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.

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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.