QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 7

Musselburgh Riding of the Marches T HE ANCIENT CEREMONY of Riding of the Marches has been held in Musselburgh for over 300 years. It now takes place every 21 years and this year’s celebrations in July was a grand affair which blended history, music, performance, fun days, exhibitions and social and sporting events. QMU was delighted to support the week- long festival by providing sponsorship as well as expertise from staff, students and graduates in the form of film and media, stage management and costume design. Richard Butt, QMU's Dean of Arts, Social Sciencies and Management, created a promotional film in advance of the event and graduate film company, Raw Film Productions, captured the magic of the pageantry including the marking of the ancient boundaries of the Burgh, which took place on horse back. Members of our community outreach team were involved in the musical celebrations. A spectacular display of fire, water, sound and light took place on the final weekend with our stage management specialist, Scottie Anderson, producing a visual feast with two Son et Lumiere shows involving fire on the River Esk. The talents of our Costume Design and Construction students were showcased beautifully on the banks of the river. A stunning collection of dramatic illuminated white costumes, commissioned specifically for the finale, took centre stage as part of the final parade which brought together music, song, dance, water and fireworks. Feast your eyes on some of the amazing costumes, which were designed around the theme of ‘Selene, goddess of the moon’, and her court, on pages 14, 15, 16 and 17. ❒ Partnership provides social enterprise boost to higher education Q MU HAS JOINED forces with Edinburgh-based charity, Cyrenians, to combine their shared vision for social justice and put sustainable social enterprise at the centre of higher education. experience working in the development and support of sustainable social enterprise. This will include research projects and academic studies within QMU’s specialist areas of health and rehabilitation, food education, film-making and event management, as well as volunteering and fundraising opportunities. The new partnership will provide QMU students with a range of opportunities to QMU students will get the chance to support their academic studies by working on live projects and services for Cyrenians, which has been working with the homeless and vulnerable for almost half a century. Ewan Aitken, Cyrenians CEO added “This partnership speaks of our shared values in striving to create communities without borders and helping to improve people’s lives locally, nationally and internationally. We share a desire to be ambitious and enterprising, holding social justice at the heart of all we do. In a shared vision of what we have and who we are, we are all transformed. This is an exciting journey to be setting out on together.” ❒ QMYOU / Community Engagement & Widening Access 7