Pyrkon Fantastika and Popular Culture Festival (Pyrkon Festiwal Fantastyki i Kultury Popularnej) is a Polish convention, held annually in Poznań the first weekend after the vernal equinox. Pyrkon aims to integrate the SFF fans and the SFF creators and to promote SFF in literature, films, TV series and games.
Pyrkon is organized yearly by the association Klub Fantastyki “Druga Era” (“Second Era” Science Fiction Club) since 2000.
Guests of Honor : Tad Williams, Lauren Beukes, Charles Stross, Vladimir Arenev, Sergey Liegieza, Olga Gromyko.
Pyrkon it’s a significant Fantastika event in Poland and one of Europe’s largest science fiction and fantasy festivals. It takes place every year in March, at the Poznan International Fair. The festival has come a long way since the days of Fantasy, a convention organized in a friendly school in Poznan Dębiec. Today, Pyrkon expanded its subject, combining the features known from past conventions and contemporary cultural events.
Pyrkon is an event organized by the fans for the fans, attracting each year an increasing number of people interested in the wider range of Fantastika. In view of the increasing number of participants in the 2010 edition, it was decided to move the Festival to the Poznan International Fair. Then to the festival came 3,000 people, in 2012 there were already 6,000 and in 2.013, the number reached 12,300 !
Pyrkon was held in seven pavilions. The organizers have provided participants with round the clock fun, several blocks of programming, including english speaking programs, movies, literary panels and a literary festival (meetings with authors, lectures and panel discussions on a variety of topics – from the theory of literature, religion, science, philosophy, history, esoterism, to the exploration of space), electronic games, science, concerts, LARPs, comics, manga and anime, knight fights shows and dance workshops
“Memory, Sorrow and Thorns” – meeting with Tad Williams
“On science fiction and the near future” with Charles Stross
[Guest panel] “Being a writer” : Charles Stross, Lauren Beukes, Tad Williams, Vladimir Arenev, Stanisław “Scobin” Krawczyk
“Under the domes: science fiction under totalitarian regimes” with Lauren Beukes, Konrad Walewski
[Guest panel] “Writing the future” with Lauren Beukes, Charles Stross, Konrad Walewski, Jędrzej Burszta
“Between Britannica and Galactica: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction” with Konrad Walewski
What makes Pyrkon a unique event in Eastern Europe ?
– More than 800 hours of an attractive and varied program
– Professional exhibition space and interesting exhibitors
– Many guests from abroad and Polish artists (Ian McDonald, Graham Masterton, John Wick, Grzegorz Rosinski, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jaroslaw Grzędowicz, Jacek Dukaj and dozens of others)
– Huge gamesroom
– Fantastic LARPs
– Thrilling RPG sessions
– Exhibitions, shows and concerts
So far the guests of the event were, among others, Ian McDonald, Graham Masterton, John Wick, Grzegorz Rosinski, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jaroslaw Grzędowicz, Jacek Dukaj, Anna Kańtoch and many other Polish and foreign artists fantasy.
© Courtesy of Marcin Pflanz
Between the polish guests were this year : Klaudia Heintze (president of the Silesian Fantasy Club/SKF, Katowice) Ewa Białołęcka, Sylwia Blach, Michał Cetnarowski, Jakub Ćwiek, Stefan Darda, Rafał Dębski, Anna Glomb, Maciej Guzek, Jarosław Grzędowicz, Marek Huberath, Jacek Inglot, Aneta Jadowska, Michał Jakuszewski, Dawid Cain, Anna Kańtoch, Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Jacek Komuda, Rafal Kosik, Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Kazimierz Kyrcz Jr., Paweł Majka, Iwona Michałowska-Gabrych, Marcin Mortka, Dominika Oramus
Marek Oramus, Łukasz Orbitowski, Maciej Parowski, Romuald Pawlak, Andrzej Pilipiuk, Krzysztof Piskorski, Michał Protasiuk, Marcin Przybylek, Martyna Raduchowska
Marcin Rusnak, Wit Szostak, Wojciech Szyda, Witold Vargas, Simon Zack, Andrzej Zimniak, Marcin Zwierzchowski, Paweł Zych.