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18 March 2013

The Riggers' Forum is Coming North

The Royal Armouries at Leeds is the venue for the first ever Riggers' Forum to be held outside of London on Tuesday 30 April: Speakers can now be announced!

Building on the success of the Riggers' Forum held at Earls Court in 2012, PLASA Events will host the Forum alongside the consistently popular PLASA Focus: Leeds trade show event. The Forum will provide a unique opportunity for members of the rigging community to discuss all things rigging and to exchange their views and experiences of the industry. The Forum will open at 2pm with a short presentation entitled 'The Dunning Kruger Effect - The Dangers of Unconscious Incompetence.' This will be followed by a chaired question and answer session led by a panel of experts from the rigging industry, including members from the National Rigging Advisory Group.

Also on the panel will be Paul Rowlands, Rigging Development Manager at NEC Group Arenas. Paul brings to the Forum over a quarter of a century of experience in the sector. He was already Head Flyman at Birmingham Repertory Theatre when he began his tenure at the NEC as it opened in 1991. The development of the mother-grid system at the National Indoor Arena is just one of his achievements there and he is now responsible for the 'in-house' development of rigging personnel.

Also joining the panel will be Kevin Thompson, Stage Manager at the ACC in Liverpool which incorporates both the BT Convention Centre and the Echo Arena. A veteran of the live events industry, Kevin has been involved in rigging and touring stage management for over twenty years. He has been in his present position since 2008, the year the venue first opened.

More speakers on the panel are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

The forum will close at approximately 5pm with the chance for attendees to relax and chat with colleagues over a few beers and give everyone time to reflect on the issues raised during the afternoon.

There is currently an offer of 50% discount on pre-bookings which means you can guarantee your place at this very special event for just £15 + VAT. To register and book your place now please visit: Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so book now to avoid disappointment. Ticket price on the day will be £30 + VAT.

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.