One of the biggest events in the Antarctic calendar is midwinter, around 21 June, which celebrates the halfway point in the long polar night.
It is a tradition that goes back to the earliest Antarctic expeditions and is celebrated with a special midwinter dinner featuring an elaborate menu, followed by performances and often a fancy dress party.
Invitations to the midwinter dinner are sent to family and friends, and often to celebrities or well-known sporting or political figures (though it is impossible for them to get to Antarctica in the middle of winter).
- Show students a copy of the midwinter invitation [PDF] and ask them to write some imaginative RSVPs from celebrities.
- Ask students to design their own midwinter menu.
- Divide students into groups and have them rehearse an item for performance at a midwinter dinner.