LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) opened yesterday at the Javits Center in New York with the 26th edition of one of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference delivering the largest trade show floor in LFI history. Thousands of attendees from around the world filled LFI exhibit halls to explore and experience the future of lighting design solutions.
Several news event and training opportunities have been announced for the 2015 InfoComm Show, which will welcome 980 AV exhibitors and more than 37,000 attendees from 110-plus countries to Orlando, FL from June 13-19 at the Orange County Convention Center.
Opening Keynote: The Internet of Things
Tuesday, June 16 – 4-5:30 p.m.
Westbury National will be hosting its first Imagine Technology Showcase at the Carlu event space in College Park in Toronto on April 28, 2015 from 2-7 p.m. Westbury describes Imagine as an “opportunity to see, touch, and interact with the latest innovations in audio, audiovisual, and lighting technology, and network with professionals from the pro audio, audiovisual and event industries.”
Over 30 exhibitors have been confirmed so far, including Christie Digital, AMX, Panasonic, Creston, Meyer Sound, and Avolites. The event will feature technology exhibits, as well as demonstrations, seminars, and speakers. Admission is free.
Solotech’s board of directors has announced on behalf of all the company’s shareholders that Normand Legault will now be adding the responsibilities of chief executive officer (CEO) to his role of Chairman.
Solotech it is now switching into what it calls “amplified growth” mode with the aim of “increasing its momentum by becoming an industry consolidator in North America.”
Legault’s experience leading businesses, combined with the financial power of shareholders Claridge, Desjardins Entreprise-Capital Régional et Coopératif, Investissement Québec, and François Ménard, will permit Solotech to pursue its expansion via acquisitions while continuing to grow organically, according to the company.
How2Media, the producers of the television show “World’s Greatest!”, have recently selected Show Distribution to be a part of the popular television series.
“Ever wonder who stages all those spectacular shows, like Taylor Swift, or Celine Dion, or AC/DC; who puts up all that rigging night after night so that the lights are exactly right and the show goes as planned. We found them: Show Distribution, and we think their story will be very interesting, entertaining, and meaningful to our viewers” said Gordon Freeman, Executive Producer of the show.
ETC’s CUE (Create. Understand. Experience.) professional-development conference is to be held June 26–28, 2015 in Madison, WI. Organizers say it will have something for designers and programmers of all skill levels, whether they have years of experience in the most well-known venues, are just getting started in their careers, or consider lighting to be their hobby or side job. The conference is designed to be beneficial for professionals who work with all different kinds of lighting, including for theater, houses of worship, broadcast, dance, academic institutions, architecture, live events, and more.
Prolight + Sound has published full details of the conference program for 2015. With over 50 lectures within the framework of the Prolight + Sound Conference and Eventplaza Conference, speakers will communicate practical knowledge and discuss the latest technological developments, new areas of application, and legal parameters. The lectures will be held on the first three days of the fair, April 15-17, 2015. As usual, Prolight+Sound will be held in Frankfurt, Germany and will run concurrently with the Musikmesse trade fair.
The NAB Show will be returning to Las Vegas from April 11-16, 2015. It is the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management, and delivery of content across all platforms with more than 98,000 attendees from 150 countries and 1,600-plus exhibitors.
New attractions for 2015 will include Connected Media|IP, focusing on the consumer experience; the Drone Pavilion, featuring a fully enclosed “flying cage” for demonstrations; New Media Expo (NMX), hosting celebrity bloggers, podcasters, and digital content creators; SPROCKIT, where market-ready startups present their new ideas; StudioXperience, a live studio using the latest tools; and more.
Organizers describe the event as a huge success with positive vibes and a great overall atmosphere. CITT National Coordinator Monique Corbeil says the quality of the exhibitors and the visitors clearly demonstrates the need to produce and hold a trade show of that scale for the entertainment industry in Quebec. In addition to a sold-out exhibit floor showcasing pro audio, lighting, video, staging, and multimedia products and services, the event also featured seven educational sessions covering topics such as system networking, intercom over IP, training in production and stage techniques, and more.