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COME OUT & PLAY FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 22-24
The Come Out & Play Festival seeks to provide a forum for new types of
public games and play. We want to bring together a public eager to
rediscover the world around them through play with designers interested in
producing innovative new games and experiences.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Come Out & Play is the first festival dedicated to street games. It is
three days of play, talks and celebration, all focused on street games.
The festival will have a headquarters in downtown Manhattan where
participants can learn about upcoming games and see documentation of
completed games. The games themselves will be run in a variety of public
locations around New York City. From massive multi-player walk-in events
to carefully constructed play performances, there will be something for
every type of player. Throughout the festival players and designers will
have the chance to interact during games and panels and jointly conceive
the future of this growing form.
Street games is an inclusive term for real world games and game-like
performances that transform urban public spaces in meaningful ways. Games
played in public spaces are an increasingly popular phenomenon and often
mix performance art and urban play, inviting players and spectators to
re-examine the tapestry of the city. From city-wide scavenger hunts to
the real-life games of Pac-Man played around Washington Square Park, these
games invite participants to collaboratively re-imagine their surroundings
through a set of simple rules. Players begin to see the very layout of
the streets as a game board and never look at the city grid quite the same
The festival will feature roughly 15 official events from September 22-24,
2006. Events will take place throughout New York City at a variety of
locations and times.
Come Out & Play will enable artists and game designers to exchange ideas
and work in front of and with a diverse audience. During the three-day
festival, New Yorkers will engage with playful art pieces and games,
discovering meaningful and emergent ways to interact in the public spaces
of New York City. This festival will provide a unique opportunity for
artists and game designers to meet and create engaging experiences for the
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SUBMIT TO THE FESTIVAL
Have you got a game? We want to include as many different types of games
as possible in the festival schedule.
We are looking specifically for games with defined goals and interesting,
meaningful choices for the players. These games should be interactive and
directly engage the participants. Your game can have a technology
component or it can be old school with absolutely no tech; to us, it's
much more important that the game produce an interesting experience for
the players. We will be reviewing submissions focusing on these criteria
when we select games for the schedule.
The festival will largely be centered in lower Manhattan, so we encourage
designers to utilize that area as a base for their games. But it is by no
means a requirement. The whole city is fair game.
Most importantly, your game must be playable in New York City during the
Your submission will be reviewed by a panel of experienced designers of
street games including PacManhattan, B.U.G., Conqwest, and Seasons of
Darkness. We really like playing in fun games. So make sure your game
sounds fun and interesting. We like innovative use of public space. We
like games which make people interact in new ways. We like games that
alter your perception of your surroundings.
To apply, visit www.comeoutandplay.org/submit.php and fill out an
June 30, 2006
We will notify you by e-mail if your game has been accepted into the
festival schedule by July 14 2006.
We look forward to reading your proposal.
Submission deadline: June 30
Notifications: July 14
Festival: September 22-24
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLAY or VOLUNTEER
Don't have a game, but still want to play or be involved? Visit
comeoutandplay.org to sign up for alerts about the festival.