Painting with Light (PWL)’s creative director Luc Peumans was asked to design an eye-catching lighting scheme for the opening ceremony (OC) of the first Qatar eSports WEGA Global Games. The OC event was staged in the Khalifa Stadium in Doha and enthusiastically attended and appreciated by 14,000 eSports fans.
Show artistic director Steven Martin from The Cintamani Stone: ArchitectofEMOTION (TCS-AOE) asked Luc onboard for their pitch, and they were awarded the project by Doha-based event company The Planners LLC.
Claypaky Stormy LED strobes plus beam lights and a variety of other available fixtures all added up to over 500 light sources … not a massive rig to fill a stadium, but each one of them was worked hard and used in a truly multifunctional context! Their collective flexibility together with Luc’s imagination and the programming skills of his associate LD Raphael Demonthy and lighting programmer Sebastian Huwig on site, ensured some eye-popping cues in the grandMA2 consoles.
Music was compiled by Tino Plettinck with the support of Universal Production Music. A team of about 40 performing talents and five show runners were flown in with the TCS team.
“Having all these resources to hand plus everyone’s talent, experience, vision and passion onboard helped enormously in pulling a complex and high profile show together under a lot of pressure,” commented Luc, who was delighted with the results and very proud to have been part of producing such a great looking show.
“Many said it could not be done in such a short time, and yet again … our team nailed it!” was the proud feedback of Steven after the show.
“The end clients’ reaction was amazement with how we pulled everything together with such detail in such a short period of time.”