With a new round of deadlines (and still, dare we say it, exams…) on the horizon, an arts festival in Semester 2 might be the last thing on your minds. However, St Andrews annually hosts On The Rocks Festival, which is the largest student-run arts festival in the UK. Organised by a committee of students at the University of St Andrews, the festival generates ten days on non-stop events, offering a wide variety of media, genres, and flavours. On The Rocks gives the St Andrews community and the larger Fife area the opportunity to come together in a unique and innovative way.


As a taster for the 10th birthday of the Festival which will be returning to St Andrews from 6th – 15th April 2018, On The Rocks is hosting a first semester event on Saturday, 18th November from 12 noon – 8pm. It will take place on the top floor of St Andrews’ Student Association, at St Mary’s Place.


This will be an immersive art exhibition celebrating some of the best creative work in St Andrews. Centred around the theme of ‘Life in St Andrews’, the event includes a programme of craft workshops running throughout the day, with multiple opportunities to get involved, with no minimum or maximum level of experience required. Equally, the art installation is not only for students – around 25% of the work on display will be sourced from creators outside of the University. Visitors will be able to take in the art exhibitions and submissions and even get to try their hand at crafting something to take from the event too. The exhibition will celebrate and showcase many different modes and styles, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, creative writing, film, tech, story-telling and music.


Tickets cost £5 and the ticket allows visitors the freedom to come in and out of the exhibition all day, between workshops, meetings, and (possibly) the library.


Tickets can be purchased soon through the yourunion.net website on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don’t miss out on this exclusive event!

Interested in what more On the Rocks has to offer, or curious about that now ten year history? Check out their website here: http://www.ontherocksfestival.com/ .