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Mice Net : December 2009
mice.net 49 sydney & surrounds sydney CHIC Whether you're after a funky venue in the central business district or one away from the bright lights, either in the suburbs, beside the beach, or in a well-utilised precinct such as Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney has got it covered for event spaces with a difference. And the great thing is that so many properties are so adaptable. Luna Park on the northern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for example, is extremely well known for offering some unique event spaces. But as it showed just recently when it hosted exhibitors and delegates at Tourism Australia's Dreamtime incentive program, it also works exceptionally well for small exhibitions. Perhaps it's chameleon-like ability is a sign of the times. Business for venues is tough right now, and being able to adapt to a variety of scenarios is what is required in today's competitive marketplace. Another quality venue that can comfortably combine its unique spaces with its special often one-off exhibitions to create something incredibly unique, is the Powerhouse Museum located at Darling Harbour. Right now the venue is encouraging event planners to have their event groups dig out their shoulder pads, fluoro shirts and stonewash jeans for a retro-themed party inspired by the exhibition "The 80s are back". Opening on December 12, The 80s are back explores Australian life and popular culture during the 1980s, revisiting the fads and fashion, gaming and technology, nightclubs and music, architecture and design trends. Packed with entertaining experiences, familiar personalities and great nostalgia, The 80s are back will remind visitors why the 80s was a decade known for its over-the-top excess! The 80s are back is just one of the many exhibitions and gallery spaces at the Powerhouse Museum that can provide a fantastic backdrop for any event. From the historic steam revolution of our past to the latest in space technology, the museum showcases human creativity and achievement, champions the future, and stimulates thought-provoking debate. The Powerhouse Museum offers a range of venue spaces that can accommodate up to 1200 guests for cocktails or up to 200 for dinner, from the impressive Grand Foyer to the popular transport exhibition. For conferences, seminars, presentations, product launches and performances, you can choose from three tiered theatres all equipped with a selection of audio-visual and production facilities. And a range of more intimate boardrooms can cater for smaller meetings. Alternatively, planners should check out the Powerhouse Discovery Centre located in Sydney's greater west at Castle Hill. This venue is the storage and collection care facility of the Powerhouse Museum, and as such offers unique spaces for hire in its industrial feel centrepiece, the Display Store. Venues include the Integral Foyer and adjoining exhibition areas suitable for cocktails, dinners and product launches and the Resource Room for private meetings, presentations or training workshops. The landscaped lawn area and children's climbing frame located adjacent to the Display Store provide the perfect venue for a family day-style event, and a marquee can be erected on the lawn for outdoor cocktail or dinner functions. The Powerhouse Museum also offers the Sydney Observatory for events. High on Observatory Hill, Sydney Observatory occupies a heritage-listed sandstone building surrounding by gardens and stunning harbour views. A 10 x 20 metre marquee is situated in the rear gardens and creates a perfect setting for special events. To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.powerhousemuseum. com. IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH to hold a great event in Sydney. There are some exceptional venues at every turn.