L-Acoustics Fortifies Bastionen's Cultural Ambitions
As part of an ambitious rejuvenation project Bastionen, a multi-purpose venue in the municipality of Nyborg, Denmark, saw the installation of an L‑Acoustics ARCS WiFoloudspeaker system which allows the venue to provide touring acts with L‑Acoustics well-loved sonic signature as its in-house system, while also respecting the venue's community-based budget.
Dating back to 1897, the historic Nyborg Borgerforeningens Hus building has long played a central role in the city considered to be Denmark's first capital. The literal translation of Borgerforeningen (civil association) belies its actual meaning: Borgerforeningens Hus was at once a place for community business, social gatherings and cultural events: a truly multi-purpose venue.
Throughout the years, the building has been through a fire, used as headquarters for Occupation Forces during World War II, been dismantled, rebuilt, and suffered another fire before a major renovation in 2006 to turn it into a jazz club and disco.
In 2014, the municipality of Nyborg took control of the estate launching a year of consultation with local residents on its future use, before determining that a substantial investment should be made to reconstruct the venue primarily as a cultural centre that would not only continue to support local community events, but also attract new acts from beyond the Nyborg municipality to its stage.
Signifying the completion of its transformation, the former Borgerforeningens Hus was renamed Bastionen (‘Bastion’). Today, Bastionen hosts a wide range of performing arts, live music, theatre, and dance events in addition to supporting community affairs.
Using L‑Acoustics Wavefront Sculpture Technology, ARCS WiFo can easily conform to Bastionen's wide range of applications through its combination of high SPL, native low frequency performance and constant tonal balance over distance.
Nyborg-based audio solutions provider Lydfabrikken specialises in sound for theatre productions. Lydfabrikken has long favoured L‑Acoustics systems, and offers Kara, ARCS WiFo, X12, 8XT, 5XT, SB18, SB28, and LA8 and LA4X amplifier controllers in its rental fleet. The company was invited to submit a proposal through the public tender to supply Bastionen with the new sound system, provided by Danish L‑Acoustics certified provider distributor Matrix Sales.
“It was obvious that from a price and quality standpoint this should be a WiFo system,” explains Lydfabrikken's Anders Stadelund.
Lydfabrikken designed a system comprising two hangs of four Arcs Focus left and right of the stage, with one X12 enclosure per side as side fill. Four X8 are evenly positioned across the front of the stage as front fill. Two X8 enclosures, one on either side positioned about halfway down the room, are used as balcony delays. Three groundstacked SB18 subs provide extended bandwidth in the low end.
Rich in Danish history, Bastionen now boasts a performance space that is entirely new and much improved. The new L‑Acoustics system allows Bastionen to provide visiting acts with industry-leading sound in a compact form perfect for the medium-sized theatre. As a result, Stadelund notes, the venue has enjoyed an increase in business, with sellout performances now a regularly occurring event.
Upcoming productions for 2018 include Absolute ABBA, a performance by Dangers of the Sea (who famously played at Roskilde festival before releasing their debut album) and a night of laughs at Comedy–klubben.