UAE - The recently opened Dubai Hills Mall is a destination in a popular tourist spot, offering opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment. It is also home to The Storm, the fastest indoor rollercoaster in the city; an adventurous ride that stands 50m tall.
Showcasing the latest innovations in engineering, The Storm features a vertical launch to 50m in just five seconds. The 670m track weaves throughout the entire mall building, making it a spectacle to watch and a unique experience for riders.
Experiences operator Emaar Entertainment created the concept of the rollercoaster set into the heart of the shopping mall. They appointed engineering experts Cundall to design and deliver The Storm. As the lead design consultant, Cundall provided a range of services including structural engineering and lighting design.
To fulfil the design, Creation Gulf were brought into the project. As a provider of architectural lighting and systems, Creation Gulf worked closely with the design and engineering teams to enhance the experience of The Storm.
Creation Gulf were able to utilise the comprehensive portfolio of products from lighting control experts Pharos Architectural Controls to deliver the brief, comprising multiple dynamic lighting effects on the façade, including the most important effect of all: replicating lightning as found in an actual storm. Additional content was also created to simulate fireworks, the UAE flag, and other effects.
For the interior visuals of the rollercoaster, Creation Gulf provided a system capable of creating m
Spain - Christie will showcase its cinema technologies designed to meet the needs of every screen size at CineEurope, taking place 20-23 June at Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB).
A selection from Christie’s range of Xenon, RGBe and Real|Laser projectors, and new Cinergy theatre management platform, will be available to view in MR 134, as will Christie Vive Audio and Christie CounterAct, with Care222 - the first UVC disinfection technology with proprietary optical filter that can be used when people are present.
“We’re excited to gather with the industry at an exciting time in cinema’s continued recovery,” says Adil Zerouali, senior director EMEA Cinema, Christie. “Since our last visit to CineEurope, we have further broadened our range of solutions to make Christie an outstanding choice for exhibitors seeking an impactful cinematic experience with high return on investment, regardless of screen size.
“CineEurope is a fantastic opportunity for us to connect with our European partners, meet new people and discuss how our technologies can elevate cinema to deliver even more memorable experiences and deliver on budget for exhibitors.”
On show at CineEurope, featuring Real|Laser and CineLife+ is the CP4435-RGB, which is designed for mainstream theatres with its long-lasting light source providing over 50,000 hours of stable DCI brightness.
Christie’s CP4420-Xe cinema projector will be on show for the first time in Europe. Featuring 4k technology with CineLife+ electronics.
Australia - After a three-year hiatus, Vivid Sydney 2022 is now underway. Millions of expected visitors will descend on the 8km Vivid Sydney Light Walk that’s packed full of large-scale projection mapping, LED screens, wayfinding and high-powered media server technology linking the Festival’s 50 installations and projection artworks from Sydney Opera House to Central Station.
Festival director Gill Minervini, who directs her first Vivid Sydney in 2022, explains: “For 12 years we’ve relied on TDC working behind-the-scenes to deploy the brightest, most powerful technology on a grand scale helping to reinvent Sydney’s urban landscape and using it as a unique and colourful canvas capturing the essence of Sydney’s soul.”
Michael Hassett, founder and managing director at TDC - Technical Direction Company - adds: “Each year, Vivid Sydney gets bigger, brighter and bolder.”
TDC is deploying 110 projectors across 27 sites. “Making sure that each installation is perfect to the exact millimetre is what we do at TDC,” explains Toby Waley, operations at TDC. TDC has 30 video technical crew working on Vivid Sydney. Toby Waley says: “There’s understandably a lot more detail and fewer last-minute changes that can be made working in a post-pandemic environment.”
TDC is deploying the latest Barco laser projectors. Karl Johnstone, technical project manager at TDC said: “With the added brightness uniformity and design we can configure them in different ways that better serve the imagery on the buildings. They are more compact, more h
Europe - UK-based manufacturer Optimal Audio has appointed the Septon Group as its exclusive distributor in Sweden and Denmark.
Optimal Audio, part of the Focusrite Group, manufactures control, amplification and loudspeaker systems for small to medium-sized commercial installations, with a focus on supporting multi-zoned venues.
