Showlight 2017 Registration Now Open!

Showlight is pleased to announce that delegate registration for the tenth Lighting Quadrennial, Showlight 2017, is now open! 

The eagerly-awaited event takes place in Florence, Italy at the Palazzo dei Congressi from 20-23 May 2017 and, this year, is delighted to welcome Clay Paky as its main sponsor. 

Register for Showlight 2017 here:

Tickets will sell out fast, so secure a place now by visiting the Showlight website at The ‘register’ link will direct you straight to Showlight’s registration page on the Eventbrite website where you can choose your tickets.

Delegates have a choice of two ticket options: Full Delegate or Papers Session Only Delegate. Full Delegate ticket holders enjoy the whole event which, in addition to the Papers sessions, includes the Saturday evening reception, the Sunday evening company-sponsored dinners, Monday afternoon visits to places of cultural interest, and the main Showlight Gala Dinner. 

Alternatively, Papers Session Only tickets give delegates access to attend just the Papers sessions on Sunday, Monday morning and Tuesday - with, of course, lunch, tea and coffee breaks. These tickets can be purchased for all three days of Showlight, or for any single day of the three. All tickets are available on line, but Papers Sessions Only tickets can also be obtained from the Showlight registration desk on the day, subject to availability. We hope this will be especially attractive to local visitors.

The Speaker Programme at Cesky Krumlov in 2013 was informative, entertaining and diverse, and included Papers from Durham Marenghi on Lighting the Diamond Jubilee Concert, Tim Routledge on Inside the Isles of Wonder at the London 2012 Olympics, Victoria Coeln with Colour is the Gift of Light, Tupac Martir’s energetic presentation on Nierka – Technology, Video, Light and Music as characters, Danielle Feinberg’s From Pixels to Pictures: The Cinematography of Pixar’s Films and the epic grandeur of Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)’s Lighting Opera at the foot of the Masada Mountains, to name but a very few. Bill Klages’ As I Was Saying… continued to regale delegates with hilarious stories of his adventures in lighting US TV spectaculars, while Peter Perina fascinated with his paper on The Baroque Theatre of the Castle Cesky Krumlov – one of only two remaining in the world. The Showlight Papers Committee is currently working its way through an equally entertaining swathe of submissions for 2017 and the signs are that the Florence Quadrennial is not to be missed!

Historically, Showlight has always been conducted solely in English but this year, located in Florence, we look forward to welcoming many local delegates and, for the first time, are offering a simultaneous Italian translation of the Papers.  We are indebted to sponsorship from Osram who have supported this service for the event.

Showlight offers the opportunity for a limited number of students on lighting courses to attend Showlight 2017 free of charge, with places sponsored by one of the exhibitors.  To apply for one of these free tickets, please contact Rob Dyer, In return for sponsored attendance, each student is asked to make themselves available to help their exhibitor with their stand fit-up on Saturday 20 May and the de-rig on Tuesday 23 May.  All stands are of a modest size so this is not an onerous task.

For those not lucky enough to be allocated a sponsored place, there are a number of reduced cost student tickets and, once again, Rob is the contact for these. 

All ticket holders will have full admission to the exhibition of major lighting equipment manufacturers and service providers which is open between Papers sessions. We are pleased to announce that we have already sold over 65% of the available stands, so if you wish to secure a place as an exhibitor, contact Jane Cockburn without delay on

Book your hotel here: 

Florence is a popular destination, and accommodation in May is hard to come by in city centre hotels.  To assist delegates with finding accommodation, Showlight has blocked out a substantial number of rooms in hotels close to the Palazzo dei Congressi for the days of Showlight 2017.  These can be accessed via the link on the Showlight website on the ‘Travel & Hotels’ page of the drop down menu under ‘Visitors’ ( Preferential rates can be secured by entering the Showlight2017 code found on the booking page. Again, it is advisable to book sooner rather than later.

More information on all aspects of Showlight 2017 will be released over the coming months specifically relating to Visits, Company dinner preferences and Papers presentations, and details of new exhibitors are continually updated on the Showlight website and social media sites. So watch this space and follow us on Facebook (Showlight Quadrennial), Twitter @Showlight2017, and the Showlight website

We look forward to seeing you all in Florence next May!

Register for Showlight 2017 here: 

Book your Florence hotel here:
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