Event: Wesfarmer's 'Asian Emerging Markets' Dinner
Venue: Showtime Events Centre
Date: 11th September 2012
Allegro was delighted to work alongside Jack Morton to create an ‘Asian emerging markets’ themed event for Wesfarmers. Four hundred guests from around the country enjoyed an exciting and interactive evening in Melbourne, indulging in first class hospitality and entertainment. Guests were led in groups from Crown Metropol, where they were staying, to Showtime Events Centre, where they would spend the rest of the evening. As guests began their short journey, they were accompanied by some traditional Indian dhol players whose noisy and energetic performance attracted much attention from other passersby! Further along, guests passed by Chinese ribbon twirler, Lee, who weaved her magic through the crowd and injected some Chinese influence into the initial part of the evening. To continue the street market style of entertainment, guests then passed by Kotek, a traditional Indonesian duo performing on two gamelans. Once guests arrived at Showtime they were greeted by an amazing Lion Dance performance complete with dancers and percussionists. Once in the venue, guests visited Allegro’s Chinese calligraphist to receive their name written in Chinese characters and enjoyed traditional music from the Indian Connection trio. The room was brilliantly themed and the food stations offered all sorts of Asian cuisine, with all guests thoroughly enjoying themselves on a beautiful Melbourne night.
Event: The SKILLED Group Awards Dinner
Venue: The Park Hyatt, Melbourne
Date: 11th September 2012
Allegro was honoured to manage, from initial conception to final execution, SKILLED's annual awards night. This was an extremely important event for the workforce services company, who wanted to take the time to reward the exceptional achievements of certain staff members. Allegro created a beautiful black tie evening with an emphasis on ensuring the award nominees felt special and all guests, flown in from around Australia, enjoyed themselves. The room was themed in the SKILLED colours of blue and yellow, with a nod towards to construction and engineering side of the business. Guests walked past SKILLED's custom branded ute and arrived via a blue carpet, lit with the SKILLED logo, and entered the ballroom through pieces of scaffolding. Once inside the room, guests were seated at tables adorned with a mini construction site as a centrepiece and yellow buckets with chocolate tools at each place setting. Everything was custom made for the event and certainly offered a quirky and unique talking point! Channel Nine News sports presenter, Tony Jones, was the MC for the night and AFL coach and ex-player, Kevin Sheedy addressed the crowd in a Q & A session. Guests were also treated to a fantastic performance by legendary Australian musician James Reyne - a definite highlight. DJ Ash-Lee provided all the other music throughout the evening, keeping things flowing smoothly. Guests said it was one of the best events they have attended and one of SKILLED's executive board members exclaimed 'you and your team deserve a medal for putting together such a wonderful night.
Event: 'Back to Nature' Themed 21st Birthday
Venue: Private Home
Date: March, 2012
This family has been a long term client of Allegro's, so when it came to the eldest child's 21st birthday party, we were delighted to be called upon to create an unforgettable celebration. The theme was 'Back to Nature' and the client wanted the setting and music to be reminiscent of Earthcore - an outdoor dance and electronic music festival. Definitely a unique request for Allegro! The brief was followed early on, with the invitations sent out containing individually packaged seeds in recycled paper. The client's house was transformed for the occasion - the area in front of the house was levelled using staging pieces to create a flat platform that was be covered in living turf. Large beanbags, wooden bench seats and single ottomans were scattered throughout the space, tree stumps were used as coffee tables and purple and blue flowers in rusted tins decorated the area. An amazing tie died purple canopy encased the whole area - and provided much needed shelter when the rains started! Guests feasted on a gourmet BBQ which ran all day and enjoyed personalised cocktails from a custom made bar. DJ Ash Lee played upbeat tracks early on and was followed by DJ Ben, who performed trance and electronic music into the night. The party was a great success, if the text from the birthday girl the next morning was anything to go by - "Thank you so much, again! The party would not have been possible without you!!"
Event: Heather and Andre's Wedding
Venue: The Deck and Circa at The Prince, St Kilda
Date: August, 2011
So, when you’re the director of an events and entertainment agency and you have helped hundreds of brides create their own dream wedding…what do you choose to do when it’s your turn? Take a look at these stunning photos and you will see! The wedding of Heather and Andre was a stylish and stunning affair and unsurprisingly, there was a strong focus on the entertainment throughout the entire celebration. The evening began with a casual yet sentimental ceremony on The Deck, upstairs at The Prince in St Kilda. A beautiful string trio performed during the ceremony and a romantic duet was sung by soprano Judith Dodsworth and baritone Paul Hughes to conclude the formalities. After the ceremony, wedding guests were then ushered downstairs to Circa where DJ Alex Jack was performing alongside talented pianist, Mark Fitzgibbon, delivering a selection of chill out and jazz inspired grooves. As the night continued, Alex was joined by some live instrumentalists including a saxophonist and percussionist, and the fabulous Miss P on vocals. The tempo was lifted with the addition of these musicians, and remixing live, the crowd danced to re-invented classic 70s disco tracks, 80s anthems and funky house. Throughout the celebration, talented artist Samantha Lord captured the event on canvas - setting up her easel and painting the event as it happened. A brilliant creation unfolded over the course of the evening, and the couple were presented with a stunning and original painting as a memento of their special day.
