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Gdakon is an annual convention in Gdańsk. Initially organized to fill a gap in the event schedule during the winter period, it is one of the largest conventions in Poland. Gdakon attempts to follow the examples of foreign furry conventions, while adapting them to Polish settings. It also serves as a counter-weight to Futrzakon, both in organization, date and location.
Initially it was not a typical convention, but merely a furmeet, but with time and growing popularity more and more guests started to come, including the growing percentage of foreign guests. Because of that, the organizational capacities of Bursztynek hostel were exceeded and the organizers decided to move the con to the Amber hotel.
Before "Gdakon" became a convention, it was a series of furmeets organized in Gdańsk mainly by Raksha. As time passed, it was decided that the meetings could be organized in the form of a convention and the next edition took place in the Bursztynek hostel.
|Attendance (approximate)||Location||Organizers||Date (approximate)|
|20||Private apartment||October 2007|
|50||JustHostel, Gdańsk||Winter 2009|
|30||Dom Harcerza, Gdańsk||Winter 2010|
Previous editions of the convention
Name and mascot
The name Gdakon is a portmanteau of Gdańsk and the word "convention", which initially was meant with mixed enthusiasm, which was related to the onomatopoeic sound of "gdakanie" (the Polish word for hen’s cackle). It was was instantly caught by the artists, who created the first unofficial mascot – a chicken. With time the organizers decided that it is distinct and good enough to become an official mascot, taking a form of a gryphon.
Before the mascot (later called "Gdakonek") became official it looked like Chocobo, appearing sometimes as a joke element of the website, e.g. as a replacement avatar for the site users.
Due to the unwillingness to set a single, fixed logo for all convents, it was decided that it will be connected to each year’s main theme. Thanks to this Gdakon has no fixed logo, and its different variations will be introduced each year.
Organizers and helpers
The sixth edition of Gdakon is organized by more than 15 people, including (in alphabetical order):
- Agent – meritorical organization, fursuit walk
- Bakubrody - security
- Bakus – filming and montage, logistics, hotel matters
- Fuckie – main graphic designer, event manager
- Konu Eikuku Hentaru - furdance i handling the lighting equipment
- Kunako - helper
- LeTigre - furdance i handling the lighting equipment
- Louq – filming and montage
- N527 - security
- Niuxii – graphics and decorations
- Pablo – chairman
- Raksha – assistant, foreign guest coordinator
- Sekaab – main photographer
- Shellac – translations, english WikiFur page
- Silent - furdance
- Tygrys - general co-organisation
- Wofik - general co-organisation
People who took part in organizing the previous editions:
- Edi - graphics
- Gravedigger - furdance
- KocurKotka – fursuiting workshops
- Seti - old website
- Wild Dreams Studio – fursuiting workshops
- Marvin – legal help, security
- Kudlaty – logistics, fursuiter coordinator
- Arashi – program of the convent
- Soreh - security
Cooperation with other conventions
The organizers of Gdakon cooperate with other, foreign conventions to exchange experiences and organizational means. Currently, the organizers work most closely with SachsenFurs from Germany, whose members Konu Eikuku Hentaru and LeTigre are also co-organizers of Gdakon, helping e.g. with organizing the furdance. Symmetrically, the organizers of Gdakon (Pablo) take part in organizing partner convents, by helping with the member management system.
- Gdakon was one of the first conventions to introduce and popularize the idea of two furdances – completely by accident. In 2012 in “Bursztynek” hostel due to the curfew the furdance had to be finished by 11 PM, which made it way shorter than originally intended. Due to the disappointment of the participants, the organizers had to repeat another furdance on the following day, this time without time limits. Since that time it became a fixed part of the convention’s program.
- On every edition’s website there are several Easter Eggs.
- The first conbook (from the third edition) was printed on a single sheet of paper, which basically made it a simple information flyer.
- Initially, the next hotel (after the "Bursztynek" hostel) was not meant to be the "Amber" hotel, but due to increasingly complicated organization from managers of the first hotel, the "Amber" hotel was chosen – a few weeks before the convention’s beginning.
- In this case, the English letter "C" is substituted for "K" in Polish.