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ISCVEx 2023 returns to Coombe Abbey Hotel for March 2023

07/02/2023

Registration now open for PLASA Focus Leeds 2023

07/02/2023

ISE 2023 sets new records in Barcelona

06/02/2023

#WeMakeEvents BikeFest Spain raises over £40,000 for industry charities

01/02/2023

ABTT Launches MAKE A DiFFERENCE Conference

31/01/2023

Backup Chair joins BikeFest 2023

26/01/2023

The BikeFest Spain team sets off towards ISE this weekend

24/01/2023

ALPD Awards at New Technology Showcase

19/01/2023

CT CEO, Dave Crump to take part in BikeFest 2023

16/01/2023

Chauvet Professional Announces UK Road Show

11/01/2023

Digital Projection to showcase industry’s most comprehensive high brightness projection range at ISE 2023

10/01/2023

ISE 2023: Meet the HK Audio Family

10/01/2023

Martin Audio plans hybrid online and offline product launch event for ISE 2023

10/01/2023

Void Acoustics at ISE 2023

09/01/2023

Yamaha Expands Into More Application Markets at ISE 2023

16/12/2022

AUX Media Group Showcases ROE Visual

13/12/2022

tvONE and Green Hippo to showcase flagship video solutions at ISE 2023

08/12/2022

LDI 2022 visitors surge to preview GLP’s next-generation products

08/12/2022

ABTT announces two new Honorary Members the ABTT Christmas Party 2022

06/12/2022

Robe Rocks LDI 2022 with “All Environments” live show and Innovative New Technologies

02/12/2022

Anolis at LiGHT22 Expo

02/12/2022

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award Winner for 2022 announced

02/12/2022

ROE Visual at the Broadcast TechFest

24/11/2022

Elation Professional enjoys fantastic LDI 2022

23/11/2022

BikeFest Spain gears up for ISE 2023

23/11/2022

ISCVEx 2023 returns to Coombe Abbey Hotel for March 2023

ISCVEx 2023 returns to Coombe Abbey Hotel for March 2023

UK – The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE) has announced the return of its annual seminar and exhibition event, ISCVEx 2023.

Taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday 21-22 March 2023 at the beautiful Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry, the event is open to the public and members of the ISCVE and incorporates ISCVE’s Members’ Day and Networking Dinner on Tuesday 21st March and three seminars and an exhibition on Wednesday 22 March.

The AGM and Members’ Day, features a presentation this year from Alex Krasnic BEng(Hons) MSc FIOA MInstSVCE, where he will be discussing lessons learned over his 20+ year career for the Installed Sound/AV industry when engaging with Architects on projects. 

In the evening, ISCVE is hosting a Networking Dinner and party before the next day’s events, featuring an engaging seminar programme with three key presentations from leading industry figures running alongside a unique exhibition, with 30+ industry manufacturers and distributors eager to share their latest news with visitors.

"Last year’s ISCVEx, the first post-Covid, was a brilliant event and we hope to build upon it this year with a friendly, engaging atmosphere between visitors, presenters and exhibitors," comments ISCVE president Neil Voce MInstSCVE, "this year’s ISCVEx promises to be another well-attended event and for some of our newest members, it is an opportunity to meet fellow members for the very first time in the relaxed and informal environment that ISCVEx is renowned for.”

For further information and to register to visit https://iscve.org.uk/iscvex/iscvex-2023/

7th February 2023

Registration now open for PLASA Focus Leeds 2023

Registration now open for PLASA Focus Leeds 2023

UK – Now in its 15th year, PLASA Focus Leeds is set to return to the Royal Armouries for another year, from 9-10 May 2022. Free to attend, the popular regional event connects thousands of professionals with many of the biggest names in live entertainment technology.

With a sold-out show floor, PLASA Focus Leeds is set to be a powerful platform for networking and discovery. Over 150 brands representing pro audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging will span two halls, offering visitors to opportunity to see new products up close while speaking face to face with potential new suppliers.

Headline sponsor Ambersphere will showcase the latest from Astera, Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, and Zactrack. Lighting professionals can also look forward to meeting Artistic Licence, Avolites, Chauvet Professional, ETC, GLP UK, Robe and Vari-Lite.

Top quality pro audio is also on offer from Bose, d&b audiotechnik, EM Acoustics, Funktion One, KV2 Audio, Martin Audio, Nexo and Shure UK.

Heavyweights in rigging and staging technologies will also be in attendance, such as Area Four Industries, Doughty Engineering, Triple E and UK Rigging.

Not only that, cutting edge AV can be seen at the stands of Epson, PSCo Group. And innovative accessories will be on show courtesy of Drapemakers, Harlequin Floors, J&C Joel and NSP Cases.

A free programme will run alongside the action on the show floor, with back-to-back sessions aimed to help visitors’ expand their knowledge and elevate their careers. Last year’s programme included sessions on technical standards, event management, sustainability, and pandemic recovery, each led by respected specialists and thought leaders.

Plenty of interactive experiences are available at PLASA Focus Leeds too, with hands-on training sessions and immersive live audio demos; they’re the perfect way for old hands to upskill and new-starters to gain an introduction to professional products. All this and more will be revealed in 2023 programme in the coming weeks.

PLASA’s head of events, Sophie Atkinson, comments: “It’s been quite the year for the live sector, from the Platinum Jubilee to the return of Glastonbury Festival, all while facing shortages across the board. We look forward to reflecting all this hard work at PLASA Focus Leeds and showcasing the products that make events like these possible. Register for your free entry badge today and we’ll see you there!”

PLASA Focus Leeds will take place from 9-10 May at Royal Armouries.

Register free here.

7th February 2023

ISE 2023 sets new records in Barcelona

ISE 2023 sets new records in Barcelona

Spain – ISE 2023 delivered in style for the global AV and systems integration industry and the city of Barcelona (31 January-3 February 2023). Returning to its normal Jan/Feb timeslot in the AV calendar, ISE 2023 had 58,107 unique attendees from 155 countries, alongside record-breaking occupation in the city’s hotels, bars and entertainment venues, and with exhibitors reporting unparalleled footfall on booths across the largest ever ISE show floor.

Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, commented: “It’s been an extraordinary week and it’s hugely gratifying for us to look back and realise we’ve delivered an exceptional show for our industry and the wonderful city of Barcelona. We’ve had unprecedented visitor levels to the show, so much inspiring content and features on display, and ground-breaking visits from the King of Spain on Tuesday and the President of Catalonia on Thursday to add both a royal and a political seal of approval to the show. This week at ISE 2023 confirms that we can safely say the global AV and systems integration industry is back with an impressive bang!”

The first day of the show set the tone for the week with the highest number of opening day visitors ever for an ISE show, visiting the record 56,870sqm of floorspace over the show’s six halls and the audio demo rooms, where iconic French pioneer of electronic music Jean-Michel Jarre unveiled his latest album. The trend continued for the rest of the week with a final total of 58,107 attendees to ISE, making 133,606 visits to the show floor. On the first day, King Felipe VI of Spain took a tour of the show floor stopping by a few booths to take in a small sample of the technology on display. The Royal Party was accompanied by Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Núria Marín, Mayor of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Laia Bonet, 3rd Deputy Mayor of Barcelona. Pere Aragones, President of the Government of Catalonia also visited ISE and took time to visit some of the 70 Catalan-based companies exhibiting at the Gran Via, Fira Barcelona this week.

Exhibitors were united in their praise for ISE 2023.

