Play by Play.

International games festival

17th-22nd April 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

Taking place in a popular art gallery in the beating heart of Wellington's cultural centre, Play by Play's week-long interactive exhibition features a selection of international and locally-developed videogames.

The exhibition takes place during the second week of the April school holidays - during 2017 this was between the 17th and 22nd of April. All events within are 100% free to enter - including the children's and teens' workshops.

Awards Arcade

The public gallery space features a selection of playable games from Play by Play's award submission pool, and is the source of the votes for the Audience Choice award.

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School Holiday Workshops

As part of our outreach programme, Play by Play runs free game development, design and programming workshops for children aged 7-12 and teens aged 13-18 during the exhibition week at Thistle Hall. These are run by industry professionals, are completely free for attendees and are, well, just a little bit fun! The only requirement we ask is for interested parents (and teens) to sign up beforehand so we can make sure we don't overflow capacity.

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Wavelength Exhibition

A new feature for the 2017 exhibition, Wavelength is a small, curated art exhibition that took place alongside the Awards Arcade that celebrates female and non-binary game artist talent from Australia and New Zealand.


Safe Space Policy

Play by Play is dedicated to the safety and comfort of all attendees. Our Safe Space Policy is expected to be followed by anyone attending a Play by Play function, and may be read here.