It’s been an eventful year for EVENTPRODUCTION Poland as the company took the
International Festival of Language and Culture on the road to 17 different countries.
Charged with handling technical production for all events, EVENTPRODUCTION’s
lighting designers, Michał Mazurkiewicz and Piotr Pońsko, deployed a large number
of Claypaky fixtures, chosen for their wide ranging creative options and reliability.

The festival is an annual event celebrating the diversity of cultural heritages across
the world, giving young people a platform on which to showcase songs in their
native language, accompanied by ethnic dancing. This year, 160 nations took part
as the tour visited Thailand, Brazil, Morocco, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Australia,
Senegal, South Africa, USA, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Romania, Germany and
Belgium. Around 12,000 people attended at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, one of the
biggest shows in terms of audience and amount of lighting used, and when the show
reached Australia, it was staged at the prestigious Sydney Opera House.

This was the third time EVENTPRODUCTION staff had worked at the ISS in
Germany. “We know the venue and the local staff here well,’ says the company’s
technical production manager, Piotr Tomaszewski. “We also had the pleasure of
presenting guest artist, Eurovision song contest winner Jamala, at this venue.’

For the German show, EVENTPRODUCTION hired its lights from Niclen, which also
supplied the Belgium show. A total of 59 A.leda B-Eye K20 beam lights and 36
Mythos hybrids, as well as 58 Sharpy, 49 Sharpy Wash 330 and 38 Alpha Spot HPE
1500 lights, were used. “These fixtures gave us many option to create amazing
effects and atmosphere on stage,’ says Tomaszewski. “We needed to use not only
wash lights but fixtures that could fill the stage with different shapes and effects,
and this is where the A.leda B-EYE K 20s came in. For the concept of our show we
also needed a super sharp beam that could also be used in wide beam mode, which
is why we chose Mythos. It was a great choice to work alongside the legendary
Claypaky Sharpy and Alpha Spot HPE 1500 lights.’

The Australian show was another high point of the festival tour. “The Sydney Opera
House selects the artist who can play in the venue, so it was a big distinction that
they accepted our production,’ continues Tomaszewski. “We had a very tight
schedule, with only 24 hours for the whole production including load in, setup,
rehearsal, show and load out. We did some virtual pre-programming for the Sydney
Opera House. Working to such short production times as this, we wanted to use
lighting fixtures that could guarantee us stability, reliability and great effectiveness
throughout the tour, so we choose Claypaky.’ For Sydney, EVENTPRODUCTION
needed a compact fixture with high power and beam quality, so the Sharpy Wash
was chosen to light the back and sides of the stage, again complimented by the use
of Mythos.