Campus Festival to return better than ever

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Campus Festival is returning Saturday, Week 19 for the third year running, and will be centred on celebrating the brilliant success of student societies.

The annual event will be taking place in Lancaster Square in County College between 1pm and 11pm.

This year the festival is said to be bigger and better than ever, with an increased line-up of activities.

LUSU Activities Intern, Ellie Cootes, told SCAN that there will be group demonstrations and activities, a climbing wall and a silent disco. An international food court boasting a wide selection of food and beverages will also be hosted entirely by student groups and volunteers.

Cootes revealed that LUSU will be ‘’showcasing live entertainment on two stages” where students can enjoy live performances from the University of Lancaster Music Society (ULMS), LUDanS, Hip Hop & Breakdance Society and other student bands, including the overall winner of the Battle of the Bands competition, Soulrigg. The day will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display, traditionally played out by ULMS’ Orchestra, Cootes added.

Besides watching live shows, Campus Festival is also believed to be a great opportunity to raise awareness about the charity based societies at Lancaster.

James Hulme, a representative from WaterAid Lancaster and ‘Charity Committee’ starter, explained that a majority of the charity groups in Lancaster have formed a ‘Charity Committee’ to tackle the low membership numbers within individual groups. These include WaterAid, Intervol, Oxfam, Katha and Barnardos.

By coming together, the committee hopes that they “can make fundraising more effective and exciting and hopefully raise money in the order of hundreds of thousands within the next three years’’ Hulme said.  “Campus Festival provides a great opportunity to test the viability of this” he added, where the committee will be hosting a stall and charity section where people will be able to gather information and make enquiries.

Overall, Cootes stressed that Campus Festival is an event not to be missed.

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