Septon Group is one of Scandinavia’s leading distributors of professional audio and video equipment. The company handles all verticals in the market, including hospitality and commercial audio solutions and has a team that comprises experts in every area of AV and regularly conducts training for all of its brands.
Christer Lidberg, chief sales officer at Septon Group, comments: “Optimal Audio’s refreshing approach to product design, with its focus on ease-of-use, makes for a great addition to our portfolio. We are confident that this partnership will be a great success in the Danish and Swedish markets.”
Raf Willems, head of sales and channel marketing EMEA at Optimal Audio, adds: “We are extremely proud to announce our partnership with Septon Group in Sweden and Denmark. They have a cast-iron reputation and we are convinced they are a perfect fit to take Optimal Audio towards exciting new opportunities.”
USA - At this year’s Experiential Marketing Summit (EMS) at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Verge Aero drone team flew a drone show high above the ballroom next to Harry Reid International Airport.
Taking off from the MGM Grand parking garage – situated just 100 yards from the airport tarmac - presented the Verge Aero team with a challenge. While a focus on safety and precision execution are always part of standard operating procedures, the tight confines of the flight envelope in an urban environment required extreme precision and attention to detail.
“The Experiential Marketing Summit team commissioned us to deliver an on-brand drone show to wow conference delegates, to be flown over the MGM Ballroom roof,” says Verge Aero’s Chris Lutts, who oversaw the project. “We had a tight timeline to design, program and create the show, and some interesting challenges.
“The first task was gaining permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones so close to the airport but, thankfully, we have a great working relationship with them. We submitted a comprehensive flight plan detailing how the show could be safely flown. Having previously worked closely with the FAA on multiple events, they approved the flight based on their confidence in our drone systems, professionalism, and ability to safely execute.”
The Verge Aero team also worked with the MGM risk management groups to ensure all checks and requirements were met. “We certainly dotted all the ‘i’s’ and crossed all the ‘t’s’ with MGM, which is a very la
France - Technical service provider Dushow is expanding its Meyer Sound loudspeaker range with the acquisition of the new Panther line-array speakers. This new product will be added to Dushow's audio inventory from July.
Panther has been designed as a sustainable and more environmentally friendly product. On top of its design, its compact size and light weight significantly reduce the carbon footprint on a transport and operational level. It also uses less energy thanks to the high-efficiency amplifier package, which reduces power consumption by 20%.
Australia - Hennessy and the NBA unveiled Australia’s first floating basketball court on Sydney Harbour recently, with live music performances from ASAP Ferg and B Wise. This was part of the latest version of Courts Beyond Limits, a programme from Hennessy, the official spirit of the NBA, in celebration of the league’s 75th season.
Guests were transported out for a courtside view of the event on the Hennessy Superyatch. In addition to the celebrity hoops exhibition, they got to enjoy performances by FERG, along with AIR Award-winning hip-hop artist B Wise and other stars.
Setting the scene for the event was a courtside lighting display by Jay Productions that featured 24 Chauvet Professional Well STX 180 fixtures that the production company purchased from Showtools International, which imports Chauvet products.
Showtools International notes that it added the Well STX 180 to its inventory because “being IP65 it provides protection against any weather conditions, whilst being battery-operated, it can be placed anywhere and oriented in any position.”
These attributes were all put to good use in Sydney Harbour. “The designers were looking for eye-candy effects for such an iconic location, which and the Well STX provides that with wireless control of 16 zones of the RGWW LEDs for exceptional eye-candy effects with high CRI,” said Jason Ghazal managing director of Jay Productions. “With the floating court being on the water, the Well STX 180 is IP65 providing protection for all weather conditions, which was ideal for the location.
Europe - Yamaha’s new VXH series is designed for use in a wide range of commercial spaces where pendant speakers are the preferred solution.
Delivering quality sound in many larger retail, hospitality, entertainment and corporate premises can be a challenge with conventional surface mount or in-ceiling speakers. Pendant speakers are often a better solution, delivering more localised sound to reduce the issues of reverberation, unwanted reflections and the resulting lower-quality audio, which speakers located further away from the listener can cause.
