London Games Festival unveils exciting line-up
Date posted: 17.02.2017
The countdown to this year’s London Games Festival (30 March – 9 April) starts here, and today we can unveil four key events that will be forming part of the 11-day celebration of games and interactive entertainment.
Highlights include a unique concert featuring a big-screen game play-through with accompanying live music; the return of the Now Play This games exhibition with an extended run at Somerset House; a school-focused eSports tournament and a closing weekend parade on the streets of London. Tickets for select events are on sale now.
The festival is organised by Games London, a partnership between Film London and games trade body Ukie which is supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Growing the city’s culture and creative industries is so important, and as Mayor, I’m delighted to welcome this year’s London Games Festival, which promises to showcase the best of the city’s imagination, game design and innovation. Home to more than 500 games companies and top talent from around the world, London is right at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, and this exciting festival celebrates the richness of our thriving games industry.”
The jam-packed LGF 2017 schedule also includes EGX Rezzed, (30 March to 1 April), the Games Finance Market (4 April to 6 April), and BAFTA Games Awards (6 April). In addition to this, London Games Festival Fringe is a city-wide programme of immersive and quirky events, from exhibitions and workshops to plays and parties, that are all about celebrating the richness and diversity of games culture. A Summit programme of insightful talks and thought-provoking lectures will also be unveiled shortly. Brimming with all this activity, LGF will cover nearly 40 events across 30 different venues, with a grand total of 50,000 attendees expected over the course of the festival.
The cultural highlights announced today are:
Dear Esther Live, 7pm, Saturday 1 April, St John’s at Hackney, E5 0PD
Digital Schoolhouse eSports Tournament Grand Final, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Tuesday 4 April, Gfinity Arena, SW6 1BW
Now Play This, 7 - 9 April, Somerset House, WC2R 1LA
LGF Games Character Parade – 1pm, 8 April, Route TBA
The London Games Festival is sponsored by Air New Zealand, British Council, Moneycorp, Moore Stephens and King. To find out more about sponsorship contact Paul.Davies@filmlondon.org.uk.
Follow @londongamesfest on Twitter or Instagram for more updates.
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