“Feeling rather than fireworks” for Eurovision 2018 lighting

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest – hosted at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal and watched by over 185 million viewers worldwide – saw the latest range of Claypaky and ADB lighting fixtures dominate the beautifully evocative, multi-dimensional, theatrical and camera pleasing lighting design by award-winning lighting designer and director of photography Jerry Appelt.


Appelt’s design was one of the biggest lighting set-ups in Eurovision history, employing over 2,000 lighting fixtures – 750 of which were Claypaky Arc and LED moving heads, 100 of which were the ADB asymmetric cyc LED fixture, ADB Klemantis.


All lighting was supplied to Eurovision by Ampco Flashlight and Pixellight.


Appelt, lighting his fourth Eurovision, worked in close creative collaboration with set designer Florian Wieder to deliver a stunning, multi-faceted stage canvas that beautifully echoed Portugal’s nautical heritage, while offering a remarkable level of visual versatility.

In addition, the design directly addressed the comments from last year’s winner, Salvador Sobral, who said: “Music is not fireworks, music is a feeling, so let’s try to change this and bring music back!”

Adapted from an article originally published in AV MAGAZINE, written by GUY CAMPOS

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