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arc Aug/Sep 2018 – Issue 105

Remember, remember the 19th and 20th of September.Making lighting specification an integral part of London Design Festival…

The preparations for darc room, London Design Festival’s lighting destination, are now well under way and we’re very excited with the event that we have put together. With 50 brands participating (see www.darcroom.com for the list so far) and a great educational workshop (darc room : workshops) and live streamed seminar programme (darc room : live) being curated by our friends, Light Collective, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than the critically acclaimed inaugural launch. This year we have moved darc room to Shoreditch High Street in the heart of the Shoreditch Design Triangle as we continue to make lighting specification an integral part of London Design Festival, something that has been neglected for far too long, to promote cross-discipline discussion and knowledge-sharing.

It will be a two-day event on 19th and 20th September with social activities on both evenings including the launch of our Inspirations book in collaboration with Light Collective and sponsored by Delta Light. If you can’t get away during office hours then come along for a drink (exhibitors will also be hosting stand parties) and a chat from 6pm until the close at 10pm.

The entry period for darc awards / architectural closes on 28th September, just after darc room ends and I hope that you will all participate. Our awards is the only industry programme that involves peer-to-peer voting so it’s a great way to get your projects and products the exposure that they deserve. This year’s event will take place on 6th December at MC Motors, London. We have all mourned the demise of the industry Christmas party so this year we decided to organise our own! As usual, all independent lighting designers and light artists who vote in the awards get a free ticket to come to the party. Suppliers have to pay a hefty fee so why not become a sponsor to really benefit from the exposure you get from creating your own installation with a top lighting design practice? There’s just a couple of sponsorship slots remaining.

I hope that you will participate in both our events this year. They promise to be two great (and fun!) dates in the lighting and design calendar.

Paul James
Editor
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