USA - The DALI Alliance (DiiA), the global industry organisation for DALI lighting control, has announced the winners of the inaugural DALI Lighting Awards during a virtual ceremony.
Held in association with arc (the international architectural lighting design magazine) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the awards celebrate the best use of DALI control solutions in international lighting projects as well as recognizing the value of delivering quality illumination to clients and end-users.
A broad range of commercial, architectural and industrial lighting projects linked with DALI technology were nominated. The competition selected winners in different categories for indoor and outdoor lighting alongside a separate category for projects employing outstanding use of certified Zhaga-D4i products.
Judges for this year’s DALI Lighting Awards included Matt Waring, the editor of arc magazine; lighting designer Tad Trylski, an active member of the IALD and former chair of its industry liaison group; and Scott Wade, technical and certification manager for the DALI Alliance.
“The inaugural DALI Lighting awards have been a huge success with a substantial number of project entries in a wide range of sizes and applications across the world,” said Paul Drosihn, GM of the DALI Lighting Alliance. “The nominations showcase plenty of creative and technical merit with DALI being utilised to solve many different lighting control challenges. Many thanks to those who participated, and huge congratulations to all our winners.”
USA - Throughout the fall and into the holiday season, Showtime Sound and director of design and production Aaron Kovelman staged Showtime At The Drive-In, a series of concerts coproduced with AutoFlex Entertainment. Held at an improvised drive-in venue at the Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick MD, the series featured popular artists such as moe, Grace Potter, KIX, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Goose, Dark Star Orchestra, Mt. Joy and Blackberry Smoke.
Holding over 300 cars spread out over a wide area, the drive-in offered an experience that’s far from the ideal concert setting, but extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. “All of us are determined to provide people with the best possible show, regardless of the circumstances,” said Kovelman. “With everyone so spread out at this site, we had to create visuals that were very bold and looked good from any angle.”
Helping Kovelman and his team accomplish this goal was an almost exclusively Chauvet Professional rig that was anchored by 16 Maverick MK3 Profile fixtures. The powerful 820-watt LED movers played a variety of roles in lighting the concert series, including the important task of engaging the widely dispersed audience with dynamic and colourful crowd lighting.
Calling the Maverick units the “workhorses” of his rig, Kovelman positioned eight of them on towers. Their 51,000 source lumen output gave him more-than-ample punch to cover the audience with light, while the 120ﹾ rotation allowed dynamic crowd sweeps.
Kovelman drew on the CMY + CTO colour-rendering cap
UK - One of the UK's longest established safari park attractions, Longleat, recently became home to a temporary spectacular seasonal experience, The Land of Light.
The Land of Light was a journey through several different areas and featured a host of bespoke creations.
Longleat partnered with production and hire company, Zeal, who helped design and bring to life this experience.
Steve Hough, Zeal’s managing director comments: “We partnered with Longleat in May 2020 after they had to postpone their regular Festival of Light. The goal was to create a new unique experience from scratch that took consideration of coronavirus during the installation and the event itself. From there, we developed concepts and went on to design, build and produce an experience focused on stimulating the senses that allowed people to immerse themselves in real life, something that wasn’t possible throughout much of 2020.”
The 2km immersive journey featured an impressive 688 lights, 255 speakers, over 72,000 individually controlled pixels, scent machines, projection, a host of atmospheric and water effects, and even a 2,600sq.ft immersive laser room. All of which was synchronised together with more than 38,000m of cable and the latest in technology, bringing the magic of Longleat’s grounds to life as one.
A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) was chosen to supply a number of products from leading brands including Dynamic Audio Device (D.A.D), Luminex, LumenRadio and Doughty, for this project.
Jonathan Walters, AC-ET’s sal
Germany - The German Sustainability Prize (Nachhaltigkeitspreis) has been awarded by the Nachhaltigkeitspreis Foundation for the past 13 years, in cooperation with the country’s Federal Government and several public and civil society institutions. Outstanding sustainability achievements in business, municipalities, and research are awarded in several categories. On 3-4 December 2020, the prizes were presented at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf.
There were two premieres this year: on the one hand, the award in the Design category was presented for the first time, and on the other hand, the award ceremony itself (and accompanying congress) were extensively streamed live due to the pandemic. A large number of award winners were connected live, as were most of the speakers. There were also a few guests who formed part of the supporting programme.