Christine Schyvinck, CEO, Shure said: “It’s been a few incredible days at ISE! Lots of inspiring conversations with partners and old friends. We were honoured to welcome His Majesty the King at our booth, and we won the Inavation Award for Audio Technology! We had a very successful week, and we look forward to continue all our conversations."

Luis Garrido, executive director of Alfalite said: “We are delighted to have been part of ISE 2023. The show reinforced Alfalite’s strategic agreements with international partners and allowed us to showcase our products to regional and overseas potential distributors.” Garrido said about the visit of His Majesty, King Felipe VI, “We are a Spanish company and the only European LED Screen manufacturer with the latest technology, so we felt honoured by the King’s visit to our company stand.”

Of particular note was the brand-new content production and distribution zone making its debut in Hall 6. Offering a blend of creativity and technical solutions the new zone provided inspiration for integrators and end-users in this fast-growing and exciting area. Following this auspicious beginning the zone will be back, in an even more impressive version for 2024.

Thought-leadership and inspiring stories were themes for the three keynote speeches held during the show. The opening day BK Johannessen of Epic Games highlighted how technology trends in the gaming industry is driving audiovisual innovation to new heights of creativity. He drew on experience of cutting-edge projects in gaming, film and broadcast to engage and entertain the audience. One of the oldest and best-known competitions in international sailing, the Americas Cup provided the backdrop to Stephen Nuttall’s keynote on day two of the show. As the sailing race’s head of television, he related his first-hand experience of the unique technical challenges the event sets and the spectacular results when everything goes to plan. His unique perspective provided the perfect taster for the 2024 event which is set to take place in Barcelona. Fran Chuan of InnoQuotient gave the keynote on Thursday 2 February: “How Innovative is the AV Industry?” presenting the results of ISE’s Culture of Innovation 2023 Survey, using the proprietary InnoQuotient tool.

ISE returns to Barcelona on Tuesday 30 January – Friday 2 February 2024.

6th February 2023

#WeMakeEvents BikeFest Spain raises over £40,000 for industry charities

#WeMakeEvents BikeFest Spain raises over £40,000 for industry charities

BikeFest returned to Spain last week, cycling over 360km towards ISE in Barcelona, and so far has raised an astonishing £40,000 for industry charities Backup Tech, Music Support and Stagehand along the way.

The now annual event has garnered huge support from across the live AV and events industry, in both the UK and Spain. Organised by #WeMakeEvents, PLASA and AFIAL, the 2023 edition of BikeFest Spain was proudly sponsored by Ayrton, AVIXA, d&b Group, EARPRO, Fantek, ISE, SOJC and Total Solutions Group.

Piers Shepperd, Backup Tech chair, technical director of Wonder Works and BikeFest member, says: “I’ve been amazed by the widespread support for BikeFest and Backup Tech, as well as our fellow industry charities Music Support and Stagehand. It's been a delight: making new friends and catching up with old ones, but most importantly riding in a way that shows we care about each other and our very precious industry, which has suffered so much over the past few years.”

Dave Crump, Creative Technology CEO and fellow BikeFest member, adds: “What an amazing journey! The support, both within the team and from across the industry, has been outstanding. It’s a real testament of what we are all capable of and shows how meaningful this industry is to us.”

The intrepid team comprised of 22 industry colleagues, representing BishopSound, Creative Technology, EARPRO, Equipson, FLUX Events, PLASA, SHARP/NEC Display Solutions, Stage One Creative Services, Total Solutions Group, White Light and d&b Solutions, and Wonder Works, as well as a few freelancers. With sheer determination, most of the team covered 364km over three days, with a few joining on day three for the final 100km.

Cristina Morante of EARPRO, says: “I joined for the final leg. The overall experience has been so rewarding and I have met so many brilliant people. I hope more women will sign up for BikeFest next year and join this growing network of industry friends!”

Starting in Valencia, the team cycled along the Mediterranean coast, stopping off in Vinaros and Salou, before arriving at Fira de Barcelona in time for the ISE trade show. To applaud their hard work, AVIXA is hosting a drinks reception for the team on their stand at ISE, at 3pm on the Wednesday. Any well-wishers are welcome to join the celebrations.

Nicky Greet, PLASA director and BikeFest organiser, says: “BikeFest continues to be a fun and friendly way to build relationships across our industry. This camaraderie is clearly shown in the incredible amount we raised for our chosen industry charities; I give my sincere thanks to everyone who took part, sponsored and donated. The team and I look forward to doing it all again in September towards PLASA Show in London before we return to ISE again next year. There are always spaces in the team, so I invite you to join in!”

Juan Jose Vila, Equipson COO, AFIAL President, and BikeFest member, adds: “This year, the mornings were surprisingly cold, but the riders’ team spirit and knowing that they are supporting our industry charities kept everyone motivated, and in good humour. I’m sure the team would agree that every minute was worth it. Many thanks to everyone who has made BikeFest Spain possible for a second year running, from the organisers, sponsors and donators, to the riders themselves who joined me on this crazy ride in Spain!”

1st February 2023

ABTT Launches MAKE A DiFFERENCE Conference

ABTT Launches MAKE A DiFFERENCE Conference

UK – The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) has announced the launch of the MAKE A DiFFERENCE conference, an annual proactive conference day committed to finding solutions to current industry issues. The conference will be more than simply talking, attendees will be asked to commit to taking action and developing strategies to achieve solutions for the issues discussed.

The first MAKE A DiFFERENCE conference will be held on Friday 21st April 2023 in the Ambassadors Lounge, Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ, with thanks to Ambassador Theatre Group for their support of this event.

The theme for this year’s discussion is: Solving our industry’s recruitment & retention crisis.

The MAKE A DiFFERENCE conference has been developed to continue the great joined-up thinking that is happening in the many ABTT seminars which are convened throughout the year and at the ABTT Theatre Show. With support of academic theatre production staff from Guildford School of Acting the ABTT shall facilitate these continuing discussions at the conference and provide a more focused proactive platform to encourage actions and find practical solutions to move forward with industry issues.

ABTT co-chair and senior lecturer at Guildford School of Acting, Mig Burgess Walsh commented:

“I am excited to see what this conference can achieve. It’s my privilege in my role as co-chair of the ABTT to attend many exciting and passionate seminars and talks from all parts of our industry. I hope this conference will provide a focused time away from busy trade shows so that we can think, consider, collaborate and commit to real actions. I can’t wait to be in a room with dedicated people united by a desire to find solutions to the current recruitment and retention crisis. I’m excited that we will all be aligned in our goal to make a real difference!”

Robin Townley, ABTT chief executive, commented: “The ABTT is very pleased to facilitate this opportunity to harness our industry’s collective commitment and talent for developing and implementing solutions and to provide a space and time, with the generous collaboration of ATG and GSA, to allow a focussed effort to tackle this huge challenge our sector is experiencing. We very much hope that the MAKE A DiFFERENCE initiative will be a real help in resolving the challenges that our industry faces now and in the future.”

The ABTT is inviting people, businesses and organisations to sign up and join in with the campaign to “MAKE A DiFFERENCE”. Spaces are limited so to join in let them know by expressing interest via elysia@abtt.org.uk with the title “MAKE A DiFFERENCE conference 2023”.
As part of the commitment to attend, the ABTT will ask those participating to agree to do more than just join them on the day, but also agree to leave with clear and feasible actions that will help improve recruitment and retention in the industry.

To help the ABTT obtain opinions and ideas ahead of the event, it has launched a very short survey, inviting anyone from the industry to participate, get involved and share their thoughts.
Please follow this link to join in and offer your thoughts and ideas on the issues of staff recruitment and retention.

