UK –The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) 2015 has announced the main sponsors of this year’s prestigious event.
The Awards, which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events, is delighted to welcome industry heavyweights: OSRAM, Ambersphere Solutions, MA Lighting, Hawthorn, Robert Juliat, Ayrton and XL Video, who have generously supported the Awards for several years running (some since its inaugural year). Alongside them are FIX8Group and Light Initiative, who are new to the event. The ceremony will take place at East London’s Troxy club on Sunday 4 October.
“We are very proud to be sponsors of the KOI Awards. It is an amazing ceremony which last year we were very happy to attend,” says Valére Huart-Gyors, Ayrton. “Seeing the most creative lighting designers receive acknowledgement is really a pleasure, as we are sure it is for them as well! We at Ayrton are all looking forward to being there again this year and continuing to support the recognition of true talent and hard work.”
Hailed by the Guardian last year as the lighting industry’s very own major awards event, the Knight of Illumination Awards is able to expand and develop year on year as a result of this high-profile industry sponsorship. The 2015 incarnation is no exception, with the Awards adding a new ‘club’ award in its Concert Touring and Events category.
“The extension of the Awards to cover this area proves how lighting design is a multi-faceted profession which demands a great capacity for adaptation,” says François Juliat, Robert Juliat CEO. “Designers are always forging ahead with new ways to create unprecedented emotions in audiences with their inspiring visual productions. We’re proud to be associated with this celebratory and professional event for the third consecutive year.”
Also supporting the Awards for the third year running is XL Video, with Managing Director Lee Spencer commenting: “We’re very pleased to be able to sponsor the Knight of Illumination video categories for the third consecutive year. KOI celebrates the very best talent in lighting and video design in our industry, and it’s great to be involved in an event which highlights their work.”
Supporting the Awards in a more creative vein are main sponsors Light Initiative and FIX8Group. Visual production house FIX8 will be delivering an awards presentation with a difference for the October event, while Light Initiative is designing and manufacturing special table centres for the night, detail about which is still under wraps until October.
“With a host of new products to show for our efforts, we thought we’d bring one to the table, quite literally, providing the table centre-pieces for the KOI Awards Dinner,” says Light Initiative’s Paul Bellman. “It is fantastic to be involved in an event that recognises the artistic achievements of the talented individuals that make up our industry, and we are proud to be associated with this endeavour.”
Submissions are still open for the Television and Concert Touring and Events categories and shows performed or broadcast between August 2014 and 31st July 2015 in the UK are eligible. However submissions will close on 31 July. As with previous years the Theatre section can only be nominated by the judging panel.