Arts Fest 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on the arts has undoubtedly been felt by many people around the world. So much of what the arts sector does—and indeed our creative offerings at BGGS—brings people together.

With government restrictions in place restricting access to museums, theatres, art galleries and live performances we are beginning to see just how much of an impact the arts has on our wellbeing.

Our staff have explored new and exciting ways to deliver creative experiences for our girls, including the annual student-led Arts Fest that was re-envisioned this year to facilitate a mix of virtual and live events, and to engage students at home and on campus.

The week-long celebration of our ‘isolation creations’ was punctuated by virtual performances by Chamber Strings, Bartok Strings, Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Winds.

Along with a student comedy debate about the virtues of social media platform, Tik Tok, performances of previous senior and junior Drama productions entertained audiences at home and at School.

Girls shared inspiring examples of slam poetry, photography, art works and dances with their fellow students. Our girls, parents and staff were also fortunate to attend a Virtual Art Walk led by Head of Visual Arts, Mr Donald Pincott and Manager of Collections, Ms Lorraine Thornquist via Zoom.

In addition to the culmination of our annual Instrumental and Vocal competitions and the online Artists-in-Concert event, girls enjoyed a virtual busking showcase, along with a gallery of original compositions composed at home, reminding us of the very personal power of music in our lives.

Abigail Lui (12O) premiered her latest choral work, Hope, to great acclaim and we look forward to sharing this performance with our community in the coming weeks.

Senior girls at school also participated in a pixel-art experience, with each girl providing specific tiles to construct a mosaic of more than 1400 pixels representing the word ENRICHED at the completion of the project.

Director of Creative Arts
Mr Andrew Pennay

Arts Captains, Annabelle Khoo (12W) and Jess Mangos (12G)

Director of Creative Arts, Mr Andrew Pennay, Arts Captains, Annabelle Khoo (12W) and Jess Mangos (12G), and Principal, Ms Euler

Ms Euler and Mr Pennay discuss the inspiration behind the mosaic with Arts Captains, Annabelle and Jess