29 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER | SKOPJE

Art. Tech. Play.

The PlayUK Arcadia 2018 festival was held from 29 October until  Novembr in Skopje on two locations Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje and Youth Cultural Center. 

Programme highlights in Skopje included an interactive digital showcase introducing the latest and greatest in the field of VR and AR installations, video games, mobile apps and more; the Living Room of the Future workshop hosted by FACT, which explores the future of broadcasting; a workshop hosted by 2018 Turner Prize shortlisted nominee, Forensic Architecture; as well as a daily music programme run by DJs from across the Western Balkans and the UK.

Gaming exhibition
Gaming exhibition gave visitors the chance to interact with the funny, dark, thoughtful and uplifting worlds, ideas and characters from some of the foremost play makers in virtual reality, games and interactive art. More than 2,000 people visit the exhibition in three days. Exhibition consisted of more than 25 games from UK and Western Balkans region.
Music programme
Rich music programme included 12 DJ's who played their music on two stages: Night shift showcase and Main stage. The headliners of the event were Ben Pearce (UK), Oda Haliti (Kosovo) and Nino Naumov (North Macedonia).
The Living Room of the Future
The Living Room of the Future was just one of many workshops organised for creative industry professionals. More than 173 people received training in coding, 3D drawing, video games development as well content creation.
Forensic Architecture
Forensic Architecture, a multidisciplinary research agency based in Goldsmiths, University of London, held a public lecture about their work in Museum of Contemporary Art - Skopje as well as a workshop for selected participants. 
Micro:bit workshop
During the PlayUK Arcadia 2018 festival we have organised series of workshops for elementary school children to teach them basics of coding and algorithmic thinking by using Micro:bit devices. We had pleasure to work with local trainers and teachers, but also with a UK trainer from the company MadLabs.

PlayUK is the British Council’s Western Balkans platform that aims to support and develop the audio-visual sector in the region. Through creating connections between professionals from the UK and Western Balkans countries, the PlayUK programme supports knowledge and skills transfer in the areas of virtual reality, augmented reality, visual effects and animation, creating a unique bridge between creatives and the ICT sector.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMME 

SHOWCASE | MUSIC | WORKSHOPS | PANELS | THE LIVING ROOM OF THE FUTURE

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