Schlagwort-Archive: Event-Ästhetik

Olympiacos Championship Celebrations July 2020

A spectacle full of art and emotions – Press Release

Olympiacos presented the celebrations for winning the 45th league title in his history, on July 16th 2020 in an online press conference, three days before the celebration.

The Sport Director of Olympiacos, Christian Karembeu, revealed the title of the festive event and talked about the solution found through technology for the team to celebrate winning the title with its fans.

“We are really happy because today we have the unique opportunity to talk about an important celebration. Our party this year is entitled ‘The lights of hope’. We have the pleasure to celebrate the 45th championship in the history of our club. Like any team in the world, we would like to celebrate the conquest with our fans. Because of the pandemic, we had to find a solution. I would very much like to talk about the great season we had, about our great victories, about our winning streaks and, of course, about the fact that we have the opportunity to add another title to the history of Olympiacos. I want to add at this moment the initiatives of Mr. Evangelos Marinakis, both in Greece and abroad, because he was always present where there was a need. The show you will watch will be unique, it will be great, it will be full of art and emotions, because football is all about emotions. Therefore, stay safe.”

The internationally renowned artist, Asteris Kutulas, gave details about what will be presented on Sunday night at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

“I thank Olympiacos and Christian very much for his words, for inviting me to contribute to the celebration. I’m a Greek living abroad, I live in Berlin and my occupation is show creation. I was invited by Olympiacos to find a solution for how we’ll celebrate the conquest of the 45th championship in an empty stadium under corona circumstances. I developed an emotional concept, that the people of Olympiacos liked and that in the end will take place. We’ll bring the fans of Olympiacos, who will be outside the stadium, inside it, but without actually entering! This will be made in a way that they can celebrate with the players at the time of the award ceremony. This will be the emotional peak of the celebration we are preparing. Earlier, there will be a huge multimedia show that will consist of video and laser projections, lights, pyrotechnics and fireworks. We’ll have a children’s choir and Antonis Dimitriadis, who is the musical director of the whole event. Music always plays a big role in these multimedia shows. It’s the cornerstone of the project. It will combine international pieces with a wonderful composition by Marios Ioannou Elia. Upon it will be built all the whole stadium show.

We want to send a message of optimism and hope, from Olympiacos to the world, from Piraeus to the world, from Olympiacos and Piraeus to Greece. We combine the event of the stadium with a multimedia show in Pasalimani, which will also be televised. It will connect music with images made of architectural lasers and lots of fireworks and sparklers. We want Pasalimani to become red and blue. This will be accompanied with the music of the two emblematic composers, Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hadjidakis, from two emblematic films, “The Children of Piraeus” and “Zorba”. The music has been exceptionally remixed by Antonis Dimitriadis and Alexandros Karozas and will give us the basis for amazing images that will be broadcasted all around the world. Moreover, “The Children of Piraeus” were also filmed on the clock of Piraeus and this way we can remember the 100 years of Melina Mercouri. I’m a child of East Germany and I was very happy when the Berlin Wall fell. Here symbolically we do something similar. Through Art and Technology, we tear down the wall of pandemic and bring the fans close to the players in the field.

It is a very special challenge for me. For all of us artists across Europe, it’s a time of crisis, a time of forced contemplation because everything has been cancelled. Under these circumstances, to give such a sign of hope and optimism is something very special. What we are doing here is the first such event to take place across Europe. When I had the first brainstorm sessions on this project, I met Mr. Marinakis and saw on his arm a tattoo that read “dream”, “love”, “create”, “fight”, “win”, words that are a slogan in football, sports, art and life. They apply everywhere and are humanitarian values. I identified with it and I got inspiration to get to this point, because both football and art unite people. Let’s do something for the people of Piraeus, for the Greeks and for the whole world”.

 

 

Leasing the Sky – Mega & Special Events – Produced by Asteris Kutulas

MEGA & SPECIAL EVENTS 1999 – 2010

Gert Hof in Lviv (general rehearsal)

DIRECTED BY GERT HOF (1951 – †2012)
PRODUCED BY ASTERIS KUTULAS

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Maria Farantouri
WASHINGTON HOLOCAUST MUSEUM – „MAUTHAUSEN“
US HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM, OCTOBER 28TH 1999


MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS
PERFORMED BY MARIA FARANTOURI


Light & Stage Design by Gert Hof

Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington

Promoted by Peter Pappas

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Photo by © Mihalis Patsouras/Asti Music
ATHENS – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT
ACROPOLIS, DECEMBER 31ST 1999

MUSIC COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Greek Ministry of Culture & the Municipality of Athens

Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Dimitris Koutoulas
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming Fireworks & Pyro Hans-Georg Kehse
Light Equipment Helicon GmbH Berlin
Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Feuerwerke GmbH Berlin

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
BERLIN – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT
VICTORY COLUMN BERLIN, DECEMBER 31ST 1999

MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY MIKE OLDFIELD

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Event General Management by Asteris Kutulas

Programming & Operators Jens Probst & Gerry Appelt
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG
Fireworks Nico Feuerwerk GmbH
Balloons Helicon GmbH Berlin
Produced by Achim Perleberg & Egon Banghardt
An Art in Heaven Production

