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Birdcage Pavillion, Tabcorp Melbourne

Every year huge crowds of punters and revellers descend upon Flemington Racecourse for the Spring Racing Carnival and its feature race, The Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup is the world's richest race over 3,200m (two miles) with $5.5 million in prize money.

Racegoers stake their places trackside, laying down blankets and folding out chairs, while others find coveted seats in the stand. In between races the spotlight moves to fashion with the Myer Fashions on the Field event, and the well-heeled celebrities flitting about the Birdcage enclosure.

The Flemington Birdcage is the temporary home of the corporates. An opportunity for them to extend some hospitality as a show of appreciation to clients and staff. A prime example is the Tabcorp marquee designed by Diadem, a leading Australian design firm focusing on corporate image and event branding. The marquee provided a base for many corporate guests over the carnival as well as TAB betting facilities. It's aim was to provide a colourful engaging environment for clients and guests to relax and enjoy the races during the day and to go nightclubbing in the evenings.

Feature Lighting

The main focal point of the marquee was the 7m x 2.5m LED wall. Designed to fill the marquee with colour the wall consisted of 5 Plasma TVs and 28 individually controlled rectangular sections measuring 900mm x 400mm x 400mm and constructed from 2.5mm opal acrylic.

Providing the vivid colours in each section is a single TridonicAtco LED RGB Chain driven via a DALI LED RGB Driver. Colour changing sequences and special effects are run by a DCBM DALI Line Controller from DALIcontrol. Different sequences are stored in the controllerís flash memory for race time, in-between races and nightclubbing.

Colour Sequences

The RGB colour changing sequences include a moving arrow head, a four row colour race from left to right and random colour changes in the boxes to provide a continually changing display. The sequences are started from buttons on a wall plate connected to the controller or from a remote control unit from anywhere in the marquee.


The Tabcorp marquee was a popular success with the DALIcontrol DCBM DALI Line Controller providing all the colour changing functions to suit the mood of the event. The controller provided easy installation, powerful and flexible control sequences and simple operation.

Did you know?

The DCBM DALI Line controller/gateway can run timed sequences to create dramatic lighting effects.

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