Experience the future of event technology: Trends, tech and talks at Prolight + Sound 2024
In a constantly transforming event industry, Prolight + Sound is helping to shape change and providing impulses for the future. From 19 to 22 March 2024, the leading trade fair for the event & entertainment technology industry will open its doors to focus on innovation, inspiration and networking. With a clear commitment to the sector and a broad spectrum of technological innovations, the event proves its reputation as an important international meeting place for manufacturers, decision-makers and creative minds from all areas of event technology.
"Sinus - Systems Integration Award": exceptional projects to be honored at Prolight + Sound
Museums, conference rooms, amusement parks, installations: In the most diverse areas, the creative use of AV media technology enables the specific transmission of emotions and messages. Since 2004, the "Sinus - Systems Integration Award" has been honoring outstanding achievements in this field and putting them in the spotlight. The award is presented annually at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main (19 to 22 March 2024). Companies and industry professionals are now invited to submit their showcase projects to the competition.
Opus Award 2024: Prolight + Sound launches application phase
With the upswing of last year's season behind it, the 2023 event industry is shining in new splendor. Many theatres and concert venues took advantage of the Corona pandemic to upgrade their technical equipment and are wowing audiences and critics with even more impressive productions. This year's festival summer and numerous sold-out shows are encouraging evidence of the renewed zest for life. Despite the upswing, however, challenges such as a shortage of skilled workers and rising production costs face the industry with new challenges.
Prolight + Sound and VDT e. V. (Berufsverband der Tonschaffenden) intensify cooperation
Prolight + Sound and VDT e. V. will cooperate even more closely in future. To this end, the leading international trade fair for the entertainment technology industry has become a new supporting member of the professional association for sound professionals and will be represented with its own stand at the upcoming VDT Tonmeistertagung in Düsseldorf from 8 to 11 November 2023. In addition, the two partners will continue the jointly established ProAudio College, which had its premiere in April 2023. At Prolight + Sound 2024 (19 to 22 March), the seminar programme for sound professionals, which has been expanded once again, will again be dedicated to various main topics, will be even more international and will both strengthen the up-and-coming generation in the industry and offer specialised advanced training. Independently of this advanced training series, the VDT will be involved in the event in Frankfurt with an extensive trade fair presence.
International home of event and entertainment professionals: Prolight + Sound is back on the growth track
A powerful statement for events and entertainment: After four days full of innovative presentations, exciting conferences and emotional encounters, Prolight + Sound 2023 closes with a significant increase in visitor numbers. More than 27,500 professionals from 113 countries attended the leading trade fair for the entertainment technology industry from April 25 to 28, 2023.
A joint effort for the future of events and entertainment: Prolight + Sound starts in Frankfurt am Main
The global entertainment technology industry is back in Frankfurt. From 25 to 28 April, 457 companies (2022: 368 exhibitors, certified by FKM) from 34 countries will present innovative solutions for spectacular events, impressive productions and outstanding visitor experiences.
Prolight + Sound 2023 offers new special areas on digital media networking and camera technology
Prolight + Sound is further expanding its range of products and topics for the 2023 event. With the new Future Walk, the show (25 to 28 April 2023, Frankfurt) will offer an interactive area with an experiential character, which will present innovations around networked systems for event technology and broadcast applications. The focus is on network-based processes that will permanently change the industry in the coming years: from remote production to device-independent workflows and on-demand infrastructures. In addition, the Kamera Hub will celebrate its premiere at Prolight + Sound. It is a central contact point for TV cameramen, presents innovations in moving image production in specialised exhibitions and invites visitors to talks and workshops.
Safe on stage: The “International Event Safety & Security Conference” at Prolight + Sound 2023
The requirements for security at events are constantly increasing. Modern security concepts are therefore more important than ever in order to meet the current challenges with optimism. At the “International Event Safety & Security Conference” (I-ESC), renowned speakers will discuss issues relating to event safety and current topics in the event and live entertainment industry. The I-ESC will take place on Wednesday, 26 April 2023 as part of Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main and will offer participants numerous opportunities for discussion and networking.
