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09 May 2012

PLASA Events announces the 3rd Annual PLASA Rigging Conference: London 2012

The 3rd Annual PLASA Rigging Conference will take place on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September 2012 at the Earls Court Conference Centre in London.

This unique 2-day international event explores and debates all aspects of this specialist section of the industry. Running alongside PLASA 2012, the Rigging Conference has become a regular date in the diary for anyone involved in rigging and working at height for temporary installations.

As the only annual event of its size that is dedicated solely to the global rigging community, it attracts professionals from over 30 countries. Out of around 200 delegates, over 40% are international visitors. These include not only rigging practitioners themselves, but venue technical staff, production managers, health and safety staff and policy makers, providing an exclusive platform to examine and debate the use of newly devised products, industry practices and professional development and to review the process of standardisation across the industry.

The 2012 Conference will open with a talk from this year's key-note speaker, Roy Bickel. Roy is an iconic figure in the global world of rigging. From his beginnings as an amateur performer and rigger in the circus, through his professional career as Roy Zacchini 'The Human Cannonball', and as a trapeze flyer and catcher, trampoline artiste and rigger, Roy became the foremost of the 'Disney Riggers' with an unrivalled reputation, and was responsible for advancing 'Disney on Parade' in 1969 which was, at the time, the largest touring arena show attempted.

Since those early years, Roy has been influential in all areas of the rigging industry; through rock 'n' roll tours, Broadway shows and topically, production rigger for the Winter Olympics in 1980. Still rigging conventions, tours and corporate events, Roy will open the conference, sharing his experiences and insights into the techniques that have developed as the industry has grown.

Following Roy Bickel's opening speech, the Conference will build on the progress of themes scrutinised last year, initially by examining the development of a standard international dictionary of rigging terminology, a convention for rigging drawings and rigging practices across Europe; pivotal strategies in the professionalising of this still relatively young industry.

In addition, break-out sessions are being planned including one on performer flying, an area that has become more prevalent in recent years. Debates on the use of ground supported structures and the subject of dynamic loads are planned to lay a foundation for the further development of these issues.

Also returning this year is the Riggers' Forum on the afternoon of Sunday 9 September. This is an informal event that offers riggers, unable to attend the main conference, the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges in their working environment with experts in the industry.

Further details of the programme content and speakers will be available soon and can be found at

Registration is live now - early booking rates are available until the end of June.

• Until 1 July PLASA Members or NRC / ETCP qualified delegates can purchase tickets for £220 + VAT. Non-Members can purchase tickets for £265 + VAT.

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Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.