By Chandré Cupido
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 9 of VARSITY News.
“If You Want Community that isn’t Mediated by the Institution, Come to Early Fridays”
As we are approaching the end of the semester, it’s important to acknowledge that as students, we need time off and a space where we can relax and have a good time.Early Fridays is a party that has been around for over 20 years which is hosted by Michaelis Fine Arts students. The party is a creative community space that raises funds for the annual Grad Show at the end of the Fine Arts student’s 4-year degree. The Grad Show was created by students as an exhibition space where they could showcase their arts works and allows for networking with people in the art world. However, the Grad Show is also funded by other activities that happen throughout the year such as the Silent Auction.
The event is a space for students to “hang out and build community without the confines in the structure of having an institution be the mediator of that”.
The entry-free, weekly fundraiser/party is hosted at The Waiting Room from around 5pm-8pm with alternating themes each week- such as Trivia Night- accompanied by a raffle where the winner gets to win a bottle of a distilled beverage. The bottle is often the highlight of the entire party because it is designed by local artists or well-known artists such as Jane Alexander and Penny Siopis. I sat down with one of the many organisers of Early Friday’s – Parker Donaldson who explained that the event is a space for students to “hang out and build community without the confines in the structure of having an institution be the mediator of that”.
The event is not just an opportunity to showcase the creative bottle of alcohol and indulge in shots all night, but it’s a great way to meet people, engage in interesting conversations and build connections across disciplines at the university. And, if you’re not keen on staying out late, you can be home and in bed before 9pm.
Early Friday Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/earlyfriday/