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Photo by © Sven Treder
FERROPOLIS – THE CITY OF STEEL
OPENING CELEBRATION, JULY 16TH 2000

MUSIC COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art & Video Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Expo 2000 Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH & the Government of Sachsen-Anhalt

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Stephan Aue
Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Feuerwerke GmbH Berlin
Light Equipment & Balloons Helicon GmbH Berlin
Space Cannon Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
BUDAPEST – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT
1000 YEARS OF HUNGARY, AUGUST 20TH 2000

MUSIC BY ROBERT ERDESZ

Art & Video Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Event General Management & Production Asteris Kutulas

Produced by Asteris Kutulas, Happy End Kft. & Art in Heaven GmbH for the Government of Hungary
Executive Producer Tim Dowdall
Programming & Operator Stephan Aue
Technical Direction & Local Support Multimedia (Europe) Ltd.
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG
Balloons Helicon GmbH Berlin, Director: Gerd Helinski
Pyro & Fireworks Boom Boom Productions, California

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Photo by © Sven Treder
BEIJING – THE MILLENNIUM EVENT
CHINA MILLENNIUM MONUMENT, DECEMBER 31ST 2000

MUSIC BY KLAUS SCHULZE

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Event Management & Production Asteris Kutulas

Produced by Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Co., Beijing Television, Shanghai Eastern Television, Art in Heaven GmbH & Asteris Kutulas for the Chinese Government
Executive Producer Tim Dowdall & LogistiX
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Stephan Aue
Space Cannon Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG
Light, Laser & Neon Equipment Gehua Beijing
Pyro & Fireworks Ikebun Co. Ltd. Japan

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Photo by © Nikos Boutsikos/Asti Music
NIGHT OF THE EURO
SYNTAGMA SQUARE ATHENS, DECEMBER 31ST 2001

MUSIC BY PERICLES KOUKOS

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Municipality of Athens

Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Dimitris Koutoulas
Programming & Operator Stephan Aue
Pyro & Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens
Light Equipment Ultraschall OHG
Technical Direction Multimedia (Europe) Ltd.

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
DRESDEN SHINES AGAIN – THE BENEFIT EVENT
SEMPER OPERA HOUSE, DECEMBER 7TH 2002

MUSIC BY JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the State of Saxony

A Light Monuments Production
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Berlin
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

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ATHENS – DAY OF EUROPE
THE ACROPOLIS EVENT, MAY 9TH 2003

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS
PERFORMED BY GEORGE DALARAS

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the General Governor of Athens and Piraeus, the European Commission, the Greek Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament

Event Coordination Vassilis Riziotis & Dimitris Koutoulas
Technical Director Harald Günthert
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Artist Management Anna Dalaras
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Pyro & Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens
Local Production Art Hellas Athens
A Light Monuments Production

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Photo by © Guido Karp
ATLANTIC CITY – LIGHTS OF FREEDOM
THE TRUMP TAJ MAHAL EVENT, JULY 26TH 2003

MUSIC BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Donald Trump Organization

Event Coordination Michael B. Sladden
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Production Management Ed Puntin
Light Equipment Syncrolite, LP Dallas
Pyro & Fireworks by Grucci, Inc.
A Light Monuments Production

„It was a pleasure welcoming Berlin director Gert Hof and his producer Asteris Koutoulas to the USA. Gert used 80 SS/SX7Ks with Pigis from Fourth Phase and some pyro from Gucci. The show was visible for 20 miles around Atlantic City and created quite a stir among the blasé Americans who believe they have seen it all. 

Gert Hof is part 21st century technologist and part P.T. Barnum whose main goal is to create a lasting and remembered impression on the mind … Gert Hof developed an explosive style that is uniquely qualified to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. His show explodes with light, pyro, sound, colour and grand images. He is obsessed with the power of light as are those of us who make the tools of his trade.“

Jack Calmes & Jimmy Page Henderson, Syncrolite

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
MOSCOW – DAY OF CITY CELEBRATION
THE RED SQUARE EVENT, SEPTEMBER 6TH 2003

MUSIC PERFORMED BY THE SCORPIONS & THOMAS ANDERS

Art Director, Light, Neon, Laser & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Municipality of Moscow

Co-Produced by Multimedia International Budapest & JSA Moscow
Event Coordination Alexander Strizhak
Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Valery Feofanow
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Production Management Kostya Bryanka
Production Coordination Gleb Kharchenko
Stage & Local Production JSA Moscow
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg (Space Cannons)
Light Equipment A & O Bremen (Syncrolite)
Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest
Pyro & Fireworks Piro Show Moscow
Laser Equipment Laser Kinetiks Moscow
Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin
A Light Monuments Production

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Photo by © Guido Karp
PIRAEUS – HARBOR OF THE WORLD
OCTOBER 18TH 2003

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art Director, Light, Laser & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Governor of Piraeus

Executive Producers Vassilis Riziotis & Dimitris Koutoulas
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Production Management Renos Varlas
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens
Pyro Effects Daniel Schwartz Berlin
Laser Equipment Laser Design Athens
Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin
Stage & Local Production New Sound & Light Ltd. Athens

