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Recent Events: New table projection, holographic technology and a 48m wide custom stage set

See how we used custom table projection mapping to create an extraordinary dining experience for this year’s Living Grand dinner at Grand Hyatt Melbourne; delivered a holographic-like experience for the Top Secret 2019 Dinner in Canberra, built a 48m wide custom stage set for Volkswagen and so much more. Below you’ll see a snapshot of some the amazing work our teams produce to help inspire your next events! If you have any questions about the events or our solutions please get in touch with our National Sales Director, Michael Magafa . VICTORIA
Living Grand Client Appreciation
Venue: Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Encore had the pleasure of partnering with Hyatt Australia to deliver a unique culinary and visual journey for its VIP clients as part of the annual Living Grand event. Hosted at Grand Hyatt Melbourne in February, Encore created the immersive experience by combining audio visual theatrics, lighting design and creative styling with the world-class custom projection mapping to stimulate sight, sounds, taste, small and touch.
Watch the video below to re-live the Living Grand Dinner 2019 48 VIPs were led down a dark tunnel into a dimly lit room, surrounded by black drapes with ambient music playing in the background. The room was sparse, with minimal styling and theming building intrigue as to what was to follow.
Once guests were seated, the journey began, completely immersing them in the sounds and visuals, complimenting the menu course by course. The entree took guests underwater with sounds of the ocean filling the room and swimming fish flawlessly projection mapped onto the tables and drapes. Then when the sorbet was served, it was accompanied by images and sounds of ice breaking and shattering throughout the room. The main course was themed fire and smoke. Diners were blindfolded before the sounds of burning wood and fire floated through the air. The Encore team then projection mapped fire onto the table while mains were served. Along with the sizzling of food on the grill, the room was filled with low fog slowly rising from the floor as the guests took off their blindfolds.
The final course was an ode to Willy Wonka with the room lighting up with the colours of liquorice Allsorts, a chocolate river flowing down the tables and the infamous theme song of the Oompah Loompas playing. For this night to be a success, the timing of the projection and audio had to be perfect. Grand Hyatt Melbourne General Manger, Ilan Weill was thrilled with the work Encore produced. “We of course appreciated your innovation and hard work to meet the deadlines and listen to us. However, the special thank you I would like to convey is for your partnership and amazing spirit working and having fun with us on what was a last-minute idea and turned out to be a fully produced wow type of night. Your patience, great attitude, talent and how you joined forces with us on the night was felt by everyone involved and we really appreciated working together as one team,” said Mr Weill. “We are delighted to call you our partners – Thank you again!” QUEENSLAND
Volkswagen Customer Xperience Summit 2019
Venue: Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Delivering a big stage solution for Volkswagen Encore was set the challenge to create a memorable high-end audio-visual feast communicating the ‘Iconic’ theme for the Volkswagen Customer Xperience Summit 2019. The event welcomed over 800 delegates in two streams from across the Volkswagen dealer network at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane on 19-21 February 2019.
Conceived and convened by Volkswagen Australia Director of Customer Experience and Marketing Jason Bradshaw, more than 800 Volkswagen Group Australia staff and delegates from the nationwide dealership network have attended what is believed to be the biggest customer training exercise held by an auto importer in this country. The commanding stage set delivered a massive impact. Encore’s technical team created a mammoth screen consisting of 5 custom borderless screens combined to form one large canvas of 48m wide, this included two curved screens at either end to frame the 28m custom black acrylic stage. Over 150 pixel mapped LED neon tubes encased the top and bottom of the screens creating a futuristic feel and complementing video content. Two circular stages made of black reflective acrylic built either side of the screens created a platform for two of the latest Volkswagen vehicles launched at the event. This impressive event delivered a series of captivating on-screen animated experiences on the huge projection surface which flowed thru to the pixel mapped lighting effects adding an extra level of excitement and drama. The central screen was also recessed to enable the speakers to make a dramatic entrance from behind the stage set. By day the impressive stage was beautifully lit with red and blue with spotlights shining on the cars and reflective stage. During the conference the dramatic staging hosted Omar Johnson VP of Marketing for Apple, followed by presentations by a number of guest speakers and dealers. During the gala event in the evening the premium dealer awards were presented. The lighting show was ramped up to the maximum, plus pyrotechnics, the release of thousands of streamers and CO2 canon blasts to celebrate the major awards. Michael Magafa, National Sales Director for Encore was delighted with the impact created by the giant stage set and the overall seamless delivery of the event. “The brief was to create a big impression, so we delivered a huge solution! The stage encased the entire room and the team designed an impressive lighting and projection solution to captivate the guests. I am very proud of the team’s flawless delivery for our client.” AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Top Secret 2019 Dinner
Venue: National Convention Centre Canberra
Encore Event Technologies (Encore) served up an incredible holographic-like experience for some of Australia’s leading event industry professionals, at the “Love and Desire” themed Top Secret 2019 Dinner on Friday 22 March. Hosted by the National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC), as part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), this dinner was part of a 3-day program run by the Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB).
The program consists of a series of individualised experiences for an exclusive group of national meeting planners. Showcasing business event product and services, the program allows Canberra’s events community to demonstrate the calibre of events in our nation’s capital.
The hero of the night was Encore’s expert use of a holographic mesh screen, highlighting the venue as a premium event space and showcasing the technology available when holding an event at the NCCC in conjunction with Encore. Using the holographic mesh screen, Encore created animated content such as a hot air balloon that appear as though it was floating through the air.
Known for their innovation, Encore really broke the mould for the Top Secret 2019 Dinner bringing Stephen Wood, General Manager of the National Convention Centre Canberra into the room through a hologram. Guests were able to watch Mr Wood standing onstage, interviewing himself as if there were actually two of him. The use of holographic mesh screens is usually only seen at big budget events such as Eurovision and the Grammys, or on television. However, Encore were able to demonstrate to event managers how this technology is possible at their events with the right team and the right venue. Mr Wood commented, “We love working with Encore, they always manage to outdo themselves with their innovation and creativity, and this event was no exception.”
The theme for the 3 day familiarisation was “Love and Desire”, based on the current exhibition on display at the National Gallery of Australia.
On each table were large 2D Scenic Panels on custom frames, designed to look like garden lattices in the shape of hearts as a nod to pre-Raphaelite theme of the “Love and Desire” exhibition. Directly above the tables were 20 LED Kinetic Lights, programmed to move with the music and change colour throughout the night, creating a truly spectacular lighting display. Also taking inspiration from the “Love and Desire” theme was the night’s entertainment. During the event, two actors from the Shakespeare by the Lake performance rose up after being hidden as guests and began to perform some of the Bard’s most famous sonnets. Continuing the surprises, instead of using one main screen, Encore set up four 60in televisions across one truss structure on the main stage. They displayed the animated logos of Encore, NCCC, CCB and IHG in front of scrolling panoramic shots of Canberra spread across the 4 screens as a single wide screen image, showcasing the beauty of the city. “This was a truly sophisticated and memorable event. The National Convention Centre Canberra and guests were delighted with the outcome, and we can’t thank Encore enough,” said Mr Wood. VICTORIA
Lunar New Year
Venue: Crown Melbourne New technology for New Year Celebrations at Crown Melbourne VIP guests from China celebrated the Lunar New Year in style at Crown Melbourne on Friday 22 February. Encore created an atmosphere of opulence and splendour with their stunning table projection, multimedia, audio visual services and styling. The highlight of the evening was the spectacular custom table projections that greeted guests as they entered the River Room and found their seats. The content projected onto each individual table was the perfect blend of Chinese tradition, opulence and technical innovation.
On each table, cranes flew around the circular table, fish swam between glasses and flowers grew from plates as the different animated looks circled each table and even individual plates. On top of the Lazy Susan, the menu for the night was projected in both English and Chinese, rotating, so all guests could read it. Then as food arrived, Encore masked the projection on the Lazy Susan and plates, so the colour didn’t affect the look of the food while the areas surrounding each continued with projected with animation.
As well as the projection mapping, Encore created a beautiful light show adding excitement to the entertainment while enabling the projection show to shine.
Encore’s beautiful styling enhanced the theme. Red was chosen as the main colour as it symbolises luck, happiness and joy in Chinese culture. The team used varying shades of red in the lighting, stage set and table projections, while also laying red carpet to cover the entire floor and hanging red swagged drapes to create a seamless look. Two large screens framed either side of the stage with a sign displaying a custom designed Year of the Pig insignia in the middle of the stage. Also outlining the stage was an intricate stage set that was Laser cut to look like lattice in a traditional Chinese garden interwoven with cherry blossom branches.
During the night, guests were entertained by a high energy violinist, lion dancer, and magician. Each entertainment act had their own animated table projection to complement their performance – a sparkling display of glitter for the violinist, a small animated dragon for the lion dancer and the magician’s logo for his performance. AUCKLAND
New Years Eve
Venue: SKYCITY Convention Centre Auckland Encore Event Technologies (Encore) treated guests at the SKYCITY NYE Party 2018 to a showstopping, Las Vegas-themed audio visual spectacular at SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland. The talented team at Encore were entrusted with the event, designed to enthral the most valuable of VIP’s on the biggest party night of the year – and they didn’t disappoint! Capturing the unique and glamorous atmosphere of a Las Vegas show, guests were transported to one of the world’s most famous districts with a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement.
Encore created the stunning aesthetic with bold and colourful lighting choices, innovative stage styling and carefully crafted audio to support the entertainment that immersed the audience in the Las Vegas theme. The hero of the night was Encore’s lighting solutions. With over 100 LX Fixtures around the room and moving LX fixtures attached to truss droppers and totems on the stage, Encore turned the back wall into a lighting backdrop. To keep guests entertained, the stage was framed on either side by two 20ft screens and two 16ft screens, all displaying multimedia content created by Encore. This custom content was projected onto the screens using four 7K laser projectors and a Barco S3. Guests danced the night away with back-to-back entertainment such as illusionists, dancers, singers and an 8-piece band. During these acts, the lighting became part of the show, working seamlessly into the performances on stage. SKYCITY were once again thrilled with Encore’s work and the creativity and efficiency they demonstrated in producing an unforgettable night. Encore have been creating mesmerising events at SKYCITY for 15 years, managing to outdo themselves each time. QUEENSLAND
Cairns Taipans Season Celebration
Venue: Pullman Cairns International
The CQUniversity Cairns Taipans celebrated their 20th anniversary year and the 2018-19 NBL season on Friday 22 February at the Pullman Cairns International. It was a celebratory night for the Taipans, marking 20 year history as well as acknowledging they are the only local sports team competing at a national level, so club officials wanted to give their players, local supporters and sponsors an unforgettable night. As the in-house event services provider, Encore was tasked with delivering an experiences befitting of the occasion. Inside the Grand Ballroom, Encore created the stage set using interlocked 2D and 3D Scenic Panels. When lit, the intricate patterns of the Scenic Panels cast beautiful shapes and shadows turning the backdrop into a feature piece. In the centre, the team engineered a 3D Scenic Panel formation in a diamond shape which became the frame for the 20th Anniversary logo. Each element of the stage set was spaced one metre back from the next creating visual depth and an innovative 3D effect. Lighting design was key to the overall event concept using a variety of equipment from moving lights, uplights and washes, profiles and more. The creative lighting choices were set to a theme of orange, navy and purple – the Taipans team colours. Centrepieces were designed using the team’s basketballs placed on top of glass vases – a simple, yet very fitting design for the event and its guests. Following the main awards ceremony, it was time for the party to begin. With the DJ playing through the flawless sound system and Encore’s lighting operator putting on a show with unique lighting effects, guests had a great time dancing and celebrating.
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We’ve Got Your Backdrop– picking an event backdrop style in 2019

