The gathering will take place from 30th July until 3rd August 2008.
On Wednesday evening (30th July) there will be the “Icebreaker”.
On Saturday evening (2nd August) a formal dinner dance will be held.
On Sunday (3rd August) the EMAG ends with a brunch.
During three days there will be a “Forum Mensanum”, where Mensans from all over Europe will offer on parallel tracks “Intelligent Entertainment”, in the form of (mainly in Englisch) lectures, presentatations or workshops. The spectrum will be manifold, consisting of scientific or applied research, artistic and Mensa specific themes. The “Forum Mensanum” starts on Thursday 31st July (9:00h), and ends on Saturday 2nd August 2008 (17:30h) and will probably take place at the event hotel.
This is the main event of the EMAG, the pupose of which is to enable a European network. We are looking forward to many European contributions. They will be provided by the members of interested Mensans of Europe.
Every day there are parallel events to three themes, which we are labelling for a better understanding by Latin heading (after all, we were in “good old Europe” somewhere down the road Romans):
Mensa stimulates your brain. On this event track you get “food for thought” i.e. exiting presentations and workshops to various themes.
It's exciting! Mensa not only stimulates you intellectually, it also offers entertainment for “body and soul”, starting with dance onto painting onto cabaret and onto calligraphy.
Here we will concentrate on Mensa specific aspects “Let's concentrate on Mensa!”. For example “Meet and Greet” for LocSecs of Europe, presentations of SIGs, special theme groups and discussions to Mensa internal themes.
As the Forum Mensanum program is now final we ask for your support: To help us plan the size of rooms needed for every event, we offer the possibility to book yourself (with no obligation at all) into the Forum events that you like.
Local Social Programme
In addition to the Forum Mensanum, a local social programme will be offered, i.e. sightseeing and entertainment.
Starting your time at the EMAG, the Icebreaker is a great opportunity to make new friends and – of course – to meet old friends again. To get to know each other we will meet on Wednesday evening in the traditional brewery “Gaffel” right next to the cathedral. There are lots of things to see and to experience. High class painted ceilings, original architecture and an old tile stove give this brewery a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Here you'll have the opportunity to sample Cologne specialities together with one of the bestselling Kölsch brands in a relaxing atmosphere. The chef in this unique brewery cellar recommends the very ample brewery-plate (500 grams of meat) for the price of 14 EUR (without side orders) in addition to drought beer from the “Pittermännchen" (10l wooden cask). Besides, you will have the choice between plenty meat and vegetarian dishes. Something for every taste!
Rally through the City
As one way to get to know Cologne, we have prepared a Rally through the city for you. By solving little assignments, you will obtain interesting facts about Cologne. The questions have to be answered on the spot in various places: either you do it on your own or in a group. The questions will be handed out together with the convention documents. Your results will have to be returned to the organisation office by Saturday afternoon, in order to be evaluated.
At the formal dinner we offer you a very colourful evening in the typical Cologne style, inspired by the “Fifth Season of Cologne”, the traditional Karneval (Carnival). We will give our guests an insight into the cheerful nature and lifestyle of Cologne and will combine the ballroom feeling of a formal gala dinner with the atmosphere of the Cologne carneval. The San Marino Dance band will play a mix of famous carnival smash hits and ballroom dance, so that you can either "schunkeln" (sway left and right with linked arms) or waltz. Typical local food like Hämchen (boiled porc knuckle), ox meat or Halven Hahn (a cheese roll!) will help to get you in the local feeling! There is no obligation to wear a fancy dress, but nevertheless we would be absolutely thrilled if lots of you would turn up in a fancy dress instead of in ball gowns and smokings to celebrate in style. For all, who can't bring their costumes with them, we will go twice, on Friday and on Saturday afternoon to a big fancy dress supplier not far away from the hotel. For sure you will find something appropriate here, either a complete fancy dress or just some funny (carnival) accessories to pimp up your ball gown.