The results from this survey will guide the development and structure of the conference, and give the association some data to help it move forward, welcome and look forward to gaining your insight and taking your views to our conference day in April.

31st January 2023

Backup Chair joins BikeFest 2023

Backup Chair joins BikeFest 2023

In just a few days Backup chair Piers Shepperd will be donning his cycling shorts and joining the group of the intrepid participants for BikeFest 2023.

Organised by #WeMakeEvents, and raising funds for Backup Tech, Music Support and Stagehand, the four-day ride starts in Valencia on 27th January and covers approximately 100km of the Mediterranean coastline each day, arriving at the Grand Fira in Barcelona on the 29th in time for the start of ISE.

“This is going to be an incredible challenge, but I’m training hard, and raising money and awareness for all these important charities will keep me going,” says Piers. “If you can spare a little cash to make a donation, it will be very well used to help those in our industry family.”

Find out more about BikeFest, how you can sponsor or donate, visit https://www.bikefest2023.com/ and https://we-make-events.raisely.com/t/bikefestspain2023

26th January 2023

The BikeFest Spain team sets off towards ISE this weekend

The BikeFest Spain team sets off towards ISE this weekend

Spain – Tenty-two live event and AV professionals are ready to cycle up to 390km from Valencia to ISE in Barcelona this weekend. Together as the BikeFest team, they are raising vital funds for industry charities Backup Tech, Music Support and Stagehand.

Organised by #WeMakeEvents, PLASA and AFIAL, BikeFest Spain is in its second year. Last year’s debut saw a team of ten head toward the empty Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre, where ISE should have been taking place, poignantly showcasing the impacted live events sector.

However, this year’s BikeFest will head towards a thriving trade event, but not before taking in the stunning Mediterranean coastline. Eighteen members of the team cycle the entire route over three days, with the remaining four joining for the final 95km on the last day. The team represent the entire span of the live sector, including companies such as Bishopsound, Creative Technologies, Earpro (part of Midwich Group), Equipson, FLUX Events, Stage One, Total Solutions Group, d&b Group and Wonderworks.

The money raised by the team has already surpassed an incredible £20,000, with donations still rolling in. Furthermore, BikeFest Spain 2023 is supported by sponsorship from Ayrton, d&b Solutions, Ear Pro, Fantek, ISE, SOJC, AVIXA and Total Solutions Group.

Peter Heath, MD of PLASA and member of #WeMakeEvents steering group, says: “The team and I are geared up for another BikeFest in Spain, and it’s great to welcome many more members this year. BikeFest Spain really has become an important date in the diary for many of us. Not only are the charities close to our hearts, the event itself has created long-lasting connections across the industry. I urge you all to donate as much as you can, to help support the incredible work done by Backup Tech, Music Support and Stagehand.”

Juan Jose Vila, CEO of Equipson, president of AFIAL and steering member of WeMakeEvents Spain adds: “BikeFest Spain made such a brilliant start in 2022 and I cannot wait to cycle alongside the rest of the team once again in just a few days. It will be a fun and very challenging few days! The charities we are riding for do excellent work in supporting our colleagues in need, so please show your support and donate.”
BikeFest Spain will take place from 27-29 January 2023, cycling 390km from Valencia to Barcelona.

Donate at https://we-make-events.raisely.com/t/bikefestspain2023

24th January 2023

ALPD Awards at New Technology Showcase

ALPD Awards at New Technology Showcase

UK – The 2022 ALPD Award winners will be announced at the New Technology Showcase on Friday 27 January.

The Awards being made are The Michael Northen Award sponsored by the Mousetrap Foundation and the WYSIWYG Programmers Award sponsored by WYSIWYG.

Michael Northen was the first credited lighting designer in the UK and his work on The Mousetrap can still be seen in the West End today.

The winner of the Michael Northen Award will receive a £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a Vectorworks licence for 12 months and a six-month mentoring scheme with an  industry professional to run alongside the initial stage of their career. The winner will also receive a copy of Michael’s book, Northen Lights.

The winner of the WYSIWYG Award will receive a £500 voucher prize, a 12 month WYSIWYG Perform lease, worth $2199 USD, and a 512 ETCnomad and a six-month mentoring scheme with an  industry professional to run alongside the initial stage of their career.

The New Technology Showcase will take place at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and is organised by White Light, The ALPD and RCSSD. As always, a variety of leading manufacturers and industry experts will be in attendance, offering the opportunity to experience some of the industry’s latest products, as well as taking part in Q&A sessions in front of an audience invited by the ALPD and White Light.

Further information from Amanda Laidler office@thealpd.org.uk 07817 060189

19th January 2023

CT CEO, Dave Crump to take part in BikeFest 2023

CT CEO, Dave Crump to take part in BikeFest 2023

Spain – In just two weeks’ time, Creative Technology EME’s CEO, Dave Crump will once again be donning his Lycra, with an eclectic bunch of fellow industry ‘heavyweights’ and setting off on BikeFest, a not insignificant cycling challenge in Spain.

Covering almost 400km along the Mediterranean coastline, Dave and around 20 industry peers, will take on this impressive ride raising vital funds for industry charities, Backup Tech, Music Support and Stagehand.

Starting in Valencia on 27 January, the team will cycle 140km on day one to Peñiscola, followed by 130km on day two to Tarragona and a final 95km on day three to Barcelona, finishing at Barcelona Fira on 29 January to mark the start of ISE 2023.

“As those who know me know, I’m an occasional cyclist, and a huge supporter or Backup and the work done by ‘We Make Events’ during and since the pandemic. This will be a tough but amazing journey,” he says, “but I am someone who needs a challenge to encourage me to work off the Christmas pounds and doing it for such a worthy cause is a massive bonus.”

ISE is always a big event for Creative Technology and in 2023 the company’s rapidly growing systems integration division will be exhibiting for the first time, showcasing some of their outstanding installations from around the world, from spectacular immersive environments to virtual production stages and everything in between. Visitors to ISE can meet the global CT systems integration team at Stand 5G225.

“Creative Technology is well-known for its spectacular productions in the world of live events, but even though our work in the systems integration market has been happening for some time now, and is equally impressive, so far it has been much less visible to the market,” Dave concludes. “If you are coming to ISE we hope to see you there but irrespective of that please get online and make a donation to support me and our industry friends pedalling for this worthy cause.”

Find out more, sponsor, and sign up to ride on BikeFest 2023 or support these incredible charities by donating online.

16th January 2023

Chauvet Professional Announces UK Road Show

Chauvet Professional Announces UK Road Show

UK – Chauvet Professional entered the holiday season with a full head of steam, anchoring shows for headliners at major arenas throughout the country. Now with the turning of the calendar page, the UK team is embarking on another tour, not in support of a musical artists, but to give lighting professionals a first-hand look at some of the exciting new IP65-rated products that promise to rock their world in 2023.

Beginning on Tuesday, 24 January at The Place Theatre in London, the Chauvet Professional Road Show will be stopping at eight different cities throughout the UK to spread the news about innovative products like the Ovation Rêve E-3 IP outdoor ready full spectrum white and multi-colour-mixing ellipsoidal and the new arena-grade line of Maverick Storm fixtures. The road shows will also feature a first-time UK look at the new fixtures in the Rogue Outcast series of high-powered moving heads including The Rogue Outcast 2 Beam, Rogue Outcast 2 Hybrid and Rogue Outcast 3 Spot.  Other stops on the tour include Edinburgh, Manchester, Wakefield, Bristol, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Peterborough and Nottingham.

