Fifteen companies have signed up as sponsors for Showlight 2005 that will be held in Munich, May 21-24, 2005. ETC, transtechnik Lichtsysteme, Avolites Ltd, MA Lighting, and VLPS Lighting Services are just some of the well-known industry names getting involved.

As an event which allows lighting designers, manufacturers, and suppliers to meet and discuss ideas, the previous Showlight was described by one lighting designer as "the best industry event I’ve ever attended." Taking place every four years, each time at a different location, Showlight is organized by lighting professionals for lighting professionals. In 2001, with more than 42 exhibitors, over 300 delegates from the world of entertainment lighting passed through Showlight’s doors.

Delegates at that event were treated to an impressive array of speakers, including the hugely enjoyable John Rayment (Sydney Olympics), Tristan Oliver (Chicken Run) and Paula Dinkel (Walt Disney Imagineering). It’s a hard act to follow, but initial signs are that 2005 is looking just as good.

Showlight 2005 is being held at the magnificent Prinzregententheater in Munich. Unlike other trade shows, Showlight places emphasis on debate stimulated by papers from respected industry experts and provides a gathering ground for like-minded people. And the unique thing about Showlight is that both exhibitors and visitors fully participate in the conference programme.

Travelling halfway round the world from New Zealand to exhibit will be Jeremy Collins, Managing Director of Selecon, who explained: "Showlight really is the most convivial meeting place for the entertainment lighting industry. The Selecon team is looking forward to joining its colleagues to discuss emerging trends, new technology and those unresolved challenges facing our practitioners." Bryan Raven, Deputy Managing Director of 2005 sponsor White Light, added: "Showlight has always been a real pleasure to attend. It is much more a talking and networking event than a trade show or exhibition. I have been to three Showlights and each time I have met people who I am still in touch with today, either as friends, customers or colleagues." There’s still plenty of time to sign up as an exhibitor, but as the event was fully booked in 2001, all those interested in either exhibiting or attending should register as soon as possible. For more information about exhibiting, e-mail: sales@showlight.org. To register as a delegate, e-mail: register@showlight.org.