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Dates, awards announced for Freeplay 2015

Welcome back to Freeplay for 2015! This is going to be a huge year for us. In fact, in the year of our tenth festival, it’ll be our biggest yet.

We’ve got a ten-day festival for you this year in Melbourne between April 10 to April 19, culminating in an exciting weekend of events on April 18 and April 19.

Throughout this period, we’ll be having a program of online panels and events (like we did with our lunch launch, with a live-stream accessible to viewers around the nation and the globe), and of course the Freeplay Awards.

Freeplay will kick off on April 10, which is also when we’ll announce the finalists for our 2015 Freeplay Awards. The winners will be announced on the last night of our program, April 19, at our usual awards show in Melbourne.

We’ll open our awards for entry on March 2, and we’ll announce the details of our program, our exciting international keynote, and have tickets on sale in just a few weeks on February 27.

We’re also really happy to announce that for the first time ever we’ve appointed a Chair of the Freeplay Awards, to oversee and lead the judging process and our jury. For 2015, we’re delighted to say that our inaugural Chair is Cherie Davidson.

Finally, while we’ve got most of the festival together, it’s also not too late to get in touch with a panel idea, or even just to let us know about yourself if you think you might be a good fit as a Freeplay speaker. To do so, just complete this form, and we’ll be in touch over the next few weeks.

We’re looking forward to tell you more about Freeplay 2015 – our biggest festival yet.


February 27 Program and keynote announced

February 27 Tickets on sale

March 2 Awards open for submissions

March 13 Awards close

April 10 Freeplay 2015 begins

April 10 Freeplay Awards finalists announced

April 19 Freeplay Award winners announced

April 19 Freeplay 2015 finishes

Think you’d make a good Freeplay 2015 speaker, or got a panel idea? Tell us!

New appointments for Freeplay heading into our 2014 festival!

Image credit: Izzy Gramp. From left to right: Trent Kusters, Jess Kilby, and Dan Golding

We’re really excited to announce today that we’ve assembled a new team for our 2014 festival. We’ve got journalist and academic Dan Golding on as our new director, and two new board appointments, in the guise of artist, writer and game designer Jess Kilby (of Pop Up Playground fame), and designer Trent Kusters (of League of Geeks fame). You can follow Trent, Jess, and Dan on twitter, as well, of course as the festival.

We’ve got lots more exciting announcements about the festival to come, so keep an eye out for more news!

Our full press release follows below.

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