State Library Victoria Events Venues

Big Events, Big Spaces, Big Transformations

On Saturday Night the State Library Victoria hosted the opening night party for the Australian premiere of ‘Come From Away’, playing at the Comedy Theatre. ‘Come From Away’, the winner of the 2019 Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, tells the remarkable true story of the small town that came together in the week following the September 11 attacks.

The impressive set up had the building façade glowing blue, as guests were ‘snapped’ on the arrival carpet, and enjoyed a signature ‘Super Pale Ale’ by Stomping Ground, which complemented the impressive catering by Showtime Event Group.

The event was produced by Whole Nine Yards Group in collaboration with Showtime Event Group, who transformed one of the library’s ‘Historic Reading Rooms’, into an ‘Impressive Event Space’. The star-studded event marked the very first time the Redmond Barry Reading Room has been used for such a high scale event since it was transformed into a reading room in 2004 (formerly McCoy Hall).

With a tight one hour turn around, a coordinated effort between audio visual production, entertainers, furniture hire and our very own catering team, seamlessly delivered an event stage across multiple library spaces, that also included the Russell Street Welcome Zone and Cowen Gallery.

It is not the first time that Showtime Event Group have transformed Australia’s oldest and largest public library. In June of this year Showtime Event Group delivered the very first wedding reception to be held in the La Trobe Reading Room.

‘Since being appointed as the Library’s exclusive event partner and caterer, Showtime Event Group are very proud to see some of Melbourne’s signature events taking placing at the Library’  Brad Dabbs, General Manager.

Showtime Event Group were appointed in 2018 as part of the $88m ‘Vision 2020’ redevelopment of the Library, that will see all spaces opened by December 2019.

We’re very excited to bring more of these events to the library in 2020 and beyond. The library is set to become a very exciting events hub in the center of the CBD.’ Adds Brad.

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For more information on holding your event at the State Library, contact Showtime Event Group


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