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Venue for next Showlight announced

It only happens every four years, so missing it would be a pity for the lighting professionals at whom the Showlight event is aimed. Now, the venue for the 2013 gathering has been announced.

The next Showlight – the international conference organised by and for lighting professionals – is to be held in the fairytale Czech Republic town of Český Krumlov on 18-21 May 2013.

The town’s amazing 13th century Gothic castle, with its connected theatre and conference centre, will be the main venue for the presentations and exhibition. All delegates are able to stay within the pedestrianised town; vehicle access is deliberately restricted in order to retain the medieval feel of the UNESCO Heritage site.

“The decision to take the four day event to the town was taken after visiting a number of different potential areas,” said Showlight’s organising committee chairman, Ian Dow, “and it was the intimate feel and stunning backdrop of Český Krumlov that won us over. Showlight offers a unique opportunity to listen to and consider the experiences of lighting professionals from across the industry, and to get an insight into the way they work. We also make sure everyone gets a chance to network with some of the most famous names in the business.”

“Robe very much believes in the Showlight mission of bringing together the lighting community from all over the world and providing an outstanding opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business,” said Josef Valchar, CEO of Czech Republic-based Robe. “We are honoured to have the opportunity to welcome Showlight to our beautiful country and we hope it will become a source of inspiration for all participants for years to come.”

Showlight is held in a different city once every four years, beginning in London in 1981. Some 350 people visited Glasgow for the last Showlight in 2009, where presentations were given on subjects as diverse as the lighting of the Royal Variety Performance and the Radiohead tour, to lighting Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque and the Beijing Olympics.

In addition to a major dinner, networking opportunities include a half day visits programme, which always proves popular with delegates.

Those interested in Showlight 2013, which is sponsored by some 40 exhibitors from across the lighting industry, and wishing to receive more information as soon as it becomes available, are invited to contact [email protected].