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PLASA helps its members by providing solutions, guiding the industry and facilitating business growth. Our network of companies and individuals supply creative technologies and innovative services to the event, entertainment and installation industries worldwide. The association encourages knowledge sharing and best practice and aims to ensure that PLASA membership is a badge of accreditation. PLASA owns and manages the PLASA Show and PLASA Focus events, providing a showcase for the latest industry products, and publishes industry leading magazines LSi and LSA.

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Technology Creates Magic at the RSC

Photograph by Topher McGrillis@ RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company will be welcoming PLASA to Stratford-upon-Avon on Tuesday 10th January 2017 for a very special event.

Members are invited to attend a matinee performance of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale as Prospero.

This is a groundbreaking production using the most advanced digital technology, including live performance capture, to offer an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Following the performance, the RSC will host a panel discussion and Q&A session where we’ll hear about the collaboration with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios that made this creatively ambitious vision possible and the challenges faced by the technical team.

The day will finish with dinner in the Rooftop Restaurant and time to catch up with industry colleagues and friends.

We have a limited number of tickets so please click here for more information.

This event has been generously sponsored by Medialease, PLASA's membership partner for asset finance and Stage Electrics, who have offered sound and lighting solutions for over thirty years.

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PLASA launches National Event Lifting Certificate

PLASA has announced the launch of its new National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC), with the support of the National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and key industry sponsors including the BBC, White Light and Britannia Row. NELC has been created to meet the needs of those working in the industry in disciplines other than Rigging, such as Lighting, Sound, Video or Scenery etc., who are called upon to carry out rigging tasks including lifting operations as part of their duties. It is also suitable for individuals wishing to be assessed for their skills within rigging, without undertaking Working at Height elements of the role and for candidates on PLASA's Trainee Rigger Programme who have no inclination or intention to work at height.

In developing NELC, PLASA worked in close collaboration with the NRAG, the representative body for the entertainment rigging industry in the UK. The group's membership covers all sectors within the industry including live events and festivals, concert touring, theatre, and film and broadcast. PLASA has over ten years' experience in developing and administering the National Rigging Certificate (NRC) - a successful, quality certification programme - and has issued over 600 certificates of competence to both Level 2 Riggers and Level 3 Rigging Supervisors to-date.

Experience has shown a qualification developed by and for an industry has greater relevancy and quality than one developed by government and imposed on industry. NELC is the next step in the development of relevant industry qualifications and sits alongside the National Rigging Certificate Level 2 in the PLASA qualifications suite.

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There are many reasons to join PLASA. Our members tell us that they want to be part of an established trade association with an international reputation that shares their commitment to promoting the highest possible standards of professional conduct within the entertainment technology industry.

PLASA membership gives companies and individuals in the sector a key advantage when operating in this highly competitive industry. As well as providing an extensive range of services and benefits, members can also be sure that their business and interests will be effectively represented worldwide.

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