Next Level - Festival for Games
Since 2010, the NRW KULTURsekretariat has been investigating interactive and participatory models of digital games culture with "Next Level", highlighting their potential and perspectives, but also their risks. The "Next Level - Festival for Games" has long since established itself as a nationally unique resonance space for the focused examination of the art and culture of digital games - "Next Level" sheds light on exemplary media art in the game context like no other festival.
The eleventh "Next Level" edition was to take place from 13 to 15 November 2020 at the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein in Essen and once again present a wide range of exhibitions and installations, adventure courses and performances, workshops and workshops, lectures and discussions. Due to the renewed lockdown, the festival had to be cancelled at short notice.
The festival programme, which was planned to last several days, was aimed at gamers of all ages, players from the games industry, people responsible for art and culture, media artists, actors from game studies, journalists, media educators, teachers, parents and children.
Multimedia video walks, performative installations and process-oriented, intermedia music performances that involve the audience in the artistic production were planned on the Zollverein grounds. They were curated by the artist Brigitta Muntendorf.
The focus of the 2020 festival was also to be an extensive, interactive parcours under the motto "Future(s) in Games & Games of the Future". Here visitors could try out new games and actively discover their visions of the future. In addition, selected indie studios wanted to present their new games.
The year 2020 has changed our way of life - and equally the way we play. Therefore, the organisers of Next Level wanted to focus on three current topics at this year's symposium: Digitality, ecology and value. The lectures, presentations and discussions were to be presented in a playful and unusual format.
The next festival edition is planned for autumn 2021.
The festival is organised jointly with the City of Essen and in partnership with the Stiftung Zollverein and other partners and with funding from the NRW Ministry of Culture.