The University Hosted the 7th Edition of the Annual Cultural Festival, ‘CULT,’ with Participation from Over 90 Colleges in India
The World University of Design (WUD) campus recently pulsated with energy and creativity during ‘Cult 2023,’ its annual international culture and design festival in Sonipat. The highlight of the event was the captivating performance by Bollywood singer and songwriter Nikhil D’Souza, whose mesmerizing vocals and guitar skills had the audience singing along in delight. The festival, spanning three days, brought together over 5,000 students from 92 colleges across Delhi NCR, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh, fostering a vibrant atmosphere of artistic expression and healthy competition. From cultural and design competitions to the introduction of professional sports events, CULT 2023 celebrated diversity and talent across various fields. As the seventh edition of this annual extravaganza, the festival not only showcased the creative spirit of the student community but also affirmed its position as a significant cultural event in Sonipat.
The World University of Design (WUD) campus brimmed with excitement as Bollywood singer and songwriter Nikhil D’Souza entranced the audience at ‘Cult 2023,’ the university’s annual international culture and design festival in Sonipat. With his captivating vocals and guitar skills, Nikhil D’Souza had the crowd singing along, utterly captivated.
The three-day cultural festival united over 92 colleges from the Delhi NCR, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh region, attracting a crowd of more than 5,000 students across the event. These students actively participated in over 30 competitions, with the chance to claim over 70 fantastic prizes.
The event provided students with an opportunity to relax and engage with peers from diverse fields, spanning arts, design, sports, fashion, dance, and technology. Acknowledging the students’ enthusiasm for sports, particularly in a state like Haryana with a significant student population participating in local and state tournaments, the organizers expanded CULT this year by introducing professional sports competitions. This included soccer, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, and badminton, open to both male and female participants.
The Cultural and Design events featured a spectrum of activities, from Vocal Music (Solo and Group, both Western and Classical) to Battle of Bands, E-sports (Valorant, BGMI, WWE), Wall Mural, Dramatics Solo, Calligraphy, Motion Film, Sports, and General Quiz. These events continued into the evening, creating a lively atmosphere with fun games, delicious food, jamming sessions, a Band performance, and a DJ party.
Final day added to the excitement with events like Group Dance (Western, Classical, and Folk), Solo Dance Face-off, Street Theatre, Live Sketching, Photography, and a grand Fashion Show, showcasing awe-inspiring collections and themes crafted by students from various universities. The day culminated with the Celebrity Night, featuring the celebrated singer Nikhil D’Souza, who delivered an electrifying performance, engaging the audience in singing and dancing to his hit songs like “Sham” from Aisha, “O Gujariya” from Queen, and “AnjaanaAnjaani ki Kahani” from AnjaanaAnjaani.
The University has been hosting this annual event, and this year celebrated the 7th edition of the cultural festival.In celebrating the fest’s success, Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Gupta, Vice Chancellor of WUD, stated, “CULT 2023 has maintained its upward trajectory, firmly establishing itself as a prominent event in Sonipat. It draws students from afar, offering them a platform to showcase their potential and engage in healthy competition. This festival serves as a forum for young minds to create, unite, liberate, and transform, laying the foundation for its future success. With a diverse range of events and activities, from Soccer to Fashion Shows, it truly encapsulated the essence of team spirit and the creative energy that thrives within our student community.’’
About World University of Design
The World University of Design (WUD), founded in 2018, is a prominent institution located in Sonipat, Haryana. It is among India’s leading emerging universities, holding a QS I-Gauge Platinum Rating in Design education and an A+ Grade in Outcome-Based Education by World Institutional Ranking. Dedicated to creative education, WUD has the largest portfolio of design courses in India. It offers a diverse range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in fields like Architecture, Design, Fashion, Communication, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Management.
Committed to sustainability and making a positive global impact, WUD fosters a dynamic learning environment that promotes hands-on education, fostering student excellence with state-of-the-art facilities and numerous award-winning projects. The university prioritizes research and innovation and has established international collaborations and exchange programs to provide students with a global perspective. With a focus on industry partnerships, internships, and industry-relevant faculty, WUD prepares students for successful careers in the design industry, aiming to become a centre of excellence in creative education in India.