Fantastic AMU

The 22nd Pyrkon - one of Europe's biggest fantasy festivals - will be held between 14-16 June 2024 at the MTP Poznań Expo. As part of the event, we invite you to visit our university stands, offering a wide range of attractions prepared by the employees and students of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.

At Fantastic University, you can chat and discuss with scientists from various scientific disciplines - history, archaeology, earth and environmental sciences, astronomy or literature studies.

The programme features workshops, competitions, ancient board games, sky shows, an interactive exhibition, the promotion of the book 'Repetition of Entertainment History' and a fantastic reading room available to you 24 hours a day.

Check out the entire list of attractions below and visit the AMU stands during the Pyrkon 2024!

Initiators

The project's initiators and creators are Mateusz Frankiewicz ( Library of the Collegium Historicum) and Jakub Wojtczak (Main Office of the Faculty of History).

They are book, series and game lovers, as are many lecturers and students - thus, among other things, the idea to promote the AMU at the festival. - I thought: why aren't we at Pyrkon? - says Dr Frankiewicz. - After all, that's where people who might become students at AMU come, and game publishers might also be interested in cooperating with our faculties.

AMU's participation in Pyrkon is increasing every year. In 2023, with the support of the Dean of the Faculty of History, Prof. Józef Dobosz, and the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of History, Prof. Maciej Michalski, it was decided to present, not only individual faculties but the entire University.

AMU at Pyrkon 2024! Check out what we have prepared!

You are welcome to visit the AMU stands in the Grounds of Fan Initiatives throughout the festival. Attractions prepared for both children, young people and adults are waiting for you. Everyone is guaranteed to find something for themselves!

The full programme of Pyrkon 2024 can be found on the festival's website:

See the programme of the XXII edition of the Pyrkon Fantasy Festival. Visit the event website!

Below is a list of the attractions prepared by AMU as part of this year's edition.

Cosplay Competition

for the best, most interesting cosplay from a chosen universe within the realms of fantasy literature, films, comics, computer and role-playing games, or other forms of popular culture. An added bonus will be if the costume depicts a student, teacher, or professor from your selected universe. Our photographer will take your photo at our booth (you are also welcome to use your own equipment – we encourage this). The prize is a professional photoshoot in a chosen building of the Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM).

Download the rules of the competition "Cosplay: Fantastic UAM"

Book Promotion: “A Review of Entertainment History,”

Review of Entertainment History: Historical and Archaeological Studies" in addition to articles about games and gameplay, you will also read the first-ever written history of the Pyrkon Fantasy Festival.

By participating in the quiz, you have a chance to win a copy of the book!

“Fantastic Beasts – Find Them” Competition:

Fantastic beasts from the depths are hidden around the area. The goal is to find them all and claim your prize at the booth.

Ancient Board Games:

Hnefatafl: Play the Viking game.
Senet: Play the game found in Tutankhamun's tomb.
Ludus Latrunculorum: Learn the game of Roman legionaries and spend time as they did, playing board games.
Backgammon: This game has been with us for over 5,000 years – it's time to play it.
Go: A game known for over 4,000 years, not just for fans of Asia.
Chess: Play chess with replicas of the Lewis chessmen, one of the best-preserved medieval European chess sets.

Play with us or by yourself!

Workshops – Build a Rocket and Launch it into Space.

During the workshops, we'll show that building your own rocket is a breeze. We’ll need paper, tape, and... an empty drink bottle! Join us for some fun, where astronomy students will help you build your own space machine! How it looks depends on you. To launch the models into the sky, we need a countdown to launch, a pneumatic launcher, and a bit of strength. The workshops won't take more than half an hour, with the possibility of several independent rocket launches at the end. Younger participants may need parental help – cutting paper elements isn't easy. Half-hour workshop start times: Fri: 12:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 20:00; Sat: 09:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 13:30 p.m., 15:30 p.m., 18:00 p.m., 20:00 p.m.; Sun: 09:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 13:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.

Sky Viewing through Telescopes.

We invite astronomy enthusiasts and others to our booth! An exceptional opportunity to view the sky has come to PYRKON. With a specialised telescope at one of the hall entrances, you can admire details on the Sun's surface invisible to the naked eye! Evening observations of the Moon's surface are also planned. Additionally, we invite you to simulations of “artificial” objects inside the hall, with explanations of basic telescope and other astronomical instrument operations. (NOTE – outdoor observations will not take place in case of cloud cover!) Half-hour observation start times: Fri: 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.; Sat: 09:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m, 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m., Sun: 09:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Tales of the Night Sky – Stellarium Show.

