Sunday saw the latest edition of the Kate Kennedy Charity May Ball, traditionally the year’s largest and most esteemed event — this year’s instalment was no different. At the end of April, the KK oversee the Gaudie, a torchlit procession down the pier in honour of John Honey, a student who in 1800 rescued victims from a nearby shipwreck. For many, this is the last event of this year: a fitting final act for not only the Candlemas semester but for the academic year (ignoring the daunting prospect of graduation for the elderly among us). The KK May Ball provided the joie de vivre before the uncertainty of these exams and, with Kinkell Byre as the backdrop, achieved exactly the kind of night we were all in need of. The KK is proud that: “The May Ball has donated tens of thousands of pounds to local and Scottish charities throughout its long history and continues to raise awareness of important causes both in Fife and across the country”.
Last Saturday, in a picturesque field in Perthshire, the St Andrews Polo Society held their annual tournament amidst champagne, cigars, and, perhaps somewhat expectedly, rain. Perhaps the most summery of the Spring term’s events, the Polo tournament allowed students a brief moment of pause before revision weeks begin, in an event that proved Scotland’s residents will dress up whatever the weather. Garden party attire was encouraged, though with the proviso that “all weather is a possibility”, and students did their best to fulfil expectation: bright colours bedecked Errol Park’s grounds, that switched to umbrellas when the heavens (as is custom) opened in late April.
With the largest department in the university and a reputation that has attracted thousands of students from all over the world, hearing that this year’s Ambassador’s Ball was the first in their history almost made me do a double-take. But I can confirm – as I have asked many times – that this year marks an impressive milestone for the International Relations Department, with the launch of their inaugural ball.
The School of International Relations ball is taking place this weekend, on Saturday the 20th April, and promises a night of fun for all, not just IR students. The inaugural ball for this faculty in St Andrews, and having started with a minuscule budget, the IR president and committee began with the idea of a global ball to celebrate the international nature of… well… International Relations, and the result of their hard efforts is the Around The World In 80 Days theme. Celebrating Jules Verne’s global novel as well as the diversity of the department’s interests & specialties, the ball pledges to be a night of fun for all.
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.
Gutted to miss last year’s Glitterball thanks to the merciless weather, to say I was excited for this year’s event is an understatement. That said, I couldn’t help but be a little skeptical: at £35 a ticket (a £5 increase on previous years) it’s difficult to say that it’s the most inclusive price-wise, and I was worried that aside from the glitter, there might not have been much tangible difference to the typical overly pricey St Andrews event. That said, Glitterball is something I’ve been looking forward to since I first got here 2 years ago, and the night of talent, creativity, and inclusivity that I was met with on Saturday was more than worth the money and completely melted my cynical, icy heart.
Promising a “cacophony of Asian cultures”, this year’s Sitara event, Iridescence, expanded from its South Asian focus to include a multitude of cultures with the theme of iridescence signifying the bright lights of urban spaces across the continent. Held at the new venue of Lochaber Farm, out of town in the other direction from Kinkell, the marquee was far more decorated than other fashion events, with lit-up trees and an ice luge for drinks.
Just like a magpie, I am always looking for another piece of jewellery to add to my collection. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to a ring-making workshop at East Nook studio. The class promises you will leave with three rings, and a glass, or two, of prosecco in your belly, so naturally, I had to give it a try.
The Informer spoke to Paula Akyol, Creative Director of this year’s Sitara, ahead of tomorrow’s show about the event, the committee and their dedication to charity.
Top of the Scots was a welcome spring addition to the St Andrews A Cappella calendar. Tom Caruth, known for stand-up with the St Andrews Comedy society, hosted the concert, which featured all six of St Andrews’ A Cappella groups. Many of them performed their Scottish A Cappella Championship (SACC) sets which they had been working on for the last few months. The groups all performed with microphones, raising the quality of the sound considerably and making for an exciting concert. This concert was also the first audience-vote competition the society has hosted, with the winning group receiving a £300 grant towards their next A Cappella function. The A Cappella society teamed up with the Save the Children society, selling cakes and collecting donations, raising a total of over £100 for the charity!