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Showcasing your societies 1 7 - 23 January

Student Festival 2011

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Welcome to the 2011 Student Festival! We kick off semester 2 in style with a programme of events celebrating and showcasing the work of your societies.


Edinburgh University students have set up and are running over 260 societies, and if we could showcase the work of all of these, we’d be here ‘til next year! So here we present just some of the many, many activities you could be joining in, contributing to and shaping for future student experiences. Joining a society is a fantastic way to enhance your university life, your CV, make new friendships and learn new skills. So what are you waiting for? You can find out more by visiting societies to see just what’s out there.

We’ll see you at this year’s fabulous Student Festival! Follow us on twitter: @eusasocieties Or connect with our Societies Development Co-ordinator Lizzie Brough on Facebook: Lizzie Eusa

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Venue Maps




Monday 17 January


Tuesday 18 January


Wednesday 19 January


Thursday 20 January


Friday 21 January


Saturday 22 January


Sunday 23 January


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Monday 17 January

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Student Market ICUE Teviot, Debating Hall, 7.00pm – 9.00pm The student market is a new and exciting project from the ICUE Society. This event gives student entrepreneurs from our website ( studentmarket) a chance to showcase their products or services to the whole student body.

Liquid Language I: Coffee, Concepts and Communication LangSoc: Linguistics and English Language Society; Edinburgh Language Ambassadors Teviot, Study, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Coincidentally the tongue has developed for two main things: tasting and talking (and in that order!). At this coffee-morningwith-a-difference, join us to explore the language of coffee: the words used to describe its qualities; the names of different blends and roasts; its

linguistic history. With Artisan Roast coffee, guided tastings, activities and plenty of coffee concatenation, experience the little bean with the big voice. Tango Argentino Taster Class Tango Society Teviot, Study, 6.00pm – 7.30pm Want to learn how to dance but not sure what style? Come and join us for a real Argentinean experience! Good music and friendly people guaranteed… and chocolates are provided! No partner required - just turn up.

First Aid Education First Aid Dome Bar, Potterrow, 11.00am – 2.00pm Come along for a free First Aid demonstration, meet little Anne and find out how to save a life. Pub Quiz MathSoc Teviot, Underground, 7.30pm – 9.30pm The MathSoc pubquiz with sport, film, music and maths rounds.


Energy Saving Workshop Transition Edinburgh Dining Room, Teviot, Pleasance, Theatre, 6.00pm - 8.00pm Winter has arrived. Learn about tips, tricks and gadgets to make your flat warmer, and more cozy. You can also see how you can save energy and £££.

Film Night UNICEF on Campus Pleasance, Theatre, 8.00pm – 10.00pm UNICEF on Campus screens the oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire”. The film will be introduced with a short video highlighting UNICEF’s campaigns supporting child rights in the developing world as part of our programme of events raising awareness of the issues facing the world’s children today. This event will include refreshments with all donations received helping to fund UNICEF’s work.

Outer Space Party Edinburgh University Astronomy Society Teviot, Loft Bar, 9.00pm – 02.00am Astrosoc will take you on a journey through time and space where there are no limits. Music from outer space will make you dance like you are on another planet. Images from unknown places will make your imagination go wild. Come and explore other dimension with us.


Tibet Society Talk and Food Tibet Society Chaplaincy Room 2, 6.00pm – 7.00pm

People and Planet in collaboration with Guerilla Cinema will be screening Robert Newman’s standup show, ‘History of Oil’ which has become a cult hit worldwide. It has been described as a “must view” DVD if you’re interested in the history of oil, politics, history and oh yes humour. The film will be powered by people (that could include you!) but there will be yummy food and refreshments to keep energy levels high! Come along to explore these issues and have a laugh.

Many of us have bought and decorated our student rooms with beautiful Tibetan flags… but do we know anything about the country they symbolise…? We will be covering a range of issues, from the environment to human rights. We will be providing some food too, so no need to worry about rushing home for dinner.

Rewrite The Future - Save The Children Info Evening Save The Children Teviot, Dining Room, 6.00pm – 7.00pm Many children in war-torn countries never get the chance to go to school. Over the last four years, Save the Children has got 1.6 million more children into school in conflict-affected countries - equivalent to opening 2 schools every day for 3 years. Come and hear first hand stories of setting up educational programmes in conflict affected areas by the Save the Children staff and volunteers. Free nibbles!