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
POZNAN – THE OLD BREWERY OPENING EVENT
NOVEMBER 5TH 2003

MUSIC COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY KLAUS SCHULZE

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for Fortis Sp. z o.o. & Grazyna Kulczyk

Co-Produced by Viva Art Music Warsaw
Event Coordination Marek Szpendowski
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming Jens Probst
Operator Jan Schröter
Production Coordination Marek Debski
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Pyro & Fireworks Pyro Art Berlin
Stage & Local Production Viva Art Music Warsaw

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
ISCHGL – THE LIGHT
WINTER OPENING EVENT, NOVEMBER 28TH 2003

MUSIC BY GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL
PERFORMED BY AMICI FOREVER

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Tourismusverband Ischgl

Executive Producer Tim Dowdall
Event Coordination Andrew Zweck
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Production Management Steffen Brandt (Procon)
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Helium Balloons Helicon GmbH
Pyro & Fireworks Pyro-Art Berlin

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Photo by © Jens Rötzsch
BERLIN – EUROPEAN ACCESSION NIGHT
THE GENDARMENMARKT EVENT, APRIL 30TH 2004

MUSIC BY PETER THOMAS
PERFORMED BY JOCELYN B. SMITH & THE SCHÖNEBERGER SÄNGERKNABEN

Art Director, Light, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Presidents of the European Parliament (Pat Cox), the European Commission (Romano Prodi) & the European Council (Bertie Ahern)

Event Coordination Stephan Reichenberger
Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest
Fireworks Flash Art GmbH
Pyro Effects Daniel Schwartz

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
MALTA – WELCOME EUROPE
THE FORT ST. ANGELO EVENT, MAY 1ST 2004

MUSIC BY ROGER WATERS

Art Director, Laser, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the “Welcome Europe” Consortium, the Maltese Government and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Executive Producer Tim Dowdall
Event Coordination Andrew Zweck & Nigel Camillieri
Technical Director Steffen Brandt
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Programming Laser Daniel Brune
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Projections E/T/C UK Ltd. & Ross Ashton
Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH
Pyro Effects Daniel Schwartz
Fireworks & Pyro Coordination Felix Wolff
Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH
Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin
Producers & Local Partner NnG Promotions

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MOTÖRHEAD – STAGE FRIGHT
PHILIPSHALLE DUSSELDORF, DECEMBER 7TH 2004

MUSIC PERFORMED BY MOTÖRHEAD

Stage & Light Design Gert Hof
Executive Producer Ulrike Rudolph for SPV
Gert Hof Management & Light Production by Asteris Kutulas for SPV

Production Manager Steffen Brandt
Technical & Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
An SPV Production

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann
NUREMBERG – THE CCN EVENT
OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONGRESS CENTRE EAST, APRIL 17TH 2005

MUSIC BY SERGEJ RACHMANINOW

Art Director, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Congress Centre Nuremberg

Technical Director Steffen Brandt
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
GALLIPOLI (TURKEY) – IN MEMORIAM SON ET LUMIERE
THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANZAC DAY, APRIL 25TH 2005

MUSIC BY TOMASO ALBINONI

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Australian Government

Event Coordination Andrew Zweck
Technical Director Steffen Brandt
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa & Daniel Schwartz
Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

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Photo © by Jens Rötzsch
MAGDEBURG – HEAVEN SYMPHONY
MAGDEBURG CATHEDRAL, CELEBRATION OF THE 1,200 YEARS OF MAGDEBURG, MAY 7TH 2005

MUSIC BY HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, ANTONIO VIVALDI, GIACOMO PUCCINI, CARL ORFF & THE SCORPIONS

Art Director, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Municipality of Magdeburg

Technical Director Michael Casper
Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa
Production, Light Equipment, Sound & Stage Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg

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ATHENS – TOGETHER IN FRIENDSHIP
THE TOWN HALL ATHENS EVENT, JUNE 11TH 2005

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS

Art Director, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Municipality of Athens

Event Coordination Vassilis Riziotis & Dimitris Koutoulas
Technical Director Spiros Nanos
Programming & Operator Pavlos Nanos
Pyro & Fireworks Nanos Fireworks Athens

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Photo © by Jens Rötzsch
OMAN – LIGHT FROM THE ARAB WORLD
THE 35TH NATIONAL DAY & REIGN ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MAJESTY SULTAN QABOOS
MUSCAT, NOVEMBER 22ND 2005

MUSIC BY CHRISTIAN STEINHÄUSER

Art Director, Light, Laser, Boat & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Event Concept Dimitris Tziotis/ Cleverbank Athens
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Government of Oman

Production Coordination Dimitris Koutoulas
Technical Director Steffen Brandt
Production Management Norman Bauer
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Programming Fireworks & Pyro Markus Katterle
Programming Laser Daniel Brune
Boat Coordinator Gerd Helinski
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Fireworks FlashArt GmbH
Laser laserfabrik showlaser GmbH
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa
Projections Ross Ashton – E/T/C UK Ltd.
Sound Equipment Black Box Music Berlin

