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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:34 pm

I'm considering some larger festival but I don't know how set up goes and what I would need in terms of lighting and set-up. What types of lighting do you use and what would you bring that is different than private bookings? Thanks in advance for your input. Never did large fests before so I don't want to be overwhelmed or unprepared.
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Post by IamGinaW on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:51 pm

Is it during the day? I don't need lighting at festivals unless it is during evening hours. You will need some sort of shade (an ez-up or large umbrella.)
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:59 pm

It starts in the early afternoon and goes into the evening.
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Post by Perry Noia on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:33 pm

if you aren't under a pavilion of some sort, you will need a tent. You will most likely need your own table and chairs. I have used one of those construction type lights with the metal hook on the top and the heavy duty orange extension cord. I hung it from the top of my tent and it worked out pretty well.

Bring water, comfy shoes, lots of change and your own food (fair food is expensive). Whatever signage you have will help, I have large outdoor banners from vistaprint
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:44 pm

Thanks Perry. Now that construction light, does it provide enough light or not so much?
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Re: How do you work festival events?

Post by Noella on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:47 pm

Shade (tent/umbrella)
Security (walls/ropes/line manager)
Wind and rain protection (weights for tent/tarps or walls for tent)
Table (or something to work off of)
Chair(s)

For lights you can get work lights (like at a hardware store) that have stands, or fasten something to the upper frame of your tent (we had a great florescent bar recently at one), or attach to your table (Ott type table light, or we've also used poles clamped to the table with a "desk" light put in to swing high over our heads), or Christmas type lights around the front of your tent or Rope lights woven in the frame of your tent (but they can get hot).
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Post by Perry Noia on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:54 pm

the construction light was ok for me.... I wouldn't say it's perfect, but it's light and small. Ideally you'd probably want two or three of the big ones on stands but really? It was enough to see pretty well once we got it aimed properly.
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Post by kat on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:56 pm

When going to craft fairs, I use the large round lights (christmas - but, they now sell them in camping supplies) to go around the inside metal frame of the tent... then, I use a couple of the reflected lights with the clamps at the corners of the tent... if necessary, I have a table light with the bendy neck for close-up work...

I dunno how I would set up an evening tent for face painting....
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Post by kat on Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:56 pm

Good luck!
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:04 pm

Thanks! Sorry for all of the questions but does anyone use generators because I notice that alot of fairs charge you extra for an outlet?
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Post by kat on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:09 pm

Usually, here, anyway - they charge about 15 dollars more... well worth it for me.

I'd rather pay that than to have to haul the generator, listen to it, refuel it as necessary.

But, it might work for you.. depending on the type of generator 'n such...

I wish ya' good luck and lots of FUN!
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:27 pm

Thank you!
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Post by Perry Noia on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:45 pm

we used the box... I don't know if we paid for it, but it was right behind us and they let us hook into it anyway Wink
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Re: How do you work festival events?

Post by Noella on Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:15 pm

I really dislike running off of generator power - it's noisy (even "quiet" ones) and I find it hard to talk to children over it (not to mention fuel and grounding and transporting). I have an Ott light that is battery powered - it runs for a few hours - I also have a battery powered LED light that hangs from the top of a tent (meant for camping) that is decent light. I'd go for battery before generator if possible....
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Post by Wildcatfin on Sun Apr 03, 2011 3:50 am

I agree, generators smell, are noisy and often break down/ run out of petrol bang in the middle of things!

It depends what the festival provide; I have never yet needed to take more than my pro pop-up gazebo and headtorch, most do the lighting themselves so its under their own H&S coverage.

I do usually add battery/ solar powered fairy lights as well though, mainly to light my kit for me, thats all thats needed.

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Post by Fabtastic on Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:53 am

I'm glad to see this thread, it reminded me that we need to get some lighting figured out before the outdoor season starts. Last year on Canada Day my daughter finished the last face by the light of my cell phone!!!! Normally we would have called it a day but it was a boy who'd waited in line for a long time earlier in the day but had to leave before his turn, and we'd promised him if he returned we would paint him. Naturally he came just as we were packing up but we couldn't say no! One of those headlamps would have been great!

We've never taken it to festivals, but we do have a "power box", it is a rechargeable portable battery that is pretty good. We bought it years ago when we lived in the country and our hydro went out regularly. But it's bulky so I'm thinking of trying some other things first.
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:04 pm

hi,

i just took a class by terra fender on festivals...and it was great!!!!

she has a book, that i would highly recommend for those new to festivals;)

http://www.bellarougedesign.com/Bella_Rouge_Design/Books.html

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Post by Just Jenny on Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:48 pm

I agree with Rebecca about Terra's book. It is clear and easy to read, lots of good information and it's written from experience. Great resource, Highly recommended.

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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:14 pm

Sounds good. I will look into that book. Thanks everyone!
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Post by Amy Moon on Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:00 am

Instead of a generator you can get a charger at home depot. The one I have seen has 2 to 4 plug ins and other stuff like a radio. you plug them in at home and charge them up then take them with you and it runs your lights.

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Post by DeannaB on Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:23 pm

Here in Texas, I would just die without my fan. If an outlet is not available I bring along a battery operated one.
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Post by DeannaB on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:59 pm

Wildcatfin wrote:

I do usually add battery/ solar powered fairy lights as well though, mainly to light my kit for me, thats all thats needed.

Where does one find solar powered fairy lights?
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:56 pm

Generators also pose a fire risk if you are working out of a tent. Remember, they are an internal combustion engine, meaning they produce A LOT of heat, which will ignite the side of a tent should it touch it too long. The extra heat also might not be very favorable in already hot weather.

We usually pay for the extra electricity. It's usually not that much more and it's well worth it. You can make up for the extra cost easily. Being able to stay open longer means you can paint more faces, and depending on what you charge, you can cover the extra expense with just 2-3 faces, the rest are all gravy for you.
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:09 am

Wow good to know about the fire hazard....sheesh!
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:47 am

tanyamaldo119 wrote:Wow good to know about the fire hazard....sheesh!

Yeah, it's not something a lot of people think about, but having a firefighter as a dad it's kinda ingrained in me to recognize them, lol.
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