green-hippoGreen Hippo masterclass draws international crowd
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

UK - Green Hippo held its 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass at Down Hall Hotel and Spa in Essex this month. The Masterclass training course explored all things SHAPE and 3D projection mapping and attracted participants from Dubai, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland and the UK.
The 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass event involved 10 members of Green Hippo, plus two representatives from A.C. Entertainment Technologies, Green Hippo’s UK distributor and two trainers from Notch, the real-time visual creation tool that keeps up with your ideas.
A special aspect of this course was the opportunity for attendees to get ‘hands on’ 3D projection mapping experience. At the end of the day, once classroom sessions, delegates headed outdoors to pre-prepared projection mapping stations, equipped with Green Hippo kit, and eight HD Panasonic projectors, provided by VER.
The beginners’ area (at the beginning of the course, the Masterclass was divided into two groups based on knowledge of SHAPE) counted four stations, all equipped with Hippotizer Taiga Media Servers or Hippotizer Taiga+, and each powering a projector. The advanced section was set up with a Hippotizer Montane+ outputting into a single 4K feed, splitting into four HD outputs via an Fx4 SDI. With practical input from the training team, the first group lined up the four projectors to produce a singular output, which was projected on to the building. The Montane+ system controlled four projectors each covering a section of a different building.
Day one ended with dinner and drinks in the hotel and d

theatre-studies-photo-credit-michael-oreilly-webRose Bruford launches online Theatre Studies degree
Monday, 12 March 2018

UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is launching a full-time online BA (Hons) Theatre Studies degree that will start this September.
The course, set to cost from £5,760 per year, is described as an affordable alternative to traditional undergraduate programmes, where students typically cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 in addition to living costs.
The course will be accessible from anywhere in the world and will offer a range of online modules led by a team of expert practitioner-academics, who will provide theoretical and practice-based perspectives as they study working theatres, practitioners, playwrights and directors alongside theatre studies at large.
Programme director, Jayne Richards, comments: “Using our experience of developing a part-time online programme for mature students, we believe we have created a comprehensive but flexible programme of study to equip a diverse range of students.
“They will receive a rigorous academic grounding in the practices, histories, contexts and methodologies of a very wide spectrum of theatre and performance-related subjects, as well as core transferable skills, which they can use in their chosen profession.”
The College, which has been running a part-time distance learning programme in Theatre Studies for over 20 years, also offers flexible online programmes in BA (Hons) Music Studies and BA (Hons) Opera Studies. Full course and application details can be found at www.bruford.ac.uk
(Jim Evans)

 
 
hogfactor1180x4351High End launches Hog Factor USA 2018
Friday, 9 March 2018

USA - High End Systems has launched HogFactor USA 2018, the company’s annual two-phase collegiate lighting programming competition held in conjunction with major trade shows in North America and across the globe.
Universities are now invited to enter teams of up to three students. The submission deadline is 30 June and over 20 collegiate teams have already signed up to participate in Phase One. To enter, each team is required to provide a performance lighting piece programmed on a Hog or Hog 4 PC that can be downloaded for free with a special demo version of Light Converse visualisation.
Three teams will be shortlisted by 31 July to participate in Phase Two and programme a performance lighting piece based on High End Systems’ 2018 LDI booth design. The teams will then be invited to perform their shows live at LDI on 19 October (Friday) at the High End Systems booth, where the winners will be announced.
High End Systems’ Paul Hancock comments: “We are looking forward to this year’s Hog Factor competition. Just like our parent company, High End Systems is committed to cultivating the next generation of Hog programmers. The popularity of this competition has grown exponentially each year, and the complexity of work is constantly improving. I cannot wait to see what the students achieve this year.”
ETC vice-president of marketing, David Lincecum, adds: “HogFactor is exciting, rewarding and educational for the students, but equally so for the crowds that watch! The audience is really engaged in every beat of the performance.”

 
hospital-club-march-19-flyer-v2HD Pro Audio schedules London workshop
Wednesday, 7 March 2018

UK - HD Pro Audio's next technology workshop is taking place at London's Hospital Club in the Oak Room in Covent Garden on 19 March from 11am to 5pm GMT.
The presentations will include system design, setup and pro tips for Yamaha CL and QL consoles with RIO interfaces and a session on the new Shure Axient digital wireless microphones with Wireless Workbench 6 software.
There will also be a demonstration of the new KOS 3.0 software, which introduces a host of new features including parametric EQ for KLANG:technologies unique 3D In Ear Mixing system. Audinate's Dante audio network protocol will also be a common theme throughout.
Manufacturers' representatives will be on hand to provide an overview of all technologies on show as well as hands-on demonstrations.
The event is free but numbers are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should book their place as soon as possible online at https://goo.gl/3u26VY or by email at info@hdproaudio.co.uk.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
delhipartnermeetingAtlona On Tour Roadshow visits India
Wednesday, 28 February 2018

