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Venue Expo Leads On Education For The MICE Industry  Learning & Development Stands Above The Rest At This Years Show

Venue Expo Leads On Education For The MICE Industry Learning & Development Stands Above The Rest At This Years Show

13th October 2016

Venue Expo 2016 can without a doubt claim it's finest year of education to date after securing some of the best keynote speakers in the country and is set to deliver it's largest exhibition to date.

'We've worked tirelessly to ensure that this year's exhibition delivers a visitor experience unlike any other' comments Bryce Muldoon, Show Manager. 'Our learning & development programme has been focused on delivering high quality content that is relevant to industry visitors, ensuring that their experience is our absolute priority' Bryce concludes

Venue Expo co-located with PA Expo will be bringing CPD accredited courses, networking sessions from some of the North's finest institutions alongside a wide range of industry leaders.

Included in this years education will be seminars and talks from the likes of people such as Jon Morter, the social media magnate behind the Rage Against The Machine to Christmas number 1 campaign, beating music mogul Simon Cowell's X Factor twice and Hillsborough Tribute Single campaign who will be explaining the secrets behind his successes whilst also giving unprecedented access into how to fully utilise your social media.

'Alongside Jon, we have talks from some of the country's most pre-eminent speakers, these include talks from the likes of Susan Dolan, a google expert with over 20 years experience, Major Jon Cunningham MBE, a fundamental figure in the liberation of Basrah and now owner of STORM consultancy who will be delivering an in-depth look into the protection of venues across the country' comments Brett Bienias, President of UKFE.

'We've made sure not to leave PA Expo out, confirming Adam Fidler, a PA guru with years of experience within blue chip organisations such as The Bank Of America & Boots. He will be featuring at PA Expo alongside a live panel from PA Life magazine and Pitmans Training 'Entrepeneur Of The Year' Julie Jordan, it's safe to say we've never been prouder of the range of seminars, workshops and masterclasses on display this year.' Brett concludes.

There is a total of 47 seminars that will be running across the two show days, all of which deliver an unrivalled variety of high quality, content rich continuous professional development.
Venue Expo co-located with PA Expo returns to the ECL Liverpool, 8th & 9th November 2016.
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WTM London 2016: 10 Reasons To Attend

WTM London 2016: 10 Reasons To Attend

13th October 2016

1 This year, for the first time, WTM London 2016 will be a three day event, taking place on Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November, with extended opening hours from 10am to 7pm. This means that even more business than last year (record $3.23 billion, or £2.5 billion) will be conducted.

2 WTM London 2016 includes an array of new features, including the new 300-seater amphitheatre - the Inspire Theatre - added to the exhibitor floor in the North Hall of ExCeL, while the International Press Centre will now be located on the exhibition floor in the South Hall, facilitating improved contact between the media and exhibitors

3 More than 80 conference seminars will take place throughout the three days, covering all key sectors, including aviation, hotels, sports, tourism, responsible tourism, blogging, social media, and travel technology. More than 18,000 attendees are expected at the conference sessions, including 9,000 unique delegates, and more than 38 travel industry sectors represented at WTM London. Don't miss out on the WTM Presents Keynotes, with tourism expert Doug Lansky and futurist Brain Solis.

4 Discover the latest worldwide travel and tourism industry data, statistics, and trends from the leading research organisations Euromonitor International, Mintel, and Nielsen. Mintel's session will cover the impact and opportunities of Brexit on the UK travel market.

5 On Monday, the event kicks off with the WTM Speed Networking on the Global Stage, bringing 1,400 exhibitors and more than 200 business senior buyers together over one session. It will help to broker connections and business opportunities between buyers and exhibitors before the exhibition floor opens.

6 The two pillars of the WTM London 2016, World Responsible Tourism Day and the prestigious UNWTO & WTM MINISTERS' SUMMIT will both celebrate their tenth editions this year. WRTD will take place on the new day of Tuesday 8th November, putting the industry's sustainability at the heart of the event. The UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit will take place on Wednesday 9th November, and will focus on many tourism issues, including safety and security challenges.

