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Showlight 2013 A Major Success

Showlight 2013 (May 18-21) was staged in the Czech Republic for the first time, at beautiful Ceský Krumlov and with Robe lighting as main sponsor. Nearly 400 visitors embraced the mediaeval town for the three days to enjoy a lively mix of presentations by industry professionals working in all areas of lighting and visuals plus some superlative networking opportunities as well as getting a taste of life in and around Ceský Krumlov. Various fact-finding and sightseeing visits were an integral part of the Conference itinerary, allowing delegates to see some of the local commerce and business activities first hand. They included a tour of the city’s famous Baroque Theatre complete with original wooden and rope stage machinery, and other specially arranged visits encompassed pencil and cosmetics factories and a graphite mine. The visit programme also took in the Mestske Theatre, where lighting designer Andy Webb from the UK was commissioned by Robe to produce a special 15 minute live performance with a cast of five, titled ‘An Enchanted Realm’, which he lit entirely with around 50 Robe fixtures – all of them LED. This was followed by a Q&A session. The main Showlight venue was in the former Winter Riding Hall of Ceský Krumlov’s famous castle, a 15 minute walk up from the town centre, with an amazing view from each and every street corner and vantage point. Monday evening’s gala dinner took place in a large marquee adjacent to the Riding Hall in the attractive Castle Gardens, fortuitously blessed with excellent weather! As a very special finale to a magical evening, guests walked out to witness the Castle Gardens illuminated by over 2,000 candles, and a specially arranged Baroque firework display set to Handel’s ‘Music for The Royal Fireworks’ overture. On the Tuesday, one of the presentations was by leading Israeli lighting designer Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi), who spoke about his seminal work in lighting three seasons of the Israeli Opera performing at the foot of Masada Mountain near the Dead Sea. Each delegate was presented with a coffee table book produced by Robe which told the story of the technical and creative challenges of this extraordinary piece of work. At the end of the Conference, there was a long queue of people for Bambi to sign the book. The event was a major success, and for many delegates, it was also their first visit to the Czech Republic. Robe’s CEO Josef Valchár comments: “Practically every person I spoke to throughout Showlight was saying that they would return to Ceský Krumlov with their families and friends and also come back to the CZ! It has been a completely positive experience for everyone, and we are very happy and privileged to have been part of Showlight 2013 – it is a real forum for discussion and ideas in our industry, and we were so happy to be able to represent our country in this way.” Robe UK’s Petra Sefton and other members of the Showlight Committee put in a huge amount of time and effort to ensure everything ran smoothly for the quadrennial symposium, as did Robe’s marketing manager Jiri Baros and Daniel Kintzl from Ceský Krumlov’s Tourist Department. Immediate feedback suggested that this was the best Showlight ever …

A Showlight 2013 session in progress.

A general view of Cesky Krumlov.

Paul Topliss, Eddie Ruffell and Peter Sturt of Lee Filters with student delegate Robert Kurn.

Steve Tyrell, Caroline and Roger Fox and Bob Anderson.

Colin Cuthbert of Northern Light with Richard Bunn of Arup and Philip Norfolk of Ambersphere Solutions.

Student Adrian Sandvaer, Mike Walker of Martin Professional, Simon Stuart of HSL and Matt Hallard of Martin Professional.

Michael Ramsaur, Mark White and Bill Klages.

Students Andrew Bruce and Devante Benjamin with Laurie Giraudeau and Paul De Ville of Rosco.

Thomas Nell of Spotlight Milan with Darren Palmer of AC Entertainment Technologies.

Thomas Nell of Spotlight Milan with Darren Palmer of AC Entertainment Technologies.

Wayne Howell and Fraser Connolly of Artistic Licence.

PR duo: Julie Harper and Louise Stickland.

The Conference Dinner was set up within the Castle Gardens.

Colin Cuthbert (Northern Light) with Bryan Raven of White Light.

Pete Floyd with LSC’s latest Clarity console.

Paul De Ville of Rosco with Martin Lockett of PRG.

Showlight stalwarts John Watt and Rick Dines.

Speaker Tim Routledge with Andy Walters of James Thomas Engineering.

Fabio De Sisti of De Sisti Lighting on stand with Julius Szaraz of Leader Light.

Eddie Ruffell and Peter Sturt on stand for Lee Filters.

ADB’s Raph Janssens with Richard Bunn of Arup.

Peter Marshall of PRG with Ian W Brown of Robe Lighting UK.

Emilio Cornelli of Clay Paky with Jiri Baros of Robe Lighting.

Nigel Sadler on stand for Green Hippo.