Stephen Page was appointed lighting designer for the public opening event for Liverpool’s Year as European Capital of Culture 2008. An outdoor event in the centre of Liverpool for an audience of 40,000 featuring flying shipping containers and aerial performances suspended from cranes; a massed choir of 200 people; several hundred local school children; a procession of Scouse cultural icons; 150 guitarists on the rooftops all around St Georges Plateau; a performance of a specially commissioned poem; aerialists performing on walls in tandem with projected animation; and performances by the Wombats and Ringo Star – all to be broadcast live across the world, in early January, in one of the windiest and rainiest cities in Britain.
Stephen designed a lighting rig including over 200 moving lights, 120 LED fixtures and 200 ways of dimming for the event, all of which he operated using his preferred Jands Vista T2 console which, as ever, made it a straightforward process to control the large numbers of fixtures with ease.
Tom Ralston used our WYSIWYG studio to create an accurate model of the site from scratch and added all the fixtures to allow Stephen to undertake extensive pre- and on-site virtual programming, which was essential given the time of year, scale of the event & shortage of time on site.
Andy Kennett acted as Stephen’s assistant for pre-production and on site as well as being the followspot caller during the show.