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Setting the stage for success

Stage setup is a very important, yet often neglected, element of an event. The stage needs to meet the unique needs of your performers, while allowing the audience to enjoy the best possible view and sound quality. There are various considerations to take into account when planning your stage setup. Firstly, your stage needs to be large enough to accommodate the biggest group of performers at your event. You might be able to get away with a small stage for a jazz trio, but you will need a big performance area if you are planning to show off a corps de ballet. On the other hand, a very large...

Determining Stage Sizes

I'm going to go back to some technical stuff for this blog. One of the problems I have always had is trying to figure out just what size a stage should be, particularly when there is a diverse mixture of people and performers who will be using it. Determining the correct area of a stage is sometimes more art than science. Unfortunately, event planners and managers often do not give it enough consideration. The horizontal area must accommodate any and all activities that will take place on it. Even though speeches may occupy 3 hours and 55 minutes out of a 4-hour program with only one speaker...

How Live Sound Engineering Works

What is Live Sound Engineering? Live sound engineering is like being an audio traffic cop. Typically, a musical group will direct a variety of sounds at the audience, usually through amplifiers. These different sounds must be managed correctly to make sure the audience receives what the group is sending. Managing these sounds is concert sound engineering. Live concert engineers use electronic amplification equipment, knowledge of acoustics and their well-trained ears to accomplish this feat. They also must be excellent communicators with the ability to translate acoustic ideals into reality...

Enhance Event Participation Through Intelligent Lighting

  The secret of a memorable event is simple: the organisers have dedicated attention to detail to every event facet. We’re going to turn up the heat and take a glimpse into how your lighting is a key component that provides a clear and visible focal point to create a magical atmosphere. LED Technology – A Lighting Experience Let’s first take a look at LED screens and how they can enhance your indoor and outdoor events. Today’s LED screens are capable of very impressive graphics and visual effects. To get the best results from your LED screen experience, it’s best to seek the services...

3D Projection Mapping – The Infinite Twilight Zone?

If a picture paints a thousand words, can you imagine how many words an elusive video can paint? Traditionally, video has been used in the events industry to creatively compile presentations and share them dynamically at large conferences and gatherings. Other uses have included amplifying of video footage of guest speakers and entertainers onto large screens so all event attendees can participate in the magnificent experience. Delivering an engaging experience for your event guests still requires quality projectors with globes in good condition, professional cameramen and unblemished screens....

3 Lighting Trends for Events, From LDI in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS LDI, the lighting industry trade show that alternates between Orlando and Las Vegas each year, returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 22 through 24, with industry programming beginning on October 18. The mood on the show floor was overwhelmingly optimistic, with exhibitors citing what felt like a crush of engaged attendees. You can expect the lighting industry trends seen at LDI to affect events ahead—here's a preview: 1. Lighting as Decor Lighting fixtures as decor pieces continue to evolve. Many exhibitors displayed products whose primary purpose is to decorate,...

How to Choose a Venue for Your Event

Do you have a corporate or business event coming up? Choosing the right venue for your event is crucial for a successful gathering of colleagues and business associates. Learn what to look for in an event venue with this quick guide. Type of Venue There are a number of different types of event venue. The type you choose will depend on the size of your gathering, the activities you wish to provide, the style and tone of the event, the services offered by the venue and various geographical constraints that impact on member attendance. Types of venue include: Conference Centres – purpose-built...

Cutting Catering Costs – 8 Budget Tips

Next to venue selection, catering is by far one of the biggest elements of event planning and tends to take a major chunk out of the budget. Follow these simple tips to cut costs without skimping: Short & Sweet The longer the event, the more your guests will eat – as simple as that! By limiting the duration of the event programme, you could very well get away with fewer snacks and drinks, reducing the overall catering fee. A sit-down dinner for instance, doesn’t only cost more than cocktail snack platters, but increases the running time of the event by at least an hour or two,...

Outsourcing Your Catering? What You Need To Know

So you’ve booked your event venue, you’ve confirmed your AV, décor and entertainment and now it’s time to sort out your catering. Most established venues will supply you with the catering and bar services you require. Even though you won’t have complete control over menu planning and preparation, you will still need to make key decisions that will determine your catering menu’s desired effect – satisfied and happy guests. To ensure this happens, set up a meeting with the caterer and resolve to find answers to some important questions. 1.       Schedule a tasting If...

Is Your Event Venue Putting Your Client In the Spotlight?

Selecting your event venue can be the toughest decision you’ll make when planning your event. There’s danger in overlooking the masked details as this can cause major setbacks for your attendees. You also don’t want to diminish the rest of your hard work by settling for a mediocre venue because of poor planning. Invest the time right from the start. How do you know if you’re getting a good deal? What are the right questions to ask? Let’s start with the location…… This has to match the scope, calibre and the demographic of your audience. If you’re targeting high end clients...