Next Level - Festival for Games
im NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
"Next Level – Festival for Games" is dedicated to the future of digital games in art, education and economy. In November 2017, the NRW KULTURsekretariat together with many partners, such as the NRW Youth Ministry and Ministry of Economics, again invited friends, fans and experts of the digital gaming culture to the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf.
Other gaming locations such as tanzhaus nrw and the Film Museum Düsseldorf were also involved for the first time, and the network of parter in Aachen, Cologne, Krefeld and Mönchengladbach was also extended. With more than 1,800 visitors last year’s numbers were topped by more than 50%.
The next festival will take place at the NRW Forum Düsseldorf from 22 to 25 November 2018. "Ghosted Views", the large multimedia work of internationally highly regarded Dutch artist Marnix de Nijs can be experienced then – a further development of the installation "Exploded Views 2.0" that was presented in 2017 and that also participated at the Biennale in Venice.
Furthermore, a round table with representatives from art, education, culture, science and economy is planned to be established by then, in order to move the cultural asset of games in NRW more into the focus and to position it more favourably.
The programme offering covers several days and relies above all on interactive digital experience formats and covers an immense spectrum of artistic-playful performances and exhibitions with experimental approaches on the topics of virtual and augmented
Lectures and discussions invite an expert audience to engross in deepened exchange. Interactive competition formats and family programmes take gamers of all age groups to the next level of joint and intergenerational gaming experience.
Workshops show pupils, students and media educationalists inspiring approaches for using the cultural asset of games.
"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.