Published Monday, December 9, 2013
by Philips Vari-Lite

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Challenged with lighting a concert featuring 20,000 performers celebrating Latvian culture in an open air space, lighting designer Normunds Bļasāns felt he could only achieve his vision by specifying high-output VL3015LT Spot, VL3500 Wash, and VL3000 Wash luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Local rental house and production company NA Stage & Light supplied 20 VL3015LT Spot luminaires, 16 VL3000 Wash, and 24 VL3500 Wash fixtures for the massive 25th Latvian Song and Dance Festival, which drew an audience of more than 40,000. The event celebrates Latvian music, dance, art, and culture and took place in the capital Riga's Song Festival at the Open Air Stage - Mezaparks.

"Our job was to light up the open air stage, which had more than 20,000 singers and dancers taking part," said NA Stage & Light's Ritvars Sakals. "16 VL3015LT Spots were rigged at the rear of the stage to bring dramatic backlight to center stage, highlight some specific performance areas and give color and texture to the background. We also had a further four rigged side of stage for cross and key light. The VL3000 Wash fixtures were all used to wash the back of the stage and the VL3500 Wash luminaires rigged at the sides to wash the central areas. We knew with a stage this big that only Vari-Lite luminaires could provide the output and effects that we needed."

Lighting designer and co-founder of NA Stage & Light, Bļasāns continued, "I've been using Vari-Lite fixtures for more than fifteen years, and for me there are no other fixtures that can compete in the entertainment market. The light output, color, and optics are incredible. I use them whenever I can!"

Philips Entertainment's Martin Palmer added, "The VL3015LT features a zoom range of 6° to 60° allowing for use in a multitude of applications from stadiums to theatres. This makes them a fantastic solution for major events in large spaces, and perfect for the Riga Song Festival at the huge open air stage in Mezaparks."

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The VL3015LT Spot utilizes a 1500W double-ended short arc lamp which offers an unprecedented output featuring 10:1 zoom optics, CYM color mixing, variable CTO wheel, two five-position color wheels, three gobo/effects wheels, a beam size iris, and separate dimmer and ultra-fast strobe mechanisms. Additionally, the luminaire contains an independent rotating and indexing three-facet prism as well as an independent frost glass.

The VL3000 Wash and VL3500 Wash luminaires are incredibly bright with both featuring superior color and beam control. Additionally, the versatile VL3500 Wash offers the VARI*BRITE mode, which can be engaged to offer a tight column of remarkably intense light.

The week-long Latvian Song and Dance Festival, which happens every five years, brings together local choirs and folk artists to explore and present the richness and diversity of Latvian culture. The Song and Dance Festival has become a kind of pilgrimage for the Latvian nation, where groups, large and small, from all over Latvia and from abroad, gather to participate in this ongoing cultural event.

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