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PLASA heads to Earls Court from September 11-14… but what’s to see and discover?

PLASA 2011 is the only place to see the latest pro audio, AV, lighting, stage engineering and systems integration technology for live concerts and tours, theatres, nightclubs, permanent installations and leisure attractions. And it hosts a highly acclaimed workshop programme, which is free to attend.

The show is a hotbed of light, sound and AV talent with over 2,000 chairmen, 800 lighting designers, 1,000 engineers, 900 technicians/programmers and 500 installers amongst the growing numbers of visitors. Interest in the event is immense. According to Jennie Barratt of PLASA Events, the event is 90 per cent sold and already pre-registration is 10 per cent up on last year.

Taking to the show floor will be Batmink, Cadac, Capture Sweden, Eclipse Iluminación y Sonido from Spain, Focusrite, Norway’s Lydrommet, RGGLED from Lithuania and Australia’s State Automation. In all, 50 per cent of the show’s exhibitors are international, adding to the mix and bringing greater knowledge to the event.

This year’s show welcomes the return of the Ecovenue feature, following its debut in 2010. Performing arts venues and theatres that wish to make sustainable in-roads should take a look at the environmental efficiency practices that are being deployed. The area, which is developed in conjunction with The Theatres Trust, will be back at Earls Court bigger and better, says Barratt. And it joins the People’s Choice Award that also returns to celebrate sustainable theatrical products.

Adding to the hive of activity, the PLASA 2011 Bar will be open whilst the PLASA Awards for Innovation Ceremony will celebrate the best new products from this year’s crop of entries. Also new for 2011 is the Production Bar in EC2, which has been developed to give the smaller venue its own central meeting area and networking bar.

As always the seminar programme is a favourite for industry professionals, but as Stand Out writes the list of topics and speakers is being drawn up. Barratt says that visitors can expect to hear from Technologies for Worship, InfoComm, WiSE, USITT, ALD and RST, all of which will be imparting the latest information and trends from the field.

Making a welcome return is the PLASA Rigging Conference. In 2010, 200 people from 22 countries visited the event at the Earls Court Conference Centre. The event was oversubscribed and so by popular demand it will run again from September 12-13, focusing on working at height on temporary installations. It’s a chance for the rigging community to come together, as is the newly-launched Riggers’ Forum on the afternoon of September 11, created for those that can’t attend the two-day conference.