Digital Indie Game Festivals
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Play Festivals (Europe)
Please add any others you know about (and correct any mistakes)
Created by you and Zack Wood (@williamzwood on Twitter), patreon.com/wzackw
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*For events embracing play & games beyond screens (ie. physical games & non-digital play, too). No AAA press events, purely screen-based game festivals, video game tournaments, talking-only events, etc.
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Read more about these festivals here:
https://www.academia.edu/26923433/Games_Beyond_the_Screen_Festivals_of_Play_Across_the_Western_World
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TitleCityCountry
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LudiciousZurichSwitzerland2014Computer GamesJan 31-Feb 3http://www.ludicious.ch
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CounterPlayAarhusDenmark2014PlayfulnessApril 4-6http://www.counterplay.org
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Now Play ThisLondonUK2015Mostly short-ish games/playApril 6-14http://nowplaythis.net
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Playful Arts FestivalHertogenboschNetherlands2014Urban PlayNext in 2020?http://playfulartsfestival.com/
A collaboration between zo-ii and (Zuraida Buter) and Wave of Tomorrow (Tessa Peters and others)
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Feral VectorHebden BridgeUKIndie Video Gameshttp://feral-vector.com
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INDIGOUtrechtNetherlandsIndie Game ShowcaseJune 28
http://www.dutchgamegarden.nl/indigo/main/
Part of Dutch Game Garden
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GrenselandetOsloNorway2010Chamber larpshttp://blog.grenselandet.net/
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GameCityNottinghamUK2006Video Games Canceled?http://gamecity.org/
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Playful ConferenceLondonUK2014Play Culturehttp://thisisplayful.com
The website doesn't work. Is this active?
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Nordic Game DayVariousNordic Countries2014Nordic GamesNov 4-10
https://nordicgameday.wordpress.com/
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Wild RumpusLondon & TorontoUK, CanadaIndie Game Event
Not announced
http://thewildrumpus.co.uk
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Platine FestivalCologneGermany2011
Experimental Art and (Computer) Games
Canceled?http://platine-cologne.de/
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Tocati International Festival of Street Games
VeronaItaly2014Traditional Street GamesSept 12-15http://tocati.it/en/
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Notgames FestCologneGermany2011Experimental GamesCanceled?
http://notgames.colognegamelab.com/
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playARKCardiffUK2012Street GamesCanceled?http://www.playark.co.uk/
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Ouest Park FestivalLe HavreFrancehttp://ouestpark.com/
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Let's Play PoznanPoznanPoland2013Street Games, Urban GamesCanceled?
http://letsplaypoznan.com/index.php
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PLAYHamburgGermany2003Playing with GamesNov 14-17https://play18.playfestival.de/
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Playful LearningLeicesterEngland2016Learning & Play for AdultsJuly 10-12
http://conference.playthinklearn.net/blog/
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Spielkultur FestivalRemscheidGermany2019Games CultureMarch 7-8
https://kulturellebildung.de/spielkulturfestival/programm-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1ldr2VwaTLKxxSSNPmIlcZ41HVVoEWp3HapMiXAlKAHb4Mx9XBLL5WUcU
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IndieCade: EUParisFrance2016Indie Games
Not announced
https://indiecade-europe.eu/en/about
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