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Header photo by Emerald Owl Productions

2021 ILDA Conference in North Carolina

The 2021 ILDA Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Oceanfront Hotel in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, October 3-6. The host is Michael Meyer of Emerald Owl Productions, Inc.

The exciting highlight of this Conference is a public outdoor laser show on the beach in Emerald Isle, NC. This features ILDA Award winners and entrants. ILDA Conference attendees will have our Welcome Dinner on the beach, prior to the laser show. It takes place Sunday evening, Oct. 3.

We are pleased to have sponsorship from the Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority. The CCTDA website gives an excellent overview of the area, including things to do and see.

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We will meet in Atlantic Beach, in the middle of an 85-mile stretch of beaches known as the Southern Outer Banks. The DoubleTree by Hilton oceanfront hotel has a pool, private pier, and of course meeting rooms.

The average temperature for Oct. 3-6 is a high around 76°F (24.4°C) and a low around 65°F (18.3°C). We expect — but cannot guarantee — clear, rainless, warm days that should be perfect for outdoor activities.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Oceanfront is shown above. A view from one of the rooms, showing the pool and private pier, is below.

ILDA registration and hotel reservations

As of mid-April 2021, we have not set pricing for ILDA Conference registration. Nor do we have hotel reservation codes and details. We will update this page and will notify Members via email when this information is ready.

U.S. travel information (COVID-19)

For persons coming from overseas, check with both U.S. government online information sources and your country's online information sources, about any restrictions which may be in effect on traveling to and from the U.S.

The following websites may be useful:
U.S. Department of State COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions
IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map (click on the U.S. and on your country to see the regulations)

Tentative schedule of main events

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     • Sat, Oct 2: ILDA Laser Operator Class, ILDA Advanced Audience Scanning Class (both optional extras).

     • Sun, Oct 3: Optional user group meetings. Luncheon meeting for ILDA Board. In the evening we will meet or be bussed to Emerald Isle, NC for dinner on the beach, followed by a large-scale, public laser spectacular featuring ILDA Award winners and entries.

     • Mon, Oct 4: ILDA General Business Meeting and Advanced Technology Workshop. In the evening, the Lase-Off & Laser Jockey competition.

     • Tue, Oct 5: Seminars on the ILDA Digital Network, Awards and Art. In the afternoon is a private screening of the 2019 documentary on Laserium®. This is one of the only chances to see it, since the documentary is not publicly available at this time. The ILDA Awards Presentation and Dinner takes place in the evening.

     • Wed, Oct 6: Cultural Day. Activities can include a bus trip to see wild horses and the Cape Lookout lighthouse, fishing or other watersports, and golf.

Rare showing of a feature-length film about Laserium®

On Tuesday Oct. 5, the 90-minute documentary "Laserium, the Gods of Light" will have a private showing for attendees. We premiered this at the 2019 Conference. A number of attendees who lived through the events were very moved to see this slice of their lives. Thanks to producer/director Bjorn Schaller for making this available.

Host and Sponsor

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See what a Conference is like

The videos below give you a quick overview of what an in-person ILDA Conference is like. The first one, from Christopher Short, shows lasers during the 2018 Lase-Off in Montréal, hosted by LaserTech Canada.

The second video shows meetings and seminars in the day, and the Lase-Off and the ILDA Awards in the evenings. Thanks to KVANT, host of the 2017 ILDA Conference, for producing the video.

Travel, hotel and area information

For more information, visit our other ILDA websites:

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ILDAmember.com: Membership database and event management, including joining ILDA
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LasershowSafety.info: Information about safe laser shows, including laws, regulations, checklists, and more

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