Off-METM activities


Besides the main programme, we’re putting on some fringe activities to help you make new contacts and get to know Carcassonne and its cuisine better. There’s something for everyone. See this pinned map to find out what’s happening where.

Off-METM activities are for attendees only, unless otherwise specified.

Booking will open early July.

Booking now open via My METM.

Most activities that require booking are now full. After registering, go to My METM to grab last places and cancelled reservations.

Booking for all off-METM activities is now closed.

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Monday, 30 September

Location: online
No booking required

Keen to make contacts before Carcassonne? Meet council members and other volunteers online in September at this informal mixer. The session is open to all attendees but recommended for anyone new or newish to METMs.

Wednesday, 16 October

Location: Le Florian bistro and Le Longchamp brasserie (adjacent cafés)
Address: 20-21 Place Carnot, Carcassonne
Not included in conference fee. No booking required. Guests welcome.

Grab a drink with your fellow METM24 attendees before you head off for dinner. First time at METM? Fear not: our welcome team will be there to greet you and make introductions.

Thursday, 17 October

Meeting place: Porte Narbonnaise (main entrance to Citadel)
Max: 30 people per tour
Duration: 90 minutes (daytime); 60 minutes (evening)
Booking required

Join us for a spot of sightseeing on a guided tour run by sudfrance.fr for MET. Choose the time that suits you best. Night-time info below.

Meeting place: Conference centre
Max: 20 people per class
Duration: 1 hour
Booking required

Fancy learning some Occitan and delving into the region’s rich cultural heritage? Try a one-hour total immersion class organized by Institut d’Estudis Occitans-Aude to get you started.

Location: Conference centre
Group leader: Francesca Matteoda
Booking required

Unwind with Francesca Matteoda's session of chair-based asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). Everyone is welcome, back-bending yogis and beginners alike. Wear comfortable clothing.

Location: Conference centre
Editors: TBC
Moderator: Maria Fernandez
No booking required

Two editors give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the editing process. Where will our editors find common ground? How will their approaches differ? Join us to find out.

Share a table with like-minded colleagues at one of our themed meal groups. We book the restaurant, you split the bill.

All tables are for six people (unless otherwise specified). Vegan/vegetarian options can be provided with advance notice – enter your dietary preferences on the My METM page. (The first two tables in the list are for omnivores only.) Booking required.

Traditional French cuisine. Calling all gastronomes! Join your fellow foodies for an evening of French fare and local dishes – a must for omnivore gourmets and translators specializing in French cuisine.
Group leader: Miranda Joubioux
Table size: max. 18 people at several tables
Fixed price: approx. €45, TBC
Restaurant: Chez Christine
Address: 4 rue de la Porte d’Aude

Food and wines of Languedoc. Curious about Corbières? Le Verre d’Un will be serving up a delicious French food-and-wine-pairing meal with a choice of fish- or meat-based mains. Omnivores and wine lovers, this one’s for you!
Group leader: Ruth Simpson
Table size: max. 16 people at several tables
Fixed price: €45
Restaurant: Le Verre d’Un
Address: 2 rue du Verdun

First METM? We’d love to meet you! Join fellow first-timers and a MET council member to chat about what we do, what drew us to METM24 and much more. Who knows where the conversation will take us?
Table size: three tables for six people each
Table 1 led by Hayley Smith:
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC
Table 2 led by Jacqueline Lamb:
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC
Table 3 led by Louise Normandière:
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Travel memories. Reminisce about your first or favourite trips abroad. What did your childhood travels spark in you? Share your memories over dinner. After all, such adventures probably made you who you are today.
Group leader: Paul Appleyard
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Where is your home? Is it where you live or where you grew up? Let’s talk about what makes a country feel like home and how this can change over time. Come along to share your experiences with fellow country hoppers.
Group leader: Jackie Senior
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

A dog’s dinner. Let’s put aside editing and translating for a couple of hours and indulge our love for our (and/or other people's) pets. Bring all the photos – we’ll coo over your cats and guffaw at your galahs, no judgement here!
Group leader: Vicky Porter-Burns
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

AI magic. Chatbots and AI-powered apps can simplify daily tasks at the wordface and at home. Share how you wave your wand to speed things up and give us a glimpse of the top AI tools on your phone and computer.
Group leader: Emma Goldsmith
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Rubbish wildlife photography. Did you take a sub-par snap of a cute creature? Bring it along to this dinner to celebrate the wonders of the real world expressed through the medium of mediocrity in the age of camera phones. For nature lovers/happy snappers. Better efforts also reluctantly allowed.
Group leader: Kate Major Patience
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Meeting place: Porte Narbonnaise (main entrance to Citadel)
Max: 30 people
Duration: 1 hour
Booking required

Soak up the medieval atmosphere of Carcassonne on an evening guided tour run by sudfrance.fr for MET.

