Networking Lounge
31 March – 3 April 2020 Frankfurt am Main Tickets & Registration


In the new Networking Area in Hall 4.1, you will find the optimum location for business discussions in a peaceful atmosphere. With an elaborate lounge, lecture stages and catering areas, it offers a modern encounter setting for decision makers on both the exhibitor and visitor sides.

The three open-plan lecture stages in the heart of the area are an integral part of the new Networking Area and are ideal for listening, relaxing or playing an active role in the workshops.

Speakers’ Podium

The biggest lecture area is perfect for keynote lectures, panel discussions, sector-oriented subjects from the fields of politics and business, awards ceremonies and special evening events.

Speakers’ Corner

The centre stage in the lecture area has room for smaller panel discussions, interesting lectures and trade-association networking events.

Speakers’ Desk

The place for workshops and seminars with smaller participant numbers. A collaborative feeling and the close proximity to speakers ensure a perfect working atmosphere.

Keynote Speeches

Patrick Woodroffe

Keynote Speech by Patrick Woodroffe powered by Lightpower

Wednesday, 3.4.19, 12 noon - 1 p.m., Speakers´ Podium   

The Politics of Failure
In his lecture Patrick Woodroffe will dig deep into The Politics of Failure. He will explain how he has faced failure in his career and how he survived the consequences. And why it is that we all fear failure more than we celebrate success. This is a talk full of stories about the misses and near misses in Patrick’s long and illustrious career!

Woodroffe began his career in lighting in the mid Seventies and over forty years has lit and directed productions for many artists including ABBA, Bob Dylan, The Police, Take That and many more. In 2012 Woodroffe lit the opening and closing ceremonies for the London Olympic Games. In 2013 he was made a Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA and he was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to the arts.

Kay Voges

Keynote Speech by Kay Voges

Thursday, 4. April, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Theatre and Digitality

In his lecture, Kay Voges describes his work at the boundary between theatre, stage and digital media – and identifies the institutional boundaries for this vital work in the contemporary theatre system. He also presents his plans to establish an “Academy for Theatre and Digitality” in Dortmund, which are nearing completion.

Speaker: Kay Voges, Regisseur & Intendant des Schauspiel Dortmund und Opus-Preisträger 2019 in der Kategorie Theater – künstlerische und technische Realisation

Career Day

3. April from 15.00 to 16.30 hrs in Hall 4.1, Speakers Corner and Speakers Desk

From instrument makers and studio engineers to sales talents, marketing specialists and stage architects, the event sector is urgently looking for young recruits. The Career Day organised by the SOMM and VPLT associations will be held at the Speakers’ Corner and Speakers’ Desk in the Networking Area (Hall 4.1) and bring together potential trainees with exhibitors. Prior registration is not necessary.

In five-minute presentations, companies of the musical-instrument and event-technology sectors will offer creative insights into their spheres of activity for students and trainees, as well as fully-trained personnel considering a new challenge. Subsequently, candidates have time to hold individual speed-dating discussions with companies they consider suitable.

This gives candidates and HR managers an opportunity to get to know each other in sessions lasting max. five minutes. The best applicants will be given a ‘wild card’ and be invited to an interview at the exhibition stand during Musikmesse / Prolight + Sound and a second interview at the company’s offices afterwards.

The following companies will be making presentations at the fair:
Adam Hall Group
, Neu-Anspach; TonePedia GmbH, Bremen; mld – music & light design GmbH, Leonberg, satis&fy AG, Karben; H.O.F. Alutec  Metallverarbeitungs GmbH & Co. KG, Mettingen


Daniel Sebastian Knöll, Geschäftsführer von SOMM – Society Of Music Merchants e.V.

Interview with Daniel Sebastian Knöll, Managing Director of SOMM – Society Of Music Merchants e.V.

There are a number of novelties, changes in the concept and in the programme. SOMM Managing Director Daniel Knöll is convinced that the course taken by the sister fairs Prolight + Sound and Musikmesse is right.

To the interview
Rosi Marx, European Marketing Manager bei ETC GmbH

Interview with Rosi Marx, European Marketing Manager at ETC GmbH

At Prolight + Sound, ETC and High End Systems will be presenting their current portfolio at four stands including some new products. In the interview Rosi Marx, European Marketing Manager at ETC GmbH, speaks about their appearance at the fair – and how the company uses the fair as an entertainment and information platform.

To the interview

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