New World Rigging Symposium

The New World Rigging Symposium (NWRS), produced by ESTA and USITT, is taking place online April 6-8, 2021. The cost has been reduced to $99 and the Symposium carries up to 9 ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. The Symposium has been expanded to three days to allow more time for discussion and virtual networking over lunch and during the Rigging Cornucopia Happy Hour that will close each day’s sessions.

The 2021 NWRS provides a virtual opportunity for riggers and those interested in the entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry. Participants will be given a range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge in sessions on video wall rigging, automation and motorization, performer flying and rescue, and types of ropes. They’ll have a chance to learn about how the installation of a tension grid is working in a major facility, to get their questions answered by a panel of the industry’s most knowledgeable structural engineers, learn about working in cinema rigging, and how to be aware of and address the mental health impact of the pandemic. Visit to see a complete schedule, session descriptions, and presenter bios.

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