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Important (EXTENDED!) Dates:
February 14th, 2009(submission deadline)
March 8th, 2009(notification of results)
March 20th, 2009(camera ready copy due)
May 28-30, 2009(Symposium in Salamanca, Spain)
Salamanca

Salamanca is the university city by excellence, known in the whole world for this and for its artistic richness: cathedrals, palaces, churches... of artistic styles such as romanesque, gothic, plateresque and barroque.

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Salamanca

Salamanca, one of the provinces in the Castilla y León region, is located in the northwest of Spain, approximately 200 km away from Madrid and 100 km from the Portuguese border. It is a small, quiet town where walking, or rather strolling, will be your best mode of transportation whatever your destination is. Salamanca has a population of about 150,000, which grows to over 200,000 during the academic year.

The city is widely known throughout Spain for the atmosphere, both day and night, which the students from all parts of the country and the world bring to it. University life is present everywhere, as students crowd its streets at all times, and at the weekends they enjoy "la marcha," i.e. the special night atmosphere of pubs, discos and caf&ecaute;s.

Salamanca is also known worldwide for its breathtaking monumental heritage, which includes examples from all the different artistic periods. Salamanca was declared a "World Heritage City" by the UNESCO and it was named "European Cultural Capital" for the year 2002 by the EU. Though, in addition to its historical and cultural importance, Salamanca is perhaps best known for having the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe.

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Plaza Mayor
Since Salamanca is situated in the Central Plateau, at a height of 800 meters (about 2400 feet) above sea level, you can expect the climate to be cold in winter and hot in summer, although temperatures aren't usually very extreme and the air tends to be quite dry no matter what the season. In the summer, temperatures range between 20 and 30 degrees centigrade, so light clothes and comfortable shoes are advisable. But even in the month of July, for instance, in the early morning and in the evening after sunset the temperature can drop, making a light coat necessary. Autumn and spring are warm but can be rainy. However, these seasons tend to be very short, as winter quickly changes into summer and vice versa.
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Casa Lis




Thus, a warm and pleasant weather is expected during the celebration of Smart Graphics in late May.

For more Information on Salamanca, please visit the following web pages:
http://www.salamanca.es
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamanca
UNESCO's WORLD Heritage city of Salamanca

About the city (maps, museums, buses...), see (in Spanish):
http://www.aytosalamanca.com

About cultural activities in Salamanca, see (in Spanish):
http://www.salamancaciudaddecultura.org

For a photographic tour of Salamanca, see:
http://www.manbos.com/vergal.asp?galeria=37

For further information about Spain (geography, administrative divisions, climate, etc.) see (in Spanish):
http://www.guiadelmundo.com/paises/spain/mapa.html

In order to get an idea about what daily life is like in Spain, see (in Spanish):
http://www.uky.edu/AS/SPI/pasaporte/principal.html

For further information about currency exchange:
http://www.xe.com/ucc/es/


5th International Art Festival of Castilla y León

Part of this year Smart Graphics Symposium is conceived as a dialogue between Art and Technology.

Thus, we will use the framework of the International Arts Festival of Castilla y León - FIACyL - to foster the interaction among artists, scientists, inhabitants and visitors of the city.

The 5th FIACyL propose an active compromise with the world of contemporary artistic creation and the coherent and appealing image of an exceptional cultural offer, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Junta of Castilla y León.

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During sixteen days the emblematic city of vanguard, Salamanca, will open its doors to a variety of worlds of sensations and participation. This will make a reflection possible on ethnic, poetic and symbolic values, about what is happening not only in present art and culture, but in the sciences of life. The plazas and streets will get revitalized and will be conver ted into stages, ready to produce new feelings. On top of this, this year, the festival takes place within an exemplary pretext of interaction, inter-communication between citizens and the combination of artistic proposals and common spaces with the objective of stimulating the general public to leave behind the role of mere spectator and to be transformed into the actor, in charge of the moment.

Travel guidelines

Smart Graphics will take place in The Faculty of Translation and Documentation, located within a 5 minutes walk to the Main square of Salamanca, the real heart of the city.

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Facultad de Traducción

You can fly directly to Salamanca Airport . There are daily flights to Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca (with Lagun Air and Air Nostrum ). Another option is to fly to Valladolid Airport or Barajas International Airport in Madrid, the closest airports to Salamanca:

MADRID - SALAMANCA

Salamanca is 200 Km west of Madrid and there are regular bus and train services available.

Madrid Airport is located 12 km (8 miles) northeast of Madrid. Since the airport is placed within the council of Barajas, the airport is called Madrid-Barajas.

