On Friday the 24th of February, the Student Residence was humming with excitement whilst preparing for their signature community event, the annual Joint-hall Gala Dinner. The theme for the year of 2017 is “Once Upon a City (小城大事)”. The organisers, Residents’ Associations (RAs) from our 10 undergraduate halls and the Student Residence Office (SRO), received an overwhelming sale response to the event from64 tables! As a result, a total of 770 people enjoyed and celebrated the event.
When the evening rolled in, the Student Residence had been completely transformed. As you entered the residence, you could see the main stage set up to the left. When looking out from this point, rows upon rows of tables were scattered all around the area surrounding the Student Residence circle. Rainbow-like flags were hung up and flied in the wind. When the stunning bright lights were switched on, the Student Residence glowed in a kaleidoscope of colours. This was the setting of what would be a memorable night.
As most of us know, the Student Residence is situated on a hill, so during the winter season, the low temperature really tends to hit us hard. However, we were blessed that the rain stayed away from us. So even though an icy wind was sweeping across the Student Residence with great force, it seemed insignificant because wherever you turned, you were greeted with warm smiles from fellow students, alumni and special guests.
The event ran smoothly, thanks to the lively MCs from Hong Kong, India and Australia. The audience was constantly laughing, thanks to the entertaining “Best Costume Performance Competition”. For this, groups from the various halls came up with innovative ideas to stand out from the crowd – whether it was giant walking student IDs or singing kindergarten kids. In adddition, the student performances throughout the night were of the highest quality, ranging from the Korean dance group “URBANITE” to the Bollywood Fusion “DAZZLERS”. They all showcased how diversified and talented our residents are.
Here is what some people had to say about the event:
“It was really fun to be a part of one of the student performances. I danced with URBANITE and it was so exciting to be part of something big that everyone could enjoy. It was kind of nerve-wracking to look out into the audience but the response was great. There were certain dance steps that received more cheers and that’s how you know people are watching.”
– Julianne Nicole DIONISIO, Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 3, Media and Communication
“I really loved to watch the performances because some of my friends were in them. It was nice to be able to support them and for others to see how talented they are!”
– JEONG Jiwon, Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 2, New Media
“I really appreciate the idea of such events that is inclusive to all residents from all halls, as it allows for the bringing of different people together.”
– Navakamol JAESIRI, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2, Business Economics
“First of all, I would like to thank all the organisers (including our Organising Committee [OC] and SRO) for all the efforts made towards ‘Once Upon a City’ in the past 2 months. We have never dreamed of hosting more than 60 tables. The day started off rough with a low temperature of 11°C and a strong wind. We were shivering in our OC hoodies, yet we managed to complete our rehearsals and venue set-up on time. When I finally saw our 4 light boxes glowed on stage during the kick-off, it was worth all the hard work.”
– Yuki CHAN, Person-in-Charge of “Once Upon a City”, External Vice President of Six Noon Tong, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Chinese
Writer: LIM Hanna Suchanya (Alumni Civility Hall)
Photographers: Kelvin NG, Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Emily JIA (Hall 11)
來自香港、印度和澳洲的五位主持人風趣幽默，調動全場氣氛；「最佳服裝表演」讓觀眾笑聲不斷，每座舍堂都想出新奇的裝扮點子── 從行走中的巨型學生證，到唱歌的幼稚園小朋友。宿生們也為大家呈上高質量的演出，從舞蹈組合URBANITE的K-pop韓舞， 到DAZZLERS的寶萊塢印度熱舞。他們展現出我們的宿生多麼多元和多才多藝。
── Julianne Nicole DIONISIO（賽馬會敬賢堂 / 媒體與傳播系三年級）
── JEONG Jiwon（賽馬會群智堂 / 新媒體系二年級）
── Navakamol JAESIRI（李兆基堂 / 商業經濟系二年級）
── 陳竟瑜 （聯舍晚宴負責人 / 六結糖外務副主席 / 李兆基堂 / 中文系三年級）
文: LIM Hanna Suchanya (校友樂禮堂)
譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)
攝: 吳啟楓、林奕淇 (李兆基堂)、賈藝琛 (舍堂十一)