Suitable for high, open structure and sloped ceilings, the VXH series comprises two models, the VXH6 and VXH8, engineered for optimum background music and voice reproduction.
Featuring a 120º dispersion pattern, the 6.5-inch VXH6 has a peak power handling of 300W and is designed for use where the speakers are to be suspended at a relatively low level. The eight-inch VXH8 has a narrower dispersion pattern of 75º and a higher peak power output of 360W, for higher suspended positions. You can mix and match both models, as well as with other speakers in the comprehensive Yamaha range, to achieve the best sound and coverage for any application.
Weighing just 5.7kg and 7.2kg respectively, The VXH6 and VXH8 support high and low impedance connections, while the speaker wattage can be easily switched even after installation, thanks to the straightforward tap selector. This minimizes the need for additional units, letting you design systems to precisely meet the needs of a space.
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Italy - Following on from its range of LED bars introduced last year, Claypaky has now expanded the Tambora family further and introduces Tambora Linear, a line of static LED Pixel mapping bars designed for versatile lighting effects and artistic set decoration.
These are hybrid bars, which incorporate two complementary effects into one fixture. The first is driven by a system of 400 RGB pixel LEDs, which offer a background light very similar to that of a high-definition LED wall in appearance. This LED array can be controlled as 16 LEDs in 25 groups to provide high quality motion graphics.
The second effect is created by a central line of 200 powerful white LEDs for an overwhelming strobe effect, capable of reproducing the behaviour of the most celebrated strobe fixtures on the market. This effect can also be controlled through 25 different areas, offering unparalleled versatility.
All graphic content can be managed through the Advanced Layers Management, an exclusive feature of Claypaky LED bars, with which you can choose to use different levels of effects simultaneously, giving free expression to your creativity.
Tambora Linear 100 features a large number of built-in effects, so it can be used not only in advanced mode but also in a simple mode for whenever a media server is not available, or the installation requires a speedy solution.
The Tambora Linear can be easily connected mechanically with multiple units and then operated as one complete fixture from the control software.
UK - The Falklands Hall primary presentation auditorium at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) required an urgent replacement for their original tungsten lights, and ETC ArcSystem was chosen to upgrade the space.
The tungsten lights had come to the end of production and spare parts and bulbs were unavailable which led to a health and safety issue as they fell below the legal level required. ETC dealer, Stage Electrics, selected ArcSystem fixtures and drivers to transform the space with LED.
CTCRM, is based in Lympstone, Devon, and is the official training base for the Royal Marines. The auditorium space previously had 66 150-watt tungsten lamps which repeatedly failed and caused issues with maintenance as they were mounted over the seating rake. These luminaires were all replaced with ETC’s ArcSystem Pro One-Cell fixtures and ArcSystem Pro D4 CC Drivers.
The Pro One-Cell luminaires were selected for their high quality of light, and together with the D4 drivers, their smooth and superior dimming. The upgrade to ETC’s LED products led to over 80% reduction in power consumption at the CTCRM as well as a much-improved quality of lighting.
Martin Woodage, technical solutions engineer at Stage Electrics, comments: “It was fantastic project to work on, seeing the dimly lit space transformed into a beautifully lit space was amazing to see. The team at Stage Electrics worked hard to make sure the project was a success and brought the customer exactly what they wanted, with only a week’s downtime for the venue.”
UK - Graduate engineers from Siemens have developed a geo-locating lighting system, which is being used as part of the Green Space Dark Skies project to create artworks in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Geolights has been designed to allow thousands of people to create artistic displays in landscapes, led by Walk the Plank and commissioned as part of Unboxed: Creativity in the UK. More than 20,000 volunteers will create lighting patterns using the system that will be captured on film and broadcast as short films online.
The devices developed include GPS-enabled technology alongside innovations including Internet of Things (IoT), realtime location tracking, energy storage, and wireless connectivity. By remotely changing the colour of the lights, each participant will effectively become a ‘pixel’ within a coordinated image of live artworks within the landscape.
