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18 October 2012


NEW YORK, NY - PLASA Events is pleased to announce the line-up for the next three editions of its North American regional trade show series. Following PLASA Focus: Stamford 2012, to be held on November 12-13, 2012 at the Stamford Marriott in Connecticut, the new-style regional events will roll into Orlando on May 15-16, 2013; Austin on September 10-11, 2013; and Nashville on February 5-6, 2014.

Having made a name for itself in its first year, the PLASA Focus series is committed to providing live production professionals that can't attend national shows with a chance to check out new technologies in their own backyard.

The events are the first chance for many entertainment tech communities to meet at a dedicated event for their area. Each event showcases the very latest pro audio, lighting, AV and stage technologies, much of the gear making its U.S debut, fresh from international launches.

CEO of PLASA Matthew Griffiths comments, "PLASA has over 1200 member companies worldwide and it is great to bring previews of their latest technology out to the tech communities in the regions around the U.S."

'The real heart of PLASA Focus, however, is people,' continues Griffiths. 'Each event is tailored to that specific region, which allows us to feature local dealers and production companies in a way that's never before been possible.'

The shows are free to attend and include a chance to take part in the highly acclaimed PLASA Professional Development Program, a free program of educational sessions that run alongside each PLASA exhibition. The sessions are presented by entertainment technology's leading minds and provide insight into the most creatively ambitious, technically challenging or anecdotally interesting projects and techniques. Case study sessions are accompanied by 'Back to Basics' sessions and free product training.

Owned and organized by PLASA, the leading international trade association for the entertainment technology industries, PLASA Events uses its global membership body, market leading magazines, and network of successful events to pin-point the emerging technologies and new trends and connect technology, techniques and talent at a grass roots, regional level.

"There are talented live production communities all across America that desire a professionally put together event where they can network and get their hands on the latest gear. PLASA Focus is reaching out to those communities, and in so doing, creating the world's largest entertainment technology network, one show at a time," adds Griffiths.

PLASA members and local dealers and production companies receive substantially discounted exhibit space at all PLASA Focus events and further discounts for exhibiting at multiple events.

Entry to PLASA Focus: Stamford 2012 is free: Visitors must register via the website at

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.