12 of the new GLP JDC Line ensured that plenty of lighting dynamic and wow effects were present in the camera image.
BTL Veranstaltungsstechnik from Düsseldorf was responsible for the event technology, streaming and recording. Flo Erdmann took control of the lighting design on behalf of BTL, and was entrusted with implementation on site, together with BTL’s technical director of lighting, Julian Siewertsen.
The set consisted of a soft-edge tandem projection, which was divided into asymmetric areas in shape, and varied in height. The approximately 30 chairs in the ballroom of the hotel were framed by illuminated recesses and rounded off the overall scene.
As far as the technical implementation
ETC has announced the release of Hog 4 OS v3.15 software, which includes enhancements to MIDI mapping of third-party control panels, adding tap tempo for effects and internal effect engine optimizations. This version also contains new keyboard shortcuts a number of bug fixes, listed in the release notes.
Hog 4 OS v3.15 is available for download at www.etcconnect.com.
Entertainment controls product manager Sarah Clausen comments: "We are happy to bring improvements to MIDI mapping in this release to follow on our opening up of MIDI/OSC control of encoders and faders in the last release. And many users will be happy to see implementing tap tempo for effects."
USA - Preparing the Way Ministries, a small but thriving local church in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has invested in an ADJ Pixie Strip system to enhance the lighting in its worship space. The new configuration of pixel-mapped linear LED fixtures allows low-resolution video playback across the rear of the church’s stage area. This provides a versatile backdrop that can be easily adapted to the style or tempo of worship to help enhance the atmosphere without distracting congregants.
With a capacity of approximately 150, Preparing the Way Ministries’ auditorium is a relatively small but modern space. Worship for Sunday services is led by a multi-piece contemporary worship band and the facility is also used for midweek prayer and worship meetings which tend to feature a more stripped-back music group.
Prior to this recent upgrade, the church’s lighting setup simply involved stage washing provided by eight ADJ 5PX HEX LED par fixtures controlled via an iPad running ADJ’s Airstream DMX app connected wirelessly to the Airstream DMX Bridge interface.
Having made the decision to invest in developing the lighting technology in their facility, the church’s leadership brought in specialist AV integration company Stevens Audio Visual to advise on potential options for the upgrade.
“I met with the church and discussed various options,” explains Greg Stevens. “They wanted to do something more creative with their lighting and the worship leader had drawn up a rough schematic for using LED strip fixtures to fill in the dead space on the very plai
USA - The ever-evolving Las Vegas strip is renowned for its approach to building bigger, bolder, and brighter structures. One of its latest additions, the Caesars Forum conference centre is no exception, spanning a mammoth 550,000sq.ft and boasting the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world.
Located in the centre of the Las Vegas strip, Caesars Forum features 300,000sq.ft of flexible meeting space. This consists of the two large ballrooms of 110,000sq.ft each, a further two ballrooms, and six boardrooms and a dedicated outdoor event plaza connected to three hotels with 8,500 guest rooms
As part of the technology integrated into the new event space, Caesars Forum is home to one of the largest single installations of DMX controlled tuneable white lights. The Creston building control system installed and commissioned by NTA and Pulse features over 4,500 DMX lighting fixtures from Spectrum Lighting Inc., Moda Light and Signify, with every single one of these fixtures capable of being individually controlled.
This has been made possible by dividing the facility’s lighting needs into seven core Pharos DMX systems commanded by the main Crestron control system. With systems for each of the four ballrooms, pre-function spaces, boardrooms and exteriors, this offers a high resolution of individual fixture control or zoned group control. The ballroom’s flexible configurations adapt to the client’s needs, as does the lighting system.
This flexibility is absolutely key to the event space at Caesars Forum as the amount of space used can be scale
Columbia - Rapper and singer-songwriter Nanpa Básico held his virtual Kosmo concert last autumn with a large complement of Claypaky fixtures lighting up the live-streamed show.
A team from Arbol Naranja, led by Jorge Jiménez, Camilo Mejía and William Gallo, were challenged to craft a virtual concert that the public would enjoy from their homes and that recreated the mood of a live show on any digital device. “Reinventing the way in which Nanpa's music is consumed live opened a door for us to a format that we will continue to perform in, without any doubt,” says Arbol Naranja manager Jorge Jiménez.
