Lighting up Christmas in the Canary Islands
More often viewed as a summer holiday destination, the Canary Islands are also an exciting destination to spend the Christmas holidays in warmer climes, and this season proved no exception. The winter festivities began on 29 November 2018 with a spectacle filled with light and colour in the form of a show lit by lighting designer, Jonay Díaz, and produced by Las Palmas-based L.F. Sound S.L.
Christmas is synonymous with joy and family time, but also with light and colour, and at this time of year, every city tries its best to show off with impressive displays of lighting. On this occasion, Las Palmas, capital city of Gran Canaria, shone resplendently with an opening party of song and dance in which Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires stood out as the main fixture, delivering bright colours and textures to complement the many different musical acts.
Under the control of lighting designer Jonay Díaz, and with the production by L.F. Sound S.L., a significant number of Ghibli fixtures were used to project large gobo images onto the facade of the historic Casas Consistoriales building which was used as a backdrop for artists such as Latonius, the Banda Sinfónica Municipal of Las Palmas, and the school Enseñanzas Artísticas Alexia Rodríguez.
Ghibli is currently one of the most popular fixtures in use in Spain thanks to its power and versatility, with a presence in several high-profile shows, such as the current musical production of West Side Story at the Teatro Calderón, and El Médico at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo, or installed in historical venues such as the Teatro Real in Madrid. It is Ayrton’s first LED fixture with framing capabilities, and stands out among its kind by providing a superior performance and an unbeatable quality/price ratio.
Ghibli’s features include a CMY colour mixing system combined with a variable CTO and a six-position complementary colour wheel, which produce a multitude of pastels and saturated colours that will delight any lighting designer. Its 23,000 lumen output and 7º and 56º zoom makes Ghibli the perfect moving head for use in large outdoor spaces, as in this case, and in any medium to large venues, and a winning choice for theatre and other classical types of spectacle – anywhere where superb light-framing is required.
“Ghibli’s selection of gobos are capable of illuminating large surfaces with different textures and colours, creating highly dynamic spaces, such as the facade of the Town Hall, on the Plaza of Santa Ana, which was dyed with vivid shapes and colours throughout the show serving as background to the various performances,”says Miguel Ángel Valera, brand manager for Ayrton at Stonex, Ayrton’s official distributor in Spain. “The celebration that started Christmas in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was possible thanks to the work of the Municipal Symphonic Band of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Artistic Teaching Alexia Rodríguez, Latonius and of course thanks to LFSound.”
L.F.Sound S.L. is an entertainment-focused enterprise, specializing in audio and lighting system for private and public spectacles. It has a wide variety of technicians who are highly qualified for developing any type of audiovisual event, not only during the set up, but throughout the entire development of the show.
In Spain, Stonex is the official distributor of Ayrton, among other well-known brands. As a national benchmark in professional lighting, stage engineering and emergency lighting, Stonex has over 38 years of experience offering comprehensive solutions for the show, entertainment and architectural sectors, comprising the design, supply, installation and maintenance of scenic equipment and premium lighting.
Text: Julie Harper
Photos: © Quique Curbelo