SHOWTECH 2009: The World Forum For The Stage

With its range of products and services in the area of stage technology, the SHOWTECH specialist fair has been the international market leader for 25 years. However, the trade fair and its accompanying congress have long since developed into a meeting place for the event industry in the areas of lighting technology, equipment, event safety or services for permanent venues and events as well. From 16 to 18 June the curtain will go up in Berlin for SHOWTECH 2009. Altogether, 350 exhibitors are expected at the Berlin Exhibition Centre.

Technical Managers and creative specialists from event locations but also from exhibition centres, convention venues, congress centres and arenas will find a unique range of products and services at the fair. With the EVENT3 platform, SHOWTECH also offers a wealth of ideas and know-how for new concepts to event managers from agencies and companies. This year, one focus of the fair will be event safety.

Where stage technology is concerned, SHOWTECH is the leader in overstage and understage machinery, drive and control systems, chain hoists or complete stage installations – the global players such as Waagner Biro, Bosch Rexroth, SBS and Gerriets, to name but a few, can be found in Hall 2 of the Berlin Exhibition centre.

Hall 1, on the other hand, is all about professional lighting technology. This is where the leading suppliers such as for instance ARRI, Martin Professional, ETC, Lightpower, LMP and German Light Products will present themselves.

SHOWTECH is also unique in its combination of the technical and décor fields. At the Costume and Equipment Marketplace in Hall 4, manufacturers from the areas of costumes, equipment and make-up will present themselves.

SHOWTECH will be accompanied by the congress of the Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG), the institutional patron of SHOWTECH. This year's programme carries the motto "Event technology in the 21st century – a balancing act between tradition and innovation". Topics in the lectures and discussions that accompany the fair will be concerned with innovations in the area of lighting and set design, the future of LED technology, the changed conditions of production in theatre workshops as well as opportunities and limitations of audio technology. Some of the lectures will be held in or translated into English.

New Safety Action Stage: From safe rigging to noise protection
The issue of events safety in all its facets will be written large at SHOWTECH 2009. Live demonstrations on the new Safety Action Stage in Hall 3 round off the programme on all three days of the fair. During the entire day, specialists will demonstrate how errors in event safety can be avoided and what standards have to be complied with.

One of the topics dealt with on the action stage is the competent use of personal protection equipment (PPE) which can already help to avoid many accidents. A sample rescue from heights will be held to demonstrate how to rescue an injured person from the truss. In the area of fire protection, specialists will deal with possible solutions in timber constructions, plastic decorations and acrylic glass. After the demonstrations, the practitioners will be available for discussion.

Actors and speakers of the Action Stage also include specialists from the Deutsche Event Akademie, the television channels RTL, ZDF and Hessischer Rundfunk, Studio Hamburg and the NRW Materials Testing Agency (Materialprüfungsamt NRW). The programme is organised in close cooperation with the Verwaltungs-Berufsgenossenschaft (VBG) and the German statutory accident insurance (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung - DGUV).

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