#StagingEmotions: spectacular lighting, music and emotions!
As the official lighting partner of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), we had already given excellent support to the mega show business event in 2015 in Vienna and in 2016 in Stockholm. As a powerful company for modern, digital lighting technology, OSRAM was continuing the successful cooperation this year in Kyiv.
The capital of the Ukraine was staging the competition for the second time, having done so back in 2005. This year’s ESC slogan was “Celebrate Diversity” and ran through all aspects of the event. It built on last year’s slogan of “Come Together” and focused on diversity as an essential part of the Eurovision set of values.
The Organizers considered it important once again this year to highlight the things all the participating countries have in common, and at the same time celebrate their special differences with fantastic music. The aim was to turn the show into a unique combination of culture, technology and creativity.
True to the slogan of “Staging Emotion”, OSRAM helped create a spectacular stage for the participants from 43 countries during the semi-finals and the final. Hosting the show was the Ukrainian trio of Timur Miroshnychenko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Oleksandr Skichko.
Fantastic lightshows on stage and in Kyiv: A big party for music fans all over Europe
Video: Recap of the light voting in Kyiv
Using the app you could control a one of the most fancy lighting spectacles Kyiv has seen. Have a look in the video and see how ESC fans could illuminate the Kyiv City Administration Building and the Taras Shevchenko National Opera.
“Matchless quality of light”
“I really love to work with Scenius Unico because it allows me to create magnificent effects with matchless quality of light and gives me different lighting design opportunities such as spot, beam, wash and profile – all with one product.”
Jerry Appelt, Lighting Designer of the Eurovision Song Contest in KyivFull length interview with Jerry Appelt, lighting designer
Setting new standards
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a unique event in the television year with some of the highest production values in broadcasting. I am delighted that our cooperation with OSRAM will continue into 2016.”
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest
“Light is emotion. And as emotion is the main connotation when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, we are very pleased to be once more partner of this unique entertainment event.”
Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of OSRAM’s Business Unit Specialty Lighting
Cutting edge technology and fascinating light settings
Lighting is central to a fascinating show, all the more when it comes to a show that is as important as the Eurovision Song Contest. Therefore we are proud that we could provide a majority of the lighting technology for this world's largest TV entertainment event. Most of the cutting edge lighting technology in the show was provided by OSRAM's subsidiary Clay Paky.
Clay Paky is a worldwide reference brand for entertainment lighting and in the professional lighting industry. Clay Paky has been supplying products for the ESC shows for many years.
Clay Paky lights are installed in architectural and architainment environments worldwide, as well as in the best venues, night clubs & bars, theme parks, shops, conference rooms. Clay Paky lights are used for top productions in the theatre, television, live events, concerts, tours, exhibitions, and corporate events.
State-of-the-art lighting technology
There had never been a performance at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) quite like the one by Sergey Lazarev for Russia. He climbed a wall, seemed suspended in mid-air and flew through space on an asteroid – perhaps the most spectacular stage show in the entire 60 year history of the competition. It may not have been enough to secure top spot in the public vote at the 2016 ESC in Stockholm – that accolade went to Jamala from the Ukraine with her moving ballad “1944”. But in terms of the three-dimensional combination of state-of-the-art video, lighting technology, stage set, choreography and singing, the show by Sergey Lazarev certainly set new standards.
“Lighting and video technologies will merge even more in future”, said Frederik Jönsson, lighting designer for the ESC in Stockholm. “I welcome this development as it will fuel the creativity of everyone involved.” According to Frederik Jönsson, the Eurovision Song Contest is like the Holy Grail for lighting designers. And that Holy Grail was found in Stockholm with the aid of Clay Pkay's products Sharpy, Mythos and Scenius.
This was the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Impressions of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Every song had a story, every sound had a colour. Photo: Martin Bohm.
A garden of light
Nothing separates the sky and the earth in this floating garden of wonders, built for italian artist Francesca Michielin. Photo: Martin Bohm.
Alice in Stockholm?
Jamie-Lee and this stage set-up straight from a fairytale are a perfect match. Let’s see how Germany performs in the final. Photo: Martin Bohm.
Emotions made of light and music.
Photo: Martin Bohm.
A waterfall of blue
Donny Montell has been waiting for this night for a long time. He represents his home country lithuania in a waterfall of blue. Photo: Martin Bohm
A cage of light.
An intense ballad needs a strong scenery. Sanja Vucic from Serbia is performing in a cage of light. Photo: Martin Bohm.
Welcome to Europe!
Dami Im from Australia in an atmosphere of magical silence, somewhere in between night and day. Photo: Martin Bohm.
The design of the stage reflects all the energy of Belgian artist Laura Tesoro and her funky Retro-Soul-Pop-Song. Photo: Martin Bohm.
Looking up the 90 metres high dome of the Globe.
Foto: Martin Bohm.
Photo: Ralph Larmann
"The Sharpy changed everything."
“The Sharpy changed everything. It produces the massive light beams that are all around in TV stage lighting these days.”
Richard Gorrod, “lighting gaffer” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015
“The Eurovision Song Contest is like the Holy Grail of television. It attracts an enormous number of viewers from all over the world, and it's a huge challenge: to do it and to do it right.”
Fredrik Jönsson, Lighting designer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
They way it was 2016 and 2015
Sharpy Wash 330 is an extraordinarily compact, lightweight 330 W washlight, with the luminous efficiency, graphic and optical performance of a 1000W fixture. It is extremely silent and quick, and fitted with a complete CMY color system, special colors, 6.5°-48° zoom, mechanical dimmer, beam shaping filter and motorized top-hat. It is an eco-friendly light, allowing considerable running and consumption cost savings.
Mythos is a highly advanced form of hybrid light. It is an excellent 470 watt-lamp spotlight, which produces an outstanding large light beam, featuring a zoom that ranges from 4° to 50° (1:12 ratio). Its Light beam is sharp, with perfectly defined edges, from the first millimetres after the front lens right along its entire length. The zoom is optimized for focusing, which is separate from that of the fixed and rotating gobos. Its movements are smooth, fast and very quiet.