Breaking Boundaries - Navigating the International Production Marketplace
Breaking Boundaries - Navigating the International Production Marketplace
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 13 (up) | 13:30 - 14:30
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 13 (up) | 13:30 - 14:30
Presented by: VVEM

Breaking Boundaries - Navigating the International Production Marketplace

Lars Eefting Prolyte Group (NL), Maarten Arkenbout Pieter Smit (NL), Marc van der Wel Wel Connected (NL), Sander Bijlstra Q-Dance (NL)

Event production

English spoken

Breaking Boundaries - Navigating the International Production Marketplace

The Dutch like to help and be involved in all kinds of situations, which means they often go abroad, looking for opportunities. But should they have to develop market themselves or is it more about waiting for the right break? The panelists will be totally honest about fuck-ups and the way they earn money abroad.


  • Lars Eefting

    Lars Eefting Prolyte Group (NL)

    Manager Product Management & Engineering

  • Maarten Arkenbout

    Maarten Arkenbout Pieter Smit (NL)

    Maarten is international relations manager for Pieter Smit Group. He is an expert in e-friendly logistics in the entertainment biz. Pieter Smit specialises in the transportation, assembly and technical realisation of theatre productions, pop & rock, live entertainment and sporting events throughout Europe. By efficiently combining these specialist skills, Pieter Smit occupies a niche position in the market. Powered by decades of experience, we have become one of the leading transport providers for the entertainment industry in Europe. We are known for our expertise and our commitment to delivering the best possible service. Our stage managers not only take care of your tour on the road, but will also assist with stage assembly and disassembly. With the best equipment at their disposal 24/7, they will always find a solution that is tailored to your wishes and needs. We offer complete logistics solutions for European tours, including temperature-controlled storage, assistance and supervision, container rental, luxury tour buses, customs formalities and international freight forwarding. We also take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously. Our vehicles are equipped with the cleanest available engines.

  • Marc van der Wel

    Marc van der Wel Wel Connected (NL)

    Marc is Independent Strategic Sales Officer in the Live Entertainment & Broadcast Technology, rental, sales & production Industry. He was Director of Sales at NEP, a worldwide production solutions provider to media networks & television production companies and Director of Business Development at Ampco Flashlight, a rental, sales & R&D group, offering audio, lighting, rigging & motion solutions for live events, concert touring, theatre & broadcast. Was involved in world tours of Coldplay, Madonna & Paul McCartney a.o., musicals & theme park installs for Disney & Stage Entertainment and global events such as MTV Video Music & Europe Music Awards and 9 Eurovision Song Contests. Has a worldwide industry network, started as artist manager

  • Sander Bijlstra

    Sander Bijlstra Q-Dance (NL)

    Managing Director, co-founder Q-dance


  • Heko Scheltema

    Heko Scheltema De Regelaar, VVEM (NL)

    Heko Scheltema works as an advisor at De Regelaar. In this capacity, he provides advice and support to organisers and (local) government, particularly in the related fields of safety and permits. Specific tasks involve writing integrated event safety plans, assisting organisers in their permit applications and acting as event safety officer during various events in the Netherlands. De Regelaar prides itself on being able to combine (legal)theory and the necessities realities of practice.

    Heko started working in the events industry seventeen years ago, while also studying for a law degree. On completing this, he decided that he would rather not leave the entertainment industry. His legal background makes him well-equipped for the more legal aspects of the job, such as the application of new legislation in practice and the (sometimes) complex rules relating to permits.