A backdrop used to be just that – a painted curtain that was ‘dropped’ at the back of a stage; it literally ‘set the scene’ in a show. In 2019, the concept is still the same, but backdrops can be printed, rigged, flown, or projected, and can be made of canvas, LED screens, moving objects, holograms or be totally virtual. Whatever your event, there’s a perfect backdrop that will enhance the theme and message you’re trying to convey, whatever your budget. Here’s Encore Event Technologies’ run-down of the tricks in our stage design toolkit… LED Screens Screens made from LED panels are super-bright and because our range is modular you can scale the screen to perfectly fit your needs or used as separate geometric shaped formation. Whether you’re after standalone backdrop, one that splits to welcome presenters or performers on stage, a continuous floor to wall 3D effect, or a backdrop that wraps around the entire length of the room without losing any clarity – LED screens are your answer. The screens can be used to run presentations, static images, video, or beautifully created animation. If you want dynamic, flexible, and eye-catching solution, LED screens are idea for any type of event. Scenic Panels Scenic Panels are two or three-dimensional modular tiles that lock together to form beautiful backdrops, build structures, act as room dividers, feature areas, or create textural elements for product displays. They’re a perfect medium to project light and video onto, creating beautiful and striking effects. Two and three dimensional panels can be combined in the same structure, and there’s a range of patterned design options to suit any look or theme. Scenic Panels transform any event space by lining stages, creating modular stage structures or be hung from ceiling in a wave formation or even built into a chandelier. Event Backdrop Event Backdrop is our go-to flexible, affordable option for a huge range events. Want something to set off a small display at a trade show, media wall, or communicate a theme on stage? Event Backdrop is an illuminated or backlit frame, featuring photographic quality print on fabric available in three standard sizes. It’s ideal for any event from a meeting, conference, or gala. They can be free-standing frame structures, or rigged and hung. For an extra dimension, you can use two or more and rig one above at an angle to create a 3D effect! Curved screens Want to completely immerse and impress your audience in a big space? Our curved screens can be scaled to breathtaking sizes; we regularly build curved screens more than 25 meters long and almost two storeys tall. Multiple powerful projectors then blend the content together to create a seamless vista across the screen; vast landscapes, city views, animation and custom content created by our in-house team will transport your audience wherever you need them to go. Think ‘Modular’ Modularity is a design concept that can be implemented with a mixture of backdrop media; LED screens, regular screen displays, banners, video walls, set elements, hexagonal panels, and more. A classic example is a video wall made of multiple screens separated physically, but displaying parts of the same image – it’s edgy, geometric and eye catching. Elements can be built into sets, flown behind the stage, and hung from walls, but the key to carrying off the look is to be visually linked while physically separated. Our range of digital banners and widescreens provide you with endless configurations for a creative backdrop. The individual frames allow content to be blended across them as a single imabge, or individually. Custom Sets , Projection Mapping and Holographic Screens Design a custom set when you want to create something truly unique and have the budget to do so. Our teams have built unique stage sets for galas using their logo as inspiration and have even built replicas of iconic landmarks for a destination incentive. The possibilities are literally limitless and our team can help you visualisation the event with 3D virtual reality render. Another option which is custom in nature, is projection mapping onto a surface – whether it be a wall, a backdrop, or an object. Creating tailored content to project allows you to change the backdrop through the event to match your content or theme. You can even combine your custom built stage set with projection mapping for a totally unique experience. For a real estate conference our team built a stage set to resemble the Melbourne city skyline with spherical objects attached. Throughout the conference we projected different 2D and 3D animations onto the backdrop creating totally new look celebrating the city. Another idea for an impactful stage backdrop is incorporating a holographic mesh screen. The mesh screen creates a ghostly effect with the objects behind still being slightly visible. As you project animated or static content onto the screen it creates a layered effect and can be truly striking when combined with your onstage performers or presenters. Holographic Mesh Screen at Moutai China Gala from Encore Event Technologies on Vimeo. Lighting It’s not just about making sure you can see who’s on stage, or creating a mood for the walk-in. Lighting can be used architecturally and sculpturally to the extent that it’s really part of the physical backdrop. Old-school lighting techniques include using dozens of crisp, tight beams cutting through haze for a big ‘Wow!’ moment. There’s a raft of products made of LEDs that fit this application; LED strips, LED battens, LED tubes, LED ropes. At the bigger end of the budget, there’s a full-blown Kinetic Light rig – these are a grid of lights suspended on individual wires, run on independent motors, that can be controlled to create three-dimensional moving shapes, waves, and patterns; you would have seen these used at Euro vision or The Oscars. Something a bit different… Truss Frame Reveal When is a backdrop not a backdrop? A Truss Frame Reveal is something a little special for when you want to surprise your audience. On walk-in, there’s a screen across the stage, which you can project video or images on. At the right moment, the whole screen flies up and back to turn into a ceiling or backdrop, revealing the speakers, guest stars, or band. You can also do this trick in reverse! Letter Lights Make your theme, logo or hashtag a glowing, physical reality! Letter Lights are large white letters that are internally lit, or can be projected onto. They’re a bold, iconic look that communicates exactly what you’re about, and provides a perfectly Instagrammable backdrop for your guests and ensures your brand is front and centre in any photography. Speak with the event backdrop experts Whatever your event’s budget, style, or artistic goals, Encore Event Technologies has the in-house creative, design, construction, and production staff to create the right backdrop for your event. We’ll advise you on the techniques, technologies, practicalities, and logistics that will ensure that your backdrop perfectly sets the scene, giving you and your event the platform for success. Before you lock in a venue and start restricting your event design, speak to our expert team so we can devise a solution and venue that'll best suit your needs. Encore delivers events in over 100 venues and across major cities in the Asia Pacific. Speak to our team today by calling 1800 209 099 or send an online enquiry and we'll get right back. -- ... Read More

Designing the stage set for this year's Oscars and more Academy Awards Week event highlights

