Venue Shmenu – These spaces are designed to Inspire

By Rowena Horne

Forget bland meeting spaces, shopping centres, gaudy hotel ballrooms, exhibition halls and other beige places. We’re tired of spaces that are not designed to engage audiences (or be easy to work in either). So, it is with enthusiasm that the Bunch Operations Team offer up the following list of event spaces that have excited and inspired us over the years.

The first category is easy, it covers those spaces that are BEAUTIFUL either in location or architecture. The ones that (as an event organiser) you walk in and go … “WOW, I can definitely create something special here.”

Whitehaven Beach is a stunning unspoiled location – logistically challenging but definitely worth the effort. This is the place to create something unexpected in the middle of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

The George Ballroom, right here in Melbourne, combines history and beauty to create a timeless space that wakes up your imagination.

We dare you to have a blah experience in Queenstown New Zealand, with something for everyone set against jaw dropping scenery, just about everyone on our team has delivered something special beneath The Remarkables!  

Then there are those BRAG-ABLE spaces that you just can’t believe you have the chance to work in and you know your audience will also be aware of the space’s PEDIGREE.

Location, location, lux location Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is gloriously six star and then some.

Owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, reportedly one of the world’s most haunted theatres and part of London’s West End, we are stoked to have trodden the boards at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Edinburgh Castle – the history, the views, the atmosphere, and the cobblestones – anything is possible, and has probably already been attempted, in the shadow of its turrets.

Moving on to the UNEXPECTED, those spaces that make you exclaim “How did they do that, HERE!? …and why have I never noticed this great spot before?”

Host to a gala dinner as part of the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Festival, the carpark behind Ministry of Dance in North Melbourne had never looked so good!

On Cockatoo Island is the Turbine Shop, an incredible industrial space in the middle of Sydney’s iconic harbour, the potential is almost limitless. 

Usually home to joggers, Melbourne’s famous Tan Track naturally suited a lone line of Long Lunch tables too.

Speaking of long tables… they were needed to fit 1,500 diners in amongst all the fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific in California. A word of warning, consider carefully what you put on the menu!

A building over 140 years old with a spot where Oscar Wilde used to sit, drink and eat. Hotel Café Royal is old school London with a 40,000 bottle cellar, sweeping staircases and giant Murano glass chandeliers. The obvious spot to host a boxing match!  

Finally there are those OPPORTUNITIES that falsely lead your friends to believe that event organising is all about sipping champagne on yachts. They might happen once or twice in a 20 year career, but when they do, why not take the opportunity to gloat, before knuckling down to your third 18 hour day in a row.

A swim before the production meeting anyone? Courtesy of the Westin Nusa Dua Bali.

Check out pit lane 5 minutes before the race starts? At the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Perform at the happiest place on earth – Disneyland!

Create footage viewed by millions during the Sydney Olympics?

We are so proud to have worked in all these spaces, and 10,000 others. And then there are the ones still on our team’s bucket list:

Melbourne University Carpark

Times Square