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Bond celebrates community with arts and culture festival

More than 7000 community members flocked to Bond University on Sunday October 14, 2012 for the annual Bond by the Lake.

This year’s roaring 20’s theme saw an array of arts, culture and creativity on show including live music, creative workshops, gallery spaces, roving entertainers.

From Charlie Chaplain, ‘Burlesque’ stiltwalkers and a Gangster & Flapper to rides and fun activities for kids, there was something to suit every taste.

The afternoon featured a-capella performances by The Blenders Youth Chorus and Vocalescence, an antique car, The Village Markets and the smash-hit gourmet ‘slow food’ spectacular - The Long Lunch hosted by celebrity chef Simon Grigalius.

Headlining the live music program was The Woohoo Revue who thrilled their listeners with catchy Balkan, Gypsy, swing and jazz compositions. 

Joining the line-up was Melissa Western who performed her critically acclaimed ‘Oh Lady Be Good’ cabaret, and the Les Wilson’s Swing Force Big Band featuring special guest, local jazz sensation Bec Whitehead.

The latest retro sensation to hit the Gold Coast, California Vintage hosted a fashion show featuring an exclusive collection of costumes from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, along with hand-sourced contemporary vintage pieces from Los Angeles and Europe.

The areas under the Arch were transformed into a creative concourse, including an art and photography gallery featuring locally curated works by Gold Spaces; the Arthouse project– an exhibit showcasing art, design and photographic works by Bond University students, as well as a design space curated by students from the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture.

The event is part of a number of community events hosted by Bond University. 

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