Hollywood’s night of nights has once again inspired us with beautiful design concepts to carry across our events this year. Seeing the creativity and design thinking poured into each event concept is truly incredible. The monumental creation that was the set for this year’s 91st Academy Awards was designed by veteran production designer, David Korins – the name behind some of the world’s most mind-blowing sets for big names like Kayne West, Lady Gaga and a whole host of musicals. In his first year designing the coveted Oscars, Korins designed an asymmetrical proscenium inside the iconic Dolby Theatre using 115 foam blocks. In a video posted to his Instagram he commented, “For this year’s Oscars I have designed a world based on the ideas of inclusion and community. “The design uses warm, welcoming shapes that not only reach out and wrap around the audience towards the viewers at home…. “It is warm, welcome, feminine and a picture of what I want the world to be.” View this post on Instagram Thank you to everyone who reached out with such kind & supportive messages about my design for the Academy Awards. I’ve never had a response like that to anything I’ve ever done. The last several days have been beautiful, overwhelming and humbling. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. ♥️ #oscars A post shared by David Korins (@davidkorins) on Feb 27, 2019 at 1:40pm PST As with every great event, continually designing new experiences is key to keeping audiences engaged – whether they are tangible or not. And the stakes were high with the whole Western world watching and Hollywood’s A-Listers in attendance - a simple curtain change will not suffice. Over the course of the 4 hour long awards night (give or take), the set morphed into 15 different looks all based around the hero installation of the “asymmetric portal” – from a concept using 40,000 roses in the shapes of ribbons to a look of waterfall-like strands made from 41,000 Swarovski crystals right through to the gold-leaf covered Oscar statues. The final result was magnificent. In an interview with Architectural Digest in the lead up to the show, Korins explained, “I really wanted to find something that felt organic and natural and iconic and elegant,” Korins says. “[Roses] obviously have an implicit warmth, an elegance. We’ve seen them in red carpets and we’ve seen them in fashion shows and parties, but I had never seen them in award shows, and I felt like they could deliver such a deep and rich texture.” Photo Credit: Valerie Macon via BizBash It took a team of 15 people over 2,100 hours to create the four Swarovski crystal designs. Using lighting of warm colours and other gold, champagne-coloured textural elements allowed a traditionally cold object like crystal to fit naturally into the warm and welcoming concept. View this post on Instagram ✨✨✨ A post shared by David Korins (@davidkorins) on Feb 24, 2019 at 8:02pm PST “The most important thing is to deliver on an aesthetic that helps not only bind the entire ceremony together, but also pushes viewers to think beyond what they’re seeing onscreen.” David Korins, in an interview with Architectural Digest The "Crystal Cloud" Photo Credit: David Korins via Architectural Digest. Before entering Korins’s magical stage set, presenters, performers and winners were welcomed into an Under The Sea themed green room, sponsored by Rolex for the fourth time. Guests entered the backstage room through a bronze door resembling a boat hatch. Once inside, the interior was lined with vivid underwater scenes backlit to create a dramatic, lifelike feel. The concept was bought to life using an oceanic blue colour palette, round-edged and textured soft furnishings which resembled coral life and waves, with the walls and ceiling featuring laser cut-outs of coral backlit with blues and gold. The space was produced by Event Eleven in collaboration with Warner Bros. Design Studio. Rolex Oscars Green Room, Photo Credit: Bart Michaels via BizBash Following all the action from the main awards ceremony, guests were ushered onto the next glamorous affair, the annual Governors Ball. For 30 consecutive years, Sequoia Productions have been the name behind the prestigious event and this year was no different. Hosted at Hollywood & Highland in the Ray Dolby Ballroom, the 1,500 guests were immersed in another decadent concept paying homage to global cinema showcasing iconic movie moments. This year’s look was based on a colour palette of black, merlot and Oscar inspired gold with styling elements that spoke to the old movie-theatre feel and warm lighting design to give it that air of elegance. Photo Credit: Jerry Hayes Photography via BizBash Centrepieces were created in collaboration with Mark’s Garden, using 10,000 red tulips, burgundy roses, mauve orchids and dark calla lilies. The 400 floral arrangements were displayed around the ballroom in beautiful ornate gold vases. Photo Credit: Jerry Hayes Photography via BizBash To read more about the events delivered during the Academy Awards Week head to BizBash.com. Designing your own Oscars-inspired Awards Night Gala It's easy to understand why an opulent Oscars themed event is popular each year. Encore Event Technologies has delivered incredible gold and red rose laden events inspired by the Academy Awards for a number of local and international corporate events. Layering rich gold textures and soft furnishings with metallic votives and vibrant red flower arrangements is key to achieving the look. Below is an example our Sydney team created for a hotel awards night. Our production team also specialises in creative stage set design and has in-house capabilities to design real-life 3D renders to help you show your our vision rather than tell it. If you're looking for an award-winning event production team that can deliver your event from end to end, get in touch with our team today to start discussing the possibilities. The earlier you bring our team on board in your event planning process, the better. Let our experienced teams help guide all of your production decisions to maximise your ROI and outcomes - call Encore on 1800 209 099 or send an online enquiry. ... Read More

