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31 August 2010

PLASA International Rigging Conference last few places remaining

PLASA Events has confirmed that the first ever PLASA International Rigging Conference is close to a sell out. With over 160 delegates already registered from all over the world, there are now only 25 delegate places remaining.

Running alongside PLASA 2010, the PLASA International Rigging Conference is taking place on 13-14 September in the Earls Court Conference Centre. This 'world-first' unique event has attracted delegates from Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and Australia - making it an invaluable international industry forum for the international live entertainment and event rigging community.

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

Unusual Rigging's Alan Jacobi, LVO, states: "Unusual are delighted to be supporting the first ever PLASA International Rigging Conference. It will be the perfect opportunity for practitioners in the event and entertainment rigging industry to come together, under one roof, and debate a number of key issues - some controversial - which will help to shape the future of our industry. I would urge everyone connected with temporary installations, event and live show rigging operations to consider this an important industry forum that is worthy of everyone's patronage."

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 promises to be a platform for airing questions and concerns, discussing key issues, sharing experiences and an opportunity to debate and dispel myths.

As part of the PLASA International Rigging Conference there will also be two live practical demonstrations taking place in Earls Court Two.

The first on Monday 13 September is a heat experiment in conjunction with Hawthorn Theatrical to demonstrate the effect heat has on polyester and steel slings under load. Such a demonstration to a live audience has never been attempted before, and it is hoped that it will give an insight to what may actually happen when slings get very hot.

On the second day of the Conference, there will be a rescue demonstration in conjunction with UK Rigging. A rescue of a casualty from height, it will cover some of the typical situations encountered and act as a thought provoking illustration of how assistance might be given to someone who has fallen on a fall arrest lanyard.

The full conference programme and delegate booking details can be found at www.plasariggingconference.com. As the event is to be hosted alongside PLASA 2010 at Earls Court, London, all delegate passes will include free admission for PLASA 2010.

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.

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