Sunday Sun-downers: student party in a backyard

| Dimana Stambolieva

As the summer days take over Enschede, UT-student Karan Karthik decided to host ‘Sunday Sun-downer’, an open-air party with good music, no agenda and wide demographics held in a backyard every other Sunday. ‘The core of these gatherings is the interaction between people.’

How did the event come to be?

Karan Karthik: ‘I have visited various parties with people coming from entirely different backgrounds and I realised that there is a need for union in Enschede. And that is exactly what we do - the core of these gatherings is the interaction between people. When you go to a festival or a party, the focus often falls on the content, instead of the interaction with others. Sunday sun-downers is a space which sparks conversations among people from every demographic. Thus, along with having fun under the sun, conversations bring some thought provocation, people gain new perspectives. The events are all about recreating ourselves through having a good time and learning something new.’ 

Why Sunday Sun-downers?

‘I come from a very big city in India, where activities are always around the corner and since Enschede is on its way to becoming a metropolitan city, I figured out there should simply be more to do even on Sundays. Every Sunday, big part of the world gives a collective groan, but providing a space for collective laughter and calm vibes can change that routine and make Sundays - growth days.’ 

What’s the future of the event?

‘At the moment, it is an experiment. We are trying to see if this uncommon way of having a party creates a momentum. Currently, we are letting  the event grow by itself and observe if there is a demand for such venue. If the demand is high we might scale it up and create a festival. Until the end of September, we are hoping to set up at least five more events since the last one received a lot of positive responses. We would love to implement projects like stand-up comedy performances, poetry reading, dance shows and many more. We prefer to keep the venue open for novice artists or non-professional art enthusiasts, who would like to try out what it feels like to be on stage. It is nice to have more venues, where people can express their creativity and experiment. Professional artists have a lot of platforms, but this is about bringing out the raw unprocessed talent out in the open, because that is where the real magic happens.’