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!
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.
Whereas on a normal Friday night you would typically find me ‘bopping’ to mainstream music in 601, last Friday I attended an event new to my usual line-up: Bacchanalia. Now in its third year, this event is best described as a cross between a ball and a festival, offering a celebration of the music talent in St Andrews.