New additions for PLASA Rigging Conference

Two more speakers announced as part of new one-day conference format
Guests arrive at PLASA London 2013.
Guests arrive at PLASA London 2013.

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PLASA has announced that bookings for its upcoming Rigging Conference, running at ExCeL London, are up by 50 per cent as the new, one-day format proves popular with the rigging community. The news also coincides with the announcement of two new additions to the programme.

'Raising Your Game’ will consider the role of the chain hoist as the industry’s workhorse and address questions that are often overlooked when making an appropriate choice for a given task. The session’s presenter, Matthias Müller, technical manager of Hoffmann Fördertechnik, will look at why specification should be an informed and holistic choice, rather than simply being based on price or availability.

During 'The Piece Rather than the Rigging’, Alan Bartlett, chief designer and manager of the scenery design and construction departments at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), will discuss the integrity of the scenic items riggers are often asked to lift. It is a subject that is often glossed over, as structural design and shape are ignored, while safety considerations focus on the weight and the size of a piece of scenery. The session will discuss subjects ranging from the provision of appropriate flying points on scenery to the merits of various materials used in the construction of flown scenic elements or props.

These two latest additions join a PLASA Rigging Conference 2014 programme that is brimming with expertise. Earlier announcements revealed that Total Solutions’ Chris Higgs will curate the programme, which includes a keynote speech from Bill Sapsis, a discussion about the revised CDM Regulations from Michael Anderson and an update on the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICoPER) from Lori Rubinstein.

Running alongside PLASA London 2014 at ExCeL, the PLASA Rigging Conference, now in its 5th year, is an important annual meeting for the rigging industry, typically attracting over 150 delegates, from more than 20 different countries.

A special early bird booking rate of £150 plus VAT is available until Monday 15th September. The delegate rate includes refreshments throughout the day, lunch and networking drinks at the close of the conference. For more information and to book your place, visit www.plasariggingconference.com.

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