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mondo*dr awards – submissions wanted

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

mondodrawards_logo_blackBrought to you by the team behind mondo*dr magazine – the international publication for technology in entertainment – the mondo*dr awards have been launched to recognise and celebrate the technical marvels that are created in today’s entertainment outlets.

Known for having a presence in every corner of the world, mondo*dr wants you to share this global platform and put your project in the spotlight. Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor, installer, lighting designer, architect, acoustician, consultant or venue operator, as long as you work within the realms of fixed installations in the entertainment world… we want you to get involved!

All the projects submitted will be uploaded to the website so that, over time, the mondo*dr awards website will become a comprehensive resource for fixed installations that can be used by all walks of industry life as inspiration.

We’ve split the awards into five easy venue categories, which span across four geographical territories and it’s quick and simple to put your entry forward. The winners will be selected by an independent judging panel and will be presented with their awards at a celebration event during Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt 2017.

There is no other award ceremony in the industry purely focussed on congratulating the work that goes into putting such prestigious projects together, so join us and be part of this landmark occasion. Help us to celebrate the passion that drives the industry from within.

Who can enter?
Anyone can enter an award, but wherever possible we strongly recommend that the specifier, installer, or venue operator compile the entry. Manufacturers submitting an entry are advised to credit any other manufacturers involved as well as the design and installation teams.

Which projects are eligible?
For a project to be eligible for the mondo*dr awards it must have been completed after 1 September 2015 and before 31 October 2016.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for project entries 31 December 2016.

Entry requirements
A 350-word project description
Up to five images – jpegs no bigger than 5MB
A video link (optional)
*No extra written material or PDFs will be accepted

What is the cost to enter?
To enter a project is £100 + VAT and discounts are available for multiple entries.

For further information go to http://mondodrawards.com/


Introduction to MA dot 2, Melbourne

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

d1-6105-sho-product-training-ma-dot2-training_edmThis one day dot 2 hands on training course is perfect for beginners and operators with some experience on other moving light consoles.

The course will cover the following:

–          Hardware
–          Console Layout and Connections
–          Controlling Fixtures
–          Groups & Presets
–          Storing Cues, Cue lists, Chases & Effects
–          Backups & Networking
–          Customizing Your Show
–          Editing Your Show
–          Live Operation

All equipment, lunch and refreshments are provided.

Wednesday September 21st.

Cost: Free to attend with $50 covercharge for those who fail to attend. ( terms and conditions apply )

For more information please email training@showtech.com.au


Lexair present Basic Level HOG 4 Training around Australia

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016

hogOur programming introduction course covers the powerful HOG Control Software (now in v3.5.0), which is used in the HOG 4, Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, Hedgehog 4 and Hog 4PC.

Attendees will learn a hands-on approach, using the industry standard HOG 4 operating software, connected to a visualiser.  There will be no more than 2 people to each console. The class will cover:

  • console layout
  • patching
  • show file organisation programming
  • timing
  • palettes
  • cues
  • directories
  • pages
  • scenes
  • saving show files
  • and much more…

The course is fast-paced and requires that attendees meet our prerequisites.  A working knowledge of modern entertainment lighting terminology and familiarity with DMX control systems is essential prior to attending.

Places are limited in order to give all attendees hands on time with the consoles, so pre booking and confirmation are essential. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Click below for further details:




EOI open for VIVID Light 2017

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016

vivid17Submit your proposal now to be part of Vivid Sydney 2017. Submissions close Friday 21 October 2016!

Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails and other city icons.

It positions Sydney as the creative hub of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and
delivers both innovative live entertainment and creative inspiration on a grand scale. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. It is a summit, forum and playground for the creative industries — a time to celebrate, collaborate, experiment, conduct business and exchange ideas.

Vivid Light brings together artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces for 23 nights through their creative vision.

Industry leaders, creative companies, artists and students collaborate to provide ground- breaking, sustainable light creations around the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, the Central Business District and other creative precincts.

