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Colours of Ostrava Bolstered with Vivid Chauvet DJ Installation
Czech Republic – Colours of Ostrava is the biggest international music festival in the Czech Republic and one of the largest in Central Europe. With its unique location at the Dolní oblast Vítkovice, an old Czechoslovak mine with UNESCO World Heritage status, the festival draws some of the biggest musical acts from around the globe. This year, it treated fans to performances from the likes of Imagine Dragons and alt-J on five stages.
Tasked with creating an appropriately high octane lighting rig for one of the festival’s most popular areas, the Absolut stage, lighting designer Martin Vocetka supplied a number of Chauvet DJ Intimidator Spot 375Z IRC and Chauvet DJ SlimPAR Pro H USB fixtures.
Vocetka used four Intimidator Spot 375Z IRC fixtures from Chauvet DJ to set the right visual tone for the intense musical performances on stage. Particularly stunning was the interaction between the Intimidators and the huge mirror suspended above the crowd at a 45° angle. Thanks to the Intimidator’s dual rotating prisms, they were able to create memorable aerial effects and looks with refracted coloured beams of light.
“The Intimidators provided extremely powerful and versatile looks throughout the whole stage area,” commented Vocetka. “We were able to create huge aerial effects by reflecting the spots off the large mirror, which created a cornucopia of colour and energy to support the music.”
While the Intimidator Spot fixtures provided the necessary energy for the crowd, to the festival organiser’s delight, the powerful aerial effects also ensured that attention was focused upon the large Absolut logo in the mirror, which could be seen from all around the festival site.
To illuminate the large stage structure within which the large mirrored surface was positioned, Vocetka specified a further 16 Chauvet DJ SlimPAR Pro H USB fixtures to provide saturated and atmospheric wash lighting. As a result of the wireless control technology, the team was able to effortlessly place and illuminate the structure in a last minute design addition.
“The SlimPARS also provided saturated and evenly distributed wash effects to illuminate the whole stage structure, providing a perfect contrast to the energy of the Rogues and Intimidator combination,” concluded Vocetka. “It was a vivid visual contrast to have our sleek stage lighting against the backdrop of the historic buildings. People commonly refer to this festival as 'Colours.' With the output we got from our rig, the Absolut stage more than lived up to this label.”
2nd November 2017
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