In a slight change of format, Showlight 2005 will feature several discussion groups: lighting education will be reviewed by a panel of students, lecturers and employers under the eagle eye of England’s Ian Dow; developments in light sources affecting lighting designers will be discussed by a small panel of senior engineers from the international lamp industry; and discussion between international lighting designers will be chaired by Mark Jonathan, previously with the UK’s National Theatre.

Showlight 2005 retains the model of keynote speakers - those who are allowed to talk for a little longer - and these include Tony winner Ken Billington; Durham Marenghi from the UK, who will review his wide range of commissions, from cruise liners to Golden Jubilees and Winter Olympics; and DP Roger Simonsz from Holland, who will look at color, perception, and reality in the context of film.

Also on hand will be internationally known author, stage lighting designer and winner of numerous awards Richard Pilbrow who will be interviewed on a lifetime of lighting by his colleague David Taylor. Both British, both live in the US, both work internationally: it could be a very interesting session.

Another award-winning speaker is Jerry Appelt of Germany, known for his work on event and concert lighting, who earlier this year received an Opus award for his lighting design for the Aida-Aula cruise ship launch.

Showlight 2005 takes place at the Prinzregententheater, Munich, in association with the Prinzregententheater School, part of the Bayerische Theaterakademie, May 21-24 2005. To register as a delegate e-mail register@showlight.org or visit www.showlight.org, where you can also keep up-to-date as more speakers are announced.