Highlight Events of 2018

2018 was certainly an exciting year for Encore Event Technologies. Not only did we rebrand from Staging Connections, our teams delivered nearly 41, 000 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 gesture control, kinetic lighting, custom projection mapping, new digital signage products and touch-screen technology, as well as being awarded the Meetings Events Australia Special Event of the Year! 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 2018 – there’s just too many! – We are proud to share with you some of the highlight corporate events we delivered in 2018. Queensland Hotel Association Awards for Excellence Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Why: Our team loved bringing to life the fresh concept "A modern Beer Garden" for this year's QHA Awards for Excellence. The concept allowed our teams to devise a styling heavy solution, enhanced by the technical production. Encore has had the pleasure of delivering the QHA Awards for Excellence for many years, with the greatest challenge being how to outdo the previous years’ event. This year saw our South East Queensland team exceed client expectations in delivering a modern Queensland beer garden – complete with plenty of foliage, rustic red bricks and festoon Edison lights. The event design included a stage set featuring two winding, foliage trusses framed either side of the stage, oversized curved circular trusses covered with foliage and beautiful festoon lighting, hung over the stage and dance floor. Our team continued to engage guests following the main proceedings with a relaxed lounge zone for further networking. The new Disguise media server ensured the announcement of the awards ran smoothly, managing 196 cues, live multi-camera switching, audio stings and entertainment tracks. As a final, but important element to any social awards evening, we incorporated our Event Feed platform into the event, projecting the social posts on screen to engage all the guests and extend its impact. See More Photos The Million Dollar Lunch Venue: Palladium at Crown, Crown Melbourne Why: The combination of styling, design and AV technology to deliver a truly immersive experience for this year's The Million Dollar Lunch makes it a highlight event for Encore. Each year our team is tasked with delivering some new and even more enchanting than the year before and this year's event production definitely achieved that and more. In 2018 we helped The Children’s Cancer Foundation achieve a record $2.5m at 'The Million Dollar Lunch'. The coveted event attracted over 600 celebrities, socialites and high-profile business leaders to Crown Melbourne. Encore Event Technologies were responsible for the audio and vision, lighting and custom multimedia for this milestone event, as well as conceptualising and pitching to event organisers the visionary theme - galaxies - to create an astonishing experience from out of this world. The immersive event design began at the entrance where guests walked through “rocket ship” doors down a tunnel filed with sound and lighting effects and a smoke machine to simulate entering a space ship. Upon entering the main room, Palladium at Crown, we constructed a stage set using 14 Hex Panels in a diamond configuration outlined in LED lights to reflect the windows of a spaceship. Above the guests featured an impressive galaxy created used drapery and star cloth. The galaxy theme was carried right through to the centrepieces made out of internally lit spherical space ships. Mark Holmes, Executive General Manager – Food & Beverage, Crown Melbourne, spoke about the event’s success, “Encore Event Technologies were once again able to deliver and ensure the event was a success! As a valued partner they contribute in terms of every aspect of the event from the initial concept, to design, to flow and of course the content - once again a memorable event was delivered – thank you. The entire luncheon was seamless and remained true to our objectives, while contributing to a very worthy cause.” See more photos Moutai China Product Launch Gala Venue: Sydney Town Hall Why: Our Sydney team created an incredible gala for Moutai China to celebrate its 50th year in Australia and to create an unforgettable launch for the limited edition Moutai China Sydney label. The unique and innovative stage design for this event using a holographic mesh screen made this a stand out for 2018. Over 500 distinguished guests descended upon Sydney Town Hall for the Australian launch of Moutai China, “the world’s most mysterious spirit”. Our New South Wales team created a lavish, end-to-end experience that celebrated Sydney with a Chinese flair, bringing to life the message "Let the world fall in love with Moutai, let Moutai go to the world". The event was designed to immerse guests in a Moutai China cultural experience intertwining the brand’s 2,000-year history throughout the event. Encore was responsible for all aspects of the gala, from technical production, to creative delivery, digital and styling. The evening’s highlight was an electrifying unveiling of a special Australian label of spirit. Ten VIP guests were invited on stage to activate the unique countdown to reveal the new Sydney limited edition bottle. A custom made, suspended 20m x 5m holographic mesh screen complimented the content across the two borderless screens, showcasing the brands history and highlighting the cultural significance of the occasion. A separate, interactive space under the eastern gallery of Sydney Town Hall was designed with touch screens and pillar-wrapped graphics for guests to further immerse themselves in China’s national spirit brand. The gala dinner was complemented by signature entertainment by the Moutai China Group, as well as a traditional Aboriginal dance. This was topped off by a powerful operatic performance by soprano Emily Anne Garth, who sang in both Australian and Chinese, a true merger of the two cultures. Mocha Du, representing Moutai China, said the event was a great success. “We could not be happier with the result. Our VIPs and delegation were enthralled by every aspect of the event and really engaged with our message.” Routes Asia Networking Evening Venue: Brisbane City Hall Why: Tasked with shining the light on Brisbane for the Routes Asia Networking Evening, the event provided the perfect opportunity for our South East Queensland team to integrate our new Kinetic Lights into the event design. This year we shone the light on Brisbane for the annual Routes Asia Networking Evening, featuring the prestigious Routes Asia Marketing Awards. Hosted in a different city each year, the awards night is part of a larger Routes Asia incentive program including a conference, trade show and welcome drinks for esteemed guests within the airline industry. Our South East Queensland team were tasked with delivering the Networking Evening for 850 guests at Brisbane City Hall to the tune of “Make Brisbane Shine”. It was the perfect opportunity to integrate our new Kinetic Lights into the event design. We designed and supplied audio visual, styling and multimedia content for the event and provided onsite stage management to ensure the smooth operations at the venue. The creativity of the Staging team really stood out for the client, pitching a magical, Australiana-themed Outback Spectacular Welcome Drinks under the stars, complete with live horses, a white picket fence and festoon lighting – taking full advantage of the warmer Queensland climate. Throughout Brisbane City Hall, stunning images of iconic Queensland destinations were displayed on an impressive 18.5m LED screen, providing the ideal backdrop for the Welcome To Country performance. A soloist from the Australian Girls’ Choir then took to the stage to begin a moving rendition of ‘I Still Call Australia Home’, before the huge LED screen was raised to dramatically reveal 50 fellow choir members, who gave the audience goose bumps with their performance. Toni Kasch, Aviation Events Manager, Brisbane Airport Corporation, was thrilled with the outcome, “The Encore team designed an event that impressed even our most discerning international guests. This audience is accustomed to attending incredible experiences across the globe and we really surpassed their expectations.” See More Photos 2018 Air Power Conference Why: Creative use of multimedia projections and projection mapping to inject life into presentations made this year’s Air Power Conference a highlight event for 2018. Encore Event Technologies were engaged by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to deliver this year’s 2018 Air Power Conference. Hosted at the National Convention Centre Canberra, the theme for this year’s forum was ‘Air Power in a Disruptive World’ – the challenge for Encore to bring to life for over 1300 delegates. The aim of the event was to collaboratively explore how air forces can shape and exploit strategy, tactics and technology within joint military, national security and coalition operations in the emergent security environment. Encore was tasked with creating a unique statement piece that would work in with the “world” and digital theme of the conference. A dominating 13m wide projection screen brought the conference program to life, with a 3m diameter globe suspended dramatically from the ceiling delivering on the global theme. Over the course of the two-day event, our team designed creative multimedia projections to bring to life each of the presentations, discussing topics such as: AI, cyber, simulation; geo-political Interests and security policy; space and uninhabited aerial systems; and, people, machines and the military in the digital age. The conference content was also live-streamed to the Convention Centre theatre foyer and the VIP area, enabling networking opportunities and session breaks to come complement the theme. Four gobos projected ‘flying’ aircrafts onto the ground and either side of the stage. Sandra Finney, Corporate Manager at Department of Defence of Australia, commented on the success of the event. “We are thrilled with the level of professionalism and “military-level” organisation the Encore team delivered for our event – our distinguished guests were full of positive feedback on their experience.” Stuart Buchanan, General Manager ACT, Staging Connections, commented on the work the Staging team delivered. “As this event is biennial, we get a real opportunity to change things up and create a point of difference for each iteration. We built on the 2016 event with some new and interesting technology aspects which were greatly appreciated by the tech-savvy delegation.” This was the fifth time Encore team has partnered with the Royal Australian Air Force and worked on this event, providing audio visual and theming solutions. Family Business Australia National Conference Venue: Various around Alice Springs including Alice Springs Convention Centre Why: The sheer logistical requirements needed to deliver this year’s Family Business Australia National Conference made it a stand-out event for Encore. The 4-day conference comprised of many events held in the remote Australian Outback. Without the comforts of indoor venues, the expertise of our team helped us overcome many challenges and deliver all events seamlessly. The rugged beauty of Australia made the perfect backdrop for this years Family Business Australia (FBA) 20th National Conference. Hosted in Alice Springs from 9-12 September, the conference brought nearly 400 FBA members to the Red Centre to participate in the 4 day event. Encore were engaged to produce the events, supplying all audio, lighting and projection for the whole convention, which included a conference held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre, numerous key-note speaker sessions, master classes and workshops that ran simultaneously, plus a number of social events throughout the region. A highlight of the four day conference took place during the final evening. Following an incredible performance, our team filmed renowned artist and musician, Tommy Crowe, painting Aboriginal art onto a large canvas and projected his work onto the rock wall in real time, which gave the illusion of the painting being created directly onto the cliff. Danielle Ricato, National Events and Sponsorship Manager, Family Business Australia was thrilled with Encore’s work. “I don’t even know where to start when talking about this event, it was sheer perfection, from start to finish. “There were so many moving parts to this event, and I am in awe of the enormous amounts of work that went into making this all look effortless!” said Ms. Ricato. Armistice 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner Venue: Parliament House Why: The creative use of multimedia content and technology to bring to life each of the messages - 'Courage, Sacrifice & Hope - underpinning the Armistice 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Parliament House made this a standout event for Encore in 2018. Encore proudly partnered with the British High Commission to deliver the Armistice 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Parliament House in The Great Hall. The auspicious event was attended by over 550 guests including politicians, celebrities and VIP’s from the British High Commission and Australian military. Encore provided a complete event staging solution to bring to life the theme ‘Remembrance - Courage, Sacrifice & Hope’. Marking the 100th anniversary, the British High Commission wanted an emotional, uplifting event that had the weight of formality and captured the spirit of service via the delivery key messages of courage, sacrifice and hope. A highlight moment of the event production was the ‘poppy drop’ moment which saw imitations of red poppy petals falling from the ceiling over the central stage. The beginning of the event had all the right makings of a Remembrance ceremony – bugle players, Welcome To Country performance, and an official flag ceremony. Encore delivered the first sequence ‘Courage’ using sombre red wash lighting and projected beautiful red poppies falling down the side pillars, providing an emotive backdrop for the performances and readings taking place. Following more readings and brand interludes, the room was turned from red to blue marking the start of the next design sequence for ‘Sacrifice’. A bugle performance of the Last Post was a key moment for this theme. Encore dramatically lit four players on the upper balcony creating a central focus amongst the dark room to hear the moving sounds of the instruments. All of this was designed to build to a dramatic start to the minute of silence. Following an incredible performance by a didgeridoo and bag piper, the music faded until the room turned black and silent. The central stage was spot lit while red poppies fell from the ceiling covering the main stage, marking the minute of silence to remember those fallen. In the dark, two child vocalists moved into position and were spot lit once the minute concluded, erupting into a joyful rendition of “What a Wonderful World. The next sequence for ‘Hope’ had commenced. More readings followed and the band played upbeat pieces to lift the room followed by Kate Cebrano who sang three numbers by Aretha Franklin, “Say a little Prayer”, “Think”, “Respect”. During these songs the atmosphere elevated and guests started swing dancing in front of the main stage! The final performance brought all five of the entertainers back together on stage for a final version of “Waltzing Matlida” backed with the 30 piece band and 60 member choir. As guests departed for dessert and drinks outside on the Queens Terrace as the RMC band played “Greatest Love of All”. Accor Hotels Famil Venue: Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns Why: Imagine seeing a lobster crawl across your lunch plate, waves crashing against your wine glass and schools of fish swimming beneath your plate as you dine. It’s an unforgettable experience that would last a lifetime and this is why this event made the cut for best events of 2018. Encore partnered with the team at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns to host an exclusive VIP famil for 12 clients. Guests came from across Australia to experience the stunning tropical Cairns region and the Pullman’s premier conference and event offerings. Encore delivered a complete event staging solution from concept to execution. The reef-inspired concept was developed around the viral sensation ‘Le Petite Chef’ – a unique dining experience that uses projection mapping to turn the table into a canvas for story telling. The experience of the Encore team ensured the activation was executed seamlessly. We overcame several obstacles to ensure the table projection mapping was mapped with pixel perfect precision and feasible within the venue’s parameters. To ensure a polished sensory experience, the visual elements of the project were matched with immersive audio effects and a delicious locally-sourced menu. The combination was incredibly impactful, with guests requesting the content be replayed four times over to absorb it all. Adelaide Football Club Champion Gala Venue: Adelaide Entertainment Centre Why: Having delivered the Club Champions Dinner for 15 years, the biggest challenge lies in creating a more engaging experience than the last. In 2018 our Adelaide team delivered an impressive stage set consisting of 9 screens, brought to life with custom-made content and creative lighting design to create an unforgettable experience and new benchmark for the inaugural event. Encore had the pleasure of partnering with the Adelaide Crows Football Club to deliver their annual Club Champions Dinner in August 2018. Over 1000 players and their partners, coaches, club staff, sponsors and of fans attended the coveted event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. As the Crow’s official audio visual partner for 15 years, it was Encore’s task to deliver an incredible evening. With a solution heavy on custom content, innovative light and projection our Adelaide team delivery exactly that. Encore provided a complete event production solution from the custom-made media wall through to stage design, on-screen content, lighting, production management and everything in between. The room was lit with up with high brightness wash and profile intelligent lighting in the Crows colours of red, navy and gold, providing an on brand celebratory feel. During dinner, guests were entertained by local Adelaide band, Reggae On with accompanying videos created by Encore. Videos were displayed across nine screens, strategically positioned around the room to ensure guests were able to view them wherever they were seated. Behind the stage were five portrait screens placed to create a cascading effect; a 20x11 foot high resolution blend screen, between two 16x9 foot screens, flanked by two 13x7 foot screens. There were also four 20x11 foot screens, one in each corner of the room, to maximise viewing. When it was time for the awards, Encore used high resolution data projectors to display a highlights reel and player profiles of each winner as they were announced. The player profiles consisted of video clips of players, shot in front of a green screen and superimposed on custom designed digital backgrounds so they appeared life-like with club colours and player stats. All content was created by Encore and provided a visual feast for guests. Another personal touch delivered by Encore on the night were profiles of past champions dating back to 1991. Traditionally displayed on printed banners hanging on the walls, Encore brought these to life, creating custom images and graphics and displaying past winners digitally on screens throughout the night. Susan Hall, Events Manager, Adelaide Crows commented, “The Adelaide Football Club has partnered with Encore for many years to deliver our Audio Visual requirements for events, game days and community programs. With over 100 events each year, along with our 3 major annual events, it is imperative to move with the times and feature up to the minute Audio Visual including sound, vision, lighting, event styling, multi media production and presentation. Our major event, The Club Champion Dinner, is a reflection of the season and relies heavily on the vision component for the evening in order to recognise and award our players. Encore not only meet our brief and budget, but work with the Club to deliver a showpiece to remember. Feedback from our Board, Executive and guests has been overwhelming.” Consult Australia Awards Night Venue: Park Hyatt Melbourne Why: Clever drapery, immersive styling and theatrical lighting and sound FX made this year's Vintage Circus themed Consult Australia Awards for Excellence a stand out for 2018. The event was truly a carnival for the senses creating an unforgettable experience for all. Guests were invited to a night at the circus for this year’s Consult Australia Awards for Excellence at Park Hyatt Melbourne. Held on 10 October 2018, Encore created a vintage circus experience for the 250 guests. Styling was a key component to achieving the look, with the hero a ceiling installation using red and white fanned drapery to create the “under the Big Top” effect. The ceiling was lit in reds, whites and ambers to create additional mood and excitement. Beautiful red and white velvet drapes also lined the venue to simulate tent walls. Circus themed table centrepieces were designed using popcorn bucket bases with a string of fairy lights emerging from the top to meet a large red or white helium balloon. The centrepieces were individually lit from the ceiling to add additional colour and focus. To complete the Circus atmosphere, moving lights were hung from the ceiling to search across the crowd to simulate the “Roll up, Roll up” introduction of the Circus Ringmaster and acted like a crowd spotlight throughout the course of the evening. Mark Rock, Marketing Manager at Consult Australia commented, ‘We were very pleased with how this year’s Annual Awards for Excellence went. The Circus theming was extremely striking and the feedback on both the look and feel of the room was overwhelmingly positive.” The event was truly a carnival for the senses creating an unforgettable experience for all. ... Read More

