From 16-20 September 2014, the PLAY 14 festival and conference will illustrate the influence of digital games on education, arts, and science. PLAY14 is divided into four components: See, Do, Talk and Party. These four components will be presented in more than 200 events such as interactive exhibitions, workshops, presentations, talks, and cultural events all focusing on video games in Hamburg.
workshops and exhibitions
This year’s focus is “Music and Sound in Digital Games”. “The show is open to everyone. Right in the heart of Hamburg, we will open up spaces and invite all to participate, to reflect, and to join in”, explains Jakob Kopcinsky, artistic director of the festival. “From theatre lover to music enthusiast, from scientist to painters, all will enjoy our offers and events.”
Computer games in education
For the first time, the PLAY conference will be complementing the festival, and allow to discuss educational, social and political topics related to gaming. On all festival days, numerous events conceived especially for school classes will be offered. Visitors aged twelve and older will be able to participate in workshops on games design, programming and choreography, create machinima, reproduce objects from games, and pick up the production of Let’s Play videos. “In additions, workshops for students and trainings for teachers will reveal how how useful computer games are in the classroom”, the organisers say.
Testing new ways
“Computer games offer fascinating possibilities for illustration and simulation, and thus to test the expertise of students in a new way”, underlines Andreas Hedrich, festival director and media educator. In the afternoons, Uke Bosse will host talk shows starring the Krachboxenorchester. An extensive evening programme will complement the festival programme.
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