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Why we do what we do

Now Play This started with an idea – could we make space for all the interesting stuff that was happening around the fringes of game making? Games-literate people were bending the form in innovative ways to comment on culture, to explore ideas and find

by Sophie Sampson News

We are looking for a new director!

Now Play This first ran in 2015. We had half a dozen rooms of games and opened them for three days, testing out the idea of a festival that looked at game design in all its forms: videogames, board games, playful sculpture, interactive poetry, work by

by Nick News

Now Play This 2023 – OPEN CALL

Now Play This will be returning to Somerset House in Spring of 2023 as part of London Games Festival. We’re once again opening up a call for playful makers and creators to tell us about their work. Daisy Oracle of Love – U.S. Patent Application by Pedr

by Sebastian Quack NPT2023, News

How to participate in Now Play This 2022 outdoors & online!

We’re so excited to be back at Somerset House after two years of hosting Now Play This online, but we know that being on-site for this year’s festival won’t suit everyone. So we’ve made sure to provide lots of different ways to be involved, whether tha

by Holly Gibbs NPT2022, News

Create Experimental Games & Playful Art at the Now Play This Design Camp!

We’re inviting makers, artists, researchers, organisers and activists from all backgrounds to come together for a week of co-creation, reflection and play at Somerset House. In the lead-up to this year’s Now Play This festival, we are hosting a design

by Sebastian Quack NPT2022, News

Venturing back into physical space

After another year of online activities, we were thrilled to present some of the highlights from our 2021 programme in a physical space full of real people at Next Level Festival. Next Level takes place in Essen, Germany, at Zollverein, a former coal m

by Sebastian Quack NPT2021, News

Announcement: Meet our new festival director & board!

2021 is fast approaching and we are busy planning a new year of events, exhibitions and commissions. There will be a few changes to the festival, and as part of that we have two exciting announcements.  We are so pleased to announce our new festival di

by Nick News

NPT at Home: In Review

A Year of Transition 2020 was always due to be a year of transition for Now Play This. Previous festival director’s Holly Gramazio and V Buckenham had stepped down, and I, Marie Foulston, joined the existing production team of Sophie Sampson, Nick Murr

by Nick News

Now Play This Postponement Announcement

We’re very sad to announce that we’ve decided to postpone this year’s Now Play This. We are so proud of the festival we put together and all the artists involved, but despite being a relatively small scale event, we have decided in light of global even

by Nick NPT2020, News

Seeking board members

Now Play This is a festival of experimental gameplay and design, running annually at Somerset House as an integral part of the London Games Festival.  The festival is an exciting mix of new international and national development in design and showcases

by Sophie Sampson News