Harcourts 125 Years Conference & Awards

Harcourts 125 Years Conference & Awards

About This Project

For this historical milestone in the Harcourt’s story, we put together a four-day celebration connecting Harcourt’s employees with the past and delighting them with visual and musical spectacles throughout the event. We custom-designed a huge AV screen set up in a corner aspect to create the building perspective of the original Harcourt’s offices, with footage sourced from the Harcourt’s archives and we even secured musical legend Jimmy Barnes for an exclusive concert to open the event at 9am!


There’s no clearer way to bring the successes of a company into perspective than by revisiting its historical roots. When Harcourt’s came to Total Event to deliver their 125th anniversary event, we knew the occasion called for a rather special party.


We took the conference guests back in time with a historical and emotive video to the origins of Harcourt’s; Wellington, the small city where this great company, now spanning 780 offices in 8 countries, had its humble roots.


Harcourt’s have a history of throwing colourful and inventive parties so Total Event needed to ensure the celebration would, well, go down in history. That meant researching, conceptualising and producing an event experience designed for maximum impact.


The opening set the bar for the rest of the conference, with a live performance by Jimmy Barnes secured exclusively for Harcourt’s.


The Awards Night was the most prestigious yet with a 70m x 8m AV screen set up in a corner aspect to create the building perspective of Harcourt’s original offices.


Total Event designed the technical environment and created all screen content from old archives of Harcourt’s photography essentially ‘rebuilding’, 3-D modelling and recreating the buildings from old photo files to fit the large screen format. This created a majestic awards stage fit to celebrate 125 years as well as award the Real Estate sales winners.


The conference spanned four days, three venues and included over 1000 attendees. As a finale to an incredible four days the band were revealed from behind a screen as the centre part of the building backdrop lifted out while the room came to life to commence the party!


Harcourt’s were thrilled with the event’s success and Total Event’s commitment to delivering excellence and the conference celebrated Harcourt’s illustrious company history in fantastic style.