Tuesday 18 January

‘History of Oil’ Robert Newman’s Standup Act People and Planet Chaplaincy, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Charity Pub Quiz Mary’s Meals Teviot, Loft Bar, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Come along and put your knowledge to the test at Mary’s Meals Charity Pub Quiz. Come as a team or join one when you arrive. All money raised will go towards providing kids across the world with a free school meal. FolkSoc Ceilidh EU Folk Music Society FOLKSOC Teviot, Debating Hall, 7.00pm – 11.00pm The Folksoc Celidh is not to be missed! It will involve a live 9

band, fantastic music and a great deal of dancing! Whether or not you know your Gay Gordons from your Strip the Willows, it’s sure to be a great night! We will teach you the dances, so there’s really no excuse not to come! Theology then the Bar Catholic Students’ Union CSU Common Room, 23 George Sq, 8.15pm Come to the CSU Common Room for our Weekly Theology Talk followed by a chance for some questions and informal discussion at our sponsor pub.

Man-o-Man Student Cancer Fund Teviot, Underground, 9.00pm – 11.30pm The Student Cancer Fund is turning the traditional beauty pageant on its head. Ten male contestants will compete in a number of rounds for the audience’s vote. Their sense of humour, knowledge of women, conversation skills, general knowledge and more will be tested. Can they cope under the pressure of the swim suit round? All proceeds going to the Edinburgh Maggies Centre.

New Scotland Scottish Dance Taster EUNSCD Pleasance, 48a Upper, 6.00pm – 8.00pm Come along and try out lots of different Scottish dance styles at our taster session. From elegant and refined to fast and furious you are sure to find a dance style that suits you. The workshop will include Step, Highland, Ceilidh and Scottish Country Dancing. No experience needed as you will become a Strip-the-WillowingGay-Gordoning-Military-TwoStepping-Scottish Dancing expert in no time!

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Mid-week Meal Catholic Students’ Union CSU Common Room, 23 George Sq, 7.30pm “Man cannot live by bread alone”, so join us for the first of our weekly meals this semester. 3 Courses for only £4 or just £3 for members. All welcome. Scottish Country Dancing Taster Class EUNSCDS Pleasance, 48a Upper, 6.00pm – 8.00pm Come along and try some Scottish dances with the University’s Country Dance Society. Its fun and a

guaranteed great time. No experience necessary. The Yule Ball Harry Potter Society Teviot, Debating Hall, 7.00pm – 01.00am A fantastic evening of Harry Potter-themed dancing, entertainment and fun! The fancy dress contest and dancing lessons will keep you on your toes as you vie for House prizes, including Harry Potter themed food, clothes and more. Come dressed up as your favourite character, or just get dolled up for a great night out!

The Vixens Cabaret Show Cheerleading Society Teviot, Underground, 8.00pm – 11.00pm The Vixens Cabaret is a collaboration of singing, dance and music from a variety of societies. It promises to be a fun-filled, exciting evening hosted by Edinburgh’s Cheerleaders, showcasing the university’s talent to all students.


Kundun Movie Showing Tibet Society Teviot, Study, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Compsoc’s annual geeky quiz returns for another night of nerdy trivia and fun. Covering a range of topics from Jonathan Coulton to chemical formulae, there’s a question for the inner geek in everyone. Anyone can form a team, up to six members, and its completely free. Suitably geeky prizes are up for grabs!

Join Edinburgh University Tibet Society as we watch oscarnominated film Kundun, the story of the 14th Dalai Lama. FREE. Chocolate Fair Chocolate Society Teviot, Study, 3.00pm – 5.00pm Do you love chocolate but don’t know where to find good chocolate in Edinburgh? Come and learn about Edinburgh’s chocolate goods sellers.  An afternoon to treat yourself and your tummy and buy your favourite chocolate goodies.

Thursday 20 January

Geeky Pub Quiz CompSoc Teviot, Dining Room, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Cheese and Wine Catholic Students Union CSU Common Room, 23 George Sq, 7.00pm Join us in the CSU Common Room for some FREE cheese and wine and great company. Knitting Tea Knitting Society Teviot, Dining Room, 7.00pm – 9.00pm The event will be an opportunity for non-knitters to learn to knit in a fun social environment, and current knitters to meet other knitters. There will be yarn and needles provided, but bring your own materials if you can.