By holding these events in actual production spaces, rather than rented hotel halls, the Chauvet Professional team believes they will be better able to showcase the impressive performance features on their latest offerings. For example, what better way to appreciate the silent operation, full spectrum colours and tuneable whites of the Ovation Rêve E-3 IP than at a TV studio such as dock10 Manchester Media City? Similarly, the frame, versatility and zoom range of Rogue Outcast fixtures stand out even more impressively at a cavernous venue like Bristol’s Loco Klub, as do the impressive throw distances and feature-packed arsenal of Maverick Storm fixtures at a space like Peterborough’s 2,000-capacity New Theatre. 

In addition to showcasing an impressive collection of new IP65 products, the Chauvet Professional Road Show offers visitors the opportunity to get hands on experience with fixtures and talk to the company’s team members. Visitors will also have an opportunity to see the latest in ChamSys consoles at each six-and-a-half-hour session. Iluminarc, architectural offerings will also be on display. As always, lunch, refreshments, camaraderie, and good company are also included.

To learn more about the Road show and for specific dates, please visit: http://bit.ly/3GesYq3

11th January 2023

Digital Projection to showcase industry’s most comprehensive high brightness projection range at ISE 2023

Digital Projection to showcase industry’s most comprehensive high brightness projection range at ISE 2023
Digital Projection to showcase industry’s most comprehensive high brightness projection range at ISE 2023

Spain – Digital Projection will again be playing a central role at 2023 Barcelona’s Integrated Systems Europe (31 January - 3 February), where the manufacturer will be showcasing its class leading, high-end projection products and technologies, including what is arguably the most important development in projection since the advent of laser light source: Digital Projection’s revolutionary Satellite MLS (Modular Laser System). Digital Projection will be joined on the stand by VIOSO, which will bring its expertise in complex dome calibration and video-mapping projection to create an eye-catching application-based stand experience.

Building on the company’s commitment to develop and make available breakaway projection technologies for the world’s best immersive experiences, the Digital Projection stand will host the latest and most advanced visual technologies alongside its flagship Satellite MLS, with the world’s brightest 1-Chip DLP projector (M-Vision 27000), as well as the mighty TITAN Laser range of projectors.

Digital Projection’s unique Satellite MLS technology will arguably be a show highlight again this year: Challenging the outdated view from the rest of the projection industry, Digital Projection has turned the concept of performance-to-size ratio by developing a technology that allows both smaller and more powerful projectors. Offering significant benefits at every stage of a system design, Satellite MLS separates the light source from the small, lightweight projector head, giving integrators greater freedom, particularly where space an access are restricted, while reducing noise and heat from the audience location. By separating the projection head from the light source and linking the two with robust and flexible fibre-optic cables up to 100m long, Digital Projection’s latest innovation offers integrators and system designers more flexibility and options to deploy advanced visual solutions, whilst making high-end RGB laser illumination accessible at a cost-effective price point.

Visitors to the stand will also discover the new M-Vision 27000: previewed for the first time at ISE, it will be shipping in early Q3 2022 and is set to be the world’s brightest 1-Chip DLP laser projector. True to its commitment to offer ever-closer 3-Chip DLP performance at a 1-Chip DLP price point, the new M-Vision 27000 packs the most advanced technologies to bring stunningly saturated colours at levels of brightness never attained before.

All these technologies will be brought to life with a little help from VIOSO’s magic, which is partnering with Digital Projection at ISE this year to offer visitors a mapping spectacular. Benjamin Fritsch, CEO of VIOSO GmbH, commented: “We are proud to team up with Digital Projection at ISE and utilise the power of their unique projection technology to create a stunning visual experience. One of the show stopper will undoubtedly be the free floating projection dome powered by Digital Projection’s MLS technology.”

VIOSO will showcase its latest ground-breaking multi-playback warping and blending system which is integrated in more than 30 software- and hardware tools on the market. An interactive bar enhanced by multi-projection as well as a demo area and a unique projection mapping exhibit powered by VIOSO’s calibration and playback technology will complete the stand.

Visit Digital Projection and VIOSO at ISE 2023 on Hall 3, stand K800.

10th January 2023

ISE 2023: Meet the HK Audio Family

ISE 2023: Meet the HK Audio Family

Spain – HK Audio will be showcasing its latest products for the concert sound and install sound sectors at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2023 in Barcelona, as well as a new, highly flexible speaker series.

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) exhibition at the Fira de Barcelona, HK Audio will be presenting an overview of its extensive professional product portfolio for the install sound and concert sound sectors from 31 January to 3 February 2023. One particular highlight will be the presentation of a highly flexible, powerful and smart speaker series, which will succeed the popular and successful LINEAR 5 series. With this opportunity to “Meet the Family”, HK Audio is offering insights into the company’s philosophy and the importance of developing and manufacturing its modern, high-quality sound systems in Germany.

Visit the HK Audio family in Hall 7, Booth 7F400, Fira Barcelona, Gran Via.

The SI SERIES (“System Integrator”) boasts technically/standard-relevant features specially adapted to the requirements of the current installation market. The combination of dust-tight and jet-water-proof mid/high units and subwoofers (IP 66) is unique worldwide and delivers uncompromising audio quality even under the most difficult environmental conditions. All P10 speakers are designed for use in voice alarm systems and have been certified under EN 54-24:2008 type B. Installations in sports facilities and outdoor areas can be carried out quickly and safely thanks to the extensive range of mounting accessories and the certificate of safety against ball throwing in accordance with DIN 18032-3.

VORTIS 2 is a series of trapezoidal high-performance speakers for demanding installation applications and is particularly suitable for applications where high-quality music and speech reproduction is required in addition to [voice] alarms in compliance with current standards. The entire model range is certified in accordance with EN 54-24. VORTIS 2 shines with its high maximum sound pressure levels, a wide variety of models, a very neutral sound reproduction and adjustable directional characteristics. All VORTIS 2 models are also optionally available in an outdoor IP 55 version.

The integrative COSMO line array system is a trend-setting solution for professional sound reinforcement applications, with excellent sound depth, logistics and economy. High ranges with uniform sound coverage are made possible thanks to measurably more usable sound pressure in the HF range than comparable systems and the asymmetrical horizontal dispersion pattern achieved by the combination of the three COSMO mid/high units, with their 100°, 80° and 60° horizontal dispersion characteristics. The clever, time-saving rigging concept and minimal space and personnel requirements increase productivity and efficiency levels enormously.

The LINEAR 9 series is a flexible answer to today’s demands in professional sound applications and a comprehensive solution that sets new standards when it comes to maximum sound pressure level, throw and scalability. Equipped with the latest DSP technology and a DSP out, making it possible to seamlessly integrate speakers without DSP into the system, as well as robust cabinet designs, this flexible solution with smart features is simply ideal for the rough day-to-day life on the road.

10th January 2023

Martin Audio plans hybrid online and offline product launch event for ISE 2023

Martin Audio plans hybrid online and offline product launch event for ISE 2023
Martin Audio plans hybrid online and offline product launch event for ISE 2023

Spain – In recognition of the changing post-pandemic exhibition landscape, Martin Audio has announced that it plans to run both an online and offline product launch event at ISE 2023, in order to maximise engagement for those that can and cannot attend the trade show.

Marketing director James King explains: “The pandemic re-wrote the rule book on launch events. While most industry product launches were previously geared around the trade show calendar, once the pandemic hit, and trade shows were off the agenda, we all moved online.

