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Conference venue

Location -- Accomodation -- Conference program (pdf) -- Plenary Auditoria -- Other Venues

 The Sixth International Conference of the Melville Society will take place in Szczecin, a charming Hanseatic city whose history, natural and architectural beauty, and welcoming inhabitants  make it one of the most attractive locations in the country. Szczecin, the capital city of the region of Western Pomerania, is located in the north-western part of Poland. The city lies on the river Oder, which flows along two river beds through the town, at the Gulf of Szczecin, 16 km from the German border, 80 km from the Baltic Sea, and 150 km from Berlin.
  The city is located at a strategic junction of communication and transportation routes, connecting the Baltic countries to Western Europe, Scandinavia and Southern Europe. The local Szczecin airport located in Goleniów (45 km from Szczecin), offers flight connections with London, Copenhagen and Warsaw; the railroad connects Szczecin with all major Cities in Europe. 
   Owing to its cosmopolitan character, its complex maritime history, its architectural beauty, and its rapid economic and cultural development, Szczecin has been chosen to be the host city of the final of the Tall Ships' Races in 2007, a  year soon to be proclaimed the Conrad Year. The Organizers of the Szczecin event have exteded their cordial invitation to the Co-Chairs of the Conference to enter into cooperation. 
   Owing to efforts of both groups of Organizers, the Participants of the Hearts of Darkness Conference will have an unrepeatable opportunity to enjoy an intellectual feast of topmost significance and - at the same time - to become immersed in the communal joy of the festivities of the most important sailing event in Europe.  Between August 4th and 7th, Szczecin will host about 1.5 million visitors and all of the most important European tall ships. The supporting events will include countless concerts and theatrical  performances, film screenings, live readings, colorful tall ship parades and marches,  and many other attractions available to  Conference Participants.

Conference Location

The Conference venue is located in a close vicinity of the most interesting quarter of the City of Szczecin: not more than 15-20 minutes' walk from the WaĹ‚y Chrobrego Waterfront, where all of the tall ships will converge, 10 minutes from the historical and architectural center of Szczecin with its museums, theaters, restaurants and pubs, 10 minutes from a very convenient and very reasonably priced Internet cafe, and only 10 minutes's walk from the railway station and coach terminal. The shuttle busses from the airport reach both Conference hotels (Campanile and Novotel); it is therefore unnecessary  to take a much more expensive taxi ride from the airport. Please, check the "How to get there" section for traveling instructions.

Conference Accomodation

 As Organizers of the Conference, we have entered into cooperation with Campanile Szczecin and Novotel Szczecin, two reasonably priced four- and three star hotels of European standards, whose managers offered special rates for the Conference Participants, reserved the conference rooms for our purposes and will be responsible for catering in the breaks between sessions. Please, click on the respective logos of the hotels to visit their websites.


ul. Wyszyńskiego 30
70-203 Szczecin
tel:  +48 (091) 481 77 00
fax: +48 (091) 481 77 01

Al. 3 maja St. 31
70-215 Szczecin, Poland
phone: +48 (0) 91 480 14 00
fax: +48 (0) 91 480 14 44

Should you be ready to make your decision, please book your rooms well aheads of time, remembering that during the Tall Ships' Races Szczecin 2007 the City will be visited by 1.5 million people. You can do it either by registering online, or by sending the Hotel Booking Forms to the hotels (by fax or by e-mail). Should you, however, wish to book a room in a luxury hotel without special rates,  we recommend the Radisson SAS hotel, located in the vicinity. Should you decide not to use the offer negotioated with the cooperating hotels, you are welcome to follow the link to other hotels in Szczecin. We do, however, strongly recommend the offer of the collaborating hotels.

Plenary Auditoria

Owing to the friendship of the Organizers of the Tall Ships' Races Szczecin  2007, thanks to the support of the Municipal Council, the Conference has been offered to use a wonderful new auditorium of the Modern Theater in Szczecin. The auditorium, which can seat 350 or so,  is arranged in such a way to allow us to offer sessions open to the public without fear of not being able to seat everyone; it is wired for any kind of high-tech equipment Participants might need; and it is very handsome. The location is ideal, since it is within walking distance of the hotels.


Other Venues

Additional events of the Conference, such as poetry readings by Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Ralph James Savarese and Stephen Andrews, Melville and Conrad film screenings, sea-shanty concerts, museum events and te book display, are planned to be held in the following locations - (please, click on the links below)

1) The National Museum
2) The Modern Theater Lobby (picture on the right)
3) The Pionier Cinema (the oldest cinema theater in the world)
4) The Novotel Hotel Lobby
5) Possibly, other venues

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