Solmukohta 2008 - Looking Ahead

A Week in Finland

In accord with the ancient traditions, Solmukohta includes an optional week long pre-event - A Week in Finland - that sets the mood for the Solmukohta experience.

This year, the prelimary week of festivities is organized in cooperation with the FreeFall festival.

Mass transport in Finland

AWiF Schedule:
Sun 30.3.20:00Welcome Party
Mon 31.3.12:00LARP: Love in the age of debasement
Mon 31.3.14:00Helsinki city tour
Mon 31.3.15:00LARP: Modern day modesty
Mon 31.3.17:00LARP: A Story of Land and Water
Mon 31.3.17:00Solmukohta book publication event
Mon 31.3.20:00LARP: Five persons in search for identity
Tue 1.4.12:00LARP: The Scarlet Railway
Tue 1.4.13:30LARP: Interactive poetry jam
Tue 1.4.11:50A trip to the Suomenlinna fortress
Tue 1.4.18:00LARP: Fame
Tue 1.4.18:00Sauna party
Wed 2.4.12:00LARP: War Council
Wed 2.4.13:00LARP: Love in the age of debasement
Wed 2.4.17:00LARP: Love in the age of debasement
Wed 2.4.20:00LARP: Five persons in search for identity
Wed 2.4.12:00A trip to the Fazer chocolate factory
Wed 2.4.18:00The Many Faces of Helsinki barhopping tour
Thu 3.4.14:00LARP: Plastic Cup
Thu 3.4.14:00LARP: Prayers on Porcelain Altar
Thu 3.4.16:30LARP: Memoratoriet: Det rare sted
Thu 3.4.18:00Countdown party

Program Descriptions

SUNDAY 30.3.

WELCOME PARTY
Time: 20:00
Place: Inferno bar, http://www.infernobar.fi/helsinki.php
Address: Annankatu 10, Google Maps: here
Largest possible number of participants: unlimited
Duration: as long as we can party
Description: Welcome to A Week in Finland! Everything starts here.
Other: Age limit 18. Don't bring your own alcohol.

MONDAY 31.1.

HELSINKI CITY TOUR
Time: 14:00
Place: We meet at the Vltava bar, http://www.vltava.fi/
Address: Elielinaukio 2, Google Maps: here
Largest possible number of participants: unlimited
Duration: ~3h
Description: First time in Helsinki? Not the first time, but last time you were too drunk to remember anything about our beautiful capital? See the main sights, learn about Helsinki past and present.
Other: After the tour we continue to the Solmukohta book publication event.

SOLMUKOHTA BOOK PUBLICATION EVENT
Time: 17:00
Place: Cabinet of the Vltava bar, http://www.vltava.fi/, 3rd floor
Address: Address: Elielinaukio 2, see above
Largest possible number of participants: unlimited
Duration: ~2h
Other: Don't bring your own alcohol

LARP: LOVE IN THE AGE OF DEBASEMENT
Time: 12:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, Google Maps: here
Largest possible number of participants: ~10
Duration: ~3h
Description: Larp by Erlend Hansen

LARP: MODERN DAY MODESTY
Time: 15:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 5
Duration: ~2h
Description: Larp by Santtu Määttänen. "Modern Day Modesty" is a larp about conflict between feelings of shame and modesty. This larp focuses on the difficulty of suicide as a solution and about the shame that decisions will bring with in Nordic culture.

LARP: A STORY OF LAND AND WATER
Time: 17:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 7 (4 male, 3 female)
Duration: ~4h
Description: Larp by Andrea Castellani. The Po Valley at the end of the Middle Neolithic: an almost completely wooded land, with a few glades and, near rivers and lakes, many wetlands, swamps and islands where human populations concentrate. It is very important to get rid of stereotypes about prehistory: the characters in this interactive drama are men and women like us, with their culture, their language, their beliefs and their traditions.
"A Story of Land and Water" is a larp, heavily contaminated by improvisational theatre. Or a piece of improvisation, heavily contaminated by roleplaying. But, most important, it is a story about feelings and relationships.

LARP: FIVE PERSONS IN SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
Time: 20:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 5
Duration: 15 min
Description: Larp by Matthijs Holter. Five characters in search of an identity ("Fem roller søker en identitet") is a larp by the Norwegian Matthijs Holter and will be played out in 15 minutes, not one second more or less. The players play characters that know they're characters in a role-playing game. They haven't been assigned an identity yet. They can talk to each other, but not to the players or GM. They're free to speculate in what sort of characters they are, what sort of game it is etc.

TUESDAY 1.4.

TRIP TO THE SUOMENLINNA FORTRESS
Time: 11:50
Place: Suomenlinna sea fortress, http://www.suomenlinna.fi/index.php?lang=eng
Address: To get to Suomenlinna we will catch a ferry. The ferry leaves from Kauppatori at 12:00 – don't be late! Map shows where the ferry leaves. The "C" is the right place: here Largest possible number of participants: unlimited
Duration: ~5h
Description: Suomenlinna is a sea fortress on the islands in front of Helsinki. The 250-year-old fortress was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1991. Besides the fortress itself, there are six museums in the fortress (Suomenlinna Museum, Ehrensvärd-museum, Toy Museum, Manege Military Museum, Customs Museum and Vesikko Submarine which you can enter) and many restaurants and cafés.
Other: The weather is often cold and windy, so take warm clothes. The museums have entrance fees. From Suomenlinna we continue to the sauna party.

