Video: A glimpse into all the action from our 2019 Denizen Heroes Gala, presented by Chivas Regal

Last Friday evening saw an assortment of geometric lasers, undulating light installations and a neon archway illuminate Shed10 as it prepared to welcome a crowd of convivial partygoers, descending on the venue to celebrate our 2019 Denizen Heroes. The annual gala, presented by Chivas Regal proved an evening to remember. Mind-bending light features, courtesy of Angus Muir Design bathed the expansive spaces in an intriguing, after-dark glow, while the rousing tunes of guitarist ARLI, Nathan and Jaimie Haines and The Sweet Mix Kids ensured that once formalities we over, hitting the dance floor felt the only appropriate thing to do.

A purpose-built portrait studio took over one corner of the gala, where photographer extraordinaire Olivia Kirkpatrick snapped perfectly composed pictures of attendees (see those photos here), and dotted around the space were various food stalls, including a Chivas gelato stand offering deliciously creamy Chivas-infused Miann morsels coated in chocolate.

With the Chivas Regal bar serving an array of tantalising cocktails (devised by drinks specialists Black Pineapple Co.) including the crowd-pleasing Chivas Collins, the Shiso Heroic and the New Old Fashioned, and a jovial spirit driving a collectively good vibe on the night, it might have been our fourth Heroes Gala, but it was certainly the best one yet.

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