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Photo © Ralph Larmann
ATHENS – LIGHTING UP THE STARS
OPENING EVENT OF THE “MALL”, NOVEMBER 24TH 2005

MUSIC BY RAMMSTEIN

Art Director, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Orama Organization

Executive Producer Dimitris Koutoulas
Technical Directors Ulli Klug & Steffen Brandt
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Neon Installation Multimedia International Budapest
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg
Additional Light Equipment Black Box Music Berlin
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa & Nanos Fireworks Athens

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann
BOZEN (ITALY) – THE VOLCANO
OPENING EVENT OF THE MESSNER MOUNTAIN MUSEUM SIGMUNDSKRON, JUNE 9TH 2006

Art Director & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas

Technical Director Sven Asamoa
Programming & Operator Sven Asamoa
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa & Daniel Schwartz
Local coordination Felix Wolff

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann
DRESDEN – „THE GREEN DIAMOND“
RE-OPENING EVENT OF THE GREENERY VAULT, OLD CASTLE, SEPTEMBER 9TH 2006

MUSIC BY JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

Art Director, Light & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming Jens Probst
Laser programming Daniel Brune
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa
Laser Eqipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH
Light Equipment A&O Lighting GmbH & Procon MultiMedia AG

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Photo by © Anja Pietsch
LVIV (UKRAINE) – THE 750TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT
OPERA HOUSE SQUARE, SEPTEMBER 30TH 2006

MUSIC COMPOSED & CONDUCTED BY RUSLANA

Art Director, Light, Laser, Neon & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Municipality of Lviv

Production coordination Norman Bauer
Technical Director Steffen Brandt
Light Operator Jens Probst
Local Logistics Manager Taras Shykh
Fireworks Director Markus Katterle
Pyro Director Sven Asamoa
Laser Programming Daniel Brune
Light Equioment Procon MultiMedia AG
Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH
Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser gmbH
Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann
DUSSELDORF – 60 YEARS OF UNICEF GALA
LTU ARENA, OCTOBER 23TH 2006

MUSIC BY JOHN LENNON
PERFORMED BY SENAIT MEHARI & HENNING SCHMIEDT

Art Director & Laser Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for UNICEF

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Laser Programming Daniel Brune
Laser Eqipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

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Photo by © Jens Rötzsch
DRESDEN – RE-OPENING CEREMONY RAILWAY CENTRAL STATION
NOVEMBER 10TH 2006

MUSIC BY JAN GARBAREK

Art Director, Neon, Pyro & Laser Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for Deutsche Bahn AG

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Laser programming Daniel Brune
Laser Eqipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH
Pyro Effects ars agens berlin

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Photo by © Guido Karp
SOFIA – THE WELCOME EUROPE EVENT
BATENBERG SQUARE, DECEMBER 31ST 2006

Art Director, Light, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Government of Bulgaria

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Light Operator Jens Probst
Executive Producers Tim Dowdall & Ivan Nestorov
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG

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Photo by © Guido Karp
HAMBURG – AidaDIVA CHRISTENING CEREMONY
HAMBURG HARBOR, APRIL 20TH 2007

MUSIC BY WESTBAM & CHRISTIAN STEINHÄUSER

Concept, artistic direction, light, laser, fireworks & pyro design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for Aida Cruises AG

Production Manager & Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Coordination by Massine Productions GmbH, Berlin
Production Manager for Procon MultiMedia AG Michael Casper
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Programming & Operator Laser Daniel Brune
Programming Fireworks & Pyro Effects Markus Katterle
Production Manager Fireworks & Pyro Effects Konrad Kuschel
Technical Director Fireworks & Pyro Effects Holger Behrens
Sound Director Klaus Rahe
Boat Coordination Dimitris Koutoulas
Production, Light & Sound Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG, Hamburg
Fireworks & Pyro Effects Flashart GmbH, Bielefeld
Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
BERLIN – THE HUGO BOSS AFTER SHOW PARTY
OPENING FASHION WEEK BERLIN
RUSSIAN EMBASSY BERLIN, JULY 12TH 2007

Light, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for Hugo Boss AG

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Nowadays Production Coordination Volker Scherz
Light Equipment A&O Lighting Technology GmbH
Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH
Pyro Effects Asamoa Agens
Hugo Boss Production Nowadays GmbH

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
HAMBURG – THE HUGO BOSS BOAT CHRISTENING
SEPTEMBER 18TH 2007

MUSIC BY WESTBAM

Light, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Hugo Boss AG

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Laser Programming Daniel Brune
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG
Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa
Coordination by Massine Production GmbH

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VILNIUS – OPENING CEREMONY VILNIUS GATES
OCTOBER 26TH 2007

MUSIC BY LINAS RIMSA

Fireworks, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas

Technical Director Norman Bauer
Production Manager Konrad Kuschel
Fireworks & Pyro Programming Felix Wolff
Fireworks & Laserequipment FLASH ART GmbH

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Photo by © Anja Pietsch
ANTWERP & ARNHEM – ANOUK LIVE IN CONCERT
MARCH 2008

MUSIC BY ANOUK

Light & Stage Design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for Live Nation Holland

Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Light Director Steffen Brandt
Production Management Flip van Ommeren
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG & A&O Lighting
A Live Nation Holland Production

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
DORTMUND – COLOSSEUM OF LIGHT
CLOSING-EVENT OF THE LOVEPARADE
JULY 19TH 2008

MUSIC BY WESTBAM

Light, Laser & Pyro Design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Loveparade

Technical Director Gerd Helinski
Programming & Operator Jens Probst
Laser Programming Daniel Brune
Light Equipment A&O Lighting GmbH Bremen
Laser Equipment laserfabrik showlaser GmbH
Fireworks & Pyro Effects Elements Entertainment GmbH
Pyro Effects Sven Asamoa
Coordination by Massine Production GmbH

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Photo by © Ralph Larmann
VILNIUS – 1000 YEARS OF LITHUANIA & EUROPEAN CULTURAL CAPITAL 2009 CELEBRATION
CATHEDRAL SQUARE, JANUARY 1ST 2009

MUSIC BY VYTAUTAS JURGUTIS

Art Director, Light, Fireworks & Pyro Design Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Government of Lithuania

Local Producers Linas Ryskus & Giedre Zemaitiene
Production & Logistics Director Norman Bauer
Light Operator Andre Grohmann / tenfeet Deutschland
Technical Director Procon MultiMedia AG Ingo Gaebel
Technical Director Flash Art Felix Wolff
Technical Director Pyro Sven Asamoa
Local Production Manager Renata Krapikaite
Light Equipment Procon MultiMedia AG
Pyro & Fireworks Flash Art GmbH
Logistics Bauer Concept Berlin

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Photo by © Sabine Wenzel
BERLIN – CANTO GENERAL
KONZERTHAUS AM GENDARMENMARKT, OCTOBER 5TH 2009

MUSIC BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS
PERFORMED BY MARIA FARANTOURI, RAINER SCHEERER, CONCERT CHOIR BERLIN, SINGAKADEMIE NIEDERSACHSEN, CONCERT ORCHESTRA BERLIN, CONDUCTED BY CLAUS-ULRICH HEINKE

Artistic Direction & Light Design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Koutoulas for the Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB)

Promoted by Stephan Gorol
Technical Director Mathias Jung


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Photo by © Ralph Larmann
JERUSALEM – LIGHT FESTIVAL OPENING & ISRAEL MUSIC FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY
SULTAN’S POOL, JERUSALEM, JUNE 6TH 2010


MUSIC PERFORMED BY JERUSALEM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY SAMUEL GAL ALTEROVICH


Artistic Direction & Light Design by Gert Hof
Produced by Asteris Kutulas for the Municipality of Jerusalem

Director & Coordinator Light Festival Eduardo Huebscher
Light Operator Ofer Brum
Light Equipment Gil Teichmann Company

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Many thanks from my heart to Nina & Wanja Hof.

Asteris Kutulas, June 3rd 2019

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We give MUCH THANKS to our partners,

above all Achim Perleberg in Bochum, Tim Dowdall in Budapest, Sebastian Turner, Markus Mahren, Westbam, Peter Massine and Rainer Schaller in Berlin, Morten Carlsson and Jens Zimmermann in Hamburg, Andrew Zweck in London, Rafaela Wilde in Cologne, Marek Szpendowski in Warsaw, Michael Sladden in New York, Alexander Strizhak in Moscow, Dimitris Koutoulas, Vassilis Riziotis, Dimitra Rodopoulou and Dimitris Tziotis in Athens, Gerhard Seltmann in Magdeburg, Udo Hoffman and Sun Xiangyan in Beijing, Stephan Reichenberger in München, Michael Shurygin in St. Petersburg, Gil Teichmann in Tel Aviv und Eduardo Hübscher in Jerusalem, Stephan Gorol in Bonn, Linas Ryskus in Vilnius, Michael Thamm in Rostock, Robert van Ommen in Amsterdam, Ruslana in Kiew, Ivan Nestorov in Sofia and Tewe Pannier in Dubai. Without them the events that were documented here would not have been possible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Many thanks to our partners, friends and colleagues

Peter Amend, Anton Attard, Anouk, Petra Bandmann, Bruno Baiardi, Laci Borsos, Giovanni Broccu, Jack Calmes, Nigel Camillieri, Michael Casper, Scott Cooper, Anna & George Dalaras, Rene Dame, Sven Dierkes, Thomas Erbach, Maria Farantouri, Klaus Feith, Valery Feofanow, Knut Foeckler, Mike Finkelstein, Matthias Frickel, Christine Friedrich, Toni Froschhammer, Tim Geladaris, Steve Gietka, Jörn Gläske, Thilo Goos, Phil Grucci, Anne Hansen, Laszlo Hegedüsz, Andreas Heine, Christoph Heubner, Wolfgang Hörner, Klaus Jankuhn, Alexandros Karozas, Hans-Georg Kehse, Joey Kelly, Pericles Koukos, Alexander Koutoulas, Ina Kutulas, Dominika Kulczyk, Hansjörg Kunze, Marcus Kurz, Ralph Larmann, Denis Leonov, Till Lindemann, Sabina Linke, Panos Livadas, Zülfü Livaneli, Peter Madai, Jannis Mihas, Gerda Milpacher, Pavlos Nanos, Ivan Nestorov, Marco Niedermeier, Nikos Moraitis, Mike Oldfield, Fotis Papathanassiou, Rena Parmenidou, Linda Powers, Alkistis Protopsalti, Ramin Rachel, Theodoros Roussopoulos, Lutz Rainer-Seidel, Rammstein, Peter Reiner, Uta Richter, Savas Savas, Scorpions, Susanne Schäfer, Volker Scherz, Henning Schmiedt, Klaus Schulze, Daniel Schwartz, Oliver Schwarzkopf, Melanie Sievers, Thanos Stavropoulos, Christian Steinhäuser, Andrea Szabo, Mikis Theodorakis, John Totaro, Donald Trump, Christine Uckert, Spiros Vergos, Matthias Weinert, Michael Wilde, Roger Waters, Arne Weingart, Elisabeth Wülfing, Giedre Zemaitiene

