Why not play…?

Competitive custard punching, voice recognition archery and a giant coral maze can all be found at this year's Hide&Seek Weekender. Hundreds of people will gather in at the Royal Festival Hall at London's Southbank Centre to take part in games designed by performance artists, scientists and everyone in between.

Making a welcome return following the success in 2009 and 2010, this year’s ever growing Weekender Festival encourages drop-in play by people of all ages.

Simply turn up to take part in any of the games that take your fancy; there will be over 20 on offer and only two are ticketed (Midnight Tourism on Friday and Incitement on Saturday). There are known favourites like the Playstation move-controlled Johann Sebastian Joust, but for the most part visitors will be treated to new games, like Romeoke's blend of avant-garde karaoke and Asteroids and Punch the Custard, which utilises the properties of non-newtonian fluids and Arduino technology to create a game about being the best at punching a bucket of custard.

While the games are all new, many have been tested and refined at Hide&Seek’s Sandpit events, and others are being premiered in the UK having won awards at international games festivals.

The Weekender games take place in the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, from Friday 14 - Sunday 16 September, with a special party to celebrate on Saturday at the Old Vic Tunnels featuring more games, game-based performances and DJ sets from Matt the Hat and Fred Deakin.

Mon 17 September will see the most exciting minds from the worlds of games, technology, arts and culture come together for the Hide&Seek Weekender conference, which is ticketed and open to the public.

Hide&Seek director Alex Fleetwood says, “The Weekender is the perfect opportunity to try out new games and play with friends, family and complete strangers in a celebration of play for all ages. Whether you’re a Playstation veteran or have only played rock paper scissors, we’ve got something new and exciting for you to try.”

About the Weekender party he adds, "When it comes to party games, we're a long way past Charades and Spin the Bottle. All the creativity and imagination that has poured into indie games over the last ten years has started to spill out into nightclubs and bars - and this party is the best place to check it out. We've got games that get you moving, games that get you talking, and a lot of games that get you laughing. Plus an amazing venue, brilliant music and great performances. It's going to be an awesome night."

The Hide&Seek Weekender is free to attend, and tickets for selected games, the party and conference are available at http://weekender.hideandseek.net < http://weekender.hideandseek.net/> .

Games highlights…

For games addicts:

Drunk Dungeon (Sat) - a drinking game like no other, creating a top-down dungeon.

Killer Queen Arcade (Fri) – a video game for two teams each led by a powerful Queen.

Punch The Custard (Sun) – a device tracks how fast you can punch, adding bubbles to your opponent if you’re quick enough.

For art lovers:

The Hush (Fri - Sun) – the 21st century is full of noise; this city-wide game brings silence back.

Midnight Tourism (Fri) – play with the idea of your most perfect holiday ever.

Rolling Stones (Sat) – stone sculptures reward with music as they are moved around.

For the young and young at heart:

Scotch Hoppers (Sat, Sun) – thought hop scotch was easy? This kind has extra tricky levels.

Treasure Maze (Fri, Sun) – discover the treasure in a giant cardboard coral maze.

Oublié (Sat, Sun) – a game for one child and one adult who work together to see history.

For techies:

Searchlight (Sun) – A searchlight sweeps across the space – a Kinect detects your movement  

Romeoke (Sat) – Electronic archery using voice-recognition karaoke.

Punch The Custard (Sun) – a device tracks how fast you can punch, adding bubbles to your opponent if you’re quick enough.

For the socially aware:

The Hush (Fri - Sun) – the 21st century is full of noise; this city-wide game brings silence back.

Ordnungswissenschaft (Fri) – hard to pronounce, even tougher to execute, in this game you must follow orders with precision while applying your own instinct to win.

Leave To Remain (TBC) –this game tackles the perennial questions – who has the right to arrive and stay in another land?

