Staging Connections

Best events of 2016

From dazzling awards nights to innovative conferences, see which events were named our best events of 2016 and why!

2016 was certainly an exciting year for Staging Connections. We delivered a whopping 32,900 events across the Asia Pacific for our clients - from conferences, gala dinners and incentives to sporting events, roadshows and everything in between! We continued our pursuit of the very latest event technologies, like holograms, custom projection mapping, new digital signage products and touch-screen technology, as well as being the first event company in Australia to offer free event apps to our clients!

Our creative teams also continued to shine, delivering on-trend styling, creative set designs and multimedia content that delivered an amazing brand experience for attendees. 

Whilst we can’t talk about every event in 2016 – there’s just too many! – We are proud to share with you some of the highlight corporate events we delivered in 2016.

Event: Dom Pérignon VIP gala dinner NSW

  • Client: Dom Pérignon
  • Venue: The Ivy, Merivale

Our team amazed 100 VIP guests with an imaginative and artistic lighting and projection show, at a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience for the Dom Pérignon Lumiére Dinner. Throughout the evening, creative and custom animations were projection mapped onto the tables using twelve 16k projectors to perfectly align the animation to each place setting. Among the animations were beautiful champagne inspired designs, personalised name cards, and even projections introducing each course, which was of course paired with different vintage Dom Pérignon champagnes!

Dom Pérignon Lumiere Dinner 2016 at ivy Sydney from Staging Connections.

Why we love it

It was fantastic to partner with a world-renowned, luxury brand on such an exciting event. We pushed the boundaries to produce something truly innovative using beautiful lighting effects and projection mapping. The style of the event articulated the elegance of the Dom Pérignon brand, and we delivered a seamless and unforgettable event experience.

Event: LNG18 Conference WA

  • Client: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs
  • Venue: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

In April 2016, the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre hosted the world’s largest global liquefied natural gas (LNG) conference, LNG18. The four day event was attended by over 6,000 leaders of the LNG industry, amongst them were CEOs from Chevron, Shell and Woodside as well as the Australian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other Heads of State. We were proud to be appointed as the official audio visual provider for the conference.

Delivering LNG18 from Staging Connections.

Why we love it

The modernistic set design for the plenary sessions used the latest in projection mapping; with its custom design inspired by an industrial look and isometric shapes. The event featured stunning scenery of Australia’s landscape and integrated vision of current and future LNG projects.

LNG18 also gave us the opportunity to debut our latest digital offering, Inteli-Touch - which is our answer to “what comes next after PowerPoint and Keynote?” – an interactive touch-screen presentation software. Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, organisers of the conference, used Inteli-Touch on their stand to display exhibition floor plans on an interactive screen so delegates could make bookings or send an enquiry to exhibit at the next World Gas Conference in Washington.

Event: Crows Match Day Experience

  • Client: Adelaide Crows
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval

Staging Connections was challenged to engage Adelaide Crows fans in new ways. The solution was an amazing activation projecting imagery onto buildings around the CBD, the roof of the stadium and surrounding grounds. As part of our solution, our team lit up the Adelaide night sky with custom lighting projections of the Adelaide Football Club’s brand during the first half of the 2016 Toyota AFL Premiership season.

Iconic buildings on the riverbank, including the Adelaide Festival Centre and InterContinental Adelaide, were lit with the brilliant projections accompanying those on the grandstand, footpaths, skyscrapers and trees and inside the stadium itself.

Official AV partner to Adelaide Crows

Why we love it

Inspired by the 'bat signal', we designed a powerful call-to-arms for Adelaide Football Club fans, emphasise the club’s tagline “We Fly As One” and logo. Beaming the Adelaide Crows colours and branding onto the skyline and the surrounding grounds was the perfect answer to this brief.

For the 2016 Toyota AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round, Staging Connections helped the Crows honour their current and past Indigenous players with spectacular custom projections of the players on the stadium’s ceiling. In a first for the Adelaide Oval, we worked with TLA Worldwide to give fans a unforgettable match day experience with the stadium itself becoming a branded canvas and mural of the players.

Event: 2016 Australian Tourism Exchange

  • Client: cievents
  • Venue: Gold Coast Event Centre

Working collaboratively with cievents, a valued long-term client of Staging Connections, our team delivered the creative design for the Welcome Event of the 2016 Australian Tourism Exchange.

