Another j2 event experience

The Shared Gift Fire Event – 2003 Rotary International Convention

j2 Portfolio Classification

Conference & Incentives – Special Events

Events of Significance

Location South Bank Parklands and Brisbane River, Brisbane
Year 2003
Client South Bank Corporation (owner/underwriter)
Quick Facts


Evening welcome event for the 2003 Rotary International Convention

Attended by over 15,000 Rotarians and their families


j2 ideas & events was appointed as Producer and Director of The Shared Gift Fire Event. This was the evening welcome event for the 2003 Rotary International Convention held in Brisbane.

The story of The Shared Gift was concepted by indigenous artist Ramona 'Mun Mun' Cavanagh following a meeting with the President of the International Rotary Convention about the history of Rotary. The brief was for j2 to bring Ramona's story of The Shared Gift to life on the Brisbane River, through the use of storytelling, fire, pyrotechnic effects and music.

J2 Services and Solutions

Creative direction

Event management

Liaison with stakeholders

Programming and scheduling

Venue liaison

Application for permits and approvals

Pyrotechnic, lighting and soundtrack design and management of contractors

Production, stage management and oversight of event from bump in through bump out

Budget management and cost control

Risk mitigation and management

Under the artistic direction of j2's Joanna Jordan, a 20 minute soundtrack was developed featuring the music of Aboriginal musician Adrian Ross and narration by Indigenous artist Jeanette Fabila. The visual creative of the river-based show was then developed by j2 in conjunction with Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics.


Level of Complexity

Many new effects and concepts were incorporated into the event, including gas-fired sculptures and water-based pyrotechnics.

Key Achievements

The event succeeded in meeting the vision of Romana 'Mun Mun' Cavanagh and the high expectations of Rotary International.

Stakeholder Feedback

"It was a delight working with you once again Joanna for the Shared Gift Fire Event as part of 2003 Rotary International Convention. The Show was a huge success with 15,000 delegates lining South Bank's shores to watch the spectacle. Your calm manner and ability to solve any issue that arose ensured that all of the Corporation's interests were met professionally, and that the public were treated to a truly wonderful event. We look forward to working with you in the future."

Jane Tighe – (former) Events Business Manager, South Bank Corporation