“Now, that trade shows are back we are entering an interesting period where attendance to trade shows is still lower than it was pre-pandemic, plus there are always potential visitors who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend. For that reason we feel the hybrid solution becomes a pragmatic way to keep customers right up to date with the latest developments.”

The online event will showcase latest news from Martin Audio plus the announcement of two new products, while the offline event at ISE will take in both a press event and listening demonstrations. The latter will take place in their dedicated audio demo room (Hall 8, Room F1), with product also on show on stand H200 in Hall 7.

“We’re excited about the possibilities that hybrid events provide for us as a brand and we see this as a template for us moving forward,” King continued. “2023 promises to be one of the busiest product launch calendars in Martin Audio’s history, so ensuring that our customers have the flexibility to keep up-to-date with all the activities is the least we can do.”

For online event registration: https://martin-audio.com/events/jan2023

For ISE event details: https://martin-audio.com/events/ise2023

10th January 2023

Void Acoustics at ISE 2023

Void Acoustics at ISE 2023

Spain – Void Acoustics will be adding six significant new products to its extensive product catalogue at ISE 2023, with a presence on the show floor (Stand 7E300) as well as hosting a Demo Room (B5), where show attendees will be able to experience Void’s signature sound first-hand, and receive in-depth information about the new product offering.

Void Acoustics is a recognised force across several industry sectors and will be reflecting this in its product launches for the touring industry, outdoor applications and commercial and high-end residential projects.

Discover the pro-audio world's most stylish and powerful sound systems and preview the new products whilst taking part in an exclusive listening experience with the team.

In addition to demonstrations throughout the day, Void Acoustics’ founder, creative director and technical mastermind, Rog Mogale will be hosting the final session of each show day with a featured presentation. Rog will discuss several existing products with listeners, as well as exploring the concept behind Void Acoustics’ new products for 2023.

To pre-book a product demonstration click here: https://fixr.co/event/void-acoustics-ise-demonstration-tickets-394192680

See Void Acoustics at ISE 2023, 31st January – 3rd February: Stand 7E300 PLUS Demo Room B5.

 

 

9th January 2023

Yamaha Expands Into More Application Markets at ISE 2023

Yamaha Expands Into More Application Markets at ISE 2023

Spain – Yamaha will be showcasing a wide range of business solutions at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2023, which highlight the company’s expansion into multiple application markets. Delivering efficiency, scalability, speed and control, Yamaha’s comprehensive systems aim to significantly improve the workflow for systems integrators.

In recent years Yamaha has developed a comprehensive range of products for small and medium-sized installations, offering audio quality, flexibility and ease of installation with the company’s renowned reliability. Major new products for 2023 take the company’s solutions to a new level, allowing them to cater for larger, more complex projects.

Yamaha will also be highlighting a new series of AVIXA-RU accredited, pan-European training courses and showcasing its collaboration and conferencing solutions. These can be created for every situation, from a small collaboration space or a simple boardroom, up to full bespoke solutions for auditoriums and large multi-zone areas.

Yamaha is exhibiting on stand 3E150. NEXO will be complementing Yamaha’s solutions, presenting its latest line-up of pro audio solutions on stand 7E750.

ISE 2023 takes place at Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona, from 31 January to 3 February, 2023.

 

16th December 2022

AUX Media Group Showcases ROE Visual

AUX Media Group Showcases ROE Visual
AUX Media Group Showcases ROE Visual

Singapore – AUX Media Group showcased advanced virtual production techniques, utilising ROE Visual Black Pearl BP2V2 LED screens at the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) in Singapore from 7-9 December 2022. Asia's leading entertainment content market could gather again for the first time after a three-year break.

At the opening of the ATF, Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information announced that Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is launching an SGD5 million ($3.6 million) Virtual Production Innovation Fund. This funding will facilitate further development in virtual production in the local media industry, creating more possibilities for content shooting. Singapore could be one of the important virtual production hubs in Asia for international film and commercial production.

AUX Media Group, a Singapore-based company specialising in virtual production, was asked by the government to highlight this funding and use the ATF platform to showcase its capabilities in this field. Guest speakers from disguise, XON Studio, and ROE Visual covered topics ranging from best practices in virtual production workflow to creative applications of various technologies in immersive storytelling.

Olaf Sperwer, ROE Visual's expert in virtual production, explained the function of LED display's in his presentation on virtual production. He highlighted the advanced Ghostframe technology that uses ROE Visual LED panels and the HELIOS LED processing platform from Megapixel VR. Held against a background LED wall comprising Black Pearl BP2V2 panels, the quality of the LED panels was illustrative throughout the presentation. The BP2V2 is recognised as the standard LED display product for the film industry, delivering perfect in-camera results.

"The innovation fund from IMDA gives a positive push for the creation of immersive storytelling in the local market, allowing us to continue our innovation in virtual production technology. It's great to present these ground-breaking techniques at the ATF; the support from ROE Visual, through Olaf's inspiring presentation and these incredible Black Pearl LED panels, has been fantastic," states AUX Media Group CEO, Choong Chyi Kei.

"ROE Visual fully supports the ‘Smart Singapore’ initiative from the government since it ties in with our philosophy towards technological developments and the use of AI. AUX Media Group stands out as the virtual production expert in Singapore's growing market. Our excellent partnership with them allows us to make an even more meaningful contribution to events such as the ATF, " states Sperwer.

13th December 2022

tvONE and Green Hippo to showcase flagship video solutions at ISE 2023

tvONE and Green Hippo to showcase flagship video solutions at ISE 2023
tvONE and Green Hippo to showcase flagship video solutions at ISE 2023

Spain – Leading video processing and AV signal distribution technology company tvONE has announced that it will be exhibiting alongside its media server brand, Green Hippo, at ISE 2023 in Barcelona, on Booth #5H800.

Key tvONE experts will be showcasing the company’s range of professional AV products including its hugely popular CORIOmaster2 video processor, recently used on the Council of the European Union press facility and remains the most flexible video processor available on the market for 4K environments. Since launching the CORIOmaster2, tvONE has unveiled regular updates to its firmware and software, with recent enhancements including a new keying feature, synchronised media playback, EDID management, FTP media upload and AES IP stream decoding.

Joining CORIOmaster2 will be an advanced preview of newly developed video processing solutions, exclusive to ISE 2023,built on advanced and innovative proprietary technology to provide even higher levels of multi-window processing. This new technology is output agnostic for Direct View LED, edge-blend projection, or display set-ups.

Also on the show floor will be Green Hippo’s powerful Hippotizer V4+ MK2 range of media servers, including the flagship Tierra+ MK2, which since launch has become the go-to solution for demanding, large-scale productions. With pre-viz, PixelMapping and large-scale 3D mapping demos, Green Hippo product specialists will be showcasing the latest design and mapping techniques used on installations and live events world-wide. At the other end of the Hippo spectrum, the small-yet-powerful Nevis+ media server will be in discussion. The ultra-compact, yet powerful Nevis+ has rocked the market, offering all the creative power of its well-known bigger brothers and establishing itself as a much-needed smaller, inexpensive solution for video creation, visualisation and playback, with all of Hippotizer’s software features as standard.

