Belvedere Retreat

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For the second consecutive year, Event Planet was engaged by Belvedere Vodka Australia to host 18 of Australia’s top bartenders for a three-day retreat as part of the Global Belvedere Retreat Program.

Being whisked away to a bespoke Belvedere Retreat at Makepeace Island in Noosa to the lush and peaceful rainforest surroundings was the perfect way for the bartenders to unwind from everyday life and focus on their health and wellbeing.

The Australian Belvedere Retreat program included a sublime sunset cruise and private yoga classes. A custom-designed and locally sourced menu was created by the island’s private chef.

Some of the standout highlights of the retreat included guests starting the day with a “Waves of Wellness” surf therapy session with renowned Occupational Therapist Joel Pilgrim, which was then followed by a “Naturalness Masterclass” with award-winning restaurateur Danielle Gjestland.

Guests left feeling rested, revivified and relaxed after their incredible and fulfilling Belvedere Retreat.

 

Venues we are keeping our eyes on!

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As restrictions begin to ease, we start to look inward for travel and experience inspiration. The time has come to once again embrace Australia as a destination for business events. With international travel likely to be on hold for the near future, we accept the challenge to find new opportunities for brands, companies and employees here in Australia to re-engage and to create experiences of celebration.

What the events ecosystem will look like in the coming months is unknown, but we at Event Planet, are excitedly looking ahead to what the future has to bring and how we can connect with your brands and your people on home soil.

With whispers of new products, services and venues opening, there are a few that we wanted to share with you.

Very close to our heart is One Barangaroo, which we launched in 2018 together with our clients Crown Resorts and Knight Frank. Due for completion at the end of the year, this will be the premier destination for guests to experience a world-class venue on the harbour. An opulent hotel, decadent restaurants and an extravagant spa are only a few of the amenities available. Whilst there are no conferencing spaces within the property, there are plenty of locations available in close proximity to accommodate your conferencing and meeting requirements.

Also, in our backyard in Sydney, the W Hotel is set to open by 2021 on the old IMAX theatre site in Darling Harbour. Featuring 593 guestrooms, serviced apartments, an infinity pool, bars, restaurants and 925 square metres of event space – this is a property to keep in mind for upcoming events in Sydney. As only the second W property to operate in Australia thus far (with the third also opening in 2021 in Melbourne), these spaces will be highly sought after by all brands and organisations.

Photography courtesy of W Hotels

 

We’re also keeping our eyes on the Barossa Valley with The Oscar, a new $50-million 6-star property rumoured to be opening at Seppeltsfield winery in 2022. The property will have 70 rooms and suites available. Our last visit to the Barossa in 2019 saw us visit Seppeltsfield and we can’t wait to see what this new development has to bring to the region!

Photography courtesy of Spice News and Travel Weekly

 

Looking for an Australian escape immediately? We’re loving Tourism Australia’s virtual backgrounds! Engage and excite your team and/or customers, with a number of stunning photographs of Australian destinations available for you to download here. What’s our choice of destination you ask? The Great Barrier Reef of course! What would your ideal destination be?

Photography courtesy of Tourism Australia

Australian Event Awards 2019

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Congratulations to all the finalists and the winners at Wednesday night’s Australia Event Awards.

Event Planet were delighted to receive two nominations at the prestigious awards, with Mikaila Sparkes selected as a National Finalist for Young Australian Event Manager of the Year & Event Planet nominated for Best Australian Event Agency of the Year.

It’s a privilege to be part of an amazing and talented industry!

BVLGARI Chadstone Boutique

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The launch of the newly refurbished BVLGARI Chadstone Boutique saw guests enjoy a night filled with Italian-inspired cocktails and mouth-watering Bibelot desserts. DJ Chloe Wilson hit the decks whilst guests had the opportunity to try on beautiful BVLGARI pieces and were treated to a sneak peek of the ever so stunning Seduttori time piece range. Produced with passion by Event Planet.

National Finalist for the Best Australian Event Agency of the Year

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Event Planet is proud to announce we have again been selected as a National Finalist for the Best Australian Event Agency of the Year. We are hoping to win this for the third time in 2019!

We are also thrilled to announce our own Event Manager, Mikaila Sparkes, has been selected as a National Finalist for Young Australian Event Manager of the Year.

We can’t wait for the event industry night of nights in Perth next month! Check out all the National Finalists here.

Will you be joining us at Events Uncovered this year?

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Our General Manager – Laura Sage, is confirmed to join the speaker panel to discuss “Measuring Success – how to measure the overall success of an event and what to do when things go wrong” as part of the @spicenewsmag Temple of Knowledge program.

Events Uncovered is a boutique trade show giving event planners as well as EAs and PAs the opportunity to discover the latest venues, suppliers and trends in corporate events.

The expo is free to attend – register now at www.eventsuncovered.com.au

Meet you There!

Event Planet Company Showreel

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Check out our latest showreel #soundon

At the heart of what we do is an unbridled passion for creating the extraordinary, the original and the powerful.

Events are a unique opportunity to invite your guests to experience a meaningful connection with your brand. This is the moment to engage, entertain, educate, surprise and most importantly – influence hearts and minds.

Take a break from your day, press play and escape into our world if just for a moment.

