Wrocław's weekly 'Tower of Babel' international meeting celebrates its 6th anniversary at Lot Kury tomorrow.
Founded by Matthias Kenkel and Szymon Gutaj in June 2012, the regular meetup has continually fostered dialogue between Poles and the city's international community.
For most of the past 6 years the gatherings have been held at Chopper Bar on Kotlarska street. However that all changed in March of this year, when the organisers decided to freshen things up by moving to Lot Kury.
Tower of Babel in the summer of 2012
The organisers of Tower of Babel are hoping that regulars past and present, as well as newbies, will gather at the event tomorrow at 7.30pm to celebrate the 6th anniversary:
Dear friends of ToB, time flies! Exactly on June 7th 2012 we organised our first meeting, and now – six years later – we are still here and doing great! 😀
It will be a pleasure to see you for that special occasion and celebrate a humble but very happy birthday together with you! 😉
Tower of Babel International Meetings
When Tower of Babel celebrated its 2nd anniversary back in 2014, co-organiser Matthias Kenkel explained to us what his motivations were for setting up the event:
I had been mulling over the idea to create something like Tower of Babel for a couple of years by the time I finally decided to make it happen in Wroclaw.
I knew that similar concepts elsewhere had worked pretty well, having been one of the first people to attend the Tandem Krakow Language Meetings way back in 2005.
Based on this experience, the initial idea was to set up a similar weekly multilingual language meeting. Over the time the focus shifted to an international meeting based rather on the social aspect and languages serving as a not only popular but also required means of communication.
Matthias Kenkel, Tower of Babel co-organiser
Matthias also told us back in 2014 that the weekly meeting had managed to stand the test of time thanks to "openness", "frequency of meetings" and personal recommendations spread by word of mouth.
Four years on, it seems this formula is still keeping the wheels in motion.
Although the meeting can simply be described as a "pub gathering", for many foreigners new to Wrocław it means a lot more than that. The weekly meetup has given numerous Wrocław newbies the chance to meet new friends and gain invaluable tips and advice from locals who know the city well.
Unlike some other meetups organised by a reasonably well known expat-themed social networking site, Tower of Babel has always been free – something the organisers stress will forever be the case.