Friday, 18 October

Friday rehearsal location: Conference centre
No booking required. Guests welcome.

Rising up to the challenge, Ruth Simpson is back to lead us through two numbers. We’ll be celebrating our host region with a four-part troubadour song Se Canto, sung in Occitan. And we’ll harness our fighting spirit to sing the 80s classic Eye of the Tiger.
For scores, audio and more info, go to Ruth's music folder.
Rehearsals: Friday lunchtime and Saturday before the closing dinner.

Share a table with like-minded colleagues at one of our themed meal groups. We book the restaurant, you split the bill.

Note that our lunch groups are at the same time as the Friday choir rehearsal.
All tables are for six people. See Thursday off-METM tables for full details. Booking required.

First METM? We’d love to meet you! Join fellow first-timers and a MET council member to chat about what we do, what drew us to METM24 and much more. Who knows where the conversation will take us?
Group leader: Heather Hamilton
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

There once was a limerick table
Where poets toiled amid the babel
With the help of some wine,
To put wit into rhyme,
And found they could spin a fine fable.

BYOL* – prompts will be provided and chatbot help allowed.
*Bring your own limericks
Group leader: Francesca Matteoda
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Adventures in subtitling – all questions answered. Courtney, your host, has been working in audiovisual transcription, subtitling, timecoding and QA since 2013. Tap into her wealth of experience over lunch and find out everything you wanted to know about this specialist field. Newbies welcome.
Group leader: Courtney Keeling Greenlaw
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Slump time. How do you fill your time when your inbox runs dry? Let’s mull over some ideas to make the most of a slow week and find ways to work on our language skills, fit in some extra CPD and marketing, and focus on our well-being.
Group leader: Kit Cree
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

You cannot be serious! What is the most bizarre, outlandish or hilarious job you’ve ever been asked to do? Share your stories about the wonderfully weird jobs you’ve been offered. And tell us whether you actually did them.
Group leader: Alice Lehtinen
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Is your work-life balance working for you? Are you just as fresh and creative on Friday afternoon as on Monday morning? Or do you suffer from the dreaded end-of-the-week slump? Let’s talk about what we do away from our desks to stay sharp when working.
Group leader: Jenny Zonneveld
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Celebrating cultural differences. Working between countries and cultures gives us a unique viewpoint. But even we come across the odd cultural quirk that would leave many puzzled. Come along to share your strange encounters.
Group leader: Dana Szabados
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Neurodiversity and word work. Is your brain “sparkly”? Share your experiences of how autism, AD(H)D, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia inform and impact your work. What’s easier? What’s harder? Join us to talk, take a break and swap the tricks and tools that work for you.
Group leader: Kate Mc Intyre
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Lunchtime or crunch time? Are you often overloaded and caught in a deadline traffic jam? Skating on thin professional ice as a result? Join this safe space to share your stress-related woes – and solid tips on how to get back on track and leave bad-hair days and burnout behind you.
Group leader: Allison Wright
Restaurant: TBC
Address: TBC

Location: Conference centre
Event open to all conference attendees and pre-paid guests.

Toast the end of the first day of talks with apéritifs and canapés in the gardens of the Hôtel de la Cité and enjoy views of the Château Comtal and surrounding countryside, as far afield as the Pyrenees. There’ll be gazebo tents and heaters in case of inclement weather.

Saturday, 19 October

Location: Conference centre
No booking required. Guests welcome.

See Friday rehearsal for full details.

Location: Conference centre
Menu: see choices
Event open to all conference attendees (except those who have opted out) and pre-paid guests.

Enjoy the METM closing dinner with a menu by Michelin-starred chef Jérôme Ryon. Great food, excellent company, questionable dancing.

Sunday, 20 October

Meeting point: Pont Vieux
Total distance: 7 km, totally flat, except for some steps to cross Pont Gargliano
No booking required. Guests welcome.

Join us for our traditional post-METM walk. Details to follow.