OnLocation Takes A Global Tour Of Lighting Design: Part 3

What started as a pandemic-era project has seen Robe Lighting influencer Louise Stickland travel the world interviewing creatives about their challenges and inspirations. 

In the third edition of Live Design's regular check-in with the OnLocation team, Stickland talks to technical director Ola Melzig as he returns to his hometown to take the reins on the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden. We also feature Robe's interview with Luc Peumans in Genk, Belgium in a former coal mine turned creative hub.

On Location 61 - Ola Melzig in Malmo, Sweden

Eurovision technical director and “guru” Ola Melzig is back in charge of all ‘show’ elements for this year’s broadcast, which returns to Malmo Arena with the final on May 11th. Apart from 11 being Ola’s lucky number, it is 11 years since 2013, when the event was previously staged at same venue. Shooting from the hip as always, Ola talks to us about the major impact of Eurovision on his life and career.


On Location 60 - Luc Peumans in Genk, Belgium

C-MINE is a striking and interesting former coal mine in Genk, Belgium, now a vibrant creative hub for creative companies and organisations including lighting and multimedia design studio, Painting with Light (PWL). It was our eye-catching backdrop when chatting to PWL‘s founder and artistic director Luc Peumans, who gave up some time for OnLocation, sharing his journey from high school dance performer to entertainment and architainment lighting, show and technical director.

On Location 8 - James Dacre at Royal & Derngate in Northhampton, UK

We caught up with the incredibly busy James Dacre – artistic director of the Northampton Royal & Derngate Theatre in the UK. He gives the low down on “Made in Northampton”; the importance of theatre in the community; and the technical and creative skills that are vital to keeping the sector fresh, dynamic, and evolving!

On Location 9 – Chris Moylan at Motorwerk Berlin, Germany

We met lighting designer and programmer Chris Moylan at one of Berlin’s fabulous industrial venues - Motorwerk - where he chatted about lighting, programming, creating light art and the importance of live entertainment and performance to well-being … as well as life in the dynamic metropolis of Berlin.