DCU’s Freshers’ Week resumed with a bang this week at DCU’s “Festival of the Arts”, which kicked off at 12pm in the U on Glasnevin campus on Tuesday, September 24th.
The inter-society event aimed to highlight the enrichment and culture that the arts can bring to university life and was co-hosted by DCU Students’ Union and DCU Drama. The festival included performances and showcases from eight different arts-based clubs and societies.
The day began with a short opening address from Chairperson of DCU Drama, Kate Gurren who thanked everyone in attendance and spoke about the contribution of the arts to college life.
“Societies like DCU Drama, Glee, Dance, give you an opportunity to break apart from the normal for a little while, and to work with like-minded people, who you may not have even met before, and create something brilliant,” she said.
This was followed by a performance from the Glee Society.
Glee was formerly a subgroup of the music society but have established themselves as an independent society this year.
Chairperson of DCU Glee, Róisín Phelan said musical performance, “helps you become more confident in your own work, for example, doing presentations.”
With music in NuBar courtesy of DJ Soc, and exhibition stands in The Hive showcasing the work and achievements of DCU Media Production Society, FotoSoc and Dance Soc; a wide variety of talent was on display.
Eurovision Society showed a selection of some of the shows’ best and worst moments’, while the South Asian Music and Arts Society showed the Indian Romantic Comedy ‘Love Per Square Foot’.
The newly formed Alternative & Indie Music Society (AIMS) provided musical performances in the Venue. A spokesperson for the society spoke to The College View about their plans for the rest of the year, “expect more open mics, karaoke nights and collaborations with our friends in societies like DCU Drama and Games Society” they said.
For further information and for the chance to sign up for all clubs and societies, students can visit the DCU clubs and societies fair next week.
The fair takes place in the Sports Complex on Glasnevin campus on September 30th and October 1st and in the auditorium on St Patrick’s Campus on October 2nd.
Students will also be able to sign up for anything they missed at the Annual General Meeting of the relevant society.
Kasey Leigh McCrudden
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