Siemens graduates Annabel Ohene and Nathaniel Fernandes worked on the devices, alongside engineering interns Sam Rhodes and Sam Newton, who joined the team during the development phase.
The engineers have worked together with lighting company CORE Lighting, to integrate the Siemens processing technology into CORE’s lights being manufactured in Gloucester, using mainly UK-supplied parts.
Nathaniel Fernandes, graduate engineer at Siemens, says: “Working on this project really tested what is possible when it comes to self-locating lighting systems in an outdoor environment. It has been great to work on something that has a fantastic social purpose, but
UK - The new 3,500-capacity Swansea Arena forms a central part of the new £135m Copr Bay regeneration programme in the Welsh city.
The latest of Ambassador Theatre Group’s (ATG) 58 operator run venues, the venue has been equipped with a JBL VTX A8 line array, installed by Glantre Engineering following a competitive tender issued by main contractors, Buckingham Group Contracting. Consultant on the project was Neill Woodger Acoustics and Theatre Design. Glantre’s contract as system integrator was a turnkey, covering rigging, drapes, full AV (including IPTV) and lighting, as well as the audio component - not only in the main event rooms but also the meeting rooms.
However, the recommendation for JBL’s compact line array had come from ATG’s head of technical operations, Stuart Graham, who had been involved in the project from the outset. “We were able to have some influence on the design and I was able to shape the technical requirement.”
He noted the transition to JBL after another premium system had originally been specified. “What had been proposed was a ‘safe’, medium-sized system typically found in a theatre,” says Graham. “But I wanted to challenge it [with this installation], I just didn’t want to keep going down the same route. This was our first UK arena and I thought we should reach and test new products. There was a more ample budget available for the system’s design and implementation, and we wanted to focus on the scalability of the system and that it would work within every conceivable application. With that in m
USA - The NAMM Show finally made its much-anticipated return to Southern California last week with international delegates from the music production and pro sound industries coming together at the Anaheim Convention Centre.
Alongside all the booths and exhibits, visitors enjoyed a series of outdoor shows from a variety of bands and musicians on the Grand Plaza Stage, located directly outside the main convention centre entrance, with sound provided by a Nexo STM modular line array system supplied and deployed by Minnesota-based events services company Reach Communications.
Side by side hangs of 12 each STM M46 main and B112 bass extension modules with two M28 down-fills were used on either side of the stage, while six pairs of Nexo Geo M10 cabinets were used as front-fills. With other buildings in close proximity, a controlled low frequency dispersion was a particular requirement of the event.
Matt Dellwo, event project lead at Reach Communications, takes up the story. “The Hilton and Marriott hotels are on either side of the Plaza, and the Hilton has a long concrete overhang leading up to the entrance, creating a highly reverberant space in a high traffic area. So, we used a total of 20 Nexo RS18 subs in cardioid pairs in front of the stage which was very effective in tightening the LF coverage.”
The main system was also required to cover a raised VIP podium located more than 200 feet from the stage. “The STM M46 is capable of an incredibly long throw, with the HF going just where it’s required” explains Matt. “So, we were able to
UAE - Adam Bassett, lighting designer and founding partner of Woodroffe Bassett Designs, specified a wealth of IP65-rated Ayrton fixtures for the entertainment lighting rig for Expo 2020 Dubai’s central venue, the Al Wasl dome. The rig included 182 Ayrton Perseo S profiles, 116 Ayrton Domino S profiles and 16 Ayrton Huracán LT long-throw profiles.
Postponed for over a year due to COVID, Expo 2020 Dubai finally ran for six months between 1 October 2021 and 31 March this year, and was the largest event ever to be held in the Arab world. The indisputable centrepiece was the Al Wasl dome, a 130m-diameter by 67m-tall arching steel trellis that also became the world’s largest 360° projection surface.
Its translucent dome crowned the central Al Wasl Plaza which, as the ‘beating heart’ of Expo 2020 Dubai, encompassed gardens and restaurants during the day and transformed into the main staging area during the evening and night. Over the course of the festival it hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies and over 40 performances, concerts and events. It is destined to become a lasting legacy long into the future.
