Noche de Tuna less busy, but no less fun18 September 2017
The Noche de Tuna, a mini-festival involving Spanish-speaking musical groups, drew fewer visitors than the Eindhoven-based organizers had hoped for. This was due in part to the fact that in Spain resits for exams fell in the same weekend, says TU/e student and co-organizer Michael Heidweiller. Nonetheless, he believes, the visitors and participants still enjoyed the music played by the groups that were able to attend.
The Spanish-speaking musical groups visited various Eindhoven bars and pubs on Friday evening during what is known as the Pasa Barres. In keeping with tradition, this 'pub crawl' was followed by a flan-eating competition. In other words, a contest to see which group could suck down the Spanish pudding first. Watch an impression here of an earlier contest filmed by Cursor.
Saturday saw performances in the Wim Van Doorne Music Kiosk in Eindhoven. As well as the Eindhoven-based Tuna Ciudad de Luz and La Tuniña, this year's participants included Tuna Medicina de Málaga, Tuna Jerez de La Frontera and Tuna Maastricht. The Mariachi Eindhoven and the AERIS brass band also played their part.
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.
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.
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.
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.