How Encore turned a ballroom into a beer garden

The event tech company brought the outdoors in for the recent Queensland Hotels Association Awards.
Lush greenery and festoon lighting completed the look.

Encore Event Technologies was recently tasked with transforming a ballroom into a summer beer garden for the 2018 Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Awards for Excellence.

Held on 8 October 2018, the awards saw more 1100 guests gather at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Encore was engaged to create the atmosphere of a sun-soaked, Queensland beer garden, which was achieved through an impressive custom stage set, engaging digital services and creative styling.

Encore transformed BCEC into a summer beer garden.

Guests were welcomed by lush turf which ran underneath a traditional timber arbour dressed in Edison bulb drops and greenery.

With the stage being the focal point for the awards, Encore created a unique custom set which included a 5.7-metre projection circle, along with two rounded projection screens on either side.

Encore used state-of-the-art projection screens for the event.

The full projection surface spanned more than 26 metres, while 6-metre delay screens positioned in the back half of the room ensured full-room coverage.

Event manager Stacey Buckley says having worked on the awards for many years, the challenge is always how to outdo the previous year’s event.

“Our client had a clear vision for this year’s awards and I’m proud to say our team exceeded their expectations,” she says.

Guests entered through a timber arbour with festoon lighting.

Two winding, foliage trusses framed either side of the stage while curved circular trusses covered with foliage and festoon lighting hung over the stage and dance floor.

Encore also provided live digital technology via Event Feed social integration. The social media feed was also designed to complement the overall theme of the event.

More than 1000 guests attended the event.

Encore’s latest edition, the Disguise media server, ensured the announcement of the awards ran smoothly and managed 196 cues, live multi-camera switching, audio stings and entertainment tracks.

This was pre-programmed the week before the event by head of production Andrew Priddle and technical director Tim Stewart.

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