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Showlight 2017 - More speakers confirmed for Showlight 2017

Showlight 2017 - More speakers confirmed for Showlight 2017

Italy - Showlight has announced more illustrious speakers from across our industry who are willing to lend their time and expertise to this unique quadrennial in Florence. The following designers are now on target to entertain us in May:

Andreas Huber, who works for Osram, says that in our industry there is already a lot curiosity but, at the same time, some confusion when we mention the word ‘laser’. On the contrary this kind of light source has a huge potential and there are already several projects running regarding new fixtures that employ this light-source.

Durham Marenghi will focus on the remarkable story of the Closing Ceremony for the Rio Olympics, rather than the oft-covered Opening Ceremony, and the challenges presented by a budget much smaller than London 2012, a limited number of rigging positions, and no chance of a rehearsal.

Frieder Weiss is an outstanding projection artist who works with interactive contents. He will speak on the pixel mapping effects for a show he directed on a large cruise ship stage, all of which was based on infrared tracking of the performers.

Isabel Nielen will tell of lighting a concert in a Dutch valley using lasers to outline objects on the far side.

James Simpson tells of his work at the Royal Opera House in harnessing Virtual Reality to aid the design process, to help plan and create better productions.

Karl Taylor will give a brief overview of the work and time taken in delivering some of the more unusual items that create the magic of theatre, from hand lamps to wands and spinning tops to flying 5kW HMIs. Following the journey from interpreting a concept to engineering a solution, Karl will use anecdotes and examples to help demystify the process of getting ideas made.

Paul Russell will regale us with his use of candles at the Globe Theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, also in Farinelli in the West End.

Phil Meheux, DoP, former President of BSC and recipient of highest ASC Honour, has lit Casino Royale, Goldeneye, The Long Good Friday, The Mask of Zorro, Smurfs 1 & 2, and successfully worked through the step from film to digital.

All speakers are, of course, subject to professional commitments, but follow Showlight on Facebook (@showlightevent) and Twitter (@showlight2017) and on the website ( to keep up to date with the latest news and additions.

With Showlight 2017 less than four months away, it’s time to book flights, hotels and of course Showlight tickets. Over 50% of Showlight tickets have sold already, so book soon to secure a place at this unique event. Choose from Full Delegate, Papers Session Only or Day Tickets:

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May is a busy time in Florence and flights and hotels are filling up quickly. Showlight delegates can benefit from preferential hotel rates at a number of approved hotels which are listed on the Showlight website. Don’t forget to use the code shown on the website when making bookings to ensure the Showlight discount!

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Finally, Showlight welcomes a new Gold sponsor in the shape of Eyetidy. Eyetidy joins the main sponsor, Claypaky, Diamond sponsor Oasis, Gold sponsors Robe and Osram, Silver sponsors White Light and DTS, and Bronze sponsor, ETC, in their generous support of Showlight 2017, alongside that of LSI and PLASA Media. More sponsorship opportunities are still available so please contact Jane or Derek for details on

Showlight 2017, Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017

In picture: Q&A session Showlight 2013 with Rick Fisher, Tim Routledge, Frieder Hochheim and Fiffi Thorsteinsson.

7th February 2017

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