Prolight + Sound 2023: Great anticipation for the leading trade fair of the entertainment technology sector
The industry is getting ready for four full days of business, networking and positive energy. At Prolight + Sound (25 to 28 April), visitors can discover all the latest trends and technologies for spectacular events. For the first time since 2019, the show will take place without major global travel restrictions. As a result, exhibitors from all over the world, including Asia, will once again be represented in large numbers. Prolight + Sound will thus be a global meeting place for companies, decision-makers, professionals – and for young talents on the threshold of a career in the event industry. The show offers a broad spectrum of products and themes, from lighting and lasers, via PA systems and studio technology, to projection and LED as well as event services. Particularly in the field of theatre and stage technology, the event has evolved into Europe’s largest meeting place.
Performance + Production Hub: Experience Zone all around creative sound tools with workshops and live acts
After a successful premiere last year, the Performance + Production Hub will enter a new round from 25 to 28 April 2023. The top attraction for DJs, producers and musicians will be expanded at Prolight + Sound 2023. In cooperation with the makers of the Sample Music Festival and well-known brands in the audio sector, an elaborately designed Experience Zone will be created in the Portalhaus. Visitors can try out creative sound tools, experience showcases by international artists and attend top-class workshops. The PRO MUSIK association is also on board as a new partner. This expands the Performance + Production Hub’s offerings to include topics such as acoustic music, band performances and the symbiosis of analogue and digital sound worlds.
Prolight + Sound 2023: EVVC Green Sessions set impulses for a greener event industry
Sustainable events need to become the standard: On this point there is a great deal of agreement among those responsible in the event industry. But how exactly is this goal to be achieved? What point is the industry at? What has already been successfully implemented, what less so? And how does the industry need to position itself in the future? These and other questions will be addressed and discussed by industry experts at the “Green Sessions” at Prolight + Sound from 25 to 28 April 2023. The programme is organised by the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC).
Prolight + Sound 2023: “Sinus – Systems Integration Award” for the “Dark Matter” AV installation in Berlin
A parallel world of light, space and sound: this is how lighting artist Christopher Bauder describes the multimedia experience “Dark Matter”, created by him and the WHITEvoid design studio, which will receive the “Sinus – Systems Integration Award” in 2023. In the pitch-black rooms of a former factory, visitors embark on a journey through seven immersive worlds brought to life with elaborate light installations, kinetic elements, projection mapping and 3D sound. The award ceremony will take place on 27 April 2023 at Prolight + Sound, the leading trade fair for the event and entertainment technology industry.
Prolight + Sound 2023: Opus Award for innovative “Pandaemonium” stage at Staatstheater Kassel
This year’s “Opus – German Stage Award” honours the “Pandaemonium”, a completely new kind of box theatre concept that realised a wide variety of scenic areas and sightlines and brought the audience close to the action. The sophisticated construction and safe distances between the seats made it possible to realise large opera productions such as “Wozzeck” or “Tosca” with a large orchestra and choir in front of the audience at the Staatstheater Kassel, even in times of pandemic challenges. The Opus will be presented on 27 April 2023 at Prolight + Sound, the leading international trade fair for the event and entertainment technology industry.
Prolight + Sound cooperates with PRO MUSIK association: Networking with musicians and producers
Music is the lifeline of the event industry. It forms the foundation for concerts, stage shows and nightlife – and it is deeply rooted in the DNA of Prolight + Sound, the leading trade fair for entertainment technology. Prolight + Sound would like to reflect the extraordinary importance of musical performances and productions for the entire event industry even more strongly than before in its trade fair concept and is cooperating with the PRO MUSIK association for the upcoming edition (April 25-28, 2023). In the course of this, a new event stage will be created in the Portalhaus of Messe Frankfurt, where visitors will have the opportunity to talk to professional musicians, watch live showcases as well as interviews and lectures about music production and careers in the music business.