More than 2.31 million people attended Vivid Sydney 2016, making it Australia’s largest festival event, and the largest event of its kind in the world.

The Vivid Light Expression of Interest is now open. Click here for more information on the opportunities for artists, designers, creative industry practitioners, equipment suppliers, business and educational institutions to participate in Vivid Light 2017.


Perth MA Lighting console training

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016

14241534_1409539139060807_7340566280054178872_oShow Technology is again offering MA Lighting console training for perspective console operators.

MA Lighting consoles continue to be the preferred console of many operators and programmers from all of the main entertainment segments, Theatre, Concert, Corporate and stages of all types and sizes.

Training will be conducted in line with the MA Training University, on MA 2 series consoles. No more than two operators per console – guaranteed.

Of course there are only very limited places available, so be quick to reserve your place now.

Details: 2 days, lunch, coffee & tea provided along with a certificate on successful completion of the course. Cost $345ex GST

Address: 18 Milly Court Malaga WA 6090

Date: Wednesday 5th October and Thursday 6th October. 9am-5pm

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/introduction-into-grandma2-perth-tickets-26959667090

For more information email: training@showtech.com.au


ALIA Tour to Madonna, Brisbane

Posted on Sunday, March 13th, 2016

madonna3Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour is currently touring the country with an amazing lighting design by Al Gurdon.

The rig includes Clay Paky Mythos, Clay Paky Sharpy Wash, Clay Paky Stormy Strobes, GLP impression X4, GLP Impression X4 Bar 10, GLP Impression X4 Bar 20, PRG Best Boy HPs, PRG GroundControl remote followspot systems, PRG Bad Boy HP followspots, PRG Nocturne/Saco video processing system, PRG 676 Lighting consoles, Vari-Lite VL1000 AS, Ayrton MagicPanel-R, TMB Solaris Flares, DF-50 hazers, VR-7 7mm LED walls, Hippotizer V3 media server.

madonna5Lighting director Joshua Hutchings has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig this Thursday in Brisbane.

Meeting Place: Brisbane Entertainment Centre
When: Thursday March 17th
Time: Midday

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


ULA represents Robe on the Entech Roadshow

Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016

0076450D63ULA Group represented Robe on the recent 2016 Entech Roadshow in Australia which visited five major cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth reaching out to a wide cross section of industry professionals from all sectors.

The one-day format of the show – with all exhibitors having the same stand space and freight allocation in the trucks – once again proved a great success. Every city’s event was packed with visitors from start to finish and a series of seminars and presentations ran alongside the show floor action.

Featured Robe products included the new BMFL WashBeam, the popular Pointe, the new LED ColorStrobe and the retro PATT 2013. Aimed at theatre applications the new DL7S Profile, the DL4 range of LED luminaires and PARFect LED PARs took centre stage.

The small size and light weight of all of these fixtures enabled ULA’s sales team to maximise their truck space and have more fixtures to show on the stand.

The BMFL WashBeam was also involved in a shootout at each location to determine the brightest moving light on the market right now. It completely easily blew everything else off with its incredible 300,000 Lux at 5 metres!

Bringing the technology to each city makes it a lot easier for people to attend, and the one-day format means they can focus their time and also utilise it efficiently and constructively.

ULA Group saw people from the worlds of theatre, concert touring, corporate and commercial, television and architectural; a lively assortment of visitors included production and rental companies, LDs and operators plus other end users, venue owners and managers, a host of technicians as well as students and aspiring young individuals.

ULA’s MD Con Biviano commented, “We enjoyed a fantastic show, it was great as always to catch up with our industry partners and meet new clients. All the products were well received and we expect to complete several deals as a result, as well as having plenty of new inquiries to follow up.”

In July, the Entech Roadshow will visit New Zealand for the first time, where it is hoping to repeat the buzz and excitement with events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.



