Preview: RAG Week 2016

This will be my third RAG week in St Andrews and I am happy to say it is looking to be the biggest and most exciting RAG week in St Andrews history. With around 50 events and 15 headlining events, RAG 2016 and over 40 societies have come together to bring St Andrews a RAG week to remember.

RAG 2016 will be kicking of on Saturday 30th January, with their Launch Party Club 601. This year RAG week will be embracing our fair towns Scottish Culture with the Fife Food Festival on Sunday and the RAG Ceilidh on Monday, I mean who doesn’t love a Ceilidh in St Andrews? The Fife Food Festival, will be an event to watch out for, incorporating many of Fife’s local specialty foods and interacting with the local cultures.

RAG week has joint forces with a number of different charities and university societies to bring you new events and returning events such as St Andrews’ Got Talent, UNICEF. St Andrews’ Got Talent, will be a night where a number of St Andrews performance groups and individuals will come together to perform and hope to win the recognition of the judges, and of course raise awareness for their charity. UNICEF is one of the main charities that is being supported this year by the university’s charities campaign, along with Maggie’s and Nightline.

An addition to RAG week this year is King and Queen of the Bubble, where University halls and University committees will send a female and male candidate in the hopes of becoming either the King or Queen of the Bubble.

RAG week’s coordinator Kristen Tsubota says, “What’s special about RAG Week is that there is something out there for everyone! Whether you’re into puzzles and would enjoy a day event like the Escape Room or you love fashion and want to go to Catwalk or even if you’re sporty and want just a fun night out with your teammates at Sinners or if you want to explore your foodie side at the Fife Food Festival, there’s something fun and exciting for you to do everyday!”

This is true of RAG week with a number of other events that will be headlining this years RAG week including: the RAG Pub Quiz, a Comedy Night, the RAG Ceilidh, an Acapella sofa session, a 50s Danceathon, the first SINNERS of this semester and Assassins.

This year one of the main and most memorable RAG events, CATWALK, will be returning, after a year’s hiatus, with the theme ‘Street Fashion’. CATWALK, is definitely an event to watch out for this year’s upcoming RAG/Fashion Season. Along with CATWALK, the LGBT society will also be continuing their dRAG Walk, featuring Drag Queens and an after party.

I think it is safe to say that this year’s RAG week will be something to remember and look forward too. So I encourage you all to come along and see what RAG has to offer and help support the chosen RAG charities.