The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Immersive Incentive - Performing arts organisations have been invited to bid for a £4m fund to create “game-changing” new experiences using immersive technologies. Public body Innovate UK is awarding a total of £16m in government funding as part of its Audiences of the Future programme.
This will be split between four projects, each in a different industry which has been identified as having “maximum opportunity” for innovation. The four chosen industries are performance, moving image, sport entertainment and visitor experience.
The programme aims to ensure the UK becomes a world leader in immersive technologies such as virtual reality, which is when an entire image or environment is created digitally, and augmented reality, where a computer-generated image is superimposed on to a user’s real view of the world.
At a press briefing for the programme at BAFTA in London, interim director for Audiences of the Future, Andrew Chitty, described immersive technologies as the “most significant and potentially disruptive technologies to impact the creative industries since the web in the mid-1990s”.
Tony Awards - British theatre triumphed at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picking up six awards, including best play and best direction, at the New York ceremony. The original production ran at the National Theatre in London last year.
The biggest winner of the night was a musical about an Egyptian band visiting an Israeli desert town - The Band's Visit picked up an impressive 10 prizes, including best musical, Bruce Springsteen, who performed and was presented with a special award. Andrew Lloyd Webber was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. Angels in America won best revival of a play. Musical Mean Girls, based on the 2004 film, went away empty-handed after receiving 12 nominations.
Game On - Robbie Williams will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow, two years after his controversial song about Russia sparked anger in the country. Williams will entertain the crowd before the football tournament's opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on Thursday. The performance comes after Williams was forced to deny his 2016 song Party Like A Russian included derogatory references to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Williams said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance. I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream.”
Take That - Gary Barlow has apologised after confetti cannons were fired over a crowd at his gig at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Barlow was criticised by environmental campaigners following the move where fans were showered with small pieces of plastic. Twitter account CornwallAgainstSUplastic wrote: "I was appalled to see plastic confetti littering the Eden project after your last gig there.”
Farewell - Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died in London aged 68. Kirwan was described as a "huge force" in Fleetwood Mac's early years, penning some of their lesser-known songs and contributing vocals. As a teenager, Kirwan's band Boilerhouse supported Fleetwood Mac at venues in London before he was invited to join the group itself in 1968. His work was featured on five of the band's albums released between 1969 and 1972.
Mick Fleetwood wrote, "Danny's true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over 50 years. Thanks Danny.”
(Jim Evans)
12 June 2018

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