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Durham Marenghi to curate The ARC Show

4 October 2011 12.00 BST

(UK) - Celebrated British lighting designer to give the London architectural lighting event a sense of theatre.

Durham Marenghi has accepted the position of curator of The ARC Show, London's dedicated architectural lighting design show taking place at the Business Design Centre on February 29th - March 1st, 2012.

Speaking to mondo*arc, Marenghi commented: “Initially I was invited to speak at The ARC Show by the IALD in 2008 and have been following the progress of the event ever since. I hope to be able to bring focus to an event about lighting design and not just product. Whilst product is of course of fundamental importance I want our event to touch on the more ‘fun’ aspects of our work and hopefully introduce and inspire architects to creative lighting design.”

Marenghi has created the lighting design for a wide variety of theatre, opera, dance, trade, heritage, concert, live event and television productions worldwide including the Winter Olympics and Paralympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Turin 2006 (thus becoming the first British Lighting Designer to have illuminated an Olympic event) and the London 2012 Handover at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Other lighting designs include Dancing On Ice - The Tour; the Royal Opening of London St Pancras Station; the naming ceremonies of the Ventura, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria luxury liners; a lighting extravaganza at The Pyramids in Giza; the 70th Birthday party of the Cinecitta Film Studios in Rome; 'Classical Spectacular' at the Royal Albert Hall London and Arenas in Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom; the New Year's Eve Light and Fireworks Show from the London Eye every year since 2004; the tour of 'Diamonds' for Holiday on Ice; the Royal Opening Ceremony of the Aspire Sports Complex in Doha, the inauguration of the Donbass Arena and the 75th Anniversary of Shakhtar FC in the Ukraine and the Opening Ceremony of the new headquarters of the Olympic Council of Asia in Kuwait.

In June 2002 Marenghi designed the lighting for the much acclaimed Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee Light and Fireworks Extravaganza performed at Buckingham Palace and along the Mall. Durham also specialises in the art of Virtual Lighting Design creating rendered presentation images of architectural and theatre lighting designs in a virtual world.

In 2006 Marenghi received an International Illumination Design Award of Excellence from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for the interior speciality lighting of the Space Centre, Bremen at that time the largest indoor theme park in Europe.


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