Photographer:Fotograaf: Vangelis Trikoupis
MAASTRICHT. The Annual Faculty of Law Ball contained all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood red carpet event. It was sold out already weeks before the event and held at Maastricht's Ipanema venue. A range of different music genres were played to suit everyone's taste; a smooth concoction of jazz to help people glide into the celebratory spirit, followed by DJ sets by committee member Felix Schulte-Strathaus, a.k.a Ampersand, and deep house ADD to get blood pumping and dance moves popping.
The event held on the 25th of September marks the third year in a row that four young men, all in their third and final year of European law, Max Huemer, Felix Schulte-Strathaus, Costas Georgiades and Luca Bucken, have organized this student event. It all started with a mutual desire to plan an occasion for law students to come together, celebrate and feel like a part of a community. "I know that the entire organisation team is driven by the vision of creating this one extraordinary night for our student community," says co-organizer Luca Bucken. "We all work until the last guest leaves to make sure everything runs smoothly". With increased collaboration with the law faculty itself, this year's event exceeded over 600 people, a sharp rise from the 180 people who attended the first ball in 2012. Like the other two law balls, this one was a non-profit event, the proceeds going straight to UAF, Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten, an organization dedicated to helping educated refugees integrate themselves into Dutch society.
But what of the night itself? Did it live up to everyone's expectations? Was the champagne bubbly enough, were the ball gowns elegant enough, were the bowties tight enough? Photographer Vangelis Trikoupis returned for a third time to take pictures of the guests as they walked down the red carpet, capturing the memories of a night which, to some, may have seemed like a blur. "The event was quite swanky, everyone wearing a variety of outfits. And that's about all I can remember," says one Master's student.