The Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner and Presentation was held at the Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on Wednesday 28 September, 2016. This is the local events and hospitality industry night of nights, with 1,000 guests flocking to this annual awards event. The purpose of the evening is to recognise the State’s best pubs, hotels and hoteliers. Encore Event Technologies (previously Staging Connections) was engaged as the preferred supplier, once again, to deliver this VIP event and provide production and styling services, in conjunction with the BCEC technical team. 

The Event Brief

To deliver a spectacular awards night with a celebratory atmosphere to recognise the award winners and finalists. The main focus is to create a stunning stage environment, to be brought to life with engaging multimedia content.
As with every event we work on consecutively, one of the biggest challenges, yet most exciting part, is developing an event solution that continually raises the bar from previous years. 

Delivering a complete event services solution

Working in conjunction with the BCEC in-house AV team, Encore delivered a total event production solution. From designing the event look, on-screen content creation, set design, production run sheets and everything in between.

QHA Awards 2016

Pictured: The event setting guests were greeted with upon entering the QHA Awards 2016.

Upon arrival, guests were ushered along a red carpet adding a touch of glamour to the awards night. At the end of the red carpet lived a large projection of the QHA logo using a gobo. This was a great branding device and to set the scene for the awards night to follow. One of the room hero features of the awards night was a suspended circular truss in the middle of the room. This set feature was strategically placed to fill the large ceiling void whilst also making the expansive room feel smaller, thus making the guests positioned at the back of the room feel closer to the stage set. Throughout the night, different images were projected onto the canvas providing a spectacular point of interest.

An impressive 20m wide curved screen filled the awards stage and was flanked either side by our new textured Fleur Panels. This year’s set design was purposely simple, clean and bold to provide the perfect canvas to project the awards night multimedia content onto. The sheer size of the curved screen provided a cinematic experience, perfect for a venue of this size. As part of our multimedia production, our in-house designers created custom screen content to fit the wide screen which included sponsor and award category stings. 

QHA Awards 2016Pictured: Encore designed the stage set using a 20m wide curved screen, flanked either side with textured fleur panels. A circular truss was rigged to the ceiling and projected onto throughout the evening.

This year we decided to create a textural media wall using our new Fleur Panels. The Fleur Panels were rigged from the floor and stood an impressive 2.5m tall. Beautiful coloured lights were projected across the wall when guests and award winners weren’t posing for photos, creating a nice point of interest along the venue wall. 

Pictured: The media wall was created using the fleur panels and truss uplights.

Our truss lecterns are simple in design and provided a stylistic, industrial effect to complete and compliment the stage set for the awards night. 

Pictured: Left: Simple table styling to not distract from the impressive set design elements. Right: Encore’s new truss lectern.

Guests were treated to a host of live entertainment acts including Phoenix Fire Tribe, roving stilt walkers, and lastly Casey Barnes and the Kick Band.

The Event Outcome

“Professional. Collaborative and respectful of our ideas and suggestions. The end result is the big test – and we were once again delighted with the event.” Keri Crompton, Partnerships & Events Manager, Queensland Hotels Association

Partner with the leading event services company for your awards night

Encore has been the name behind some of the biggest and impressive awards nights since 1986. Renowned for delivering innovative and engaging awards night, we are the trusted events partner you can count on. With Australia’s largest range of event services, we can offer a total event production solution using audio visual, lighting, staging and set design, styling, multimedia production and even webcasting, social media, apps and more. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure your event is exactly how you imagined and so much more. If you are interested in exploring your event’s potential please get in touch with us today by calling 1800 209 099 or by sending an online event enquiry.


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