Café Internationale 2017 sure was a night to remember!
As 2017 marks 60 years of International House, we used Café as an opportunity to celebrate how far the college has come over its lifespan. A “through the decades” framework for the night's performances meant we began with a fifties inspired act and worked our way through to the 2010s.
Without any introduction, the entertainment began with an acapella version of The longest Time arranged by Yvonne Teo, and performed by the IH Barbershop Ensemble. Vocalist Winona Horton then led a performance of Fever by Peggy Lee, bringing the night into the sixties. James Ryan, Sam Newman and Arthur Yeung then took the dining hall into a 70s mosh pit as they performed Ledly, a medley of Led Zeppelin songs. Bringing the mood back down to the chill vibes of an acoustic performance of Landslide by Fleetwood Mac were vocalists Karolina Judd and Aqilah Abdeen, accompanied by Connor Forsyth on guitar. Naomi Smith and the International House choir then performed an emotive Lean On Me originally composed by Billy Withers. The brightest girls of the night then shook the stage with an 80s dance performance to Wake Me Up Before you Go Go. Matthew Brunton, with lead vocals, shook the stage with the 90s ballad Don’t Dream It’s Over. We then hit the 2010s with another dance, but this time a modern hip hop performance by the IH Hex dance crew.
The life and colour of modern day Bollywood wowed the audience next as IHers shook that fraternit-ass to a medley of songs. To finish off the entertainment for the night, and bring the room back into the present decade, the IH Choir, IH big band and IH dancers performed a La La Land themed finale. Lead vocalists Firorina Parisi, Hugo Van Burren, Max Anderson and Oriel Forsyth carried this performance through songs City of Stars and Another Day of Sun, both accompanied by the IH choir and dancers, wowing the audience with a big finish to the wonderful talent displayed on the evening.
After months of preparation we had over 160 guests attend, a vast variety of silent auction items to bid on, a beautiful three course meal and an array of amazing IH talent shown. Half of the funds raised have gone toward the IH Student Club, and the other half was donated to the Stroke Foundation, in loving memory of previous Deputy Head Peter Cole.
Huge congratulations to all those involved, be it in performing, waiting, front-of-house staff, the backstage crew or the Café committee, for all their work in creating such a successful event. In total we had over 60 IHers involved in this snazzy evening, the success goes to them! We also want to extend our endless gratitude to the IH Alumni, parents and friends, and our local Rotary clubs for your support and contributions.
60 years of International House, and 60 years of Café Internationale!
By Cossette Boland