Event News

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.