Is your child going to DreamHack and do you have questions about the festival? Read our Parental Info Guide and it might help you with some answers! It contains useful information as well as some guidelines for emergencies.
DreamHack is the world’s largest LAN and computer festival, and the two festivals held in Sweden take place twice a year; one in early summer and the other in late November. DreamHack started in 1994, and in 1997 the event had grown into something really big. In 2000, it was found that the former venue, Kupolen (The Dome) in Borlänge, was too small, and thus the festival was moved to Jönköping and the big expo Elmia Exhibition and Convention Centre. The current venue is located at Kinnarps Arena a few hundred meters from the E4 road and has hosted DreamHack since 2001. During DreamHack Winter 2010, we celebrated our 10th Anniversary at Elmia.
Visitor tickets (day pass or event pass) are available for parents or other relatives who plan to come by, or for the those we enjoy the atmosphere and all activities. Day pass costs 200 SEK if you buy it via our web shop or at the entrance itself. The day pass is valid between 10.00 And 01:00. Event passes are valid for entry throughout the event, but does not include a computer seat (which costs 990 SEK) and is available for purchase, both in our online store and at the entrance. More information about the tickets can be found at here. Outside Elmia there are plenty of parking places and parking tickets can be bought in regular ticket machines around the area.
When teenagers attends the LAN it is common for them to be sloppy with hygiene, sleep, and food. We therefore ask you as parents to inform your children about what type of consequences it might have. Since it gets hot and dry in the halls it is also important to drink well, and we prefer they to drink water or milk instead of cola and other soft drinks. Most likely, they will also feel better if they avoid liquids with sugar or caffeine. DreamHack is working each year to improve the supply of food so that everyone can find varied dishes at a reasonable price. It is also very important to sleep properly. Two hours per night is not enough for the body to stay healthy. Make sure your children bring sleeping equipment (air mattresses, sleeping bags, etc.) so they don’t have to feel ill because of too little sleep. Sleeping halls are available in Hall A and Racket Centrum, a short walk from Elmia. The sleeping space is on a first come, first serve basis.
Remind your child to bring medication and documentation to carry with them in serious cases, including contact details to a legal guardian. A good tip is that you add a number for a contact person in your child’s mobile phone that can help with medical decisions in case of an emergency. This should be highlighted in the phone’s phone book with the name of the contact beginning with the letters ICE (short for In Case of Emergency). For example, the home number could be called “ICE Mom”. In this way it’s easy to get healthcare professionals to find a suitable contact among all phone numbers. The system is used in many countries and is an effective function – and completely free!
DreamHack is an event were incidents rarely happen. We have a zero tolerance on alcohol and drugs, and we strive for a friendly environment. Elmia’s own security company; Securitas have staff on site 24 hours a day. DreamHack collaborates with emergency services and the police to create a safe event as humanly possible. We also have permission from the authorities for the event itself. DreamHack has its own security officers who work with preventive security, and helps participants with security and safety issues. For example, contact the police in case of lost property. We have broad expertise in the field of fire safety and first aid, and there will also be medic staff at the event. If something serious would occur, we will immediately call the police, fire brigade and ambulance care. Elmia works continuously and consciously with security issues and the halls have automatic alarms that are approved for a large number of people present.
DreamHack is hosted by DreamHack AB, which has a team of around 60 employees who work all year round preparing for events and festivals all over the world. During the festivals, additional 800 volunteers help to make the festival possible.