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Hide&Seek
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Event type: Festival
Location: London
Frequency: Annual
Run by: Alex Fleetwood (director)
Website: Hide&Seek

Hide&Seek make social games and playful experiences. Since 2007, they've run a weekend-long festival of pervasive gaming on London's South Bank. It was started in 2007 by Alex Fleetwood, who attended Come Out and Play in New York and decided that London needed a pervasive games festival of its own.

2007

The first Hide&Seek festival ran 11 May to 13 May 2007, in the British Film Institute in London. Games played included A Small Town Anywhere from Coney; Journey to the End of the Night from Gideon Reeling's Assistants, using a game design from SF0; and Cruel 2 B Kind by Jane McGonigal and Ian Bogost, hosted by Minkette. There was also a seminar on pervasive games.

2008

The second Hide&Seek festival ran 27 June to 29 June 2008, in the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre, and included the games Bees, Checkpoint, Hand to Hand, Mudlarking, Trap Street and the South Bank Stag Hunt.

2009

There will not be a full-scale festival in 2009; instead there will be a weekend-long Sandpit at the Southbank Centre, primarily playing games that the Hide&Seek community has developed in the year since the 2008 festival. This took place from Friday 31 July to Saturday 2 August.

The weekender included the Ludocity-published games Mr Smith, Scoop!, Property of a Traitor, City Blocks, Standoff, Privacy is Dead, Grand Emperor, Capetown and Paparazzi.

2010

Hide&Seek's 2010 Weekender is running from the 9th to the 11th of July 2010 at the National Theatre on London’s Southbank, in partnership with London International Festival of Theatre. There’ll be running, hiding, drawing, thinking, laughing, hat-wearing, nonsense, internationality and cleverness for everyone. And it’s all free. Except the party. But that’s cheap.

More details at http://www.hideandseek.net/hideseek-weekender/

Video

A documentary about the 2007 Hide&Seek festival.