KOLA 2014 Larp Conference starts on the 03 Jan 2014, and ends on the 05 Jan 2014.
Participant registration will start at 4pm, Friday, 03 Jan. The first presentations will also begin on this day.
Officially the conference will end at 8pm on sunday, 5 Jan.
We also remind you that the 06 Jan is a holiday in Poland. We suggest that guests from outside of Tricity use this day for their safe trip back home.
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Welcome to the third edition of Polish (and perhaps soon international) KOLA Conference devoted to larps.
After the first two editions, which took place in Wrocław, the participants decided that future KOLAs will be organized in a different city every year.
In 2014 we will be honoured to host you in the North of Poland - in Gdynia, in Pomeranian Science and Technology Park.
The conference starts on Friday 03 Jan, and ends on Sunday, 05 Jan. On Monday 06 Jan (a holiday in Poland) we meet for a farewell breakfast and we suggest that guests from outside of Tricity use the rest of the day for their safe trip back home.
Why give a fig?
KOLA 2014 is much more than a typical conference. Get ready for:
- friendly atmosphere.
We wanted this year’s conference to encompass a wide range of topics, so that everyone - larp newbies and oldies - find something of interest for themselves. Therefore:
- we’ll dig into larps from a few angles: concepts, organization, running, logistics, troubleshooting and evaluation;
- we’ll try to mark the paths that have long been trodden but are still relatively unknown to the general larp public;
- we’ll give a few thoughts to the projects realized this year to learn from their achievements and discuss opportunities for growth;
- we’ll take a look into the future;
- we’ll get out of the box, looking for inspiration in city games, theatre, modern technology and educational trends.
We believe that thanks to your original ideas we’ll be able to realize our bold plans. To put it bluntly, we need your help and contribution to make this conference a unique larping event in Poland.
We strongly encourage you to think critically and constructively, and to share your ideas - after all, they are the seeds of new games, articles and presentations.
Waiting impatiently for your reply to our call!
KOLA 2014 Organizers
Gdynia – a sunny city with a zest!
It is worth visiting Gdynia for many important reasons even though it is best to put down your roots here. 250 thousand persons have already done that appreciating the values of our beautiful, convenient and as proven by scientists – the sunniest city in Poland (1671 hours per year…).
Gdynia is one of the youngest Polish cities. The port is here – gate to Poland and Gdynia’s pride. The biggest in Poland Pomeranian Science and Technology Park is located here; it was established to support companies with innovative projects.
Thanks to the direct vicinity between the city centre and the sea, as well as overwhelming greenery, Gdynia is an incredibly attractive place to live. It is in Gdynia, as the social diagnosis of one of the most popular Polish sociologist shows, where the biggest number of happy people in Poland lives.
The forest, the seaside or recreational spots in the centre – all are close to all districts. In just a few moments you can walk from the main Świętojańska Street to Skwer Kościuszki, that is the most representative part of the port. And here the ships are moored – the symbols, known and important not only for Poles: WWII veteran – ORP Błyskawica and the Dar Pomorza frigate – both operating as museums. Also the sailing ships Dar Młodzieży, Iskra, Pogoria, Zawisza Czarny – when they come back to their home port from cruises. From here it is only a step to the Gdynia Aquarium with the collection of hundreds of sea fauna and flora species from exotic seas and oceans. In direct vicinity there is the Passenger Ships Alley and next to it the passenger fleet marina and yacht marina – the biggest in Poland. This is where every few years the rallies of the biggest sailing ships from all around the world take place. And in summer Gdynia invites visitors to its four sand guarded beaches. The biggest is located right in Gdynia’s centre, next to Bulwar Nadmorski.
The residents of Gdynia like and know how to have fun and with them the guests from Poland and the world. For years Gdynia has been known for its cultural projects recognisable all over Europe, such as for example the famous Heineken Open’er Festival, which attracts the best musicians from all over the world. Among the prestigious festivals there are also Ladies’ Jazz Festival, Globaltica Word Culture Festival, Gdynia Blues Festival, with stage right next to Bulwar Nadmorski. Other famous cultural initiatives in Gdynia include also the Literary Prize Gdynia which thanks to its unique formula of parallel awards for poets, prose writers and essayists quickly became a special event in the Polish literary circles. And finally there is the Gdynia Film Festival –the biggest film event in Poland which for decades has been promoting Polish cinematography in Europe on a great scale.
The numerous Gdynia’s advantages include undoubtedly... its great neighbours. All who decide to take a break in Gdynia may and should seize this opportunity and visit other towns of the region. Beautiful in every season is the nearby Kashubia with its hundreds lakes and vast forests. All close and well-connected.
Gdynia, as it befits a port city, is a true “window to the world.” It supports discoverers, is open to new trends and always kind for visitors from close and afar.
It is enough if you just come here, feel welcome!