7 The Travel Tech Show at WTM is the UK's largest travel technology event, and the fastest growing region at WTM London. The show brings together the latest products and services in technology to the global travel industry. This year, the event has already confirmed high-profile names from the technology and travel industry, including Pegasus Solutions, DerbySoft, and Open Destinations. In 2015, more than 55,000 meetings took place in the Travel Tech Show at WTM London.

8 WTM London's parent company, Reed Exhibitions, has signed a global agreement with hotel booking website HotelMap to give delegates attending any of its travel events access to state-of-the-art hotel booking. The deal starts with bookings for WTM London.

9 A taste of the ILTM - International Luxury Travel Market - a portfolio of global, regional and specialist luxury travel events returns for the fifth year across the Monday and Tuesday, connecting international luxury suppliers with key luxury buyers. On the Wednesday, the WTM Wellness Lounge will maximise connection opportunities between wellness exhibitors and wellness buyers, to facilitate business deals in the comfort of the dedicated lounge. Designed as the hub for spa and wellness travel professionals, the lounge highlights the growing representation and importance of the Wellness Tourism sector at WTM.

10 WTM London will conclude with the popular WTM Festivals. A number of exhibitors will host parties showcasing their culture, music and cuisine. The festivals give everyone the opportunity to socialise after the traditional working hours in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Don't Miss Out!

Discover the magic of Shakespeare's England in 2017!

Discover the magic of Shakespeare's England in 2017!