India - The Atlona On-Tour Roadshow, the company’s residential AV roadshow, recently wrapped its first leg in Mumbai, India following events in Delhi and Bangalore.
The ‘Zero to 60Hz’ training sessions focused on education and pain points for AV professionals aiming to keep pace with the latest industry trends. Each day-long event offered focused segments on AV over IP, BYOD-powered collaboration, and networked control from Atlona Academy trainers, followed by an open house period for networking, hands-on product trainings, and personalized Q&A opportunities.
“We’ve reached a critical point in time where end-users in corporate, higher education and other facilities are confident and ready to move forward with transitioning their AV operations to the network,” said Sanket Sawant, Atlona’s director of business development, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. “With better-then-expected turnout of more than 60 attendees at each stop, these sessions were built to help our partners accelerate these transitions from systems design and integration perspective.”
Parallel to each event, the Atlona Academy team conducted specialised trainings for regional dealers. This included Atlona Level 100 and 200 certifications for sales and technical teams, as well as InfoComm RUs that can be leverage for CTS certification renewals. Specific demonstrations of Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP platform, Velocity networked control solution, SW-510w BYOD presentation switcher, and HDVS-300 soft conferencing codec were also made available to all at

 
prolyte-campus-01Prolyte Campus 2018 Cape Town
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

South Africa - DWR is presenting Prolyte Campus, a Prolyte Group training initiative, with guest speaker Ruud de Deugd from Prolyte on 13-16 March.
Prolyte Campus offers a complete programme of learning activities to create awareness on the safe use of Prolyte products.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
backstage-imageLeading brands on show at The Backstage Centre
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - The Backstage Centre will host open days on 1-2 March, inviting visitors to discover and demo new products from leading professional brands including JTS, FBT, ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power.
Sat in Purfleet’s High House Production Park 11 miles east of London City Airport, the Backstage Centre has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s best-equipped production and rehearsal destinations.
Taking place within the facility’s sound stage, The Backstage Event will feature demonstrations of a wealth of FBT audio solutions. Rental companies and live engineers will hear why the dual 10” Muse line array, twinned with the Mitus 218SA, has already proven itself in more than 4,000 projects worldwide. Installers will have the chance to test the weather resistance of FBT’s IP55-rated Shadow loudspeakers, as well as the sharp Italian good looks of the Archon, Subline and Ventis series.
Alongside FBT, participating brands will include ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power. Guests will be invited to network freely with refreshments to hand, while testing and evaluating products in a relaxed but professional environment, including listening sessions and hands-on testing. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, both days will begin with seminars, followed by afternoon demonstrations and more.
“This is a great opportunity for rental companies, front of house and monitor engineers, and all members of the

 
aesmilanlogoAES Milan explores The Power of Sound
Thursday, 15 February 2018

Italy - The Audio Engineering Society has announced the membership of the organising committee for the 144th International AES Convention and Exposition, taking place in Milan, Italy, 23-26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.
Embracing this year’s theme - The Power of Sound - the convention will be co-chaired by Alberto Pinto (professor - CESMA, NUCT University, Stanford University) and Nadja Wallaszkovits (chief audio engineer - Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences and AES President-Elect), who have assembled a team of leading audio professionals to organize the events and presentations for Europe’s largest professional audio education, networking and gear exhibition of the year.
“Throughout their 70-year history,” says Wallaskovits, “AES conventions have gathered the foremost minds in audio to educate and connect with attendees. AES Milan 2018 will carry on that tradition in Northern Italy - not only a wonderful locale, but also home to numerous prominent professional audio manufacturers.”
“AES Milan is offering Workshops and Tutorials from across the broad range of audio engineering specialties,” adds Piotrowska. Sessions will include 3D Audio, Sound Reinforcement, Sound for Cinema, Sound for VR, Multichannel Audio, Recording and Production and Room Acoustics.
“Convention attendees can share and expand their audio knowledge from the fundamentals through to the latest technologies,” she furthers. “New media - AR and VR, game sound, immersive audio, mobile platforms - will be the focus of num