The team will also be discussing the seamless integration of The Bosch DICENTIS Conference System and CORIOmatrix, delivering low latency, multi-camera HD-SDI switching for conference meetings. To help power up and mount more complex systems, tvONE will showcase ONErack, the universal mounting system, vastly improving rack installation of small devices, converting randomly sized, externally powered devices from any manufacturer into slide-in modules that can be installed quickly and cleanly and serviced easily, coupled with ONErack Spider, the universal, multi-voltage DC power for any brand for up to 46 devices with “zero space” mounting.

On stand will be a host of familiar tvONE and Green Hippo faces, as well as newly appointed team members including Olivier Foy, who joined as sales manager in France earlier this year.

The tvONE team is inviting people to register for ISE 2023 for free using the special tvONE Attendee Invitation Code: IFLVVGAP, via the ISE website at www.iseurope.org or contact their local sales manager at www.tvone.com/how-to-buy/tvone-sales-team.

tvONE will be on Booth 5H800 at ISE 2023, at the Fira Barcelona, Gran Vía, from 31 January to 3 February, and their stand can be found at https://exhibitors.iseurope.org/8_0/floorplan/?hallID=B&selectedBooth=5H800

www.green-hippo.com

8th December 2022

LDI 2022 visitors surge to preview GLP’s next-generation products

LDI 2022 visitors surge to preview GLP’s next-generation products
LDI 2022 visitors surge to preview GLP’s next-generation products

USA – At the recent LDI Show, GLP focused on giving some ‘real-world’ exposure to the JDC Line which is now gaining the attention it deserves after the Covid-19 pandemic somewhat choked its initial launch.

They were fortunate to have the services of one of the hottest LDs in the industry, Nate Files, to mesh the JDC Line together with the new impression X5 in a mesmerising, beautifully programmed, integrated light show which beckoned visitors to the booth. Files is well familiar with the GLP culture, having been part of the creative team that brought its award-winning large-format shows to life.

Of the decision to reinstate an active light show, GLP’s Mark Ravenhill says: “After 2019, we agreed that we wouldn’t do any more of these. But when this year came around it became obvious that we needed to give exposure to the JDC Line; we knew that to show it to its full extent, we needed it to be in quantity and programmed well. So, I called Nate and luckily he was able to squeeze us in between some high-profile projects. It was a great catch, as he knew exactly what we needed and how the JDC Line works to optimum effect.”

In addition, there was plenty to excite LDs who had the opportunity to get first look at upcoming potential blockbusters, as GLP previewed the impression X5 IP Bar, the impression X5 Compact, the XDC1 IP Hybrid and XDC2 IP Wash. From FUSION, heavy focus was also placed on the new FUSION X-Par 12 Z IP65-rated unit with motorised zoom (affectionately known as the ‘Oom-Par’).

GLP Inc. was also representing Scenex Lighting and showed the latest range in its scenic LED tapes, including the new Shadow Line system, which uses a housing that totally blends into the background when not in use.

This year’s booth had been a triumph all round for the company, acknowledged Mark Ravenhill. Having been accoladed with Best Booth Design at LDI last year, GLP’s team, led by Annalise Laundrup and Carl Wake, had a lot to live up to and they brought it home with flying colours.

The theme this year had been ‘Our Lime makes the Difference’, in reference to GLP’s extended RGBL colour palette, which was also reflected in the lime-coloured livery of the staff.

This made for an eye-catching and ergonomically designed area that ensured smooth traffic flow for the high volume of visitors constantly passing through.

www.glp.de

LDI 2022 visitors surge to preview GLP’s next-generation productsLDI 2022 visitors surge to preview GLP’s next-generation products

8th December 2022

GLP

ABTT announces two new Honorary Members the ABTT Christmas Party 2022

ABTT announces two new Honorary Members the ABTT Christmas Party 2022
ABTT announces two new Honorary Members the ABTT Christmas Party 2022

UK – This year, the Association of British Theatre Technicians took the opportunity at its members’ Christmas Party on Friday 2nd December – generously supported by ETC and LW Theatres – to present honours to two of its members.

Howard Potts, recently retired technical director at Warwick Arts Centre and Matthew Freeman, currently working as an associate project manager at TAIT, were both appointed Honorary Members of the Association.

At the start of the event Robin Townley, CEO of the ABTT, welcomed everyone gathered at the Gillian Lynne Theatre thanks to the generous hospitality of LW Theatres.

Robin's welcome was echoed by Matt Cowles of ETC, very generous co-hosts of the ABTT Christmas Party, who also took the opportunity of the hugely popular annual gathering, returning after two years' unavoidable absence, to thank the ABTT for all the work it undertakes to support the sector highlighting the Theatre Green Book and the new ‘W’ series of ABTT Guidance Notes providing recommendations on how legal duties to ensure the welfare of workers are met.

Robin then explained that individuals were appointed by the ABTT's council of management as Honorary Members to formally acknowledge those "who have rendered signal service to the Association. This highly sort after achievement is only bestowed on those who have truly excelled in assisting the ABTT, so it is fantastic to celebrate these individuals' achievements with so many members, associates, affiliates, supporters and friends."

ABTT Co-Chairs David Evans and Mig Burgess Walsh then spoke in turn, each introducing one of the new Honorary Members and explaining the scope and commitment of their efforts in supporting the Association.

David Evans introduced Howard Potts commending him to the gathered company for his "numerous and long-serving support and contributions to the work, governance and in particular training delivery of the ABTT. Having previously served as an elected trustee director of the Association and vice-chair of council some two decades ago, as technical director, Howard has more recently been repeatedly instrumental in accommodating and providing comprehensive facilities for the ABTT annual Summer School at Warwick Arts Centre.

His dedication to the principles of the Association and the importance of industry-led training has supported over the years many, many ABTT trainees on their journey."

ABTT co-chair, Mig Burgess Walsh then introduced the second Honorary Member to be appointed, Matthew Freeman. Mig Burgess Walsh began by stating that "as a teacher who spends most of her time with the next generation, I am beaming with pride to be able to formally appoint Matthew as an ABTT Honorary Member.

His commitment and work is to be commended including acting as a Young Associate Representative to the ABTT Council, writing for Sightline for the last five years and organising online seminars particularly in collaboration with the Stephen Joseph Committee.

During the periods of pandemic lock-down Matthew's contribution immensely assisted the ABTT in being able to continue to support our sector. Matthew has always been fantastic at promoting and advocating for the ABTT, especially to new and early career members. For Council to award Matthew this recognition while he is still at such a young age really highlights what a tremendous contribution he has made!"

Mig went on to say that: "By allowing more space for the next generation to make their mark on the industry, and here at the ABTT, we actively invite young people to join and feel they can come and proactively be a part of all things ABTT.”

The ABTT wishes to congratulate both the newly appointed Honorary Members for their amazing achievements and for their significant contribution to the Association.

The event was extremely popular with people dropping in throughout the afternoon. Peaking at more than 200, guests enjoyed seasonal fare, mince pies, celebratory drinks and the entertaining conversations that can only ever happen at the ABTT Christmas Party.

In picture: Matthew Freeman and Mig Burgess; Geoffrey Joyce (on behalf of Howard Potts) and David Evans.

6th December 2022

Robe Rocks LDI 2022 with “All Environments” live show and Innovative New Technologies

Robe Rocks LDI 2022 with “All Environments” live show and Innovative New Technologies
Robe Rocks LDI 2022 with “All Environments” live show and Innovative New Technologies

USA – Robe lighting embraced the 2022 LDI expo in Las Vegas with a fantastic booth design, an invigorating live show, and a jaw-dropping line up of new and innovative products that stunned and amazed those in attendance.