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About Hide&Seek Weekender

The Hide&Seek Weekender launched in 2009 by creative games studio Hide&Seek with the aim of bringing play to the public, adults and families alike. This year will be the third ever Weekender, which will take place in the Royal Fetival Hall, Southbank Centre on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September. The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall will be filled with drop-in fun combining games with other art forms: balls that make sounds, lights that watch you move, custard that needs punching, boxes that need stacking and restacking, giant birds that just want a giant nest to rest in. Plus there’ll be scheduled games throughout: deceptive tours, frozen gargoyles, performances and more.

All the games have been created by artists and designers working to make them as much fun to play as they are to watch, and most of them are free, so drop by to see what’s going on and get involved.

http://weekender.hideandseek.net < http://weekender.hideandseek.net/>  

About the Hide&Seek Weekender Party

The Hide&Seek Weekender Party heads to its most exciting venue yet – the amazing and extraordinary Old Vic Tunnels on Saturday 16 September from 8pm – 12 midnight. There will be performances from game-loving comedians and artists, DJ sets from Matt the Hat and Fred Deakin and a plethora of party games, including:

DISCOTECT (Ivan Gonzalez)

Half the dancers have music; for the others, the disco is truly silent. Can you work out who is who? Play as a dancer or a discotective.

DRUNK DUNGEON (Margaret Robertson, Hide&Seek)

An ambient party game that has partygoers simultaneously constructing and exploring a top-down dungeon in order to score more points for their respective teams.

FIREFLY (Polly Barden and Chloe Varelidi)

A tagging game of dark intentions where players compete/collaborate to steal the most flashing LED badges from other players.


A no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game played with PS Move motion controllers.

KILLER QUEEN ARCADE (Joshua DeBonis and Nikita Mikros)

Two teams, each led by a powerful Queen, face off to be the first to bring the giant snail god home, horde twelve morsels of nectar, or assassinate the enemy Queen.

SWORDFIGHT (Original design by Kurt Bieg and Ramsey Nasser, UK version by Gareth Briggs)

Keep your tip high and push your opponent’s buttons in this uniquely below-the-belt version of fencing.

WHO TOOK THE APPLE? (Lau Korsgaard, Copenhagen Games Collective)

A game played backwards in time, featuring an apple, a bucket, four beers and a set of large cards.


About Hide&Seek Conference

Hide&Seek conference will take place on Monday 17 September at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, from 9am to 5pm.  It is intended to illuminate the latest and best thinking around the subject of public play, through a series of talks from leading thinkers and practitioners, showcases from artists, producers and technology companies, and tailored networking sessions, the Playing in Public Conference creates an environment where new ideas for the future of play in public space can flourish. The conference as a whole will address the following themes:

  • The Who and How of Collaboration. Creating games and playful experiences for public spaces begins from innovative collaborations: between artists, game designers, architects, organisations, curators, funders and space holders. The day will look at the issue of collaboration from all these perspectives, illuminating the practical and creative steps necessary to foster great projects.
  • The Past and Future of Public Play. Playing in public is arguably our oldest cultural activity, yet games are generally thought of has a technological, industrial cultural form. How can we link heritage with innovation?

About Hide&Seek

Hide&Seek is a game design studio based in London and New York. Through a compelling combination of design, technology and cultural partnership, their work re-imagines public space as a place to play. Their work spans multiple platforms: console, smartphone, browser, TV screen, street.

The studio is founded on the belief that play is essential to our health, minds and relationships, and will play an increasing role in the civic culture of the 21st century. They create new games and experiences, curate and support the work of artists and designers through the Sandpit series, design and consult with global brands, and speak at conferences and events around the world.

Hide&Seek are Artists in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Recent partners and collaborators include: Channel 4, BBC, Wieden Kennedy, Tate Modern, Warner Brothers, Royal Opera House, Hogmanay Festival, Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), last.fm < http://last.fm/> , British Council (Japan), SXSW, Co:collective, Tribeca and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Their work has been recognised by D&AD, Creative Review, BAFTA, The One Show, Living Labs Global Awards and Guardian MEGAS. Founder & Director Alex Fleetwood won British Council Performing Arts Entrepreneur of the Year, and Development Director Margaret Robertson was recently named one of the UK’s top games designers by Develop Magazine.


About Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. www.southbankcentre.co.uk < http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk> .


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