Culture

Sonop's history is based on old traditions dating from almost a century ago, and from these traditions Sonop has developed a culture that forms an integral and important part of the Sonop experience.

Sonop takes part in all of UP's cultural activities, which can be grouped in two parts, namely Culture External and Cultural Internal, and every year Sonop achieves excellent results in both categories.

CULTURE EXTERNAL COMPRISES THE FOLLOWING:

1NSYNC

A Song and Dance production in which only first-years compete against other residences. This takes place during the first two weeks of the year and is the first opportunity for the first-years to make their mark.

SERRIE

A mass production in which the entire house take part. The same type of production as 1nsync, but much more time is spent on practising and consequently it is more professional and the standard usually is incredibly high.

SERENADE

A maximum of 20 members take part in this competition; the focus is largely on singing, and a full band is not allowed. It is, however, not your usual, boring choir competition but an unforgettable musical experience. The winners of the Tuks competition take part in a countrywide competition against other universities.

DEBATING

This debating competition is hosted every year by the ATKV - it is an opportunity to show off your oratorical abilities.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES FORM PART OF CULTURE INTERNAL:

CULTURE EVENINGS

Apart from 'socials' with female residences (a weekly institution), Sonop every year also hosts several culture evenings, highlighting certain cultural aspects during a 'social'.  

EXPRESSION

This exhibition offers students in residences an opportunity to showcase their artistic or literary works. Sonop's volume of poetry is also launched on this occasion every year.

SCRAPBOOK

Every year, every residence produces a scrapbook highlighting the past year's activities.

ARCHIVE

Sonop has a first-class archive housing a collection of memorabilia and photographs covering the past 100 years. In Sonop's archive one truly gets the feeling that one is part of something big by being a Sonop resident.

Apart from these cultural activities organised and monitored by UP, there are many other Sonop cultural activities, such as the Informal, Dinners, Regional Functions and Internal House Days that are attended by Sonop residents only. In addition, Sonop also organises an annual Sonop tour, giving Sonop residents an opportunity to go on holiday together.

Another aspect of Sonop's cultural life that could be mentioned is that the residence has 10 Pierneef paintings that are exhibited on campus.