“It was wonderful to be back together with everyone and catch up face-to-face with so many colleagues and friends to celebrate the entertainment technology and design community we all love so much!” stated Lorienn Cochenour, CEO of Robe Lighting Inc.

Robe’s six-minute timecoded “All Environments” live show extravaganza captured the spirit of the moment with strong multi-layered messaging as well as illustrating the robust weatherisation and fantastic creative effects of Robe’s new iSeries luminaires, including the iFORTE, iSpiider and iBeam250 highlighted in the show.

The live show attracted excited crowds to the stand, and people rammed the aisles each hour to catch the performance.

In a booth which was busy all three days of the expo, the dedicated demo area allowed visitors to experience more in-depth and one-to-one product presentations.

The all-new iFORTE and TX1 PosiProfile products generated a buzz.

The IP65 rated iFORTE is Robe’s most powerful iSeries product to date combining a massive output and multiple effects in a package ready for all outdoor challenges including wet, windy, dusty and generally inclement and unpredictable weather which is prevalent everywhere! This is a perfect luminaire for large shows, spectacles and stadiums.

The TX1 PosiProfile combines the worlds of manual and fully automated lighting fixtures in a new and revolutionary luminaire designed to operate as a moving head or as a static but repositionable profile. It can be rigged and operated in extremely confined spaces where crew access is challenging, or movement options are severely limited or not required.

The ingenious technologies in these products bring ideal solutions to so many issues being faced by lighting and visual designers, and throughout LDI, there was a steady stream of comments that these were much appreciated and needed.

The expo was bigger and busier than last years’ initial post Covid toe-dip. In addition to having a clear international flavour with lighting designers, directors, programmers and technicians from across the US and around the world, the Robe team also welcomed a host of their authorised dealers and distributors to the stand.

Architectural lighting brand Anolis (a Robe Business) had its own space on the booth and highlighted the brand new Calumma range, alongside the popular Anolis Ambiane and Eminere product ranges. This was a smart move, particularly at LDI which attracts a lot of installers and designers working on crossover entertainment / architainment projects who looked at the products and acknowledged the brand which, like Robe, is wholly designed and manufactured in Europe.

Robe was also active on the GDTF booth where customer services manager Petr Vaněk ran run a series of 'Learn How to Create Your Own GDTF Files' workshops, teaching interested parties how to generate, alter, and maintain GDTF files and plenty of other useful tips and tricks related to GTDF.

“The overall outlook is extremely positive,” commented Lorienn after the show closed on Sunday, “The design team did a brilliant job in presenting an eye-catching story and creating a display to show the versatility, sustainability and outstanding performance of the iSeries products!”

She added that everyone from Robe was very proud to be part of such a “strong, resilient and resourceful” industry that is looking towards the future.

photos: Edwin Silva

www.robe.cz

Robe Rocks LDI 2022 with “All Environments” live show and Innovative New TechnologiesRobe Rocks LDI 2022 with “All Environments” live show and Innovative New Technologies

2nd December 2022

Robe Lighting

Anolis at LiGHT22 Expo

Anolis at LiGHT22 Expo
Anolis at LiGHT22 Expo

UK – European LED lighting manufacturer Anolis (a Robe Business) participated enthusiastically in (d)arc Media’s new LiGHT22 expo concept for architects, lighting specifiers and designers, staged for the first time at London’s Business Design Centre. The brand showcased three innovative product ranges on a fresh contemporary-looking stand that caught eyes and attracted plenty of interest.

The three highlighted product families were Calumma, Ambiane and Eminere, all chosen as most relevant for the expected show visitor demographic.

For exterior lighting, all five current sizes of Anolis’s Calumma floodlight family were shown, a range that works seamlessly in conjunction with the Eminere range of linear luminaires.

Both fixture types are available with the same LED chips and connection systems for continuity and flexibility, allowing excellent mixing, matching and integration together into one design and control system.

Calumma was a big hit with people visiting the stand. They were impressed with the five sizes and the fact the units are available in multi-chip and customisable single-chip variants with over 18 different choices of optics, plus the latest chip and driver technology for outstanding performance. People also liked the streamlined contemporary ergonomics of the range.

For interior applications, Anolis showed a number of downlights and pendants from its Ambiane family.

Ambiane features include excellent dimming curves and high CRI. The fixtures are available in pure white, tuneable white, tungsten dimming and RGBW variants that use patented colour balancing to maximise the light output.

“Everyone seemed to appreciate the optimised performance,” commented Anolis business development manager for London and the south-east, Ashley Popple, who was delighted with the turnout, visitor quality and the general buzz of the show.

They engaged in some fun on the stand with Anolis’s ArcPar150 colour changing fixture which has a motorised zoom going from 3.8 to 60 degrees, as Ashley described it, “an invaluable ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ fixture for lighting designers!”

Most visitors stopping at the Anolis stand were lighting designers and architects who came to look at the lights and chat with the team, who also saw entertainment and leisure industry specifiers and end users over the two days of the expo.

“It was exactly the mix of audience we were hoping for from the communities that we wanted to connect with,” Ashley elucidated, adding that the pace was brisk, providing a good opportunity to touch base, chat about upcoming projects and catch up.

A late close/early evening drinks reception on the first day galvanised the networking opportunities and proved popular as exhibitors and guests mingled and chatted in a more informal setting.

The BDC was generally considered a smart choice of venue, both for its central location and its commitment to being more sustainable coupled with other potential waste saving initiatives like venue carpeting, so exhibitors didn’t have to bring their own flooring.

Ashley and the team enjoyed the palpable buzz and underlined the importance to Anolis of being there to demonstrate its new technologies, consolidate existing relationships and make new contacts. It proved a great forum for showing interested parties the breadth and adaptability of the current Anolis product ranges and the manufacturer’s commitment to providing refined and practical LED lighting solutions for all areas of commercial and built environments and public spaces.

photos: Lindsay Cave

2nd December 2022

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award Winner for 2022 announced

ABTT Stephen Joseph Award Winner for 2022 announced

UK - The ABTT Stephen Joseph Award is a prestigious award created in 2021 by the Stephen Joseph Committee of the ABTT to mark the centenary year of Stephen Joseph’s birth and 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, and to commemorate the life and work of this leading British theatre pioneer.

Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century who established theatre-in-the-round in Britain as an authentic and engaging theatre form. He was a founding father of ABTT and the Society of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence and his ground-breaking practice has given rise to the myriad forms of theatre and open staging that are commonly used today. At the heart of his practice was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience.
In 2022, the second year of the competition, the Stephen Joseph Committee are proud to announce that the award has been made to The Belfast Ensemble for their innovative approach to staging contemporary, Belfast-generated opera and other music-theatre events, for their high quality and clearly well-received production values and for their achievement in reaching and engaging new audiences. On many levels, their work embodies the spirit of Joseph’s wide-ranging legacy and the ‘inclusive excellence’ for which the award was designed.

“The Belfast Ensemble has been making extraordinary, experimental musical work since 2017. The company has made a speciality of immersive, in-the-round experiences that challenge audiences; projects like ‘MASS’, a major multi-disciplinary event combining video projection and the Ulster Orchestra in a spectacular sound and light show in the Belfast Telegraph Building, have proved the power of unconventional approaches to music theatre.