Nanpa Básico fuses rhythms, such as bolero and reggae, for a hip hop style very much his own. According to the Arbol Naranja team, he is an unconventional artist who integrates orchestral musicians and treats the rhythm and style of each song with great presence and personality. For that reason it was imperative to keep the focus on every detail.
Lighting designer William Gallo was also tasked to illuminate the show in a broadcast style highlighting Nanpa, his musicians and the orchestra.
Gallo and show designer Camilo Mejía selected Claypaky luminaires with knowledge of the brand and an awareness that “it was necessary to have powerful and very defined luminaires to be able to exchange the smoke and lights of a live show for the planes and lighting for broadcast cameras,” says Mejía
Working on the design of the show, it was necessary to illuminate certain strategic points and achieve the overall look of the show at the same tim
Italy - Andrea Bocelli and Igor Mitoraj’s sculptural works were the protagonists of a special evening in Noto to promote Sicilian Unesco sites. wysiwyg was also honoured to be there to help light this concert and its cultural assets as Andrea’s voice filled the piazza in front of the Noto Cathedral in Sicily during a concert held to convey a message of courage and unity among the seven sites recognised by UNESCO in Sicily (see our latest issue for a report on the event).
The tenor was accompanied by an orchestra and the Teatro Massimo Bellini choir in Catania, directed by Alberto Bartalini.
The event is organised thanks to the financial commitment of the Sicilian Region and the Municipality of Noto. The runs until February and looks to ignite a focus on Sicily's world-class assets. Massimo Tomasino, a local lighting designer, was asked to be the programmer for Andrea’s special event. Not only did Massimo have the lighting design experience, but he also had experience with architecture, theatre, dance, music, and art.
Massimo Tomasino has been a wysiwyg user since Release 10. For Massimo, Wysiwyg has become an indispensable and go-to tool through the years and used on all of his designs as he works with various Italian artists.
For this concert, it was most important to enhance the five works of Mitoraj positioned on the stairs of the cathedral, the cathedral itself and An
Japan - Lighting designer Mr. Mitsumasa Hayashi created The Robe Lighting Show - a piece of light art at the Urayasu Mai Studio of the Nihon Stage Co, which featured over 350 Robe moving lights. These were supplied by prominent Japanese rental companies, M-Tech Style and the Mula Corporation. The piece was commissioned by Mr. Masaharu Sakamoto who heads up LTG, Robe’s Japanese distributor.
With live performances halted worldwide due to the pandemic, Mr. Sakamoto was keen to produce a lighting art video concept that could be enjoyed and appreciated by lighting enthusiasts worldwide, and he knew Mr Hayashi was the right person to create a brilliant, poignant, and high-impact work.
Mr Sakamoto himself was inspired by the positive, robust power of Robe’s brand messaging during these uncertain pandemic times. “A show like this using Robe products exclusively is unprecedented in Japan, so it was great to create one with everyone’s cooperation,” he comments.
He wanted to work with Mr. Hayashi on this project as a leading influencer and practitioner both in the Japanese lighting industry and internationally.
The 10-minute lightshow features three music tracks and the action takes place on an empty stage which is bare apart from a large and symbolic piece of driftwood, placed so Mr Hayashi could imagine a world of light and energy around it inspired by the music.
His goal was to also keep the space open and the lighting very fluid and kinetic allowing each viewer to interpret independently and enjoy their own individual journey
Slovakia - Ŭsmev ako dar (Smile As A Gift) is a high-profile gala evening and charity concert broadcast on Christmas Eve on Slovakia’s national RTVS Channel 1.
The show features the participation of children from orphanages and foster care facilities across Slovakia, together with some of the country’s best known popular singers, bands, and dancers.
Slovakian technical production and rental company Q-99, headed by Martin Kubanka, has been involved with the Smile As A Gift foundation since 1994, and this year’s festival special was recorded – without audience due to Covid restrictions – in a pop-up streaming studio created at their warehouse facility in Bratislava-Čunovo.
The studio was built earlier in the year to provide some revenue during the pandemic. In keeping with Q-99’s commitment to excellence in lighting, video, and audio, it soon became known for its premium technical facilities.
