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WELCOME mondo*dr 22.2 January / February 2012


ON THE COVER Harpa, Reykjavik


Photo by Kristján Maack General Manager


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Welcome to the first mondo*dr of 2012. We’ve started as we hope to go on with a multifarious affair. We do, of course, wish you every success for the year ahead - it promises to be an interesting one. And while many of us would like to level out the ambiguity in that adjective, we’ll do what we’ve become accustomed to and focus on the positives.


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As we cast an eye over the coming 12 months, it’s hard not to get excited about what lies ahead. With our involvement in the Dynamic Events conference at the end of January, the year is off to a flying start. The levels of experience, talent and expertise involved are outstanding. That conference has been programmed to be a precursor to the large, international events being held in 2012. In June, soccer’s European Championships are being held in Poland and Ukraine. How the operational logistics of the competition - with over 1,800km between some stadia - will work out, will be intriguing. Our concern, as always, will be with the sound, lighting and AV elements of the different stadia. We will bring you coverage of the stadia being used for the tournament - like we did for the World Cup 2010 - in the form of an extended special feature, before the competition kicks off. Similarly, we are planning an extensive look at the venues being used for London 2012. That feature will be published in the September / October edition. Because the venue styles vary proportionally to the sports being showcased, the variation is considerable and each presents its own technological challenges. Architecturally, the bar has been raised, as the UK - like its predecessors - vies to be a memorable host. We can expect some great installation stories. Talking of stunning architecture, in late November 2011, I had the pleasure of visiting Reykjavik for the first time. The purpose of the trip was to visit Harpa (page 60) - a venue with a tale that is longer than most. Not only was it a writer’s dream, but the people were great too. The trip drew into perspective the warm traits exuded by almost everybody you meet in this industry, and it began my own involuntary reflection on 2011. My conclusion? I’m a lucky boy.


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