5 Must-Have Event Technologies You Can Use Right Now

Event technologies are an excellent way to make your events more engaging. Whether your next event is a large meeting, conference, or gala dinner, below are must-have event technologies that will take your event from good to great. 1. Use a free mobile app customised for your event Get the tech: Cumulus Apps are a great way to get your event information into the hands of your attendees. Use it to publicise your agenda, key meeting information, topics, presentation details and speaker bios. Plus the Cumulus mobile app is FREE for every client using us for their event services and you can customise it to suit your branding. Packed with 10 useful integrations and features it is a must-have app for any event planner wanting to instant and convenient communication with all attendees - who wouldn't want that? 2. Find out what your audience is really thinking Get the Tech: Event Poll Live audience polling is a great way to increase engagement during your meeting or conference. It helps you engage with your audience and get their involvement in your content. You can also use it before the event to make sure your agenda is on track. Or use it to get feedback immediately after your event rather than losing responses with a post event email survey. 3. Touch the future of presentations Get the Tech: Touch Kiosk Touchscreens are perfect for displaying interactive content at your event, information screens or impressive way finding signage. They can also be strategically placed to acknowledge sponsors, for photo booths and even for live quizzes at events to immerse them in your content and enhance their experience. 4. Harness the hype of social media Get the tech: Event Feed Social conversations extend the impact and influence of the event outside the venue walls. Guests capturing and sharing their favourite moments, keynote insights or sporting goal via their social channels, enables your event to engage a world-wide audience. But how are you encouraging or leveraging off this exposure? Event Feed is an online social media platform designed for event planners to encourage and facilitate social conversations. Make your branded event hashtag known and all social posts from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with that hashtag will be pulled onto the platform and after moderation are published on screens around the venue for everyone to see. It's a simple and engaging way to stimulate conversation and gets your brand out there! Get the best practices for integrating social media into your event. DOWNLOAD GUIDE 5. How your event can be everywhere at once Get the tech: Webcasting, Event Streaming and Recording When you want to maximise your event’s impact by reaching a national or global audience, distance and time can be challenging factors. Encore’s webcasting, streaming and recording products have been created with the knowledge that audiences today need the convenience of live access to information as well as on demand catch up. Speak to the event technology experts With so many new technologies on the market and readily available, the hardest part for event planners and marketers is determining which event technology they need! That's where Encore Event Technologies comes in. As a leading event technology company, we have over 30 years experience in matching your event objectives with the right solutions. With the largest range of event services at our disposal you can bet we will have the answer to your brief and provide you with a creative solution that takes your event from good to great. Don't waste another precious minute, get in touch with us today and let's make your event vision a reality! Let's Chat - ... Read More

Recent Events: Latest Gala themes, new table projection mapping, an Outback conference & more.

