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28 August 2012

PLASA Rigging Conference Announces Over 30 International Speakers and Panellists

The 3rd annual PLASA Rigging Conference will welcome over 200 international attendees at the Earls Court Conference Centre in London on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September 2012

With UK and worldwide bookings well up on last year and with a strong international flavour to its speakers and seminar sessions, the PLASA Rigging Conference confirms its status as the premier event worldwide dedicated to all things rigging.

Opening with an unmissable speech from original 'Disney Rigger' Roy Bickel, one of the founders of the modern rigging industry and closing with 'Question Time' hosted by Alan Jacobi LVO, MD of Unusual Rigging, the Conference is packed with sessions from industry experts.

On Monday 10 September, the thorny issue of developing standardised Common Practice will be debated by Rinus Bakker and Roy Schilderman from ARGH in Holland along with panellists Cris Giavedoni, Chris Bottger, Bill Sapsis and Marc Hendriks. An update on the progress of the NRC this year will be reported by Michele Enright, PLASA Qualifications Manager and Lori Rubinstein, PLASA's Director of Membership, Skills, Standards and Technical in a Qualifications Update.

In the afternoon delegates can listen to Robert Dean, founder of ZFX Inc. accompanied by panellists Ges Webb, Gert Jan Brouwer and Ted Moore as they debate and discuss Performer Flying & Aerial Performance. New Zealander Nick Barnfield, Showquip's Technical Director investigates Dynamic Loads in Rigging along with Bill Sapsis, Matze Moeller, Neil Darracott and Amedeo Guizzi.

Tuesday's programme gets off to a flying start: Getting Right to the Point invites delegates to join Gert Jan Brouwer, MD of Frontline Rigging and panellists Chris Bottger and Roy Schilderman as they consider how riggers themselves can contribute towards improvements in venue rigging systems. Chris Higgs follows this with an exploration of Secondary Suspensions along with Matze Moeller, Bill Sapsis, Rinus Bakker and Adrian Bray. The morning concludes with An Inspector Calls... presented by Flip Sandell, HM Inspector of Health & Safety with able assistance from panellists Mike Anderson, Graham Souster, Tom Goode and Mark Surtees: a vital session designed to equip rigging professionals with the knowledge about their legal responsibilities and duties in the event of a notifiable incident.

The issue of safety in the rigging workplace is continued after lunch as Malcolm Richards presents Ground Supported Structures. Assisted by Dragan Kuzmnov, Nick Barnfield, Abigail Matthews, Scott Nacherman, Chris Cronin and Gavin Bye from the HSE, Malcolm will examine the challenges surrounding this sector of the industry, particularly in light of recent tragic events.

Over 30 of the most respected figures in the industry from around the globe have joined together to present this year's unmissable programme: jammed full of information, advice and opportunities to debate and discuss. For more information about all the sessions and details of our speakers and panellists please visit:

And don't forget: if you can't make it to the Conference itself The Riggers' Forum will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 9 September. This is an informal opportunity to meet a panel of experts from across the industry; express your opinions, share your experiences and to discuss the issues and challenges that face riggers today.

PLASA Members or ETCP & NRC Qualified Persons benefit from a reduced ticket rate: £275 + VAT

Standard rate: £330 + VAT

Riggers' Forum rate: £40 + VAT

Registration for delegates is live and pre-booking essential to guarantee your place:

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.