Thiruvananthapuram

La Fest is child’s play for Loyolites

Adults were conspicuously absent from the Loyola School grounds on Saturday, though the campus was hosting one of the largest inter-school arts and cultural festivals in the city.

Right from the design and execution of the website of La Fest 2014, to arranging the light and sound systems, the higher secondary school students of Loyola ran the show. Participants from 19 schools in the city were drawn to the festival primarily because of the unusual, out-of-the-box nature of the events, which focus on ‘stage presence’, ‘spontaneous humour,’ and ‘confidence’.

Two events that best illustrate La Fest are ‘Block N’ Tangles’ and ‘La Persona,’ both of which have become a brand of sorts.

Participants of these events cannot afford to be self-conscious on stage.

While ‘Block N’ Tangles’ is a three-person team event that presents contestants with comical situations to act out, sing, and dance on the spot. The brief on ‘La Persona’ in the rulebook begins with the statement, ‘Your descent into hell begins...’ – where one person must brave the spotlight and be at their wittiest, spontaneous best to handle the questions thrown at them.

Dance-O-Mania, ‘Red Rum’ Case (treasure hunt), Shoot@Sight (photography), Enquesta (quiz) and Harmony (music band competition) are the other events.

Winners

Sarvodaya Vidyalaya ISC School was crowned the overall champions. Narayan Apollo, a student of Trivandrum International School, was adjudged Mr. La Persona and Vanessa Raju of St. Thomas Central School, Ms. La Persona.

The day ended with a concert by Kochi-based band Thaikkudam Bridge.

The countdown to this year’s festival began on a very public note, for it was the students of Loyola who made Thiruvananthapuram’s version of the ‘Happy’ video – a montage of clips depicting the city played to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated song.

To the end of the video, they attached a curtain-raiser for La Fest marked by this year’s tagline ‘A million stars but one supernova’.

The ‘Trivandrum is Kidilam Happy’ video has touched nearly 20,000 views on YouTube.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 27, 2022 9:21:55 am | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Thiruvananthapuram/la-fest-is-childs-play-for-loyolites/article6159914.ece