Xenia is the Annual Cultural Festival of the Indian School of Business and Finance and marks the convergence of all student societies in an enthralling one or two-day affair! The festival is a student-driven initiative and is conducted by the Core Council in collaboration with all other societies in the college. It is an opportunity for students to showcase not only their economic, business and organisational skills they have learned while studying the LSE curriculum through various case studies and quiz competitions, but also latent talents through events like theatre, dance and music competitions.
Xenia is a fun way for students to showcase their talents in various aspects of organising a festival. Since it is an inter-college event, the students have a chance to interact with peers beyond their college campus and broaden their horizons. It is a stepping stone for students to look for more opportunities to get involved with events apart from one's hosted by the college and also lasting friendships. Apart from engaging in various competitions, there are other activities available for students to partake in like, face-painting, fun quiz competitions, debate, faux stock-trading, PUBG tournaments, slam poetry and much more.
Xenia is a truly exhilarating time for the students, as the entire student body comes together to create a magical few days for everyone to remember. The students are high on energy and put in strenuous efforts to make the college/venue a breathtaking site! Check out the gallery for Xenia’s over the years here.
Xenia has a tradition of creating themes for each year; in the past students have had themes like Mahabharata, Giving Peace a Chance, A Fight Against Social Disorders, In the Age of Technology and other interesting titles. The idea behind creating themes for each year is that it allows students to bring to light various socio-economic, political and environmental issues that are affecting our society. The students use this as an opportunity to raise awareness and voice their opinions on said issues and topics!
This year, responding to the cry for environmental protection, the students used ‘For a Sustainable Tomorrow’ as the theme of the annual festival. The youth today are conscious and understand that there has been a severe global deterioration in the environment; our students realise that the need of the hour is to save the planet. Our world recently has been immersed in environmental catastrophes like the Australian Wildfires and hence the theme is an extremely relevant one.
To keep up with this year’s theme, the students are hosting three fundraising events, the proceeds of which will go to the agencies they are raising money for. The fundraising events are as follows:
Rang De Basti
At Xenia, our students believe in the power of art to promote awareness, spark conversations and drive change. Rang De Basti is a fundraising event the proceeds of which will be used to paint a school in Khidki, a nearby village. The great part about this initiative is that since Xenia is aligned with the sustainable development goals (SDG), the colours used will also be the ones listed in the SDG’s framework.
Tree for Breathe
This is a tree plantation campaign that is Xenia’s step to promote environmental sustainability. The proceeds of this fundraiser will go into planting trees across the city using natural fertilisers and practising effective water management.
This is a campaign to raise awareness about menstrual health in society. Menstrual health is a part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the proceeds of this fundraiser will be used to create more awareness about the issue and provide basic sanitary napkins to those who are in dire need.
Xenia is an exciting time for the students and this year is no different. There has been a rise in the footfall over the years and this year too we have numerous colleges from across Delhi-NCR region participating in the events and attending the fest. This year’s line up of events includes:
Step-up is the inter-college dance competition that is a part of Xenia every year. This is a western dance competition and dance societies from colleges under Delhi University and other universities in Delhi-NCR participate each year. One of the more colourful and fun-filled events, Step-up sees one of the maximum crowds and enthusiasm.
Nukkad Natak is the street play competition organised by the core council for Xenia. Dramatics societies from colleges in Delhi-NCR region come to showcase their talent at Nukkad Natak. The teams come prepared with some brilliantly written and directed plays that touch upon social and political issues and aim to help raise awareness amongst the audience.
Battle of Bands
Interested in music? This is a chance for students to showcase their talent and for you to discover new and soulful bands that will blow your mind away with their tunes. Be it hardcore metal or some jazz and blues, at Xenia, everyone finds their kind of chords! It’s time to put on your dancing shoes so that you can jive to the tunes!
This year, Xenia’s initiative is to aim for a sustainable present to build a brighter tomorrow. Join us in paving the footprint, the greenway, for a sustainable future at Xenia 2020 because #greenisthenewblack!