Bestival 2014, held at Beaconhouse National University from 27th February till 2nd March, 2014, attracted a record-breaking number of participants of up to 500 students, the most in the history of Bestival. Participants from eighteen different educational institutes participated in the four-day event; including students from National College of Arts, University of Central Punjab, University of Lahore, SKANS, Lahore School of Economics, Punjab University, Beaconhouse AlTJ, LACAS, LGS Paragon, LGS 1A1, City School, ZABIST, SISA, FC College, UET, PIFD, COMSATS and STEPS.
Bestival is a student-driven multi-category event that features different competitions related to media, literature, performing arts and design, sports and gaming. This year, the competitions include Arm Wrestling, Art of Motion, Battle of the Bands, Individual Singing, Dramatics, Fashion, Ramp Jewelry, Futsal, Gaming, Journalism, Photography, Film Production, Stand-Up Comedy, Table Tennis, Thematic Art and BNU MUN. Some of the esteemed personalities who judged these competitions included Jawad Ahmed, Saleem Kashmiri, Abid Ali, Eram Bukhari, Abrar Cheema, Adnan Jahangir, Rana Faizan Ali and Akbar Bajwa, Rabbiya Naseer, Urooj Samdhani and Salman Shahid, Dawar Lashari and Waleed Zaidi, and Amna Ajmal and Irfan Ali.
Besides competitions, a number of workshops were also organized during Bestival 2014. Three faculty members of BNU including Ms. Rabbiya Naseer, Prof. Wajahat Masood and Ms. Claire Pamment conducted workshops on theater, journalism and dramatics.
The four-day extravaganza also included a lit-up activity, fashion show, concert by Roxen, drama night, and a carnival. The closing ceremony was held on the last day of the Bestival where trophies were awarded to 34 winners, 17 runner ups, and a Team Trophy to UCP.
Held under the patronage of Directorate of Student Affairs and External Relations, Beaconhouse National University, Bestival 2014 was sponsored by Pak Suzuki Motors, Beaconhouse School System, and Sufi (Hamza Foods Pvt Ltd). Partners included Pakistan Arm Wrestling Federation & Pakistan Table Tennis Federation as Official Partners, Easy Taxi as Travel Partner, Crashpad as Gaming Partner, Salon Y as Glam Partner, Planeteers as partner in the Lit-up activity, The News as Exclusive Media Partner, City FM 89 as Radio Partner, Taste Pakistan as Magazine Partner and Dispatch News Desk as Online Partner.
The Bestival 2014 brought together the youth from different institutions and encouraged healthy competition in order to stir a spirit of camaraderie between them. The theme of this year’s Bestival was “Superheroes.” Starting from the Greek and Roman superheroes like Hercules and Odysseus till the more recent comics based like Superman, Batman, and Iron Man; all superhero fables projects the victory of good over evil. By projecting this theme, students of BNU urged the youth of the country to awake their inner superhero and to discover their true potential.