 
 
plasa-trainingPLASA professional development training events confirmed
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

UK - PLASA has announced a new programme of professional development and networking events to support members and non-members working within the industry.
The training courses and workshops have been developed to be relevant to the current business climate and aim to provide cost-effective, tailored professional development. Every PD event will host a limited number of delegates allowing for a personalised and supportive experience with specialist tutors.
The first training event of the year is a two-part course for Sales Management Training on 20 March and 8 May. This course is aimed at sales managers who wish to significantly improve their team’s sales performance, those in a technical role who have been promoted to managing sales, or senior company members in need of a refresh.
Steve Ramos of Rosco, who previously attended this course, comments: "The sales management course run by PLASA was focused on the industry we live in enabling us to very quickly identify and learn from the challenges that were common to each attendee."
An intensive one-day workshop in Brand, Communication and Strategy takes place on 28 February which explores the importance of developing unique branding, strong marketing and clear communications for business growth. This workshop is the ideal opportunity to learn how to stand out in a loud and crowded marketplace.
Gareth Coleman, director of international sales for OHM (UK) attended this workshop last year and adds: "This fantastic group-based course has equipped me with the necessary skills (and beyond) to

 
rcf-open-dayNitelites to repeat RCF Sage open day
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

UK - Following the success of last year’s open day, Nitelites will again be hosting an RCF showcase at the Sage Gateshead on 27 March between 10am-5pm.
The event will feature a full demonstration of four key new systems. The HDL30-A, NX32-A and NX45-A will be rigged and presented to sound professionals for the first time in the UK, while the smaller HDL6-A - shown in prototype last year - will now be fired up as a full working model.
The latest HDL systems are part of RCF’s D-Line range of active composite line array enclosures, which have proved popular with rental companies and installers alike. The NX series of active speakers will demonstrate their versatility either as a stand-alone system, satellite-fills or stage monitor.
“RCF product specialists will be on hand to advise and answer questions, and visitors will have the opportunity to inspect the products at close quarters, as well as walk the room as we switch between the different systems. We are delighted that our partners Nitelites have once agreed to host this following the success we had last year.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
vectorworksVectorworks training at DWR Distribution
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

South Africa - Both beginner and advanced users are catered for at DWR Distribution’s Vectorworks training sessions presented by Francois van der Merwe. The dates range from 12 to 16 March and delegates are able to choose if they would like to patriate in one or more training sessions hosted over this time.
The basic training will be held on 12 March and delegates can expect to discover the fundamentals of Vectorworks with topics covered such as Layouts, Balettes, Basic Tools, Classes and Layers. The cost for this one-day training session is R850.
Intermediate Training will be held on 13 & 14 March. Here Francois will discuss preferences, Basic Spotlight, Basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost for this two-day course is R1 700.00.
Advanced Users are invited to participate in training held from 15 & 16 March. The exciting module will cover working lanes, Advanced Modelling and Advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 700.
Training will be held every day from 9 am to 5 pm and will be hosted at DWR Distribution. Bookings can be made online.
(Jim Evans)

 
vectorworksVectorworks Design Summit set for November
Thursday, 8 February 2018

USA - For the fourth year in a row, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries to the annual Vectorworks Design Summit. The Summit will take place from 4-6 November, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, and this training experience will consist of industry workshops, inspirational design and networking.
“The architecture and landscape in Arizona are very different from the city backdrops we have had in the last three years, and I think our customers will enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives to enjoy this scenic desert location,” said Nicole Davison, vice president of sales at Vectorworks, who is originally from Tucson. “The weather in November will be beautiful and allow us to network outside and enjoy the mountains, sun and native Arizona landscape.”
Located in the Sonoran Desert, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass celebrates the Gila River Indian heritage and culture, offering a quiet serenity combined with a high-tech hotel experience. Attendees are encouraged to extend their stay and enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, a world-class spa and much more.
The call for speakers and trainers at the Vectorworks Design Summit is currently open. Presentations should be one or two hours and cover best practices, efficiency gains, tips, tricks or techniques that streamline workflows and empower design

 
 
collective-works-final-copyProduction design training at DWR
Friday, 2 February 2018

