Sarah Jack went behind the scenes of this year’s Bongo Ball, attending a talk by its founder – Ed Page.


As one of the year’s opening events, Bongo Ball is setting itself up to return as a highlight on the St Andrews social calendar once more.  The event is set to take place on 17th October at Crail Airfield and anticipates a sell-out celebration of all things bright, bold and tribal.

Bongo’s unique theme and dress code allow students to mix up the standard black tie dress code with vivid colours and ethnic prints, many taking advantage of the Rafiki Fabrix printed trousers supplied by the Xavier Project, the charity hosting the event. Founded by a former St Andrews student, the Xavier Project aims to support refugees in Nairobi and Uganda, focusing mainly on the education of refugee children, as well as strengthening community projects that provide computer centres and technology training for adults. The ball provides significant funding to the project, with last years event raising £10,000 for its cause. The success of Bongo Ball has lead to its launch in both Edinburgh and London with the potential of spreading to more universities across the UK.

In addition to raising money for the charity through ball ticket sales, the Xavier Project provides a variety of Rafiki Fabrix products, including the infamous pyjama bottoms and an array of purses and pencil cases made of the same material, which will be available to buy during the build-up to the ball. This fabric is designed by a Colognese refugee supported by the Xavier Project, and it is hand-printed in her workshop. The profit earned by the sale of Rafiki Fabrix products assists a number of refugees in supporting themselves.

Don’t miss ticket sales this Friday 3rd October, and prepare to get wild and wacky all for a good cause. Find out more about the Xavier Project and Bongo Ball at the Bongo Ball website or the Bongo Ball 2014 Facebook event.


Sarah Jack