Have you ever spent hours looking for a solution to a problem, materialized a megalomaniac plan, learned from a mistake, thrown away a manual or given a breathtaking speech on 21st century crafts(wo)manship? If so, you might be a wärker and wärkfest might be your kind of a happening.
Wärker is a participant in the week-end event WÄRK:fest. We will provide an opportunity to showcase different projects, prototypes and techniques in an inspiring environment and workers will share their ideas and knowledge by having their own workstations or by giving workshops, presentations and speeches.
WÄRK:fest is an event celebrating do-it-yourself-culture at Cable Factory, Helsinki, 20-21 October, 2012 (Saturday-Sunday). WÄRK:fest is organized for the frost time this year and it will turn Cable Factory into a playground for learning, researching, innovating, experiencing, sharing, recycling and tuning. There will be up to hundred workstations presenting DIY-projects ranging from cooking, soldering and crochet to guerrilla gardening and a bike workshop. There will also be presentations, speeches and shows. We also hope to see spontaneous projects to emerge on the spot.
We try the make the festival as versatile as possible and therefor invite everybody sharing our interest in the DIY-way of doing things: curious, enthusiastic and innovative people who are not afraid to try new tricks. All participants will be equal – whether they are beginners, amateurs or professionals.
Workstations are WÄRK:fest’s exhibition stalls, where the participants can interact with the guests, showcase their projects, teach, share and in some cases also sell their products.
You can reserve your workstation by filling in registration form. The following facilities will be provided by the organizer free of charge:
Tips on building your workstation:
Furniture of the workstation
Participants registered to give workshops and presentations will be given free of charge
Each WÄRK:station and workshop is responsible for the safety of its own activities and must provide any official permits needed. If any potentially hazardous tools or machines will be used, there has to be appropriate protective equipment (safety glasses, hearing protection, fire blanket, fire extinguisher, etc.) on behalf of a wärker.
Standard tables and chairs that are needed for working on the station are allowed. Sofas, armchairs, etc. are prohibited.
All fabrics, curtains etc. have to be fire retardant.
If there will be a significant amount of chemicals, paints, varnish, etc. on wärk:station, the storage must be arranged before the event, cause it needs to be elsewhere than on the station.
All electrical equipment that will be used, has to be under Finland’s electrical safety regulations.
Schedule for building/clearing
Additional services (preliminary)
Additional services can be
purchased online. Shop is clodsed! Orders should be made before 30 September 2012 or there will be additional fees. Lunch tickets and entrance ticket can be bought until 10th October.
Who is organizing WÄRK:fest?
The accountble organizer is Alternative Party ry. There is a vast network of individuals from various associations working on voluntary bases to put the festival together. WÄRK:fest is a nonprofit event.
Where can I find more information?
As the festival is organized for the first time there are many things that could be done better. If you have some ideas and thoughts about the festival, or you would like to get involved feel free to contact us!