PLASA Wows With Post Olympic Glory
PLASA, the largest international event for entertainment and installation technology professionals in the UK, has closed its doors for the last time at Earls Court in London. Next year, the show will move to the Excel exhibition center in the docklands area of east London. But that is not the only change; having the show in the beginning of September has long been a problem since it clashed with the end of the summer season for most shows. Now it will move to October, giving more time for exhibitors and visitors alike.
This year, the show featured a lot of LED moving heads and wall washers although there were still plenty of discharge lamps in use. What was very different compared to recent years was the lack of ‘architainment’ products. It seems that entertainment lighting companies have gone back to their roots and left the commercial lighting to others. Could it be that they figure we don’t want colored moving lights in our office?
The presentations that celebrated the industry’s involvement in this summer’s extravaganza of events proved, not surprisingly, to be the highlights of the free conference program, with more than 550 people seeing the sessions on the Olympics Ceremonies presented by technical director Piers Shepperd. Behind the scenes of the Diamond Jubilee concert and projection lighting of Buckingham Palace by Durham Marenghi & Tim Routledge were also fascinating, with standing room only.
Written by Julie Allen