Sparc’s bi-annual lighting exhibition was held this year at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal at the Rocks. With 73 exhibitors from Australia and abroad, mainly China, the calibre of exhibitors and their displays well surpassed that of 2 years ago. The venue was larger with a higher ceiling and a generally airier space than their inaugural fair which was held in a somewhat compact hall, allowing more creativity and flair to be expressed in the stand designs and increased social activities.

The scale of the terminal permitted a common area, the village green, set up in the centre around which displays were allotted and paths converged. Here people congregated to socialise, listen to the live jazz, attend product presentations and gravitate around the abundant foods served throughout the day.

 

The companies ranged from the unknown to the world leaders in lighting technology and design. The products exhibited were very diverse; OEMS, displaying their latest technologies, street lighting, sontrol systems, decorative products and architectural luminaires. These companies were interweaved together. In future planning of the stands & as this fair grows, the stands will be compartmentalised in to groups, such as OEM , External, Interior architecture, Interior decorative.

 

Over 2,200 industry visitors attended Sparc, many from interstate, and even New Zealand, and of course there were a few from overseas who were part of the Speaker Program, which included ;  Motoko Ishii, (Motoko Ishii lighting design inc), Rogier van der Heide (Philips Lighting), John Johnson (Lightwaves).

 

From an exhibitor’s point of view, it was a great success having many existing and potential specifiers being able to gather all together to witness and experience firsthand the majority of new products available on the market, and be able to appreciate and gain a better understanding of leading Australian lighting companies, and our community.

 

Exhibitors spent considerable time planning & setting up for their stands & then many hours manning them. Some of which were "standouts" like Zumtobel who won the best stand award, Viabizzuno the most original and Euroluce won “Best Lit Stand”.  Without the exhibitors, sponsors, tireless volunteers & committee members, the event would have not have gone so smoothly. Congratulations & thanks to all those involved.

 

The closing Gala dinner was held at the Sydney Town Hall where trapeze artists swung from the ceiling, massive drums were beating & the magician made fun at the expense of some obliging guests. Food, drink & conversation flowed, and as always the lighting fraternity partied on.

 

SPARC is a biennial event, with the next staging in Sydney planned for June 2015. Interest may be recorded at organiser@sparcevent.org. With an increase of Australian lighting supply companies, many of whom need to infiltrate a larger client base (its recommend they exhibit), this space may in fact be a little too small for SPARC 2015

 

[text :Siobhan McNabb, julie van der ley]