PLASA Show 2020 – A Virtual Event for the Events and Entertainment Technology Industry6 min read

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October 5, 2020

PLASA is hosting a week-long program of online content for companies and freelancers who work throughout the events and entertainment technology industry.

The event is being held October 12th-16th and you will have unlimited access to keynote talks, product presentations and educational seminars from top-tier professionals.

They will have lectures for business solutions, creative inspiration, and technical updates.

These sessions are designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to navigate the world of events and entertainment during a pandemic.

If you’re unfamiliar with virtual events, make sure you check out our Comprehensive Guide to Virtual Events.

Key themes of PLASA Online 2020

Dealing with the Covid crisis

With the landscape constantly shifting, get the very latest information on new safety guidance and regulations and ways to diversify with adaptive technology.

Business recovery

Discover methods to support your business during this critical time and strengthen your business for the long-term with experts in economics and human resources.

The #WeMakeEvents campaign

Find out what’s going on at the frontline of the campaign to save the live entertainment sector, how government is responding, and what it takes to create a global movement.

Innovations in technology

Update your skillset ready for when the industry re-opens with training sessions and product presentations from knowledgeable brand representatives.

Managing your mental health

Hear from industry leaders as they explain tried and trusted ways of taking care of your mental health and maintaining wellbeing during this challenging time.

Full PLASA Online 2020 Schedule

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Events for Monday, Oct. 12th

RESET MINDSET 2020 – Leading for Resourcefulness, Resilience and Results

Speaker: Marcus Child, Digital Marcus – Positive Reframe

The Covid-19 climate gives leaders a chance to nurture agility, develop entrepreneurial thinking and reset the culture in their business. It’s a moment to : – role model the true beliefs and values

How to harness the power of UV-C lighting for disinfection

Speaker: Nathanael Dannenberg, National Sales Manager – Signify

This has been organized with “Strand & Vari-Lite” which is a division within Signify that focuses on the entertainment sector (Signify formerly known as Philips Lighting).

The Future of Digital and Virtual Theatre

Speaker: James Simpson, Lighting Visualiser – Copper Candle

Over the last few years, Theatre and Live Events have seen a gradually increasing uptake in digital and virtual experiences, either as location based experiences or digital products that can be …

Chauvet Professional: Value – Innovation – Performance

Join Chauvet’s Professionals Matt Hallard, Chris Hale, and Ritchie Reed for an educational ‘covers-off’ demonstration of some of our latest product releases.

Events for Tuesday, Oct. 13th

Predictions and Pathways to Economic Recovery

Speaker: Roger Martin-Fagg, Behavioural Economist

Renowned economist Roger Martin-Fagg will provide insights into how the UK is coping with the lockdown and will offer predictions for how the country may recover through 2021/2022.

Event Production and Design in Vectorworks Spotlight

Speaker: Tom White – Vectorworks

This session will demonstrate how Vectorworks Spotlight can be used for the entire design and production process for an event; from research, concept to 3D model to draft production plans.

Technical Production in the COVID environment

Speaker: Tom Goode, Production Manager and Chartered Safety Practitioner – Goode Projects

This session will look at corporate, theatre and music events that have been produced in the COVID environment. The panel will talk about their experiences of how they have needed to adapt …

The Power of Entertainment

Speaker: Peter Buckx – Highlite International

Over the years we have made it our top priority to provide a complete array of entertainment solutions which fit the needs and requests of our customers perfectly.

Events for Wednesday, Oct. 14th

Preparing for Brexit

Session description coming soon

New from Sennheiser: A Sneak Preview

The Sennheiser Sound Academy introduce a new microphone family built specifically for high end live production. Followed by a live Q&A with the Sennheiser UK technical, sales and artist relations team.

2020 Changes to Portable Appliance Testing Requirements

Speaker: James Eade, Chartered Engineer

This year sees changes being introduced to the IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing which is the UK guidance for what is better known as ‘PAT Testing’.


Session description coming soon.

Events for Thursday, Oct. 15th

HR Challenges During the Pandemic

Speaker: Nicky Gleadow, Managing Director – The HR Point

Join HR expert Nicky Gleadow for up to the minute advice as we approach the end of the furlough period and move onto the recently announced Job Support Scheme.

Adam Hall Group: Product Highlights 2020

The Adam Hall Group presents its product highlights 2020 of its own brands Cameo, LD Systems, Gravity, Palmer and Defender. As usual from the German manufacturer, clever features and well-designed …

Martin MAC Aura PXL

Join Martin’s Ben Payne and Martin’s UK Distributor Sound Technology’s Chris Walker as they show you the new Martin MAC Aura PXL. As the first Martin wash light with individual pixel control …

Tools for an Evolving Trade

Speaker: Matt Cowles, Field Project Coordinator – ETC

ETC’s product portfolio provides an expansive offering of fixtures, power and lighting control and more. This session will give an overview of some of the newest products available.

Events for Friday, Oct. 16th

Methods to Manage Mental Health and Wellbeing

Join PLASA and Music Support for an open and honest discussion on how to manage mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time. Whether you are a business owner looking after a team of…

Know Your Best Work

Speakers: Tom Lilly, Application Engineer – Broadweigh and Elliot Van Laere, Product Specialist – Broadweigh

Broadweigh delivers wireless load monitoring solutions for live events. Designed to aid rigging professionals on a daily basis, Broadweigh systems provide a clear picture of what’s happening on your…

Extensive Creativity, Simplified: Artiste, Fuze and Proteus Series

Live from their EU headquarters, Elation will present an overview of three of their premium market-leading product ranges.

On the Campaign Trail with #WeMakeEvents

Speakers: Peter Heath, Managing Director – PLASA — Gary White, Lead Producer – #WeMakeEvents — James Gordon, Group CEO – DiGiCo – A&H – Calrec – SSL – KLANG — Nicky Greet, Director of Membership, Skills & Technical – PLASA

Find out what has been happening on the frontline of the campaign to save the live entertainment sector, with insights into government communications, industry data and what it takes to grow a global grassroots movement.

For more information or to register for PLASA Online 2020, visit

With 2020 nearing an end (finally), this event should be a good way to find new inspiration to drive into 2021!

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