G-Spot for Biathlon Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The IBU World Championships Biathlon 2015 took place in Kontiolahti in Finland early March, in bleak weather conditions. It all started with an unforgettable opening ceremony with a parade of competing athletes from nearly 40 nations and a speaker line including the Finnish Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb and President of the International Biathlon Union, Anders Besseberg.

The climax of the evening was an incredible show named “Winner’s Journey”, packed with light, dancers, aerial acrobats, pyrotechnics, video and other special effects. Joensuu Market Square was filled with curious people taking part in this event witnessing modern dancers representing sportsmen and their journey from preparation to finish line.

For the show, six stages and four large screens were put to use – all arranged by company Valoparta Oy, who was in charge of organizing the opening ceremony. Lighting designer and director of Valoparta Oy, Kari Kola, informs: “I deployed six G-Spot moving heads from SGM for the show for special effects. These units were in the outdoors in -2˚C and it was raining wet snow, yet there weren’t any problems with the fixtures”. Very pleased with the output of these LED IP65 profiles, he adds: “I think I will need to get some more G-Spots in a couple of months!”   

Photo: ©Janne Laukkanen

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