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The PLAY - CREATIVE GAMING FESTIVAL invites you from 4 - 8 November 2020 to celebrate the culture of digital games online and in Hamburg. In workshops, exhibitions, shows, discussions and talks, the focus is on participation, trying things out, discussing, programming, discovering and of course playing. You have the choice: stream, virtual worlds or on location - all roads lead to PLAY20.

Under the motto EXPLORING BORDERS, this year we are going to discover, measure and cross the boundaries of digital games. Where does a game end, where does the real world begin? Which boundaries are unavoidable for digital games, which should finally be abolished? This is what PLAY20 wants to find out together!

PLAY20 is free of charge! Secure your seats now for the few events with restricted access: Online and presence workshops, online training and the exhibition at designxport, Hamburg. There are also a few public seats in our PLAY Studio at FUNDUS THEATER.





In addition to selected program items on site in Hamburg, the majority of PLAY20 will take place online on various channels: From "curated zapping" through the entire festival program on Channel 1: PLAY Studio to talk and show formats on Channel 2: PLAY on Stage to digital workshops on Channel 3: Laboratory and the Machinima Cinema on Channel 4.

Our virtual festival location can be found in the A MAZE./ SPACE. There you can experience the online exhibition and the complete program together with other guests.

On the PLAY20 Discord-Server you can get into conversation, ask questions and get to know the team and artists. Here you can also find the PLAY Festival Headquarter.


PLAY is the first an only festival worldwide to unite media art, discourse and education with the culture of digital games. It focuses on the creative utilization of digital games: invent, build, tinker, modify, program, dance, discuss - anything goes!

PLAY is the festival for game enthusiasts and gamers, indie game developers and media artists, pupils and students, teachers and educators, scientists, people involved in the games industry and everyone, who wishes to play and learn with digital games.

PLAY – Creative Gaming Festival is around since twelve years. Have a look at the last five festivals:

PLAY20 – Creative Gaming Festival is an event produced by the Initiative Creative Gaming e. V. and jaf – Verein für medienpädagogische Praxis Hamburg e. V. in cooperation with spielbar.de, the platform of the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb on the Subject of Computer Games, Behörde für Schule und Berufsbildung Hamburg and JIZ – Jugendinformationszentrum Hamburg (BSB).

Supported by the BürgerStiftung Hamburg and Gamecity Hamburg

In cooperation with the FUNDUS THEATER

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