The company has invested in Robe products right from when the brand launched, and the studio is full of Robe moving lights – including BMFL WashBeams, Pointes, LEDWash 600s and 600+s, Spiiders, Spikies and LEDBeam 100s – 136 of which in total which were used for this show in a lighting design by Štefan Čulen.
The Ŭsmev ako dar studio comprised five different stages, each with columns of LED screen at the back and the various performers and presenters all working together.
Each stage was built so they could benefit from the general studio lighting rig and also have their own ‘specials’ and floor packages.
Estonia - On the final day of Bocuse d'Or Europe 2020, leading chefs from 24 nations gathered with their teams in different rooms at the Saku Arena in Talin early in the morning to review their secret plans for the dishes they would be offering judges later that afternoon.
All of them would be working with Estonian quail and eel catfish. The culinary wizard who blended these basic ingredients into ‘the most sumptuous and alluring gastronomical creation’ would be crowned European Champion by Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid.
As the top chefs and their assistants met in secret that morning, Olev Luhaäär was also busy meeting with his team as they reviewed plans for lighting the televised event under unusual circumstances. (Unlike in previous years there was no live audience in the 10,000-seat arena because of the pandemic.) Luhaäär had begun preparing for this project six months earlier, working with project manager Gamal Elhuveig. Now it was time for a final review with his crew: LD Rene Jõhve, and tech support specialist Kristo Sooalu.
Like the chefs, preparing their entries, Luhaäär and his associates had to balance varying elements together into a smoothly integrated final creation. Helping them in this endeavour was the ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M Stadium console.
“People and sets changed all the time during the programme, so we constantly made small adjustments for the lighting, all the while ensuring that we remained camera friendly,” said Luhaäär who used eight universes and 120 different lighting fixtures for the broadcast
France - Robe’s new flagship, high powered, TE (Transferable Engine) LED luminaire – the Forte – has made landfall in France where the new units have been delivered from the Czech Republic via Robe France to rental and technical production specialist Concept Audiovisuel.
The 40,000 lumen fixture features Robe’s new 1000W white LED light engine, complete with independent zone control for even higher output when zoomed in. The engine is fully and easily replaceable – extending the lifespan of the fixture.
Concept Audiovisuel is based in Niort, western France, and was founded in 1998 by Pierig Burgin and Hughes Mongrand as a design rental and installation company.
The usually busy schedule sees the delivery of lighting, audio, staging and rigging solutions for a wide range of rental and installation projects covering concert touring, live events, and festival sectors. Concept Audiovisuel is a technical partner for some of France’s most popular festivals including Francofolies, Hellfest, Cognac Blues Passions, Au Fil du Son, Les Vieilles Charrues and many more.
Apart from enjoying being ‘first’ and keeping ahead of the technology trends, Pierig explains that they wanted the Fortes – part of the first full production batch to leave the Robe factory – to replace older workhorse moving light fixtures. These Fortes are the first of a larger order.
“This fixture with its immense power and transferable LED module plus other features like the 5 - 50 degree zoom, framing shutters and multiple effects plus other parameters lik
USA - ADJ has introduced the latest edition to its range of lighting control solutions, The Link. This hardware/ software system combines the processing power, wireless connectivity and multitouch screen of an iPad with lighting-specific tactile controls and a four universe DMX interface to deliver a control solution.
The Link fills the void between small single universe DMX controllers and large format lighting consoles, says the company. It is designed to simplify control for aspiring lighting designers, small production companies, churches, community theatres and performances spaces, providing a new connection between lights and creativity.
The ADJ Link control system is powered by the dedicated Airstream LINK iOS App for iPad, which is available as a free download from the Apple App Store. This lighting control platform includes an extensive fixture library, making it easy to setup for different shows and equipment configurations. It incorporates powerful tools to allow the easy creation of complex movements and colour chase effects, and allows the iPad’s memory to be utilized for storing custom scenes and shows that can be quickly re-loaded when required.
The software also makes use of the iPad’s precise touchscreen interface to facilitate actions such as colour mixing and drawing custom movement shapes.
To augment the iPad’s screen interface, the Link hardware offers a selection of ergonomic controls designed to give lighting designers the hands-on experience of a traditional lighting console. Four large rotary encoder wheels, with