Wikimania 2019 will host two social events for attendees: one opening reception on Friday afternoon and a closing party on Sunday evening.
Friday 16 August – Welcome reception[edit | edit source]
The welcome reception will take place in the Blue Hall ("Blå hallen") at the Stockholm City Hall! We are cordially invited by the Stockholm City Council to their seat, for a welcoming mingle and reception. Blå hallen is a famous hall in Sweden: it is the banquet hall for the annual Nobel Banquet, and also used for state visits, jubilees and large events.
The Stockholm City Hall, in which the Blue Hall is located, is situated on the island of Kungsholmen. It is built in a national romantic style. It was completed in 1923, and inaugurated on 23 June 1923 - on the day 400 years after the king Gustav Vasa arrived in Stockholm. On the building's southeast corner, a tower is crowned by what is called the Three Crowns, an old Swedish national symbol. We are truly honored to have been invited to a reception with Stockholm City.
Note that buses will leave directly from the University to the City Hall, and that there will be no time to get home and change clothes. There is no formal dress code, but if you do wish to dress up, you will have to do that at the University (or be dressed up the whole day).
- 18.25 Doors open. Mingle food and drinks served. Speech by Cecilia Brinck (Q4940657), President of the Stockholm City Council
- 19.30 Group photo
- 20.00 Event concludes
Sunday 18 August – Closing party[edit | edit source]
We have the pleasure to announce that the Closing Party of Wikimania 2019 will take place in the Large Hall at the Nordic Museum, one of the Wikimania 2019 Partners. The Nordic Museum ("Nordiska museet") is located on the island of Djurgården, and is dedicated to Swedish cultural history and ethnography. The building was completed in 1907, and is influenced by the style used for i.e. the Frederiksborg Palace. The party will take place in the Main Hall, which is the core of the building, 126 meters long! The Main Hall is dominated by a large sculpture of Gustav Vasa, an important Swedish king in the 16th century who is usually said to have founded Sweden.
Due to venue regulations around serving alcohol, the closing party is 18+. However, if you are a minor (16+) but feel strongly about attending, please reach out to us.
Menu: Smoked salmon, Potato salad with vegetables and herbed mayonnaise, Bread and butter, Strawberries with vanilla cream
2 drink tickets will be issued to each guest. These may be exchanged for beer, wine, or a soft drink at the bar. If both tickets have been used, guests will have the option to purchase additional drinks with a credit card only (no cash).
There is a quiet space downstairs to the left from the lobby. Signage will show the way.
- 20.00 Doors open. Dinner & Drinks served.
- 22.00 DJ plays
- 23.30 Bar closes
- 24.00 Museum closes