13th October 2016

Discover Shakespeare's England in 2017 and enjoy a host of exciting events and activities for all the family. See four of Shakespeare's great political thrillers by the Royal Shakespeare Company, have a go at wake-boarding at a new purpose built track, wander around new exhibitions and take part in a variety of festivals. Make 2017 the year you discover the magic of Shakespeare's England.
The Royal Shakespeare Company marks 2000 years since the death of Ovid, announcing their new season of Shakespeare's four political thrillers set in and around ancient Rome. Julius Caesar runs from 3 March to 9 September, Antony & Cleopatra, runs from 11 March to 7 September, Titus Andronicus, runs from 23 June to 2 September and Coriolanus, concludes the season. The season is accompanied by a new free exhibition from March to September looking at 200 years of British political cartoons inspired by Shakespeare. In the Swan Theatre the RSC presents a new version of the Chinese drama, Snow in Midsummer; the world premieres of new plays by Richard Bean, The Hypocrite, and Vice Versa by Phil Porter; Oscar Wilde's Salomè; and Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage.
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will celebrate their 170th anniversary on 16 September when it was formed in 1847 following the purchase of Shakespeare's Birthplace. Discover how Charles Dickens spearheaded the campaign to save the Birthplace in this temporary exhibition. A new exhibition will take place at Hall's Croft in March to explore Jacobean medicine in relation to working practises of Dr. John Hall. To coincide with the UK - India Year of Culture, SBT will present 'Shakespeare in South Asia' from May - September celebrating Shakespeare's influence in South Asia. The Shakespeare Film Festival takes place in September with film screenings to appeal to all audiences. 'Shakespeare Week' runs from 20 - 27 March to celebrate Shakespeare in primary schools and the 64th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival runs from 11 - 18 June with a line-up of readings, performances and workshops, mixing the talents of poets with actors and musicians.
Visitors are invited to celebrate the first anniversary of Shakespeare's Schoolroom & Guildhall, which opened its doors on 23 April, exactly 400 years after the death of its former pupil, William Shakespeare. The programme will feature a series of events around the April anniversary including special tours, an author event and new family focused activities.
Compton Verney will host three major art exhibitions. Starting with Creating the Countryside, a look at how the countryside has influenced painters from 1600 to 2017, then an exhibition examining Optical Art in the summer followed by a celebration of the work of one of the world's most important and best-loved illustrators, Quentin Blake in the autumn. There will also be The Clearing, a project which will create an evolving encampment, including a geodesic dome in the shadow of Compton Verney's mansion house, where people can come together to learn how to live completely off-grid.
Wootton Park opens their new Wakeboard Park in the spring with three lakes. The purpose built facility will have two electric cable winch systems which will pull participants up and down the lakes. There will be a variety of ramps and jumps to suit all abilities. Wootton Park is also expanding their glamping pod business with private hot tubs.
The British Motor Museum, following on from it successful refurbishment and re-branding in 2016, will host a major temporary exhibition 'British Motoring Treasures' which will run from Easter.
The hugely popular Stratford Festival of Motoring returns for its fourth consecutive year, over the first May Bank holiday. The town centre streets will throb with the sound of over 300 high performance motors and classic cars. The award winning Stratford River Festival returns to the banks of the River Avon over the first July. It is the largest family friendly free event held in Stratford with over 70,000 visitors expected to enjoy events on and off the river, market stalls and entertainment. The Stratford Food Festival is planned to take place from 22 - 24 September with over 100 stalls across 3 town centre areas.
The Market Hall Museum in Warwick will re-open in February following a major renovation and upgrade over the past 18 months. The Kenilworth Show takes place on 10 June featuring a fun filled, action packed day out for the whole family. The Peace Festival takes place in Leamington Spa in July along with the Thai, Beer, Folk and Ukele Festivals in Warwick. The National Bowls Championships in Leamington takes place in August for a month as teams from across the country compete. Entry is free every day.
Batsford Arboretum will open a new outdoor children's play area in the spring. The play area will feature a mini adventure playground with wooden climbing frames.
Warwick Race-Couse, one of the oldest in the country, has renovated its bars and made improvements to its track. Race-goers can kick the season off with some thrilling horse- racing on 14 January with the Betfred Classic Chase Day.
Playbox Theatre's theme for 2016/17 is 'extraordinary journeys' which is inspired by the writer Jules Verne. The programme includes new writing, original creations, re-imagined classics and a unique strand of work for young children in a year-long festival to be based at The Dream Factory in Warwick.
Orchestra of the Swan celebrates its 21st season in 2016/17 bringing together worldwide talents from the youngest ever BBC Young Musician winner Jennifer Pike to the world renowned cellist and conductor Julian Lloyd Webber. OOTS will also tour New York for a concert at the Carnegie Hall on 26 February.
After a £250,000 renovation in 2016, new toilet facilities will open at Stratford Butterfly Farm. The Maya, an ancient rainforest civilisation, is now on display at the Butterfly Farm which is one of only a few resources available in the UK to schools studying the Maya as part of the National Curriculum.
Shakespeare's Sisters Soap will host three new workshops on Aromatic Distilling, Traditional Cold Process Soap Making and Elizabethan Perfume Making. Contemporary Arts Fair Discover:Gather:Give will be held on 3, 4 & 5 November at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall showcasing the best local and regional artists.
Warwickshire Open Studios will run three events, the first being a new Artist's Car Boot Fair in late January. The Annual Spring Exhibition takes place at Easter and the Open Studios event, which takes place across 250 venues over 2 weeks and 3 weekends, is held in June and July.
The Old Slaughterhouse will launch its new Heritage project The Lost Garden of Avon, exploring the gardens that were once within the site. The venue will offer an innovative arts trail complemented by a new digital storytelling website. Exhibitions will include Yesterday & Today, featuring photography of Stratford's townscape with future exhibitions exploring Stratford's Toll House and riverside industry, Marie Corelli, one of Stratford's best loved Patrons and Stratford Rail Heritage.
Stratford Literary Festival will celebrate its 10th birthday from 23 - 30 April, with a week in schools from 27 - 31 March. The Festival will offer a choice of events for thousands of adults and children, confirming its place as one of the UK's most exciting festivals.
The Battle Proms will return to Ragley Hall on 12 August for an evening of music paired with spectacular aerial, cavalry, cannon and firework displays. The Battle Proms concerts remain the only place in the world where you can see Beethoven's 'Battle Symphony' performed with 193 live firing Napoleonic cannon providing a thunderous percussion.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery will host an exhibition 'Dictionary of Silences' by Colin Hitchmough until 8 January. Colin returns to Leamington to showcase new works and key pieces from the 1970s to the present day. Ruby Wax, the US born comedian, actor and writer will perform at the Royal Spa Centre on 17 February.
Bicester Village will be offering pop-up boutiques, seasonal entertainment, and food pop- ups. In December 2016 Chiltern Railways will celebrate the extension of the current London Marylebone to Oxford Parkway railway line which will run directly into Oxford city centre. This will improve travel links between Bicester Village and the centre of Oxford, as guests can arrive by train from the city for the first time.
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Venue Expo comes to Scotland for the first time