The theme of the Welcome Event was to pay tribute to the beautiful aquatic and coastal experiences Australia provides, which was a focus of the latest global campaign by Tourism Australia. Our teams brought the idea to life by using a combination of audio visual, multimedia content and styling. Creative lighting was used throughout the venue, in conjunction with fleur paneling on the ceiling, to completely transform the space with a wave design that immersed guests in an underwater feel.

Australian Tourism Exchange 2016

Why we love it

As a major tourism event with Chris Hemsworth in attendance, expectations were high to bring the Australiana theme to life. Creating a major wow-factor, we rigged two huge rectangular truss grids to the ceiling to produce the technical lighting requirements and support the magnificent ceiling installation of fleur panels that created a wave effect. Additionally, we created a vibrant beach atmosphere outdoors, featuring lots of sand, a DJ hut, wide LED screen and beach furniture, which was made in collaboration with other service providers such as Coastal Productions and ELS. The overall effect of the AV, lighting design, multimedia content and styling worked in harmony to truly immerse the audience into the coastal Australiana theme.

Event: Amway Taiwan Incentive

  • Client: Amway Taiwan
  • Venue: The Cutaway, Barangaroo

The Amway Taiwan 2016 Incentive was one of the biggest events of the year for Sydney with over 1150 VIPs in attendance. For the concluding gala dinner, Staging Connection’s Sydney team designed and delivered an elaborate event production at The Cutaway, Barangaroo on Sydney’s Harbour foreshore. It was a sensory overload with non-stop entertainment from the moment the guests arrived. The AV technical teams, designers and stylists worked together to transform a rugged venue into a glamorous gala dinner. Stunning Australian scenery was seamlessly projected along the venues walls, a stunning lighting display beamed colours and shapes around the room, whilst the tables were decorated with elegant, native centrepieces on sparkling golden linen.

Amway Taiwan Incentive Event 2016 from Staging Connections.

Why we love it

Event managers dream of an event like this. From the iconic location and incredible programme of entertainment, to the technically demanding yet visually striking AV, lighting design and stunning styling. The Amway Taiwan incentive was a truly decadent affair, not to mention the vintage Mustang cars bringing the VIP guests on stage! To top it off, the gala dinner concluded with a magnificent 15 minute firework display from numerous barges and giant AMWAY fire letters in the Harbour, to deliver a truly breathtaking finale.

Event: ACORN Conference

  • Client: ICMS Australia
  • Venue: Hobart’s Grand Chancellor Hotel and Macquarie’s Wharf No.2

In 2016, our Hobart team delivered their largest event in Tasmania for ICMS Australia. The four day conference welcomed 1200 of the nation’s Operating Room Nurses at Hobart’s Grand Chancellor Hotel, which concluded with a beautifully styled gala dinner at Macquarie’s Wharf No 2.

Medical Conference in Hobart

Why we love it

The gala dinner was a real highlight; we delivered a vast projection surface that set the scene for the theme of a ‘winter wonderland, the place to have a devil of a time’. The high definition images and custom created multimedia ensured a spectacular back drop to the evening’s entertainment. Twenty glass chandeliers, a 20m snaking truss with customised devil’s tail, a large ice sculpture and a wintery tunnel, complete with a snow machine, brought the theme to life and established an impressive and immersive atmosphere.

Event: Westfield Annual General Meeting (AGM)

  • Client: Scentre Group
  • Venue: Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall

This was a momentous event for the Scentre Group as Mr Frank Lowy (AC) performed his final duties as Chairman of the company that he began 57 years ago. The event was attended by 250 shareholders, stakeholders and numerous media at Centennial Hall in the Sydney Town Hall.

Westfield Annual General Meeting

Why we love it

Our team are experts in delivering a seamless audio visual production for Annual General Meetings and this event for one of Australia’s largest corporate companies was a great example. We provided beautiful branded lighting, live and on-demand webcasts and custom-built staging. We provided a webcast of the entire event live to shareholders around the world, whilst ensuring accurate sound and vision was never interrupted. We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this momentous occasion.

Event: New Zealander of the Year Awards 2016

  • Client: New Zealander of the Year
  • Venue: The Langham Auckland

Paying homage to the intricate Maori flax weave, our New Zealand events team designed a stunning gala dinner for the annual New Zealander of the Year Awards.

