When Dubai-based lighting and sound company, iLight, was called on to provide lighting, sound and stage design for this year’s Hala Febrayer Festival, the company turned to Elation Professional lighting and LED video equipment to light performances by top Arabic artists.
Some 80,000 tourists converge on Kuwait each February to attend the annual Hala Febrayer Festival, a month-long event featuring cultural activities and entertainment that includes live television performances by some of the region’s most popular singers. The most watched live TV show of the year in the Middle East, Hala Febrayer consists of five concerts over five nights with three artists performing each night.
Produced by entertainment and production company Rotana Audio Visual, this year’s show - broadcast on Rotana TV and held at the Kuwait Ice Skating Rink - was postponed until March due to the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
Over the last 14 years, iLight has found success working on local events as well as with international artists who tour through the region and the company has been relying on Elation gear more often the past few years. iLight acquires its Elation lighting and video products through the brand's distributor Provision AVL of Dubai, which provided engineering and technical support on this year’s Hala Febrayer.
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This was iLight’s first time working on the event and the result was as desired. The highlight was a unique three-ringed concentric truss structure of 4m, 6m, and 10m truss circles that emulated a rose with lighting fixtures adorning the rings and LED screens representing rose petals.
Lining the truss rings for mid-air effects and big beam looks were Elation Platinum Spot 15R and Platinum Beam 5R moving heads. Additional Platinum Spot 15Rs were placed upstage left and right to light the band, with more Platinum Spot 15R fixtures spread across the floor.
Lining the truss circles for added colour were Elation Opti Quad PAR lights while ELAR Bar fixtures were used to uplight artists from a floor position. Although the original design called for more ELAR Bars in the rig, because the ice skating rink lacks optimal rigging points it was necessary for lighting director and operator for the show, Helio of iLight, to alter the design last minute.
Used as the main LED video screen for their “reliability and excellent quality” was the Elation EZ6, a 6mm pixel pitch, 1,800-nits LED panel that produces high definition video with uniform color, high contrast and a sharp picture. Some 300 panels were used on the set for a number of applications including the all-important camera background for artist performances. EZ6 LED panels were also mounted in the innermost 4m truss circle and used for graphics and others were flown left and right on the outer circle truss.
The Hala Febrayer concerts will be repeated on TV across the region throughout the year.
Elation Equipment used:
75 x Platinum Beam 5R
24 x Platinum Spot 15R
48 x Opti Quad Par
4 x ELAR Bar
300 x EZ6 LED Video Panel
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