Film Night Woodcraft Folk Society Pleasance, Theatre, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Capoeira Taster Session Capoeira Society Teviot, Debating Hall, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

The Woodcraft Folk presents… The Guerilla Cinema. A free, bicycle powered community cinema powered by the audience, for the audience. Tonights screening will be The Truman Show.

The Capoeira Society Taster Session will give students the chance to experience the unique art of Capoeira. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music and dance. Liquid Language III: Saussurean Connoisseurians LangSoc, Cocktail Society & Wine Society Teviot, Loft Bar, 7.00pm – 11.00pm What’s the difference:


buzz-words or booze-words? Not a lot! But booze isn’t the connoisseur’s word of choice… tonight words will be like wine and whisky: full-bodied and brimming with metaphor. How do you describe your tipple of choice? Discover the language used to explore the sensory array that our drinks deliver. With guided tastings, activities and phonetic cocktails(!), experience the signs-of-the-wines, the whis-key concepts and the cocktales that give drinks a voice. We plan to enjoy this event responsibly: remember the more the alcohol, the worse the taste buds!

The £1 Show! The Edinburgh Revue Pleasance, Cabaret Bar, 8.00pm – 11.00pm The Edinburgh Revue, Edinburgh University’s premier sketch and stand-up society returns for another semester of fresh new comedy. It all starts with our next £1 show featuring another intoxicating combination of new sketches and side splitting standup! So if you’ve never seen us before, want to get involved, or just fancy some fantastic comedy come along.

Whisper and Shout Feminist Society Teviot, Underground, 7.00pm – 10.00pm Returning for its second year is the world-famous FemSoc poetry night. Last year the venue was packed to the rafters so come early to avoid disappointment. A night of poetry by fellow students is sure to be thought-provoking amusing and impressive.


Bone Marrow Register Recruitment Marrow Edinburgh Teviot, Dining Room, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Anteaques Darjeeling Tea Tasting SocieTEA Anteaques, 17 Clerk Street, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Come join the Anthony Nolan Register (www.anthonynolan. org). The process involves filling in a health questionnaire, having a chat with one of our counsellors who will check your form, and giving a saliva sample. If anyone wants to become a member of the Marrow society please come along as well to have a chat to our committee and to find out more.

Join SocieTEA at Anteaques Tea Shop on 17 Clerk St, as we sample some off the menu teas, expand our knowledge and have a teariffic time. This exclusive deal has been arranged by Anteaques, as they select new teas for their menu. We will be trying some of the rarest (and some of the priciest teas) for free! Space is limited so be sure to arrive early.

Tuition Fees: This House Would Abolish All Tuition Fees Debating Society Teviot, Debating Hall, 7.00pm – 10.00pm Agree or disagree? Come and join the Edinburgh University Debate Society in debating the ins and outs of tuition fees. Hear from a diverse range of speakers, current student debaters and, of course, have your say!

Friday 21 January 14

Fiesta Latina Salsa Society Teviot, Debating Hall, 9.00pm – 02.00am

Taste for Life Event WaterAID Teviot, Loft Bar, 7.00pm – 12.00am

and have some awesome prizes. Also the quiz master is pretty brilliant. Are you enthused?

Fiesta Latina is a brilliant salsa party featuring a great DJ, a crowd of friendly and dancepassionate salseros and a free taster lesson to get you started on the dance floor to the latin rhythms.

WaterAID Edinburgh is holding a TASTE for LIFE Event with delicious food from around the world. Sample the delights of Indian and African culture, while supporting WaterAID in the work they carry out in these countries.

Open Mic Philosophy Philosophy Society Pleasance, Cabaret Bar, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Dance Taster Class EUWCSDS Teviot, Study, 6.00pm – 7.30pm A demo and taster class for people to try out West Coast Swing Dance for free. Complete beginners welcome!

