The Eurovision Song Contest is among the highlights of the year in the European music market. In recent years, this has grown into a truly large-scale event, which was even broadcast in the US for the first time.
That makes it all the more important for the technology to work dependably and that all of the artists’ ideas can be realised. This is why the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest have depended on a leading manufacturer in the field of lighting technology. Osram, a company rich in tradition, was able to score points with its products at the music event.
Eurovision Song Contest – Clay Paky scores points with strong light show
Singing is only one component at the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent years, it became increasingly clear how important a stage show full of effects is for the audience and jury. The days when Nicole was able to win the prize for Germany with only a guitar and “a little peace” are long gone. Pulsing rays of light and a shifting colour palate are only part of the possibilities that the stage technicians have integrated into the show. This year as well, people were able to depend on Osram, thanks to Moving Heads, part of the subsidiary Clay Paky. About 80 percent of the 1,000 moving heads came from Osram’s line. With their help, the Globe Arena in Stockholm was transformed into an extraordinary hall from 10 to 14 May. The organiser leaned particularly heavily on Sharpy and Mythos, but the spot Scenius, from the new product pallet, was also implemented.
The Eurovision Song Contest is something like the Holy Grail for light designers. So many viewers from all over the world watch the ESC. Realising this and most of all doing it properly is a great challenge.
Frederik Jönsson, Light Designer for the ESC 2016
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