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Community invited to re-imagine culture of coast

Gold Coast community members are invited to see the Gold Coast in a different light at a film screening and community forum at Bond University from 6:00pm on Wednesday 25 July, 2012.

The evening will include a screening of the documentary Kicking off the White Shoes and a community forum which aims to bring people together to meet, share and discuss the Gold Coast’s image as a cultural city.

The forum, taking place at the University’s Cerum Theatre, guides the audience through  filmmaker Jeff Licence’s  journey into the cultural underground of the Gold Coast, exploring issues that have formed the stereotypes to discover a much deeper side to the coast beyond the ‘glitter strip'.

Kicking off the White Shoes follows 13 creative Gold Coasters working in art, culture, community and sustainability to see how the Gold Coast is 'kicking off the white shoes' and finding its feet as a city.

The forum part of the evening will feature a well-respected panel, including Bond University’s Professor Phillip Follent from the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Professor Marcus Breen from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Joining the academics are Rory O’Connor, Managing Director at Yugambah Museum; Libby Sander, Founder of The Future of Work Project & Chair of Goldspaces; Destry Puia, General Manager of the Arts Centre Gold Coast; and Nerida Marshall, Screen Theatre & Writers Studio and fifth generation Gold Coaster.

Among guests attending will be a number of high-profile Gold Coast personalities including Gold Coast Mayor, Councillor Tom Tate, Queensland Government representatives, The Hon. Ros Bates (Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts and Member for Mudgeeraba) and Rob Molhoek (Assistant Minister for Child Safety and Member for Southport).

The night will inspire, provoke thought, and offer opportunities to engage in lively open discussion about the Gold Coast’s unique cultural life, business opportunities, tourism and social enterprise.

Ticket are $15 (or concessions $10) and bookings are essential via

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