If you've been a regular on this site, you probably remember the PoRtaL convention that we did in March 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia. I was proud to be one of its' main organizers, together with Ana Rajner and Božo Špoljarić. It was the first larp convention in the region, drawing in larpers who traveled to the convention from Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria, taking part in the program and doing presentations of their own. You can read the entire review in these three articles, written for different days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For various reasons, we decided that this convention would be a regional one and that it will travel to different organizers, in a way similar to Knutepunkt conventions. So the second convention will be organized March 8-9 in Budapest, Hungary by Tamás Obreczán and Sándor Mesterházi, experienced larpers who also had a large presentation on PoRtaL in Croatia.
The second PoRtaL convention will be slightly shorter (no Friday program), but it will keep a similar structure, including free entrance, a variety of subjects on presentations and debates (including group and larp presentation, larp research and theory), workshops, playing chamber larps, and of course good old networking and hanging out together.
Here's an introduction that organizers wrote:
We are proud to announce that the second event of the international larp convention series which started out in Zagreb last year will be held in Budapest this year. Everyone who is interested somehow in the larping scene of our region - be it participation, organizing or research - is welcome. The name PoRtaL comes from our goal to connect larpers of the region regardless of preferences in genre or playstyle - P for Play, R for RPG, L for Larp
- An opportunity to introduce yourselves to the scene. If you are a researcher, presenter or organize an international larp, you will have an opportunity to introduce and promote what you are doing.
- Presentations about larp and roleplay theory, larping in education, reports about the current status of the larp and ARG scene in the region, workshops about tools and techniques which aid organizing larps, and much more - program submissions are open until 28th of February.
- Moderated debates about topics which arise during the event.
As we have confirmed visitors from multiple countries, working language of the convention will be English.
Participation is free, although contributions to the event supplies in the form of soft drinks and snacks are encouraged and welcome.
For more info about the event, keep your eye on the website at http://portal2014.larp.hu/ or Facebook event here. Of course, I'll be writing about it too. And if you're planning to come - see you there! :)