Strathclyde Telegraph

USSA hosts second annual Arts Festival

The second annual Strathclyde Arts Festival came to St Enoch’s square at the end of last month to showcase student talent to members of the public.

Over 100 participants from different arts-related clubs and societies made contributions to the Festival with performances from Re-Act Theatre Group, Strathclyde Concert Jazz Orchestra, Strathclyde University Chorus, Strathclyde University Concert Band, cheerleaders from Strathclyde Warriors and Strathclyde University Dance Society.

The event was filmed by StrathTV while Strathclyde Fusion played music during the intervals. Strathclyde RAG put fundraising on hold and gave out sweets to the audience instead.

Performances stopped hundreds of passers-by, raising the profile of the arts societies on campus to the wider society.

A spectator commented: “All the acts so far have been great. I actually go to Strathclyde and I had never seen most of these groups perform before. It’s a great location, I think a lot of people will stop if they hear see something’s going on.”

Vice-President Activities and Development (VPAD) introduced the performances and commended the societies for their ‘amazing work’ as universities continue to cut arts courses and support for culture on campus.

Strathclyde withdrew the BA Applied Music course in 2010 and closed the Ramshorn Theatre, along with Collins Gallery in 2011. The position of ‘director of music’ was also made redundant, which means that all the music groups at Strathclyde now work without formal instruction. However, the popularity of clubs and socities continues to grow. Volunteers logged over 29,000 hours dedicated to extra-curricular activities this year, an increase in 26% compared to the previous academic year.

USSA currently has over 100 active clubs and societies. Any Strathclyde student can join or start a club. More information can be found on the USSA clubs and societies website: http://www.strathstudents.com/GetInvolved/Clubs

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