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Mice Net : December 2008
news off-site bathes in gold Connections (OFC) China that carried the team during the Olympic Games, designing 16 events for Australian corporations. F Off-SiTe cOnnecTiOnS played its part in Beijing too. All systems go in Beijing for OSC. BOTTOM: THE OSC team with entertainers Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Shannon Noll. 12 mice.net Among these was the ceremony to officiate the completion and handover of the Beijing 2008 Olympic medals. The ceremony represented the 6000 Olympic medals - 3000 Olympic and 3000 Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medals being given to BOCOG. OSC produced elements from stage set design, event creative concepts, planning entertainment to event management. There were more than 200 attendees including representatives from BHP and BOCOG VIPs, international and Chinese media, media crew and guests. OSC also created the welcome ceremony event for the Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian team. This also included announcing the flag bearer for the opening ceremony. Australian entertainers Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaighte performed while guests were treated to a fusion of modern and traditional Chinese performances. OSC were also responsible for designing and managing day cultural experiences for Australia’s Olympic Network hospitality program, capturing the best of Beijing. The must-do was a trip to the Great Wall of China. After guests enjoyed time to explore the Great Wall their experience was enhanced by a brunch at the stylish Cantilever House at Commune with stunning views overlooking the amazing wonder of the world. Another experience saw guests enjoying a personal rickshaw tour of traditional Chinese family homes where they were welcomed by local families and introduced to the traditional lifestyle including interacting with the locals at the markets and walking through the Hutongs (narrow streets of the town). Guests were transferred from this typical family setting to a palatial garden setting. Street market stalls were set for guests to interact and purchase gifts of traditional items such as name chops, Chinese knots, etc with specially branded gift money before enjoying a sumptuous Chinese banquet surrounded by the stunning garden setting which was formally the home of Song Qing Ling. OSC managing director, Peter Kinnane, said OSC’s involvement in the Beijing Olympics was an “amazing experience”. “[It was great to] be involved with the Olympics in producing various styles of events and experiences ranging from 100 to 1500 guests.” rom a Brisbane base Off-Site Connections has in recent years created a strong footprint in Asia, opening offices in Singapore, China and most recently Macau. It was Off-Site