On the Rocks is St. Andrews’ student run arts festival and includes a wide variety of events like art, dance, theatre, comedy, and much more. Usually held in the spring, OTR has lots of events running each day during the festival, priced at £5 or less, and often partners with other societies that fit into OTR’s arts-based mission. The festival is a great way for societies to gain exposure and attract a more diverse audience in their collaboration. The festival has grown over the years to become the largest student-run arts festival in Scotland (second in the UK) and hosts over 40 events annually, the majority sell-out performances
Held in Beacon Bar, the 2020 OTR launch party was a great low-key event encouraging new and returning students to get involved. The committee did an outstanding job in planning, including little details such as arts and crafts, disposable cameras, fun little table decorations, and live music performances from artists who perform within the festival. The decorations reflected the OTR 2020 theme, Sustainable Art.
I really enjoyed how the committee had laid out posters and itineraries from years before- it was really interesting to see the development of OTR from years past and was really helpful for new students to get an idea of what the festival is all about. The launch party was laid back with the OTR committee making a point to talk and welcome everyone as well as making speeches about their role and the festival in general. I also found it smart how OTR subcommittee applications were open, to ensure that any freshers that liked what they saw at the launch instantly had the opportunity to get involved.
I had the pleasure of attending a few On the Rocks events last year, my favorite of which was their Jazz Night held in Sandy’s Bar. On the Rocks is a great festival promoting creativity and art and wholesome fun. The OTR launch party reflected the laid back and fun-loving aura that OTR sports and was a great chill way to start another year of creative and diverse student art.