Highlight Events of 2015

2015 certainly flew by, and boy was it busy! Our team of over 750 people, spread across 100 locations produced over 32, 000 events this year alone. Thankfully, our people are the best in the biz. They’re experts, they’re passionate and what they do is inspiring. In 2015 Our technology made our events come to life and gave attendees a voice. We invested heavily in new technologies and expanded our product suite. We gathered intel from across the globe and drew on our teams’ experiences at international events like InfoComm, bringing back the best concepts for the Australian event community.

Our clients inspired us to create memorable experiences. Our suppliers supported us in delivering engaging events and our venue partners put their trust in us to deliver spectacular results.

Our year was a big one, and we’re excited to share with you some of the best conferences, gala dinners and sales incentives from around Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

1. Event: Annual Incentive Welcome Dinner

  • Client: JoyMain
  • Venue: Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney

In February we were asked to create a spectacular Welcome Dinner for the annual Joymain incentive trip with Sydney chosen as the destination for 2015. The Royal Hall of Industries was the perfect venue to cater for the 1,600 guests coming from mainland China, including 100 of the company's VIPs.

Why we love it:

Bringing the true-blue Australian culture to life, this incentive was bigger and better than ever before. Featuring a host of entertainment and performances, from jumping kangaroos, boot-scooting cowboys, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert drag queens, it truly had it all! And if that wasn’t enough, the pyrotechnic display, ra-ra dancers, tap dancing men and parade of 18 Harley Davidson’s that drove through the crowd up the red carpet onto the stage, certainly ensured a completely unique, memorable experience for the 1,600 guests!

The 55 entertainers delighted the crowd in front of a projected set, featuring 140 feet of Sydney Harbour imagery as the backdrop.

Pushing the envelope of event management, our team excelled in making it all happen on schedule and revelled in delivering a truly integrated event for our client.

View Joymain gallery

2. Event: Clipsal 500

  • Client: South Australian Motor Sport Board
  • Venue: East Parklands, Adelaide

In 2015, the Clipsal 500 was bigger, faster and more revved up than ever before. And we're not even talking about the V8 Supercars!

Held over four days from 26 February to 1 March 2015, the Clipsal 500 is a massive V8 Supercar street race that brings over 285,000 people through its gates. Run on a 3.7 km long circuit through Adelaide’s beautiful East Parklands, the Clipsal 500 is a multiple award-winning event, attracting a huge audience both at the track and via broadcast.

Why we love it:

Our Adelaide team has proudly been involved with the race since it was first run in 1999, and in 2015 we radically upgraded the production infrastructure to make it the most technically sophisticated race on the circuit.

Our elite tech-heads ensured that the audio and vision was top notch. We added a new custom HD vision distribution network to all screens, so for the first time all corporate clients and viewers around the site enjoyed watching the race in high definition. We upgraded 350 TV’s to huge 48” and 60” screens across 200+ facilities including corporate suites, event management and race official’s offices, bars, and VIP areas. Plus we completely upgraded the audio from copper cabling to fibre optic. It was a mammoth undertaking, but the result was absolutely impressive.

View Clipsal 500 gallery

3. Event: 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner

  • Client: Auto & General
  • Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

Staging Connections was engaged by Auto & General to create an extravagant gala dinner that was a work of art, celebrating the company’s 15 years of operation and honouring the 1,200 guests.

Why we love it:

The stunning Vanity Fair theme transported guests to a fantasy world dripping with crystals and chandeliers. A grand entrance welcomed guests onto the red carpet, for fun photo opportunities in front of a media wall. Moving into the main event area at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, guests were greeted with a stunning Event Backdrop covered entirely in lush greenery and featuring 3D lettering of ‘15’ to celebrate the occasion. A giant mirror ball was a central feature that was surrounded by 6m long crystal beaded chandeliers and when lit cast thousands of moving sparkles around the room. Guests cried with delight as a flash mob took to the floor, and a huge crystal curtain descended to show the star performer of the evening, Guy Sebastian!

