DONT WALK: Sorgiamo stayed true to its word this week, as the event rose from the ashes on a new date, at a new venue, but with all the glitz and glamour one has come to expect from the DW committee. Originally scheduled to happen on the 2nd of March but cancelled due to safety fears, many were left wondering what was to come of the event: would a rescheduling hurt ticket sales, what would happen with rebooking acts, and the logistics of having to put on a whole new show.
Spring is fashion show season in St Andrews, and in the wake of a show-stopping FS and a stopped-show DONT WALK, CATWALK: Perception had much of an occasion to rise to. And rise they did; goodie bags featuring coupons for a slice of the St Andrews staple Mozza’s, pink Slingsby’s G&Ts on entry, and cupcake servers meandering 601 prepped guests for a night perfectly organized and choreographed to showcase the beautiful boldness of CATWALK. This year the event was supporting the local, national, and international charities Fife Women’s Aid (FWA), Wave Project, and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) respectively.
Even following last year’s cancellation, and with the threat of this year’s event going the same way after DONT WALK’s postponement, Oktoberfest 2019 proved a unmitigated triumph. Having an Oktoberfest celebration in March… in Scotland… may not seem like the most sound recipe for success for an event. Yet the committee managed it superbly, organising an all-day affair to rival the Polo in April with a hall decked with three bars and traditional German decorations.
At the earlier time of 3:30pm (whether this is to avoid collision with Christmas Ball pres is up for debate), the Acapella Society committee scheduled a holiday bonanza this year. All six St Andrews groups performed alongside worldwide hit, Trinity College Dublin’s The Trinitones, following their successful US-tour and having gained 23 million views on their viral video of a George Ezra medley. This event, supporting Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland (MiHC), helped not only to boost the town’s morale in the longer, darker nights, but also to raise much-needed funds for a charity whose “live musical sessions are designed to humanise clinical settings, to reach and connect people, to encourage communication and meaningful interactions and to elicit emotions and memories when it matters most.”
While ‘The Challenge’ may sound like a cringey 5pm game show, it is actually an annual November shooting competition that brings over 140 shots from universities around the country to East Fife. Some might see the Welly Ball that follows as a quintessentially St Andrews event – playing host to thousands of students in ball gowns, tweed, and most importantly, wellies – but it remains one of the few cross-university events that the town hosts, with attendees from as far as Exeter. The Clay Pigeon Shooting Club somehow manages a finely-tuned schedule starting with a day for the shots and then followed by a ball for both Dinner and After Party guests, greatly to their credit. Welly 2018, though not without its detractions, was yet again a fun experience, with the proceeds going to a great cause. Plus, it had the added bonus of Wellington boots as a barrier both to the usual mud, and toe-stepping revelry of Kinkell.
The St Andrews Charities Campaign raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for three amazing charities each year. We spoke with Julianna Joss, the Postgraduate Coordinator of the St Andrews Charities Campaign, to learn more about what they do. What she feels is quite remarkable is that these charities are selected by students, thus giving us a connection to initiatives and events throughout the year (RAG Week, Catwalk, Race2, just to name a few) that benefit these good causes. This past year, the student body elected their local charity: Families First, their national charity: Scottish Refugee Council, and their international charity, Save the Children. As the 2017-2018 academic year draws to a close, they are looking for their next charities to support – one international, one national and one local charity.
Earlier this week the Owl Eyes Informer sat down with Caitlin Krause, co-director of Label, to talk about their brand, the fashion show this spring and the importance of representation within the busy landscape of the St Andrews fashion season.
Having never attended a DONT WALK Charity Fashion Show before, I was excited to see if the real event could actually live up to all the publicity hype. With copious amounts of sponsored Lanson champagne free for guests, an array of designer fashion on the catwalk, and music performances that had the entire place buzzing, DONT WALK 2018 exceeded all expectations. The event was a hybrid of fashion and future, with an atmosphere, an energy, that was simply electrifying.
The charity fashion show DONT WALK is having its model castings this coming Friday and Saturday. Auditions are inevitably a nerve-racking experience, but if you give it a shot, you may be able to be a part of a truly exceptional organization, one which has always aroused intriguing discourse through its creative visions.
By the time you hit 4th year it’s easy to see the mass of charitable balls and fundraising events as going through the motions, throwing money at a multitude of issues we don’t fully understand. Yet as we reach into the new semester, raising awareness alongside donations is once again coming to the fore. I spoke to Emily Miller, co-founder of the Amina Society, about their endeavours to overcome this detachment with their fledgling society.