It's time! The Malmö/Copenhagen 2015 ISPA Congress is upon us. For your packing and planning preparations, I have put together some reference information that I hope is helpful.
If I have left anything out, or if you would like more specific information, please reach out at your convenience: email - firstname.lastname@example.org or phone - 1 212 206 8603 x202. See you soon!
Ann Norris Pattan
Manager of Membership and Events
Hotel and Congress Venue
Most days of the Congress will take place at the beautiful new Malmö Live venue which houses the Concert Hall, convention center and Clarion Hotel. Venue address: Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden
Friday’s events will take place at the DR Concert Hall in Denmark (bus transportation will be available). Venue address: Ørestads Boulevard 13, 2300 København, Denmark
The Congress kicks off with the Anthony Field Academy on Monday and Tuesday, May 25th and 26th at Malmö Live. The full Congress begins on Wednesday, May 27th; Pitch New Works and ProEx happen on Thursday, May 28th; we head to Denmark on Friday, May 29th; and the Congress concludes on Saturday, May 30th with the Awards Dinner and Dance. Visit the ISPA website for detailed information about each day.
NOTE: For Friday’s events in Denmark, we will travel by bus from Malmö Live to the DR Concert Hall in the morning. There will be a bus that returns to Malmö following the Congress sessions, and a bus that will take delegates to the Harbor Cruise and then the Danish showcase at Dansehallerne and back to Malmö in the evening. All other destinations are on your own.
WEATHER Malmö has Goldilocks weather – not too hot and not too cold. The temperature this time of year is generally around 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit (13-18 degrees Celsius) during the day and can get down to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) at night. Rain is always a possibility. More weather.
ACCESS TO SESSIONS AND EVENTS Badges must be visible and worn for admission to all Congress events except for those ticketed events which include the performances on Wednesday night and Awards Dinner and Dance on Saturday. You will receive your badge and applicable tickets when you check in.
ATTIRE Business casual is appropriate for most Congress events; the Awards Dinner attire is business/festive. Comfortable shoes are always recommended – there are several pedestrian routes that are paved with uneven cobblestones and bricks. High heels or other unstable shoes could be hazardous to your ankles!
If you are flying into the Copenhagen airport, our host, in conjunction with sponsor Skånetrafiken, has provided a voucher for a free train transfer from the airport to the Malmö station which is just a short walk from all hotels and the Malmö Live venue. You can print the voucher or show it to the ticket authorities on your phone or tablet. Download the train voucher.
In addition to the train pass for airport transfers, each delegate will get a bus pass when they pick up their Congress badge and registration materials. The bus pass is good for free rides on all Malmö city buses (green buses), Öresund trains (bound for Copenhagen) and Pågatåg commuter trains (within Skåne – southern Sweden). Please note - the pass does not get you into Copenhagen.
There are several opportunities to see performances. For a full listing, visit the ticketed performances page of our Congress website.
NOTE: If you have purchased tickets to performances at any of the Swedish Biennial venues, you may pick up and pay for those tickets at the Malmö Live box office – credit card payments only. If you would like to pay cash for your Biennial tickets, you’ll need to visit one of the other box office locations.
ProEx load-in is from 9:30 – 11:30 on Thursday, May 28th. If you are exhibiting, you should have received a confirmation from Ann Pattan regarding the details of the event. If you have not received this email, please contact Ann at your convenience, or stop by the registration desk to inquire.
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There are 18 ISPA Fellows who will be joining us in Malmö and Copenhagen. The Swedish Fellows are hosting a social evening on Thursday – we encourage everyone to meet and mingle!
The general emergency number for Sweden and Denmark is 112. If you need to reach someone at ISPA, please call Ann Pattan at 1 317 384 3637.