22nd September 2016

Edinburgh, Wednesday 21 September 2016
For the first time in its three-year history, Venue Expo, which will also be co-located with PA Expo, will be hosting a second show in 2017 by taking the eminent profile further up north to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

In just three years, Venue Expo has built a strong reputation for being the leading exhibition for the meetings and events industry in the North of England. Currently located in Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Venue Expo, which this year is co-located with PA Expo, has consistently delivered show stopping exhibitions featuring the very best products & services, world class content and the industry's leading keynote speakers. Visitors to the event represent Agencies and PCO's, Corporate companies, Associations and Exhibition/Event Organisers.

The EICC is one of the world's most outstanding venues for conventions, conferences and exhibitions alike so it is only right that it will now be the home to the equally-impressive Venue Expo and PA Expo 12 - 13 April 2017.

Past events have seen hordes of attendees, hosted buyers and exhibitors gracing the event to gain direct contact with event industry buyers. As the events marketplace continues to strive, it is imperative that there is representation of this via a dedicated large scale exhibition in Scotland.

Attendees to both the Venue Expo and PA Expo will have the opportunity to attend top quality CPD accredited seminars, benefit from priceless networking opportunities and will be able to benefit from a wide variety of exhibitors offering services and products all pertaining everything MICE.

President of UKFE Brett Bienias says 'This is an incredibly exciting time for the Venue & PA Expo. We have made significant progress in cementing these events as the largest MICE industry and PA focused events in the North and they have been absolutely incredible and tantamount to the fact that we have now been able to expand these profiles to Scotland. We have been working on our Scotland proposition for the last 12 months and are very pleased to announce this outstanding news and to be working alongside a world renowned venue such as the EICC.'

EICC's Chief Executive, Marshall Dallas commented 'We are thrilled that the EICC has been selected to be the host of the Venue Expo & PA Expo 2017 for its inaugural event in Scotland. We very much look forward to hosting representatives from venues and event suppliers from the UK and Europe who will exhibit to the thousands of event professionals and PA's which are expected to attend this high-profile event for our industry.'

For those wanting the perfect platform to do business with industry leaders in Scotland, this exhibition is not one to be missed.

Jon Morter On 'How To Beat X Factor' At Venue Expo 2016

14th September 2016

Venue Expo 2016, which is co-located with PA Expo lands back in it's birthplace...LIVERPOOL, for it's biggest exhibition to date, bringing Exhibition Centre Liverpool to a standstill as we invite unprecedented hordes of MICE industry professionals, business leaders and PA's into the North's largest and most important business exhibition.

To celebrate it's third year in the industry, this herculean exhibition not only consists of up to 300 exhibitors with the very best products and services but visitors will be joined by a true pioneer...

For the first year ever and running alongside our already glittering line up of key speakers, we are extremely proud to offer visitors world class content with an exclusive insight into the Award Winning Social Media Magnate; Jon Morter.

Heralded as a true 'Social Media Hellraiser' by the New York Times and praised for his gatecrashing of the music industry through his stratospheric and grassroot social media campaign, which successfully saw Rage Against The Machine beat the relentless might of music goliath Simon Cowell's X Factor for the race to Christmas number one.

After breaking a Guinness World Record for sales through this campaign, Jon's work has gone from strength to strength, securing him another two #1 chart toppers with The Justice Collective's Hillsborough Tribute Single and a Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street re-release as well as running a hugely successful campaign to Save BBC Radio 6.

Since this success Jon has gone on to work with some of the biggest artists in the world including Nirvana, Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart and Eagles of Death Metal, as well as holding classes for major industry giants including the BBC, Facebook and Dragon's Den Mentor Peter Jones' Academy.

Jon will be holding an exclusive masterclass at the Venue Expo & PA Expo over both days whereby he will be revealing the recipe to success and top secrets behind his world class social media campaigns.