 

Event Planet hits the ‘design’ pavement in Milan

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Event Planet’s General Manager, Laura Sage, discovered the wonder that is Milan Design Week as she toured the infamous Salone del Mobile last month. As a creative specialist, Laura immersed herself in the international showcase for innovation and creativity returning with wide eyes and a mind filled (but not exhausted!) with what is possible. Read all about her ‘sensory overload’ experience that left her bursting with inspiration and discover a few insider tips on how to implement the current trends in your events.

By Laura Sage:

 

“Learning never exhausts the mind” – the words of the famous (and Milan local), Leonardo da Vinci.

Three weeks ago I was one of 400,000 design enthusiasts to converge on the design capital of Italy for the annual Milan Design Week. Being my first time visiting both this city and event, I did not anticipate the experience…little did I imagine a marathon week of design, events, special projects, exhibitions, talented people and every single one of my senses inspired and alive!

Milan Design Week was held in the second week of April and incorporated stand out programs; Salone Del Mobile, Fuorisalone, Euroluce as well as design thought interweaved through all touch points of Milanese daily life; from food to fashion and hospitality.

Salone Del Mobile is an annual international furniture tradeshow, where the mind is overwhelmed by possibility, new trends and interpretations. The world’s best brands were present showcasing their new projects, with many well-known luxury brands (including Event Planet’s clients Bulgari, Land Rover and Dior) leveraging the close connection between design and fashion with show stopping installations and pop ups.

Technology was a continual underlying theme. A standout in the furniture space at Salone Del Mobile was an A.I designed chair by Philippe Starck in collaboration with Kartell. Using an algorithm in 3D software, the requirements of structural integrity and comfort resulted in a modern design using ground breaking technology and methodology – the future of design thinking.

The biennial lighting showcase Euroluce was held at Salone Del Mobile. Euroluce previewed lighting style and innovative solutions, with over 420 exhibitors exhibiting in four pavilions, requiring a full day to enable myself to be immersed and see all the stands! The lighting design was astonishing, however it was the immersive and interactive layer in the lighting designs which captured the imagination and provided inspiration for the ways in which we at Event Planet can enhance the guest experience and engage emotions in event design.

One particular showcase was by Preciosa titled Joy, Life & Light, which mimicked a carousel of light and was designed to move and bring delight to users, connecting on an emotive level. Triggered by sensors (another subtly integrated technological inclusion), the experience constantly moved in response to human movement and was choreographed to enchanting sounds. Joy, Life & Light ignited the five senses and brought a smile to all who experienced it.

Of personal interest was Fuorisalone which was a series of events and special projects around Milan’s famous design districts and ran as a parallel event to Salone Del Mobile. (FYI: in Italian fuori means outside). It provides a platform for both emerging and established artists, brands and designers to exhibit and generally felt more “street level” with unexpected pop ups, public art and installations at almost every turn. What I can only describe as ‘cool’ were so many captivating moments; from better known British sculptor Alex Chinneck unzipping a building for World Revealed, to the mirrored Echo Pavilion in the Palazzo Litta courtyard, to Marc Ange’s Le Refuge de La Nuit and the collaboration between Qeeboo and Marc Antonio called Giraffes in Love. It was however a simple installation hidden away (so much so I have no name for it) that left me in awe, best described as a giant beanstalk-esque growth over a historic building. Once again proving, sometimes splendour is found in the simple.

Milan Design Week surfaced trend, upon trend, upon trend, and upon reflection, I have identified a shortlist of implementation possibilities in our event world:

  • Adaptability – designing elements that can be reused, repurposed and interactive. This could involve technology inclusions such as cordless phone charging hot spots designed into table tops or armchairs, whilst also retaining their aesthetic value and potential to be reused for multiple events.
  • Floating Design, a term coined by myself – a trend in the tradeshow space of what appeared to be floating stands, where the feet and movement of guests could be seen externally however the rest of the interior remained a mystery. It was a wonderful play on not closing off a space and creating intrigue.
  • Keep it green – integrating plants into design and not as an afterthought or simple pot in the corner, but rather acting as the focal point and design feature to transform the atmosphere.

To finish, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous words certainly ring true, Milan Design Week left me not with an exhausted mind, just exhausted feet!

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The unforgettable Autumn Racing Carnival

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The moment that champion mare Winx won her 33rd consecutive race will long remain in racegoers memories from the 2019 Autumn Racing Carnival.

Sydney turned on glorious Autumn weather for the celebrations at Royal Randwick and Event Planet was once again trackside having produced stand out brand activations for clients Moet Hennessy and Tabcorp.

This year the Tabcorp Oaks Lawn Marquee catered for over 300 guests on each of the two main race days and featured a menu designed by Matt Moran and the team at Chiswick restaurant. The marquee interior featured navy blue and gold trims with oversized floral prints adding pops of colour. A live sketch artist delighted guests with portraits and the custom built walling provided exceptional race coverage on 17 plasma screens and of course ample electronic betting facilities.

Over on the members’ lawn area, the Moët and Chandon pop up bar created many a #moetmoment for racegoers to capture their time at the carnival. Photo moments including an oversized photo frame, Moet piccolo vending machine and four storey gold champagne bottle tower providing the ultimate shareable content.

Randwick’s newest precinct The Mews was designed to give racegoers another area in which to view all the action on the track, socialise and have access to food and beverage facilities. The Chandon S pop up bar featured as well as a bold and bright floral adorned swing seat for photos.

Take a look at all the action from the Tabcorp Oaks Lawn Marquee, the Moët and Chandon and Chandon S pop up bars at the video link below.

Get in touch to discuss elevating the experience at your next brand activation.