• ILDA Beach Conference in North Carolina

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The 2023 ILDA Conference in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina has concluded. Here are Conference attendees after the Awards Banquet and Presentation.

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Just after the Awards Presentation ended, showing the Career Achievement Award recipients onstage. L-R: Greg Makhov, Christine Jenkin, Roberta McHatton, Tim Walsh, Patrick Murphy, Tom Harman.
Top photo courtesy Michael Meyer, bottom photo courtesy Christine Jenkin.

The material below has been left in its pre-Conference state, so you can see the events, registration, hotel, etc. for the 2023 Conference.

The 2023 ILDA Beach Conference will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlantic Beach Oceanfront in North Carolina, September 17-20. The host is Michael Meyer of Emerald Owl Productions, Inc.

Atlantic Beach NC, where ILDA's hotel is located, has been named “Best Spring Break” by Outside Magazine and one of "21 Best Beaches" by Coastal Living Magazine.

A highlight of this Conference is a public outdoor laser show from the pier just outside our hotel. This beach show will feature ILDA Award winners and entrants. ILDA Conference attendees have a Welcome Dinner on the beach, prior to the laser show scheduled for Sunday, September 17.

Just after the Conference we have an optional boat trip and walking tour of Shackleford Island to see the wild horses.

We have received generous sponsorship grants from the Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority. The CCTDA website gives an excellent overview of the area, including things to do and see while you're in North Carolina.


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

We expect — but cannot guarantee — clear, rainless, warm days that should be perfect for outdoor activities.

The average air temperature for Sept. 17-20 is high around 83°F (28.3°C) and low around 67°F (19.4°C). The average sea water temperature is around 80°F (26.7°C), which is perfect for swimming.

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

Check out the Conference location

A welcome invitation from our host

Host and Sponsor

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Preliminary schedule

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    • Sun, Sept. 17: Conference registration, Welcome Reception and Dinner, outdoor public laser show on the beach (from the hotel's pier) featuring ILDA Award winners and entries.

     • Mon, Sept. 18: ILDA General Business Meeting and Advanced Technology Workshop. NEW: Business and Marketing Seminar. In the evening, either the rain date of the beach laser show or an informal Lase-Off.

     • Tue, Sept. 19: Seminars on the ILDA Digital Network and on artistic aspects of laser shows. A session about ILDA's Category A Laser Show Standard will give an overview to everyone, followed by a free Cat A course. The ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation takes place in the evening.

     • Wed, Sept 20: Cultural Day (optional extra). We take a bus and ferry to see famous wild horses on Shackleford Island, and then shop and sightsee in quaint Beaufort. You can then return to the hotel for some beach time, for the Audience Scanning class, or do other sightseeing such as the Cape Lookout lighthouse, fishing or other watersports, and golf.

     • Thu, Sept 21: Emerald Owl Productions is organizing a few optional ALL DAY excursions. These will be for Members who wish to take advantage of another night on the Crystal Coast before the hotel rates go up for the weekend. All conference activities will have concluded by this time. These excursions will have different end times based on the activity and the distance from Atlantic Beach. Those who are interested should plan on a Friday morning check-out.

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Click for full-size preliminary schedule. Events subject to change.

Registration and room reservations

Helpful 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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