The next gathering for this quadrennial event, an unique lighting colloquium organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, will take place on 22-25 May 2021 in the beautiful French town of Fontainebleau. The main sponsor for Showlight this time will be the 100-year old French manufacturer of followspots and theatrical luminaires, Robert Juliat.
The Showlight committee searched long and hard for a setting worthy of Showlight’s reputation for fascinating locations, and settled on the historic town of Fontainebleau which lies 55.5km (34.5 miles) south east of Paris.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its medieval Château de Fontainebleau, a royal and imperial residence for more than 800 years, and surrounded by former royal hunting park, Fontainebleau Forest, Fontainebleau is a picturesque setting full of characterful bars and restaurants which will provide a popular and entertaining backdrop to the main activities of Showlight 2021.
The highly-anticipated conference will take place in the town’s Théâtre Municipal, directly opposite the Château de Fontainebleau, where delegates can enjoy the varied programme of conference papers delivered by professionals across many lighting disciplines. A small supporting exhibition will take place in the theatre’s foyer and courtyard between papers sessions offering superb opportunities to network and exchange ideas with other lighting professionals. The event will close with a Gala Dinner announced to take place in a stunning location.
Call for speakers
Being so close to Paris, Fontainebleau is easy to reach, with good connections to airports and Eurostar terminals. You can already put the date in your diary now, and get planning your presentation papers as Showlight will be putting out a call for speakers in the coming months. Demand is always high so book your place early. Booking details will be released closer to the event.
“We are very excited to be selected as the main sponsor for Showlight 2021,” says François Juliat, CEO of Robert Juliat. “Robert Juliat is celebrating its centenary in 2019 so the fact that we can welcome Showlight and its delegates to our country at this time is very special. Showlight is such a unique event, and Fontainebleau is a perfect location – it is an unmissable opportunity for everyone in the lighting fraternity who is interested in light.”
“We are delighted to start the build-up to Showlight 2021 with the announcement of another lovely venue and a great sponsor,” says Showlight Chairman, John Allen. “It is always a much-anticipated event and I know people will be blocking out those dates in their diaries as soon as they see this announcement.
Emphasis on sharing knowledge and enjoying the inspiration
Showlight’s emphasis is on sharing knowledge and enjoying the inspiration and variety our industry offers in a networking event without parallel, and our delegates and speakers enter into the spirit of it from beginning to end.
Where else do you have the chance to become involved in so many ways, with opportunities open to everyone – delivering talks, networking, learning and meeting a wide variety of people from the most experienced professional to the newest students and innovative manufacturers?
It’s an opportunity for all to take a few days out from our busy lives to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals in a beautiful setting.”
Anyone interested should sign up to the new Showlight Mailing List via the ShowLight Website to receive all the latest news as it happens, including booking release dates, and keep your eyes on the press and the website for invitations to present papers and for student opportunities.
Those interested in exhibiting at Showlight 2021 and taking up one of the many other sponsorship opportunities can enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text: Showlight. Photos: Showlight & Robert Juliat.