Amnesty Pub Quiz Amnesty International Teviot, Underground, 8.00pm – 12.00am Amnesty Pub Quiz – pretty much a standard pub quiz but it will raise money for Amnesty

Join us for this informal no knowledge expected, session of open-mic philosophy. Come along and present your views on one of the questions: - Am I Free? - What is truth? - What point is there to philosophy at all? Or alternatively, just talk on

24 Hour LAN GameSoc Pleasance, Pentland Room, 8.00pm – 8.00pm (Sat 22nd) Gamesoc’s one and only 24 hour LAN for those who love to play video games. We will have tournaments running throughout the event along with the society’s Wii and XBOX 360. So bring your computer, come along and have fun! 15

Liquid Language II Discourse DiversiTEA LangSoc & SocieTEA Teviot, Dining Room, 12.00pm – 3.00pm Here’s a tip, take a break from leafing through the programme and pour over this event! How do you describe your ideal cuppa? This is afternoon-tea with a difference: drink up tea-time terminology and steep yourself in tea’s linguistic history. With specialist teas from around the world and guided tastings, discover why tea is the lingua franca of beverages.

Saturday 22 January

a topic that interests you. If you would like to speak, or want more information e-mail: Otherwise you can also just come along and sign up on the night!

SJP hosts: Meet your campaigning societies soiree Students for Justice in Palestine Teviot, Study, 8.00pm – 12.00am Your campaigning societies as you’ve never seen them before! Vote on the best stall, the best logo, the best campaign and more. Music, dancing and most of all a chance to meet other students involved in campaigning societies and see what they do…


African Caribbean Showcase African Caribbean Society Teviot, Dining Room, 7.00pm – 11.00pm

B Movie Night Science Fiction and Fantasy Society Pleasance, Theatre, 7.00pm – 12.00am

The African Caribbean Society would like to present the heritage and culture of its members by showcasing a Mini Carnival. This will be a great opportunity for students to get to know some of African and Caribbean customs by trying out one of the dance workshops on African dance and stepping. Also, art pieces from society members and African artefacts will be on display.

Nothing better than a good film right? Join us for a night of B Movies and all the laughs you could ever want! People and Planet Ceilidh People and Planet Teviot, Debating Hall, 7.00pm – 11.00pm Get dressed up and help save the planet at our fancy dress ceilidh. Promises to be a great night while raising funds for People and Planet!

The Marketing Society Meet and Greet Marketing and Communications Society Teviot, Loft Bar, 8.00pm – 02.00am An excellent opportunity for students to meet and network with a group of invited employers at this informal event. This event will be a great chance to have find out more about our society and the opportunities we can provide.

Hafla African and Arabic Dance Society Pleasance, Cabaret Bar, 8.00pm – 12.00am A hafla is a party thrown by belly dancers for belly dancers. Dancers take turns performing for each other showcasing various styles and techniques. We have dancers come from all over Scotland.


Japanese Tea Ceremony SocieTEA Chaplaincy, Chapel 7.00pm – 9.00pm

This event is open to everyone and will take place round the centre of Edinburgh. No previous geology knowledge is assumed and this will be a great chance to meet people and have a fun day out. We will be finishing somewhere warm that serves hot drinks where the winners will receive their prizes!

Join Edinburgh University Tea Society as we travel to Japan and enjoy the ancient Tea Ceremony. Listen to classical Japanese live music while learning this centuries old ceremony. A great introduction to the culture of Japan or simply to enjoy one of the rarest teas! An event not to missed. Please arrive promptly as space is limited.

Sunday 23 January

Treasure Hunt Geological Society meet outside McEwan Hall, 1.00pm

7 Hill Challenge Edinburgh University Duke of Edinburgh Award Meet outside Teviot at 9:30am A great challenge WALKING the seven hills of Edinburgh. The total distance is a little over 14 miles and there’s about 2200 feet of ascent/descent. The seven hills are Arthur’s Seat, Castle Rock, Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Braid Hills, Blackford Hill and Craiglockhart Hill. The route will start and finish at the top of Calton Hill. Sensible shoes and warm clothes are required.

EUSA VOLUNTEERING SERVICE Official Launch Event Wed 19 Jan, Potterrow 4pm - 6pm We’ll be cutting the ribbon on the new Volunteering, Societies and Charities centre and launching the brand new Student Volunteering Service! Enjoy some refreshments, meet some of our local charitable partners, sign up to projects and find out about exciting volunteering opportunities on your doorstep. 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteer experience over one without. Something to think about!

18Edinburgh University Students’ Association is a Registered Scottish Charity (No.SCO15800)



Student Festival 2011  

Details of the events taking place at the Edunburgh University Student Festival 2011