ALIA 2016 White Night Melbourne Preview Tour

Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016

flinders2This is a chance to have a preview of some of the 70 odd activations as part of White Night Melbourne. It will include discussions with some of the artists and a technical overview of the logistics of such an event. Andrew Walsh, the events Creative Director and Executive Producer has agreed to make himself available to talk to the group

Meeting Place: Museum Victoria Plaza (between Royal Exhibition Buildings and Museum)
When: Friday February 19th
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.



Introduction to MA Lighting grandMA2

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016

https _img.evbuc.com_https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F18424082%2F150032767873%2F1%2Foriginal.jpg rect=29%2C0%2C476%2C238&s=5039d8738688606cedd2e33f3603ebbeThis 2 day hands on training course is perfect for technicians and programmers new to MA2 but with some experience on other moving light consoles.

Working with no more than 2 people per console we will cover topics like:

  • Console Set up
  • Fixture control
  • Using presets
  • Programming cues
  • Working with Effects
  • MA Network
  • Version 3.2 software revision

All equipment, lunch and refreshments are provided.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 at 9:00 AM – Wednesday, 23 March 2016 at 4:00 PM (AEDT)
Show Technology Headquarters, Silverwater, Sydney, NSW
Book here

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 at 9:00 AM – Thursday, 31 March 2016 at 4:00 PM (AEDT)
Show Technology, Port Melbourne, NSW.
Book here


Training for EOS family consoles

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016

ETC_Event_Header_v6_genericETC Eos has carved its niche as the benchmark theatrical console in Australia and there has never been a better time to improve your skills. Jands are offering a one day intermediate – advanced training course that will take you through the console from a programmers viewpoint providing a more in-depth look at operation and working with multi-parameter devices on an Eos family console. We will have Ion, Gio and Eos consoles in the room to accommodate all flavours of Eos.

Course Structure:

– Patch moving lights and multi parameter devices and edit attributes
– Work with non intensity parameters
– Record and recall palettes/presets
– Use Direct Selects
– Use discrete timing
– Use Mark/Auto-mark Functions
– Understand Update
– Networking your console
– Relative and Absolute effects – Effects Concepts
– Media Server Programming
– Magic Sheets

Eddie Welsh – Jands Lighting Applications Engineer

Thursday, 10th March 2016
9:00am to 4:30pm
(Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea is provided)

Building C, Training Room (upstairs)
40 Kent Road
Mascot, NSW 2020

Free of charge

Free of charge


Jands Vista v2 Training

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Jands Vista v2 Training WebNo matter if you are new to the exciting Jands Vista lighting and media control range, or an existing user, the latest Vista v2 software will enable you to get the most from whatever mix of technology you have available, whether dimmers, moving lights, LEDs or media.

Jands are running training for the Vista v2 software; the training session will cover a large spectrum of the new Vista v2 software and is geared to all levels and types of users – including designers, programmers, operators – no matter what your background or knowledge level, specifically focusing on the Vista visual interface, the timeline and media server integration. The course will be hands on, with every student having their own console surface and visualiser to see their creations unfold.

Course Structure:
The course is broken up into 8 modules:

  1. Patching
  2. Fixture Chooser
  3. Controlling Fixtures
  4. Presets
  5. Cuelist
  6. Timeline
  7. Media Server Integration
  8. SmartFx

Eddie Welsh – Jands Lighting Applications Engineer

Wednesday, 9th March 2016
9:00am to 4:30pm
(Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided)

Building C, Training Room (upstairs)
40 Kent Road
Mascot, NSW 2020

Free parking is available onsite

Free of charge

Laptop for each student, with the following:

  • Windows 7, Vista or XP Professional with Service Pack 3, either 32 or 64bit edition.
  • Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion *Hardware must support the 64-bit kernel
  • Intel® processor i3 (i5 or better recommended)
  • 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 4GB of available hard disk space

Spaces are limited, we recommend that you register now to ensure your place!

Register here


Showlight 2017 – Call for Papers

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

00F971BACFShowlight (Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017) is now inviting lighting designers and directors, associates, programmers, scenographers, equipment manufacturers and others to submit their ideas for conference papers for the 2017 programme. Now is your chance to be part of this prestigious event!

