Special Events @ LDI.


Be part of the excitement at LDI2021 and attend our Special Events, both on and off the show floor. 

New Technology Breakfasts 

Start your day with a cup of hot coffee and a sneak preview of the cool new technology on the show floor. Included with your LDI2021 badge

  • Lighting & Projection: From the newest LED fixtures and consoles to state-of-the-art projectors and pixels, hot new technology to put you on the cutting edge.
    Friday, November 19, 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
  • Audio, Staging & Rigging, Sponsored by Vectorworks and Mod Scenes: New technology to be pitch perfect in terms of audio gear, that also meet the latest standards for staging and rigging.
    Saturday, November 20, 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
  • Special Effects & Lasers: A truly eye-popping display of pyro, lasers and effects that add panache to your productions.
    Saturday, November 20, 10:00 AM–11:00 AM

LDI2021 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, November 19, 11:00 AM

Join the crowd as we cut the ribbon to launch LDI2021!

LDI Portfolio and Website Review: Lighting and Projection

All students and young professionals are invited to participate in the tenth annual LDI Portfolio and Website Review. 

Friday, November 19, 2021, 1pm to 4pm

Bring your portfolio and/or device to get tips one-on-one from the industry's top professionals. Co-moderated by Brackley Frayer and Deanna Fitzgerald.

To register in advance: Click Here or email Deanna Fitzgerald

All participants receive a free floor pass to LDI2021.

Lumen Brothers Live @LDI: Light Talk

Friday, November 19, 4pm to 5pm

The Light Talk podcast features seasoned professional lighting designers and educators— the original three Lumen Brothers Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), David Jacques (California State University Long Beach), plus Brackley Frayer (UNLV) as well as designers Zak Borovay and Driscoll Otto, and honorary Lumen Sisters Ellen Lampert-Gréaux (LDI/Live Design) and Ann McMills (San Diego State University)—who discuss the latest topics and developments in the world of entertainment and architectural lighting design and offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and they can be as silly as they are informative. Join us for a live taping and toss out questions and topics at LDI.

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Pop-Up URTAs @ LDI

Considering graduate school to advance your training and career in the design and technology field? Connect with top graduate training programs at the Pop-Up URTAs @ LDI. Participants attending the 2021 LDI show, can present their design portfolio and interview with dozens of MFA programs on Saturday, November 20.

The URTA Auditions & Interviews, widely known as “the URTAs” have been presented by the University Resident Theatre Association for over 50 years. The Pop-Up URTAs @ LDI provide the opportunity for candidates to pursue professional training at some of the top MFA programs in theatrical and entertainment design, all while experiencing the world-class career development and networking opportunities that the LDI show has to offer.

Visit www.urta.com/ldi for more information on the Pop-Up URTAs @ LDI and details on how to register and prepare for the event. All registered participants for the Pop-Up URTAs will receive a floor pass to LDI2021. For questions about the Pop-Up URTAs @ LDI, email [email protected].

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LDI After Dark

Las Vegas opens its arms – and dance floors – to LDI2021 attendees.

Present your LDI2021 badge for free entry into the hottest clubs in town. It’s the perfect way to check out the gear as you dance the night away. Each night will have exclusive VIP expedited entry and access to special VIP table booking options. Check back for event details!


Listen up for the latest loudspeaker technology. Augmenting the LDI Amplify [email protected] is a series of round-robin loudspeaker demos presented by leading audio manufacturers,
11am through 5:30pm, on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20. The demos are free for all LDI attendees.  


Friday, November 19, 5pm-6pm, LDI Circle Bar and Lounge

LDI teams up with URTA and UNLV to embrace the next generation of designers, technicians, and live event professionals from all aspects of the business. Join us as we celebrate the young talents that will shape the future of our industry. It’s the perfect networking opportunity to meet and mentor the stars of tomorrow. Then stick around for the party of the year … 


Friday, November 19, 6pm-8pm, LDI Circle Bar and Lounge

Hard Rock’s Circle Bar may be gone but we have recreated that iconic LDI gathering place right on the show floor. Now that the industry is in swing again, we’re ready to party at the LDI2021 After-Hours Industry Party. Crews are back to work, so it’s the perfect time to reconnect with the friends and colleagues you haven’t seen in 18 months. Join us at the LDI Circle Bar for a drink immediately after the show floor closes.


Saturday, November 20, 1:30pm

Join us in the LDI Circle Bar and Lounge for a conversation on the need for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the live events industry. An important issue the industry is facing and there is so much more to learn. Moderated by lighting/projection designer Roma Flowers. Learn more.

Diversity in Design Scholarships & LDI Product and Booth Awards Ceremony

Saturday, November 20, 6pm, LDI show floor  

Support diversity and inclusion as we acknowledge and celebrate the 2021 recipients of the third annual Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships, sponsored by LDI, plus the Vicente Rodriguez Scholarship in partnership with UNLV. Followed immediately by the LDI2021 Booth and Best Debuting Product Awards, which honor technological advances in new products from our exhibitors and those companies who excel in their booth design.