Due to the inhospitable conditions of summer in the desert, fixture selection for the iconic venue was a subject of careful consideration. “Choosing fixtures that were both capable of withstanding the harsh environment that they would be required to operate in as well as delivering the high output and extensive feature set was our goal when examining the fixture options available,” says Bassett. “Among others, we chose a range of Ayrto
Europe - Gary Numan took to the road in April with a moody and ethereal lighting design created by award winning LA-based designer Dustin Snyder.
An essential objective of the design was to ensure that the fans could see Numan and his band’s expressive faces from all parts of the room and also on camera. For that reason, Snyder sought out the precise framing capability and familiar CMY colour palette of the VL2600 Wash from Vari-Lite.
Atmospheric and moody, the design is inspired by Numan’s three red stripes of facial war paint, from his portrait on the cover of the Intruder album, and centres around a heavily backlit, multi-layered, video and lighting design.
The main scenic element on stage is a huge video wall that oozes ominous, cinematic insights into a broken planet, destroyed by humanity, as Numan manifests as the planet’s own lamenting voice. Numan’s signature industrial synth and electronic sound is full of rage, desolation, and treachery, while Snyder’s beautiful and precisely programmed, oft-menacing lighting design, complements this with disturbing, dystopian atmospherics.
In addition to showcasing Numan’s Intruder album, the tour also includes songs that span Numan’s 45-year career, so Snyder was keen to give each album its own aesthetic. Using stark, desaturated colours on the more industrial songs, Snyder reinforces the apocalyptic world of the video content as requested by Numan himself: “Gary wanted a video wall that felt asymmetrically fractured, with pulsing light radiating from the cracks betwe
UK - Located in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant city centre, The Lofts, which opened in August last year, has already earned a reputation for being a new ‘super club’, welcoming high-profile artists and delivering some of the liveliest nights out in the city.
The 1,500-capacity venue was co-founded by directors Rob Seaman, John Dance, and Marty Smith, whose extensive nightlife experiences in the Balearics and beyond drive the ethic at The Lofts. And that ethic extends to the L-Acoustics K3, which is a key part of the overall experience, designed and installed by Adlib to deliver excellent coverage and crystal-clear audio throughout the venue.
“The club’s owners approached Adlib after we’d been recommended to them by a mutual acquaintance,” recalls Nick Whitehead, Adlib’s project manager and project lead on The Lofts. “They came to us with an ambitious but very clear brief. They wanted the best club in the Northeast and knew they wanted to use L-Acoustics because of their previous experience with the brand and, as a company, are always at the cutting-edge of audio technology. We were thrilled to support them on this journey and implement an L-Acoustics system, tailor-made for the venue.”
The first conversations and initial site visits all took place at the start of last summer, but with the official opening planned for the August bank holiday weekend and with BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong set to perform on The Lofts' opening night, the Adlib team had just four weeks on-site to complete the installation.
“There was a lot of hy
Denmark - DPA Microphones has welcomed an array of new team members. The additions are company-wide, with new hires in product management, research and development, sales, marketing, and production.
Among the recent hires is Helga Somava, who recently joined DPA as one of the brand’s directors of product management. A graduate of Copenhagen Engineering College with a focus on export engineering, Somava brings leadership experience from past directorial and managerial roles at Bang & Olufsen, GN Netcom and most recently at NUORI ApS, where she served as COO. In her new position, Somava will oversee the development of new products as they align with DPA’s goals in the industry.
Another recent addition to the team is Torben Ekenberg, the company’s new head of research and development. In this role, Ekenberg, who holds a variety of degrees in electro-mechanical engineering and business, will lead the research efforts needed for the creation of new technology and equipment. A previous R&D manager for Brüel & Kjær’s Transducer department, Ekenberg comes to DPA with a familiarity of the brand and its technology. Most recently, Ekenberg served as the director of program management at BK Medical and has also held various executive positions with NNE Pharmaplan, Contex AS and Glunz & Jensen.
