MAC 2000 Wash XBs™ Celebrate Vietnam 1000 Year Anniversary

December 06, 2010

Vietnam celebrated its 1000th Anniversary with a 10-day party that culminated in a grand ceremony at Mỹ;;; Đ;;;ình Stadium in Hanoi on October 10th. The elaborate event illustrated the history and beauty of the country using over 1000 performers and large scale lighting visuals that included 120 Martin Professional MAC 2000 Wash XB™ fixtures and 30 Martin MAC III Profiles™.

Showtec Group ( provided the design and build solution for the event and appointed Mac Chan of Stage Centre Line Associates to create a lighting design befitting such a notable occasion.

Mac chose to use the MAC 2000 Wash XB, Martin’s extra bright 1500 W wash light, a fixture he used on Singapore National Day Parade events in 2009 and 2010. He comments, “With such a project, where I need to cover a huge area and deal with long throw distances, the MAC 2000 Wash XB gives me the flexibility to program multiple focus positions, has excellent coloring, and has minimum optical loss. I find the output is exceptionally bright with the micro-Fresnel lens.”

For the 1000 Year Celebration project, Mac had limited rigging positions and needed a fitting that had the flexibility and performance to deliver the design with a minimum quantity of fixtures.

“I find that when I use a conventional 1.2kw or 1.5kw profile unit, I lose output due to the optics, especially for long throws when I de-focus and make the key light softer,” Mac states. “The XB with the micro-Fresnel lens addresses that issue and makes for the perfect choice when I come to mega shows like the Hanoi 1000 Year Celebration and Singapore NDP.” Mac thanks Mr. Dung Martin from Ho Chi Ming City for his contribution to the lighting design.