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14 July 2010

PLASA International Rigging Conference delegate numbers rise

Following the announcement of the final programme for the PLASA International Rigging Conference - taking place on 13-14 September at Earls Court - delegate numbers are rising daily and global interest has spread.

Running alongside the established trade show, PLASA 2010, this unique event is the first of its kind for the international event and entertainment rigging community and will be an invaluable industry forum.

Delegate numbers have now reached over 100 and include representation from all over the world including Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Delegate places are still available and there is still time to book to be part of this new international rigging initiative.

Industry icons speaking at the conference include Unusual Rigging's Alan Jacobi, Star Events Group's Roger Barrett, Prolyte's Marc Hendricks, CM ET's Cristiano Giavedoni and Sapsis Rigging's Bill Sapsis.

Joining this line up is Mark Priestly of Unusual Rigging who comments: "The PLASA International Rigging Conference offers an ideal opportunity to better understand the increasing range of skills required from riggers in using emerging technologies in today's entertainment industry."

Alongside these speakers will be a host of global rigging experts talking openly about their pivotal roles in the development of the international rigging industry and the challenges this sector faces into the future. The conference will be a platform for airing questions and concerns, discussing key issues, sharing experiences and an opportunity to debate and dispel myths.

Chris Higgs of Total Solutions Group, PLASA International Rigging Conference consultant, added: "In the first year we are trying to introduce the opportunity for riggers and people connected with event and entertainment rigging to discuss common issues, share knowledge and be part of this new initiative. The conference will be a plain speaking forum that will debate present and future standards for the global rigging community and we encourage all those who work in this sector to register to attend."

Focusing specifically on event and entertainment rigging and working at height for temporary installations, the two-day conference will not only feature presentations, but also live practical demonstrations and will encourage interactive question and answer sessions between the speakers, panellists and delegates.

The full conference programme and delegate booking details can be found at: As the event is to be hosted alongside PLASA 2010 at Earls Court, London, all delegates passes will include free admission for PLASA 2010, running from 12 - 15 September.

If you are freelance rigger there is a special 'book now/pay later' offer to enable you to secure your place but cancel it without penalty if you are unable to attend due to work commitments. To reserve your freelance rigger delegate place go to

The PLASA International Rigging Conference is the latest industry-specific forum to be presented by PLASA Events and reflects the PLASA organisation's stated intent to reinvest in the event, entertainment and installation technology industries and deliver bespoke events for the unique market sectors it serves.

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.