If your flight lands at Terminal 1, you need to get to Terminal 2 by the free Bus Shuttle (runs every 3 minutes). Please, click in the following link to view a Madrid Airport Map showing the bus shuttle and Underground (line 8). If your flight lands at Terminal 4, you will find an Underground Service direct to Madrid City Center (METRO).

http://www.aena.es/

Once at Terminal 2, the cheapest (1 euro) way to get into Madrid City Center is by underground (METRO). The only available line at the Airport is LINE 8. Please, have a look to the Madrid Underground Map to localize it (see northeast):

http://www.metromadrid.es/acc_resources/pdfs/Plano_Metro_2007.pdf

Of course, there are plenty of Taxis to get to Madrid city center. This may cost around 20 to 30 euro depending where you go, and you can get them from any Terminal.

1. Traveling from Madrid city center to Salamanca by Train

From Aeropuerto (Line 8), change at Nuevos Ministerios to Line 10 north direction (Fuencarral direction) and get down at Chamartin . Chamartin is a Train Station where trains depart to Salamanca.

Please, visit the following link to view the timetable of trains from Madrid to Salamanca:

http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html

There is the possibility to purchase your ticket (15.85 euro) online. However, you will not be able to download the ticket if it is the first time that you use this system. In such a case, you still can pay the ticket online, note the reference number (or print the window) and get the ticket at the train station desk (you will be asked to show the same credit card you used to purchase the ticket online). However, your seat will only be booked up to 1 hour before the departure time. In the event that you arrive at the desk after 1 h before the departure time, there still might be the possibility to get it, depending on how busy is that train. Of course, you can also forget about buying online and get the ticket directly at the station.

The trains depart from Madrid at the following times

08:45
11:00
13:45

15:45
18:05
22:05

They take 2 hours and 20 minutes to arrive to Salamanca. Once there, the best option is to get a Taxi from Salamanca train station (called Vialia) to your hotel. The taxi should cost around 4-8 euro.

2. Traveling from Madrid city center to Salamanca by Bus

From Aeropuerto (Line 8), change at Nuevos Ministerios to Line 6 (circular) shoutheast direction. Get down at Méndez Álvaro . Get out of the Underground and find the Estación Sur bus station (ask someone if you do not find it). There are many buses to Salamanca. Please, visit the following link to view the timetable of these: http://www.auto-res.net/index.html?a

This online system could allow you to get your ticket (11.25 or 17:00 euro for one way for services N or E, see below) online. You can download the ticket and print it. If so, you only need to go straight away to the bus. Of course, you can also buy a ticket at the station.

The buses depart from Madrid at the following times:

07:00 - E
08:00 - E
08:30 - N
09:00 - E
10:00 - E
11:00 - E

12:00 - E
13:00 - E
13:30 - N
14:00 - E
14:30 - N
15:00 - E

15:30 – N
16:00 - E
17:00 - E
17.30 - N
18:00 - E
19:00 - E

20:00 - E
20:30 - N
21:00 - E
22:00 - E
22:30 - N

(E means express service, which takes 2 hours and a half; N means normal service, which takes 3 hours and 5 minutes and has one stop at Avila).

Once in Salamanca bus station, the best option is to take a Taxi to your Hotel. The taxi should cost around 4-8 euro.



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VALLADOLID - SALAMANCA

Salamanca is 115 Km southeast of Valladolid and there is a bus service from the airport to the city centre. Regular bus and train services are available from Valladolid (city centre) to Salamanca.

Valladolid - Salamanca (Bus):

Valladolid´s airport, Villanubla, is situated 11 km outside of Valladolid. The most convenient way to get to either the bus or train station is by taxi. However, it is also possible (although not very frequent) to catch a bus from the airport to the city centre.

Taxi: A run from the airport to the bus station costs around 15 Euros.
Bus: It is also possible to reach the Auto-Res bus station by a bus service running from the airport (Linecar). Bus services run on Monday to Friday, leaving the airport at 11:20, 15:15 and 19:20, Saturdays leaving at 11:20 and 17:45 and on Sundays and public holidays leaving the airport at 19:50. The cost is approximately 1 euro. Once at the "Auto-res" station in Valladolid, buses run frequently to Salamanca. The cost is approximately 6.75 Euros for a single ticket and 12.15 Euros for a return ticket. More information about timetables and prices can be found at their website: www.auto-res.com


Valladolid - Salamanca (Train):

The most direct way to get to the train station is by taxi, which should cost around 15 Euros. The trip to the city centre takes about 15 minutes.
Up-to-date information about timetables and prices can be found on the RENFE web page www.renfe.es.




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