The Showlight Quadrennial is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the performance, television, film, architectural and event worlds. Held every four years, Showlight 2017 takes place in Florence and celebrates the 10th presentation of this eagerly-awaited lighting colloquium.

Showlight has made a special name for itself by bringing together many of the most famous names in lighting. Delegates are given the opportunity to be part of the larger international lighting community, as those with established careers and reputations mingle with those just starting out in the industry. Thanks to a comprehensive papers programme, a rather unusual trade show and an informative and entertaining social programme – the highlight of which is a full Conference Dinner – Showlight is a unique opportunity to mix with others in the lighting industry.

Clay Paky will be the main sponsor for Showlight 2017 which takes place at the historic Palazzo dei Congressi in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, and promises to be another unique chapter in the history of the Quadrennial. The Palazzo has a large seated conference hall surrounded by an exhibition area where up to 40 exhibitors will be located. Delegates will have plenty of time to visit the stands, and exhibitors to attend the presentation of papers. A full programme of visits to major and unusual cultural places is offered on the Monday afternoon.

Call for Papers

A major part of the event is the conference programme and Showlight takes pride in attracting a wide range of speakers on a broad range of subjects: from major international lighting events to innovative use of lighting in the village hall; from state of the art research to borrowing ideas from other lighting genres; from Broadway award winners to student practitioners.

Showlight is now calling all lighting designers and directors, associates, programmers, scenographers, equipment manufacturers and others to put forward their ideas for conference papers for the 2017 programme.

Sessions should be 20 minutes in length to leave time for discussion and to enable more topics to be covered.

Seven main topics have been chosen for broad interpretation, although other categories may be explored .



• ‘I TRIED THIS AND IT DIDN’T WORK’ – this could prove the most useful paper presented!

• LIGHT SOURCES – new sources, unusual sources, sources of last resort

• IT’S MY DESIGN – and I’ll cry – or cheer – if I want to!

• SPECIAL EFFECTS – how special, how effective?

• THE FUTURE AND THE PAST – techniques forgotten that could help us in the future

Speakers at Showlight benefit from free registration which covers everything, including access to all the seminar presentations, the trade show, full participation in the visits programme, food and drink throughout the day and a place at the main Conference Dinner on Monday evening. Showlight is pleased to offer a contribution towards the Speakers’ travelling expenses.

To be considered as a speaker for Showlight 2017, please email the following details to the Papers Committee at papers@showlight.org – Your name, contact details, a very brief summary of your professional background and a short outline that gives the flavour of your proposed Paper. Alternatively complete the online form at: www.showlight.org/papers.


ALIA Tour to Cold Chisel Sydney

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015

ccCold Chisel are back on the road with their One Night Stand Tour with lighting designed by Jeff Pavey.

Jeff’s rig includes several rectangular pods all with Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures down the middle surrounded by either Martin Professional MAC Auras or MAC101’s. Also in the rig are Sharpy Wash, VL3500, Studio Due CS4 and ShowPro EX36 outdoor LED floods. For control Jeff uses a High End Hog.

Jeff has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of his lighting …… the last tour at this classic venue.

Where: Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
When: Thursday December 17th
Time: 3pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


ALIA Tour to Ed Sheeran Melbourne

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The fa12314516_1202961466385243_392195087114245891_obulous Ed Sheeran is currently doing a stadium tour of the country with his amazing one man show. Lighting design is by Mark Cunniffe with the talented Matt Jones looking after the lighting on the road. Matt, along with head of video Phil Mead, has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig on Sunday December 6th at 4pm.

Main system provided by Neg Earth. Additional extras for the Australian and New Zealand leg provided by Chameleon.