Jon Morter says ' I am honoured to be involved in this outstanding event, which is extremely relevant to my work. I am really looking forward to meeting many business professionals from both the Venue and PA expo's wherein I can share my knowledge, wisdom and business sense'

Brett Bienias, President of UKFE said 'From the feedback we received from last years Venue Expo, visitors asked for more support on maximising social media within their roles. As such we have secured the best social media guru in the country to coach our visitors and provide unrivalled insight in achieving world class results with their online skills'

Jon will be holding his bespoke, exclusive masterclass, Q&A and networking sessions throughout the two day event. Entry to the event is free and visitors can enjoy the many features within. To purchase tickets to the VIP area and Jon Morter's masterclass, please visit:

Global Event Tech: Event Technology is heading to Liverpool

11th May 2016

Global Event Tech 2016, a free to attend event which will take place on the 27th & 28th June from 10:00 - 16.00 across both days at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Showcasing 42 of the leading event tech providers worldwide as well we have attracted high profile keynote speakers who will share their
live event experiences, industry knowledge and expertise. Liverpool continues to increase its momentum to become one of Europe's leading destinations for large scale exhibitions, ensuring it to be the perfect location for Global Event Tech to grow. Our aim is to provide both an innovative and thrilling platform for learning, sharing and developing new business as part of the International Festival of Business. Global Event Tech is set to connect the events industry with a vast array of suppliers and events professionals. You can find the leading event tech providers such as ITM Mobile, D2i Systems and Glisser only to name a few, who will showcase the very best in the industry from latest emerging technologies and developments. The audience will range from event organisers from all backgrounds such as corporate or agencies as well as venues of whom are looking to enhance their own event experiences. We will be attracting international delegates by delivering a strong Hosted Buyer Programme by organising dedicated 1-2-1 meetings based on the Hosted Buyer's requirements and preferences. In return this will provide our exhibitors with outstanding business opportunities by connecting with the right people. At Global Event Tech, we believe that much there better place around the word to do business but in the heart of Liverpool.
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Bacon Theatre Summer Season 2016

Bacon Theatre Summer Season 2016

6th May 2016

May to August
The Bacon Theatre team are raring to go with a new summer line-up, running from May till August 2016. Audiences can expect fantastic live music, event cinema and outdoor theatre to fill their social calendars.
The National Theatre Live screenings continue, broadcast live in stunning High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound. With two favourites returning for encore screenings: A View from the Bridge [12A] an Olivier Award winner broadcast from the Young Vic and The Audience [12A] starring Helen Mirren at Queen Elizabeth II. There is also time to squeeze in a live broadcast from the RSC with their Hamlet [12A] directed by Simon Goodwin.
Other indoor events include superb live music from Voodoo Room, Cotswold Clapton and musical entertainment with Summer Dreaming; more great films that have been hand-picked for audiences to enjoy on the big screen including Love & Mercy [12A], Brooklyn [12A] and The Danish Girl [15] in particular with incredible performances from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
July and August bring an exciting collection of outdoor theatre events, as the picturesque Tuckwell Amphitheatre opens its gates for the annual Open-air Theatre Festival. Two weeks of energising live stage productions and quirky films under the stars include: As You Like It, Murder on the Terrace, Robin Hood, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gulliver's Travels, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dotty the Dragon, Romeo and Juliet, Around the World in 80 Days, plus films under the stars Man Up [15] and Chicago [12A].
Speaking for the Bacon Theatre, Theatre Administrator Alicia Norman said: 'We are excited to be opening the doors to the Tuckwell once again, for another jam packed line-up. This year we will be debuting our vintage refreshments van, where you can treat yourself to an ice-cream, a hot chocolate or a little tipple!'
All these events are now on sale and may be bought online at or from the Bacon Theatre ticket office on 01242 258002.

Robert Juliat brings changes to Prolight+Sound 2016

Robert Juliat brings changes to Prolight+Sound 2016

18th April 2016

Robert Juliat was very happy with its position in the middle of the Lightpower Village in Hall 3.0 where its products attracted a constant stream of visitors for the whole duration of the show.

The array of RJ Zep LED profile and Fresnel fixtures drew much attention from theatre, event and display technicians, as did the Merlin 2500W HMI touring spot and the 300W LED Roxie followspot, which both continue to lead the way in followspot innovation.

But perhaps the biggest scene-stealer was the Dalis LED cyclorama light which brought with it some exciting new developments to the technology that took the show by storm in 2015. In addition to the award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclight, which has been flying off the shelves since last year, Robert Juliat also unveiled a new Dalis footlight batten and a Dalis wash light.

