Trust Mumbai colleges to come with innovative concepts to pep their cultural fests. With themes ranging from local trains to warriors and superheroes, festivals raise the bar every year to ensure the fun never stops on the campus. Keeping the spirit going is St Andrew’s College, which will celebrate the second edition of French Day on October 1 and 3. While last year’s celebrations were an intra-college affair, the college plans to expand festivities this year and invite participation from other colleges as well.
“The French department of the college expressed a wish to impart knowledge about the language and celebrate the culture of France. And what better way to do it than organise a festival? To develop a competitive spirit, many contests will be held this year,” says Ellen Maumkel, professor in charge of the festival.
Since no celebration of French culture could be complete without food and fashion, the two-day festival will host a cooking contest, ‘Beauty And The Fest’, where participants will be required to whip up exotic French dishes. A fashion event titled ‘Im Stylish And I Show It’ will als be held . For those who love French movies, there are many screenings to look forward to as well.
“We will be showing iconic films like Amelie (2001), La Vie En Rose (2007), The Hunchback of the Notre Dame (1996) and Coco Before Chanel (2009),” says Oshene Mendoza, a member of the events department, adding, “The shows will be followed by interactive sessions where both faculty as well as students can participate.”
Since the festival focuses on an off-beat theme, its first edition last year had witnessed an encouraging response from students. That prompted the college to make it a larger affair this time around. Taking a cue from this, St Xavier’s will also be hosting a one-day intra cultural event later this year.
“We are really looking forward to the French Day celebrations because it is a unique event, something that has not been done before. We hope to win a few prizes in the exciting contests that are lined up,” says Sabin Castelino, a student from St Xavier’s College.
To France with love
Beauty And The Fest: A cooking contest where students will be required to prepare dishes from French cuisine.
I’m Stylish And I Show It: A costume designing and presentation competition inspired by French fashion.
Movie screenings: Amelie (2001), La Vie En Rose (2007), The Hunchback of the Notre Dame (1996) will be screened.
T-Shirt Painting: Students will have to depict France on a tee.
Essay Writing: Students will be given topic on which they will have to write an essay in French.