Lighting Equipment
83 x Clay Paky Sharpy Washes
48 x Clay Paky Mythos
38 x Clay Paky Stormys
Grand MA2 F11059602_1029198677101552_6421929160056103044_oull Size and Light and NPU’s
Luminex Networking, data distribution and Artnet nodes
Lancelot 4K Follow Spots
d3 Media system

Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
When: Sunday December 6th
Time: 4pm

Numbers are strictly limited to 10.

If you would 12265967_1029198477101572_1815163425443535886_olike to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.

Photos: Ralph Larmann


Update: Voting for the Next ALIA President

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015


Update: 7pm Monday November 30th.

Rohan Thornton has been elected President of ALIA for 2015 – 2016

There are two candidates running for the office of ALIA President for 2015 -2016:

Rohan Thornton  Rohan Thornton

Rohan started his career as a Trainee Lighting Technician at Channel 9 and has and is still actively working in all facets of the Entertainment Industry both in Australia and Overseas. Throughout his career, he has had a lead involvement in some of the biggest events to take place in this country and is always pushing the boundaries of Technology in out Industry.
His vision for ALIA is to make it a true representative organisation for all, both professional and amateur who have the passion for Lighting and associated fields.

170dbba   Cat Strom

Cat Strom is the founder of ALIA and has worked in entertainment technology for over 30 years.

As President I wish to strengthen ALIA’s presence in the lighting industry, attract new and younger members and ensure we meet our members’ expectations.
I also wish to ensure the Committee stay on track with their commitments.


Voting is only open to ALIA members.

An ALIA member is someone who holds a current financial subscription to the Association, or who has been nominated in writing by a company or organisation that holds a current financial subscription to ALIA.

To cast your vote for the next ALIA president, please download the PDF Ballot Paper from the ALIA web site and return the completed form to the Returning Officer Tim Hall at ResolutionX before 16:30 Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, November 30th.


Joining in at ALIA’s first Virtual AGM

Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


The ALIA Annual General Meeting is your chance to get involved with the direction and the future activities of ALIA; and this time you don’t even have to leave your office, control room, lounge or underground bunker to attend. (A prize will be awarded to the ALIA member attending from the most exotic location.)

Anybody with a web-connected device can join in at ALIA’s first ever Virtual AGM on Google Hangouts by clicking on the link below at 18:00 Eastern Daylight time next Monday, November 30th.
[That’s 15:00 in WA, 17:30 in SA, 16:30 in NT and 17:00 in Qld]

Link to:  ALIA’s Virtual AGM

Full details of the AGM.


ALIA Annual General Meeting – November 30th

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

ALIA is holding its first ever on- line AGM on November 30th.
It’s long been an ALIA tradition to hold our AGM at the end of the first day of the Entech Show, however with Entech being cancelled this year we unfortunately missed out on that opportunity.

As there are unlikely to be any other national gatherings of lighting people this year, ALIA has decided to hold our AGM on-line, most likely using Google Hangouts (we’re still evaluating conferencing apps).

The AGM provides an opportunity for the lighting industry to find out more about what ALIA has been up to and also gives members a chance to become involved with the running of the association by nominating for positions on the ALIA committee, our governing body.

Full details of the meeting and how to nominate for membership of the ALIA committee can be found on the AGM Page.



ALIA Tour to Fleetwood Mac, Brisbane

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

fmThe On With The Show Tour marks Fleetwood Mac’s first series of concert dates in Australia and New Zealand since 2009’s sold-out Unleashed Tour. Designed by Paul ‘Arlo’ Guthrie, the lighting is taken care of by Chris Lose who has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig in Brisbane next week.

