If you are interested in the creative use of lighting, whether you're a student or already working in the lighting industry, then Showlight is one event you won't regret taking the time out to attend.
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Showlight 2013 scaled new heights
Under the chairmanship of Ian Dow, Showlight 2013 scaled new heights, both literally and metaphorically. Obviously determined to keep the 390 attendees in the peak of health, the committee had chosen a venue that ensured a good 10 minute uphill walk every morning to the Castle at Cesky Krumlov. But the three day event was, without a doubt, worth every step.
An extraordinary mix of fact and fantasy, the unknown future and the archives of the past, Showlight 2013 ensured that everyone learnt something new.
The speakers were, as ever, fascinating: we learnt about the things that went wrong at London 2012 - but thankfully only during rehearsals; we were given a lesson in real re-cycling and re-usage of TV studio sets and equipment; we explored the future of LED lamps, and although we didn't solve any problems, perhaps this is the beginning of a better dialogue amongst manufacturers, and the setting of higher standards.
We went on journeys of discovery; we slid down water slides in the UAE; we gazed at the stars in the Atacama Desert; we agonised over the design process behind Spider-man Turn off the Dark; we had a philosophical discussion about whether, when it comes to lighting, the audience in the theatre is more or less important than the audience watching the same live production in a cinema?
We went round in circles at the Open Air Theatre in the Castle's gardens and, after the Conference Dinner, we were awestruck by 3,000 candles, which prompted this overheard remark: "I could spend a million bucks on little twinkly things and never achieve this"; we oohed and aahed over a wondrous display of Baroque fireworks.
In short, Showlight 2013 taught us that we never stop learning.
We owe a huge Thank You to Robe: without their support and determination, this event would never have been the success it was. We thank all our sponsors, including Clay Paky, Martin and White Light and the team at PLASA for their unending support, and of course our exhibitors. Without them, Showlight could not take place.
Showlight 2017 - where next?
"We are very happy and privileged to have been part of Showlight 2013. It is a real forum for discussion and ideas in our industry, and we were so happy to be able to represent our country in this way." Josef Valchář, CEO, Robe (main sponsor 2013)
"Showlight was a brilliant event, with a unique combination of speakers in a unique environment. But most important, you made it feel like a family gathering! I have participated in many events over the years and organized some myself, but I have never seen such a high quality event in all details that is organized so smoothly and relaxed." Chris Van Goethem, RITS School of Arts (delegate)
"As a 'Showlight Virgin' I was not sure what to expect, and to be perfectly honest spending most of my day traveling on planes and coaches was not something I was looking forward to, especially as it was my birthday. But the trip was well worth it! The location was great, the variety of the speakers spot on and the organisation was, I am sure, challenging but went extremely smoothly. Well done to you and your team." Adrian Searle, Stage Electrics (delegate)
"Buongiorno - a short email to personally congratulate you for having organized such a memorable event. It's been really nice to see so many friends from the industry in one place talking about lighting without the rush of a trade show. It's made with passion and attention to detail, well done." Fabiano Besio, Luci Della Ribalta (speaker)
"I hope you will continue bringing students to Showlight, as I felt it was important for me as a student to be there to build a network and learn from the people in the business. I got acquainted with a lot of people who happily shared their experience. I have already set myself a goal to come to Showlight next time as a lighting designer." Dorthe Wiig Andersen, student