For children in need: grandMA2 joins charity concert

The charity concert “Elämä Lapselle” (Life of a Child) in the Hartwall-Areena, Helsinki, Finland raises funds to help Finnish children in need. It  has been staged annually since 1995 and has since been aired on MTV3. Initially, the concert was called "Pure Life in a Child", until it was changed to its current form. For this year's event, lighting and visual designer Mikko Linnavuori and lighting designer Eero Helle used two grandMA2 light, a grandMA full-size, a grandMA light and 3 x MA NSP (Network Signal Processor).

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“grandMA and grandMA2 are the only usable solutions when you need full tracking backup and a multi-user control platform”, commented Eero Helle. “This is very important for us when we are working on live TV shows. The reliability of the MA network is so good that all of the lighting team were completely confident.”

“One main reason for choosing a grandMA2 console is the excellent GUI for the framing shutters” said white light operator Jussi Kallioinen. Kallioinen was actually operating a grandMA2 for the very first time.

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“The basic lighting design idea was to create a good looking, large scale concert show for broadcast, always with the tight schedule and budget in mind”, explained Helle. “Furthermore we wanted to use custom screen content on every song, so the screens had a big role“.

The lighting rig consisted of about 170 Clay Paky, Vari*Lite and Martin moving lights.

Elämä Lapselle 2011

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The lighting operators were Eero Helle and Jussi Kallioinen, with Mikko Linnavuori running video. The video content design was created by ArtFarm Ltd., Mikko Linnavuori and Väinö Toppinen. Eastway Sound & Lighting Ltd delivered the lighting equipment and Starlike Oy, MA Lighting’s distributor in Finland, supplied the grandMA2 consoles.

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