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26/02/2009

PLASA Focus Doubles In Size As Programme Unveiled And Visitor Registrations Swell

With just ten weeks to go, the first PLASA Focus event has grown to fill two halls at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th April 2009 - and has announced its first, comprehensive, seminar programme.
To ensure the show is as valuable as it can be for busy visitors, a packed two-day seminar programme in a purpose built auditorium will cover a broad array of topics, including health and safety, rigging, sustainability and more.
Six seminars have so been confirmed (with two more still to be announced). These cover 'Tallescopes - Friend or Foe?', 'PPE for Working At Height - Clearing The Mist' and 'The Theatres Trust - Open Forum' (Tuesday 28th); and 'Sustainable Events - Making BS8901 Work For You', 'Freelancing In The Industry' and 'Regulatory Reform - Fire Safety (Wednesday 29th).
All seminars are free to attend and tackle a wide spectrum of international issues and regional initiatives. It is essential to pre-book space on each individual seminar session to avoid disappointment.
With the emphasis of networking and socialising oppportunities and a continuation of the well-loved, informal AC Lighting North show format, PLASA Focus is a success story amid the economic climate. As well as drawing a phenomenal response from visitors and both regional and international exhibitors alike, it will showcase a wide range of lighting, audio, AV and other technologies.
Almost 95 per cent of exhibitor floor space is now sold out and pre-registration figures have broken all previous records. As with the show's predecessor, admission is free, the seminars are free - and yes - there is such a thing as a free lunch, with a buffet provided for all visitors and exhibitors.
Sophie Atkinson, Event Manager, said: "With no financial outlay to visit the show, PLASA Focus has clearly established itself as a 'must attend event' and one which will provide valuable free networking and business opportunities for all concerned.
"The industry understands the value of exhibitions and networking events, especially at times like these, to generate business face-to-face with industry colleagues and help trade and grow market share during the current climate."
Overwhelming support has been extended by key trade organisations to the show including ALD, ABITT, ISCE and PSA. The show is supported by the Theatres Trust and the opportunities the event presents to bring regional theatres together to discuss business issues including sustainability.
The new PLASA Focus website is online at: www.plasafocus.com/leeds and offers a free online registration facility for visitors.
Companies interested in taking one of the last remaining stands should contact Diana Gilmore on: +44 (0)20 7370 8663 or email: Diana.gilmore@plasa.org.
(KMcA/BMcC)
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