Can the difference between a star and a planet be seen with the naked eye, or can solar or lunar eclipses be observed? Astronomy students will gladly explain these and other issues using the Stellarium program! These are interactive sky shows used not only for work but also for fun. Join us for a fantastic walk among the stars! Half-hour show start times: Fri: 1:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.; Sat: 10:00 a.m., 12:00, 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.; Sun: 10:00 a.m., 12:00, 2:30 p.m..

Planets in Science Fiction and Contemporary Astronomical Knowledge

Have you ever wondered how much truth is in the creation of cosmic worlds in science fiction (books, films, games...)? How realistic are planets with two sunsets (like Tatooine from the Star Wars universe)? Or planets orbiting dead stars, like in the film Interstellar? It turns out that creators' imaginations have long surpassed reality! Modern research on exoplanets shows the diversity of discovered worlds, which are reflected in fiction and inspire new ideas. Join us on a fantastic visual journey through globes whose existence is not always certain... Half-hour show start times: Fri: 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.; Sat: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.; Sun: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m..

Workshops – Comet in the Kitchen.

Comets are mysterious and ephemeral celestial bodies, made mainly of ice and rock, coming from the outer reaches of the Solar System. Near Earth, they spread magnificent colourful tails under the influence of sunlight. During the “Comet in the Kitchen” workshop, we'll show how easy it is to build a comet model in your own kitchen from simple, readily available ingredients. We'll simulate the formation of a comet's head and its tails, demonstrating the ageing of a comet and the changes it undergoes. Workshop time: Friday 3:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Natural Dyeing

Our presentation will show plants used in ancient times to produce dyes for fabric dyeing. These include madder, tansy, and many others, as well as mordants used in the dyeing process. Additionally, we'll present reconstructions of vessels used for natural fabric dyeing. Discover the variety of colours that can be achieved on wool and linen – materials commonly used in ancient times for making clothing. The palette of colours obtainable is rich and fascinating.

Workshops – Archaeological Drawing of Artefacts Using a Laser Profiler

We'll present a modern approach to drawing archaeological materials, particularly ceramics. Using a specially developed laser scanning device, the process of creating archaeological drawings becomes easy and enjoyable. The results will be visible on the computer screen within minutes, allowing for a better understanding and documentation of our heritage.

Journey Through the World of “The Beasts Among Us”

an interactive exhibition that will transport you to a realm of mysterious and extraordinary creatures. At our booth, you'll have the chance to closely examine exhibits from natural history collections that have inspired human imagination for centuries. We've focused on selecting species that not only fascinated ancient people, playing central roles in myths and legends, but also continue to influence modern pop culture. “The Beasts Among Us” is not just an exhibition to view – it’s an interactive experience inviting you to engage in discovery and exploration. In our “Virtual Depths” zone, you can take on the role of an explorer and immerse yourself in a virtual world, encountering mysterious creatures in their natural habitats. But that's not all! We've also prepared an exciting QR code scavenger hunt game – “Fantastic Beasts – Find Them!”. Embark on an adventure, searching for clues and discovering hidden secrets that lead to extraordinary creatures. Prizes and unforgettable experiences await you!

Tolkien as a Scholar

Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien was primarily an outstanding scholar and lecturer, specialising in classical and Old English philology. We will present his profile, talk about his works, and how he continues to inspire scholars to write about his creations, which gave rise to the cyclical event “Meet Tolkien in Poznań.”

Fantastic Reading Room

A whole shelf of books on various topics will be available 24/7 for everyone on a “Take a book, read a book, return a book” basis. For those interested in science but preferring reading in electronic form, we will have boards with QR codes to download titles of interest.

FANTASTIC RECTORATE

The aim of the Fantastic Rectorate is to provide a space for visitors to learn about all the fantastic scientific initiatives and places. Through presented film materials, they can see how fantastic science is. We will showcase our unique places such as the Nova Comic Reading Room, the BCH Fantasy Collection, and the emerging Role-Playing Games Library, and more in our Fantastic Rectorate. Traditional university announcements will be prepared in various fantasy languages to reflect the atmosphere of rectorates in places like Old Valyria, Arrakis, and other fantastic worlds.

Additionally, in the Fantastic Rectorate, even the youngest participants of the festival will find something for themselves.