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Lighting and event technology is about creativity and artistic expression – as much as it is about planning and analytical skills: a varied field of activity for forward thinkers and sharp minds with visions. Despite all this diversity, women are still a minority in the industry. The sector has increasingly focused on this disparity in recent years. Against this background, the “Women in Lighting” initiative, WIL for short, puts the spotlight on women’s power in the industry and raises the profile of female professionals in all lighting trades. As Europe’s leading fair for event and media technology, Prolight + Sound 2023 will be supporting the project: with the premiere of the “Women in Lighting Lounge” and specialized programme formats, the show will draw attention to the achievements of women in the sector and provide impetus for more gender diversity.
The lounge is located in Hall 12.0, near the booth of the “Women in Lighting” initiative’s entertainment lighting partner, Ayrton. It serves as a central meeting space for female professionals and interested newcomers alike, as a venue for interviews with inspiring personalities and as a source of information about career scenarios. In cooperation with Light Collective, the initiator of “Women in Lighting”, there will also be topic-relevant lectures and discussion rounds on the Theatre + Light Stage in Hall 12.0 on all days of the fair, as well as daily “WIL Meet Ups” at the Ayrton stand which provides valuable networking opportunities.
“The event business is not a ‘Mens’ World’! This is also proven by Prolight + Sound, which is realized by women at various management levels. It is a matter close to our hearts to provide a worthy stage for the merits and great careers of women in the industry. At the same time, we would like to support the industry in inspiring the next generation of female talent for lighting and event technology. That is why we are exceptionally pleased to be working with Light Collective to promote the ‘Women in Lighting’ project,” says Mira Wölfel Director Prolight + Sound.
“’Women in Lighting’ is honoured to cooperate with Prolight + Sound as it creates a fantastic opportunity to promote the project to an international audience and meet them face-to-face at one of the world’s biggest entertainment lighting shows. The project aims to profile women working in the field of entertainment lighting and increase their visibility to show that this is an interesting and viable career path for young women looking to work within the world of entertainment. Prolight + Sound is an excellent platform from which to elevate this activity”, add Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton, the co-founders of Light Collective.
Women in Lighting: A strong commitment to female talents
“Women in Lighting” is a global initiative that celebrates and portrays women in lighting and lighting design. Through social activism, it draws attention to unconscious biases in the industry and challenges them through a strong presence in digital media, where the project has built a large following. The initiative is supported by dedicated women in over 75 countries. As WIL Ambassadors, they are the driving force behind the project. They set up independent local initiatives and work with partners around the world on broader projects.
Since its initiation in 2019, the project has developed into an international community that shares knowledge and experiences. In addition to providing resources on the website, “Women in Lighting” organises an annual international conference on International Women’s Day (8 March) and regularly presents awards for women in the industry.
More information on “Women in Lighting” at www.womeninlighting.com. All details on Prolight + Sound at www.prolight-sound.com.
Prolight + Sound will be held from 25 – 28 April 2023.