With the support of the Department of Arts and Culture, The South African Roadies Association (SARA) is very pleased to announce that the country’s only live events technical and production conference has been given the green light for LETPC 2016 and the next three years. The Live Event Technical and Production Conference (LETPC) 2016 will take place from 12 to 14 May 2016 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg. This two-and-a-half-day conference is a SARA initiative.

The main purpose of the LETPC is to bring transformation to the live events technical and production sector, focusing on the need for a critical upgrade of skills development, sector training and skills interventions in the field. Currently, the sector’s skills qualification is only at matriculation level (NQF4), and urgently needs to increase to at least NQF 5 and beyond in order to match international standards.

Last year SARA gathered relevant stakeholders, professionals, practitioners and international market leaders in the events, technical, production and education sectors to debate, discuss and share knowledge regarding the way forward and to brainstorm as how to transform the sector at the LETPC 2015.

Delegates of the LEPTC 2015 described it as a great success with clear outcomes:

- A transformation forum must be established to ensure that processes are followed through effectively.
- A skills-need analysis must be conducted so that a clear strategy mapping the way forward can be compiled.
- The skills qualification level must be upgraded to NQF 5.
- There is a great need for a South African backstage academy to upskill staff currently in the sector and to educate the youth.

SARA President Freddie Nyathela shares his objectives for this year's conference: “the main aim is for us to move forward on the outlined LETPC 2015 outcomes, to follow-through with implementation on the first SA Backstage Academy, focus on increasing the skills qualification level to NQF5, to set-up the skills need analysis and to bring transformation to this sector.”

This year, the LETPC 2016 looks forward to welcoming back international and local speakers John Botham from Semperior LTD (UK), Dr Adrian Brooks from Backstage Academy (UK) and Kagiso Moima from Blackmotion (SA). There is also much excitement to welcome new international and local guest speakers Falco Zanini from VPLT (Germany), Julius Grafton from CX Network (Australia), Jim Digby from Event Safety Alliance (USA), Tony Kgoroge from CCIFSA (SA) and Quintus Myburgh from Gearhouse (SA). More speakers are to be announced shortly.

The LETPC 2016 would not be possible without its anchor sponsor, the Department of Arts and Culture, as well as sponsorship from The Gearhouse Group SA and Beautiful Creations and the LETPC 2016’s official partner, the Sunnyside Park Hotel.

Conference price: Full conference pass (2½ days) – R2 964 per person (ex. VAT). To register visit www.letpc.co.za and click on the Book Now button.

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