4 lighting ideas for events

TheVenueShop - lighting ideas for events - gobo lightingLighting can really make or break your event! It is so much more than just putting a spotlight on your guest speaker or performer or adding a few stage lights here and there. Keep in mind though, if the lights are too bright your event may seem stark and cold. If your lights are too dark guests may miss important elements of your event and design.

Creating ambience, displays video content and can also be used to highlight architectural elements or styling pieces to build a visual experience that will leave your guests in awe. Lighting can also be used to direct your guests attention to events going on within your event, or to grab their attention... 

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6 Conference Trends You Need To Know

1300TheVenueShop - Staging Connections 6 conferences trends you need to knowIf you haven’t been to a conference in a few years, then you are in for a big surprise. These once stiff, white-collared, corporate events are changing, and have seriously raised the bar on everything from styling to attendee engagement.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 2: 12 Days of Christmas

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Welcome to part two of the four blog series from Staging Connections.

This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang! 

Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture. This year Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair.  Immersive events are about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that completely transform your chosen venue.

We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and our top tips for really bringing your theme to life.

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Big is back for end of year celebrations - Part 1: Vintage Circus & Carnival

Welcome to part one of the four blog series from Staging Connections. Providing you with a sneak peek into what event themes you can expect on the festive circuit. This year, immersive themed events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and, more importantly, end the year with a bang! 

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How do you display multiple content on screen?

Each week, Staging Connections aims to demystify the world of AV equipment and event services lingo to reveal exactly what those techs are talking about! In this weeks #TechieTuesday it is explained what on earth 'PIP' means - a feature that allows you to display multiple video feeds into one screen!

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How to plan the perfect outdoor event, safely: Part 2

There’s no setting for an event that can compete with nature itself!

In the spirit of welcoming the Winter chills, we thought it only fitting to reflect on the glorious outdoor events that the long and sun-filled days that Summer allows us. To honour this, we have compiled a quick list of outdoor event essentials to help you plan properly for next season. Last month we shared part one of this blog post - which concentrated on having the right people for the job, styling for outdoor events, and ensuring your equipment is weather-proof.

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How to plan the perfect outdoor event, safely: Part 1

With winter well and truly on its way, and summery corporate outdoor events drawing to a close we have taken some time to reflect and compile a list of essentials to guide you in planning for your next Spring/Summer corporate event.

There is no setting for an event that can compete with nature itself!

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Conference & Event Styling Trends for 2015

Conference & Event Styling Trends 2015

Each year we see the effect of what’s "hot" in Hollywood washing up here on our own shores. So to most of us, it would be no surprise to see that the event themes of last year so dominated by the much loved Great Gatsby. Pop culture has influence over almost every facet of society, and of course, events are no exception. Wondering what may be in store for event themes in 2015? We suspect it will be more than "a few of shades of grey!" The stylists at Staging Connections have it all covered - from brilliant blues to florals and metallics - 2015 is certainly looking to be one exciting year on the event styling front!

Take a closer look with the talented Georgia Strachan - a Queensland based Event Stylist, reveals more on what we can expect to see on the event circuit throughout 2015...

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7 Lighting Tips for your Events

Staging Connections provide 7 Lighting Tips for your Conferences, Conventions & Events

Lighting your event is so fundamental and yet so often overlooked. Attention to detail makes the difference between an average event and an extraordinary one. Lighting is so much more than just putting a spotlight on your performer, it creates ambience, displays video content and can be used to in conjunction with architectural elements and dynamic fixtures to build a visual experience that will leave your guests in awe.

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Staging Connections wins 2014 SafeWork Award

Luke Sullivan, Principal Advisor Health Safety & Environment (HSE) at Staging Connections, has taken home the trophy, winning 'Best individual contribution to workplace health & safety’ at the NSW Government 2014 SafeWork Awards, 30 October 2014. 

Luke has been instrumental in rolling out numerous campaigns across Staging Connections’ national workforce with a focus on the safety of employees, on site & on the road. The overarching program of safety at Staging Connections is Stagesafe, the first risk management system designed specifically for the events industry.

In addition to a robust system, key to Stagesafe is a mobile app, allowing workers on site to access the system any time & any place. 

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The art of SHOWcraft introducing the WOW at your events

StagingConnections Sydney Event Director, Chris Lewis, talks SHOWcraft for events. How you can introduce extra WOW factor through living environments, live screen interaction, impressive presentation content and more... 

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Lighting for Events: What is a Gobo?

As our friends @StagingConnections help us delve into the world of audio visual equipment and event services lingo, to reveal exactly what the techs are talking about - we take a look at the event lighting effect the 'gobo' and the many different shapes, patterns and logo’s they can replicate.

The possibilities are endless but what do you need to know before creating a customised gobo?

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What are In-Ear monitors & how can they be used on corporate events?

Sound for eventsGuest blogs from our friends @StagingConnections aim to help demystify the world of audio visual equipment and event services speak.

