Tradeshow Talk: Prolight + Sound 2018


Hot on the heels of a successful USITT, we packed our bags, loaded the trucks and made our way to Germany for the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt (April 10-13). Here are a few highlights from the show floor and beyond…

ETC: a trio of booths, a trio of product debuts

Several brand new products were among the star attractions drawing the crowds to the ETC booths in Hall 3.0. Making their European debut were the Eos family’s Element 2 console, ColorSource Pearl variable white-light LED fixtures, and the Irideon WLZ architectural wash light.

Prolight + Sound 2018 ETC Booth

Another successful Student Session

For the third time at Prolight + Sound, we ran one of our legendary Student Sessions. Local students were excited to get behind-the-scenes access to ask questions and learn more about ETC and High End Systems.

ETC & HES Student Sessions at Prolight + Sound 2018

High End Systems: sneak previews & stunning light shows

Meanwhile, in Hall 4.0, there was a real buzz surrounding the High End Systems booth. In addition to sneak previews of new products, visitors were treated to a visual spectacular in the form of the latest installment of the ever-popular academic lighting programming competition, Hog Factor.

High End Systems booth at Prolight + Sound 2018

A Hog Factor Prolight win for Austrian team 

This year, with a helping hand from ETC GmbH and local dealer LMP Lichttechnik, High End opened up the contest to teams of students from all over Europe. The live final saw teams from Germany, Austria, Ukraine and the UK competing for the title. It was a close-run contest, with team Status Cue, from BS Evita vocational school in Vienna, ultimately scooping first prize.

Team Status Cue and the High End Systems Rig Hog Factor 2018
Team Status Cue programmed a winning light show on the High End booth rig to Sia’s track Never Give Up.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Fred Foster

As if that wasn’t enough excitement, at the 2018 Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) ceremony, ETC CEO Fred Foster was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Fred said of the honor: “While this is an individual award, I believe that it belongs, as well, to the thousands of people who have worked for ETC over the last 42 years. Each person’s contribution has led to the success that ETC has enjoyed.”

Fred Foster PIPA Award 2018

That just about concludes our latest run of tradeshows, but we hope to see you at one of our other events in the coming months:

Thanks to Robert Christl of ETC GmbH for providing some great photos of the show.

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Katherine Stamp
Katherine joined ETC in 2016 with a background in entertainment technology marketing. Although based out of the London office, she currently resides on the fringe of Sherwood Forest, famous for the legend of Robin Hood. Katherine enjoys traveling, reading, walking, theme parks and live music. She’s also a qualified hypnotherapist – but don’t let that scare you!