• 4.3.2016

    The Games Europe Plays Invites Kids and Adults for Inter-generational Learning and Fun with the Most Exciting Digital Games at the Finnish Institute in London

    The Finnish Institute in London and EUNIC London are proud to host The Games Europe Plays, an interactive games exhibition 2 – 10 April as part of the London Games Festival Fringe Programme. The exhibition showcases the most exciting independent European digital games for young people (4+) and families in the heart of London in King’s Cross.

    The exhibition is the first in a series of three shows initiated by EUNIC London and curated by body technologist and digital expert Ghislaine Boddington. They will bring to the UK the best independent and innovative games made in Europe with a strong emphasis on design, visuality, virtual interactivity and physical engagement.

    The exhibition at the Finnish Institute in London features children’s games Gigglebug (Finland), Toca Boca (Sweden), Tine Bech (Denmark/UK), Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder (Germany) and Amanita Design (Czech Republic) looking at learning through play, identity, representation and future skills.

    “Gaming today has gone digital and is evolving into some wonderful new forms, enabling us to envision future scenarios in which gaming experiences are at the centre of work and play. New formats use the whole of our bodies into the game, both through physical interactions and through exploring digital representations of ourselves. The exhibition allows us to explore a European perspective on the evolution of games for the future.” Ghislaine Boddington says.

    Join us on Thursday 7 April at 6pm for a panel debate exploring the state of gaming in Europe today, moderated by curator Ghislaine Boddington. Panellists include journalist and TV presenter Kate Russell (UK), play artist Tine Bech (Denmark/UK) and the Director of the Finnish game industry hub neogames KooPee Hiltunen. The debate will look at career developments for young people in the future gaming industry, creativity/collaboration in design, gender perspectives in gaming and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Maths) agenda.

    The Games Europe Plays is initiated by EUNIC London with the Czech Centre and coordinated by the Finnish Institute. Supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council, it is presented as part of the London Games Festival Fringe Programme, at the University of Greenwich and Nesta’s FutureFest 2016. With additional support from the Czech Centre, the Danish Embassy, the Goethe-Institut London and the Swedish Embassy.

    Finnish Institute in London, Unit 1, 3 York Way, London N1C 4AE

    The exhibition is open to the public from 2 - 10 April 2016: Mon, Wed-Fri 12am-6pm, Tues 12am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm / for everyone from 4 years old. Tweet us at #GamesEU

    Press View: Friday 1 April at 11am, please rsvp to animaya.grant@finnish-institute.org.uk

    Press contacts:
    Animaya Grant: animaya.grant@finnish-institute.org.uk
    Marie Proffit: contact@eunic-london.org

    Hashtag: #GamesEU

    More information:

    The Games Europe Plays

    EUNIC London

    Finnish Institute in London

    Ghislaine Boddington

    The British Council

    London Games Festival

Thursday, 18th February 2016