Melbourne’s Sound, Light and Staging Expo ENTECH CONNECT returns on July 23-24, 2014 at a new venue, The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.

As well as giving schools, theatres and venues the chance to see the latest gadgets on offer, all under one roof, organisers have arranged for an extensive education program.

International lighting guru LeRoy Bennett will be one of the star speakers. His CV down the years is a veritable who’s who of artists performing on the world stage including Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga.

Bennett will walk the audience through his creative process from the muse, embryonic stages of discovery, sharing and drawing ideas from the artist or client, throughout his processes to completion of design.

"The combination of musical and architectural emotion is the driving force behind my work," Bennett states. “I always enjoy sharing my love for design with people who embrace the creative process.”

The Education Program at this year’s ENTECH CONNECT is an expanded series of seminars and lunches covering topics for Pro Audio, Audio Visual, Integration, Lighting and Staging Professionals.

Audio seminars range from a lecture on the recent upgrade to the Adelaide Oval to performing arts spaces.

In one session Peter Exton,from Marshall Day Acoustics, will talk through a number of recent projects including a new regional centre - the Cube in Wodonga, and the renovation of two venues - Hamer Hall in Melbourne and the Aotea Centre in Auckland.  He will illustrate the acoustic design process, including his approach to working with performers, analysing the acoustic performance of spaces, choosing suitable design criteria and incorporating staging infrastructure. This session will appeal to sound engineers, acousticians, venue owners and managers, particularly those interested in audio in theatres, clubs, arts centres, houses of worship, and schools.

To buy tickets to the Leroy Bennett speech and reserve places at other seminars visit


Images: LeRoy Bennett – Beyonce 2013 Ms Carter Tour,  Photo of LeRoy Bennett  (Photo courtesy of MJ Kim) & 2013 LeRoy Bennett – Paul McCartney  (Photo courtesy of MJ Kim).