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Robe and DWR Present BMFL Demos in South Africa

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The Cape Town event took place at the Grandwest ArenaCAPE TOWN and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Robe staged launch events here recently for the company’s new BMFL Spot Luminaire, a 1700W long-throw fixtures. Nearly 200 people attended the events, organized by Robe distributors DWR. The Cape Town event (pictured here) took place at the Grandwest Arena; the Johannesburg Event was held at the Joburg Theatre.

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VTM TV Marks 25 Years, Son et Lumiere Gets Assist from LD Luc Peumans

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VTM TV Marks 25 Years, Son et Lumiere Gets Assist from LD Luc Peumans. Photo by Eva AsdouNIEUWPOORT, Belgium -- Belgian commercial TV channel VTM (Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij) marked 25 years with a son et lumière spectacular staged on the beach here. The event, which drew 17,000, was lit with Robe Pointes and LEDWash 1200s, Vari*Lite VL3500 Washes, Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500s and four 25W RGBW lasers. A variety of other LED RGB PARs and wireless DMX-controlled Drome LED lights were also controlled via a grandMA2 console for control. Phlippo Showlights provided gear to support the lighting design from Luc Peumans, with lighting design firm Painting with Light.

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Ampco Flashlight Rental Adds CycFX Fixtures from Robe

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Ampco Flashlight Rental Adds CycFX Fixtures from RobeUTRECHT, The Netherlands — Ampco Flashlight Rental, based here, expanded its existing inventory of Robe fixtures with 55 CycFX 8 fixtures. The CycFX 8s, delivered by Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux, have already been used on projects including 2014 Liberation Day-related events attended by the Dutch royal family. Add a comment

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Le Maitre Announces Enhancements in U.K.-Based Pyro Production

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PETERBOROUGH, U.K. – Le Maitre noted recently that its increased investment in pyro factory here is yielding an increase in the quantity and quality of its pyro products, with less fallout material, more consistent colors, and reformulated magnesium compositions to keep environmental impact to a minimum.

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M'era Luna Festival Features Covenant, Lit with SGM Gear

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Covenant on stage. Copyright: Dani Vorndran, black-cat-net.deHILDESHEIM, Germany – The annual M’era Luna Festival, staged Aug. 9 at a former British Army airbase here, featured its usual mix of goth, metal and industrial music with headliners including Marilyn Manson, Paradise Lost and In Extremo. But this year’s lineup also included Covenant, an electronic dance band from Sweden, into the lineup. LD Stephan Aue and lighting operator Rico Münzer used LED gear from SGM to light the group’s synth-pop stylings.

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Rock in Rio’s Return to Portugal in 2014 Included GLP Gear for Main Stage Façade

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Rock in Rio’s Return to Portugal in 2014 Included GLP Gear for Main Stage FaçadeLISBON, Portugal — Rock in Rio may have gotten its start in Rio, with festivals staged there in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011 and 2013, but the music festival has been able to successfully export its event overseas, with six events in Lisbon, Portugal (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014) and three in Madrid, Spain (2008, 2010 and 2012). A 2015 event is set for the U.S. (Las Vegas). Add a comment

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Marvel's Guardians Premiere Gets Visual Boost from Avolites Pixel Mapper

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Marvel's Guardians Premiere Gets Visual Boost from Avolites Pixel MapperLONDON – The London premiere of the Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy got a visual assist from Luke Edwards, who used his Avolites Tiger Touch II for effects that could be seen by the throngs drawn to the environs of the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square. The event featured stars including Vin Diesel (pictured here). They were interviewed on a specially created structure that included 20 x LED pixel tracks, amongst other fixtures.
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Lady Gaga Tour Stop in Tel Aviv Goes On as Planned

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TEL AVIV – Although big concerts planned for Tel Aviv this summer have been cancelled, starting with a July 17 Neil Young/Crazy Horse appearance that was canceled by police out of safety concerns, Lady Gaga’s artRave: the ArtPop Ball tour stop at the same outdoor Tel Aviv site, Hayarkon Park, went on as planned. Add a comment

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Elation Platinum BX and Platinum SBX Debut with Summer Youth Olympic Games in China

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Elation Professional’s new Platinum BX beam and hybrid Platinum SBX moving heads debuted with the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China on Aug 16.NANJING, China — Elation Professional’s new Platinum BX beam and hybrid Platinum SBX moving heads debuted with the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games held here on Aug 16. LD Sha Xiao Lan used 400 Platinum BX and SBX fixtures. Beijing Fengshang Shiji Culture Art Co., Ltd. served as production company for the event. Add a comment

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2014 Masada Opera Festival Lit with Martin Fixtures

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2014 Masada Opera Festival Rig Includes Martin GearMASADA, Israel — The fifth annual Masada Opera Festival, held at the foot of Mount Masada, featured Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata opera for an audience of thousands over the course of six days. Lighting director Bogumil Palewicz, who worked with stage director Michal Znaniecki and set designer Luigi Scoglio on the project, used Martin’s MAC Aura LED Wash, MAC Quantum Wash, MAC III Performance, MAC Viper Profile, MAC Viper Performance and MAC Viper Beam moving head fixtures to light the stage and MAC III AirFX fixtures for the surrounding area. The production company involved with the project was Israel’s Stage Design Israel.

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