Hillsong Conference 2010

Posted on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010


The Hillsong Conference champions the Cause of the local church, and offers topics for all ages, and interests; including pastors youth and children’s ministries, worship, community action, musicians, TV, Media and more. Hillsong Conference is all about inspiring dreams, impacting lives, and empowering the cause of Christ both locally and globally.

The first ever conference was held in 1986, just three years after Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston started the church, and attracted 150 delegates. In 2001 the conference moved to what is now the Acer Arena, and annually hosts over 25,000 delegates, across all denominations, from a variety of nations.

Technical Producer and Lighting designer for the 2010 Hillsong Conference was Ian Anderson who has lit many Hillsong productions over the years and, as usual, he used a large variety of Show Technology supplied gear. Ian Hendrick was the lighting director and operator for the Conference.

This year was the first time that the event was held in the round with the stage in a cross formation and Ian was so pleased with the result he firmly believes it will stay that way.

”It required a bit more thought with lighting for television but it wasn’t too difficult,” he said. “For audience wash, which is an important part of the event, we used thirty Martin MAC2000 Profiles and twenty-four MAC2000 Wash XB fixtures. On stage we used fourteen MACIII which were our Profile of choice because they’re big, bright and punchy so you don’t need a lot of them to get a big effect.”

Twelve MAC TW1 units hung from four front trusses were used to light the stage purely for the cameras.

LED lighting was important part of the stage and set lighting with forty Pro Shop Fusion Bars forming a ring around the stage edge whilst fifty-six Pulsar ChromaBanks filled the angles between the cross shape.

”The Fusion Bars are really good; bright and a nice looking LED fixture,” commented Ian.

Thirty-six Jarags were mounted on the bottom of the eight LED screens. As required, they were focused either towards the audience or onto the stage. “They gave a nice warm and different edge between the screens and the lower lighting trusses,” commented Ian.

An MA Lighting grandMA functioned perfectly – as they always do remarked Ian – although there was another for back up.

“We were pleased with how it all went together – lighting and vision,” said Ian. “It worked really well being in the round as everyone feels they’re much closer to the stage. I think all the artists on stage embraced the fact that they had to work 360º and it came across really well.

Chameleon Touring Systems supplied the lighting equipment.