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playARK Games Festival and Talks 2013

Two days of talks and games that dares you to playfully Reclaim learning, living and working now and in the future.

Festival Talks – Friday 1st November
10am - 5pm (9.30am Registration)
Weston Studio
Full - £25.00
Concessions - £15.00
Early bird tickets - £18.00 (available for a limited period only)

A conference that brings together a day of brilliant thinking from renowned speakers from the UK and internationally that explore the theory, practice and importance of playful and creative approaches to what we make and do. The day will look at how games, story and play is influencing new ways of developing creativity and changing behaviours and patterns of attention. Whether you have an interest in gaming or want to look at your business differently or investigate a possible new way of structuring education or even understand how games can pave the way towards social change then come and join us and find out what the possibilities are. Previous speakers have included Alice Taylor, Matt Locke, Dave Sharp, Dan Dixon and Dr Gareth Loudon.

Tickets are now on sale and are available from the WMC

Festival Games – Saturday 2nd November
10am - 5pm
WMC Glanfa Stage Area
Drop in Games - Free
Headline Games - £5.00

Come along to the Wales Millennium Centre for a day filled with unique games and playful experiences for both adults and families alike. Swap the running track for the streets, the baton for the mobile phone and the bike for the spacehopper making every space in the city your very own playground. We will be host to a superabundance of games from around the world created by some of the best and most innovative game makers. There will be extraordinary games that are a hybrid of old and new, some that are a fusion of digital and physical, others that are a concoction of theatre and narrative and some which are just plain silly. You can play a whole spectrum of drop in games on the day and also book tickets for our two headline games that are longer experiences*.

*Please note the headline games will be for 18+ audiences only.
Keep an eye on our website for exciting updates on the Festival Games and Headline Games: www.playARK.co.uk

play:DO week – 28th October – 2nd November
In the run up to the festival we will be running a hack week where digital tech and creatives can come together and experiment to create an exciting collaboration that will be showcased during the festival. This will be an unique opportunity for creatives and technical bods to come together and work on a project that could be moved forward after the hack week is completed. Participants will share their thoughts at the festival talks and test run their project at the games day. Participation to the play:DO week will be by application only and we will be providing funded places for six individuals to take part. Details of application will be released shortly.

The festival is produced by yello brick and is funded by the Arts Council of Wales with kind support from Wales Millennium Centre, Hoffi, Media Antenna, thinkARK.

playARK 2013-sponsors

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Two days of talks and games that dares you to playfully Reclaim learning, living and working now and in the future.

Festival Talks – Friday 1st November
10am - 5pm (9.30am Registration)
Weston Studio
Full - £25.00
Concessions - £15.00
Early bird tickets - £18.00 (available for a limited period only)

A conference that brings together a day of brilliant thinking from renowned speakers from the UK and internationally that explore the theory, practice and importance of playful and creative approaches to what we make and do. The day will look at how games, story and play is influencing new ways of developing creativity and changing behaviours and patterns of attention. Whether you have an interest in gaming or want to look at your business differently or investigate a possible new way of structuring education or even understand how games can pave the way towards social change then come and join us and find out what the possibilities are. Previous speakers have included Alice Taylor, Matt Locke, Dave Sharp, Dan Dixon and Dr Gareth Loudon.

Tickets are now on sale and are available from the WMC

Festival Games – Saturday 2nd November
10am - 5pm
WMC Glanfa Stage Area
Drop in Games - Free
Headline Games - £5.00

Come along to the Wales Millennium Centre for a day filled with unique games and playful experiences for both adults and families alike. Swap the running track for the streets, the baton for the mobile phone and the bike for the spacehopper making every space in the city your very own playground. We will be host to a superabundance of games from around the world created by some of the best and most innovative game makers. There will be extraordinary games that are a hybrid of old and new, some that are a fusion of digital and physical, others that are a concoction of theatre and narrative and some which are just plain silly. You can play a whole spectrum of drop in games on the day and also book tickets for our two headline games that are longer experiences*.

