About 5 years ago I presented a crazy idea to my long time friend and industry icon Ben Stowe about producing a workshop that specifically focused on lighting. After much debate we came up with the framework that would become, The Lighting Symposium. 4 years and 120 unique attendees later we felt that our efforts were effective and we had provided the community a great service. The symposium ran from 2013 – 2016 with last year announced as our final effort.
But, the need for this education can’t be denied. So many people offer lighting and have no idea how to get the most out of their equipment. Nor do they understand the ways to market and sell lighting as a significant upgrade for their events. Most users lack the training to take ordinary to extraordinary! The mission of the Lighting Symposium was to take ordinary operators and give them skills to be a lighting designer. So, it was a sad moment when we ended the event last year.
Many people kept saying that they would attend “Next Year” and as a result, missed out. Many approached both me and Ben asking for more events. So, against our better judgement we decided to have another go at it for 2018!
The Lighting Symposium has been and will continue to be held at EV World Headquarters in Burnsville MN. Just south of Minneapolis and a short 10 minute ride from our host hotel, the venue is an outstanding environment for learning! With room for 40-50 in a classroom configuration, it really is the perfect venue. Attendees to the symposium have also been treated to the latest demonstrations of EV’s incredible speaker product line as well as a facility tour! You come for lighting and get audio awesomeness as a bonus!
Of course, this is a lighting event, so the focus is on everything and anything for the aspiring lighting technician. We have offered seminars on DMX programming, sales and marketing, designing, textured lighting, monograms, mapping, software programming, rigging and even a event product showcase. Past sponsors have included Chauvet, Eternal Lighting and Blizzard Lighting, to name a few. It’s been a full spectrum of education lasting for 2 intensive days with over 18 hours of material!
Our gracious hosts, EV have treated attendees to lunch each day. Not a thin spread but serious grub in a generous offering. EV even took our attendees out on the town to the world famous First Ave Nightclub in downtown Minneapolis! A venue that the late great Prince made famous in Purple Rain. The night out was nothing short of amazing. In previous years, we even had bull riding and a Texas style buffet in the Mall of America, which is right across the street from our host hotel where everyone stays. Only 10 quick minutes from convenient MSP airport. A major hub for Delta and Sun Country Airlines.
As I look back I say with so much pride, we offered something of great quality and value for our attendees. No attendee could ever say they did not get their investment worth. Attendees even went home with a framable certificate of course completion to validate their time as productive.
So, in response to many who wanted this back, we formally announce the Lighting Symposium returning in 2018! Details will soon follow.
What can we do for an encore? What will Ben Stowe come up with for his introduction lighting program sequence? We just will have to wait and see, but it’s certainly a thrill to have another go around producing this exceptional workshop!
Seating is limited strictly to 40 chairs and this installment of the Lighting Symposium will require a deposit on each ticket. Once a date is set and the tickets go on sale, transactions can be made at our website. www.TheLightingSymposium.com