From 03 to 06 November 2016, the NRW KULTURsekretariat, together with many partners, invited fans and experts of the digital gaming culture to inform themselves in an interdisciplinary way on game potential in art, education and economies and to intensively exchange future topics.
After three years in Cologne and three further ones in Dortmund, the seventh “Next Level” edition took place in the NRW Forum Düsseldorf for the first time. With the relocation, “Next Level” became a festival and relies above all on interactivity and digital experience formats.
Extraordinary performances, installations and art campaigns by international artists provided new experiences with the familiar computer game medium in a playful way. Gaming stations with the most interesting novelties, indie games and retro treasures were dedicated to the creative potentials of digital games.
In addition, “Next Level 2016” offered input on current topics and future fields of game development with its proven information mix of lectures and discussions and reported on career paths in an increasingly attractive industry.
Workshops showed pupils, students and media educationalists inspiring approaches for using the cultural artefact of games. During a game jam lasting several days, prospective developers created their own games under professional guidance.
“Next Level 2016 - Festival for Games” was organised by the NRW KULTURsekretariat, together with the NRW Forum Düsseldorf, the NRW Ministry of Youth and the NRW Ministry of Economics, the Cultural Office and the business development of the state capital of Düsseldorf, as well as the State of NRW and Federal Academy of Cultural Education.
In addition, the union with the competence centre culture and creative economy was also involved for the first time.
With more than 1000 visitors, the new concept has proven itself, compared to the previous releases in Cologne and Dortmund, and thus forms an excellent foundation for the upcoming “Next Level” editions at the new site.
The next festival will take place from 09 to 12 November 2017 in the NRW Forum Düsseldorf.
“next-level.org” serves as an extensive year-round information portal on the art, culture, education and economics of digital games that is being intensively used by different target groups.
In addition to now several hundred qualified blog articles, the website also offers further features and links, such as a sophisticated schedule overview of different events on digital gaming culture in the German-speaking countries.