Further additions to the team include Nikolaj Vejen as senior product manager, Richard Watts as regional manager - Southern UK, Konrad Majchrowski as area sales manager - Poland, JC Bittence as area sales manager - Midwest US, Carlito Cobos as a
Norway - Det Norske Teatret (the Norwegian Theatre) in Oslo houses three stages in its main building in downtown Oslo, plus one more in another venue in the city run by the same team, all of which work on a busy repertory schedule. Together at least 25 original productions are created annually, in the Norwegian language of Nynorsk, and some guest works are hosted.
Also known for high production values, the theatre has recently invested in 15 Robe Esprite moving lights for its 250-capacity Scene 2.
The theatre’s resident lighting designer Torkel Skjærven, explained that they previously had Robe ColorWash 750AT Tungsten moving lights in the black box Scene 2 space, and these have worked hard and reliably for over 10 years. However, the time arrived to replace them with a more modern LED light source.
The drive to convert the theatre’s lighting to LED has been ongoing since 2013, but apart from that, replacement lamps were no longer available for those original Robe tungstens. In fact, they purchased the last five in the world three years ago, so this also prompted the upgrade.
Scene 2 offers a programme that embraces contemporary dramas and new works, from the experimental to the classics, so they need an adaptable lighting rig.
“The Esprites are primarily used as part of Scene 2’s permanent back lighting rig,” explains Torkel, “but as some of the principal lights used for several tasks, they needed to have multiple features.”
It was a team effort in choosing the replacement lights, comprising Torkel, head of light
USA - After two years of waiting, fans of the Hangout Festival returned to the Gulf Shores beachfront for a weekend of live music. Headliners included Post Malone, Fallout Boy, Halsey, Tame Impala and Megan Thee Stallion. More than 40,000 fans turned out for the sold-out, three-day event, and Bandit Lites provided the festival lighting system for the main Hangout Stage and the Surf Stage.
Bandit’s vice president of production, Dizzy Gosnell, has designed the festival lighting rig for many seasons, and he meticulously works to ensure the headliners on each stage have a plethora of lighting to work with from washes, spots, beams, strips/strobes and blinders/safety lights spanning across both rigs.
“The first thing I try to get is to layer the lamps on each truss,” explains Gosnell. “For example, having lamps perched from the top chord, outrigged down from the top chord, mounted hung down from the top chord, perched up on the bottom chord and then hung under the bottom chord. On one truss this gives you five layers for the audience from just one truss. You do that with four cross stage trusses and step them, you now have twenty layers or more of big, repeated arrays, without choking the roof for visiting acts bringing in their own elements if they want to.”
LED blinders function both for the show and as ‘house lights’ for safe exits if needed during weather evacuations.
“We’ve used that a few times for weather evacs, and they work really well compared to the good ‘ol DWE heads that needed massive amounts of genny power to k
USA - Xytech has appointed Keith Buckley as the company’s president and CEO, succeeding Richard Gallagher, the company’s founder. Gallagher will now advise the company’s board as envisioned when Xytech was acquired by Banneker Partners in December 2021.
Most recently, Buckley served as the CEO of Federos, an AI-optimised analytics and automation software solutions provider for complex networks that was recently sold to Oracle. He previously served as president and CEO of The Switch Enterprises.
“I’m joining Xytech as the company is poised for significant growth, and look forward to leveraging Xytech’s highly skilled team, strong base of product offerings, long history of core successes and its world-class customer base,” Buckley says. “The investments we’re planning and will execute upon in the immediate future will substantially increase Xytech’s value across the media and broadcast industries.”
Spain - National state-owned public-service television broadcaster RTVE recently teamed up with Antonio Banderas’ television production company, Teatro Soho Televisión (TST), to produce the 10-episode series of Las Tres Puertas, a new arts and culture show for its flagship TVE La 1 channel.
Presented by María Casado, a distinguished journalist and news presenter, and a key member of Banderas’ production team, the show featured guest interviews with luminaries from the worlds of culture, science, politics, business and sport, together with live performances by artists from Spain and around the world.
The weekly programme was produced live in RTVE’s Studio 6 in Sant Cugat, just north of Barcelona. A striking feature of the production was the stark visually arresting set, the appearance of which changed every week. In keeping with the set design, the sound stage required an especially low-profile, high performance PA system.
