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PLASA expands Focus seminar programme

As preparations continue for next month's event, organisers of PLASA Focus: Leeds report an exhibitor total of 117 across two halls and visitor pre-registration of 1,650 (vs. 1,352 at this point last year).

Organisers of PLASA Focus: Leeds have reported a sold-out exhibitor total of 117 across two halls and visitor pre-registration of 1,650 (vs. 1,352 at this point last year).

This year’s PLASA Focus: Leeds – the third event in the series – follows a highly successful 2010 edition that registered a 30% increase in visitor numbers. Half of the show’s visitors don’t attend any other trade show, while 70% of attendees are drawn from the North of England, Ireland and Scotland.

Once again, the venue for PLASA Focus: Leeds is the Royal Armouries Museum, with the 2011 event scheduled to take place on 19/20 April.

The list of new exhibitors includes Ampetronic, Architainment Lighting Ltd, Blakley Electrics, Doodson Entertainment, ESP, Fane International, Freestyle Music, Highlight International BV, Hive, Ide Systems, Klotz, Leisuretec Distribution Ltd, LS-Live / Backstage Academy, Metool Reeling, Proel, Pro Light Concepts Ltd, Studio Due, Technical Performance and Presentation, Trace, Vectorworks and Visual Impact.

Organiser PLASA Events has now released details of the expanded Education & Learning Programme, with specific sessions set to include: the RSC’s Vince Herbert, Jeremy Dunn and Adam Harvey, and Stage Electrics’ Jonathan Porter-Goff in a seminar entitled ‘Build a Theatre, Rebuild Another and Refurbish a Third’; Ric Green of Opera North on the refurbishment of Leeds Grand Theatre; the SMA and ABTT on scenery construction; Total Solutions Group and UK Rigging on why satisfying healthy and safety requirements ‘needn’t be as daunting as is often thought’; the Theatre Trust on Display Energy Certificates; sound engineer Dave Swallow (Amy Winehouse, La Roux) on the art of mixing a show; Sennheiser’s Alan March on UK spectrum reallocation as part of an ISCE-presented session; an InfoComm seminar on project management; and an RH Consulting-presented session on running entertainment technology rental and installation businesses.

Product demonstrations and training will be provided in a dedicated seminar suite. MA Lighting, Audio-Technica, NEXO, Cooper Controls, Vectorworks, Shure Distribution, Lanta, Wireless Solution and Clay Paky are among the participating companies.

PLASA’s Jen Barratt told IE: “The free two-day Education and Learning Programme is an integral part of PLASA Focus. It brings the industry’s leading bodies to the North and it offers an opportunity for people in the region to come together to share knowledge. PLASA Focus is a very social and informal event, the discussions that begin in the seminar theatre are continued in the bar afterwards and its just a fantastic opportunity to join in and be part of your industry.”

For more information and booking details, see

Image Credit: Chris Toulmin