The Dalis LED Footlight 862 is a 150W LED batten with 48 white LED sources arranged in a double row. It shares the Cyclight's exclusive patented optical system of 48 micro optical asymmetric reflectors giving an even spread of light and perfect dimming from 100% - 0%. The two rows are arranged to give long or short throw options, to give low level lighting on performers from the front to the back of the stage. Each row is controlled independently or in groups of four via DMX /RDM, Art-Net and sACN with 16-bit control.

Four small, DMX-controlled, blue LED are located between the reflectors to serve as stage edge lighting.

Dalis Footlight offers a true tunable white from 6500K to 2200K giving true (non-coloured) shadows which makes it ideal for display applications. All controls and connections are on the bottom of the fixture to maintain clean sight lines.

Silent, fanless operation makes Dalis Footlight perfect for opera houses and television studios and any sound-sensitive applications, but it is equally happy in shop windows and exhibitions where its clean lines will add a touch of class to any display.

The Dalis LED Washlight 861 takes the same technology as the original Dalis Cyclight and reconfigures into a rectangular format with 24 asymmetrical micro-reflectors and 8-colour LEDs arranged in four rows. Sharing the qualities of control, colour mixing, coverage and silent operation as Dalis Cyclight and Footlight, it is the perfect wash complement to the Dalis range.

'The new additions to the Dalis range expand the Dalis technology into a versatile, multi-functional product line that widens the design possibilities for lighting designers in many markets,' says Robert Juliat Sales Director, Claus Spreyer. 'We were very pleased with the level of attention our new products received, with the only (enjoyable!) distraction being a performance from the Dead Daisies, arranged by Lightpower's Ralph-Jörg Wezorke, as after-show entertainment! We are very happy to see people so excited by all our products and the eagerness with which the new Dalis developments were received. The show, as always, has brought about new business opportunities and continues to be the best showcase for Robert Juliat products in Europe.'

More information on all Robert Juliat products, including the new Dalis Footlight and Dalis Washlight, can be found at

Link to DALIS video:

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2016, Frankfurt

Robert Juliat at Prolight + Sound 2016, Frankfurt

21st March 2016

Robert Juliat returns to Frankfurt in 2016, in a new location, where it will celebrate the show's re-imagined layout with its German distributor, Lightpower GmbH, in the Lightpower Village (Hall 3 Stand C44).

The award-winning DALIS LED cyclorama and wall wash light will be on show in all its multi-coloured glory, and promises some exciting new developments this year. Since its introduction twelve months ago at Prolight + Sound 2015, Dalis has really taken off with demand coming from all corners of the globe.

Compact, lightweight and easy to install with a quick-rig mounting system, Dalis' 8-colour mixing LED system and 16-bit control result in an almost infinite range of repeatable colour possibilities, including true tunable white from 6500K to 2200K. Its exclusive patented optical system composed of 48 micro optical asymmetric reflectors, ensures an even spread of light, smooth colour transitions and perfect dimming from 100% - 0%. Its massive output belies its small power consumption, while silent, fanless operation makes Dalis perfect for opera houses and television studios and any sound-sensitive applications. Each 1m Dalis batten has four separately controllable sections allowing precise control of linear sections and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Whichever way you look at it, Dalis has all the right ingredients to spice up your light!

This year's Prolight + Sound stand will demonstrate the Dalis effect in large format as 20 Dalis units are used in unison over a 8m x 7m cyclorama. New ideas will also be presented, rendering the Dalis family especially attractive to lighting designers of dance and ballet.

To see Dalis in action view our video presentation here: Spice up your light!

Robert Juliat's ZEP Family, the Zep 660 SX 300W LED profile and its Fresnel counterpart, Zep 360LF, will both be on show. The RJ Fresnel can be used as a direct replacement for traditional 1k or 2k Fresnel units but uses only 300w of long life LED power resulting in huge cost savings. Retaining all the key features of a traditional RJ fixture, the Zep family presents a genuine energy saving alternative to traditional fixtures, without the compromises.

