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Staging Connections wins the coveted MEA NSW 2017 Special Event of the Year

See how Staging Connections delivered this year's Special Event of the Year - 'Asian Paints Privilege Convention 2017' for the Meetings & Events Australia NSW Industry Awards.

Special Event of the Year AwardStaging Connections were thrilled to accept the award for Special Event of the Year at the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) 2017 NSW Awards dinner, held at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on Wednesday 4th April 2018. Staging Connections won the award for the delivery of the Asian Paints Privilege Club Convention 2017.

Leading Indian event company, Encompass Events, approached Staging Connections produce and deliver the Asian Paints Privilege Club Incentive Event Series. After merely 6 months of planning, from initial enquiry to delivery, the result was an action-packed 5 day incentive which saw 1000 guests in 3 waves attend 12 events across multiple sites in Sydney and on the Gold Coast.

Staging Connections are proud this spectacular incentive, which was managed by Project Lead Kara Johnson and Head of Special Events, John Schryver -  was acknowledged by industry peers as a true testament to our creative production capabilities in a highly esteemed category.

Special Event of the Year Winner

Asian Paints Privilege Club Convention Closing Conference & Gala

In his acceptance of the award, Staging Connections’ National Sales Director, Michael Magafa, recognised what a collaborative and rewarding experience the event was,

“I want to congratulate the entire team involved in the creation of this event from concept to execution. This award reaffirms that we have the talent to produce truly world-class events and our passion is a key driver to achieving this.

Our client allowed us to push the boundaries and implement technologies their audience hadn’t seen before. This award highlights the standard of world-class events our production division continues to produce.”

It was a masterful celebration of everything we love; from design to delivery, including production and stage management, logistics, audio visual, styling, design and even interactive technologies.

A Little About The Events

The Welcome Function

Staging Connections was tasked with bringing the theme “Ultimates” to life throughout the Welcome function, team building and social events, the grand conference and closing Gala dinner

The Welcome function took place at McLaren’s Landing, South Stradbroke Island. Taking advantage of the beach-side location, we created a jungle paradise with branded and atmospherically lit market-stalls for catering.

A double stage was constructed on the beach – one for presentations with a super bright LED screen for impressive vision, and a separate one for the entertainment. Guests were entertained with photo booths, African acrobatic and fire dancers, tribal drummers, Aerial Angles and contortionist. An extreme display of jet pack and water ski performers holding Asian Paints flags, coupled with fireworks, was the spectacular finale.

Event Jet Pack Performers

Jet Pack Performers at McLaren's Landing event

Team Building

Movie World on the Gold Coast was the setting for team building activities. Event Backdrops with striking skylines were designed to add drama to the group’s photographs with super hero favourites. In the evening, we delivered a Polynesian themed night with custom Event Backdrops, beautiful Hibiscus gobos with merged lighting, giant gold palm trees, Polynesian props and a Pacific island inspired dance show. On the second team building day, the group moved to Tangalooma Island with their event agency Encompass.

Sydney Experience

On day four, the group experienced the beauty of Sydney Harbour with a cruise on MV Epicure, where Staging Connections provided wireless audio for full-coverage on each deck of the boat, plus party lighting for the DJ and dance floor for the evening’s celebrations.

Conference and Closing Gala Celebration

The closing Conference and Gala Celebrations took place at The Dome at Sydney Showground and The Star Sydney where guests were met by a giant banner welcoming them as the Asian Paints ‘Ultimates’. An impressive stage set of interlocking hexagonal panels, a super-sized screen and giant 3D letters spelling out the theme ‘ULTIMATES’ was built. The set was flanked by four, portrait formation Event Backdrops and amazing lighting and projection effects illuminated the stage and screen.

Gesture and motion control was our secret weapon for the presentations. The technology was used to reveal street murals sponsored by Asian Paints around Mumbai. Using ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of the buildings, the President of Asian Paints appeared to paint the artworks with an ordinary paintbrush through the use of motion tracking cameras.

Gesture Control for Events

Gesture control used to reveal before and after artwork on screen using a paint brush.

Asian Paints new products and branding were unveiled using motion sensing technology. The President revealed their ‘game changer’ products by moving a paint tin around which Staging Connections attached a motion sensor to. As the tin moved, a 3D design of the new branding appeared on the screen and simulated the President’s motions in real time. The President loved the technology and was excited to reveal conference content in this fun and dynamic way.


Motion Sensor Tracking Events

Motion sensing technology revealed Colour of the Year when paint tin was turned.

We created a dramatic unveiling for the ‘Colour of the Year’ using gesture control, sound FX and lighting. Leading up to the moment of reveal, lighting in the venue was cut, with a loud ‘shut-down’ sound effect reverberating around the venue. This was followed by sounds of shattering glass falling down, with images of shards of glass then appearing on screens, followed by darkness and quiet once more. Out of the darkness a solitary violin soloist was illuminated by the glow of a spotlight. Momentum continued to build with dancers creating waves across the stage using long, sheer fabric in the colour – Intense Ocean. Projection on the super-sized screen cast dynamic images of beaches and water, tying in the preceding days.

Motion Sensor Technology Reveal

Colour Of The Year reveal performance

More performances followed, delighting the guests, including an appearance by celebrity cricketer Sourav Ganguly, illusionists Adam and Selena and a Bollywood dance extravaganza. Asian Paints Privilege Club members thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere created and invited our team onto the stage to celebrate the amazing production at the very final event!

What did the client say?

The Asian Paints Privilege Club Incentive Event Series marked our second collaboration with Encompass Events and our partnership has grown from strength to strength.

Siddarth Ganta, Encompass Events’ Account Director had some tremendous feedback for our “professional and passionate” team.



“The Staging Connections team successfully coordinated over 12 events across Australia in different geographies and venues, and ensured adequate resourcing to deliver an atmosphere of celebration from start to finish. They really are a world class team, always client focused. The production strength of Staging Connections helped us to create one of the most innovative events we have done for any of our clients.”



The Staging Connections team will go on to compete for the nation-wide title at the MEA National Awards at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday, 8 May 2018.



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