On Monday July 21 (Belgian National Day), King Albert II of Belgium celebrated his 10 years of reign with a big outdoor party in Brussels. According to the Brussels police more than 45,000 people attended the concerts that the king organized for the people of Belgium. On the stage, situated in front of the monumental Palace of Justice, 100 Xilver Droplets lit the musicians.

The Droplets, automated LED luminaries from the Belgain company Xilver, were placed everywhere on stage, between the orchestra, and on the catwalk. The rest of the stage was lit by ETC Source Fours, and Vari-Lite VL2Cs, VL5s, and VL2200s. With Xilver's color-combining system (16 million colors), the tiny Droplets could easily match every color from the other fixtures on stage.

Xilver also placed 12 red LED blinders, each with 96 Luxeon LEDs to both lit the stage totally in red, and create extremely fast red strobes during the dance event that finalized the celebrations for the king.

Four images from the King Albert celebration in Belgium

The lighting design was created by Belgian light designer Koert Vermeulen, and the board operator was Olivier Demoustier from EML, the company that supplied most of the lighting on stage. Michel Suk operated the scenery lighting for the fa├žade of the Palace of Justice behind the podium and which was also designed by Vermeulen.

Droplets are the smallest moving LED luminaries on the market, and are fully operated by DMX. A special rental base plate is available for events like this. The rental base plates can be easily mounted to trusses with clamps.

The Droplet brochure can be downloaded from the product section on the Xilver website: www.xilver.nl