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Rigging Industry in the UK Launch New Trailblazer Apprenticeships

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LONDON - David Cameron has announced the government approval of 59 group standards for ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeships, as part of its commitment to supporting three million new apprentices in the UK by 2020. Supported by key industry experts, this new initiative launches the first apprenticeship as a Live Events Rigger,  the development of which has been facilitated by NRAG (National Rigging Advisory Group).

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Q-99 Provides Robe Fixtures for Vivaldianno Project in Europe

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Q-99 Provides Robe Fixtures for Vivaldianno Project in Europe. Photo by Lukas Pelech.PRAGUE - The Vivaldianno Project – featuring classics played in a unique classical rock style – is a crossover musical concept evolved by Italian violinist Jaroslav Sveceny and Czech rock keyboardist Michal Dvorak. The latest touring version of the show played five large arenas in the Czech and Slovak Republics with a full Robe moving light rig supplied by rental company Q-99 from Slovakia.  Martin Hruska designed the lighting looks.

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AV Stumpfl Provides Robotic Visuals at Pioneers Festival

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AV Stumpfl Provides Robotic Visuals at Pioneers FestivalWALLERN, Austria - When experiential event production agency Media Apparat took on the technical aspects of Pioneers Festival in June 2015, the new multimedia control and display capabilities of AV Stumpfl Wings Engine Stage and Fullwhite screens were put to a real-world test.

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LD Giovanni Pinna Discusses Lighting Vasco Rossi with Clay Paky Fixtures

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LD Giovanni Pinna Discusses Lighting Vasco Rossi with Clay Paky FixturesBERGAMO, Italy – Clay Paky relayed comments made by LD Giovanni Pinna, who has lit Giovanni Pinna since 1991. Clay Paky fixtures accounted for more than 25 percent of the total number of moving lights in use for Pinna's concerts this year. The rig included Clay Paky Sharpy spotlights (54), Sharpy Wash 330s (50) and Alpha Beam 1500s (24).

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Enter Shikari Tours Europe with Ayrton MagicBlade-R Fixtures

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Enter Shikari Tours Europe with Ayrton MagicBlade-R Fixtures. Photo of the band at the Download Festival in Leicestershire, U.K. by Justine Trickett.LEICESTERSHIRE, U.K. —LD Steve Bewley is the first to tour the UK and Europe with Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures, using over 100 units for British rock-band, Enter Shikari, in support of their new album, The Mindsweep. Bewley has truss-mounted 84 MagicBlade-R fixtures behind the band in a curved wall which splits horizontally to adapt his design to fit any size of venue. The band is pictured here at the Download Festival, held in Leicestershire, U.K. in June.

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Riedel Gear Supports Singapore's 28th SEA Games

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Riedel Gear Supports Singapore's 28th SEA Games. Pictured here, the closing ceremony.SINGAPORE — Singapore hosted the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) June 5-16 in conjunction with the republic's 50th year of independence, using Riedel Communications' Artist digital matrix intercom system and Acrobat digital wireless intercom system for the event's opening and closing ceremonies.

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'Sister Act' in South Africa Uses Robe-Centered Rig

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Production Designer Declan Randall included Robe fixtures in the rig for the new South African production of Sister Act. The 89 Robe LED moving lights used for the 'Rose Window' scenes are a visual highlight for the show. Photos by Louise SticklandJOHANNESBURG - Production Designer Declan Randall included Robe fixtures in the rig for the new South African production of Sister Act. The 89 Robe LED moving lights used for the 'Rose Window' scenes are a visual highlight for the show.

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Unique Ibiza Nightspot, Heart, Lit with 112 Rogue R1 Washes

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The high-profile team behind Heart, a recent addition to Ibiza's thriving summer club scene, turned to Belgium-based Arf & Yes for the nightspot's lighting design. Featured fixtures include 112 Rogue R1 Washes from Chauvet Professional, supplied by Stonex Show Lighting.IBIZA - The high-profile team behind Heart, a recent addition to Ibiza's thriving summer nightlife scene, turned to Belgium-based Arf & Yes for the nightspot's lighting design, which needed to be flexible for a variety of performances staged there. Featured fixtures include 112 Rogue R1 Washes from Chauvet Professional, supplied by Stonex Show Lighting.

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Concert Featuring South African Supergroup Lit with Robe-Centered Rig

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For a one-off show featuring Blood Brothers, a supergroup of popular South Africa-based artists, Magz Schoeman, head of lighting at Johannesburg’s Carnival City Big Top venue, put together a rig centered on Robe fixtures that included Pointes, MMX Spots, LEDWash 600s and 300s, LEDBeam 100s and PARFect 100s. Photo by Louise Stickland.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — For a one-off show featuring Blood Brothers, a supergroup of popular South Africa-based artists, Magz Schoeman, head of lighting at Johannesburg’s Carnival City Big Top venue, put together a rig centered on Robe fixtures that included Pointes, MMX Spots, LEDWash 600s and 300s, LEDBeam 100s and PARFect 100s.

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Interactive Light Art Installation Shines in Lahti, Finland with Martin VC-Dots

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Interactive Light Art Installation Shines in Lahti, Finland with Martin VC-Dots. Photo by Mitja PrelovsekLAHTI, Finland – A light art installation, Valokaivo (Light Well), invites passersby to activate lighting changes by stepping on the artwork's protective glass panel. Studiotec supplied the Martin VC-Dots for the media surface and the reActor Media server used for the installation, which was designed by Studio Lux Nova and Marjut Kauppinen. The Invisible developed the interactive digital content and installed the IP camera motion tracking.

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