Intertwined is designed to celebrate the diversity of Queensland ©Gold Coast 2018

Local Indigenous models took part in workshops this week to prepare for a fashion ceremony, due to take place at Kurrawa Park on April 14 and 15 as part of Broadbeach for Festival 2018 - the Gold Coast 2018 cultural programme.

The show, called Intertwined, is set to feature 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander models in a fashion performance combining dance, music, art and textiles designed to "celebrate the beauty and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture".

This week’s workshops connected the models with the designed pieces and saw them discuss the songs and dances for the performance.

In preparation for Intertwined, show creator Grace Lillian Lee, said to be one of the most influential people in Queensland, has also been working with local designers and talking each of them through the design process of the show.

Lee claimed the performance is about celebrating diversity.

"Intertwined is about pushing the boundaries of fashion and culture, and coming together to celebrate diversity," she said.

Intertwined is part of the cultural programme of Gold Coast 2018 ©Gold Coast 2018
Intertwined is part of the cultural programme of Gold Coast 2018 ©Gold Coast 2018

Lee added:  "The process is about creating pride and preservation of culture with the event giving the young Indigenous people involved a different view of their culture, mixing the old with the new."

Gold Coast 2018 deputy chief executive Biran Nourse said he was excited about the event.

"This project is a fantastic example of the community collaboration that is taking place behind the scenes which forms part of the legacy that Festival 2018 will leave behind," he said.

"Taking inspiration from their culture, local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth share their culture and stories through Intertwined on this unique platform with the world.

"This is a key priority of our arts and culture programme that aligns to objectives outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan to celebrate our state’s unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in locally authentic ways."

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is due to take place from April 4 to 15.