& especially

Sven Asamoa, Ross Ashton, Norman Bauer, Steffen Brandt, Daniel Brune, Gerd Helinski, Guido Karp, Ralph Larmann, Markus Katterle, Spiros Nanos, Jens Probst & Oliver Schwendke

& our amazing photographers

Nikos Boutsikos, Guido Karp, Takis Mavromatis, Mihalis Patsouras, Anja Pietsch, Jens Rötzsch, Sven Treder, Sabine Wenzel

& our partner companies

above all Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg,
A&O Lighting Bremen, Art Hellas Athens, Art in Heaven GmbH, Bauer Concept Berlin, Black Box Music Berlin, Cleverbank Athens, Ellinika Petrelea, Esernyo Kft. Budapest, E/T/C UK Ltd. Projecting London, FansUNITED GmbH, FX Factory Berlin, Gil Teichmann Company, Helicon GmbH, Intracom Athens, JSA Moscow, Jerusalem Municipality, laserfabrik showlaser, Kulczyk Tradex Sp. z.o.o., Lufthansa-Büro Dresden, Maltese Government, Multimedia International Budapest, Nanos Fireworks Athens, Government of Oman, OPAP Athens, Orama Athens, Piraeus Port Authority S.A., Pyro-Art Berlin, Sensible Events London, Silvretta Seilbahn AG, Scholz & Friends AG, Skoda Auto Polska S.A., Space Canon Italy, TuiR Warta S.A., Tourismusverband Ischgl, Trump Organization

Gert Hof & Asteris Kutulas, 2010

Gert Hof: Regisseur, Lichtarchitekt, Künstler

On the road with a friend (1998 bis 2012) || 

Als ich Gert 1998 bei einem Theodorakis-Projekt in Berlin kennenlernte, schien er mir irgendwie abgehoben und gleichermaßen bodenständig, arrogant, ein Arbeiter vor dem Herrn, unfreundlich, einnehmend, sehr konkret in seinen Vorstellungen, divenhaft, genialisch.

Dimitris Koutoulas, Periklis Koukos, Gert Hof auf der Akropolis, 1999 – Photo © Asteris Kutulas

Mich beeindruckten jedenfalls seine unachahmliche Art und seine konsequenten Denkstrukturen, und wir beschlossen, weiter zusammenzuarbeiten. Gert entpuppte sich als Kontrollfreak, als Seismograph für menschliche Verhaltensmuster. Egal, ob es um Verhandlungen mit unseren verschiedenen Partnern ging oder um die Planung eines nächsten Events – er lehrte mich, das Panoptikum menschlicher Unzulänglichkeiten klar zu erkennen. Seine bohrenden und gnadenlosen Fragen über jedes Detail, sein Analytikerhirn, brachten nach kürzester Zeit die wahren Fähigkeiten – und vor allem Unfähigkeiten – vieler unserer Partner zutage. Ich hasste ihn für diese offenbarende Art, gewöhnte mich aber schnell daran, mich in der Arbeit einsam zu fühlen. Die Luft in der Liga, in der wir zu arbeiten begannen, das merkte ich bald, war sehr dünn. Ich musste, durch Gert dazu getrieben, viele Entscheidungen treffen, die mein Leben veränderten. In den ersten Monaten unserer Zusammenarbeit dachte ich oft, Gert sei größenwahnsinnig, bis ich mich seinem Größenwahn anschloss. Ab da betrachtete ich unsere Projekte nicht nur als Produzent und Manager, sondern auch – und vor allem – als Künstler, so dass auch meine eigene Ästhetik tief von dieser Zusammenarbeit geprägt wurde. 

Denn Gert hatte mir, gleich als wir uns kennenlernten, sein Konzept einer gigantischen Lichtschow erläutert. Ich begriff, dass tatsächlich weltweit noch keine Eventform existierte – außer der des Feuerwerks -, die von Hunderttausenden oder gar Millionen live miterlebt werden konnte. Es gab zwar Mega-Konzerte, bei denen Laser und Licht eingesetzt wurden, aber keine Show, die die Möglichkeit bot, eine ganze Stadt einzubeziehen und zu entertainen. Monate später, nach unseren Events in Berlin, Athen, Budapest und Peking, konnten dann alle, die das erlebt hatten, feststellen, dass selbst die größten Musikshows winzig wirkten im Vergleich zu dem, was wir inzwischen realisiert hatten.


