Around 400 companies from more than 30 countries are taking part
Germany - Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt opens today, returning after a two-year break due to the pandemic. It is also the first event of this year at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre.
Around 400 companies from more than 30 countries are taking part. The trade fair is rounded off by a programme covering issues such as the roadmap for event operations that are both safe and as derestricted as possible, the increasing shortage of skilled workers and the responsible use of natural resources.
“Prolight + Sound 2022 represents a milestone after months of hard challenges” says Wolfgang Marzin, president and chief executive officer, Messe Frankfurt. “For us as a fair and exhibition company, the tasks faced over the last two years have bonded us even more closely together with the professionals of the event industry. Just as our halls had to remain unused for long periods, concert halls, theatres, discotheques and clubs also had to remain empty.
Thus, there could hardly be a more appropriate event for the kick-off to the trade fair season. I am delighted that hundreds of companies are pulling together with us to ensure that Prolight + Sound is the economic driving force the sector needs and deserves. In particular, I am looking forward to an emotional and inspiring reunion bursting with optimism.”
The current shortage of qualified employees is a focus theme with Prolight + Sound being a valuable contact interface between companies and talents. A Job Market, where companies can enter into direct contact with potential employees, has been organised in close cooperation with the German Entertainment Technology Association (VPLT) in the Future Hub area. The Prolight + Sound conference programme takes a close look at future perspectives for education and training.
Another focus is the safe execution of events. In addition to new standards for accident prevention, the conference programme revolves around effective infection protection and hygiene concepts. The International Event Safety Conference at Prolight + Sound on 27 April presents the most effective measures and underscores the sector’s commitment to generating the highest level of trust among visitors, employees and performers.
Ecological balance and energy consumption are playing a more decisive role than ever before and are an important criterion for economic event operations. This development holds a prominent position at Prolight + Sound 2022 with the introduction of the first Green Event Day on 27 April, a thematic day focusing on sustainability.
The programme with keynote speeches, panel discussions and best-practice examples has been developed in close collaboration with the European Event Centres Association (EVVC) and with the support of the VPLT. Additionally, the exhibition stands of exhibitors offering particularly environmentally-friendly solutions are specially marked to reflect this.

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