At the College of Integrated Philosophy this year, we took the New Year’s Party to a whole new level. Leave your suit and your tie. Leave your moderate high-heels. The theme was ‘A Feast of Mythical, Magical, Visionary Heroes & Creatures’ and the result was bursting with colour and creativity. We mustered our best ideas and a plethora of fabrics and feathers, beads and paints. We appeared as archetypes, symbols, and inspirational characters. It was a pleasure to discover friends within their brilliant costumes. One notable surprise was Eli Johnson, a spritely wanderer who was moved by the kindness of all the people he met.
The mythical figures were not the only entertainment of the night. Musical performances, story-telling, and dances were also highlights, culminating with drums and the entrance of a mighty, smoky, rhythmic dragon.
Once the dance floor opened, it was a festival in the forest, complete with trees, ferns, and of course, the merriment of three hundred magical creatures. It was an evening never to forget – not that we aren’t already looking forward to next year.