Art Celebration Evening 2016: the Importance of the Arts

On 4th of November 2016, BSG’s first ever Art Celebration Evening was held. I was very lucky to be invited to perform in this marvellous event, to share the joy and excitement that we would always receive from the unique and inspirational nature of the arts with staff members, students and parents.

As a student who’s extremely passionate about performing arts, I was certainly very happy to see BSG trying to elevate the importance of this aspect, drawing more attention and support to the school’s drama, music and art departments. The night was definitely very enjoyable not only because I had the chance to perform, but also it was a rare opportunity to see others’ wonderful achievements in different areas of arts and they were all—unquestionably—outstanding.

The reason why I’m so delighted to see our school taking this step for arts' enthusiasts is because of the way that people often perceive arts. When it comes to choosing subjects for IGCSE or A Level, subjects like art, music and drama are not often included in students’ (or sometimes parents’) top consideration. Unfortunately, these subjects are commonly labeled as ‘impractical’, ‘hobbies’ or even ‘time-wasting’, whereas other subjects are seemingly easier to be linked with profound universities or stable careers.

This misconception has not only underrates the practical nature of the arts, but also prevents the potential development of student’s talent and love for the arts. The arts are different, and that’s exactly what makes them so significant. What you gain from arts is an understanding of the world from a completely different, and rather flexible perspective. It trains you to be imaginative and expressive, to always look for new ideas, challenging new thoughts, to explore the abstract and romantic side of the world and to gain confidence by having a deeper and clearer knowledge of yourself. Arts never provide you with fixed answers, but infinite possibilities. Arts could also offer you ideal careers because they can be combined so smoothly with other curriculums including sciences, maths, psychology, history, languages etc. After all, what you enjoy doing is what really matters, if you do enjoy it then you could constantly gain from it and implement these knowledge in every other aspect.

To conclude, I would like to quote from John Keating in Dead Poets Society: “And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”