See how we used custom table projection mapping to create an extraordinary dining experience for our first Experience Encore event; delivered exciting new concepts for gala dinners and awards nights; and even hosted a four-day conference in the Outback! Welcome to our final edition of AMP for 2018! AMP Newsletter is our chance to show you the creative and technical work that's been happening across our regions to inspire your next events. In this edition we highlight our first and hugely successful Experience Encore event, some creative new awards night concepts, as well as a fantastic example of how to integrate your message throughout your event. Michael Magafa | National Sales Director Below you’ll see a snapshot of some the amazing work our teams produce to help inspire your next events! If you have any questions about the events or our solution please get in touch with me. QUEENSLAND Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Encore were tasked with creating the atmosphere of a modern summer sun-soaked indoor beer garden for the annual Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Awards for Excellence Gala Presentation. Hosted on 8 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Encore delivered a total event production solution to immerse the 1,100 guests. As the focal point for the awards, Encore created a unique custom stage set which included a 5.7m circular projection screen along with two large rounded screens either side. The full projection surface totalled 26.5m wide x 5.7m high, plus 6m delay screens positioned in the back half of the room for coverage. Two winding, foliage trusses framed either side of the stage while oversized curved circular trusses covered with foliage and beautiful festoon lighting, hung from the ceiling over the stage and dance floor. Along with incorporating creative and production services, Encore also provided Event Feed social media integration. The skin design of the social media feed was also designed to complement the overall theme to complete the experience. Kelly-Anne Mott, Events and Partnerships Officer from Queensland Hotels Association was thrilled with Encore’s work for the impressive awards dinner production. “We are absolutely delighted with how spectacular the event was. Encore once again delivered, from the custom circular screen and stage set, to the stunning furniture and styling, to the content and digital services,” said Ms Mott. VICTORIA Consult Australia Awards Night Venue: Park Hyatt Melbourne Guests were invited to a night at the circus for this year’s Consult Australia Awards for Excellence at Park Hyatt Melbourne. Held on 10 October 2018, Encore created a vintage circus experience for the 250 guests. Styling was a key component to achieving the look, with the hero a ceiling installation using red and white fanned drapery to create the “under the Big Top” effect. The ceiling was lit in reds, whites and ambers to create additional mood and excitement. Beautiful red and white velvet drapes also lined the venue to simulate tent walls. Circus themed table centrepieces were designed using popcorn bucket bases with a string of fairy lights emerging from the top to meet a large red or white helium balloon. The centrepieces were individually lit from the ceiling to add additional colour and focus. To complete the Circus atmosphere, moving lights were hung from the ceiling to search across the crowd to simulate the “Roll up, Roll up” introduction of the Circus Ringmaster and acted like a crowd spotlight throughout the course of the evening. Mark Rock, Marketing Manager at Consult Australia commented, ‘We were very pleased with how this year’s Annual Awards for Excellence went. The Circus theming was extremely striking and the feedback on both the look and feel of the room was overwhelmingly positive.” The event was truly a carnival for the senses creating an unforgettable experience for all. NEW SOUTH WALES Experience Encore Venue: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School Sydney This year Encore hosted their first “Experience Encore” event for corporate clients, treating them to an intimate evening of great food, wine and entertainment at the National Art School in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Upon arrival, guests met in the courtyard of a brilliant up-lit Cell Block Theatre for cocktails and canapés before taking their seats. A spectacular table projection sequence set the scene, choreographed perfectly with the opening track. Popular culinary personality, TV host and author Justine Schofield, designed the amazing menu inspiring Encore’s production services team to develop a dreamlike sensory experience. The audience were transported on a culinary and sensory journey like no other. The theatrics included custom table projection mapping themed to each course, complimented with a matching ceiling light show using kinetic lights to create a vibrant and fun experience of the dish. Vickianne Lane, Principal, Flick It To Me Solutions, said the evening was a truly unique experience that showcased the creativity of the Encore team. “I was taken on a sensory experience – from the food and the way it was introduced, the immersive visuals, the music, was all orchestrated so seamlessly. It was wonderfully creative,” she said. Michael Magafa, National Sales Director at Encore, said the evening was a great way to say thank you to our clients. “A great event is when every element comes together to create a memorable experience. Technology doesn’t make an evening. How it’s applied, does. Engagement and evoking emotion does. Having Justine Schofield curate and present her amazing menu with passion, humour and authenticity simply made it easy for us to create a sensory environment around her wonderfully delectable food. Thank you very much to our guests, the incredible band and to Justine for joining us. And, to our inspirational team for their limitless creativity. We’re looking forward to the next #experienceencore.” VICTORIA The Million Dollar Lunch Venue: Palladium at Crown, Crown Melbourne The Children’s Cancer Foundation 'The Million Dollar Lunch' soared to incredible new heights this year raising a record $2.5m in 2018 with over 600 guests in attendance at Crown Melbourne. Encore Event Technologies were responsible for the technical production as well as conceptualising and pitching to event organisers the visionary theme ‘Galaxies – an out of this world experience’. A special pre-function space was designed to get guests prepared for launch with the interior of a rocket ship created using set design, styling, lighting and sound effects. Upon show time, the immersive theatrics continued as the “rocket ship” doors opened to reveal two tunnels, leading to the Palladium at Crown. The experience was one of mystery, excitement and discovery thanks to the use of fog jets, creative lighting, and more sound FX. The VIP guests emerged from the mist to orbit a glamorous new world as the ultimate reveal of the beautifully-lit ballroom was unveiled. Under a draped ceiling covered in twinkling, starry lights, returning MCs Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan enchanted the audience and introduced a touching story from beneficiaries of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. The stage backdrop was designed to emulate the windows of spaceship – created using 14 hex panels in a diamond shape with 3D content projected onto it. Throughout the evening guests were treated to entertainment by the LED dancing troupe and enjoyed a menu specially designed by renowned Crown chefs to complement the theme. Following the high-end auction, Australian singer-songwriter and popstar, Samantha Jade, brought the house down with a stellar performance to cap off the extraordinary occasion. Mark Holmes, Executive General Manager – Food & Beverage, Crown Melbourne, spoke about the event’s success, “Encore Event Technologies were once again able to deliver and ensure the event was a success! As a valued partner they contribute in terms of every aspect of the event from the initial concept, to design, to flow and of course the content - once again a memorable event was delivered – thank you. The entire luncheon was seamless and remained true to our objectives, while contributing to a very worthy cause.” AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY Canberra Business Chamber Gala Venue: National Convention Centre Canberra Encore were tasked with delivering a purple themed gala dinner for this year’s annual Canberra Business Chamber Gala Dinner. Hosted at the National Convention Centre Canberra, the on-site team achieved a visually spectacular gala that “took their breath away”. Purple lighting effects, styling and set design elements were key components to creating this look. The hero of the evening was a giant chandelier Encore constructed using hundreds of interlinked Scenic Panels in contrasting designs. When illuminated with purple lighting and gobos, the Scenic Panels’ laser cut shapes cast stunning reflections around the venue walls for a truly unique and impactful focal point. This was the first time the Scenic Panels had been rigged to the ceiling in a multi-layered chandelier formation and the vast ceiling of the National Convention Centre provided the perfect canopy. The purple event theme was carried through the table floral centrepieces, drapery and lighting. This was the third year that Encore has delivered the event for the Canberra Business Chamber. Kate Holland, Event Director commented, “Just wanted to thank you and the team for a great night last night. You all did a fantastic job and the room looked amazing! We really appreciate your work for the Chamber and your professionalism." Stuart Buchanan, General Manager of Encore ACT was delighted with the result, “The team went over and above to deliver on the brief to wow guests. This was the first time we have created a giant chandelier using our beautiful Scenic Panels product. The team continue to come up with unique and beautiful displaying using them in different ways. The clients and guests loved the effect.” AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY 20th Family Business Australia Conference Venue: Various Venues in Alice Springs The rugged beauty of Australia made the perfect backdrop for this years Family Business Australia (FBA) 20th National Conference. Hosted in Alice Springs from 9-12 September, the conference brought nearly 400 FBA members to the Red Centre to participate in the 4 day event. Encore were engaged to produce the events, supplying all audio, lighting and projection for the whole convention, which included a conference held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre, numerous key-note speaker sessions, master classes and workshops that ran simultaneously, plus a number of social events throughout the region. At the first outdoor dinner, at Telegraph Station, Encore constructed a giant custom-made projection screen, allowing award winner images and videos to be projected from 30m away while maintaining perfect visual quality. This delivered an engaging experience and created an emotive sense of pride for the winners. This gave the client’s content of award winner video stings and slides an impressively large canvas. The final evening of the conference ended in style with an event at the Old Quarry. Surrounded by walls of red rock, guests were treated to a performance by Tommy Crowe, who played his didgeridoo on a ledge overlooking the crowd before the live band got delegates dancing under the stars. Encore created an immersive atmosphere for Tommy’s performance by dramatically lighting the rock behind him creating a glowing silhouette on the quarry. The spectacular experience concluded after Tommy’s performance with him painting contemporary aboriginal art in his unique style on a large canvas. Encore filmed Tommy painting and projected his work onto the rock wall in real time, which gave the illusion of the painting being created directly onto the cliff. Danielle Ricato, National Events and Sponsorship Manager, Family Business Australia was thrilled with Encore’s work. “I don’t even know where to start when talking about this event, it was sheer perfection, from start to finish. “There were so many moving parts to this event, and I am in awe of the enormous amounts of work that went into making this all look effortless!” said Ms. Ricato. Brien Keys, Regional General Manager for Encore Event Technologies remarked, “The Encore team was proud and honoured to go the extra mile, working with such an amazing client in the FBA for an event attended by amazing people. It was truly a privilege to produce the event at some of Central Australia’s most spectacular settings. The technical challenges posed by the locations were a great opportunity for our technical teams to showcase their talent.” AUCKLAND 24th International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres Conference Venue: SKYCITY Convention Centre Auckland New Zealand was on show at this year’s 24th International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres Annual Conference. Held over four days 1–4 October at SkyCity Convention Centre, Encore Event Technologies were engaged by the New Zealand Defence Force to deliver a world-class conference for its 300 Defence and Police Force delegates from across 58 countries. Being its first year hosted in New Zealand, and a very far distance for delegates to travel, it was crucial the event was a success and ran seamlessly. Encore’s winning production solution promised an immersive “Kiwi-ana theme” that celebrated the country’s unique flora, fauna and cultural history. In brining this to life, we used a range of services from audio visual, staging and styling to a dedicated event app and speaker services. Providing unique surprise and delight moments throughout the Welcome function, Gala Dinner and Closing Ceremony were important elements in the brief which our team delivered on beautifully. Syd Dewes, Lieutenant Colonel, Lead Planner, New Zealand Defence Force. “We had delegates representing 58 countries attend and they universally speak of the conference as being a fantastic success. “The auditorium screen images that changed daily, the accompanying lighting effects, and injection of distinct New Zealand nature sounds, was a fitting artistic display by Encore. When combined with speaker preparation services, and presentation uploads, we were furnished with an outstanding auditorium production. That performance contributed to our guests rating the conference as world class.” -- Partner with the production specialists for your next event At Encore, we believe in turning ordinary events into extraordinary experiences. With Australia's largest range of event production solutions at our fingertips, we have the creativity and technology to bring your event vision to life. From conferences, galas and exhibitions to sale incentives, product launches and touring roadshows; we have the network, experience and equipment to deliver your event seamlessly. Get in touch with us today to start discussing the requirements for your 2019 events. ... Read More

Recent Events: Latest Gala themes, new table projection mapping, an Outback conference & more.

