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How To Create A Vivid Style Event With Illuminated Entertainment

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Ever met an Event Manager who’s not excited by new and original entertainment ideas?

Me either.

Vivid Sydney’s 2018 program is out, and the range of must-see stuff is simply stunning. It’s event idea heaven. Now you can translate that Vividesque magic into your events using custom illuminated entertainers, and we’ll show you how.


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1. What Is Illuminated Entertainment?

Developments in LED and laser lighting have transformed the events industry. With some modifications and creativity, elements usually reserved for big name acts and stadium events can now be introduced directly to the corporate arena.

Special lighting effects are integrated into performer’s costumes, props and sets to create a light-filled, interactive experience.

While there are technical feats behind the scenes, the concept itself is simple and cost-effective. And the results are nothing short of sensational.

2. Entertainment, Customised

You can take illumination to the next level by having your corporate colours, logos and key messages appear right inside your event show. Picture your company literally floating on air, your logo or a new product name unveiled in spectacular formation at just the right moment.

It’s our pleasure to give you a sample of illuminated performers ready to weave your brand elements into their show!

Custom Show

Laserman creates magical illusion with laser lighting in a combination of complex 3D volumetric effects. The performance defies reality and the laws of physics as we know them – Laserman ‘holds’ beams of light in his hand, then bends and snaps them in two. We suspect he likes Star Wars, judging by his lightsaber-inspired use of beams.

The multi-award winning Laserman brings the wow! factor and will not fail to impress. See your company values and key messages literally up in lights, with ‘blasts’ of logos and publicity beamed above over your head and into the roof.

The Replicants
Custom Show & Roving

They’re a hi-tech troupe of illuminated costume-donning, graphic poi-wielding, genetically engineered organic robots.

Imagine your graphics, text and logos displayed live, which The Replicants ‘paint’ around themselves in synchronized, choreographed patterns. The graphics can also be programmed to music, and you can even specify the moment at which you want your logo or message to appear.

Totally out there, totally amazing.

Graphic Poi Explained

Graphic poi are LED-lit twirling batons used to make images look as if they’re floating mid air.

Each baton holds up to 144 LEDs, with each LED having a staggering 16 million colours which means you can customise to your heart’s content!

This incredible effect relies on the phenomenon of persistent imaging, which is an afterimage of light thought to persist on the retina for about one-twenty fifth of a second!

It’s breathtaking to see, and suits a wide range of stage and roving scenarios.

Laser Stix
Custom Show & Roving

Laser Stix puts on a stellar show of lights and music with a thumping mix of three drummers, LED drum sticks and 3 Laser Harps.

The Laser Harp deserves special mention. It creates a sound whenever a performer ‘cuts’ one of the laser beam harp strings, and the notes played can be customised to your event needs. The harp can even be used as a spectacular conference opening act.

Imagine laser beams welcoming guests in multiple languages, or casting laser images that float around the room, seemingly surrounding the audience.

The sky’s the limit with Laser Stix, because they can tailor concepts to suit your objectives with lasers, music, live performance and stunning visual pieces.

A string of bright ideas

As Australia’s major event in winter, Vivid Sydney was voted Australia’s Best Event in 2013 and Best Tourism Event in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Ever since the first light came on at Vivid back in 2009, Enhance has provided talent to its impressive array of installations and events.

3. Go Light, White and Icy

Mystical, magical, all-white themes are always a crowd-pleaser. Bright, white and light is uplifting to the senses, and can be applied in so many different ways.

Indoors, outdoors, Christmas, mid-winter carnivals and parades are perfect dressed in white. Here’s our pick of performers who’ll customise their show for you:

Space Ballerinas

The Space Ballerinas are pearly white dancers that twirl gracefully like ballerinas around your guests, pretty lights twinkling as if from another realm. Mysterious, other-worldly and tall, the it’s hard not be drawn in by the Space Ballerinas.

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Snow Queens

Haughty and elegant. As cold as ice. Super tall. The Snow Queens look as if they jumped straight off the pages of a beautifully frosty fairy-tale.

