mekka & symposium General Information

Introduction

In the last years, this demo scene event has grown to the best and biggest German party and its name can sometimes be heard together with "The Party", "The Gathering" or "Assembly" in the same sentence.

That doesn't mean it's just another huge anonymous lamer conference; in 1997 we had 750 visitors, in 1996 the Symposium had 640, the Mekka 300 visitors, in 1995 the BlackBox Symposium had also around 300 visitors.

This party is known for its "scenish" flavour, for prominent sceners being there and for high-quality releases. Attenders come from all important platforms, that is mainly the C64, PC, Amiga and some other systems such as the Atari. For the Mekka & Symposium 1998, we expect about 850 visitors having four nice Easter days.

Location
& Date

The party place is situated between Hamburg and Hannover, in a small town called Fallingbostel. Most of you already know this hall from the Symposium & Mekka '97 and we are confident that the space will suffice one more time. Some mistakes we've made last time will be corrected, so we'll have a dark hall in the day-time, better sound equipment and clean toilets. The address is:

Heidmarkhalle
An der Heidmarkhalle 1
29683 Fallingbostel
http://www.fallingbostel.de/ ;-)

Picture of the hall

A phone number will be published on our WWW site a few days before the event starts.

If you're going to come by car, you will be driving down the highway A7 - Fallingbostel is announced (here's a good map). From the highway exit, there will be signs directing you to the party place. Also, people living there will recognize you by your weird look and gladly point you the way to the Heidmarkhalle.

When coming by train, you have to use some major train to either Hamburg or Hannover (whichever is nearer to you), and change for Fallingbostel there. Then you can make use of the free 24h Bus Shuttle service we will set up like every year. You should have contacted Raw Style in advance, just to be sure. If you're coming without equipment, you can also take the walk (half an hour).

We'll open the doors on Friday, the 10th of April, 12:00 CET. The party will last until Monday the 13th, 12:00 CET.

The entrance fee for the whole time amounts to 50 DM (about 35 US-Dollars). We don't take foreign currencies. Girls and Mat/Ozone get in for free! There is no table reservation, and no possibility of paying in advance! Money which is left is spent on the competition prizes. Bring your own power connectors!

There will be an external warm sleeping hall right besides the party hall. Nevertheless, if you need a quiet place to sleep, you can stay at the local youth hostel, which is located about 500m from the party place. If you have the necessary member card and you are interested, this is the address:

Jugendherberge Fallingbostel
DJH Landesverband Hannover e.V.
Liethweg 1
29683 Fallingbostel
Phone: +49 5162 2274


The entrance fee has been raised (by 10DM) to 50DM. We are sorry for this inconvenience, but this decision has several reasons: First of all, the Heidmarkhalle has become more expensive for us to rent. Then, there is the external sleeping facility which will be a new feature this year - not inexpensive either. And last but not least, we intend to give decent competition prizes this year - this might be of interest to you all out there, since this (hopefully) will also mean even better competition entries! Please accept our apologies, and if you don't - please compare prizes with other major parties before ranting around. Thank you!

Bus Trips

  1. A bus from Switzerland is being planned with stops in Zürich, Basel, probably Bern and Genf, and all cities along the route to Fallingbostel. The info page will be up soon, until then you can contact Furball/Fake That at furball@space.ch.
  2. The bus will have room for about 40 people and will depart from Århus the 10th of April in the morning. It will take a stop in Fredericia, where it will pick up people from Copenhagen (and Sweden). The price will be around 315,- DKK. The organizer is Cytron/Depth: 6820@e.aarhus.ih.dk or phone 86 16 96 41.

Are you organizing another bus trip to MS98? Please contact Raw Style so we can advertise it on the web page (and for plain boasting ;D)

Features

  • Lots of competitions for Amiga, PC and C64
  • Competitions presented on a big screen of 6x4 m^2
  • Powerful sound equipment
  • Place for 1200 visitors plus equipment
  • Live music performances (even non-Techno!)
  • Traditional entertainment provided by Steeler!
  • A fast party network!
  • A city nearby, with shops and bars
  • 24h drinks & snacks available on the party
  • Cool party t-shirts
  • ...and the unique Mekka & Symposium party feeling!
Tracer/Bizarre Arts (5schmoec@informatik.uni-hamburg.de) is planning a DeBUG developer meeting and an official demonstration of BeOS, the new operating system for PowerPC and Intel computers.

The IRC channel #ms98 on IRCNet has been open since January; drop by and meet the organizers and the visitors!

Food

We'll sell sandwiches, snacks (Mars, Snickers etc.) and Coke/Sprite etc. all the time. A snack-bar providing fries, hamburgers etc. will be in front of the building, almost 24h a day. Besides that you can still walk those few meters into the city of Fallingbostel and make use of the shops and bars there (most shops open only on Saturday). Of course you may also bring stuff from home.

Time Table

Friday, 10th April
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12:00	Opening
16:00	Opening ceremony

Saturday, 11th April
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15:00	Deadline I:
	All music and graphics competitions, Wild, 4K Intro.

18:00	C64 Music competition
20:00	Graphics competition
23:00	Wild competition

Sunday, 12th April
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01:00	C64 Graphics competition
08:00	Module competition
09:30	Ronny/Teklords live at the turntables

10:00	Deadline II:
	All intro competitions, Game 32K.

11:00	4K Intros Amiga, PC, C64
12:30	ANSI competition
13:00	Graphics, repeat
14:00	XM competition
16:30	Game 32K competition
17:30	C64 Graphics, repeat

18:00	Deadline III:
	All demo competitions.

18:00	40K Intros Amiga
20:00	64K Intros PC
22:00	PC demo and Win95 demo competitions

Monday, 13th April
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00:00	Amiga demo competition
02:00	C64 demo competition

05:00	Voting deadline
10:00	Prize giving, closing ceremony
12:00	End of the party

General
Rules

The usual legal mush: We are not responsible for stolen computer equipment or other personal items you bring with you. We aren't responsible for personal injuries either. Take care of yourself, your friends and your luggage. We didn't have much trouble with theft on our parties, but it might be better to think twice about taking a certain valuable thing with you onto the party.

The use of alcohol is hereby explicitly forbidden. After facing severe damages and personal attacks on the last party due to heavily drunken individuals, we chose to put up this rule. Drunken guys won't be let inside, disturbing guys will be put outside. Don't consume Vodka in front of the stage. Don't *vomit* onto the floor.

If we find you to be destroying things, either intellectual property (hacking the network system), or physically damaging the building, you can be sure we won't forget you.

Please respect German law. Illegal actions, especially regarding software piracy, can not be tolerated. Dutch visitors should try to be aware of the fact that weed is an illegal drug here.

Have fun! And if you have ideas of what might be fun on the party, don't hesitate to contact us, even on the party.You're part of the party!


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