South Africa - DWR Distribution has announced a training course presented by Joshua Cutts and Christopher Bolton of Collective Works. Production Design - The Responsibility of a modern-day designer will be held from 20-22 February from 9am to 5pm.
The three-day course will cover topics such as an Introduction to Design, Hands-on Design Workshop, Console and Layout Planning, Programming for Music, Colour Theory, Networking and Protocols, Media Servers and Show Integration, Pixel Mapping and Timecode Programming. As leaders in their field, Josh and Chris will also share programming tips and tricks.
Hosted at DWR Distribution in Laserpark, Honeydew, the cost is R2 880.00 per delegate and includes light refreshments and lunch.Bookings can be made on line.
(Jim Evans)

 
musikmesseprolight-sounda3eThe Future of Audio + Music Technology at Frankfurt
Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Germany - For the first time at Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound, A3E (Advanced Audio + Application Exchange) is organising a professional-development programme within the framework of the trade-fairs. The Future of Audio + Music Technology conference will be held in Room ‘Entende’ on Level 4c of Hall 4 on Friday, 13 April 2018 and cover a range of topics relevant to the global music industry.
A3E is a leading industry resource dedicated to the future of advanced audio applications and new music technologies. The conference will be conducted in English and admission is free of charge for all Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound visitors.
The key topics to be covered by the conference include: The global musician – next generation cloud DAWs for worldwide collaboration; Wearable technology for musicians; Designing products for the wireless musician; Virtual & augmented reality for studio production and live performance; Touchscreen apps and controllers for the studio and stage; App integration for traditional instruments and Artificial Intelligence & machine learning.
“As a future-oriented platform, we are committed to promoting the transfer of information in the industry,” says Michael Biwer of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. “We are delighted to team up with A3E, an organisation that enjoys a first-class reputation among professionals in the audio segment, to implement a high-grade educational conference. The Future of Audio + Music programme is aimed at developers of audio solutions and at musicians, producers and soun

 
 
martin-audio-webinarsMartin Audio extends webinar training
Tuesday, 23 January 2018

UK - Owing to popular demand, Martin Audio has extended its series of monthly educational webinars to include additional products, software platforms and guest presenters on application deployment.
The live sessions, which started in October 2017 and were initially conducted by members of the product support group, are available free-of-charge and also provide the opportunity for an interactive Q&A.
Martin Audio's director of marketing, James King, commented, “We’ve been delighted with the take-up so far, with over 100 people participating in each of the modules around the world. Such has been the success that we’ve extended the modules to cover more products and software, and I’m delighted to announce we are also introducing guest speakers.” The first of these will be eminent FOH engineer, Simon Honywill.
“Simon has been a long term advocate of Martin Audio and his experiences of MLA in particular are rich and engaging,” continued King. “I’m delighted that he will conduct two new webinars - one on MLA Mini and one on MLA at Festivals.”
Simon Honywill added, “I’m delighted to take part in this series. I have lots of insights and stories to share which I think will be of interest to fellow professionals in how to maximise the use of Martin Audio products, particularly the MLA series.”
(Jim Evans)

 
ike-zimbelProfessional Wireless training at AES@NAMM
Friday, 19 January 2018

USA - Wireless touring professional Ike Zimbel will provide introduction and training for both Professional Wireless IAS software and the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system during AES@NAMM.
The two-hour training sessions are part of the Entertainment Wireless Academy sessions offered during AES@NAMM and will take place on Thursday 25 January, 1-3 pm and Friday, 26 January, 3-5 pm at the Anaheim Hilton.
Zimbel explains, “Professional Wireless’ Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS) software if the industry standard frequency coordination software that has been used on every major sporting and broadcast event since its inception.”
The interactive session will cover the entire program including finding local off-air TV channels and importing your own scan, band planning, recalculating a coordination when moving between venues and tips and tricks to deal with very high channel count events.
In addition, Zimbel will take participants through the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system from base station to belt pack. Topics covered will include Analog RF transmission scheme, best practices for set-up and deployment, using the GUI to program bases and belts, "Scene" memory in belt packs and why the UV-1G makes the most sense for your intercom inventory.
“Available UHF bandwidth is being reduced to just (at most) 150MHz from the current 222MHz, making spectral efficiency of paramount importance,” adds Zimbel. “With the very small footprint of the UV-1G UHF transmit frequencies and the fact that the belt pa

 
 
martin-audio-open-day-2Martin Audio extends open day programme
Tuesday, 16 January 2018

