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FuturePlay Festival turns Screen Time into Play Time

Published: 17 Jul 2017

Man wearing VR headset

Late night arcade gaming sessions are the latest addition to the FuturePlay Festival programme showcasing in Edinburgh this August. Thanks to increased support from Assembly Festival and new funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, the FuturePlay Festival (formerly the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival) is returning in 2017 with a focused programme of talks and activities exploring cutting-edge creative content and new ideas at the intersection of art and technology.

FuturePlay runs from 3 – 26 August and includes: interactive games and tech installations, a virtual reality studio, an immersive art gallery,a late-night arcade party, a daily talks programme, and an industry-focused conference FuturePlay Exchange on Monday 21 August at the University of Edinburgh.

Most of the interactives will take place on George Street inside two geodesic domes and a shipping container, however there are also a number of theatre shows which feature the innovative use of technology which come under the umbrella of the Festival. These include:

  • Wondr, about social media phenomenon @WondrWomanUK who is trying to live a normal life
  • Pixel Dust featuring a woman struggling to find her identity amid the digital jungle
  • Shame which explores the online vilification of female sexuality
  • Transmission which (alongside a companion podcast), wonders whether we really do want to know if life exists on other planets
  • Jane Doe an interactive play from New Zealand which features audiences reading from trial transcripts and responding using text messaging.

The Festival is produced by Riverside Studios, a multi-arts performance venue and production facility in London reopening in 2018.

William Burdett-Coutts Director of Riverside Studios and Assembly Festival said: “We are delighted to be able to present Riverside Studios’ FuturePlay as part of Assembly’s Festival programme this year. The technology and content showcased, and the conversations facilitated during this year’s Festival, relate closely to Riverside Studios’ ambitions to become a digital hub where national arts, tech and crossover organisations will come together and generate exciting new work as well as finding new ways of making the arts accessible. We hope everyone will find something to enjoy during this month- long festival where the arts and popular culture meet the digital age.”

Morgan Petrie, Creative Industries Manager at Creative Scotland said: “We’re pleased to be able to support FuturePlay this year as an opportunity for audiences to engage in experiences at the intersection of art and technology. We recognise that Riverside Studios and Assembly Festival took a bold step inaugurating a digitally orientated event last year and have developed this year’s festival with a commitment to make creative technology more accessible as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We also welcome the opportunity for artists in Scotland to show their work in a new environment and participate in an exploration of current practice.”

FuturePlay runs from 3-26 August 2017. For more information visit www.futureplayfest.com.