On Friday, 18 October 2019, Fanar AlDerzi ‘21, Ahmad Younis ‘21, and Kareem Madanat ‘21 successfully hosted King’s Academy’s first ever King’s Fest, and the school’s biggest charity event on campus.
“King’s Fest” is a student-led fundraising event that integrates King’s Academy prominent functions, including Arts Week, Madaba Games, annual Senior Carnival, and King’s Bazaar. AlDerzi said, “I think that’s what grabbed people’s attention. It’s basically a day for everyone with different hobbies and likes in one place. You have Madaba Games, arts, performances, carnival games, bazaar, booths, it’s really integrating everything.”
The main goal behind the fest, however, was to collect donations to fund public schools in need of maintenance. Upon entering the fest, the administration gave guests and students the option of directly donating money. The hosts also coordinated with Sugar Daddy’s Bakery and Wazzup Dog to provide JD1 to JD3 coupons for the baked goods or hot dogs. Furthermore, the crew welcomes prominent charities Tikiyet um Ali and King Hussein Cancer Foundation to each open an information booth both. All proceeds from the event went to charity.
The crew also welcomed young children from Al Aqsa Orphanage, and made sure to provide the children with a variety of different carnival games, like an inflatable climbing castle walls and slides, henna, painting, and many more. The event concluded with many heartfelt performances; however, it was the final performance that truly embodied the community-driven essence of King’s Fest: the three hosts, ElDerzi, Younis, and Madanat performed a rendition of Vance Joy’s “Riptide” before inviting all guests to sing along with them on the stage.
However, the team has future plans to augment “King’s Fest”. AlDerzi expressed his hopes in giving the fest even more momentum next year; “Next year, I want to make it earlier. On that day, there was Mr. Ryuji’s 1000 Gifts of Dance, the sports tournaments, the [Aziz Maraka x Adonis] concert. This is just a warmup, next time, it’ll be bigger; there’ll be more activities”.
At the end of the day, the crew was able to achieve the goals of the fest. They managed to create a communal event that truly celebrated the diverse interests and circumstances of all people; an achievement that has been commended by guests, students, and faculty alike. The second annual “King’s Fest” will take place in the fall of 2020, and hopefully will meet and exceed the crew’s expectations.