UK - Martin Audio will be hosting three open days at their High Wycombe HQ between 13-15 March.
The company is inviting rental companies, FOH and monitor engineers and other members of the touring community to better understand its product range and enjoy extensive listening at its offices as it won’t be attending Prolight + Sound 2018 in April in Frankfurt.
The product selection will include many of the company’s solutions for a wide range of rental staging applications, including Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays, iKON amplifiers, XE and LE Series monitors, as well as the hugely popular CDD-LIVE and BlacklineX.
Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter, says: “When we staged our first series of open days back in September we were overwhelmed by the response. Therefore when it came to scheduling a similar event in the Spring it was logical to extend it to six sessions covering an extra day, to give our customers greater flexibility.
“The event takes on additional significance given the success of our new live sound portfolio over the past 12 months. For anyone who misses us at ISE in February, High Wycombe HQ is the place to be.”
In addition to sound demos, the open days will also include tours of the factory and refreshments.
(Jim Evans)

 
k-academyK-array training programme content revealed
Monday, 15 January 2018

Italy - Pro audio solutions manufacturer K-array has scheduled four molule-based worshops in Q1 and Q2 of 2018. The sessions will take place at the company HQ in Scarperia e San Piero near Florence and comprise:
Installed Sound Overview and Applications: A complete overview of K-array's unique solutions and technologies dedicated to fixed installations, including project examples and sound design techniques.
Installed Sound Set-up and Optimisation: From the initial acoustic simulation to the final tuning, this advanced workshop covers all the aspects of the setup of a fixed K-array installation. Live Sound Overview and Applications: A complete overview of products in K-array's Concert Series and Portable Systems lines with a focus on the physics that drive them.
Live Sound Set-up and Optimisation: Applied practices of both a Concert Series system and a Portable System, setup including rigging, wiring and final tuning.
Full dates and details are available at academy@k-array.com.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
brptlogo-1Britannia Row confirms training courses for 2018
Wednesday, 10 January 2018

UK - Britannia Row Productions Training (BRPT) has announced the dates of its 2018 live sound training courses.
The 16-week part-time Live Sound Fundamental and Live Sound intermediate courses will again be run twice in the year both commencing in January and September.
BRPT’s core 12-week full-time Live Sound Technology Course is commencing on 8 May.
The three-year BSc Hons Degree Course in Live Sound Production run with South Thames College and validated by the University of Northampton will be commencing in September primarily from the South Thames College Wandsworth, London campus.
Britannia Row Productions Training’s MD Mike Lowe said, “We are extremely proud that over 200 students from our 2013 - 2017 LSTC courses are now earning their living as live sound professionals around the world with sound companies, venues and as freelancers.
“The range of courses we are offering this year gives the greatest choice of learning options to those wanting start a career in live sound, for those already working who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills or for those working in symbiotic areas such as audio equipment manufacturing or various areas of live production who would benefit from a greater understanding of all aspects of live sound.”
(Jim Evans)

 
allenheathlivesoundtouringmanagermichaelbangsAllen & Heath schedules NAMM masterclasses
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

USA - Allen & Heath will present a wide range of classes at the inaugural AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium to be held concurrently with the 2018 NAMM Show.
Jeff Hawley, marketing manager for Allen & Heath USA commented, “We are proud to join a select group of respected pro audio manufacturers in support of AES and NAMM to provide top-tier training for engineers of all levels and backgrounds. Allen & Heath will offer something for everyone at this symposium from focused masterclass-style sessions to a full dLive certification class with InfoComm International Renewal Units (RU).”
Michael Bangs, veteran FOH and monitor engineer (Katy Perry, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith) and Allen & Heath USA live sound touring manager, will present three 60-minute Masterclass sessions to share tips and tricks accumulated over his years of experience on the road working closely with engineers of all levels.
Bangs’ first session, a specialised Festival Mixing Masterclass, will offer hands-on training with emphasis on the quick changeovers needed in a high-pressure festival environment.
Focused on the special needs of the church audio operator, Bangs' second AES@NAMM session, House of Worship Masterclass, will demonstrate general concepts as well as dLive-specific tips and tricks for improving worship mix intelligibility and balance. Whether mixing for a congregation of 50 or 5000, a single guitar and vocal or a full praise band and worship leaders, this session will present the skills to deliver an optimal audio experience.