You can read more on the lighting of this show at http://www.plsn.com/current-issue/49-features/15198-fleetwood-mac-the-full-on-mac-is-back.html

Lighting Equipment
30 PRG Best Boy 4000 Spot
3 PRG Best Boy followspot conversion
17 VL 3500 Wash
36 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330
48 GLP Impression X4
18 GLP Volkslichts (SP?)
12 Clay Paky B-eye K-20
36 Generic 4- Lite Mole strip – 1 Vertical Mount
3 PRG Mbox Extreme
3 Tait Towers Set LED
2 MA Lighting GrandMA 2 Console SW
2 GrandMA 2 NPU’s
1 Apple Mac Mini, (Mbox remote)
7 Lycian 3k FOH followspots
6x Pathway Via 12 fiber ethernet switches
1 48-way Avolites ART 2000 dimmer rack

Where: Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
When: Thursday November 12th
Time: 3pm (note you MUST arrive by 2.30pm to clear security)

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au

Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


ALIA Tour to Robbie Williams, Melbourne

Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015

Robbie Williams is currently touring Australia armed with his biggest hits, a glittering collection of fan favourites and a handful of unique covers. The aptly-named Let Me Entertain You Tour 2015 boasts a set-list perfected over a career spanning two decades at the very pinnacle of pop and includes the likes of Angels, Rock DJ, Better Man and Bodies. Coupled with his characteristic showmanship, infectious charisma and the wicked wit for which he is renowned worldwide, Robbie Williams is a born entertainer and a consummate showman.

Overall design is by Willie Williams, set design by Ric Lipson and lighting design by Mark Cunniffe with the talented Jonathan Rouse looking after the lighting on the road. Jonathan has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig on Saturday October 24th at 2pm. And it’s quite possible that there will be a tour of the laser system too!

Lighting Equipment: 60x Clay Paky Mythos, 61x Clay Paky Sharpy Wash, 22x Martin Mac Quantum Wash, 4x VL3500 Spot, 43x Clay Paky Stormy CC, 282x Martin Tripix 300, 86x Martin Tripx  1200, Control: 2x grandMA Fullsize

Laser Equipment: 15x GLP RGB Burst 3w, 16x ER RGB Beam Burst 3w, 5x Excellent 21w RGBB, 4x Arc-Regus RGB 8w, Control: 1x RoadHog 4, 1and Pangolin Systems

Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
When: Saturday October 24th
Time: 2pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


Vivid Light 2016 Expressions of Interest close in one week

Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Vivid Sydney invites you to join us in transforming Sydney into a colourful canvas of light in 2016. Expressions of Interest close on 23 September 2015, that’s only one week away.

There’s just one week to go! Vivid Sydney is inviting creative industry professionals and aspiring practitioners from Australia and around the world to put forward their best and brightest creative concepts for Vivid Light, a core component of Vivid Sydney which includes spectacular Light Walk installations and iconic building projections.

It’s your chance to be part of this annual spectacular, when lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world will illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces for the 18 nights during Vivid Sydney through their creative vision.
Industry leaders, creative companies, artists and students collaborate to provide ground-breaking, sustainable and interactive light creations around The Rocks, Circular Quay, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, the CBD and surrounds, giving clients, customers, artists, practitioners and the general public a unique opportunity to see your creation.

SUBMISSIONS WILL CLOSE IN ONE WEEK for the supply of design, lighting equipment, laser equipment and projection equipment for Sydney’s iconic landmarks, CBD buildings, heritage facades and the design and manufacture of lighting sculptures and installations.

To apply, please review the expression of information pack, and complete the application form.


MA2 Training Sydney and Melbourne

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Show Technology is excited to be offering a 2 day MA2 Training Course in Melbourne and Sydney. Training will be conducted in line with the MA University with no more than 2 operators per console. This course will be perfect for technicians and programmers new to MA2 but with some experience on other moving light consoles.

Melbourne: October 7th & 8th at the Show Technology Melbourne Office
Sydney: October 14th & 15th at the Show Technology Sydney Office

To register follow these links:
Melbourne https://MAMelbourne.eventbrite.com.au
Sydney https://MASydney.eventbrite.com.au

Places are limited and always sell fast so be quick to reserve your place.

For more information email training@showtech.com.au


ALIA Tour to Vivid Light Walk

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Join Sarah Robertson, Production Manager from AGB Events, and Anthony Bastic, Curator of the Light Walk, for a guided tour of some of the Vivid Light Walk. Why only some? Well the entire Light Walk takes about three hours!

