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BVE-backed London Entertainment Week reflects need for “an all-encompassing trade show for the wider creative industries”

February's event will be "the most comprehensive gathering of the UK’s creative industries [this] year", says director Daniel Sacchelli

Broadcast trade show BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) announced plans last month to expand into the pro-AV and live event technology sectors with the launch of the first London Entertainment Week.

Taking place from Monday 22 to Friday 26 February, London Entertainment Week will incorporate a week’s worth of co-located events – including the AV User Group’s AV Users Forum; three days of dedicated seminar content for the AV sector, including theatre-specific content assisted by ABTT; and the Streaming Forum 2016 conference – with the three-day BVE show proper, starting on Tuesday 23rd, at its heart.

With the Event Production Show in March, a new-look PL+S in April and PLASA and BPM/PRO jostling for position later in the year, plans for an entire week of pro-audio/AV content early in 2016 look ambitious, to say the least – especially given that BVE takes place in the ExCeL Centre, a venue poorly received by PLASA Show attendees – so PSNEurope asked event manager Daniel Sacchelli (pictured) for his take.

“It is widely acknowledged that the lines between the live event production and broadcast sectors are blurring,” says Sacchelli, speaking to PSNEurope in mid-December. “Over the past couple of years, the breadth of new visitors to BVE from the pro-AV and live entertainment technology sectors has increased, reflecting a need for an all-encompassing trade show for the live production, broadcast and wider creative industries.

“BVE already has a strong pro-audio base, with exhibiting brands including Avid, Audio-Technica, Canford, Calrec, Harman, HHB Communications and Source Distribution, Lawo, Neutrik and Sennheiser. With organisations such as these conducting business in both live entertainment and broadcast, there is a demand for a broader showcase of products to meet the demands of an expanded visitor audience.

“We see BVE and the co-located events of London Entertainment Week as a comprehensive showcase for the AV, live entertainment, pro-audio and broadcast sectors and […] the most comprehensive gathering of the UK’s creative industries [this] year.”