Italy - Notti di Maggio (May nights) is a popular, continuously evolving, big event, conceived and produced by the Associazione Notti di Maggio Sagraioli and coordinated and organized by Andrea Widmann. It consists of three days of music, concerts and DJ sessions with a busy programme of live events, all illuminated by Clay Paky lights.

Several Sharpys were arranged along two battens in the centre and at the back of the stage and various Aleda B-Eye K10s were hung on four tubular supports as backdrop lighting with the precise aim of enhancing the beautiful effects created. All the lights were programmed by Mario Zanella and Bruno Maffei using a Chamsys MQ 200.

On the Friday night, Notti di Maggio turned into an important cultural showcase for local 'Trento music' and the stage w

Ireland - A major JBL Intellivox digitally controlled beam steering sound system has been installed in the restored St. Mel's Cathedral in Longford, Ireland by Sound Productions.

Originally built between 1840-1856, and situated in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, this flagship cathedral is considered one of the finest Roman Catholic churches in Ireland.

On Christmas Day 2009 it was completely destroyed by fire, leaving only the perimeter wall intact. A long rebuilding process, true to the original, began and the new altar was finally consecrated in March last year, with the reopening on Christmas Eve.

In charge of the project was the Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Colm O'Reilly.

AWN Acoustic Consultants were engaged to acoustically model the proposed rebuild and make predictions and recommendations in respect of materials that might be used to reduce the previous

UK - ProQloud is a new web-based service designed to make website construction and business management easy for freelancers and studios in the audio, film and broadcast industries. Aimed at studio owners, sound engineers, record producers, session musicians, location sound recordists, editors and cameramen, ProQloud offers "an easy-to-use drag-and-drop website builder, allowing users to get a site up and running quickly with their own branding, leaving them more time to be creative".

The new business has been set up by a group of Welsh audio professionals, who have faced the problem of creating a convincing on-line presence for their studio. "Ten years ago we simply had to commission and build our own website," explains Donal Whelan, managing director of ProQloud. "These days, while there are countless companies offering easy website construction tools,

USA - Showlogix, a developer of show and media control software for the entertainment market, has announced the release of a free version of its show and media control software.

The free Video Sync is designed for video artists and integrators wanting to create video installations with a low budget and simple deployment.

Showlogix Video Sync, plays video content across multiple displays, attached to one computer or / and over a local area network.

"We have peeled off all the bells and whistles, keeping only the essentials" Said Nir Goldhagen Showlogix CTO, "Artists who could not afford this kind of technology, are free to create their dream installation."

As each display is limited to one full screen video, image processing is reduced significantly, therefore artists can use low cost computers to achieve their goal. Each of these computers can drive up

UK - Recently, the National Theatre organized a fundraising gala evening, Fast Forward, with the goal of raising money for the NT Future foundation, which been established to ensure the theatre's future by providing new facilities for audiences, artists and young people.

The venue was the largest of the National's three theatres, the Olivier Theatre, where the dinner took place on the stage leaving the remaining auditorium free for the surprises of the evening, which included performances from Damon Albarn, James Graham, Patrick Marber as well as the Southbank Sinfonia and the London Community Gospel Choir.

Alongside the team from National Theatre worked London-based lighting specialists, White Light, with the support from event production company, Blueprint, who supplied LED tubes from SGM.

The full kit provision from White Light incorporated new LED equipment, which had pr

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