by Jesse Dullabh, Lighting Technical & Controller Support
The ABSA KKNK or Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Little Karoo National Arts Festival) is one of South Africa’s oldest and largest Afrikaans festivals. Held annually in Oudtshoorn it offers a platform for Afrikaans artists to present and interpret their art and culture of the Afrikaans community in South Africa. This year’s edition took place from 3 to 11 April and there was particular cause for celebration as it was the 21st KKNK.
In 2006 AV Unlimited bowed to the ever-increasing demand for intelligent lighting in their shows and invested in the Martin MAC 700 Profile Series to service their clients better. These 700’s worked tirelessly week after week, but some 8 years later the Brothers Ducray – owners of AV Unlimited - realized the time had come to invest in some new workhorses. Guillaume Ducray and Bruce Schwartz from Electrosonic SA sat down over a beer and as usual the shoot-from-the-hip time there were: not many options Guillaume said “Bruce, whatta you got for me, Willis?
In Martin Professional’s early days, it was all smoke and mirrors. Literally. Entrepreneur Peter Johansen founded the company in 1987 in Aarhus, Denmark with the main factory located in the city of Frederikshavn, about 115 miles north of Aarhus. It all started with smoke machines, based on experiments using dry ice in a coffee machine. The Martin name was acquired through cooperation with a French smoke machine company. It soon added lighting products for discotheques, but quickly diversified into lighting for the professional markets, particularly lights with moving mirrors such as the PAL 1200 and fixtures with moving heads.
(By Terry Bourquin, Managing Editor, PROMAG magazine)
In 1993 Electrosonic SA launched an eight page AV and Lighting newsletter and called it Pro-Magazine. “High-tech meets education” was printed in bold as the intro paragraph of one of the first articles. An extract from that story reads: “In the training centre itself, the 120-seat main auditorium is equipped with a Panasonic data projection system, which allows the projection of anything from printed pages and 35mm slides to overhead transparencies and even three-dimensional objects”. It continues: “Panasonic 67cm colour television sets and VHS VCRs have been installed…”