30 JUNE - 1 JULY 2018
International Lowlands Hema Gathering
Hilversum - The Netherlands

Introduction to the

Programme

Ladies and gentlemen, the AMEK is proud to present the 1st International Lowlands HEMA Gathering in the Netherlands, in the weekend of the 7th and 8th of September.
 
What can you expect at the 1st International Lowlands HEMA Gathering?
 
We are aiming for a slightly different set-up to what you are probably used to, as we want to add something unique to differentiate it from other well-established HEMA events.

Thursday, September 5

a Warm Welcome

a Warm Welcome
For our international quests and local early birds, we are proposing a relaxing programme on Thursday the 5th, including a medieval sauna where we will dine, swim, relax and have a good chance to unwind. We will have a few tickets for those interested. Just write us an email. This option is NOT included in the registration form as there a really only a few places available for the sauna. The sooner you sign up the bigger the chance you will be sweating with us.

Friday, September 6

Amsterdam Tour

Amsterdam Tour
The event officially starts on Friday, with an Amsterdam sightseeing tour.
Guests arriving on this day can join the rest of the people already there. This is the day to meet new friends and catch up with old ones! In Amsterdam you can relax, partake in the many joys that the city has to offer (wink wink), enjoy the historical architecture, get on a boat to roam the canals or visit the many cool museums and galleries.

Saturday, September 7

Tournaments

Tournaments
There will be different tournaments and disciplines to participate in (subject to change, based on participant numbers):
 
  • The ‘Rory van Noort Memorial’ Open Longsword Tournament
  • The ‘Rory van Noort Memorial’ Invitational Longsword Tournament
  • The Ladies' Longsword Tournament
  • A single-handed steel Messer tournament
There will be several workshops to attend for people that do not want to watch or participate in tournaments;
from various beginners' workshops to advanced workshops and alternative weapon disciplines.

Saturday, September 7

Evening celebration

Evening celebration
After the tournaments are over, we all will gather at the 'Monastery' at Archeon, which is a local historical medieval park.
Here we will dine together and cheer for the victors and participants and maybe throw in a speech or two. We also have a few after-dinner evening entertainment ideas and activities planned, some of which are quite probably legal...

 

Sunday, September 8

Workshops

Workshops
On Sunday, we will have the ‘team up’ workshops, where two prominent instructors will have prepared a combined class and teach together. Duo workshops have a lot of advantages over single instructor workshops in the current development of HEMA events. A problem nowadays is lack of time for workshops if tournaments are held. These are, in our opinion, the advantages of duo workshops:
 
  • People get two top instructors for the price of one
  • We can host more instructors for that day
  • We can offer more workshops in a day
  • If we have more instructors to teach we have more professional judges
  • Instructors will have a blast, by working and teaching together

But above all, the following is our most important argument: as the tournaments take up more and more time, we still want to be able to offer quality workshops for those interested.

Note: This is based on the estimated number of attending instructors. This may be subject to change at the time of the tournament.




 

Sunday, September 8

Kids Demonstration & Kids Tournament

Kids Demonstration & Kids Tournament
Who wouldn’t want to see kids performing fancy flow drills and groovy techniques using steel longswords twice their height? Well don’t miss out on this display!

Furthermore there will be a leather dussack tournament for kids. The boys and girls of the AMEK kids class (8-12 year) like fighting each other with medieval weapon simulators and are eager to show their skills at the event. We think this is great and could inspire the younger HEMA generation. Who knows? The next big HEMA talent could be among them!
 
Sunday will be the standard expected departure date for most of the event guests.

Monday, September 9

Dussack Games & Teambuilding

Dussack Games & Teambuilding
This is a special teambuilding day for all the invitational fighters and instructors.

Depending on available space, students can attend. There is limited space but if you are interested you can include this option in the registration form. And you might end up fighting side by side with your favourite HEMA hero! 
 
This day is all about healthy competition, having a good time and playing together. For that is our idea of what a HEMA event should be; having fun and swordfighting.
 
Within the AMEK, we have invented tons of groovy Dussack games that you can play with 20 to 30 people or so. In short, two teams take each other on in a fighting game and you have to work together to destroy the other team and/or successfully accomplish your mission.The games will require speed, brain function, martial sword skills and team effort. If you want to accomplish your goal, that is. Lack one of these key elements and the other team will own you!
The Dussacks we use are the awesome ones from www.woodenswords.com run by Christian Darce.
 
These games are really awesome, awfully tiring, and highly technical. They are also unbelievably fun and hopefully a lovely way to finish off the event. This will take place either at another location or outside in the open air, depending on the weather.

We will bring cartons and bottles for testcutting so if anyone is interested in swinging a sharp weapon you are more then welcome.

In the evening we might go for a sauna, eat and drink together and take it easy.

Registration Fee

Registration Fee
We have kept the registration fee for this event as cheap as possible.
We hope that you will find that compared to other similar well-established HEMA events we are competitively priced.

Some countries, especially our eastern neighbours have a lower income rate then most west European countries.
Therefore we have also decided to introduce two prices for this event depending on which country you are from.
The lower price is actually below our cost price for the event, but we feel that without our eastern neighbours the event will not be the same!
We hope by introducing the country based fee we can be of some support.

'Early Bird' price for west European countries, America & Canada: € 125
Basic price for east European countries: € 105

After August 7th price for west European countries, America & Canada: € 145
Basic price for east European countries: € 125

Family and spouses are welcome to join the Saturday evening dinner for € 26, which includes both the dinner and transport from the Leiden area.
Spectators can choose to enlist in a beginners' workshop on Saturday. This will cost € 30, and includes both admittance and beginners workshop.

Spectator fee (just to watch the tournament, but not workshop attendance); Adults: 8 kids: € 5

As we have had reports of difficulties with bank transfers from the United States, we have decided that participants from outside the European Union, registering before the end of the early bird discount, can simply pay for the event at the door without extra costs. 
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