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From April 26 to 29, Prolight + Sound kicks off the season for trade fairs centred on entertainment technology. Together with hundreds of companies, Messe Frankfurt is acting in concert to send a strong signal at the show for the successful future of the event industry. With new special areas and presentation formats, Prolight +Sound is expanding its portfolio – and also highlights the sector’s commitment to the responsible use of natural resources at the premiere of the “Green Event Day”.

The future of the industry is green
Despite all economic constraints, the industry has initiated important processes over the past two years. Thus, the responsible use of natural resources is playing a more significant role than ever before. Prolight + Sound 2022 will provide a prominent stage for this commitment. For the first time, on April 27, the Green Event Day will take place, focussing on sustainability in the event business. In presentations, keynote speeches and panel discussions, experts from the industry will shed light on the status quo, future goals, specific solutions and best practices. Representatives of technology and service companies, manufacturers, locations and transportation will be among the speakers. The keynote presentation will be held by futurologist Oliver Leisse, agency owner and host of the “Zukunft, Trends & Strategien” podcast.

Moreover, manufacturers of ecologically advantageous products are specifically marked
with the ProGreen icon in the exhibitor search. This will give a direct overview of innovative solutions to decision-makers who seek to renew their company’s event technology equipment with regard to a more positive eco-balance.

A resonating re-launch: new offerings in the audio sector
With new special areas and presentation formats, Prolight + Sound is strengthening the audio sector as a mainstay of the event. In addition to systems for live sound reinforcement and fixed installations, it will be offering a home for music production, recording and DJing products.

At the premiere of the Performance + Production Hub, visitors will experience four days of audio tools in action as well as countless educational events. Key players such as Ableton, LD-Systems and Tascam will be presenting innovative hardware and software solutions. Part of the area is the Music Production Corner: The central attraction for producers shows innovations around digital audio workstations, recording tools, room acoustics and more. On the Showstage, top-class artists will give an impression of their creative play styles in digital live performances – from beatmaking and finger drumming to controllerism and syntablism. In Jam Boxes, audio enthusiasts can test new sound tools such as music apps, DJ hardware and modular synthesizers and improvise together in open sessions. There will also be interactive themed areas on Mobile DJing and Live Sound Branding.

In the new presentation area Studio Village, manufacturers of microphones, signal processors, monitoring solutions, recording interfaces and other products for professional recording studios will be on show. There will also be the workshop area Studio Lab with acoustically separated rooms for seminars and product demos. Furthermore, the Live Sound Arena is entering a new round: it will provide an opportunity to experience the sound of large PA systems from brands at the open-air site.

More focus on theatre and stage technology than ever before
Innovative products and technologies for theatres and stages are a strong growth pillar of Prolight + Sound. Key players will be presenting their products and services, from upper and lower-stage machinery to platforms, stands, lifting equipment, automation and curtain technology, and special lighting and sound control consoles for use in theatres.

These kinds of solutions will also be the focus of the new Theatre + Light Stage. Experts from BEO Trekwerk, Clay Paky, Gala Systems, Gerriets, HOF, MA Lighting, ROBE and other companies will be giving presentations on topics such as digitalization, sustainability and spectacular show technology for stage use. Visitors will learn how new digital standards facilitate the workflow, how venues can be illuminated in an energy-efficient way or how they can create breath-taking 3D visual effects with the help of special projection materials.

Four days packed with specialist knowledge
In cooperation with The German Entertainment Technology Association (VPLT), the four-day Prolight + Sound Conference is dedicated to professionalization in the event industry.

It provides an overview of the status quo in the industry and offers assistance for business
development after the coronavirus crisis. At the International Event Safety Conference (IESC) on April 27, experts will provide practical tips for safe event operations. Key topics will include ventilation and hygiene concepts, crowd management and current occupational safety standards.

Also part of Prolight + Sound is the Manufacturers’ Forum, where product specialists present new technologies and their practical applications. Well-known companies in the field of audio and media technology such as Meyer Sound, NTi Audio, Klippel and Vioso will take part in the programme.

Participation in all lectures, workshops and product demos is free of charge for visitors
with a valid ticket.

Visitors take note: From 2. April 2022, there will no longer be any corona-related restrictions for events. This means that vaccination and convalescence certificates as well as the obligation to wear a mask during Prolight + Sound will no longer apply.

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