THE SAUNA PARTY
Time: 18:00-00:30
Place: Ida Sauna, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_(restaurant)
Address: Ida Aalbergin tie 1. Google Maps: here
We'll meet at 17:15 at the Vltava bar (see above). From there we'll take a bus to the sauna.
If you come on your own, take the bus number 40 from Elielinaukio next to the main railway station. Your stop is Ohjaajantie. Walk about 300 meters: |map Largest possible number of participants: unlimited
Duration: ~5h
Description: Enjoy the Finnish sauna at its most unique: hot, humid, naked, unisex.
Other: Bring your own alcohol and towel.

LARP: THE SCARLET RAILWAY
Time: 12:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 5 (3 male + 2 female)
Duration: ~6h
Description: Larp by Andrea Castellani. The setting of "The Scarlet Railway" is a train ride between two Italian cities, that takes place in one of those old six-people train compartments on 29 February 1992. The characters are fugitives with humanitarian status, coming from former Yugoslavia.
The larp's focus is on giving you a deep experience. Expect 3 hours of pre-game, then 2 hours of game proper, and finally 1 hour of post-game evaluation.

LARP: INTERACTIVE POETRY JAM
Time: 13:30
Address: TBA
Largest possible number of participants: unlimited Duration: ~1h
Description: Larp by Juha Kortesluoma. Pure subconsiousness presented in a verbal flow without any communicational or aesthetic goals.

LARP: FAME
Time: 18:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 5
Duration: ~15min
Description: Larp by Matthijs Holter. "Fame" is an absurdist role-playing poem, played out in fifteen minutes. In it, one player takes the role of the Star, while the others play the Audience. The Star creates and performs series of meaningless performances, which the Audience replies to with nonsensical language. "Fame" is an interesting look at non-verbal communication and crowd dynamics.

WEDNESDAY 2.4.

TRIP TO THE FAZER CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Time: 12:00
We'll meet at the Vltava bar (see above) at 12:00. We'll take a bus to the factory.
Largest possible number of participants: 25, with foreigners having priority
Duration: ~4,5 h
Description: Be Charlie for a day. Finns love Fazer chocolate. In the factory we'll first see a short promo video about Fazer, after which we'll have a tour in the factory. There's also a possibility to do some chocolate shopping.
In the factory you are allowed to eat as much chocolate as you want.
Other: The bus costs 3,80 euros one way.

MANY FACES OF HELSINKI BARHOPPING TOUR
Time: 18:00
Place: Different bars around Helsinki
Get lost? Want to participate but arrive late, please call to our phone line then: +358-44-302-302-6 Address: We'll start from the Paino bar, address Postikuja 2 (next to the main railway station). Google Maps: here
Largest possible number of participants: unlimited
Duration: till the last man falls
Description: Get to know Helsinki while getting drunk. We travel through different areas of Helsinki with the tram number 3, stopping in bars typical for each part of the city. Your guides will help you to choose the right drink for every district.
Other: Scandinavian folk band Kyöpeli, featuring Solmukohta regulars, plays at Paino bar at 18:00.
Age limit 18.

LARP: WAR COUNCIL
Time: 12:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 13
Duration: ~3h
Description: Larp by Martine Svanevik and Marthe Glad. The winds of change are coming. Life will never be the same again. The war has been long and bloody and most of Europe, Asia and the US are controlled by the enemy. The last few leaders of our army are meeting in a hidden place to try to turn the tides of war to their advantage. Plans must be laid; hope must be rekindled not only in the soldiers but in the generals. This is viewed as our last chance. If we cannot come up with a plan of attack, there will be no victory for our side. The last stand is coming.
Other: Wear black clothes

LARP: LOVE IN THE AGE OF DEBASEMENT
Time: 13:00 and 17:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: ~10
Duration: ~3h
Description: Larp by Erlend Hansen

LARP: FIVE PERSONS IN SEARCH FOR IDENTITY
Time: 20:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 5
Duration: 15 min
Description: Larp by Matthijs Holter. See above.

THURSDAY 3.4.

COUNTDOWN PARTY
Time: 18:00
Place: Vanha bar, Tiedekuntasali hall, 2nd floor
Address: Mannerheimintie 3. Google Maps: here
Largest possible number of participants: unlimited
Duration: until it's time to move on, 00:00 at the latest
Description: AWiF is dead, long live Solmukohta!

LARP: MUOVIKUPPI (PLASTIC CUP)
Time: 14:00
Address: TBA
Largest possible number of participants: 20
Duration: ~2h
Description: Larp by Juhana Pettersson. Muovikuppi (Plastic Cup) is a larp about breaking things. Set in the familiar world of your life, it features the violent rupturing of family and friendship. It's a cathartic game where silence and frustration explode in ceramic splinters. It's a game where you are the agent of destruction.

LARP: PRAYERS ON PORCELAIN ALTAR
Time: 14:00
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: 10
Duration: ~2h
Description: Larp by J. Tuomas Harviainen. Welcome to the worst hang-over of your life. Yesterday you were partying with strangers. Today you are nauseous, dizzy and angry. And do not remember what exactly happened. Did you insult, beat and/or fuck someone? Possibly the very wrong persons?
A discourse-oriented 2-hour larp for 10 players. Players are expected to be mean to one another. Game material is in English, but you can play in any language. Not being understood can be part of the fun!

LARP: MEMORATORIET: DET RARE STED
Time: 16:30
Address: Köydenpunojankatu 8 E, see above
Largest possible number of participants: ~14
Duration: ~3h
Description: Larp by Morten Petersen and Monica Traxl. A Danish experimental art LARP for 10 - 14 participants designed to give the players a unique and emotionally powerful experience as they must discover and confront their character's own trauma. Will be held in Danish.

 
 

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