‘Planet Earth’-Themed Raves Are A Big Hit In The UK

first_imgIf you’ve ever admired the beauty of Planet Earth or Blue Planet, then there’s a good chance you’ve dreamed about having your life narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the 91-year-old British naturalist who lends his exquisite voice to these acclaimed documentaries. And since you’re not a humpback whale or a bird of paradise, it’s safe to assume that this will never happen.Fortunately, some enterprising music fans in the UK have created the next best thing by combining stately narration and high-production value nature documentaries with another British pastime: the rave. Known as David Attenborough’s Jungle Boogie, the traveling event puts on “a tribute to our national treasure through the medium of Disco.”The all-night dance party recently sold out its first two editions in Leeds and Liverpool, and high demand has inspired the organizers to book at least ten follow-ups in places like Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, and Manchester. At the events, attendees have an opportunity to take photos with a life-size cutout of Sir David Attenborough, dance to music that has been remixed with samples of Attenborough’s glorious narrations, and watch some of the BBC’s most cherished nature footage. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the parties goes to World Land Trust, a rainforest conservation organization that has worked with Attenborough.“The concept of ‘Jungle Boogie’ is that we transform a venue into a rainforest, play Blue Planet visuals on a projector, and get local DJs to play House, Disco, Funk, and Soul,” organizer Louis Jadwat told The Independent.While Sir David Attenborough’s voice may be a distinctly British treat, his work is enjoyed by plenty of Americans as well. Much like the migrating sea creatures of Blue Planet and Blue Planet II, we hope this event eventually makes its way across the ocean.[H/T – MixMag]last_img read more

Hunger Banquet depicts economic diversity, food security

first_imgParticipants at Saint Mary’s Hunger Banquet on Tuesday quickly discovered they were not eating a typical dinner. The event separated students, faculty and staff into one of three different groups representing social classes: upper, middle and lower. The lower economic classes had the largest number of participants, while the upper class was small. Participants sat and ate with their assigned class, and their class determined how much and what they ate.The upper class participants received a full, three-course meal served to them by staff while sitting at elaborately decorated tables. Meanwhile, middle class participants ate rice and lentils, and lower class participants only ate rice. This dinner simulated the differences between how and what different classes eat.Senior Olivia Burnett said the experience was eye-opening.“Most people eat to survive, whereas in our culture, we eat for pleasure,” she said.The Student Diversity Board (SDB) hosted the dinner with help from the Office of Civic and Social Engagement.SDB’s goal was to show how diverse America is in terms of economic status and that not everyone has the same resources students are accustomed to, senior and SDB President Victoria Ernsberger said.“The first year I went [to the banquet], it was truly an eye-opening experience to me, and the statistics provided during the event were heart-wrenching,” she said. “I think that it is important to understand that we are so privileged at Saint Mary’s. It is important to help those who are less fortunate.”Throughout the meal, participants heard testimonies about poverty and watched a video about food security in the United States. Ernsberger said 805 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger and about half of the world’s population, or 3 billion people, live in poverty.Burnett said the event highlighted the privilege of food security.“We don’t always recognize or appreciate that there are others out there who do not get the same privilege,” she said.The event is largely shaped by the participants and their personal experiences with food security, Ernsberger said.“Each year is different due to the individuals that partake in the event and their own individual stories and feelings that they are willing to share,” she said before the banquet. “We encourage participants to share their feelings regarding their placement during the banquet.” This year’s Hunger Banquet is part of a series of events geared towards food justice. Other events include a canned food drive, a campus ministry cooking class and a panel discussing food access. Ernsberger said she believes all of these events can help College community members be better informed about poverty and access.“I hope that students, faculty, and staff are able to walk away from the event feeling called to act and help with this injustice,” Ernsberger said. Tags: food insecurity, food justice week, hunger banquet, saint mary’s, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more