AGB Events curates and produces the Vivid Light Walk and has been involved since the festivals inception in 2009. The principal of AGB Events, Anthony Bastic is the Festival Director of Vivid Light. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration AGB Events is proud to be involved with this innovative festival of light, music and ideas, now in it’s sixth year. Regularly shattering attendance records, Vivid Sydney is internationally recognized and brings the work of renowned and emerging artists together for 18 nights every year. Vivid Sydney is produced on behalf of Destination NSW.

We will walk from the Opera House to Campbells Cove and will take in the following installations:

•    Splendens
•    Heart of the City
•    Rhizome Prism
•    Exposed
•    Move Over Damien
•    Cloud
•    Water’s Edge
•    Wave Chandelier
•    Space Folding
•    Swing Glow
•    BeatDice
•    Affinity
•    Duck Duck Goose
•    Mechanised Colour Assemblage (MCA Projection)
•    Entitle
•    Our House
•    InterPLAY (Cadmans Cottage Projection)
•    Ayla
•    Geometric Eye
•    Dolly
•    Lux Forma

For further information on each project go to http://www.vividsydney.com/search/events/type/light

Date: Monday May 25th
Time: 7pm

Afterwards we may go for a drink or six.

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


SPARC 2015 announces further stellar speaker line up

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Tipped as Australia’s premier lighting event, the organisers of SPARC 2015 have just released information about additional speaker events in what is already a stellar line up of international and national talent.

Wednesday 27th May, 7.00pm, SPARC is presenting the Asia-Pacific Lighting Systems Workshop. This two hour event covering seven discussions, will bring the minds of many leading scientists in the Asia-Pacific region to present on Lighting Measurements, Standards and Regulations, Lighting Controls and Innovative Applications to reduce Energy Consumption.

Speakers such as Ian Cowling, Adrian Cupitt, Amir Moayedzadeh and Rod Hewins will discuss the question; ‘Can you believe your light-meter?’

Whilst Dorukalp Durmus and Wendy Davis will examine; ‘Colour Difference and Energy Consumption of Absorption-minimising Spectral Power Distributions’, just two out of the seven discussions proposed.

Thursday 28th May, 7.00pm, Based on the global sensation going viral, and back after popular demand at SPARC Design, SPARC International Lighting will host its first PechuKucha evening, a fast-flowing night of hand-picked lighting experts and architects presenting 20 slides in quick succession.

Each presenter will share their insights and designs on 20 slides over six minutes with each slide advancing after 20 seconds. Entry to this event is included in ‘Display ticket’.

Friday 29th May 1.00pm – 2.00pm
, Wrapping up the three-day event, a unique opportunity exists to listen and be involved at the Speaker Panel Session. The session will be hosted by inventor and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce who co-invented VRML – a 3D interface to the web, has written six books, was a judge on ABC’s The New Inventors for seven years and regularly comments on the intersection of technology and society for JJJ Hack, The Project and ABC Radio.

Mr Pesce will open the floor before turning the table to the featured SPARC speakers for an audience Q&A-style session.

SPARC speakers have been invited back on stage for this highly sought after Q&A session and will answer audience questions on all-topics lighting. It is the ideal opportunity for anyone who has questions for a speaker, or who missed any of the speakers throughout the event to hear from those specific speakers before SPARC concludes.

SPARC offers architects, designers and lighting specialists an opportunity to hear and learn the latest research, insights and product knowledge that the international lighting community has to offer.

Held at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island, from 27-29 May 2015, SPARC promises to educate and inspire with its impressive line-up of internationally renowned lighting specialities.
For a full list of additional topics included in the workshop, please visit the SPARC site.

Tickets for SPARC 2015: exhibition, seminar or Gala dinner, are now on sale. Visit: www.sparcevent.com.au. For more information on SPARC 2015 contact organiser@sparcevent.org


ALIA Tour to The Eagles, Melbourne

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015

Renowned for their hit laden sell-out concerts, the Eagles are about to start their critically acclaimed ‘History of the Eagles’ World Tour in Australia.