Of course, no show would be complete without an appearance of Robert Juliat followspots, and this year Robert Juliat will present both the largest and the smallest of its range, as the 2500W HMI touring spot, Merlin, stands alongside the compact LED followspot, Roxie.

Merlin is a hot-restrike, flicker-free, 2.5k 6000k output beast with a built-in ballast that is powered from a just a single 16a connector. Designed for a tough life on the road, Merlin is built of aluminium and stainless steel for strength and anti-corrosion properties; its 4:1 optical range covers 3°-12° making it suitable for short and long throw applications. All RJ standard features are present, with the addition of separate horizontal and vertical shutters and advanced diagnostics which are accessible locally or remotely via RDM. Merlin is the perfect rental investment for concert touring.

With Roxie, it is all about efficiency. This compact marvel of efficient optics sports an Osram LED source with an output to rival a traditional 575W fixture. It is available in three colour temperatures and offers perfect beam shaping from 10.5° to 22.5°. Roxie is the ideal energy-efficient solution for all those venues where running costs need to be significantly reduced.

'Prolight + Sound is the highlight of the tradeshow calendar in Europe,' says Robert Juliat CEO, François Juliat. 'It is the ideal opportunity to gather our distributor family together, reinforce strong partnerships, and meet international end-users and all our Robert Juliat customers face to face.'

More details of all Robert Juliat products can be found at

Link to DALIS video:

Jockey Johnson's top Cheltenham tips

Jockey Johnson's top Cheltenham tips

14th March 2016

As Birmingham prepares to decant en masse to the Cheltenham Festival next week, soon-to-be-crowned Champion Jockey Richard Johnson has offered punters his top tips.
And he should know given he is one of a select few to have won the Big Four - the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, World Hurdle and Gold Cup.
Eventmasters' horse racing ambassador - the sports hospitality agency is hosting thousands of race goers across a range of facilities and has sold out all four days at its premier Silks @ Frontrunners offer - he pledged: 'The Gold Cup for me is the best race of the week and it is the pinnacle.'
Johnson won it in 2000 on Looks Like Trouble riding for his father-in-law Noel Chance and there is a special postscript to the story. 'Looks Like Trouble now lives at home with us, he has become a family pet, we love him. I haven't got a ride in the Gold Cup at the moment but fingers crossed something comes up because I would love to win the race again.'
However, Johnson thinks that an old-favourite who has made a blistering return to form this season could be the horse to beat. 'Looking at this year's Gold Cup I'd love to ride Cue Card. It's amazing for a ten-year-old to show the improvement he has when most horses are usually on the decline. And of course he's won at The Festival before.'
In the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, Johnson believes Balthazar King can bounce back from injury. 'Balthazar King is in great form. He missed the race last season and was aimed at the Grand National, but this year he has been specifically trained for the Cross Country and is looking to win it for a third time. He is my best chance of the week.'
Elsewhere he fancies Garde La Victoire, which, dependent on the ground, could go in the JLT Novices' Steeple Chase.
And Saddlers Encore in the Pertemps Final is in the frame. 'He is still improving and won nicely at Sandown last time out. He is trained by Phillip Hobbs and doesn't have many miles on the clock.'
As for The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy, Douvan is the pick. 'He really looks to be the up and coming star at the moment and I really can't see him getting beat.'
Johnson is having a fantastic season and, now the legendary AP McCoy has put his feet up, is way ahead in the jump jockey championship.
He said: 'At the start I didn't really set myself any specific targets for numbers of winners, the main aim was the title. But the fact that I have had over 200 winners so far this season, combined with reaching 3,000 career winners has made it a very special year.
'I've been really shocked by the support I have received from the industry - it has been amazing to be honest and the season couldn't have gone any better. Hopefully we can continue with a good week at Cheltenham.'
Quizzed on the possibility of retirement, he replied: 'No chance! I've been trying to win this title for 22 years, so there are definitely no thoughts of retirement.'
Eventmasters managing director Denise Sheasby, a horse racing enthusiast, was a part owner of the popular 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander.
She said: 'It was great to have AP McCoy as our racing ambassador in his retirement year of 2015. We are delighted that Richard will be joining us at Silks both before and after racing on what should be a very special occasion for everyone especially as he is charging towards the jockeys' title which he has been seeking for so long.'