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August 25, 2012

SCEC wins international award for showcase event

The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre’s creativity and innovation in event delivery has been recognised internationally, with the venue winning the “Best Event Design and Décor” award at the International Special Events Society (ISES) Esprit Awards.

Announced in Dallas in the US  on the weekend, the award acknowledges the Centre’s achievements staging their annual showcase event, an “Unconventional Evening”, in November 2011. 




The Unconventional Evening demonstrated the Centre’s talents and creative flair to more than 80 identities from the arts, media, wine and food industries.  The event was inspired by a painting from the Centre’s Australian art collection, the fiery nine-metre landscape, Point to Point, by renowned artist Tim Storrier. 

With Storrier in attendance as guest of honour, the Centre’s Executive Chef Uwe Habermehl added fire to ice to deliver a succession of theatrical dishes highlighting the finest local produce. 

Meanwhile, the Centre’s production team transformed the Bayside Terrace into a shimmering interpretation of the evening’s theme, with hundreds of tiered candles and a massive projection of another Storrier painting, Landscape which morphed into Point to Point.

Centre chief executive Ton van Amerongen said the venue was thrilled to win such a prestigious international accolade.

“The Centre is about to celebrate 25 years of delivering great events so it is wonderful to win an award of this calibre as we approach a landmark anniversary in 2013,” he said. “This award is not just about the Centre’s skill in delivering a seamless event, it’s also about the creativity and passion which our teams have demonstrated since our doors first opened.”

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