Christchurch events industry delivers on creativity and innovation

Christchurch has hosted a gala dinner for 1,620 guests, the largest seated dinner in the city since 2009.

Conference Innovators, supported by Vbase, White Audio, Multi-Media, The Light Site and Theme Productions, delivered the spectacular event at Horncastle Arena in March 2017.

Conference Innovators Event Manager, Terri Lowsley says despite not having a purpose-built facility, the team still managed to pull off an incredible evening using the creative skills of talented local suppliers.

“It was a brilliant example of team effort from our established industry network in Christchurch.”

Terri Lowsley, Event Manager, Conference Innovators

The dinner was the finale of celebrations for St Andrew’s College Centenary on 18 March.  The Centenary saw 2,500 people attend celebrations over the March weekend. Another more casual evening for 1,200 guests was held at the College, catered by The Catering Dept. 

This was a special experience for the attendees, delivered with style, innovation and genuine, warm South Island hospitality.

“I am really proud of the way the Christchurch industry pulls together on stunning events such as the St Andrew’s dinner. We joined forces as a seamless team of professional and creative experts, and delivered at the highest level throughout every aspect of this event."

“While we wait for our Convention Centre to be completed, Christchurch is hosting large-scale meetings as well a wide range of other meetings. The Christchurch conference and events industry is in good health, working collaboratively and collectively in innovative ways and in innovative spaces.”

Terri Lowsley

Conference Innovators is involved with organising other large international conferences for Christchurch, including the Social Enterprise World Forum for late September 2017. The Forum expects to attract up to 1,200 attendees from all over the world. Isaac Theatre Royal will be the main venue with a myriad of other venues being used creatively, including spaces at Christchurch City Council, The Piano, and Christchurch Art Gallery.

“We will be making the most of Christchurch’s unique attractions. Food trucks will pop-up for catering breaks, and we will be using the Christchurch tram for transport to the different venues."

“Conference Innovators and our industry partners are looking forward to the opening of the Town Hall complex in 2018, which will give the city more options for larger events. And, of course, the new Convention Centre in late 2019 will be spectacular, and we have an industry network well and truly established to make magic happen,” Terri Lowsley says.