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01.03.2017 Prolight + Sound 2017 with an extensive conference programme for professional users and event managers

Numerous companies to present best practice examples at the Prolight + Sound Manufacturers’ Forum

Keynote lecture by Product Designer and Creative Director Nicoline Refsing at the Eventplaza Conference

Professional development, event expertise and new technologies: Prolight + Sound from 4 to 7 April 2017 offers an extensive programme of lectures covering all facets of the event industry. Aimed at both newcomers to the sector and experts, the lectures will be held in the Forum building, close to the City Entrance of the Exhibition Centre. “Hardly any other industry is developing as rapidly as the event sector. The conference programme at Prolight + Sound enables professionals to keep abreast of the latest technologies and areas of application, as well as to gain new inspiration and learn to operate cost effectively”, says Michael Biwer, Group Show Director of the Entertainment, Media & Creative Industries Division of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH.

As in previous years, the programme is split into three parts, the Prolight + Sound Conference, the Manufacturers’ Forum and the Eventplaza Conference. Numerous lectures will be given in English and are aimed at an international audience.

Prolight + Sound Conference

In the 30-plus seminars of the Prolight + Sound Conference, participants can learn all about subjects such as technology, training, law, business and aesthetics in the event technology sector. Expert speakers from Germany and abroad will provide interesting impressions of their work and present the latest developments in the market. “We are delighted to have been able to gain so many top speakers”, says Ralf Stroetmann, Head of the Training and Law Division of the German Entertainment Technology Association (VPLT). “Visitors who attend the seminars can gain valuable insights into the daily business of our industry and see how innovative, creative, professional and reliably our specialists operate.”

The lectures in the Basic conference block include ‘Planning Public Address Systems’ (Volker Ruf, satis&fy), ‘Let there be light – Basics of lighting technology’ (Jochen Fünders, freelance lighting expert), ‘Media servers and video mapping’ (Thomas Giegerich, bright! GmbH) and ‘What is theatre machinery?’ (Andreas Bickel, Gerriets GmbH). Among the subjects covered in the Advanced conference block will be ‘3D Audio? – Psychoacoustic foundations and technical realisation of sound design in space’ (Jörn Nettingsmeier, Association of German Sound Engineers (VDT), ‘Myths about Truss & Rigging’ (Marc Hendriks, Area Four Industries) and ‘Compliance: its Role in the Entertainment Technology Industry’ (Randell Greenlee, VPLT).

Prolight + Sound Manufacturers’ Forum

Launched successfully in 2016, this professional-development forum gives companies the chance to pass on their expertise to event technicians, service providers and other players from the event industry. Advanced technologies are presented by reference to specific projects and best-practice examples.

The companies taking part include Link S.r.l. (‘Myths, Challenges and Advances in Power & Signal Distribution for Live Event Production’, Bob Vanden Burgt), Hearsafe (Communication in a noisy setting – occupational health and safety through technology and tactics’, Eckart Beste) and Visual Productions BV (‘Protocols for lighting integration’, Maarten Engels).

Eventplaza Conference

The lectures of the Eventplaza Conference are aimed specifically at event and incentive managers, specialists from the fields of marketing, communication and human resources and congress and conference organisers, and will provide practical tips on subjects such as organisation, presentation and personnel development in the event sector.

Also part of the Eventplaza Conference is the 5th International Event Safety Conference (I-ESC) on Wednesday, 5 April. In this case, the focus is on safety and security at events. What must event organisers take account of with regard to liability risks? How to ensure a feeling of safety and security among event visitors? What role does communication play in this connection? I-ESC will answer these and many other questions.  

Another highlight of the Eventplaza Conference is the keynote lecture by London based Danish Product Designer and Creative Director Nicoline Refsing who has been involved with the realisation of many worldfamous shows and gained particular renown through her work as creative director and content producer of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Full details of the programmes of the Prolight + Sound Conference, the Prolight + Sound Manufacturers’ Forum and the Eventplaza Conference, as well as the speakers, can be found on the internet at

Further information about Prolight + Sound at

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating over €640* million in sales and employing 2,364* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international sales partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2016, a total of 138* trade fairs were held under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

Further information on the company can be found at

*Preliminary figures for 2016

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