This guest night event took place at Carnatic House Herculaneum Hall. I still recall the first day I agreed to take on the most challenging job of being a hall tutor for the University of Liverpool's halls of residence. Luckily, I am surrounded by the best people one could every meet. And I am going to make sure that I continue to stay in touch with each and every one of them. It is true that a friend in need is a friend indeed!
The event planned by myself and the hall students committee who are a dedicated number of students (4 guys and 1 girl- students of the university) have exceeded many guests expectations. Owl events management (http://www.owleventmanagement.co.uk/choose-your-event/awards-dinners-themed-parties/) were extremely helpful and understanding of all our needs. Their promise to help in every possible way is not in vain. They managed to create the Arabian atmosphere with minimal decor, use of props and brilliant lighting without exceeding our budget. It was worth every penny spent!
Entertainment for the event was provided by the fantastic Egyptian band "Property of Nadya Shanab" Nadya's blog: (http://nadyashanab.blogspot.com/) is worth exploring to get an in depth insight into Egyptian music, culture, and perspective on Middle Eastern/Western fusions conveyed in her music. My relationship with Nadya is one that I will always cherish and I am sure I will be shedding a few (possible a lot more) tears when she decides to leave UK and go back "home" to Cairo. Having been to the same university in Cairo, brought up in very similar environment, culture and mistaken by everybody I know to be sisters- if they haven't already thought that I am the one on the stage singing, Nadya is one of the beautiful people who I will always miss and keep in my heart. Who would have though that I met with Nadya for the first time nearly a month before the event after communicating on Facebook and realising how much we have in common. I can only regret the years that passed without me knowing her and having her as my dearest friend. Although I will be upset she wants to return to Cairo to be with her family (something that I believe I should do sooner than later myself yet I feel I am still held down here by my studies and the life that I created for myself), I will be happy for her and I will continue to be in touch and go see her every time I manage to be back in Egypt. Music from Nadya's band that kept students yelling for more and up on their feet could be listened to/bought at the band's website: http://www.myspace.com/nshanab. I had to buy Nadya's CD because she makes me feel that I am not too far away from home...thank you Nadya for being a lovely friend!
|Gavin Kendrick: Sound of Dusk|
I had to turn the lights off for students to realise that the night is over and they should go to bed.
|Ishtar showing a special move|
Finally, I am very thankful for being part of this event, proud of every friend who helped out and every hall student committee member who played his/her role nicely to make sure everything is superb. I can only hope that this event has showed the students that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. One should always aspire to achieve and maintain high quality/standards. I will continue to do so because I am sure that if my mum was in the event last night, she would have been as touched as I was with the president of students speech, everyones' applause. I continue to owe everything I do to her and everything I am...