Glamorous models donning stunning outfits strutted their stuff along the catwalk of the BMW Edge Amphitheatre, highlighted by the spectacular backdrop of the Yarra River winding its way past Box Hill Institute’s Centre for Creative Industries ‘Ignite’ spectacular.
On Friday 28 October 2011, the Institute took over Federation Square to showcase the diverse and creative program areas being offered in their Centre for Creative Industries.
Federation Square proved to be the ideal venue once again as upstairs, visitors marvelled at displays of jewellery, graphic design and textile arts while outside bands rocked the main stage as the sun set over Melbourne’s CBD.
Jenni Hillman, Centre Manager for Creative Industries, said, “Our centre features a wide range of creative disciplines from graphic design, jewellery, fashion, dance, music and live production. It was wonderful seeing the combination of work from the various areas feature in a stunning venue.”
This year, the Institute’s Centre for Hair, Beauty and Floristry also contributed to the event by providing dramatic looking floral displays, which were created onsite with hair and beauty students responsible for styling models for the fashion parade.
“Our students and staff are thrilled to be able to show Melbourne the benefits of a Box Hill Institute education,” Jenni Hillman added.
A diverse range of artefacts were displayed in the ‘zigzag’ steel concertina structure, that is the BMW Edge Amphitheatre, including jewellery, fashion mannequins, display boards and exhibits of interior and graphic design projects.
Outside, bands rocked the main stage well into the evening, with dance and other performances featuring on the screen above.
The 2011 runner up of the National Campus Band Competition, Box Hill Institutes’ Language of the Birds, had the crowd entranced with its evocative harmonies and intertwining guitars, while alternative rock outfit, No Love For Lexi, previewed many of the songs that will feature on an EP they are recording with You and I guitarist, Davey Lane.
Feedback from the bands that performed on the day summed up the mood of the event with bassist for Saving Cleopatra, a band that plays a blend of modern pop, Motown and R&B, Matt Plant, saying, “It was a great opportunity to perform with other musicians from Box Hill Institute.
“It was also really useful to get experience working with skilled technicians in an environment outside the Institute.”