Sound designer Roc Mateu and Amate Audio’s industrial designer Guiu Llusà worked together, specifying a fully self-powered, self-processing system comprising latest compact, point-source models from the Amate Audio Xcellence series.
“For the main PA, two of the new X102FD dual 10” systems are pole mounted on X18T subs,” says Llusà. “They were chosen for their small size in relation to their quality and power.”
Additionally, five of the latest X14FD low profile, single 14” coaxial models are deployed in floor-monitor mode. A dual-purpose design, the X14FD is both a highly effective FoH cab
Rural Theatre - Theatre companies working in rural Northern Ireland will benefit from the creation of a £1.5m fund set up to cater for local communities that might not otherwise have access to the arts.
The Rural Engagement Arts Programme, announced by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is designed to tackle isolation and loneliness, and promote social inclusion among rural communities as the country emerges from the pandemic. It has been given National Lottery funding over three years and will provide grants of up to £10,000 each to community groups, arts organisations and rural local authorities delivering arts projects.
Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council, said the "vital" new funding programme would help realise "meaningful arts activities" that could enrich the lives of the people that engaged with them. "We know that taking part in arts activities can raise self-esteem, boost confidence and motivation, as well as alleviate isolation and loneliness. The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns across the UK have taken a toll on individual lives, with mental health and well-being adversely effected as families and friends were separated for sustained periods of time, especially intergenerational. This has been particularly compounded in rural communities, which are characterised by smaller and more dispersed populations," McDonough said.
COVID Cancellations - Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19, prompting The Rolling Stones to cancel a performance in Amsterdam. The band said the show at the Johan Cruijff Arena wou
UK - LSi is sad to report that John Simpson, co-founder of White Light and chairman of technical entertainment charity Backup, passed away on the morning of 11 June after a short battle with cancer. He was 79 years old and is survived by his partner, Sue, and three children.
In a tribute to its founder, White Light has published the following statement: “We are heartbroken to bring you the news that our founder and former chairman John Simpson passed away (…). Those of you who were lucky enough to know John, or work with him, will know what a brilliant person he was and how this is not only a huge loss to White Light but also the wider industry. John had a lifelong passion for theatre lighting and his co-founding of WL was both a pioneering and revolutionary move; forever changing the way the industry would operate. Not only did he have incredible foresight but, most importantly, he was warm, caring, approachable and had complete respect for all of those who worked with him; never believing in hierarchies. His attitude was embodied in how WL operates as a business, with its core values of being dependable, friendly, knowledgeable, adaptable, and customer-focused at the heart of the organisation.
“John was born in 1942 in Chipstead, Surrey and throughout a somewhat impoverished childhood found solace in the local amateur dramatics group where he developed a quick obsession with the technical aspects of the theatre - in particular the lighting side. Although, back then, John never thought a career in the industry could be remotely viable an
UK - The eyes of the world were on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert to witness a host of big-name singers perform on a specially created stage in front of Buckingham Palace. As the royal family, politicians, dignitaries and the public looked on, a show fit for a queen unfolded, backed by LED screen content driven by Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 media servers.
More than 200sq.m. of Roe Black Quartz LED screens, supplied by Creative Technology, were erected on the stage, which surrounded the famous Victoria Memorial statue in front of the Palace. These were split into one large LED screen upstage centre, and eight LED pillars edging out toward the audience.
Tasked with media server programming was Matthew Lee, who was approached by lighting designer for the event, Nigel Catmur. “We had two Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 servers, one main and one backup,” says Lee. “LED screens were fed from two 4K canvases, with other outputs used for my own monitoring, and as confidence feeds to the OB trucks. The Boreal+ MK2 servers were chosen for the amount of outputs and inputs required, and their power.
“Having used Hippotizer for a long time, I'm always impressed with the ease of use, the power of the new systems, and that development is continuous. Also the support team are excellent when you need something.”
The team was presented with the challenge of tight programming and rehearsal time, with on-site get-in, set up and testing restricted due to the huge number of events and people involved in the wider event. “The dress rehearsal actually only ha