Clay Paky at Politecnico di Milano

The “Show Lighting Design” Continuing Professional Development course, organized by the Design Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, was held for the third time from 13 to 23 January 2009. The course is aimed at professionals and technicians with or without degrees who wish to specialize in show lighting design for the theatre and live music and fashion shows.

The course is divided into three modules:

  • 1st module: Rudiments of Show Lighting Engineering.
  • 2nd module: Lighting Design for Live Music Shows.
  • 3rd module: Lighting Design for Theatres.

Clay Paky has always paid great attention to training young talent, and sponsors and hosts this course at its own show room in Seriate (BG). Clay Paky built its show room as if it were a real stage, designed not only to display its own products, but also as an “art workshop” where Lighting Designers – from the most famous experts to lighting students – may practice and express their creativity to the full.

On the course, the students from the Politecnico were able to attend a practical lesson held by Giovanni Pinna, one of the most highly-rated LDs and Directors of Photography in Italy. Giovanni Pinna boasts enormous professional experience, from television to live shows, and has been Vasco Rossi’s official LD for over ten years. The students were split into two groups and were allowed to apply what they had learnt in order to set up a light show using the equipment and technology found in the show room.

Renato Ferrari, Clay Paky’s Italian Market Manager, remarked: “Lighting Designers are today very important figures in any live, theatrical or television production. We are very pleased to sponsor this project because we are confident that professional training for new entrants contributes to real quality improvements in the sector”.

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