Exploring the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
Whether you’re planning an event or attending one, the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre is a world-class, award-winning and multi-functional venue that promises the kind of wow-factor people will be talking about for years to come.
Situated on the shores of South Brisbane, the state-of-the-art exhibition and convention centre first opened its doors to the public in 1995 and has been renowned for hosting premier events of the highest standard ever since. The BCEC is beloved by event organisers, international acts and world leaders alike thanks to its impeccable service, reputation as Australia’s most versatile event venue, and its ability to seamlessly transition and transform.
From hosting up to five conventions at a time to offering 44 meeting rooms capable of accommodating as little as eight to as many as 8,000 people, the options available for every meeting, event, gala function, concert and showcase are endless. Think spectacular city views in the intimate Sky Room and Terrace; high ceilings and stunning light displays for gala dinners, award presentations and trade show displays in the Plaza Ballroom; and tiered seating and top-notch audiovisual production equipment to make live music, comedy shows and high-profile speakers memorable in the Great Hall. One of the BCEC’s highest honours was being chosen to host the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit – it was also a favourably lauded event by its attendees.
The BCEC is so much more than just a pretty face, though. The venue offers a variety of state-of-the-art in-house services. In the kitchen, the award-winning gourmet catering team is led by Executive Chef David Pugh, whose star-studded culinary pedigree and passion for fresh local, seasonal ingredients and flavours, coupled with exceptional service from the Food and Beverage team, ensures every dining experience here is a wonderful and mouth-watering affair. Meanwhile, in the IT and AV department, more than 80 audio, visual and production experts are on hand to create an immersive and memorable experience that brings your event to life.
Behind the glitz and glam, the centre also houses a gallery home to a vast collection of traditional and contemporary indigenous art, as well as 20,000 square metres of dedicated exhibition space.
With such a stellar line up of services, facilities and diverse spaces, it’s no wonder that this world-class venue has won numerous accolades over its last 20+ years. The BCEC is the most awarded convention centre in Australia, with 178 industry awards to its name thus far (with 72 of those accolades in recognition of the venue’s exceptional catering), including The World’s Best Convention Centre by the Association Internationale des Palais de Congress (AIPC) 2016-2018.
Topping off the BCEC’s exceptional offerings is its beautiful and convenient location. In the heart of Brisbane’s South Bank Precinct, it's just moments from the city’s riverside where cultural attractions and a delightful array of shops, cafes and restaurants can be found. It’s also within easy reach of Australia’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, like the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
Want to see the BCEC in action? Here are just a handful of the notable upcoming events on the calendar for the remainder of 2019:
Troye Sivan – 23 September
The effervescent Troye Sivan, Australian singer, songwriter and pop phenomenon, is bringing his The Bloom Tour, imbued with his signature synth-infused, catchy and addictive banger beats melding serious and complex topics, to Brisbane. Prepare to get your boogie on and belt out his latest hits from his new album, plus his ARIA double-platinum smash hit My My My!
World Travel Expo – 13 October
Ditch your screen filled with multiple research tabs and book your dream holiday with confidence at the World Travel Expo. Get expert advice, compare options and lock in epic deals with major airlines, tour companies, cruise and rail specialists for destinations across the globe.
Good Food and Wine Show – 25-27 October
Lip-smacking, finger-licking and mouth-watering events are all on the menu at the Good Food and Wine Show this year. This year includes exclusive opportunities to dine with famous chefs, partake in masterclasses in all kinds, learn from experts sharing their knowledge on everything from cooking to table styling, or just simply gorge yourself on all the goodness on offer.
Supernova Comic Con and Gaming – 8-10 November
Step into the world of pop culture fandom at Supernova, a celebration of TV and film, comics and gaming, anime and manga. Over three days fans will have the opportunity to geek out as they immerse themselves in their favourite imaginary worlds, as well as meet their dream celebrities
Success Resources presents Richard Branson – 16 November
Adventurer, philanthropist and founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson is touching down on Australia’s shores to share his strategies for transforming your mindset into one that generates inspiration, success and personal fulfilment in life at his event Inspire & Succeed. He’ll be joined by CEO of The Messenger Group, Lisa Messenger, and best-selling author and inspirational speaker Michael Crossland.