Prolight + Sound BIZLounge: Industry Restart, Green Events, Brexit And Training

How can events be implemented safely and profitably at Corona times? What are the common European approaches for a sustainable and resource-saving implementation of events? What are the implications of the current Brexit regulations for the event industry? These are some of the pressing questions facing the events industry. Following the Corona-related cancellation of Prolight + Sound 2021, the leading trade fair for entertainment technology is launching a new streaming format "BIZLounge" on 13 April 2021 to continue to provide the industry with a platform for discussion and innovation.

Conference programme in English

Prolight + Sound has always been a platform where the most important issues facing the industry are discussed. Even in the crisis, the fair's digital format "BIZLounge" offers the crisis-ridden industry the opportunity to shed light on the most pressing issues of the moment and to present scenarios for an economically viable future.

The full-day programme will be held entirely in English and is thus aimed at professionals from all parts of the world - from suppliers and users of technological solutions, event managers in companies and agencies as well as students and trainees in the event industry. Following the 30-minute presentations and discussion rounds, the speakers will take time to answer questions from the participants.

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The industry’s most pressing questions

The virtual conference will address the most pressing challenges facing the industry. Among other things, it will address the question of how events can be held safely and profitably at Corona times. There will also be presentations on approaches to sustainable and resource-efficient event delivery, the impact of the current Brexit regulations on the industry, and corporate training and development.

And how do the leading educational institutions meet the changing expectations of students and companies? These and other questions will be addressed by industry experts at the Prolight + Sound BIZLounge in prominent round tables followed by Q&A sessions. In addition, representatives of theatre-technical societies will speak about the new Ecodesign Directive and its consequences for the use of lighting solutions at events.

The international event industry is united. It has used the long period of lockdown to proactively develop concepts for the resumption of event operations and, even in times of crisis, has maintained undiminished its commitment to technological innovation, sustainability and an excellent level of training. We would like to send out this signal with the Prolight + Sound BIZLounge. We are proud of the high-calibre programme we have prepared together with our partners and invite all industry players to join us via live stream and join in the discussion.
Mira Wölfel, Director Prolight + Sound

Programme and speakers of the Prolight + Sound BIZLounge at a glance:

10:00 Restart: Current Prospects for the Event Industry.

  • Marten Pauls, Infection Prevention and Hygiene Officer, BDKV - Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry
  • Timo Feuerbach, Managing Director, EVVC - European Association of Event Centres
  • Merten Wagnitz, Treasurer, i.s.d.v. - Interessengemeinschaft der selbständigen Dienstleisterinnen in der Veranstaltungswirtschaft
  • Betty Heywood, Director of International Affairs, NAMM - National Association of Music Merchants
  • Sven Hansen, 1st Deputy Chairman, BVVS - Bundesverband Veranstaltungssicherheit
  • Eric Kant, Owner, Phase 01 Crowd Management

11:00 Brexit: What to know, what to do

  • Randell Greenlee: Head of Policy & International, VPLT - Association for Media and Event Technology
  • Anita Debaere, Director, PEARLE - Live Performance Europe
  • Peter Heath, Managing Director, PLASA - The Professional Lighting and Sound Association

12:00 What is the European orientation of the sustainable events industry?

  • Dr. Markus Große Ophoff, Member of the Board, EVVC
  • Further participants tba

13:00 European Legislation: the Event Industry and the Future of Lighting

  • Christian Allabauer, Member of the Board, OETHG - Österreichische Theatertechnische Gesellschaft
  • Hans-Joachim Rau, Member of the Board, DTHG - Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft

14:00 No Future? Academic Education in Uncertain Times.

  • Prof. Thomas Sakschewski, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Roland Greule, University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Arno Gramatke, Technical University of Central Hesse, Giessen
  • Randell Greenlee, VPLT

15:00 Award ceremony Opus/Sinus

  • Winning project "Opus - German Stage Prize": Rigoletto, Seebühne Bregenz
  • Winning project "Sinus - Systems Integration Awards": Osram World of Lights

Opus and Sinus Award ceremony

Opus Winner 2020 RigolettoIn addition to the conference programme, the presentation of the renowned industry awards "Opus - German Stage Award 2020" and "Sinus - Systems Integration Award 2020" will also take place on 13 April.

The Opus Award goes to the Italian opera "Rigoletto". The Opus winner has already been enchanting audiences with one of the most popular Italian works since the 2019 season. Rigoletto is a breathtaking performance on the Bregenz lake stage that redefines boundaries to what is possible. The production by Munich director Philipp Stölzl was rightly awarded the Opus - German Stage Prize.

OSram Sinus Award Prolight + Sound 2020The Sinus Award goes to Osram World of Light in Munich. With its "World of Light" exhibition in Munich, Osram, the manufacturer of light sources, was able to completely convince the jury.

The next Prolight + Sound will take place from 26 to 29 April 2022 at the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt. All information at

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