I attended the launch for the Ambassador’s Ball over a month ago and bought my early bird ticket virtually on the spot — with less than a week to go now, excitement is building, especially as this is the first ever IR Ambassador’s Ball to grace the St Andrews stage at the Old Course Hotel on Saturday 20 April.
The Ambassador’s Ball is organised by the School of International Relations, with grants and funding from the FAS, the University’s Foreign Affairs Society, and is hence mainly aimed at students studying IR – but as a Classicist, I wasn’t going to miss out. Not only is IR an extremely popular subject, but we are an immensely diverse student body with over 130 nationalities — so you can understand why this is likely to be a big deal of a ball.
Unlike some of the other subject balls, the IR ball has chosen to stay true to their subject, with a theme inspired by their worldliness — “Around the World in 80 Days”. Although the theme is mostly expressed through decor and music, the committee have said that dressing in native dress from your country and becoming an “Ambassador” yourself would be exciting to see.
To quote the committee, you should “expect a gorgeous evening of fun, dancing and great music” — which sounds exactly like how a ball should go. The line-up is to feature a range of different acts, inspired by the idea of diversity. Fittingly, some of the acts will play international songs. To kick off the music, there will be a ceilidh, with a band recommended by the Celtic Society. Jazzworks comes next, with some “snazzy tunes of a truly global genre”, swiftly followed by Whaleshark Daddy, who played at the launch and will make an undoubtedly strong return to the IR stage. TIGRE, a house DJ and IR student here at St Andrews, will take to the stage as the penultimate act. And, only just announced, the headliner, J Quow, a Brooklyn-based producer, songwriter and rapper, will play out the night.
The IR School President, Kat Lawlor, voiced that although the organisation of this ball has been a little bit of “uphill battle,” due to having to launch an entirely new event in St Andrews with virtually no budget, she is “unbelievably proud of the work the committee has done to get the ball off the ground.”
There are still some tickets available at £28 if you missed the flash sale and early bird tickets, as well as raffle tickets to win some great prizes, including vouchers from Mammacita’s, Fisher and Donaldson and Cromars, and a tour of the Eden Mill Distillery. Get yours now from the link on the Ambassador’s Ball 2019 Facebook page.