My job for Symposium especially nowadays is misc
organising and all the Entertainment Stuff. That means that I am the
guy that was responsible for all the games, shows, speeches,
funcompos and stuff you consumed at this party.
But now for the story:
At the time Symposium was founded I lived in the south of Hamburg and
one of my Computer-friends was Gandalf/phantasm who lived right
beside my place. (probably you remember him winning the
WildCompetition on TheParty 1996 with the ROFLY anim?).
Around 1985-87 Gandalf had a mailbox with a Black-Stuff area called
TheBlackBox. Hi job as sysop and me as a cosysop of this mailbox
were our first steps in the local Net-Scene. I can imagine my C64
300bd modem glowing when connecting to his board running EuroMail on
a `nearly` unexpanded A2000 with a 40mb HD. Fun times... It was not
a SCENE ONLY board so we even were a link to all the LL`s
(local-lamers) in and around Hamburg. BTW. this board closed his
doors forever some month ago!
But the board got stronger. In 1992 we thought about doing a local
usermeeting because our userlist and the mailbox were growing
dramatically. So why not doing someting where we can have the
possibility to get in contact with all our users? We managed to
get hold of a place in a catholic church where about 50-60 people
were able to put up their equipment. We named that thing
"BlackBoxSymposium" without a year in name cause we didn`t even
thought about doing it again in another year!
This meeting was a neat success, but it was without competitions and
other scenish things like that. Just boozing for a whole day was our
aim. So later on the users asked when we were celebrating the next
symposium. So we thought about it and set up the party 2 more times
at the same location.
In 1993 we got contact with a party called the 680xx party, held
in a sportshall near our place. It was well organised by Sanity,
Complex, Supplex, White Status. So we saw a REAL Scene-Party for the
first time and thought about doing something a bit bigger as our
scene-involvement couldn`t be ignored anymore :)
The third time of Symposium was BBX-Symposium`1995 with about 300
guests. Most of the organisers of the 680xx party where on this
first REAL Symposium- Scene party which was our breakthrough in
Party-happenings and so we got in contact.
But the party was still held in this awful catholic church... It was
the time of gothic-scene so we thought about moving places as soon as
possible and rent something INDEPENDENT. Some orgas of 680xx-
convention (as there should be mentioned Decca, Sire, Chaos, Thyroxine)
wanted to join organisation for the next event. They
had made the experience of doing a big party and we had made the
experience of fishing sponsors for the prices. So we fit perfectly!
All the talks and meeting were held at the so called SCALA-Meeting
(Sanity- Complex- Avena-Lego & Andere) to organise Symposium 1996.
Scala was getting our headquarter. It is a loose meeting organised
by Chaos/Sanity (now active for FEB - Free Electric Band) that is
still hold irregulary.
Symposium`1996 was born. We had a nice celebrity hall, great
atmosphere and the best visitors you can dream off for a party. It
was a real scene-spirit-event. But there was one thing that troubled
us a bit:
One week before Symposium 1996 took place there was a PC-scene
party-event in exactly the same hall. Believe it or not: We didn`t
know about that until 6 weeks before the party. So everything was
arranged already and we really didn`t want to do a party with the
PC-Scene. As you probably might have guessed this party was called
"Mekka", organised by a guy called Hardball/Amable. He nearly did all
the stuff for this 300 people-party on his own and it is said that
this Mekka`96 wasn`t a bad party at all (for Pc`s especially I
guess!) So Gandalf and Hardball had a discussion before both parties
started but they disliked each other so much that cooperation seemed
to be impossible. ;)
But after the parties were both successfull (the one for the PC and
the other for Amiga) Hardball and Gandalf sniffed each other again.
And believe it or not... After our first agression against this `pc-
nerds` we felt that they were nice... Yes... "N-I-C-E-!".
We even felt that cooperation was possible (resistence is not
furtile!- hi Hew!). So Scala was used as our headquarter again, Mekka
joined Symposium (Hardball would say Mekka swallowed Symposium) and
everything for a next big suprise party was organised.
So for the facts: Mekka/Symposium`1997 was born. The organiser-team
works together and are getting big friends. Silly-con-Vention
(another party in germany) didn`t ask us again to join them.