Each year, Crown Melbourne invite selected guests to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special event. In February, 100 guests were invited to welcome the Year of the Dog at the Palladium, Crown Melbourne.
The Event Brief
The Staging Connections team were tasked with transforming the venue into a unique, yet traditional Chinese New Year celebration. The team collaborated closely with Crown Melbourne to amplify their selected entertainment and integrate this aspect into the production and theming, including audio visual, styling and multimedia.
Our Event Production Solution
In planning the styling of the event, Staging Connections began with the traditional Chinese colours of red and gold and worked to ensure the room was notably different to previous years as the guest list included a lot of regular attendees.
Event styling was an integral element – guests entered the Palladium and were transported to a traditional Chinese festival with luxurious modern touches. Welcomed with a floating banner installation, the red carpet guided guests past an illuminated custom-printed media wall towards the ballroom.
The walls of the Palladium were shrouded in gold liquid drapery, lit by floor-mounted moving lights to emphasise the luxurious, silken materials. Floor-to-ceiling red translucent banners depicting the Year of the Dog celebrations stood out against the golden backdrop and tables were set in a lucky-horseshoe configuration, each with its own intricate ‘floating’ centrepiece.
Entertainment included a group of oriental-style drummers, who led the unveiling of the striking ceiling installation; a LED blossom tree surrounded by a revolving stage in which they were performing. The tree was a dynamic part of the production, changing colours throughout the evening to complement each performance. A custom 6m x 6m carpet was situated at the front of the main stage to host a special performance by a Commonwealth Games rhythmic gymnast.
Audio visual solution required the coordination of logistics across three stages of entertainment and presentations. Two PA systems were integrated to perfectly capture each act throughout the evening. A LED screen displayed custom multimedia to provide a stunning backdrop for all performances. This was shown throughout the room on 2 x 85” plasma screens that ‘floated’ on either side of the stage.
“Intricate. Luxurious. Enthralling.”
Lee Allen, Crown Melbourne
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