Come along to the Southbank Centre from 6:30-10:00 on Friday 25 May, for a free evening of games – new sports, reimagined game shows, competitive commentary, pen-and-paper pursuits, and much more.
There’ll be games to play and games to watch, games with comperes, and secret games hidden in corners. There’ll be scheduled games (book places from 6:30), games where the audience plays a role, and games you can just turn up to.
On 2 May we’ll be holding an open discussion group to talk about our upcoming series of Sandpits – public playing and playtesting events where designers and artists try out new game ideas. If you’re interested in being involved – either as a designer, or a player who wants to help make the events better – then do come along and let us know what you think.
Book a space on Eventbrite if you’re coming, so we know how many people to expect!
So, you may have already seen that we’ll be running a series of game events in London this summer – and that we’re calling on YOU YES YOU to be involved: to play things, to make things, to help us improve, to invite other people to come along, to wave flags or plot or hide or run or draw or throw balloons from distant balconies.
Here’s another announcement that we’re bursting with excitement about: Sandpits and the Weekender are back!
The Sandpit is a space where anyone (including YOU) can experiment with new ideas for games that take place in public spaces – a place where players, artists, game designers, makers and thinkers of every stripe can get together, play stuff, and talk. They feel like big parties to us. We love them! They look like this.
The Sandpit series will culminate in the Hide&Seek Weekender at the Southbank Centre on 14-16 September – a weekend-long festival filled with games that were developed through the Sandpit, running alongside playful work around the world.
This summer, Hide&Seek will be playing in Paris.
We’re so excited to be able to announce our involvement with the upcoming exhibition Joue le Jeu at La Gaîté Lyrique, an amazing institution that opened in 2010, devoted to exploring digital culture. Their big summer exhibition this year will fill the building with astonishing games: a stupendous installation from Fred Deakin & Company, a gorgeous social strategy game from Eric Zimmerman and Nathalie Pozzi, a charmingly bewildering construction from Babycastles, and so much more… including our own The Building Is.