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Robe takes off at SAGA Festival

Robe takes off at SAGA Fe

The first SAGA Festival in Romania, a collaboration between two dance world wunderkinds – ALDA Events and Insomniac – was so full on that the site was changed up to a bigger venue on the land of aerospace company Romaero in Bucharest. Helping create this unique electronic music festival experience and new chapter in Romanian live event history was Andre Beekmans and his talented team from Netherlands‐based design practice, The Art of Light, who specified over 200 Robe moving lights for the largest stage

– Source. Eindhoven‐based Andre created the production lighting designs and supplied programmers and operators for Source plus the two other big stages, “Heat” and “Spark”. With some stages in the open air, SAGA also took advantage of a selection of enormous airplane hangars on the site, which is still a fully functional working aircraft repair and service facility.

As the de facto Main Stage, “Source” was awesomely visual as you’d expect from a leading dance event, with a set that included the DJ booth integrated into a striking multi‐faceted pentagonal scenic orb centrepiece with stylised ‘rays’ … that released energy into the dance/audience space. Andre matched this with lines of Robe MegaPointes and Pointes along the rays, representing sizzling spikes and energy flows pulsing out into the audience, which consumed 78 x Pointes and 88 x MegaPointes, including MegaPointes rigged along all the outlines of the set. “It was an easy decision,” stated Andre. “I needed fixtures with plenty of power and lots of features and tricks … so Pointes and MegaPointes were perfect!”

Eight Robe BMFL WashBeams were used for key lights with 32 Spiider LED wash beams completing the Robe count, providing smooth, even stage and set washes.

Lighting kit for areas 2, 3 and 4 was supplied by The Purple Group from the Netherlands, which was the event’s lead technical equipment contractor. They are part of Ampco Flashlight, who supplied lighting for the Source main stage under Purple Group’s supervision. In total 55 trucks of production left the Netherlands for Romania!

Photos © Andre Beekmans


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