17 January 2018 • Gideon Wille
HHS#CONNECTED 2018: school building to become dance venue
The annual THUAS school festival promises to be really spectacular this year. The organisers are focusing on a complete makeover of one of the campus buildings into a nightclub.
This is the third time that ACKU is organising the HHS#CONNECTED festival. This time, however, it’s a special edition because THUAS is having its 30th birthday. Valentijn Schulz, an organiser from ACKU: ‘The balconies around the Atrium will be covered with screening material so that we can project images onto it of how the building used to look in years past and now.’ In any case, the Atrium where the DJs will be spinning records will be a spectacular spot. Contributing to the special atmosphere will be a fog machine, artificial firework fountains, lasers and reflective strips.
The people organising HHS#CONNECTED will give the school building a completely different look. Besides the Atrium, the gym and the exam classrooms will also be getting a makeover. Schulz: ‘Palm trees and other props will turn the gym into an urban jungle. And the exam classroom will be converted into a student association hangout with the student associations teaming up to create a real pub scene there.’
Schulz praises both the student associations and others for their assistance. ‘This party couldn’t even get off the ground if it weren’t for what the students are doing. The students have a decisive say in the programming and will be actively involved as volunteers during the party.’ Schulz also applauds the efforts of the facilities service, cleaners and members of the Caretaker Team. ‘Everyone’s doing their best to make this a great party.’
Sense of community
HHS#CONNECTED brings people together. It’s an evening when students from various degree programmes can interact so it’s a good way to promote a sense of community at THUAS. ‘Fortunately, the Executive Board realises this as well. I’m pleased that, despite the school’s financial situation, we have received a contribution.’ Schulz expects that this year’s HHS#CONNECTED will be another success. ‘We’ve learned from previous editions. This time, for example, the cloakroom will be set up differently to handle the incoming and departing crowds better. The atmosphere of the party, however, will remain the same: HHS#CONNECTED has never had any incidents, and that’s something I’m proud of.’
HHS#CONNECTED will be held on 23 February from 10 pm to 5 am. More information is available at the ACKU website.