Osram sets highlights with the Eurovision Song Contest
L’illumination – douze points. The lighting manufacturer Osram transforms the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna into a spectacular experience for spectators thanks to state-of-the-art lighting technology. Effect spots create fascinating stage shows and the intelligent Lightify light system fires up the atmosphere in the European Village public viewing area. “With our light systems we turn the world's largest entertainment spectacle into the largest lighting technology event”, commented Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of Special Lighting at Osram.
On the Rathausplatz in Vienna more than 20,000 people will be demonstrating their support for the performance of each artist by voting and thereby changing the colour of the city hall from blue to red.
Last year's Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen saw colossal video screens as the main focus of the show, and this year the Vienna organisers demonstrate how classic stage design can be optimally combined with high-end lighting technology. The defining element will be so-called Moving Heads from the Osram subsidiary Clay Paky. These luminaires, featuring mobile head units with omnidirectional rotation, create impressive colour effects, projections and light rays adapted to the music.
In addition, Osram technology will also play a part in the European Village public viewing event. Up to 20,000 visitors will be following the preliminary rounds as well as the final competition live each day on Vienna's town hall square over a complete week, and will be demonstrating their support for the performance of each artist by voting. An app for Osram's intelligent Lightify lighting system has been adapted to implement the voting process. Timon Rupp, responsible for the Lightify business at Osram, explains: “The visitors will be bathing the square with breathtaking Lightify colour chases depending on the voting results, thus giving the major event a further emotional touch.”
Osram with its subsidiary Clay Paky is a leading provider of lighting for large events, with the company's products equipping concerts by Kylie Minogue or Robbie Williams for example. Osram offers its intelligent Lightify lighting system for “effect lighting” in homes, enabling the wide-ranging options of light to be exploited using a smartphone app. Walls at home for example can be bathed in around 16 million different colours.
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place from 17 to 23 May in Vienna, and the venerable final competition begins on 23 May at 9 p.m. Information on the illumination of the Eurovision Song Contest is available during the entire week in realtime via hashtag #takethefeelinghome on Twitter.