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Barfoot & Thompson 90th Anniversary

by Paulina Rolon

When PA was asked for a concept to tell Barfoot & Thompson’s story to 3500 guests as a centrepiece to the company’s 90th anniversary celebrations, we aimed so high and our ideas were so grand that we never imagined they would be approved.

What followed was the combined effort of nearly every event services supplier in Auckland - a truly amazing opportunity to work with incredible people, and totally necessary when you’re throwing one of the largest birthday parties ever held in New Zealand.

The idea was to recount Barfoot & Thompson’s history on a giant projection screen the length of two rugby pitches and nearly three storeys high (280m x 9m to be precise). The screen, which was made from more than a tonne of lycra, provided a fully immersed, seamless, wraparound video presentation for all 3500 guests.

The results were outstanding. Here are a few stats and photographs from the event:

  • 600 catering & kitchen staff
  • More than a 1/4 mile of carpet
  • 30 x 20K projectors
  • 12.1 surround system to ‘follow’ the video timeline of Barfoot & Thompson’s history
  • 100 technical crew
  • Central stage for entertainment and presentations
  • 350 table centres
  • 4 courses for every guest - that’s 14,000 dishes!

Contact PA for further information on this event or to discuss how we can create a visionary concept for your business’s next event - no matter how big or small.