While planning this event of course, organisers had no idea that England would enter a second lock down and given that colleges are still open giving students access to lighting systems the collective feel that it the opportune time to launch the WACKIT competition.
The two side by side competitions for professional and student lighting designers from UK and Ireland require applicants to create a virtual video of their work from a model of the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. CAST will support WACKIT with free WYSIWYG educational licences for the period of the competition for professional LDs and in the case of student friends a 12-month free design educational licence.
There are three amazing prizes to be won in both competitions (professional and student) and the initial judging will be done on social media to define ten finalists from each group. The finalists will be judged in January 2021 by a VIP LD jury of Paule Constable, David Bishop and Davy Sherwin chaired by Durham Marenghi.
“As the clocks go back and we enter a darker time in our lives we wanted to support our peers, both old and new, by offering something creative and worthwhile to do. We hope that the WACKIT competition will be embraced by an industry hard done to, bring a little light into these difficult times and show case the lighting talent that abounds in the UK and Ireland; a massive thank you to CAST and Claypaky for bringing this vision to life, stay safe, stay sane!” Marenghi concluded.