All participants are invited to the Gala Dinner at the former Gdansk Shipyard on 8 December from 20:00-22:00. Coach transport will be provided from the Hilton hotel to the shipyard and back again.
Gdańsk was the arena for events that changed the world in 1980. A strike by 17,000 ship builders saw Solidarity (Solidarność), led by shipyard electrician Lech Wałęsa, recognised as the first non-communist trade union in the then Soviet Bloc. This was one of the first successful steps in a campaign of civil resistance that contributed to the eventual collapse of communism across eastern Europe.
All around the world such post-industrial areas are becoming places where the most impressive pieces of architecture are erected and prestigious business, entertainment and art events are hosted.
The magnificent Gdansk Shipyard building 89A stands right in the middle of central Gdansk, near the famous Solidarity Square. It is a gem among the post-industrial architecture of Europe. U-boots were manufactured here before World War II, but following that it has been used for peaceful purposes only. In the middle of 2004 it was called Centrum Stocznia Gdańska (Gdansk Shipyard Centre) and became the seat of the European Culture and Education Centre.