UP’s 1nSync concert offers first-years opportunity to build friendships and show off their talents

Posted on February 07, 2019

The University of Pretoria’s annual 1nSync concert saw scores of first-year students showing off their singing and dancing skills. The sold-out concert, held at two venues on UP’s Hatfield Campus on Saturday 2 February, is a team-building exercise aimed at all first-year students, who can participate via their residences, Day Houses, Faculties or Societies. It has traditionally taken place on the first Saturday after Welcome Day, dating back to the 1950s. 

“As the organisers of the event, we were definitely happy with the turnout for the concert and the fact that all tickets were sold,” says Varushka Moodley, Chairperson of the UP SRC’s Student Culture Committee. “We had full venues throughout the night. This therefore created a wonderful and exciting atmosphere in the venues. The mood of the day was nothing less than overwhelming excitement.” 

Moodley says the planning committee works on the event for four months, but the students only have five days to rehearse their performances. “The students mostly meet each other a week or so before the show, and then they pull their acts together quickly. The rehearsals and negotiations around the performances are a nice way for them to get to know each other and build team spirit.”

For some attendees and their parents, this event is their first interaction with the student-life side of campus. The event aims to provide attendees with a fun and healthy engagement with the student development events that UP offers. 1nSync places a lot of emphasis on ensuring that parents have a pleasant interaction with organised student life. 

The big winners on the night were:

Overall winner: Mopane


1 - House Mags

2 - Curelitzia 

3 - Asterhof

4 - Erica

5 - Vividus Ladies 


1 - Mopane

2 - Tirisano

3 - Morula Legae

4 - Tuks Ekhaya

5 - Blossoms Delight 


1 - Tuks Bophelong

2 - Luminous 

Overall winner - House Mopane, entertaining attendees during the concert. 

For the mixed residence - TuksBophelong came up on top.

For the ladies residence, House Mags took top position.

- Author Xolani Mathibela

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