I remember a laughing crowd, celebration and delirious youth. Then came the hugs; the warmth of human contact in the Scottish winter. A quote from the moon landing was proudly displayed on a banner turning into a photo wall. Everyone was dressed like they were from the 1980s. “Boom, Boom, Boom” – welcome to Szentek.
Perception is a funny thing. Fresh from last year’s roaring success of PARADIGM, a total raised of £12,900 for the three charities, and an August that saw them place third in the “Big Impact, Small Budget” category at The National Student Fundraising Conference 2018, CATWALK is back. Long-proud of its Union and Charities Campaign affiliation, CATWALK 2019 will be taking place outside of RAG week again on the 9th of March, but as always will give 100% of the proceeds to Union-nominated charities. CATWALK sits on the executive committee of the Charities Campaign this year, giving it wider creative autonomy under the Union umbrella, and the local, national, and international charities that the fashion show will be supporting are Fife Women’s Aid (FWA), Wave Project, and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) respectively.
This week, the annual one-day phenomenon that is Szentek descends upon St Andrews’s Kinkell Byre, promising “an eclectic sensory extravaganza” of art and music. When one thinks of nightlife in this small East Fife town, minds might wander to bowties and ballgowns – but Szentek (Hungarian for “Saint”) promises once again to be a breath of fresh air. Offering an underground alternative to students and a larger platform for electronic music, Szentek fosters young local creative potential from behind the decks to on the canvas.
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.
A night of masked entertainment, with cocktails flowing, in St Andrews? Surprising. While it may sound like it, no, it’s not a resurgence of sports club initiations or Bullingdon Club-esque debauchery, but the 4th birthday of Concrete Catwalk St Andrews. Held at The Adamson on the 30thOctober, the eclectic street style blog that captures library looks fresh off the pages of Vogue hosted a wonderful evening of masked revelry.
Dubbed St Andrews’ premier Halloween event, the House of Horror Charity Gala has continued to spook and delight guests year upon year, relying mostly on its wacky themes and staple fairground ride. This year was no different to the rest – but is that such a good thing?
As some friends and I paraded down Market Street on Saturday afternoon armed with Smirnoff Ice and besprinkled with glitter, two students passing by took one look at us and declared aloud, “Starfields is today.” While St Andrews is known for its events that call for some of the most adventurous outfits you’ve ever seen at a university gathering, Starfields is probably the one of the most notorious. A signalling wave goodbye to the summer holiday and the last hurrah before Freshers’ Week ends, Starfields is the crowning jewel in a week of revelry and welcome celebrations.
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.
Culture Y is a St Andrews students organization dedicated to creating interesting and innovative art based events for the St Andrews community.