 
 
venuetechseminarattendanceVenuetech looks to an AV over IP future
Monday, 8 January 2018

UAE - Venuetech, recently appointed as Atlona’s chief regional manufacturer’s representative across the Middle East, Arabian Gulf and North Africa, held a technology seminar in December focused on the future of meeting and conference room solutions as end businesses transition AV operations to IP networks.
Held at the Al Falak Ballroom in the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai, The Future of Technology in the AV Industry gave the experts at Venuetech a centralised forum to communicate with system integrators and consultants working in the field. The chief focus was to deep-dive into what the company sees as the most innovative AV and conferencing technologies to address the IP transition and other important trends in commercial AV. Solutions from Arthur Holm, Atlona, Global Caché, and Televic were among those presented to the audience of 100 professionals from around the region.
“Venuetech puts a significant amount of effort into training and education, which allows us to be a more full-service partner for manufacturers. It also helps the systems integrators and consultants we work with more effectively solve problems and address trends,” said Naisvyn Lucas, brand manager at Venuetech.
Beyond offering informative presentations, Venuetech also provided an ample amount of time for attendees to experience working demonstrations of these solutions that were set up at the venue. Atlona's award-winning OmniStream AV over IP solution was part of the hands-on demo with a video wall showcasing its capabilities, including low latency, crop and

 
pearce-hirePearce Hire continues investment in next generation
Thursday, 4 January 2018

UK - Since Pearce Hire first committed to an intern development programme with local Further Education College Peterborough Regional College (PRC) over four years ago, the main Pearce Hire team has expanded with a number of permanent members of staff who honed their skills through the project.
The internship programme at Pearce Hire is headed up by Jim Brown, warehouse manager, and students are given the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience of working at the HQ of this busy rental production company.
Brown picks up the story: “This year there have been some new requirements set down for the students and their course work, and because we acknowledge the value the intern programme brings to Pearce Hire on a number of levels, then we were more than happy to adapt our structure to suit.”
As a result, throughout 2017, Pearce Hire has embarked on various initiatives to nurture young talent in the technical and event production industry. In the first instance, the company delivered a four-month rolling programme of one-week placements for over 20 first year students at PRC, who have each participated in 30-hours work experience. During these intense one-week placements the students gained a first-hand understanding of what happens behind the scenes of this extremely busy production and installation company; servicing and prepping kit, and working as fully integrated members of the team fulfilling warehouse and workshop duties.
“We have long lamented the limited availability of trained technicians coming into the industry so wi

 
 
av-supportAVIXA talks AV at OEB Global 2017 Berlin
Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Germany - The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) presented a session on the role of AV technology in higher education at OEB Global 2017 in Berlin.
The cross-sector conference focused on the latest developments in learning, with insights and best practices from leading organisations in the field. AVIXA took part in OEB Global for the first time and was a gold sponsor of the event.
Moderated by AVIXA CEO David Labuskes, the session The Power of Integrated Audiovisual Experiences in Higher Education demonstrated that AV experiences were important not only as a way of drawing the best students to their institutions, but also for improving their learning outcomes.
“Your next new class of students has grown up in a world that’s totally connected,” Labuskes said. “They live their social lives in the palm of their hands. They speak in images rather than words. They access content when and where they can. How will you convince them that you offer a unique environment to best realize their learning potential? Don’t simply answer ‘technology,’ because that’s already the old answer. Today’s connected students are looking for meaningful, impactful, integrated experiences. Audiovisual solutions enable that.”
Labuskes was followed by Dr Piet van der Zanden, education expert AV-IT in learning spaces at Delft University of Technology, who explained how the right combination of pedagogy, space and technology create exceptional AV experiences for students and staff. He encouraged the audience to foster interdepa

 
ald-lumierescheme2018launchALD launches the 2018 Lumiere Scheme
Friday, 22 December 2017

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) announced the first full-year Lumière Scheme at this year’s Annual Lighting Lunch held in London on 18 December (Monday).
The scheme, which will run in continued partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre, underlines the ALD’s commitment to emerging talent, enabling them to work in mainstream theatre with established lighting designers, fostering important relationships with those whom they may work again as assistants or associates on future projects. They will receive first-hand experience of the collaborative nature of creative teams together with knowledge of how various departments work together, creating further opportunities in the industry as they develop their careers.
Having previously run two successful six-month pilot schemes, the intention is to build up to three Lumières per year.
ALD chair Johanna Town explains how this step will develop the role and status of the lighting designer, “Every year that we run the Lumière Scheme in three venues, it means that that there will be at least 36 shows happening in the UK with a paid assistant working on them. Surely the producing managements will start to take notice, so that lighting designers can have the support we need to make better art… and with investment in people.”
The Lumière Scheme is designed to transform the working life of a lighting designer through opportunities and connection. As a successful participant of the pilot scheme, Rachel Cleary states, “Having now come to the end of my period as a Lumière

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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