The company also actively contributes to its local community... represent[ing] the best of Belfast on the world’s stage; platforming Northern Irish talent, the Ensemble’s diverse portfolio showcases excellence, champions innovation and delivers for audiences every time.”
As the winner of the 2022 ABTT Stephen Joseph Award, The Belfast Ensemble was presented with a specially designed bronze trophy, a mini theatre-in-the-round based on an early Stephen Joseph sketch, together with a certificate recognising their extraordinary achievement at the ABTT Christmas Party on Friday 2nd December at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, generously supported by ETC and LW Theatres.
The strength of nominations this year was once again impressive. The ABTT/SJC Adjudication Panel therefore decided to recognise the work of two of the nominees in the form of Special Commendations. In this category, they are pleased to commend the following:

The Albany Community Arts Centre, London, specifically for its adventurous production of Sun and Sea as part of the 2022 LIFT Festival, the outcome of a sustained collaborative effort at all levels to re-imagine the original production from Lithuania for the Albany, bringing together local volunteers, a diverse community chorus and new audiences, and exploring fresh ways of connecting audiences with the stage.

And, for the second year running, INK, for its championing of new writing by and for rural communities in East Anglia, for its inclusive audience reach, especially through its successful annual festivals in the region, and for its important work throughout the year in supporting actors, directors, technicians and young people through workshops, tours and networking.

Both organisations received Certificates of Commendation at the ABTT Christmas Party on 2nd December too.
The ABTT and the Stephen Joseph Committee would like to offer a huge ‘thank you’ to all the applicants for this year’s Award stating that “it was a pleasure find out more about the innovative work being created in 2022”.

In picture: The Stephen Joseph Award is a miniature theatre-in-the-round in polished bronze, designed and made by SJC Member Andrew Sanders.

2nd December 2022

ROE Visual at the Broadcast TechFest

ROE Visual at the Broadcast TechFest

UK – ROE Visual will participate in the upcoming Broadcast TechFest as a show sponsor, enhancing ROE Visual's growing involvement in the broadcast market. Having supplied LED-based solutions and GhostFrame technology to various broadcast-based projects, ROE Visual aims to raise more awareness for its broadcast-oriented offering.

Attended by broadcasters, producers, and tech companies, the Broadcast TechFest is a comprehensive one-day event for the production and post industry, co-located with the Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards, held in the Brewery in London on 29 November 2022.

The event will provide a platform to explore the changing dynamics of broadcast technologies, covering a wealth of topics across production and post.

Based on its ever-growing involvement in virtual production technology, ROE Visual has expanded its offering for the broadcast market with dedicated LED panels and LED-based technology, such as GhostFrame. Recent projects, like the FOX NFL Studio and TVN Studio installation, use this technology in combination with the ROE Visual Black Pearl LED panels.

With more projects up their sleeve, it's a good time for ROE Visual to engage in more comprehensive discussions about trends and technical developments for the broadcast segment.

"The Broadcast TechFest provides an excellent platform to talk, share experiences and investigate the technical requirements with the stakeholders in this market," comments Olaf Sperwer, responsible for business development virtual production for ROE Visual. "This show is not about promoting our products but more about listening to market demands, what challenges the production teams encounter, and which solutions ROE Visual can offer. I'm really looking forward to the event."

The ROE Visual team can be found in the Queen Charlotte room or at one of the many presentations. Broadcast TechFest is a free-to-attend event so register today to secure a place.

Register link: https://www.broadcasttechevents.co.uk/about/registration

24th November 2022

Elation Professional enjoys fantastic LDI 2022

Elation Professional enjoys fantastic LDI 2022

USA – Elation expected a busy LDI 2022 based on pre-show buzz and the show certainly didn’t disappoint. The Elation booth was crowded from the minute the show opened on Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center and lighting professionals continued to make their way to Booth #1142 to talk lighting and demo Elation, Obsidian and Magmatic products throughout the weekend. The Elation team was excited to be back at the show after a three-year hiatus.

“We had a fantastic show,” enthused Elation director of sales and marketing, Eric Loader. “We expected a lot of contact and interest from customers leading up to the show so the crowded booth didn’t surprise us in the least. It was great to see so many faces again, both our faithful partners and customers but also the many new faces and contacts we made. The attention on our new products was great and based on the quality leads generated it gives us a lot of opportunities to continue our growth.”

A steady stream of quality customers showed particular interest in the new Proteus Rayzor Blade, a combination wash, high-intensity strobe line and SparkLED FX inside a compact IP65 linear fixture design, as well as the new Fuze Wash 500, a full-spectrum LED Fresnel moving head. The new KL Profile FC ellipsoidal framing fixture also proved especially popular.

Several other new fixtures in the Proteus, Fuze and KL lines were also on display including the 75,000-lumen Proteus Brutus LED wash effects moving head, the Proteus Rayzor 1960 LED wash effects luminaire, the Fuze MAX Spot/Profile LED moving heads and the KL Panel XL, a bigger, brighter and bolder version of the popular KL Panel LED soft light.

Obsidian Control Systems’ portable and scaleable NX1 lighting console continued to draw the attention of lighting control professionals with one lucky grand prize draw winner walking away with a brand new NX1 on the last day of the show! Obsidian also gave away a NETRON EP4 EtherDMX node each day. NETRON is quickly becoming the new standard in data distribution with strong growth and outstanding feedback from the installation, live event and film market since its introduction nearly three years ago.

www.elationlighting.com

23rd November 2022

Elation

BikeFest Spain gears up for ISE 2023

BikeFest Spain gears up for ISE 2023

Spain – BikeFest, the fundraising cycle event, will return to Spain for a second year from 27-29 January 2023, cycling up to 400km towards ISE in Barcelona. By doing so, the BikeFest team will raise money for industry charity Backup Tech and create lasting friendships across the live events and AV industries.

Organised by PLASA, #WeMakeEvents and AFIAL, the growing BikeFest team is seeking new members to join them for the upcoming ride, as well as sponsors who are interested in aligning with important industry values. Furthermore, those who wish to support the event from afar can donate or buy branded merchandise.

The three-day route will begin in Valencia and travel along the stunning Mediterranean coast via Peñiscola and Tarragona toward Barcelona. Once at ISE, the BikeFest team will be invited to a drinks reception and presented with their medals, where they can celebrate their achievement and network with like-minded industry peers.

People can sign up for the full 400km route or join in for the last leg on day three which is a more manageable 95km. As part of the entry fee, team members will receive meals and accommodation. Plus, a support vehicle will on hand throughout the route and specialist bikes are available for hire.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available for those companies who want to align their brand to the cause. With additional team members and sponsors, the BikeFest team hope to exceed what they raised last year. Once the basic event costs are covered, Backup will use these vital funds to help industry professionals who are in need due to ill health or financial hardship.

Nicky Greet, membership, skills and technical director for PLASA and member of the #WeMakeEvents steering group, says: “BikeFest has become a fantastic annual event, bringing together people from across the industry. Not only are we raising money for a very worthy cause, we are having a great time whilst doing it. If you’re interested but overwhelmed by the three-day challenge, you can join in for just one day, making BikeFest much more accessible for all abilities. Whichever option you choose, I look forward to seeing you on the road!”

Juan Jose Vila, CMO and COO of Equipson and leader of #WeMakeEvents Spain, adds: “Last year’s BikeFest Spain was a triumph. And we welcomed new team members, some of whom had very little cycling experience, demonstrating our inclusive values. And by finishing at ISE Barcelona, BikeFest is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of our industry. It’s an amazing journey, so if you’re up for the challenge, I invite you to join us in January!”

Sign up for BikeFest: https://www.bikefest2023.com  

Make a donation: https://we-make-events.raisely.com/t/bikefestspain2023

Sponsor BikeFest: View the brochure here

23rd November 2022