See how we used custom table projection mapping to create an extraordinary dining experience for our first Experience Encore event; delivered exciting new concepts for gala dinners and awards nights; and even hosted a four-day conference in the Outback! Welcome to our final edition of AMP for 2018! AMP Newsletter is our chance to show you the creative and technical work that's been happening across our regions to inspire your next events. In this edition we highlight our first and hugely successful Experience Encore event, some creative new awards night concepts, as well as a fantastic example of how to integrate your message throughout your event. Michael Magafa | National Sales Director Below you’ll see a snapshot of some the amazing work our teams produce to help inspire your next events! If you have any questions about the events or our solution please get in touch with me. QUEENSLAND Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Encore were tasked with creating the atmosphere of a modern summer sun-soaked indoor beer garden for the annual Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Awards for Excellence Gala Presentation. Hosted on 8 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Encore delivered a total event production solution to immerse the 1,100 guests. As the focal point for the awards, Encore created a unique custom stage set which included a 5.7m circular projection screen along with two large rounded screens either side. The full projection surface totalled 26.5m wide x 5.7m high, plus 6m delay screens positioned in the back half of the room for coverage. Two winding, foliage trusses framed either side of the stage while oversized curved circular trusses covered with foliage and beautiful festoon lighting, hung from the ceiling over the stage and dance floor. Along with incorporating creative and production services, Encore also provided Event Feed social media integration. The skin design of the social media feed was also designed to complement the overall theme to complete the experience. Kelly-Anne Mott, Events and Partnerships Officer from Queensland Hotels Association was thrilled with Encore’s work for the impressive awards dinner production. “We are absolutely delighted with how spectacular the event was. Encore once again delivered, from the custom circular screen and stage set, to the stunning furniture and styling, to the content and digital services,” said Ms Mott. VICTORIA Consult Australia Awards Night Venue: Park Hyatt Melbourne Guests were invited to a night at the circus for this year’s Consult Australia Awards for Excellence at Park Hyatt Melbourne. Held on 10 October 2018, Encore created a vintage circus experience for the 250 guests. Styling was a key component to achieving the look, with the hero a ceiling installation using red and white fanned drapery to create the “under the Big Top” effect. The ceiling was lit in reds, whites and ambers to create additional mood and excitement. Beautiful red and white velvet drapes also lined the venue to simulate tent walls. Circus themed table centrepieces were designed using popcorn bucket bases with a string of fairy lights emerging from the top to meet a large red or white helium balloon. The centrepieces were individually lit from the ceiling to add additional colour and focus. To complete the Circus atmosphere, moving lights were hung from the ceiling to search across the crowd to simulate the “Roll up, Roll up” introduction of the Circus Ringmaster and acted like a crowd spotlight throughout the course of the evening. Mark Rock, Marketing Manager at Consult Australia commented, ‘We were very pleased with how this year’s Annual Awards for Excellence went. The Circus theming was extremely striking and the feedback on both the look and feel of the room was overwhelmingly positive.” The event was truly a carnival for the senses creating an unforgettable experience for all. NEW SOUTH WALES Experience Encore Venue: Cell Block Theatre, National Art School Sydney This year Encore hosted their first “Experience Encore” event for corporate clients, treating them to an intimate evening of great food, wine and entertainment at the National Art School in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Upon arrival, guests met in the courtyard of a brilliant up-lit Cell Block Theatre for cocktails and canapés before taking their seats. A spectacular table projection sequence set the scene, choreographed perfectly with the opening track. Popular culinary personality, TV host and author Justine Schofield, designed the amazing menu inspiring Encore’s production services team to develop a dreamlike sensory experience. The audience were transported on a culinary and sensory journey like no other. The theatrics included custom table projection mapping themed to each course, complimented with a matching ceiling light show using kinetic lights to create a vibrant and fun experience of the dish. Vickianne Lane, Principal, Flick It To Me Solutions, said the evening was a truly unique experience that showcased the creativity of the Encore team. “I was taken on a sensory experience – from the food and the way it was introduced, the immersive visuals, the music, was all orchestrated so seamlessly. It was wonderfully creative,” she said. Michael Magafa, National Sales Director at Encore, said the evening was a great way to say thank you to our clients. “A great event is when every element comes together to create a memorable experience. Technology doesn’t make an evening. How it’s applied, does. Engagement and evoking emotion does. Having Justine Schofield curate and present her amazing menu with passion, humour and authenticity simply made it easy for us to create a sensory environment around her wonderfully delectable food. Thank you very much to our guests, the incredible band and to Justine for joining us. And, to our inspirational team for their limitless creativity. We’re looking forward to the next #experienceencore.” VICTORIA The Million Dollar Lunch Venue: Palladium at Crown, Crown Melbourne The Children’s Cancer Foundation 'The Million Dollar Lunch' soared to incredible new heights this year raising a record $2.5m in 2018 with over 600 guests in attendance at Crown Melbourne. Encore Event Technologies were responsible for the technical production as well as conceptualising and pitching to event organisers the visionary theme ‘Galaxies – an out of this world experience’. A special pre-function space was designed to get guests prepared for launch with the interior of a rocket ship created using set design, styling, lighting and sound effects. Upon show time, the immersive theatrics continued as the “rocket ship” doors opened to reveal two tunnels, leading to the Palladium at Crown. The experience was one of mystery, excitement and discovery thanks to the use of fog jets, creative lighting, and more sound FX. The VIP guests emerged from the mist to orbit a glamorous new world as the ultimate reveal of the beautifully-lit ballroom was unveiled. Under a draped ceiling covered in twinkling, starry lights, returning MCs Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan enchanted the audience and introduced a touching story from beneficiaries of the Children’s Cancer Foundation. The stage backdrop was designed to emulate the windows of spaceship – created using 14 hex panels in a diamond shape with 3D content projected onto it. Throughout the evening guests were treated to entertainment by the LED dancing troupe and enjoyed a menu specially designed by renowned Crown chefs to complement the theme. Following the high-end auction, Australian singer-songwriter and popstar, Samantha Jade, brought the house down with a stellar performance to cap off the extraordinary occasion. Mark Holmes, Executive General Manager – Food & Beverage, Crown Melbourne, spoke about the event’s success, “Encore Event Technologies were once again able to deliver and ensure the event was a success! As a valued partner they contribute in terms of every aspect of the event from the initial concept, to design, to flow and of course the content - once again a memorable event was delivered – thank you. The entire luncheon was seamless and remained true to our objectives, while contributing to a very worthy cause.” AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY Canberra Business Chamber Gala Venue: National Convention Centre Canberra Encore were tasked with delivering a purple themed gala dinner for this year’s annual Canberra Business Chamber Gala Dinner. Hosted at the National Convention Centre Canberra, the on-site team achieved a visually spectacular gala that “took their breath away”. Purple lighting effects, styling and set design elements were key components to creating this look. The hero of the evening was a giant chandelier Encore constructed using hundreds of interlinked Scenic Panels in contrasting designs. When illuminated with purple lighting and gobos, the Scenic Panels’ laser cut shapes cast stunning reflections around the venue walls for a truly unique and impactful focal point. This was the first time the Scenic Panels had been rigged to the ceiling in a multi-layered chandelier formation and the vast ceiling of the National Convention Centre provided the perfect canopy. The purple event theme was carried through the table floral centrepieces, drapery and lighting. This was the third year that Encore has delivered the event for the Canberra Business Chamber. Kate Holland, Event Director commented, “Just wanted to thank you and the team for a great night last night. You all did a fantastic job and the room looked amazing! We really appreciate your work for the Chamber and your professionalism." Stuart Buchanan, General Manager of Encore ACT was delighted with the result, “The team went over and above to deliver on the brief to wow guests. This was the first time we have created a giant chandelier using our beautiful Scenic Panels product. The team continue to come up with unique and beautiful displaying using them in different ways. The clients and guests loved the effect.” AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY 20th Family Business Australia Conference Venue: Various Venues in Alice Springs The rugged beauty of Australia made the perfect backdrop for this years Family Business Australia (FBA) 20th National Conference. Hosted in Alice Springs from 9-12 September, the conference brought nearly 400 FBA members to the Red Centre to participate in the 4 day event. Encore were engaged to produce the events, supplying all audio, lighting and projection for the whole convention, which included a conference held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre, numerous key-note speaker sessions, master classes and workshops that ran simultaneously, plus a number of social events throughout the region. At the first outdoor dinner, at Telegraph Station, Encore constructed a giant custom-made projection screen, allowing award winner images and videos to be projected from 30m away while maintaining perfect visual quality. This delivered an engaging experience and created an emotive sense of pride for the winners. This gave the client’s content of award winner video stings and slides an impressively large canvas. The final evening of the conference ended in style with an event at the Old Quarry. Surrounded by walls of red rock, guests were treated to a performance by Tommy Crowe, who played his didgeridoo on a ledge overlooking the crowd before the live band got delegates dancing under the stars. Encore created an immersive atmosphere for Tommy’s performance by dramatically lighting the rock behind him creating a glowing silhouette on the quarry. The spectacular experience concluded after Tommy’s performance with him painting contemporary aboriginal art in his unique style on a large canvas. Encore filmed Tommy painting and projected his work onto the rock wall in real time, which gave the illusion of the painting being created directly onto the cliff. Danielle Ricato, National Events and Sponsorship Manager, Family Business Australia was thrilled with Encore’s work. “I don’t even know where to start when talking about this event, it was sheer perfection, from start to finish. “There were so many moving parts to this event, and I am in awe of the enormous amounts of work that went into making this all look effortless!” said Ms. Ricato. Brien Keys, Regional General Manager for Encore Event Technologies remarked, “The Encore team was proud and honoured to go the extra mile, working with such an amazing client in the FBA for an event attended by amazing people. It was truly a privilege to produce the event at some of Central Australia’s most spectacular settings. The technical challenges posed by the locations were a great opportunity for our technical teams to showcase their talent.” AUCKLAND 24th International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres Conference Venue: SKYCITY Convention Centre Auckland New Zealand was on show at this year’s 24th International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres Annual Conference. Held over four days 1–4 October at SkyCity Convention Centre, Encore Event Technologies were engaged by the New Zealand Defence Force to deliver a world-class conference for its 300 Defence and Police Force delegates from across 58 countries. Being its first year hosted in New Zealand, and a very far distance for delegates to travel, it was crucial the event was a success and ran seamlessly. Encore’s winning production solution promised an immersive “Kiwi-ana theme” that celebrated the country’s unique flora, fauna and cultural history. In brining this to life, we used a range of services from audio visual, staging and styling to a dedicated event app and speaker services. Providing unique surprise and delight moments throughout the Welcome function, Gala Dinner and Closing Ceremony were important elements in the brief which our team delivered on beautifully. Syd Dewes, Lieutenant Colonel, Lead Planner, New Zealand Defence Force. “We had delegates representing 58 countries attend and they universally speak of the conference as being a fantastic success. “The auditorium screen images that changed daily, the accompanying lighting effects, and injection of distinct New Zealand nature sounds, was a fitting artistic display by Encore. When combined with speaker preparation services, and presentation uploads, we were furnished with an outstanding auditorium production. That performance contributed to our guests rating the conference as world class.” -- Partner with the production specialists for your next event At Encore, we believe in turning ordinary events into extraordinary experiences. With Australia's largest range of event production solutions at our fingertips, we have the creativity and technology to bring your event vision to life. From conferences, galas and exhibitions to sale incentives, product launches and touring roadshows; we have the network, experience and equipment to deliver your event seamlessly. Get in touch with us today to start discussing the requirements for your 2019 events. ... Read More