Staging Connections delivered a professional audio, vision, lighting, stage design and event production management solution. The stage design was constructed using 13 vertical digital banners configured in a zig-zag arrangement to provide a canvas for the content to be projected onto. On either side of the center stage were two 16ft wide screens displaying the videos, awards categories and a live camera feed. Our role as the audio visual provider was to provide the perfect event environment to support the awards ceremony, live performances and room arrangement for 690 guests.

New Zealander of the Year Awards 2016

Why we love it

Staging Connections has proudly sponsored the event, which recognises New Zealander's who make their country a better place, for two years with our venue partner, The Langham Auckland. It allowed our venues team at The Langham Auckland to design a stunning stage backdrop for the awards night, using our Digital Banners in a new way.

Event: Mercedes Benz Dealer of the Year Awards

  • Client: Mercedes Benz
  • Venue: Palladium at Crown

We teamed up with Rush Events to create a super-glamorous event for the Mercedes Benz Dealer of the Year Awards. Held at the gorgeous Palladium at Crown, the spectacular event had everything; acrobats, an 18 piece big band, a car reveal through a smoky haze and to top it all off, an incredible ‘wave wall’ produced by a 6 projector blend. It was a huge talking point for attendees and showcased how smart multimedia content and clever projections can enrich events.

Mercedes Benz Dealer of the Year Awards

Why we love it

Bringing together a beautiful event like this was no small feat – it pooled together our team’s expertise in pre-production planning, creative design, multimedia production, technical direction and stage management all using the latest AV products and technology. Creation of all on screen multimedia content and backgrounds, along with furniture selection and styling were also done by our team. This event really showcased how our combined expertise can captivate audiences and create an unforgettable event.

Event: QHA Awards for Excellence

  • Client: The Queensland Hotels Association (QHA)
  • Venue: Great Hall, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

For another year, Staging Connections was delighted to be the preferred supplier for this high profile awards night. Our brief was to raise the bar of previous years and create a celebratory atmosphere, with engaging multimedia content.

Our vision was to create a Red Carpet feel, and working alongside the BCEC audio visual team, we delivered a total event production solution – from designing the event look, to on-screen multimedia content, set design, show-calling, media wall for photographs and everything in between!

Queensland Hotels Association Awards Night

Why we love it

This year we showcased our new fleur panels and incorporated them into the stunning set design and media wall. Our teams made clever use of AV elements, the giant curved screen and floating circular truss, to integrate all the elements and make the venue space feel intimate. This meant no matter where you sat in the room, you had clear visibility of the stage and felt part of the action. This was an event we could have a bit of fun with, and a lot of style and glamour to – a challenge we always love!

Event: The Million Dollar Lunch

  • Client: Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Venue: Palladium at Crown Melbourne

The 12th annual The Million Dollar Lunch was a major success with the Palladium at Crown Melbourne transformed into a themed extravaganza. Our team delivered an immersive 'Vintage Superhero' themed gala using audio, vision, lighting, content, styling and set design services.

The event included 20 custom designed printed comic book panels hanging around an ‘X’ shaped stage, 16 superhero projections, four giant screens jutting out from the stage with custom multimedia content, superhero lightbox table centrepieces and super-hero costume coloured chairs; with the room encased by dark draping to create a mysterious atmosphere.

The Million Dollar Lunch attracted more than 550 of Australia’s most influential leaders including Chief Executive of the AFL Gillon McLachlan and Patron of the Foundation, Chairman Jeremy Smith, Treasurer Tim Pallas MP, Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien MP, business leaders including Heloise Pratt AM, Leigh Clifford AO and other VIPs including Ricky Ponting AO, Jane Kennedy and George Calombaris.

The Million Dollar Lunch Gala

Why we love it

We’ve had the pleasure of working on The Million Dollar Lunch with the Children’s Cancer Foundation for nine events, providing the technical, audio visual, styling and design services for this prestigious fundraising gala lunch. Our team really let their imagination run wild to make the vintage superheroes theme come to life, embracing iconic heroes and integrating the event’s tag line ‘Meanwhile in Melbourne...’.

The best result was that the event raised more than $1.7 million for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

How your event can make the list for 2017

Staging Connections has been delivering unforgettable event experiences since 1986. With the largest range of event services offered across Asia Pacific, we are the trusted event partner who will make your next event the best it can be. We specialise in delivering corporate events - from conferences, Annual General Meetings, and product launches through to awards nights, gala dinners and everything in between. 

Get in touch with us today and let's see how we can make your next event the best one yet!


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