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First Exhibitors Confirmed for Showlight 2017

With eighteen months to go until Showlight 2017 takes place in the beautiful Italian city of Florence, the first exhibitors have already confirmed their attendance.

Arri, German Light Products (GLP), Hawthorn and Robe are the first to sign up for the much-anticipated lighting quadrennial, scheduled for 20-23 May 2017, with several other companies already lined up to join them.

This is the tenth fixture for Showlight, a unique event in the entertainment industry, which has grown in popularity since it first appeared in London’s Barbican in 1981.

“Showlight is always a memorable fixture in Hawthorn’s exhibition calendar, not only because it provides a great oversight of the very latest in lighting ideas, with time for everyone to attend presentations and digest ideas, but also gives an opportunity to network with industry colleagues old and new,” says Hawthorn’ s Managing Director, Martin Hawthorn.

Mark Ravenhill, President of GLP German Light Products Inc., is the first to agree, and equally fast to sign up as an exhibitor: “Showlight is just such a unique event and something that we look forward to. It’s great not only to support the event, but to be an active part of it. That’s what being an exhibitor allows us to do – to contribute and to participate. Having the opportunity to spend a great few days with so many colleagues from the industry makes Showlight such a joy to be a part of.”

Showlight offers a unique blend of presentations, networking opportunities, visits and exhibition; a colloquium with an emphasis on encouraging students and professionals to enjoy the industry in all its breadth and variety.

Showlight exhibitors have the unrivalled opportunity to present their products to entertainment lighting users and specifiers from around the world in a much closer environment than that offered by large scale-tradeshows. The exhibition is closed during each conference session to allow everyone to attend the presentations. Each exhibitor hosts its own company dinner of a select number of delegates, and sponsors a lighting student, giving them an unprecedented introduction to some of the industry’s major figures, companies and ideas.

Exhibitor spaces for this immensely popular event are strictly limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Companies interested in taking part should contact Jane Cockburn or Derek Gilbert without delay to secure a place. More details can be obtained by emailing them on

Developments can be followed on Facebook (Showlight Quadrennial), on Twitter @Showlight2017, and on the Showlight website

The main sponsor for Showlight 2017 is Clay Paky.

More sponsorship opportunities are available to exhibitors; details upon request from