Puttin’ on the ritzNations
In a city renowned for its rich Nordic history and student traditions, Östgöta Nation plans to display these qualities in their grandest form. Next Saturday, the student nation will celebrate its highly-anticipated biennial ball.
An event regarded by its planners as the pinnacle of student tradition, the gala Fest Filbyterium Lundense will show off high-class attire, fine dining, and plenty of spirited partying.
– This ball is our biggest and most honorary event. It is dedicated to the memory of Folke Filbyter, a legendary figure from Östgötland in the 9th century. Sweden’s first royal family is said to have descended from him, says Simon Berg, Östgöta’s qurator.
– We begin with the ball mingle, a chance to meet other guests and learn about the ball tradition. Then the rest of the week is for fun stuff like mini-golf, ballroom dancing lessons, and a ball luncheon, which is basically another party after the real ball has ended, explained Martin.
Preparations began many months ago.
– Since February, our tasks have included booking all the varied entertainment for the evening, as well as preparing the dinner menu. Lately, our efforts have focused on the decorations and artwork, generating publicity, and sending invitations.
Martin’s efforts are assisted by his colleague Louise Green-Jeppsson, who commands a team of student “marshals” dedicated to generating hype, and who are tasked with controlling the inevitable mayhem during the ball.
“Fantastic people to meet”
Both men expressed great anticipation for next Saturday.
– This year, we will have more guests than any previous ball in our nation’s history, which means more fantastic people to meet. Everything will be perfect, said Simon.
– It will also be an opportunity to meet past generations of students. Even the qurator from the very first ball will be in attendance, added Martin.
The chief organizer further described his personal affection for the event.
– Student balls are my favorite thing about Lund. That is why I volunteered to plan and organize it, to be active in the nation and continue this great tradition.
Both men’s efforts, along with that of other students involved, will all soon come to fruition. Lund is bound to take notice when the long-awaited party kicks off next week.