View Auto & General Gala gallery

4. Event: The Million Dollar Lunch, Charity Lunch

  • Client: The Million Dollar Lunch
  • Venue: Crown Melbourne, Melbourne

Staging Connections partnered with the Children's Cancer Foundation for this year's The Million Dollar Lunch - one of Australia's premier fundraising events. Over 600 of Melbourne's socialites attended the lunch, including The Today Show's, Karl Stefanovic as MC. The event raised a staggering $1.96 million.

Using a combination of superior AV, styling and multimedia content, our Melbourne team delivered a truly stunning and bespoke Kaleidoscope theme. This was brought to life using themed content projected onto a giant curved screen, coloured LED flickering lights on tables and the hero – a moving LED ceiling installation where LED globes moved like yo-yos! Throughout the event, the globes were programmed to move up and down whilst changing colour. It was a first for Staging Connections, but definitely not a last! As with every year, the event was a huge success and we look forward to next year's.

 
 

5. Event: Annual Conference and Gala Dinner 2015

  • Client: Mortgage Choice 
  • Venue: SkyCity, Auckland

For the 2015 Mortgage Choice annual conference and awards night, we were engaged by cievents to deliver all the audio visual, lighting and staging. The event took place over 3 days with the conference taking place at Skycity, with one of the dinners at Shed 10 and the final gala evening in the New Zealand Room also at Skycity.

Why we love it:

cievents developed a very fitting creative concept for the final awards night – ‘Night of the Stars’ – inspired by the stunning Aurora Australis, and the constellations you can see over New Zealand. The hero of this room look was the Aurora Australis, which we created using waved draping along the ceiling which was projected on to and supported by light design. On stage we installed a giant 45ft screen with LED star cloth on either side. We used internally lit Tivoli stairs leading to the stage to carry the event theme from ceiling to stage. The starry room look was completed with LED fibre optic centrepieces, twinkling candles, coupled with sleek black chair covers and table cloths. The end result was a sophisticated and truly magical evening!

6. Event: Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner 2015

  • Client: Australian Hotels Association WA
  • Venue: Crown Perth, Perth

Pulling out all the stops to deliver a creative concept for the NAB 2015 WA Hospitality Supplier Awards and Toxfree gala dinner by the Australian Hotels Association, we combined imagination with class-leading technology to design and produce the stand-out gala event for 500 guests at Crown Perth.

Why we love it:

Our talented designers in WA were given free rein to create a special theme for this event that reflected the event’s invitation, evoking ambient energy and emotion in a unique way. They designed an event environment that centred on ink being poured into water, showcased through stunning, smoky, fluid graphics projected onto 3D modular sets.

The unique vision was projected onto a 3D modular set that was built from interlocking aluminium extrusion and Perspex panels, allowing for the irregularities of the venue’s event space to be incorporated into the event’s design. The immersive, almost trance-like imagery of ink flowing into water changed colours on screen, slowly filling the modular set from the floor to the ceiling.

Read Case Study: When art inspires events

7. Event: Young Members Gala Dinner Ball 2015

  • Client: Victoria Racing Club
  • Venue: Crown Melbourne, Melbourne

We’ve been lucky enough to work closely with Victoria Racing Club over the last five years and every year we are asked to create a fresh new creative look for each event that wow's and excites their guests. For this year's annual Ball we turned the Crown Melbourne ballroom into a Secret Kingdom.

Why we love it:

The hero of the night was a stunning bespoke ceiling installation. Playing on the peacock colour pallet, the installation was made up of over 600 pieces of coloured fabric drops, fresh falling foliage and scattered crystal beads to capture the glistering light. We created a majestic 360 degree 15m x 14m border of hanging foliage which traced the outside of the dance floor. To add more depth and dimension to the installation we produced a secondary central installation above the middle stage, where a dense 3m x 3m filled arena of cascading materials hung lower, allowing this overall design to look full and luscious. Throughout the evening guests were treated to spectacular and death-defying aerial performances from Applause Entertainment that certainly provided the ‘wow’ factor.

Read blog post: How to create an enchanting Secret Kingdom gala dinner

8. Event: Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation 2015

  • Client: Queensland Hotels Association
  • Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

The Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner & Presentation – now in its 23rd year, was held at the Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). 1,000 guests flocked to this annual awards event which recognises the state’s best pubs, hotels and hoteliers.

