Showlight 2017 – Call For Speakers

Showlight is now inviting lighting designers and directors, associates, programmers, scenographers, equipment manufacturers and others to submit their ideas for conference papers for the 2017 programme.

The Showlight Quadrennial is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the performance, television, film, architectural and event worlds. Held every four years, Showlight 2017 takes place in Florence and celebrates the 10th presentation of this eagerly-awaited lighting colloquium.

Showlight has made a special name for itself by bringing together many of the most famous names in lighting. Delegates are given the opportunity to be part of the larger international lighting community, as those with established careers and reputations mingle with those just starting out in the industry. Thanks to a comprehensive papers programme, a rather unusual trade show and an informative and entertaining social programme – the highlight of which is a full Conference Dinner – Showlight is a unique opportunity to mix with others in the lighting industry.

Clay Paky will be the main sponsor for Showlight 2017, which takes place at the historic Palazzo dei Congressi in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence, and promises to be another unique chapter in the history of the Quadrennial. The Palazzo has a large seated conference hall surrounded by an exhibition area where up to 40 exhibitors will be located. Delegates will have plenty of time to visit the stands, and exhibitors to attend the presentation of papers. A full programme of visits to major and unusual cultural places is offered on the Monday afternoon.

A major part of the event is the conference programme and Showlight takes pride in attracting a wide range of speakers on a broad range of subjects: from major international lighting events to innovative use of lighting in the village hall; from state of the art research to borrowing ideas from other lighting genres; from Broadway award winners to student practitioners.

Showlight is now calling all lighting designers and directors, associates, programmers, scenographers, equipment manufacturers and others to put forward their ideas for conference papers for the 2017 programme. Sessions should be 20 minutes in length to leave time for discussion and to enable more topics to be covered.

Seven main topics have been chosen for broad interpretation, although other categories may be explored. These topics are a description of innovative lighting designs, unusual and special rigs you have used, describing what you’ve used and why it didn’t work, light sources, your design, special effects and the future and the past.

Speakers at Showlight benefit from free registration which covers everything, including access to all the seminar presentations, the trade show, full participation in the visits programme, food and drink throughout the day and a place at the main Conference Dinner on Monday evening. Showlight is pleased to offer a contribution towards the Speakers’ travelling expenses.

To be considered as a speaker for Showlight 2017, please email the following details to the Papers Committee at

Your name, contact details, a very brief summary of your professional background and a short outline that gives the flavour of your proposed Paper.