by Fit Malau-Aduli and William Chesmond, Cultural Convenors
Emmanuel College has had another amazing cultural year with another ICC Cultural Cup victory, finishing equal first with St John’s College in the competition. With a premiership in debating, a hard-earned third place in Choralfest and stellar second place in Bandfest, Emmanuel hit the ground running in semester one, placing us favourites for the cup early on.
Semester 2 started with flying colours (quite literally) with our gifted artists awarded first place in the ICC Art Show. Shortly after was the oratory public speaking competition, with the one and only William Fogg making a spirited effort and placing fifth to aid in our cultural standing.
Our annual Theatre Restaurant production was another smash hit, with a sold-out student night show. Written by current student Islwyn Wilson, Botanical Bother — a whimsical and eccentric play riddled with numerous twists and turns — showcased the best acting and musical talents Emmanuel has to offer. Although our patience, resilience and will to live were significantly tested, Theatre Restaurant was hands down one of the most rewarding cultural experiences to organise. We saw hidden talents, confidence and, most of all, friendships emerge out of so many different and unique people. Alongside ourselves as Cultural Convenors, second-year student Jessica Hossy played a pivotal role in organising and managing numerous aspects of the production and we extend our gratitude to Jess. A massive thanks and congratulations to all cast members; people on sound, lighting and backstage; set designers; College kitchen and admin staff; and everyone who bought a ticket in making the show a success.
All in all, this cultural year has been a time of laughter, love, stress, frustration and enjoyment — emotions which all contributed to our triumph. As convenors, it has made us immensely proud to work with and alongside our own cohort to put forward our best efforts in ensuring 2019 was a success in cultural events, and also in encouraging a friendly and welcoming culture.