[Battlemesh] Battlemesh v9 - Social Events - please register!

Filipe Borges Teixeira filipebteixeira at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 20:56:10 CEST 2016

Hi Battlemeshers!

I guess many of you are wondering how social events are going to be on the
WBMv9! Here is the plan (will be avaiable shortly on the Agenda page):

* Sunday (May 1st) *

A. "Ice breaking and Welcome party"

This will be held on Sunday May 1st from 6 p.m. at the rooftop of Rivoli
Cinema Hostel. All WBMv9 participants and guests traveling with them are
invited. We will have free light/snack food, drinks, beer and some music.
You do not need to register to this event.

*B.* "*Serenata"*

There will be a traditional ceremony Sunday night called "Serenata", at
midnight. You can listen "Fado", which is a typical Portuguese music (live,
free entrance). You can have a sneak peek on [7].

*C. "Night Live in Porto"*
Enjoy night life in Porto from 10 p.m. (more info below)

** Monday (May 2nd) **
*A. "Night Live in Porto"*
Enjoy night life in Porto from 10 p.m. (more info below)

*B. "Promenade music concert"*
There will be a classic music concert for youth/student people, where the
audience interacts with the musicians [7]. The concert is called Promenade
and is part of the end of the year students week. Usually it is on "Coliseu
do Porto" or "Alfândega".

* Tuesday (May 3rd) *

A. "City Sightseeing"

We are planning to take you to a 2-hour city sightseeing tour around Douro
River. The tour plan is the following:

09:30 a.m. meet at Rivoli Cinema Hostel

10:00 a.m.  arrive to "Ribeira", near Luis I bridge (the one made from
Eiffel [1])

10:15 a. m. 50 min. cruise in typical "Rebelo" ship around all 6 bridges

11:00 a. m. Porto Wine Cellars tour, including a red and white wine tasting

12:00 a. m. Way back to the city centre on the typical streets & metro to

01:00 p.m.  Lunch at FEUP

You can have a sneak peek of what you can see on [2] [3] (Douro Cruise) and
here (Porto Wine Cellars) on [4].

Since we need to book the boat and cellar tour, ** we ask you too register
to the "City Sightseeing" *event until *Tuesday April 19 *[5] ***. Depending
on the number of participants we may ask you a small monetary contribution.

*B. "Cortege"*

About 500 thousand people will be at "Aliados", just next to the hostels,
for the students cortege. It starts at 3 p.m. and ends at around midnight.
Downtown will be crowded of people singing and just having fun.

*C. "Night Live in Porto"*
Enjoy night life in Porto from 10 p.m. (more info below)

* Wednesday (May 4th) *

*A. "Night Live in Porto"*
Beer at €0.5 in some places! Enjoy night life in Porto from 10 p.m. (more
info below)

* Thursday (May 5th) *

A. "Social Dinner"

Be ready to taste Portuguese typical food at the social dinner. The dinner
will take place in a restaurant downtown from 8 p.m. We are counting on you
all for this dinner, however ** we kindly ask you to register for the
dinner [6] **so that we can have an approximate number to give to the
restaurant. There will be options for vegetarian meal as well.

The dinner is free of charge for the WBMv9 participants.

*B. "Night Live in Porto"*
Enjoy night life in Porto from 10 p.m. (more info below)

* Friday (May 6th) *

A. "Dinner downtown"

We may have a non-sponsored social dinner on Friday evening, but will be
organized later on.

*B. "Queima das Fitas"*
50 thousand people + music + 60 bars until 6 a.m., a good day to go there.
(more info below)

* Saturday (May 7th) *
*A. Do-what-you-want day :)*
E-mail us for some suggestions!

* Night Life *

Since the WBMv9 week matches exactly the Students end of the year party,
there will be a very active night life during the full week [7]. We have
several options available, and we are planning to explore them all after
22h each day:

*A. Queima das Fitas:* which includes music concerts from 11 p.m. until 2
a.m. and around 60 small students’ bars open until 6 a.m. in the city park
(around 50 000 people attending each day). Ticket prices are around €8 -
€12. There will be a free direct bus from / to Aliados to the City Park all
night long (5 min. walking distance from Rivoli C. Hostel, 15 min. from
Porto Spot hostel). Tickets can be bought during the WBM week. Friday night
would be a good date, for instance.

*B. Bars and discos downtown:* there is a very active night life with a
huge variety of bars opened from 11 pm and 4/6 am in a 10-15 walking
distance from both hostels. Most of them do not charge entrance fee.

* Other social events *

*A. Exit Games [8]:* You will be given 60 minutes to solve multiple enigmas
that allow you to escape a room. A pure rush of adrenaline and a great team
building activity for groups of 8-10 people each time. More info on [8].

Pedro Salazar (another Portuguese guy from INESC) will help me organize
these social events. We hope you get excited with this plan! If you have
any other ideas please let us know. Do not forget to register for the
Sightseeing tour (cruise + wine taste) and for the social dinner, we really
need to know how many people will attend to plan accordingly!

2 weeks left to the WBMv9! :)

Have a nice weekend,

Filipe Teixeira

[1] http://pplware.sapo.pt/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/porto.jpg
[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujD5Ho-q-8w
[3] https://vimeo.com/162567820
[5] http://doodle.com/poll/7yrwt98qiawwneiw
[6] http://doodle.com/poll/vwsswqii695k4xip
[7] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbrAP2r8KsE
[8] http://portoexitgames.com/en/
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