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Festival for Games 2018

November 22 2018 – November 25 2018

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Artistic games and playable installations, symposium, exhibition, talks and performances on digital games: For the third time, the Next Level-Festival for Games in November 2018 will transform the exhibition rooms of the NRW Forum into a digital experience course and connect fans and experts of digital gaming culture.

Opening hours

Thursday 22/11/18: 4-7 pm
Friday 23/11/18: 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday 24/11/18: 10 am – 19.30 pm
Sunday 25/11/2018: 10 am – 6 pm (6- 8 pm Games Concert)

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A person with VR glasses on her head sits on an office chair to which she tries to hold on to and is pushed by a young woman
Two people play in a blue-lit room with VR glasses on their heads and controllers in their hands


a site-specific installation by Dutch media artist Marnix de Nijs

the game parcours "Uneasy Play" curated by Sebastian Quack

the "Polar Spaces" game parcours by Lukas Höh

digital Performances by UBERMORGEN & Topicbird

the music performance "Avatar's World" by Brigitta Muntendorf

Next Level Gamingstar and Academy, Gaming-Quiz, digital Laboratories, Escape Room

einem Live-Game-Konzert mit Orchester in Kooperation mit dem Festival SoundTrack_Cologne

the Symposium on Art & Digitality 

and much more...

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What types of challenges do players seek and find in selected games? Which problems are fun, which are just annoying? With the course UNEASY PLAY Sebastian Quack pursues the joy of the difficulty in the game and turns the experience of his own frustrations into a pleasurable and enlightening experience. With games by Nina Westerdahl, Nina Essendrop, Bennett Foddy, Nathalie Lawhead, Jason Rohrer, Clemens Habicht, R. Eric Reuss, Robert Yang, Weird Sisters and others.

Partners Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Otto Beisheim Stiftung Hoffmann Liebs Max Brown Midtown CCS