The acclaimed international conference by and for lighting professionals
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- 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).
"As the MD of a small business, nearly five days out of my working week represents a big decision. The (2009) event was everything it promised and more. A chance to consider the experiences of those at the top of their field, some thought provoking presentations and a fantastic humorous balance."
David Amphlett, Gekko Technology
"Showlight is always the most refreshing and revitalising industry event. We met new friends, reaffirmed relationships and learned new approaches to old problems. MA Lighting will remain a firm fan and supporter of this unique event."
Philip Norfolk, MA Lighting (2009 Exhibitor)
"I've never been to such a diverse and interesting symposium about lighting. It was a true pleasure to listen to the experiences and ideas about light. I really enjoyed and was stimulated by the entire experience. I hope that I can join in again the next time."
Roberto Schaefer ASC (Speaker 2009)
"I first attended Showlight as a speaker in 2005 and was so impressed that I came back as a delegate, and I have not been disappointed. It's wonderful to be part of this unique event."
Ken Billington, Lighting Designer
"We felt very privileged to be involved as the main sponsor for Showlight 2009. Thank you for putting together such a fantastic inspiring show."
Jessica Allan, Martin Professional (Main sponsor and exhibitor 2009)
"A note to congratulate and thank the organisers for Showlight 2009. Well up to the standard of the previous events, thoroughly enjoyable both professionally and socially."
Philip L. Edwards, Royal Northern College of Music Delegate 2009
Showlight has always been highly regarded as one of the best networking