We’ve just received word that 2010 will see the Freeplay Independent Games Festival hitting Melbourne for the fifth time. Following in last year’s impressively revamped footsteps, you’d better head along to the State Library of Victoria on August 14th and 15th to experience Australia’s only independent games festival.
Freeplay aims to focus on the creative and artistic aspect of making games, with a program packed full of interesting lectures, intruiguing panel discussions, hands-on workshops, an education showcase and – of course – the independent games expo.
This year, the theme is Play is Everywhere – opening the floodgates for discussions of creativity, learning, play “and how they connect to the practical processes of game development”.
Freeplay director, the amazing Eve Penford-Dennis, is understandably a bit excited about the festival’s impending return:
“This year’s Freeplay is covering a lot of ground and the State Library is a wonderful location for it. This year we’ll look at how gaming has changed over the past few years, its place in the wider community, the opportunities for personal expression, the practicalities of making games, and on the excitement of creating new things – and on making sure our audience feels that same excitement.
“Expect Freeplay 2010 to be interactive, surprising, inspiring, and above all creative!”
We hear that this year’s festival will take time to explore how gaming fits into the broader worldwide culture, and to examine the intersections between non-digital games, art and education, as well as both professional and indie development.
playerattack is very excited about Freeplay – so keep your eye out and we’ll keep you well informed as everything progresses!