How to organise a fantastic event in a historic auditorium

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You have many options for organising a conference or other event. There are many spaces that you can use to host a conference or event. These range from neutral venues like hotels and conference centers, to more exotic locations such as country homes and rural retreats. The auditorium is still the most popular venue for some of the best events in the world. These spaces are beautiful and rich in history, and could one day be the closing night for your favorite bands’ world tour. Next, a conference that is both inspiring and educational about the future of digital industries.

What makes an auditorium event unique?

Conferences held in auditoriums or theatres typically have one stream of content. Every attendee has the exact same experience as everyone else. This is an extremely powerful way to make an impact in a community or industry. You can now tell the story to an entire group of influential people over the course of a few days as an event organizer. These venues offer a lot of flexibility in terms of what you can show at the event, from keynote speeches to panel discussions to live music or dance. Many auditoriums and the respected stages that they host are designed to allow for quick changes and flexibility. Don’t be afraid of pushing the limits of the space to make it exciting, dynamic and engaging for your audience.

You can also incorporate the history and architecture of historical venues into your audience experience. People often seek out information about the past and how it shaped the community. Old venues can often have as much history and beauty as they do decorum. Spend some time learning about the people and stories that shaped the venue and look for connections to your event’s story and themes. These small bits of education and intrigue can be a great way to enhance your audience experience.

How to make the most of an auditorium at your conference

1. Make the space a marketing tool

You can use the history, architecture and community of the venue to enhance the event experience. You can capture the space in stunning photography, or connect your conference themes with the buildings stories. Look for all the amazing marketing opportunities available.

2. Your event could be a show!

You will want to make the most out of your space and have all your attendees in one place. It is important to make your event as interactive as possible. This means offering a variety of activities to view, listen, and interact with. You will lose your investment and your audience won’t be engaged if you have five hours of seminars. Imagine your event as a performance. You will need to design the story that you want to tell and the energy curve for the audience you expect to respond. You can think about everything from how to make them feel welcome upon their arrival, to how you’ll ‘wake’ them up after lunch.

3. Timing is everything

Single stream events don’t require you to worry about people wandering from one space to another, being late for the next session, or going to an inappropriate room. You do need to plan carefully for getting everyone seated at a certain time. Also, make sure you have enough breaks and lunches. Plan your timings to the minute. With your venue staff, you can set realistic expectations for getting people into their seats. You can practice handovers on stage and decide how to mic each speaker. Make sure you have a clear running order. Be prepared for anything!

The Brighton Dome is a stunning auditorium that can bring life to an event. We not only have historic spaces in Brighton to host your next event, but also have an amazing team of event producers, technicians, and event planners who will take care of every detail.

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