Event: 'Streets of Melbourne' 50th Birthday Celebration
Venue: The Melbourne Museum
Date: February, 2011
What better way to celebrate the great city of Melbourne than to replicate it all under the one roof?! That's what one of Allegro's clients did to celebrate his 50th birthday and we were honoured to be able to help put together this great concept! As guests entered The Melbourne Museum, they were greeted by the smooth, jazzy tunes of the Frank Benedetto Trio - who serenaded guests in the lounge area for the first hour. After settling in, an announcement was made and the fabulous 'Streets of Melbourne' were revealed. Casino tables with professional croupiers formed Crown Casino, guests playing with personalised money they received at the beginning of the night. Lee, our Chinese ribbon dancer and plate spinner, roved through Chinatown whilst guests enjoyed their suckling pig and fortune cookies. Others sipped on espressos and helped themselves to antipasto platters whilst wandering through Little Italy. The kids loved St Kilda with the carnival rides and laughing clowns, fairy floss machine and a roving magician who entertained guests with close up magic and balloon animals. The soundtrack to the night was provided by the brilliant DJ Ryan and there was certainly a place for everyone!
Event: Alice in Wonderland event for BASF
Venue: Rippon Lea
Date: December, 2010
In conjuction with CI Events, Allegro was asked to help BASF create an Alice in Wonderland themed event for their end of year celebration. We brought these fabulous characters to life and let them roam free through the gardens of Rippon Lea. Alice handed out lollies, the Mad Hatter performed magical tricks and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee played croquet with guests. These childhood characters are now a permanent feature of Allegro's artist bank.
Event: A Birthday Party 'In The Treetops'
Venue: Private Home, Toorak
Date: March, 2010
Our client, a leading entrepreneur with a personal and professional interest in sustainable environmental practice, wanted to create a 'party in the treetops' in celebration of his 60th birthday. His home sits on a steeply sloping block with a stunning horizon pool ending halfway down the garden. A stage was built, meeting up with the edge of the pool - a 'platform' on which the party was held. Covered in living turf, guests walked across a custom-built walkway to the platform. Wooden lanterns, stunning decor, subtle lighting and sumptuous catering were enjoyed by guests. Artists included Ross Wilson, Joe Camilleri and Benny and the Fly-By-Nighters. DJ Ryan played a great mix of music in between band breaks and late into the night.
Event: Gala Dinner for the Guests of the Queen Victoria
Venue: The National Gallery of Victoria
Date: February, 2010
Together with Peter Rowland Catering, Allegro was delighted to entertain 550 distinguished guests at The National Gallery of Victoria when luxury liner, The Queen Victoria, docked in Melbourne. With most of the guests never having been to Australia before, and with one night only to experience this wonderful city, Allegro helped make their night one to remember.
Western Creation, a fabulous Aboriginal performance group greeted guests with song and dance as they made their way up the red carpet and into The Gallery. They were then ushered into The Great Hall by members of the The Australian Boys Choir, who formed a guard of honour. The Choir then performed some beautiful Australian songs from The Great Hall’s northern balcony. After dinner, guests danced the rest of the night away to the tunes of Bob Valentine and band. They were then whisked away back to the ship to continue their journey, having experienced a taste of what Melbourne has to offer and ensuring they will want to return!
Event: PWC's Great Race
Venue: Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick
Date: October, 2008
The manicured gardens of gorgeous and historic Rippon Lea provided the backdrop for PWC's Great Race. Under perfect cloudless skies, ten teams of keen young things competed to be the first to negotiate their way through a treasure map of brain teasers, physical challenges and amazing activities. From beating African drums to donning some truly questionable outfits for 80s karaoke, from learning swing dancing to creating an artistic masterpiece, from posing for crazy caricatures to surrendering to the magic hands of angelic masseurs - who would be the first to cross the finish line? A fun day was had by all as the teams worked together in harmony, calling on all their combined skills to reach the red carpet!
Event: Seven Deadly Sins Dinner
Venue: The Fox Classic Car Collection
Date: August, 2007
Guests indulged in a sinfully decadent night at The Fox Classic Car Collection. Upon arrival, a feline contortionist was luxuriating at floor level while musical virtuosos provided electronic instrumentation. Champagne was sipped from a tower while oysters were enjoyed from a gold-lit bar. Once revealed, Cleopatra's crimson velvet banquet table was dripping in forbidden fruit, operatic divas and other delectable temptations. Chocolate fountains, cognac, and croupiers ensured the night finished on an oh-so-rich-and-revelous note.
Event: Phantom Of The Opera Masquerade Ball
Venue: Chapter House
Date: December, 2006
Diners Club's employees felt as though that had entered Paris's famous Gothic-style Opera Garnier as they walked up the red carpet towards Chapter House, which was eerily awash with low-lying fog. Guests donned their masks for a night of romance, mystery, tragedy, comedy and adventure.
Event: Fire & Ice Awards Night
Venue: Doltone House
Date: August, 2006
Esanda's interactive 'Fire and Ice' themed Awards Night got off to a scorching start with flair bartending, flaming shots, DJs, congas, models, fire acrobats and the oh-so-spectacular Miss P. A chill entered the air during the actual awards ceremony with icy tunes, snow and some incredibly entertaining presentations!
Event: Gli Amici d'Excelior (A Venetian Extravaganza)
Venue: Her Majesty's Theatre
Date: October, 2005
Excelior's guests arrived at Her Majesty's Theatre expecting to see a show. Little did they know they were going to end up being the show. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner on stage in a classic Venetian piazza - a full operatic set. The evening's role reversal continued with entertainers performing throughout the auditorium, including on a stage over the stalls.
Event: Peter Rowland Catering and Partners' Event Showcase
Venue: Melbourne Museum
Date: October, 2005
Peter Rowland Catering invited its major clients to a showcase of its venues and offsite catering service. To demonstrate the wide range of creative event solutions available, Allegro was asked to devise three event concepts for each of Peter Rowland Catering's eleven venues. The event concept brochure was launched on the night.