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Durham Marenghi, lighting designer

Jo Ruddock 20 December 2011
Durham Marenghi, lighting designer

One of the world’s foremost exponents of intelligent lighting design for large-scale live events, Durham Marenghi will take part in the Lighting panel discussion at ISE’s inaugural Dynamic Events Conference on Monday 30 January.

Marenghi designed the lighting for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Turin in 2006, making him the first British lighting designer to have been responsible for illuminating an Olympic event. The ceremonies were broadcast in HD to an estimated global audience of over 2 billion people. He subsequently designed the lighting for the London 2012 Handover at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics in 2008.

Since the design of large-scale live events such as Olympic opening and closing ceremonies is the main focus of Dynamic Events 2012, Marenghi’s presence on the Lighting panel discussion ensures that this component of the Conference is both stimulating and, from a peer review perspective, highly credible.

Marenghi’s expertise has taken him all over the world, his other recent credits including the Royal Opening Ceremony of the Aspire Sports Complex in Doha, Qatar; the inauguration of the Donbass Arena and the 75th Anniversary of Shakhtar FC in Ukraine; and the Opening Ceremony of the new headquarters of the Olympic Council of Asia in Kuwait.

He is a member of the Association of Lighting Designers, the Society of Television Lighting Designers and the Society of British Theatre Designers. In 2006 he received an International Illumination Design Award of Excellence from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for the interior speciality lighting of the Space Centre, Bremen, Germany – at that time the largest indoor theme park in Europe.

Click here to view the full Dynamic Events 2012 Conference programme and to pre-register online. 

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