08 October 2012

Verge Extravanganza!

If you’ve noticed any peculiarly placed artworks, music humming from corners of the campus that you didn’t know existed, or the massive big dome currently residing on our front lawns – you’d have probably guessed it’s that time lovely Verge time of year again. The Verge Arts Festival is bigger and better than ever before, and is totally living up to this year’s theme of “Compulsory Fun” - Verge Directors James Colley and Lauren Eisinger have worked at super hard to bring you one of the most rocking festival programs I’ve ever seen on this campus.

It's Alive!
Opening Night Party 
It all started off with a bang last Wednesday at Manning Bar with its “IT’S ALIVE” launch party, and has to date delivered the most excellent sources of entertainment (and excuses to skip class) with heaps of gigs under the dome, the ultra glamourous “Glitterati” night, a smorgasboard of Theatresports and even commandeered the bell tower to deliver your favourite tunes on request. One of the most exciting things on the schedule was the sold-out game of Humans vs Zombies on Saturday, turning the campus into an apocalyptic (and extremely fun) strategic battlefield.

If you’ve missed out thus far (or recently emerged from under a rock), never fear. Verge will be continuing its mighty festivities for the rest of the week.

On Monday, Harry Potter Trivia will be happening from 6:30pm onwards, aptly located in the Great Hall. If you haven’t managed to get yourself a ticket, no worries – you can still get your JK Rowling fix with Wizard Chess happening in the Festival Dome at 6pm. At 8pm, the Festival Dome will be turned into a wondrous cave of light illusions with “Luminous”, a blacklight circus show.
Bounce your way to Super Tuesday on the Front Lawns, and feast on the inflatable activities on offer, from human foosball to giant slides from 12-3pm. While you’re there, check out the acts under the Festival Dome, with comedy happening at 12pm, and Super Florence Jam playing at 1pm. If running around looking for things is more your deal, grab your friends and head down to the Scavenger Hunt, which will be happening all day from 10am til 4pm. There will also be a host of shows and musicals for our more thespian friends, with Seascape presented by SUDS happening in the Old Equine Operating Theatre (er, check a map) at 3pm, MUSE presenting a cabaret night under the Festival Dome at 8pm, and the SASS Factor Grand Finals happening at 5pm in the Verge Gallery. Our friends from the Conservatorium of Music will also be paying a visit to the Festival Dome at 6pm for CONverge, a collection of some of the most talented jazz musicians playing some wicked sick tunes.

Have breakfast with us in the Festival Dome on Wednesday (most students wake up at noon, right?) with the Mad Hatter’s High Tea from 12pm to 2pm – dressing up is very much encouraged. After the cupcakes, 2pm heralds the start of 24 continuous hours of glorious comedy under the Dome, with a bunch of our most talented comedians delivering lols for the entirety of a day.

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#VergeFestival on your Instagram for your chance to win! 
On Thursday, come celebrate the launch of the 2012 edition of Hermes, Australia’s oldest literary journal of its kind, at 4:30pm in the Verge Gallery. There will also be Twilight Markets happening along Eastern Avenue and the Front Lawns. At 6pm, let out your inner kid with the Magical Music of Disney singing out from the Great Hall, then come party at 8pm with the Beat the System society putting on a massive band night under the Festival Dome.

And so it goes until Friday, which is also the first day of Oktoberfest celebrations at Manning. Grab a beer and view all the Bavarian entertainment on offer. There will be comedy and live music yet again under the Festival Dome, and it all wraps up with a Comedy Dance Party Extravaganza under the Verge Festival Dome at 6pm.

In addition to all these awesome things, the Wine Cellar will also see host to a bunch of plays, workshops and shows throughout the week.

For more info, a complete program of events and details for what’s on, visit www.vergeartsfestival.com.

Karen Chau
Board Director 

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