*Please note the headline games will be for 18+ audiences only.
Keep an eye on our website for exciting updates on the Festival Games and Headline Games: www.playARK.co.uk

play:DO week – 28th October – 2nd November
In the run up to the festival we will be running a hack week where digital tech and creatives can come together and experiment to create an exciting collaboration that will be showcased during the festival. This will be an unique opportunity for creatives and technical bods to come together and work on a project that could be moved forward after the hack week is completed. Participants will share their thoughts at the festival talks and test run their project at the games day. Participation to the play:DO week will be by application only and we will be providing funded places for six individuals to take part. Details of application will be released shortly.

The festival is produced by yello brick and is funded by the Arts Council of Wales with kind support from Wales Millennium Centre, Hoffi, Media Antenna, thinkARK.

playARK 2013-sponsors

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We wanted to do something extra for playARK Festival and Talks 2013, so we decided that this year we would run a hack week that would bring together individuals from different disciplines to develop unique ideas that explore the theme of RECLAIMED.

In conjunction with yello brick, the aim of play:DO Hack week is to create a playful and socially aware experience that utilises creative technology and reclaims traditional approaches to how we live and work within our cities. The week will focus on the idea of knowledge exchange and open experimentation and we hope the week will create opportunities for future collaborations for the individuals involved.

Nine individuals will be working together to develop three prototype projects that will be shared and discussed at the playARK Festival talks (Friday 1st November) and run as an event at the playARK Games Day (Saturday 2nd November)

Our Hackers are:

- Kevin Moss – creative director of Make&See who create branded digital content & experiences. His cross platform stories have been shortlisted at MipTV and Power to the Pixel and won the Media Festival, Channel 4 Digital Art Prize. www.makeandsee.com

- John Collingswood - one half of TaikaBox, a Cardiff-based company specialising in the integration of dance and digital media. www.taikabox.com

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This year we have some fantastic games for you to come and play. We have scoured the world for the best in street games and computer assisted games. All games are free apart from our headline game.

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HEADLINE GAME
BLOCK PARTY
A game that tests your speed, wits and cunning. You've been sent by the Big Boss, Bad-Ass Billy Ball-Breaker, to pick up a special shipment; you've got to smuggle as many packages as you can through Cardiff bay. But you've got competition; other gangs, bent coppers and a host of crooked characters want a cut too. You'll have to out-wit, out-run and doublecross them to get your way back to base. There are a lot of dirty dealers out there; you've got one hour to do the right thing…
Please note this game is played across multiple locations in Cardiff Bay.

GAME DESIGNERS: Brent Morgan & Stephen Donnelly
GAME TYPE: 18+ GAME LENGTH: APPROX 2 hours
TICKETS: £5.00 available from WMC - https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2013-2014/WestonStudio/BlockParty/?vi...

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TOM CHATFIELD
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Tom (@TomChatfield) is a British writer and commentator. The author of five books exploring digital culture – most recently How to Thrive in the Digital Age (Pan Macmillan) and Netymology (Quercus) – his work has appeared in over a dozen territories and languages.
Tom is a fortnightly columnist for the BBC, TED Global speaker, international commentator and broadcaster, and has worked as a writer and consultant with some of the world’s leading technology firms.

He completed a doctorate at St John’s College, Oxford, before moving to London, where he lives with his wife and two cats.

ODETTE TOILETTE

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We are delighted to announce a number of opportunities available to creatives and artists for playARK festival 2013. We are commissioning game designers and experience makers to bring their games to Cardiff this November. The games can be anything from pervasive street games to computer assisted games. During playARK festival 2013 we will be programming two headline games, five pop-in games and then two games specifically for family orientated audiences. So if you have a game that you have already designed or you want to bring something new that will premiere at playARK we want to hear from you.

Below is a link for application packed full of further information on what we are looking for.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon August 30th

Find Out More and Apply Here

If you have any queries regarding this opportunity please contact Natalie yello@yellobrick.co.uk

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