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Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile lights up the World Economic Forum

Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile lights up the World Economic Forum

Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile lights up the World Economic Forum

South Africa:

HireZone Audio Visual used 14 brand new Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile luminaires for the key lighting at the 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) held on 4–6 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The fixtures helped lighting designer and operator Gary Sam create a bright, balanced and consistent look for the live broadcast of the international panel in the Plenary Room.

With the theme ‘Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, the WEF saw leaders from across the globe gather to discuss the future of Africa. HireZone was appointed by an international team to supply all technical requirements for the entire event.

This was the first time HireZone used the new VL2600 Profiles, which it bought from South African Vari-Lite distributor DWR Distribution. HireZone owner Richard Gild picked the VL2600 Profile from options offered by five manufacturers. ‘Three factors that my business partner, Garth Lawler, and I had to take into consideration were support, functionality and price,’ said Gild.

‘Vari-Lite has an excellent reputation as a brand, especially focusing on their quality optics. Eventually, once I’d seen the light, it became a no-brainer,’ he said. ‘The VL2600s exceeded our expectation and made our jobs a lot easier. We had a stress-free show as a result.’

Twelve VL2600 Profiles were positioned on a rectangular box truss hung over the stage area and on three house trusses, for front light and to get lower and higher angles as needed for a crisp, white look. Two VL2600 Profiles were also used to light a side banner.

With some 14 presidents or speakers on stage, the international lighting designer measured the level at every single chair on stage with a light meter. ‘Every chair was perfectly balanced, thanks to the VL2600s, which provided our key light,’ said designer Sam, who was new to the VL2600 Profile. The picture was also well-lit for audiences watching the broadcast from home.

‘The VL2600 is not a fixture we will use every day, but as we speak, it’s in the prep bay getting ready for the next three-day forum, where it will work alongside its bigger brother the VLZ,' commented Gild.

He noted that the VL2600 is a slightly niche market light and believes it fits right in the middle of the lighting market. ‘I am hoping to attract the cross-rental market here in Durban, where I believe it’s the first of its kind - with blades - in our region. It would be great if more rental companies investing in this unit, so we can all enjoy more fixtures on our shows.’

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