Mit Gert Hof in New York, 2000 – Photo © Asteris Kutulas

Und ich erkannte, dass nicht das gewaltige Equipment diese Schows so außerordentlich machte, sondern der Umstand, daß wir es hier mit einer INSZENIERUNG zu tun hatten, die mehrere Elemente (u.a. Musik, Pyrotechnik, Neonarchitektur, Feuerwerk, Licht, Heliumballons, Statisten) vereinte. Viel wichtiger als die Hardware waren also das kreative Potenzial im migränegeplagten Kopflabor von Gert, seine 25jährige Theater-Erfahrung, seine über 20jährige Arbeit im Musik- und Filmgeschäft, seine architektonischen Visionen.


Mit Mario Adorf und Gert Hof, 2008 – Photo © Asteris Kutulas

Denn es gab in der vor-hofschen Ära keine ausgeprägte „Ästhetik des Lichts“ – jedenfalls nicht in dieser Dimension und schon gar nicht im Outdoor-Event-Bereich -, vor 1999 interessierte sich keiner für dieses Phänomen, außer in Gesprächen über Dritte-Reich-Symbolik. Das „Licht“ führte ein Nischendasein. Gert hat es davon befreit, er befreite es auch aus der speerschen-nationalsozialistischen Umarmung, er machte es „hof“fähig für die moderne Kunst, fürs Entertainment, verlieh ihm die visionäre Kraft einer „Architektur am Himmel“, er schuf in gewisser Weise ein neues Kunstgenre, und er brachte es in die Feuilletons. Das ist vielleicht Gerts größtes Verdienst – er hat den Weg frei gemacht.

Well done, my friend, well done …

© Asteris Kutulas, 2012

Gert Hof & Asteris Koutoulas, 11 Jahre

Liebe Partner, Kollegen & Freunde,

ich möchte Euch hiermit mitteilen, dass Gert und ich nicht mehr im Managementverhältnis zueinander stehen. Wir haben uns im guten Einvernehmen geeinigt, stattdessen ab jetzt projektgebunden zu kooperieren.

Wir möchten Euch für das jahrelange Vertrauen in unsere Zusammenarbeit danken.

Asteris Koutoulas, 22.9.2009

P.S. Was uns beiden jedenfalls bleibt, nach 11 rasanten Jahren, ist die unglaubliche Story einer unglaublichen Beziehung und eines unglaublichen Werdegangs. Hier die short-Variante:

Nach so viel gemeinsam verlebter Zeit ist es also nicht verwunderlich, dass auch ein Grossteil meiner Homepage Meister Gert gewidmet ist, seinen/ unseren gemeinsamen Unternehmungen der letzten zehn Jahre. Da ist einiges zusammengekommen. Wir haben die halbe Welt umrundet und einige Licht-Zeichen gesetzt. Viel gelernt und viel gelacht. Und unsäglich viel Stress gehabt. „Der Schmerz ist dein Freund.“ Das Leben, wie es ist und wie es sein soll in der besten aller möglichen Welten. Das falsche im richtigen Leben oder umgekehrt, das ist die Frage. Halte aus. Halte durch. Bleib nicht stehen. Salute, capitano Gert!

Und noch ein Dankes-Wort an Meister Gert

Ich habe sehr, sehr viel von Gert gelernt. Die Weiterentwicklung einer Idee habe ich besonders ihm zu verdanken, obwohl ich mich nur einmal mit ihm darüber unterhalten habe. Bereits 1999 – als Gert eine neue Art der multimedialen Licht-Show kreierte und ich außerdem für ihn bei der Dionysos-Opernproduktion als Dramaturg und Regieassistent arbeitete –, entwickelte ich die Idee eines „liquiden Bühnenbildes“, das dem Medium Film eine neue Rolle in einer entsprechend gestalteten „Theaterbühne“ geben und eine neue Art von Show-Produktion ermöglichen würde. Der Grundgedanke dieses „Liquid Staging“-Konzepts besteht darin, dass man einen „FILM“ für die Bühne produziert, also nicht das Medium Film benutzt, um ein bereits bestehendes Stück oder eine bereits bestehende Show-Produktion damit – wie auch immer – „zu vervollständigen“. 

Und im Gegensatz zu Gerts Ästhetik, die von Brecht beeinflusst und auf dem deutschen Bauhaus-Prinzip beruhte, also mehr „abstrakter Natur“ war, folgte meine Idee dem Weg des „Einfühlens“, entsprechend der Hollywood-Film-Tradition. Schon 1991, während meines Studiums, hatte ich „Abstraktion und Einfühlung“ – Wilhelm Worringers Dissertation von 1907 – gelesen und fühlte mich dem antiken klassischen „Einssein mit der Welt“ (Einfühlung) mehr verbunden als der „dualistischen Trennung von Geist und Materie“ (Abstraktion).

