Reviving Cadence- The Intra-College Festival of IIITD
Having spent over 8 months apart from our beloved campus, nostalgia has been running high amongst the student body. Well aware of this, the Cultural Council took matters into their own hands and brought back Cadence, the Intra-College festival of IIITD, after 3 whole years. The first Cadence organized by CC was a grand all-day intra-college fest in 2016, with food stalls, talent night, and a lot of events taking place parallelly in different areas on campus. Transitioning this to an online platform was undoubtedly a challenge. Still, the Cultural Council went above and beyond to ensure that students got the most out of the experience. Cadence 2020 saw a total participation of 400+ students, and an enthusiastic response from the new M.Tech. Batch as well.
Cadence took place on 2nd November 2020. The evening started with a Talent Night, which has become a long-treasured ritual at our institute’s events. Taking advantage of the online mode, the Council also invited non-performing entries for the first time. The event saw an overwhelming response, with 150+ attendees, which included students, staff, and faculty members. It was heartwarming to see so many people taking out the time to applaud each other. The comments section was overflowing with compliments for the performers throughout. Needless to say, IIITD has some incredible potential, and it was amazing to see it displayed so proudly.
Later in the evening, everyone hopped onto the ‘IIITD Common Room', a discord server inspired by our beloved BCR. The BCR is truly a sacred place for all IIITD students. It is the one-stop-shop if you want to get group projects done, watch Netflix with random people, or challenge your friends in a foosball tournament, arguably the most crowded place on campus even at 3 am. The discord server brought the entire student community together. It gave us a chance to socialize beyond our own friend circles, in the true spirit of what the BCR represents.
The server had different channels for the various fun games and activities planned for the evening. With a plethora of exciting events taking place simultaneously, there was always something to hop onto, be it lighthearted games like AmongUs or Skribbl, or competitive competitions like Mock Stocks, or even a fun-filled discussion with alumni about college life in Student Ted Talks. There was something for everyone and a very wholesome couple of hours spent bonding with our community.
No IIITD event is complete without a DJ night, and ending the night with a bang, the Council planned a virtual after-party at the sports block ground in Roblox. There were people flying around with magical carpets, killing each other with swords, and enjoying the music. Not only was this an unexpected surprise, but also was the best way to end an evening spent reminiscing about our campus and trying to relive it, however possible.
With almost the entire year spent at home, we are yearning to have a glimpse of the life we had on campus. This evening planned by the Council was a bittersweet experience, a reminder of how to make the best of the times we live in. This is a challenging year for all of us, but such events and experiences make it easier to deal with. We might not be able to go to IIITD for a while but are eternally grateful to the Council for bringing IIITD to us. Here’s hoping that we get a chance to experience a grand offline Cadence during the next semester while staying safe and healthy!