The redevelopment of the wharves around the MCEC has presented a unique opportunity for conference organisers to hold functions right next to the Convention Centre at South Wharf Promenade and the first to do so was AIME 2013.
More than 2000 guests attended Welcome Reception hosted by the Melbourne Convention Bureau to kick off AIME 2013 in true Melbourne street style.
The event was produced by DG Global in and around the Showtime Events Centre and adjacent bars and restaurants – Meat Market, Bohemian and The Common Man with food being served from all venues and via tray service.
A bar was setup in a converted container which had a stage on top of it. Jon Stevens belted out a few songs from this stage and was followed by a fireworks display on the Yarra by Foti Fireworks.
Guests mingled and networked in the open space between the venues and gradually filtered into the surrounding venues to enjoy the varied musical offerings.
DG global – Production management, event styling and design
Harry the Hirer – Marquees, fencing, furniture, Cargo Bar lighting and audio
Foti Fireworks – Pyrotechnics
Showtech Australia – Cargo Bar stage
Rocket Science Events – Cargo Bar container
Splashdown Comfort Stations – Portable bathrooms
Light Dimension – Showtime’s lighting and audio
ExpoNet – Graffiti wall installation
Tim Campbell – Celebrity emcee and host, courtesy of DG global
Lounge – Roaming arrivals, courtesy of Music Theatre Australia
Vinja Prtenjaca – Solo pianist/vocalist, courtesy of Music Theatre Australia
Fiesta Flamenco – Authentic Spanish guitar and dance duo, courtesy of Pan International
Every Avenue – Live acoustic pub duo, courtesy of DG global
Soul Nation – Rhythm and blues quartet featuring Mark Amato (keyboards/bass/vocals), Jerson Trinidad (vocals), Francisco Tavares (vocals) and Cliff Raux (drums/vocals), courtesy of DG global
Collective LIVE – One of Melbourne’s funkiest new bands featuring Chloe Maggs (vocals), Jason Serini (DJ), Adrian Portia (percussion), Jarrad Lees (saxophone) and David Dzanovski (guitar), courtesy of Pure Entertainment Agency
Jon Stevens – Australian music legend with Danny Spencer on guitar, courtesy of Premier Artists