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Fulldome Festival and Pre-Conference Trip

18 – 19 July 2024


Fulldome Festival and Pre-Conference Trip

18 – 19 July 2024

It all begins where the projection planetarium was born: in Jena, Germany. Participants will see groundbreaking fulldome works, network with colleagues, and experience the culture and entertainment that Jena has to offer! The festivities start with a special »Best of the Jena FullDome Festival« held for IPS 2024 attendees at the Zeiss-Planetarium Jena. The FullDome Festival started back in 2007 and has become a leading international forum to showcase, discuss and award fulldome productions, ranging from classic astronomy films to avant garde 360° music and theatre shows. The special IPS-festival will feature a curated selection of recent entries from around the world that were submitted to the FullDome Festival. Excitement grows when on July 19 it will be announced who will win the prestigious JANUS-Awards, kind of the »Oscars« of the fulldome world. The ceremony around the shining JANUS-trophy will be streamed live from the Zeiss-Planetarium to the world. 

The program at a glance:

Wed. July 17Pre-Conference Warm-up

4 p.m.

IPS Delegates arrive – general info @ reception desk – Check-in openPlanetarium Lobby
6:30 p.m.

IPS Welcome Lounge –  informal introductions, Q and A, snacks, drinks, talks, fulldome entertainment, easy going live music, Harp & DJ

Lobby, Planetarium & Bauersfeld


Thur. July 18

Day One – Excursion. FullDome Festival Program and Worldpremiere Live Show

2:00 p.m.IPS FullDome Festival Official Opening. Introduction to program, welcome all guests, presenters, producers, artists. etc.Planetarium
2:15 p.m.

Frameless Forum Panel 1*** 

»The Science of Excitement«

Panellists t.b.a.

4:00 p.m. Best of new Fulldome Films* – Part 1. Moderated show session. Producers introduction, if present.Planetarium
7:30 p.m. World premiere of the immersive Music Theatre »The Grey Cloth« **.IPS delegates will be treated to a spectacular live performance produced by the fena and Weimar teams that have pioneered 360° stage performances for the 10 years. The play is based on a novel by Paul Scheerbart, who envisioned fantastic worlds at the same time when the modern Planetarium was conceived in Jena and Munich. In fact, he even anticipated a fulldome planetarium that will be featured in the »The Grey Cloth«. Planetarium
Fri. July 19Day Two – FullDome Festival Program, JANUS-Award Ceremony and Live Shows
8:00 a.m.Yoga in the Dome (limited capacity – registration)Planetarium
9:00 a.m.Best of new Fulldome Films* – Part 2. Moderated show session. Producers introduction, if present.  Planetarium
11:00 a.m.

Frameless Forum Panel 2***  

»All the dome‘s a stage!«

Panellists t.b.a.

12:15 p.m.World premiere of a new 360°– Film t.b.a.Planetarium
2:00 p.m. Best of new Fulldome Films* – Part 3. Moderated show session. Producers introduction, if present.Planetarium
4:00 p.m.Best of new Fulldome Films* – Part 4. Moderated show session. Producers introduction, if present.Planetarium
7:00 p.m. JANUS-Award ceremony – Announcing the winners of the 2024 FullDome Festival. Reading of jury statements for each winner. Ceremony adorned with live act.Planetarium
8:00 p.m. 

Lichtpiraten. Live Performance**


*Best of new Fulldome Films

This section features a best-of selection of fulldome films from the 18. Jena FullDome Festival, nominated for a JANUS-Award by the international expert jury. Producers and artists present in Jena will be introduced by the session moderator. Excitement grows when the winners of the 2024 JANUS-Awards in 9 categories will be revealed. The ceremony is part of the IPS Special FullDome Festival and will be streamed live to the world from the Zeiss-Planetarium Jena on Friday, July 19th. at 7 p.m. EST .

**Fulldome Festival Live Performances

The Jena FullDome Festival has been pioneering the art of immersive live performance in the dome. The IPS delegates will be treated to extraordinary examples of music, theatre and 360-stage performances in the evening program. Shows include the world premiere of the immersive Music Theatre „The Grey Cloth“ on opening night, July 18th, and an extravagant live concert on closing night, July 20, jointly presented by IMERSA and FullDome Festival Foundation.

***Frameless Forum Panel

The panel engages commited individuals from the Planetarium and Immersive Media scene in moderated conversations. Each panelist is invited to introduce themselves with a 1-2 min sample of their work in 360° dome format (or flat image) followed by panel discussion.


Image © W Don Eck; Roman Moebus



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