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June 19, 2017

‘Curtain up’ on Stage|Set|Scenery

International trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology from 20 to 22 June 2017 in Berlin

What are the latest trends in stage equipment and stage technology? What must theatres observe when converting to LED spotlights and what is paramount as far as safety during productions is concerned? From 20 to 22 June at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin the focus will once again be on theatre, film and event technology. The international trade show and conference will be taking place for the second time and is co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin. Everyone who is important for a successful production will be gathered in Halls 19 to 23 and the Palais am Funkturm. They represent planning, architecture, stage technology, lighting, sound, make-up, costume-making, as well as film, exhibition and museum technology.

Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH:

”We look forward to welcoming exhibitors and trade visitors from around the world in Berlin. With over 50 theatres, three opera houses, Europe’s biggest museum complex and numerous exhibition venues, as well as some 1,000 companies representing the film industry, Berlin is the ideal setting for an event like Stage|Set|Scenery. This year the trade show and the International Stage Technology Conference will feature an outstanding programme of events, a wide range of topics and present numerous new products.“

Hubert Eckart, managing director of Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG):

”Theatre represents the most universal art performed by a group. Stage|Set|Scenery gathers all the technical specialists, members of the skilled trades, architects and artists whose work influences the theatre and live performances worldwide. This trade show brings the latest technology together with crafts of unparalleled skill, and provides knowledge as well as an international meeting place that is unlike any other event.“

International Stage Technology Conference

Round tables, discussion rounds and workshops – the International Stage Technology Conference, which runs parallel with the trade show on 20 and 22 June, will feature a wide-ranging programme of events. For example, two high-level, international panel discussions, held in German and English, will examine the following questions: ’Theatre in Germany – a World Heritage: The Future as a Museum or as Theatre 4.0?', and ‘It's all about the process: architects, theatre consultants, users – who manages cultural projects?’. Leading figures will be speaking at the conference, including the architects Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan and Carlos Ott, as well as Marc Grandmontagne, managing director of Deutscher Bühnenverein, and Geoff Wheel, technical director of the Dubai Opera.

Dr. Gabriele Högg, member of the board of DTHG:

”The international programme of conference events put together by DTHG and the presence of exhibitors from over 21 countries reflect Stage|Set|Scenery’s globally unique role as an event for theatre planning, stage equipment, stage technology, lighting technology, room acoustic, electro-acoustics, stage set design and costume-making. We represent the entire range of stage technology regardless of international borders.“

The trade show: from the LightLab to the Safety in Action stage

Exhibitors from 21 countries will be presenting their innovations over the course of the three-day event, with products ranging from control systems to LED spotlights. Among those taking part will be numerous associations from Germany and abroad who will be represented at Stage|Set|Scenery for the first time. They include Verband der Ausstellungsgestalter in Deutschland (VerA), Gesellschaft der Theaterkostümschaffenden (GTKos), Interessengemeinschaft der Städte mit Theatergastspielen (INTHEGA), Bundesverband der Sicherheitswirtschaft (BDSW), and TheatrEuropevzw from Belgium. Those interested in specific topics can take part in guided tours held in English and German. For example, a daily lighting and lighting design tour is scheduled to take place daily from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. An exhibition and museum technology tour will take place on 21 June at 11 a.m.

In addition, there will be numerous special display areas where trade visitors can meet and talk to exhibitors. For the first time trade visitors will be able to discuss topics concerning lighting, projection and networks and gain practical information on everyday use in the 200 square-metre LightLab in Hall 20. The LightLab is curated by the internationally renowned lighting designer Manfred “Ollie“ Olma of mo2 design. In contrast, in the SoundLab in Hall 22 the focus will be on audio, acoustics and sound systems. Trade visitors are welcome to come and experience the sound of state-of-the-art audio technology. Next door, the Anatomical Theatre will be offering a special programme of events for young people, with numerous universities and academies presenting their vocational and advanced training courses.

In Hall 23 the focus will be on safety during productions, with topics ranging from fire protection to dance rehabilitation. The Safety in Action stage set up there will address the main hazards and preventative measures and offer practical tips on how to safely organise and hold productions and events. Furthermore, Gesellschaft der Theaterkostümschaffenden (GTKos) will be holding a three-day costume-makers' conference at the Palais am Funkturm.

Supporting programme: Weltenbauer.Awards and excursions

After the show ends the supporting programme will continue. On the evening of 20 June the winners of the Weltenbauer.Awards and Weltenbauer.Youngsters Awards will receive their prizes in the Palais am Funkturm. The Weltenbauer.Awards went in search of the most original stage technology solutions for theatre, musical and show productions from 2015 to 2017, while the Youngsters Awards looked for creative ideas for a production of Romeo and Juliet. On the second evening of the show exhibitors and trade visitors can take part in the Stage|Set|SceneryNight, a very special midsummer festival. Around 1,000 visitors are expected to attend.

On 23 June, one day after the show ends, numerous excursions will be taking place, including to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Barenboim Said Academy in Berlin, the Kulturpalast in Dresden, and the Asisi Panorama LUTHER 1517 in Wittenberg.

For more information on Stage|Set|Scenery 2017: www.stage-set-scenery.com.

Print-quality photos of Stage|Set|Scenery 2015 can be downloaded here.

You can find a map of the grounds with a hall plan of Stage|Set|Scenery here.

Stage|Set|Scenery in brief:
Stage|Set|Scenery is the leading international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology, with a focus on stage equipment and control systems, architecture and planning, lighting, acoustics, sound, video and media technology, studio technology, events, museum and event technology, furnishing and stage scenery, make-up, costumes and safety systems. The show is held in collaboration with Deutsche TheatertechnischeGesellschaft (DTHG), which also organises the International Stage Technology Conference, an integral part of the show. Stage|Set|Scenery takes place bi-annually in June on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.