To celebrate the contribution of innovative and entrepreneurial businesses and individuals to Brisbane’s $146 billion economy, the 11th annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards took place on Friday 28 October. Staging Connections collaborated with LOUD events and Brisbane Marketing, to produce a world-class awards ceremony using Brisbane’s iconic flower, the Bougainvillea, as the inspiration for an electrifying event setting.
Presided over by the Lord Mayor of the City of Brisbane, Graham Quick, the 570 guests in Brisbane’s iconic City Hall’s main auditorium were greeted by an orchestra as the opening act, backed by a dramatic nine metre wide screen that was suspended above the stage. The colours of the Bougainvillea were used to style the event and Staging Connections washed the room in dark pinks and purples using a straight box truss with 14 moving lights, pix pads, patterned gobos and a slight haze to create an energetic atmosphere perfect for the lively celebration.
Three cameras picked up all the action happening across the auditorium and fed it to the massive screen so all attendees could revel in the award winners’ celebrations. Digital sponsorship logos were shown on the massive screen and on the plasma lectern to maximise exposure to the high profile audience.
Nikki Reid, Events Manager – Produced Events, Brisbane Marketing, commented on how Staging Connections delivered upon the brief successfully.
“The brief was to deliver a seamless, world-class production with high impact lighting and AV that would immerse guests in the ceremony and leave a lasting impression on the audience. This was the first time we had engaged Staging Connections to deliver the AV for the event and they certainly achieved our brief. I have received nothing but positive feedback, in fact the general feeling was that the awards were elevated to a new level this year,” said Ms Reid.
Struan Robertson, Event Staging Manager – Brisbane City Hall, Staging Connections, explained how the spectacular event came together.
“Our team really maximised the effects of great lighting for this special event. The Brisbane City Hall has a grand interior that we didn’t want to take away from, so by styling the night in the colours of the Bougainvillea we were able to deliver a beautiful event setting that the attendees loved. It was a combination of the best technology, with our skilled operators, that ensured everything went to plan. We were delighted with the outcome,” said Mr Robertson.
The three course dinner was provided by in-house caterers EPICURE with entertainment breaks throughout the evening, where Swagamama of Australia’s Got Talent fame performed, and soloist Andrea Kirwin concluded the night.