Why we love it:

Our brief was to deliver a spectacular awards night with the main focus on creating a stunning stage environment and engaging multimedia content. The challenge was striking the right balance between being respectful of the 100 year ANZAC tribute, and festivities celebrating the award winners. The hero of the room was the massive 27m x 4m curved screen provided by BCEC. Our crystal chandelier complemented the ‘big look’ and added glamour and a celebratory ambience for award recipients and their colleagues. The highlight of the evening was the opening showreel that we created as a homage to the ANZACs.

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9. Event: Annual Awards Dinner 

  • Client: Greencross Limited
  • Venue: National Convention Centre, Canberra

An exciting fire and ice theme was created to the delight of 700 guests at the Greencross Limited Annual Awards Dinner at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The Exhibition Hall was radically transformed from a breakfast/lunch space into the impressive theme for guests of Australasia’s largest integrated pet care company, to network with company VIPs, connect with suppliers and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the company.

Why we love it

The dramatic fire and ice theme was created using a combination of styling, design and audio visual elements to truly transform the space. Our objective was to design an environment that immersed guests in a true experience, engaging all their senses and giving them the opportunity to celebrate in a memorable atmosphere.

A large digital backdrop using our modular Digital Banner Stage Sets created a 9.5m x 5.5m screen which we mapped using a high performance Christie 18k projector was a feature, onto which we projected vibrant animated content of fire and ice. Over 30 assorted moving headlights and 40 extremely bright quad coloured LEDs were used to achieve the dramatic distinction between the opposing forces of fire and ice. And when it was time to party, projections of disco balls inspired everyone to get out on the dance floor!

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10. Event: Awards for Excellence 2015 - Pubs and Clubs

  • Client: Australian Hotels Association NSW
  • Venue: The Star, Sydney
  • Celebrating the best of the hotel service industry, the Awards for Excellence offered guests at The Star a visual feast, combining complex stage sets, intricate styling, technically advanced projection mapping and strategically prepared video content.

    Why we love it:

    Inspired by the geometric logo elements of the event’s logo, we built a custom stage design comprised of a 20m x 5m hard projection set, interspersed with coloured acrylic panels. We brought this set to life using state-of-the-art projection mapping to create a digital backdrop for the opening video sequence and awards content. Three 16:9 screens were also incorporated into the overall look allowing the entire room to clearly see the award winners. The multimedia was designed over 125 hrs and the result was a dynamic, impactful awards backdrop used for content delivery.

    View awards night gallery

    11. Event: 25th Annual Gala Dinner

    • Client: Adelaide Football Club
    • Venue: Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

    This year's annual gala dinner for 800 VIPs of the Adelaide Football Club (AFC) at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre was nothing short of a flying success. As a proud sponsor of the Crows, our Adelaide team pulled out all stops to make this year's event the best yet.

    Why we love it:

    The high impact stage set using five projection screen surfaces suspended in a staggered array allowed for mapping of projection over the entire set or individual screens. Together with the 3 standard projection screens around the room, this allowed for video playback, sponsor acknowledgement, silent auction real time updates,Event Feed and live to screen camera images.

    To incorporate the silver of a 25 year anniversary, we utilised aluminium trussing around the screens, in the air, and around the circular ceiling feature that featured an 8m wide projection of the AFC’s 25 year logo. We used LED lighting and for the first time used new Martin Mac Quantum Profile Moving Lights to light the room and wash it in changing colours depending on the events proceedings.

    Event Feed was used in both landscape and portrait formats on screens around the room to engage the audience with the evening’s proceedings. An alias twitter account (@AFC_Gala Insider) was created and curated by Staging Connections during the evening. Images of certain auction items were tweeted during the night as well as announcing major auction items as they were auctioned. These tweets together with tweets from attendees were moderated and then displayed on the room screens using Event Feed.

    Read Case Study

    It’s certainly been a massive year here at Staging Connections! We’ve also been busy behind the scenes and in October 2015 we were delighted to announce that Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, completed the acquisition of Staging Connections Group Limited (SCGL). The synergies between Staging Connections’ culture and that of Freeman, particularly our customer-centric approach to event delivery, ensure its seamless fit. We look forward to sharing more creative ideas, flawless events and global experiences with you in 2016! 

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