Ich habe inzwischen dieses Konzept entwickelt für ein Theaterbau-Projekt, und ich hoffe, dass eine erste konzeptionelle architektonische Umsetzung bald umgesetzt werden wird. Gert, danke für die inspirative Zeit mit Dir!

Asteris Kutulas, 22.9.2009

(Photo with Gert Hof & Asteris Kutulas 2008, Philharmonie Berlin by © Anja Pietsch)

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DANKSAGUNG/ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We give MUCH THANKS to our partners, above all Achim Perleberg in Bochum, Tim Dowdall in Budapest, Sebastian Turner, Markus Mahren, Westbam, Peter Massine and Rainer Schaller in Berlin, Morten Carlsson and Jens Zimmermann in Hamburg, Andrew Zweck in London, Rafaela Wilde in Cologne, Marek Szpendowski in Warsaw, Michael Sladden in New York, Alexander Strizhak in Moscow, Dimitris Koutoulas, Vassilis Riziotis, Dimitra Rodopoulou and Dimitris Tziotis in Athens, Gerhard Seltmann in Magdeburg, Udo Hoffman and Sun Xiangyan in Beijing, Stephan Reichenberger in München, Michael Shurygin in St. Petersburg, Gil Teichmann in Tel Aviv und Eduardo Hübscher in Jerusalem, Stephan Gorol in Bonn, Linas Ryskus in Vilnius, Michael Thamm in Rostock, Robert van Ommen in Amsterdam, Ruslana in Kiew, Ivan Nestorov in Sofia and Tewe Pannier in Dubai. Without them the events that were documented here would not have been possible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Many thanks to our partners, friends and colleagues Peter Amend, Anton Attard, Anouk, Petra Bandmann, Bruno Baiardi, Laci Borsos, Giovanni Broccu, Jack Calmes, Nigel Camillieri, Michael Casper, Scott Cooper, Anna & George Dalaras, Rene Dame, Sven Dierkes, Thomas Erbach, Maria Farantouri, Klaus Feith, Valery Feofanow, Knut Foeckler, Mike Finkelstein, Matthias Frickel, Christine Friedrich, Toni Froschhammer, Tim Geladaris, Steve Gietka, Jörn Gläske, Thilo Goos, Phil Grucci, Anne Hansen, Laszlo Hegedüsz, Andreas Heine, Christoph Heubner, Wolfgang Hörner, Klaus Jankuhn, Alexandros Karozas, Hans-Georg Kehse, Joey Kelly, Pericles Koukos, Alexander Koutoulas, Ina Kutulas, Dominika Kulczyk, Hansjörg Kunze, Marcus Kurz, Ralph Larmann, Denis Leonov, Till Lindemann, Sabina Linke, Panos Livadas, Zülfü Livaneli, Peter Madai, Jannis Mihas, Gerda Milpacher, Pavlos Nanos, Ivan Nestorov, Marco Niedermeier, Nikos Moraitis, Mike Oldfield, Fotis Papathanassiou, Rena Parmenidou, Anja Pietsch, Linda Powers, Alkistis Protopsalti, Ramin Rachel, Theodoros Roussopoulos, Lutz Rainer-Seidel, Rammstein, Peter Reiner, Uta Richter, Jens Rötzsch, Savas Savas, Scorpions, Susanne Schäfer, Volker Scherz, Henning Schmiedt, Klaus Schulze, Daniel Schwartz, Oliver Schwarzkopf, Melanie Sievers, Thanos Stavropoulos, Christian Steinhäuser, Andrea Szabo, Mikis Theodorakis, John Totaro, Donald Trump, Christine Uckert, Spiros Vergos, Matthias Weinert, Sabine Wenzel, Michael Wilde, Roger Waters, Arne Weingart, Elisabeth Wülfing, Giedre Zemaitiene

& especially

Sven Asamoa, Ross Ashton, Norman Bauer, Steffen Brandt, Daniel Brune, Gerd Helinski, Guido Karp, Markus Katterle, Spiros Nanos, Jens Probst & Oliver Schwendke

A&O Lighting Bremen, Art Hellas Athens, Art in Heaven GmbH, Bauer Concept Berlin, Black Box Music Berlin, Cleverbank Athens, Ellinika Petrelea, Esernyo Kft. Budapest, E/T/C UK Ltd. Projecting London, FansUNITED GmbH, FX Factory Berlin, Gil Teichmann Company, Helicon GmbH, Intracom Athens, JSA Moscow, Jerusalem Municipality, laserfabrik showlaser, Kulczyk Tradex Sp. z.o.o., Lufthansa-Büro Dresden, Maltese Government, Multimedia International Budapest, Nanos Fireworks Athens, Government of Oman, OPAP Athens, Orama Athens, Piraeus Port Authority S.A., Procon MultiMedia AG Hamburg, Pyro-Art Berlin, Sensible Events London, Silvretta Seilbahn AG, Scholz & Friends AG, Skoda Auto Polska S.A., Space Canon Italy, TuiR Warta S.A., Tourismusverband Ischgl, Trump Organization

Mit Gert Hof in Abu Dhabi (Photo © by Asteris Kutulas)