KICK-OFF PARTY (FREE)
After the satellite events the day before the main conference, we’ll move to one of the charming pubs in the Torun old town for a casual get-together. Everyone is invited, and all registered participants will get tickets for a drink.
WALKING TOUR (FREE)
17 April, Tuesday, 20:00, start: Filmar Hotel
Take part in an evening walk around Toruń’s Old Town, a unique Gothic complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its most beautiful monuments – the Old Town Hall, the Cathedral, and the ruins of the Teutonic Knights’ Castle, all of which look truly magical by nightlight.
Walking tour is free for all the conference participants. Just let us know you are interested in taking part at the registration desk.
19 April, Thursday, 15:30
Conference participants will be able to choose between two options:
1) A visit in the Chopin Centre in Szafarnia, near Toruń. This historical house, where young Chopin spent a year of his life between 1824 and 1825, is both a museum and a renowned music institution. The visitors will be able to see the souvenirs connected with Chopin’s stay, listen to a concert of his music, and enjoy a tasting his favourite beverage – acorn coffee – prepared according to the traditional, 19th-century recipe.
COST: soon to be announced
2) An unconventional look into Toruń’s tourist attractions. If a standard museum visit bores you, this is an option for you!
Toruń is the hometown of the traditional gingerbread biscuits. The first destination is the Gingerbread Museum, situated on the site of an actual, 19th-century gingerbread factory. The Museum offers interactive exhibitions on the history of the special sweet and the techniques of making it. During an exclusive workshop, you will even be able to bake your own gingerbread.
The next destination is a treat for all enthusiasts of militaria – but not only! During the trip to Fort IV, a 19th-century fortress, you will walk its interiors by torchlight, guided by a Prussian officer. After the tour, the outer fort will become a site for a traditional Polish bonfire with snacks.
COST: soon to be announced
You will be able to book either trip at the registration desk. You can also do it in advance, by contacting: marta.sibierska [at] gmail.com. In case of any questions, please write to the same email address.
The Old Town Hall is a 14th-century Gothic brick building, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. The legend goes that its structure resembles a calendar: the tower stands for one year, the four gates for four seasons, the twelve halls for the months, and the number of windows equals the number of days in a year (there is even a secret window for leap years). The Hall was a site of knight tournaments, fairs, or even public executions. At Evolang, you will get a chance to visit the first floor, with its Grand Hall, and enjoy the conference dinner where many of the Polish kings dined. (for more, see: http://www.torun.pl/en/turystyka/zabytki/old_town_hall).
COST: a “full”-type fee is inclusive of the conference dinner. If you’ve paid a basic-type fee and would like to attend the dinner, please inquire at the reception.