Canberra Festival 2012

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Celebrating its 99th Birthday, the Australian capital city Canberra enjoyed 17 days of great events across the whole ACT region. The Canberra Festival is held every year and reflects the city’s unique qualities through exhibitions, displays, sport, music, film, dance and theatre events.

Elite Sound & Lighting, one of Canberra and the ACT’s premier Audiovisual Production and Installation suppliers, was appointed to supply their gear for numerous of the events throughout the festival, including large amounts of Robe moving heads and VuePix LED Screens. Managing Director Darren Russell comments: “We are proud to be involved in these high profile events in Canberra”.

Ballet in the Park
The Ballet in the Park featured the best bits of favourite Australian ballets performed by the country’s leading dancers. The sumptuous divertissements from La Favorita, Giselle, The Nutcracker and Le Corsaire were performed alongside an emotionally charged Pas de Trios from Grame Murphy’s masterpiece – Swan Lake.

The Outdoor stage in the Commonwealth Park featured 24x Robin 600 LEDWashes and 8x Robin 600E Spots, which enhanced the scene with vivid saturated colors, creating a unique atmosphere for all performances. The lighting show was controlled from ChamSys MQ 100 Expert.

The Ballet in the Park was also a great opportunity to celebrate 50th birthday of the Australian Ballet.

Symphony in the park
Those loving Symphony had an opportunity to enjoy the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO), with elaborate performances conducted by Timothy Sexton under the stars in the park.

The stage for this event featured 3x VuePix L Series 10mm screens, which created the main visual background for the orchestra. The ArKaos Media Server was used for the content, controlled by a ChamSys Maxi Wing running on a Tablet PC. The entire Robe lighting rig consisted of 24x Robin 600 LEDWashes and 16x Robin 600E Spots, which were controlled by the ChamSys MQ 100.  LeMaitre MVS hazers were used to enhance the special lighting effects.

The CSO brought Hollywood to the park, performing a variety of hits from the world’s most popular movies. Joined by musical theatre favorites, Rachael Beck and Ian Stenlake, the CSO performed classics such as ‘Singing in the Rain’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Grease, Cabaret’, ‘Fame’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’

Celebrate in the Park
A big party celebrating Canberra’s birthday was held in the Commonwealth Park the following Monday. This family event hosted some of the Australia’s top talent and international guests, including Marvin Priest, Baby Animals, Short Stack and local talent.

The birthday party was based around the main stage utilizing the Robe lighting rig and VuePix LED screens from the night before. The VuePix screens were again used as the main visual component for media on stage, with the latest Robe technology creating full lighting shows throughout the whole event.

The huge program of entertainment, fun and games finished with a spectacular fireworks display lighting up Canberra’s sky.