Illuminating memorable events
Gabriola Cultivate Festival 2018
Artistic Illumination had the pleasure of providing the lighting for the Garden mainstage at the Gabriola Cultivate festival held mid August on Gabriola Island, a short ferry trip from Nanaimo. I recommend you join us next year! The band playing in this video is Zimbamoto, based in Vancouver, who play high-energy African music based on traditional and modern melodies/rhythms from Zimbabwe. This tune they played on Saturday night is called Baya Wabaya. Kenneth Fersht of Salt Spring Design shot the video, and I thank both Kenneth and the band for giving me their permission to share it with you. You can find the band at zimbamoto.com or Kenneth at saltspringdesign.com. I used moving heads to create the imagery above and behind the stage, in addition to the rather large collection of lights in and on the truss, and on the back wall of the tent.
Sweet Side of Swing NW 2017
Artistic Illumination provided the lighting for this dance event near Vancouver that drew dancers from all over North America for a total immersion experience offering workshops, coaching, and plenty of social dancing. This video demonstrates how our lighting service enhances the social dancing experience. Using computer control of our lighting, control of the house lights, and a direct feed from the deejay's mixer, we synchronized our lighting effects with the speed and tempo of the music...or not, when static scenes better suited the situation. We supported translucent drapery and a banner between 3m high lycra clad aluminum truss totems and mounted a pair of high-powered moving head lights on them to create a focus and add visual excitement to the dance floor. Lastly, we backlit the backdrop and surrounded the room with uplighting to provide just the right ambience.
This is an international West Coast Swing dance event that ran non-stop for three days. It featured competitions and workshops during the day, then social dancing through the night with the deejays working in shifts. We used two lights behind each sail as the backdrop behind the dance floor and deejay booth as well as uplighting around the perimeter of the ballroom. During the late night dancing we killed the house lights and projected UV light on the backdrop above the sails to make the scenes painted on them with UV paint glow.
We entered this short video in an international lighting competition sponsored by major lighting manufacturer, American DJ. The competition attracted over 80 entries from around the world. We're pleased to be able to tell you that our entry won third place! While announcing our win, the judges commented that "It was almost animated the way he did it. It was very artistic!"
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