They don exquisite, mirror-bejewelled satin gown, glittering crowns and white fur to conjure a cold, icy place. The Snow Queens are not, however, too haughty to tailor their costuming and choreography to fit with your production needs.

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4. Go Green With Off-the-Grid Performers

Solar Bugs

Now you can choose to reduce your event’s carbon footprint with the dazzling and eco-friendly Solar Bugs. These thoughtful performers have solar panels embedded into their costumes, which absorb sun rays by day and light up by night.

Solar Bugs debuted at Vivid Sydney 2014, and have emerged as a popular choice for pulling in the crowds and making a big impact. They’ll customise their roving performances for day and evening, working to your event specifics.

5. Hi-Tech Hoop Dreams

Verogue Dereesi
Custom Show & Roving

Verouge’s dazzling, avant-garde style show of lit-up spinning hoops, dance and mesmerising fire will be sure to awaken even the most jaded corporates. Verouge Dereesi caters to specific event needs using colours, logos with props and choreo. She conducts corporate workshops that let you bring your event to life á la Vivid, inspiring everyone to work and play harder. Brilliant idea!

Verouge’s performance highlights include Baranagaroo NYE Celebrations 2016, Vivid Sydney 2015/2016 and Dark MOFO Hobart 2015.

Custom Show & Roving

Spinjoy is another high priestess of hula. It’s impossible not to be lured by her sassy high-octane dance and circus tricks with illuminated hoops. Her bright, spirited energy has universal appeal for peoples of all ages and walks of life.

Spinjoy has plenty of experience working with corporate audiences, and will tailor her shows to your specific needs. Think beyond event entertainment to team-building events and tailored hula hoop workshops.

Break down barriers between co-workers and unfreeze the coldest personalities in your workplace with Spinjoy’s ice-breaking, heart-warming performance.

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6. Turn Up The Atmosphere

Illuminated performers give so much scope to create a magical atmosphere and transform even the dreariest of spaces. Guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés served to them by dreamy characters in brightly-lit costumes, props and other special effects.

They’ll be immersed in a surreal, uplifting experience they’ll talk about for days.

Light Bites

Light Bites‘ charismatic roving performers customise their costumes with illuminated, transparent serving to suit your event and your branding needs.

Dream Bear & Bo Peeps

The bright, festive Dream Bear & Bo-Peeps are a delightful duo. Dream Bear is a big, beautiful, psychedelic-looking creature over 3m long, who ambles with his companion Bo-Peeps.

Bo-Peeps chats with your audience, and her dialogue can be tailored to your needs. The performers are well-versed in comedic improvisation for a fun, interactive experience. Bo-Peeps can also switch up the theme as Circus Ring Master or a Fantasy Lil Bo Peep, with or without stilts.

Hot tip

Check out the the Vivid Sydney program and start marking off the events you want to see today. Why? ‘Cause it’d be impossible to get to every single one!

7. Light Up Like Vivid

If Vivid Sydney gives you frissons of joy like it does us, we’re guessing you’ll be happy to know you can light up your own events with Vividesque brilliance. The key steps are:

  • Work with illuminated performers that can customise for your event
  • Clearly brief your goals, allowing talent to drum up great ideas to make your event stand out from the rest
  • The illuminated entertainers above are a small sample; talk to your entertainment bureau today to discover more possibilities

So go ahead, get creative and get your Vivid on!

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Gav George

When his school music teacher loaned him a cassette tape (yes, he's that old) of a fusion band, Gav entered the jazz world after years of classical music training. He was lucky enough to play with some of the greatest living jazz musicians and toured key festivals. Then Enhance founder Alison Clarke called on Gav to work on the company's marketing. This led him to his new passion of… marketing! Gav oversees Enhance's marketing initiatives, gets a kick out of connecting with clients and unearthing new talent. Gav still has that cassette tape, so if his music teacher reads this, please get in touch so he can return it.

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