Next Level - Festival for Games
After three years in Cologne (2010 to 2012) and three more years in the Dortmunder U (2013 to 2015), the 2018 edition of the festival concluded the three-year partnership with the city of Düsseldorf and the NRW Forum. The “Next Level – Festival for Games” will therefore move on and take place at the UNESCO World _Heritage Site Zollverein in Essen from 28 November to 1 December 2019.
With ”Next Level”, the NRW KULTURsekretariat offers a thrilling mix of performances, exhibitions, impulses, discussions and workshops to arts and culture responsibles, actors from the field of cultural education and games, but also journalists, parents, teachers and enthusiastic gamers. Beyond the focus on games, Digital Culture, one of the NRW KULTURsekretariat’s focal points, is gaining increasing importance.
From 22 to 25 November 2018, Düsseldorf was all about digital games and art, culture and education in the digital world. The range of interactive digital experience formats offered over several days was again expanded compared to 2017, with various curated game courses, an installation by the Dutch media artist Marnix de Nijs, performances of the composer Brigitta Munterdorf and the artist duo UBERMORGEN as well as a final live-to-game concert.
In the context of an experience-oriented symposium supported by the NRW Ministry of Culture, around 100 cultural-political actors and creators gathered for a discursive and inspiring exchange on questions of art production and its exploitation as well as mediation, qualification, participation with digital means and media, including a presentation by the renowned sociologist Dirk Baecker.
With about 1,800 festival visitors, the event has maintained the level of the previous year, this time without secondary stages.
“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.