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.
On Thursday 15th November, from 8pm to 2am, Kinkell will once again be transformed with student-made junk art and film projections. With three rooms of DJs, artists, and art installations, the committee have worked hard on filling the often hard-to-decorate venue with colour and life. Question marks over Szentek in previous years have often pointed to the cost and the lack of clarity over what to expect. Those of cost seemingly centred around how much ‘bang for your buck’ there would be at a fledgling event, so different from the rest of the social calendar. This year, though, the committee have secured world-renowned artists: from one of Mixmag’s top 20 world DJs Kornél Kovács, to Ziplock, and Chaos in the CBD. They will be performing alongside St Andrews favourites, Szentek’s own DJs, the Wax Collective and Disco Volante.
Encompassing House, Techno, Disco and Funk, Szentek’s music array seems the perfect place for even the most fussy of audiophiles. Last year’s sell-out event promised much and delivered, and with an even more star-studded lineup on offer in 2018, expect big things. C-Shaman from Capri Collective commented on his experience playing Szentek 2017, describing the crowd as “absolutely fantastic, and so enthusiastic,” and commenting on the event as a whole: “It’s a huge production in such a cool venue – Szentek have done awfully well.”
As with previous years, the proceeds will be going to Variety Scotland– the children’s charity providing essential help to those with illness, disability, and disadvantage. This event isn’t all about the night: the purpose-made art from artists around town, the exposure for local DJs, and the invaluable financial aid to the Variety charity shows the far reach of the event. The music and the displays on the walls of years gone by have always proved striking, and Owl Eyes can’t wait to see what the committee has up their sleeves this year.
Photos courtesy of Szentek photographers, 2017.