7 Days…


This time next week I hope I will be seeing a lot of you at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for iAV18. Go on you know you want to.

If you haven’t registered via our Eventbrite site yet, I would advise you to do so now (link below).


We have a great day planned.

So, exclusively, here and now and just for you first, we can announce the following from our programme for the day.

Our headline sponsor this year, White Light, will be presenting the following from 10.15, what I lovingly refer to as a WL Quartet.

Jason Larcombe (Senior Project Manager/Lighting Designer) – Investing in spaces to unlock potential.

Jason has been working on a number of recent projects with organisations, unlocking potential and creating new commercial opportunities within existing spaces and venues. 

Ryan Metcalf (Founder & Managing Director, Preevue) – VR; the Producer, Director and Designer’s choice

WL works closely with Ryan, who’s company scans and creates VR assets for theatre, in order to allow shows to be conceived and developed virtually before getting into the physical theatre.

Jonjo Glynn (Venue Services Director, White Light) – New technology in live events and broadcast

A review of some of the latest technology driving venues forward.

Rebecca Kane Burton in conversation (Managing Director, Really Useful Theatre Group) – Making venues commercial

Rebecca’s career started in English Heritage before joining the AEG at the O2 as General Manager and VP where she was responsible for introducing commercial initiatives into the organisation.  Rebecca has recently taken a new post as Managing Director of Really Useful Theatres Group as the embark on regeneration projects within their theatres.

This session will be scheduled as 4 x 15min presentations followed by a 15min Q&A.

And, just before lunch at around 12.45

We have a very special keynote presented by one of the world’s top stage and screen consultants for practical illusion effects, Paul Kiev.

Paul’s subject is the birth of the stage effect known as ‘Peppers Ghost’ and its use today by West End and Broadway productions. Paul has worked on stage and screen including ‘Matilda’ ‘Ghost’ and films such as ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban’, with Martin Scorsese on ‘Hugo’ and various Disney live productions.

That only scratches the surface, believe me!

Here is a link to Paul’s site:


In the afternoon, Shure, who are great supporters of AVCF, will explain some of the nuts and bolts around spectrum and frequency allocation. A topic that really affects all of us and sometimes gets overlooked.

We’ll wrap up with a big Q&A around 4pm drawing together themes that have arisen through the day.

I should point out that throughout the day there is plenty of time to wander and network with a myriad of experts in many fields and look at displays and products in the magnificent Florence Hall. All this in the unique laid back style that AV Cultural Forum fosters.

Oh, did I mention the drinks reception?

Well, from 6 till 8, courtesy of Jacobs Massey and Avixa, we’ll continue the fun and networking.

Hey, what’s not to like. There’s more from me to come through next week leading to the day itself. And, here’s that link again so you don’t even have to scroll back to the top.