CLMN | From Eurovision to Mondovision17 May 2016
"Les 12 points du jury français vont à la Chine!" France’s maximum points going to China in the Eurovision song contest is still fiction. But as we just saw last Saturday with Australia as a guest participant, there’s already some opening to globalize this annual mega-show. This year’s vintage largely turned into a platform for predominantly Anglo-American loud music again supported by swinging and swirling dance, and flashing and sparkling light shows, next to a few bizarre solo national(istic) performances. And again, the results proved to be a mix of predictable attitudes by countries casting their votes based on (past) political or cultural affinity, and of more objective and only artistic considerations.
The only real innovation was indeed Australia’s participation (that nearly stole the show) and the new voting system of splitting the juries in two distinctive bodies: the professional juries that had voted before and the public national votes that were cast after the show as usual. This dual procedure added a new level of excitement for hundreds of millions of viewers in Europe and beyond. With a political thriller at the end.
But now to the real issue. As the world goes global, should this European song contest do the same? There might be some organizational constraints, and also a few political false singers out there wanting to keep it all within fortress Europe. But wouldn’t it be truly refreshing and really innovative to open the competition to all countries in the world (like the FIFA does with soccer, but then with less corruption, please!)? Imagine song and dance performances featuring genuine world music, including Latin American salsa and the like, Antilles reggae, African folk music, Arabic raï, and not to forget Indian Bollywood acts and modern Chinese opera! I’d go for it; how about you?
And why not let TU/e as a microcosm of the world take up the role of starting this process. There is so much (artistic) talent within our international community that it would be easy to showcase performances in our next international fair on campus or during the coming intro week. Let’s all dream (now) and dare again (next) and create our new TU/e-vision! Unity through (artistic) diversity. No doubt it’d be good for the rankings…
Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.