This week they take a look at the key event communication tool 'In Ears'. You have most likely seen performers on stage using them to hear their instruments or TV presenters listening for cues from backstage directors. They are also used in corporate events as an effective on stage tool to help enhance the delivery for on stage talent, giving them the confidence to deliver a great performance.

So, what exactly are 'In Ears'?

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How projection mapping can add an extra dimension to your events?

We humans have been fascinated with creating art that fools our eyes and transports us physically since the beginning of civilisation. From perspective tricks in murals to the fake windows on blank building walls of the trompe l’oeil tradition, we delight in deceiving our senses.

Now, in the 21st century, 2D and 3D projection mapping are the latest tools of this grand tradition, and are available to you to transform your events in ways that are only limited by your imagination...

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The Future of Presentations... 3 Predictions

Future of presentations

On a stage in the not too distant future, a presenter steps up to speak. The walls behind and around the audience come to life with three dimensional visuals introducing her and the company she represents. As she begins speaking, she swipes her hand above a tablet device with a long gesture that ends with her palm facing the back wall. A graph seems to fly from the device to the wall, enlarging as it moves. She asks the audience a question, and the attendees respond via their handheld devices. The graph changes instantly. Remote audiences watching on a huge range of different media responded to the same prompt...

While that may sound like a particularly stylised movie scene, all of the technology that makes it possible already exists and is being used in some form in presentations every day. Presentation technology is advancing constantly, with the goal of making human communication more engaging, more effective and capable of communicating complex ideas succinctly. This blog from a VenueShop national key partner, Staging Connections, examines emerging trends in presentation applications, equipment and techniques to help you prepare for the coming dramatic shift in audience expectations.

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8 Audiovisual Tips to Create a Successful Event

When you’re preparing an audio visual budget for your event, there’s a lot more to think about than simply how much money to allocate for theming, lights, sound and vision. To ensure you’re getting the most value for money from your event’s AV design, a solid knowledge of the capabilities of both technology and your audio visual company are essential.

And who better to ask that one of national key partners at TheVenueShop - Staging Connections! Here, they give you their top 8 audiovisual tips for creating a successful event...

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A day in the life of... an Event Project Manager

As event management is an area of the industry so many aspire to, or are at least intrigued by, we thought our clients may appreciate a glimpse into the world of events from the "other side". So in collaboration with one of our VenueShop national key partners, Staging Connections, we are pleased to share this "Day in the life of..."

Fiona Robinson is an event Project Manager at Staging Connections in Sydney. She has been part of the Staging team for over 12 years and has worked across numerous roles including Production Assistant and Crew Control. In this 'day in the life of’ blog, we get to grips with what being a Project Manager at Staging Connections involves, what a normal day looks like and get Fiona’s top audio visual event tips learnt from working on over 1,500 shows in her career.

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Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

Fudge by Rich

Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

Fudge by Rich As always, absolutely delicious with amazing feedback from all who tried the product! Beautifully packaged up for us, delivery process fast and reliable, and Nicole couldn't have been more helpful in turning around such a large order on such short notice ensuring we had everything needed for the trade show... Think I have a new favourite flavour too, the Rocky Road is to die for!!

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

What a professional events team...

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach "The events team at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach are truly professionals at what they do. The organisation in particular of the banquets team - always so helpful and ensure that our seminars run smoothly. The only minor suggestion that I would make is more labels to indicate the types salads and sandwiches that are on offer on lunch buffets."

Rydges Bankstown

Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

Rydges Bankstown "Rydges Bankstown suited our brief perfectly: close to our sites, an abundance of parking and a great function room with natural lighting. The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, I am sure we will use this venue again."

VictorsFood

An absolute blast - can't wait to try another amazing VictorsFood experience!

VictorsFood “VictorsFood made our event a truly memorable one. Every one of our team members had an absolute blast making pizzas together with the fun and enthusiastic chefs… We can’t wait to try another one of VictorsFoods' amazing experiences!”

Mantra Bell City

I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

Mantra Bell City "Whilst I do not attend these meetings to see the room in person, I certainly had no complaints from any of my management team (no news good news!) The communication from the event co-ordinator in particular was excellent prior to our meeting. It was organised at short notice and she showed such high attention to detail which I really appreciated."

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne "The room was appropriately presented, with everything we had requested already in place. Morning tea and lunch were more than ample, and was 'yummy'! Really good quality and great value for money. One of the managers even said it’s been the best external meeting venue he’s been to in a while."

Dockside

The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

Dockside "We held our Staff Christmas party at Dockside this year - the venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none. From the moment I booked the venue, the service was fantastic. The event organiser kept in contact throughout the year, reminding when things needed to be done. Everything went smoothly on the night of the party, the food was amazing, the staff were excellent & the event manager on the night bent over backwards to help with...

Yarra Valley Estate

Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

Yarra Valley Estate Our team really enjoyed the time spent at Yarra Valley Conference Centre. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent and the spaces for the group to relax and network after a hard day's conferencing were fantastic and very well utilised!