State Library of Victoria to open purpose built event space
The appointment marks a milestone in the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment – an $88.1 million project to transform the Library’s buildings and services. The ambitious project will see the Library open its first dedicated and purpose-built function space, the Isabella Fraser Room, in late September while in 2019 the Library will open another stunning heritage room, The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall.
“State Library Victoria is a truly unique venue and Vision 2020 will reopen some of our most stunning heritage spaces to the public,” said Kate Tomey, CEO State Library Victoria. “The Library was honoured to be recognised as Australia’s best specialty venue at this year’s Meetings and Events Australia National Conference, and we’re excited to work the Showtime Event Group to continue to enhance the Library’s reputation as one of nation’s leading venues.”
Showtime Event Group rebranded in February with the launch of an offsite catering arm, and the appointment as exclusive caterer and event partner to the Old Melbourne Gaol precinct in collaboration with the National Trust Victoria.
“It’s been a very big 2018 for Showtime Event Group, but it’s something that has been planned for quite some time,” said Brad Dabbs, Showtime Event Group’s general manager.
“We established a 10 year plan in 2012 to become the industries leader, and this an important step in the journey. As exciting as this is, we still have a lot more to roll out in the next few years. It’s a very exciting time to be part of the events industry in Melbourne.”
This year’s PCOA Conference and Exhibition networking function will be held at State Library Victoria.
“State Library Victoria will provide the perfect environment for attendees to network and exchange ideas in an historic setting and at the same time appreciate the newly revitalised event spaces being made available through this significant redevelopment,” said Barry Neame, PCOA’s president.