The acclaimed international conference by and for lighting professionals
Showlight 2013 was sponsored by:
Showlight is supported by:
- n collo'quium a conference ; a meeting for discussion ; a seminar: - pl collo'quia or collo'quiums.
- n show'light since 1981, the only international event organised specifically for lighting designers in the television, theatre, film, concert and architectural worlds.
Appearing every four years, Showlight has made a special place for itself in the entertainment lighting community. The three day colloquium gathers together many of the lighting industry's most famous names, including designers, manufacturers and suppliers, as well as full time lighting students - the next generation of the profession. The format of Showlight is comparable to that of a seminar or workshop, with an associated trade exhibition (as opposed to the more recurrent trade shows with associated seminars). This allows lighting practitioners to converse with others in the industry and to exchange views and experiences, as well as giving the opportunity to listen to some of the industry's most influential figures speaking about their work and ideas. The exhibition stands are closed during conference sessions and visits, enabling exhibitors to participate in these events.
Unique features of Showlight include:
- Every event is different – different venue, different speakers, different exhibitors
- Receptions, buffet lunch every day and unique format dinners are all included in the delegate fee
- One afternoon programme of visits to local places of interest which, depending on the location, may include theatres; breweries or distilleries; museums; art galleries
- All exhibitors enjoy the same standing, with limited and equal space in which to display a few products and accompanying literature - thereby placing importance on the dialogue, instead of on the equipment itself.
Previous venues have included the Barbican Complex in London (Showlight '81); the television studios of NOB in Hilversum (Showlight '89); the gloriously refurbished Flemish Opera House in Ghent (Showlight '97); the magnificent Prinzregententheater in Munich (2005); and BBC Scotland's new state of the art headquarters in Glasgow (2009).
"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