10 April 2013 What about Adam?

All people turn their heads with surprise. Some tap their foreheads in disbelief. Others will not believe until they step on the pedestal. Many take photos. ‘What about Mickiewicz? What happened to his eyes? Why isn‘t he looking? Why are his eyes covered? What does this have in common with the Polish language?' Answers to these questions will be sought by participants of the city game which will take place on the 16th of April (Tuesday) in the Small Market Square and in Planty Park in Krakow.

The 16th of April (Tuesday) is the day when secondary school students will arrive at the Small Market Square to make Adam Mickiewicz believe again that Poles do love their language. They will enter a competition, undertake a fight for the cultivation of the Polish tradition and language and show to Adam Mickiewicz that they still respect the Polish language. Wandering through Planty Park in small teams, they will meet fantastic people: Jan Kochanowski, Saints Cyril and Methodius, the King and the Queen, who will ask them to solve language puzzles and tasks.

Each team will have its own guardian – a university student who will be wandering with them through the streets of the Old Town. The first point to which the teams will go will be drawn at the beginning in the Small Market Square. Then teams will disperse and accomplish their tasks by filling in the examination sheet.

Teams will wander from point to point and will score points that will verify their knowledge and involvement in the game and will help to find winners. Letters collected on points are proof of students' presence in a given place and will be useful during the last task, which will take place in the Small Market Square after the return of all the teams.

The city game ‘What about Adam?’ is an event organised as a part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Język Polski - the magazine of the Society of Friends of Polish Language. The idea of the game arose among students from the Academic Circle of Students-Linguists of Jagiellonian University, who invited students from the Pedagogical University of Cracow to put it into practice. The entire initiative is supervised by Kazimierz Sikora, Ph.D. – the supervisor of the Circle and a member of the Society of Friends of Polish Language.

During the city game in the Small Market Square, each passer-by will have an opportunity to stop for a while and play scrabble in two versions: in its traditional version with students or maybe even professors, and in a large-format version on the pavement of the Small Market Square.

The framework schedule of the event:
9.30 a.m. - 10 a.m. – registration of teams,
10 a.m.- 10.10 a.m. – the opening ceremony,
10.10 a.m. - 10.20 a.m. – the draw of initial points and takeoff,
10.20 a.m. - 1 p.m. – the city game,
1 p.m. - 1.20 p.m. – the last task in the Small Market Square,
1.20 p.m. - 1.40 p.m. – collection of scores,
1.40 p.m. - 2 p.m. – announcement of scores,
2 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. – going to the Adam Mickiewicz Monument in the Main Market Square and uncovering Mickiewicz’s eyes by the winners,
2.30 p.m. – conclusion.

Please note! The date of the game has changed – originally it was scheduled for the 5th of April (Friday), but it was postponed till Tuesday (the 16th of April) due to bad weather. (katarzyna.fiedorowicz@um.krakow.pl)