What a Drag!

Date posted

24 June 2019


A team from Edinburgh Napier’s Business School donned wigs and bodysuits to scoop a national industry award for Best Student-Led Event/Festival.

Drag Me Back to the 80s was conceived as a magical evening of performance and dance to highlight and celebrate the importance of LGBT Youth in Scotland.

Sylvia Thompson, Cairn Robertson, Charlotte Allen, Katie Jennings and Jane Rowantree created and ran the glittering event as a major element of the Event Management module in the BA (Hons) International Festival and Event Management programme.

Cairn Robertson, Professor Jane Ali-Knight and Sylvia Thompson with the E Award

Sylvia and Cairn represented the team as they were named category winners from a shortlist of four at the E Awards 2019 ceremony at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.

The picture shows them with Professor Jane Ali-Knight from the University’s Business School.

The university programme required second year undergraduates to create a live event from imaginings through to the creative, planning and management stages, then running it.

Drag Me Back to the 80s featured dance and performance by a range of drag artists, allowing everyone to have a great time while raising more than £1000 for LGBT Scotland.

Jane Griffin, Head of Partnership at LGBT Youth Scotland, said: “The team were a pleasure to work with, and organised a fabulous event that everyone attending enjoyed. In my decade of working in the fundraising sector, this was without doubt the best student events team I have ever worked with.”

E Awards 2019, which showcased excellence in Scottish events and festivals, was held at the Assembly Rooms in George Street on June 13.

The picture shows Sylvia Thompson (first left), Cairn Robertson (second from the right), Jane Rowantree, Katie Jennings and Charlotte Allen.

Line of up of five students in 80s gear including day glo wig, bodysuit and Choose Life t-shirt

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