tVPN and The Play Ethic propose a festival of PLAY, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad’s Inspire Programme. The festival will center on play as a fundamental human activity that is the connecting principle between Sports and Arts. The festival will have multiple strands – in venues, the built environment, rural areas and online.

We seek partners and sponsors for this project. If you are interested in being a part of PLAY contact us on: PLAY AT virtualpolicy DOT net.

The centerpiece of PLAY will be an international conference on play drawing together and bringing into contrast disparate strands such as non-human play, play learning and innovation, play and citizenship. Around this there will be various events such as an un-conference and strands such as Education and Arts. Always though, the festival will seek to bring fresh and diverse views e.g. what do computer game designers have to say about education, what to artists have to say about sports, what do civic activists have to say about festivals.

We are currently talking to a number of organizations about being potential partners for the London hub of PLAY and the site of the academic conference.

Specific proposed activities include:

  • A multidisciplinary PLAY conference
  • A companion PLAY un-conference
  • Innovation workshops focusing on creating new ways for children, young people, adults, seniors and people with disabilities to play together and to enable and empower people to generate more cross-group and cross cultural play
  • Exploring sport and art through mechanisms such as digital media, data mashup’s and data visualization
  • Alternate Reality Games bringing a new perspectives to places through the use of the environment as play space
  • Workshops exploring the use of play to support local communities in creative and decision making projects
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