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How to plan a successful roadshow event

Planning any event involves juggling a lot of moving parts, but the geographical spread of roadshows means there are even more moving parts to keep track of. Taking on such an event can prove to be very effective for you and your team or business strategy, but it requires quality planning from all angles. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, educate your delegates, raise funds for a charity, recognise achievements or something else entirely, below are some key considerations to produce a successful roadshow. Below are 5 important production elements to consider when planning a roadshow event. Clearly define your goals for the event roadshow Set clearly defined goals for your event. When your event production partner understands the purpose for the event, they can help you create a solution tailored to your desired outcome and deliver your message effectively. When your goals are clear, each production decision becomes easier to make. Also ensure your goals are measurable. If getting sales leads is important to you, the event can be customised to help you capture relevant details from your attendees. You will be far more satisfied with your efforts if your ROI can be measured. Carefully select the time and locations for your roadshow Who do you want to attend your event, and what seasonal factors or holidays could affect attendance? When planning where and when the road show will happen, you need to ensure it’s suitable for your audience. Additionally, check the region’s weather and climate conditions. If you’re planning to hold your event outdoors, ensure it’s not during the wet seasons. Or, if it’s going to take place during the summer, ensure there will be adequate shade and hydration facilities. Be aware of when school holidays, public holidays and special cultural holidays are occurring. If you’re planning to host during a busy time, you need to consider accessibility and availability of venues, suppliers, services and so on. Team up with an event production partner Your production partner is your single most important ally in organising your event. When choosing a partner, find one that has the right network, experience and capability to deliver a quality event. Avoid switching partners at the last minute, as you will run the risk of offering an inconsistent experience. Additionally, you may end up incurring more costs, and the planning process will be more disjointed. Ideally, you should pick a national company that can travel with you to ensure the event is delivered consistently in each location. Working with one company also makes admin and planning much easier, so you’ll save on costs as well as effort. Once you know where you’ll be hosting your event, you can find an experienced road show producer to help you narrow down your locations and venues. If possible, find a producer with a large network of venues – this can save you a lot of time and the headache of ending up in less-than ideal venues. An experienced road show production company can assist you throughout the entire planning process to ensure a desirable outcome. Take advantage of their skills, products and experience to help you reach your goals. Harness the power of event technology Take advantage of the following event technology to maximise engagement and ROI: Event apps. Apps are convenient for both organisers and attendees and can help relay important details about the event. Social media. Use a dedicated event social media platform to get the word out about your event. You can also use it to drive up engagement, build community and amplify your reach. Polling. Use live audience polling to ask questions, get feedback, encourage discussion or quiz your audience. Live stream. A production partner can live stream your event on a website or via social media to amplify its reach. It's a great way to engage wide spread audiences as your event travels, and if you record the event you can use it later for marketing, sales or improving on the next one! Make it creative, engaging and consistent Creating new, unique and compelling experiences is key to a successful event, and repeating these experiences for each event is the challenge for roadshow organisers. Making the message creative, engaging and consistent is the cornerstone of every successful event, regardless of what kind of event it is. People remember experiences where their senses have been engaged. Research has shown us that the more senses you engage, the more memorable the event is. Lean on your production partner to help you create a memorable experience for your attendees. They will help you find a solution that can be replicated to ensure attendees will receive the same experience regardless of where they attend your event. Partner with roadshow event production experts Encore Event Technologies have delivered countless event roadshows for companies across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Whether you’re looking to host an event interstate, internationally or simultaneously we have the breadth and experience to deliver it consistently and seamlessly. Get in touch with our team of production experts to start discussing your event roadshow needs - call 1800 209 099 or send us an online enquiry and we'll get right back. ... Read More

Encore delivers a spectacular "modern Queensland beer garden" for the QHA Awards

The Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) held their Awards for Excellence Gala Presentation on 8 October 2018 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, engaging long-term partner, Encore Event Technologies to delight the 1,100 guests. Encore were tasked with creating the atmosphere of a modern summer sun-soaked beer garden, indoors. This was achieved through a total event production solution combining an impressive custom stage set, unique multimedia, engaging digital services and stunning creative styling. Guests were welcomed by lush turf running through a traditional timber arbour dressed in Edison bulb drops and fresh greenery with QHA branding. With the stage being the focal point for the awards, Encore created a unique custom set which included a 5.7m projection circle along with two large rounded projection screens either side. The full projection surface totalled 26.5m wide x 5.7m high, while 6m delay screens positioned in the back half of the room ensured full room coverage. “Having worked on the QHA Awards for many years, the challenge is always how to outdo the previous years’ event. “Our client had a clear vision for this year’s awards and I’m proud to say our team exceeded their expectations,” commented Stacey Buckley, Event Manager – Encore Event Technologies. Two winding, foliage trusses framed either side of the stage while oversized curved circular trusses covered with foliage and beautiful festoon lighting, hung over the stage and dance floor. Continuing the event styling, a stunning ceiling feature complete with oversized hanging foliage and Edison bulb drops caught guests’ eyes and was perfectly positioned above the second awards presentation area. Along with incorporating creative and production services, Encore also provided live digital technology via Event Feed social media integration. The skin design of the social media feed was also designed to complement the overall theme to complete the experience. Encore’s latest piece of audio visual equipment, the Disguise media server, ensured the announcement of the awards ran smoothly, managing 196 cues, live multi-camera switching, audio stings and entertainment tracks. All of this was pre-programmed the week before the event by Encore’s Head of Production Andrew Priddle and Technical Director Tim Stewart. Kelly-Anne Mott, Events and Partnerships Officer from Queensland Hotels Association was thrilled with Encore’s work for the impressive awards dinner production. “We are absolutely delighted with how spectacular the event was. Encore once again delivered, from the custom circular screen and stage set, to the stunning furniture and styling, to the content and digital services. “Another superb event that addressed our brief beautifully: a modern Queensland beer garden,” said Ms Mott. ... Read More

Increasing fan engagement at the NRL Grand Final with Live Polling

The 2018 NRL Grand Final saw 500 guests invited to an exclusive event at Sydney's ANZ Stadium where they enjoyed a dinner, 2 VIP discussion panel sessions, half time entertainment and post-game wrap up. Taking this year’s match day experience up a knotch, the NRL engaged Encore Event Technologies to devise a crowd engagement solution that was simple to implement yet fun and interactive. Encore delivered the perfect solution – Event Poll – our exclusive live audience polling platform that connected the spectators and encouraged lively discussion. The concept was to use the platform for a competition for ’Who will score the first Try?’ and also capture questions from the audience for the panel of NRL celebrities. The MC Andrew Voss introduced the Q&A and competition which built excitement in the room while guest submitted their questions and predictions for first try. In 10 minutes over 200 guest names and questions were posted to screen. Rebecca Portors from the NRL commented, “Event Poll was a great addition to our game day function, it was so simple to use and provided a new level of engagement with our audience, I was impressed with how many people used their phones to enter the competition and submit a question to the panel without having to run microphones around the room.” Get involved and follow the conversation: #NRLHospitality hospitality@nrl.com.au -- ... Read More