Prolight + Sound launches a new digital exchange format for the international entertainment technology sector: Prolight + Sound BIZLounge. The digital information offer for the event community has the motto: “Stick together, look ahead, master the crisis”. In close cooperation with the industry, Prolight + Sound invites you to the first BIZLounge, which will start on Tuesday, 13 April 2021 – the originally planned opening day of Prolight + Sound. This means that, despite the cancellation of the fair, professionals from the industry will have the opportunity to exchange views with experts in the live stream and to deal with the current burning issues of the industry in keynote speeches and discussion rounds.
Full-day digital programme
Among other things, the full-day programme will highlight approaches and framework conditions for a successful restart of the event industry. In addition, participants will receive valuable impulses for the sustainable and resource-saving organisation of events. In addition, the BIZLounge will address the effects of Brexit on the industry as well as training and personnel development in Corona times. Following the 30-minute presentations and discussion rounds in each case, the speakers will take time to answer questions from the participants.
There is no question that nothing can compensate for the personal encounter. With this in mind, the Prolight + Sound BIZLounge is not planned as a replacement for the cancelled event at the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. Rather, we want to offer people in the hard-hit event industry a high-quality, location-independent opportunity to exchange ideas and find solutions together, while we turn our focus together with the industry to the upcoming Prolight + Sound 2022 as a presence event. We are very pleased about the great commitment of our partners and are looking forward to new food for thought for the future of the events industry.
Mira Wölfel, Director Prolight + Sound
Cooperation with associations and institutions in the industry
The Prolight + Sound BIZLounge is being created in cooperation with numerous associations and institutions in the industry. These include the associations organised in the “Forum Veranstaltungswirtschaft”: Bundesverband der Konzert- und Veranstaltungswirtschaft (BDKV), Europäischer Verband der Veranstaltungscentren (EVVC), Interessengemeinschaft der selbständigen Dienstleisterinnen in der Veranstaltungswirtschaft (i.s.d.v.), LiveMusikKommission (LiveKomm), and the Verband für Medien- und Veranstaltungstechnik (VPLT). Other partners are the German Federal Association for Event Security (bvvs), the German Theatre Technology Association (DTHG), the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the Austrian Theatre Technology Association (OETHG), the Performing Arts Employers Association League Europe (PEARLE – Live Performance Europe) and the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA). Numerous educational institutions are also participating in the format. The speakers include industry experts as well as representatives from business and science.
The programme will be held entirely in English and is aimed at suppliers and users of technological solutions, event managers in companies and agencies, venue operators as well as students and trainees in the event industry. Free registration is now open at www.prolight-sound.com/bizlounge.
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