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The Eurovision Song Contest is the world's largest TV entertainment event. Last year in Copenhagen, the stage design was the center of attraction, modified for each individual show. This year the lighting was a central component of the show concept. Each of the individual performances in the Vienna city hall had its own lighting concept and lighting design.
State-of-the-art lighting technology by OSRAM and its subsidiary Clay Paky
OSRAM and its subsidiary Clay Paky provided the majority of the cutting edge lighting technology. The Eurovision stage converted to a total of 40 individual presentations for rousing musical performances during the semi-finals and on the evening of the final event. Virtual spaces were created in mere seconds thanks to the state-of-the-art lighting technology. A spectacular live event for all spectators, both in the city hall and on TV.
The lighting designer of the music show was Al Gurdon - one of the very few world- renowned icons on the TV and event lighting scene. This recipient of many awards has already worked for well-known shows such as the American Super Bowl, the MTV Awards, the TV Brit Awards, Olympic opening ceremonies and several Eurovision Song Contests. Gurdon has already successfully worked with Clay Paky lighting fixtures in other projects.
A jamboree for the senses
The Eurovision fans at the tv and live in Vienna's City Hall had been be able to experience a glittering party atmosphere full of colors, shapes and dimensions. A first pointer to the digital and interconnected world of light in the future – with luminous walls, facades and landmarks. The lighting performance, together with the song and stage decor, was crucial in determining how popular a show was with the public, and how strong the voting was for the individual artists.