Butch Allen, in collaboration with Patrick Woodroffe (Lighting Designer) and the band, designed the set and show.

Lighting Director is the infamous Dave Hill who has kindly agreed to conduct an ALIA tour of the show in Melbourne. The lighting rig consisting of VL3500 Washes, VL3000 Spots, Clay Paky Sharpy Washes, Clay Paky Sharpy Beams, Clay Paky Alpha Wash 700 and Mac Auras – all controlled by a grandMA2.

Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
When: Tuesday February 24th
Time: 1pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to mailto:tours@alia.com.au Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.


LIGHTFAIR International 2015 Keynotes and Impact Speakers Announced

Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015

The unique combination of innovation, science, and design covered by the keynote and impact speakers at LIGHTFAIR International 2015 creates an unparalleled educational and inspirational experience. The speakers are a part of the world’s largest annual lighting-related conference which features 140 top presenters during its five-day program May 3 – 7 in New York’s Javits Center (pre-conference Lightfair Institute: May 3 – 4; trade show and conference: May 5 – 7).

Shuji Nakamura, PhD is a 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and will present “The History of LED Technology to the Nobel Prize to Today’s GaN” during the Pre-Conference Institute Keynote Luncheon on May 3. This address will cover the history of LED technology from his early work which led to the Nobel Prize to today’s GaN which will lead to the next wave of solid state lighting. Dr. Nakamura is a professor at University of California Santa Barbara and co-founder of SORAA Inc.

Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak as the Institute keynote on May 4 about his pioneering work in “Transformable Design” with projects that range from public art to kinetic facades to dynamic sets for live entertainment. His presentation will show how he realizes large-scale transformable structures, and takes his inventive concepts through the stages of engineering, manufacturing, and installation. Providing an overview of his methods to create objects that controllably change their size, shape, and surface, Hoberman will share his insights into the process of innovation itself. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting. Hoberman is the president and founder of Hoberman Associates in New York. This keynote luncheon is sponsored by Cooper Lighting by Eaton, booth 1157.

As part of the new series “Legends of Lighting,” lighting designer Howard Brandston will be featured as an impact speaker at LFI and interviewed by Chip Israel, founder of Lighting Design Alliance, for an engaging conversation on Brandston’s work and past projects on May 5. Brandston is the founding partner of the Brandston Partnership, a lighting design consulting firm based in New York. He is a past president of the IES and has received over 100 design awards, including the IES Medal, the Institute Honors from the AIA for his contributions to architecture, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IALD, and the United States Institute of Theater Technology Distinguished Achievement in Lighting Award. Brandston has also been an adjunct professor, guest lecturer or visiting professor for over 50 years.

Mark Rea, PhD will outline that great strides have been made to reduce the cost of lighting for general illumination; however, little progress has been made to increase the benefits that lighting provides to society in “Monetizing the Benefits of Lighting” as the Impact Speaker on May 6. Dr. Rea has served as director since the Lighting Research Center was established in 1988. Trained as a biophysicist and neuroscientist, with a PhD in biophysics, he is the author of more than 250 scientific and technical articles related to vision, lighting engineering and human factors, and was the editor-in-chief of the eighth and ninth editions of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Lighting Handbook.

Keynote luncheon presentations are included for all attendees registered for courses during the two Institute days that make up the LFI Pre-Conference program and must be selected during the pre-registration process. The impact speaker presentations are open to all attendees and exhibitors and will be held in the LFI Spotlight Lounge on Level 1 of the LFI exhibit hall area.

More information on keynote and impact speaker presentations can be found at http://www.lightfair.com/lightfair/V40/index.cvn?id=10375.

For Lightfair International 2015, the Pre-Conference program will take place from Sunday, May 3 – Monday, May 4, 2015 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run from Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 7, 2015.