Prolight + Sound supports “Women in Lighting”: new lounge and talk series about female personalities in the industry
Lighting and event technology is about creativity and artistic expression – as much as it is about planning and analytical skills: a varied field of activity for forward thinkers and sharp minds with visions. Despite all this diversity, women are still a minority in the industry. The sector has increasingly focused on this disparity in recent years. Against this background, the “Women in Lighting” initiative, WIL for short, puts the spotlight on women's power in the industry and raises the profile of female professionals in all lighting trades. As Europe's leading fair for event and media technology, Prolight + Sound 2023 will be supporting the project: with the premiere of the “Women in Lighting Lounge” and specialized programme formats, the show will draw attention to the achievements of women in the sector and provide impetus for more gender diversity.
A reliable force in turbulent times: Prolight + Sound 2023 dedicated to stabilising the industry
The tasks have never been more demanding: a largely positive summer business for the event industry is countered by the massive effects of the energy crisis and the shortage of skilled workers – in addition, the aftermath of Covid is still present. The industry is meeting the continuing challenges with creativity, a strife for innovation and a lot of positive energy. As the leading trade fair for the entertainment technology industry, Prolight + Sound (25 to 28 April 2023) is going full throttle to stimulate new growth. In doing so, the show focuses on optimal product experience, high-calibre training opportunities – and on proactively bringing companies together with the key target groups.
Premiere of ‘ProAudio College’ at Prolight + Sound 2023: Education programme in cooperation with the German Tonmeisters’ Association (VDT)
With a new, high-profile conference format, Prolight + Sound (25 to 28 April 2023) is strengthening the audio section as a mainstay of the event. Together with the ‘Bildungswerk des Verbandes deutscher Tonmeister’ (educational institution of the German Tonmeisters' Association, BiW-vdt), the ProAudio College is being created: a four-day advanced training programme for audio professionals as well as for interested industry talents. The lectures will focus on current trends in the sound reinforcement scene, practical tips in home studio productions and exclusive training modules from the SQQ7 curriculum.
Prolight + Sound launches application phase for “Sinus - Systems Integration Award”
Be it in brand and experience worlds, museums and theme parks or in conference and collaboration rooms: in order to transport emotions and convey messages in a targeted manner, effective and creative use of AV media technology is the key. Since 2004, the “Sinus - Systems Integration Award” has put the spotlight on top achievements in this field. The prize is awarded annually at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main (25 to 28 April 2023). Companies and professionals in the industry are now invited to submit their showcase projects to the competition.
Opus Award 2023: exceptional projects and productions to be honored at Prolight + Sound
After a long break due to the pandemic, the event industry was able to take off again this year and experienced a festival summer of superlatives as well as many sold-out shows. However, this joy is not unclouded, because in times of rising energy costs for productions and staff shortages, creativity is more in demand than ever.
Prolight + Sound 2023: Theatre and stage technology again strongly represented
In the heart of Europe, Prolight + Sound, the leading trade fair for event & entertainment technology, offers companies in the sector a major international stage. In the coming year, it will again place a special focus on the growing product area of stage and theatre technology.
Prolight + Sound cooperates with amusement park association IAAPA and will be present at the IAAPA Expo Europe
Prolight + Sound, the leading trade fair for event & entertainment technology, and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) are jointly aiming to leverage potential. To this end, Prolight + Sound will have a stand at IAAPA Expo Europe in London (12 - 15 September 2022). IAAPA is also planning to take part in the next Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt am Main (25 - 28 April 2023).
Prolight + Sound 2022 closes: emotional encounters and a great spirit of optimism
The future of the event and entertainment sector has begun! This was the unmistakable signal transmitted by Prolight + Sound 2022 after bathing the halls of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre in a sea of light, effects, sounds and inspiration from 26. to 29. April. Around 20,000 visitors from 93 countries took part in this tremendous reunion of the event industry, discovered the latest technological trends and gathered valuable insights for successful business within the framework of the #Restart.