What do Darth Vader, hair metal rock bands, break dancers and LED robots have in common? They were all part of the celebrations at the QEII Centre’s 30th birthday bash which took guests back to the 80s when the centre first opened.
On arrival guests were welcomed into a magical dreamscape, complete with fluffy clouds, dry ice and a gregarious and fantastical ringmaster to help them begin their journeys into the wonderful world of QEII. A choice of three welcome cocktails helped decide which of three doorways they would enter through, taking them back to the 80s through music, fashion or film.
In his projected speech, chief executive of the QEII Centre Mark Taylor said: “Since 1986 we’ve been at the heart of the events industry, helping brands hatch big ideas. Over the years our venue has been graced by world leaders and countless famous faces, providing a stage for game-changing and innovative ideas as well as pioneering research. Tonight’s not just about celebrating our past, it’s also about inviting you to share our vision for the future, a future that’s set to see us continuing to evolve and push the boundaries to lead the event sector. Our recently refurbished 6th floor is part of our visionary approach and continued investment to open new horizons for event planners and offer greater flexibility for events and I hope that tonight’s event will help you all see what can be achieved.”