Back

grandMA2 parties with Finland

Centenary celebration in Helsinki gathered more than 100.000 spectators

Finland became an independent state on 6th December 1917. To celebrate this important moment in the country’s history a huge crowd of more than 100.000 spectators gathered at the turn of the year at Kansalaistori Square in Helsinki. The theme of Finland’s centenary celebration year is “Together”.  Visual Designer Eero Helle created his design for this event name “Finland 100 Grand Opening” by relying on 3 x grandMA2 light, 1 x grandMA2 fader wing, 4 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) and MA 3D for previsualisation.

Helle’s design was based on more than 500 fixtures and 300sqm of led screen, amongst them for example Clay Paky Sharpy, Laser Imagineering C-LED, Laser Imagineering Wing, Laser Imagineering Frisbee and Rober Juliat Victor follow spots.

“From my point of view there is no other option than grandMA2 for shows like these”, Helle stated. “Especially when two or more operators are working with one show file, in one session with an external console for real time full-tracking-backup – as in our case. This system just rocks! The other great thing about grandMA2 is its very fast accessibility to all different fixtures all over the field. That is needed when there is very limited time for rehearsing especially when working with live TV.”

“In this design, light wise, there were two different things to regard”, the visual designer continued. “One was to light up all different pieces from dance to circus, from hard rock to electronic dance music on stage. The other was to make everyone on this square to feel that they belong to the show. Last but not least we had to put a lot of LED screens on stage to create unique look for every show. There was very short time from one piece to another, so it was nearly impossible to use any kind of props.”

Mikko Linnavuori was the video content designer, Mikko Makkonen the production manager, Tero Kärpijoki worked as light operator, Saku Väänänen as video operator. Topi Rinne was the head of video.

Bright Finland Oy realised the event. Audico Systems Oy is MA Lighting’s exclusive distributor in Finland.


Photos: © Photo: Ralph Larmann

Used Equipment:

<link http: www.malighting.com en goto>3 x grandMA2 light
<link http: www.malighting.com en goto>1 x grandMA2 fader wing
<link http: www.malighting.com en goto>4 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit)
MA 3D

Further news

Ed Sheeran Tour goes grandMA3

"Ideal time to go with an all grandMA3 set up"

Everyone is talking about Ed Sheeran’s “+-=÷x” stadium world tour for multiple reasons, from the music and his amazing communication with his fans to his constant and universal appeal to his ability…

Read more

grandMA3 for Singapore National Day Parade

“It’s a great product!”

Singapore-based lighting designer Javier Tan lit the island state’s annual National Day Parade (NDP) for the seventh time, this time choosing to work with a full grandMA3 solution for the event’s…

Read more

grandMA3 used for Hillsong Event

“Many very practical advances in the software”

Jarrad Donovan from Juxta Design chose a full grandMA3 lighting control system for Hillsong Church’s recent “Simply Christmas” special production which was staged at The Hillsong Convention Centre in…

Read more

“It feels great to operate”

Dolly Dots Celebrate 40 with grandMA3

Legendary Dutch girl band Dolly Dots hit the road again this autumn, celebrating 40 years since they first burst onto the euro-pop scene and dominated the charts for the best part of a decade with a…

Read more

A Great Journey for grandMA3

“It was fantastic to see grandMA3 help unlock so many creative possibilities”

A grandMA3 control system was chosen to run a spectacular show with over 4,000 lighting fixtures – 3,000 of which were moving lights – and approximately 90,000 parameters at the National Stadium in…

Read more