Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Survivors Fashion Show at the Alameda Botanical Gardens 2019: ‘Journey Through Time’
The Bosom Buddies show will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary next year, serving to raise awareness for breast cancer, whilst giving survivors and those battling the condition a platform on which to shine and perform.
This year’s venue was the perfect backdrop. The natural surroundings of the Alameda Botanical Gardens, with the audience blessed too, with a beautiful spring evening. The programme provided plenty, but focused on fun, glamour and awareness.
This is a community event, featuring many of Gibraltar’s talented performers, but ultimately it is about the Buddies, giving them an opportunity to enjoy themselves, have fun and really appreciate and celebrate life.
The theme this year was ‘A Journey Through Time’ with this reflected in the choice of music and styles represented in the different choreographies. The dancing entertainment was provided by Showdance Company, Danza Academy and Amy Avellano each providing distinct, high energy pieces. Three Buddies also featured in a ‘survivor’ routine with Stylos Dance Studios.
The Buddies had plenty of opportunity to shine in numerous acts, participating in an ABBA dance routine, fashion parade and Charleston number together with the CCC Sequence Dance Club. Fun was certainly at the heart of all the routines, with some catchy 70’s and 80’s musical tracks getting the crowd going.
There was singing too with Mrs Gibraltar 2017, Megan Danino, performing for the first time in a convincing interpretation of Rita Hayworth. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from her in this capacity.
The contributors were too many to mention, but we have to pay tribute to the fashion extravaganza we were treated to in the second part of the show. Three local designers, showing their latest collections. Paul Perez with his bohemian lux wear, inspired by religious iconography and insects, Charlene Figueras with her OWL (Only Wear Love) collection, floaty and elegant, inspired by her daughter Alexa, and Gail Howard showing off her edgy, and glam street style looks. 34 local models took to the catwalk to showcase these accomplished designs.
And there was more action on the catwalk, with Diamond Occasions also featuring, here with creative styling by Alex Britto who was part of the organising team.
Sonia Golt is the inspiration behind the event, ensuring year in year out it is a success. She paid tribute to her team which included, Gina Victory, William Gomez and Jacqui Dalli. As compare on the night Personally, I can say I am truly grateful to have been part of the production, (supporting in this small way) sharing in the sentiment of the show, and feeding of the audience who were extremely engaging. A mention too to Mark Andrades who took on the role of compère in Part 2 of the show, whilst also being part of the fashion parade, and one of the dancers in the earlier section.
The show proved once again Gibraltar’s charitable nature and the community’s ability to pull together for a great cause. In conclusion a lovely night out, in great company!
Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Survivors Fashion Show at the Alameda Gardens 2019: ‘Journey Through Time’