Games Britannia Live! Line-up Announced: Unity, GameMaker:Studio, Moshi Monsters and more!

GAMES BRITANNIA LIVE! LINE-UP ANNOUNCED – UNITY, GAMEMAKER: STUDIO, MOSHI MONSTERS, RASPBERRY PI, FROM BEDROOMS TO BILLIONS, CLASSIC GAMING CHAMPIONSHIP AND MUCH MORE

Games Britannia Live! today announces its line-up for the 2014 event, held across several iconic city-centre venues on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June 2014 – its aim; to bring videogame invention, creativity, play and celebration to a new audience.

Mark Hardisty, Live! Director said “I am delighted to be bringing Games Britannia back into the public arena in June. Games Britannia: Replayed in 2012 was very much loved, and the amazing activities across the weekend will give everyone a chance to see how creating, playing and exploring games can be such a positive part of life, for children of all ages – and of course, a lot of fun!”

The festival will launch on Saturday morning with a very extra special preview screening of the eagerly awaited From Bedrooms to Billions documentary-movie from Gracious Films alongside a host of hands-on drop-in activities, hacks and interactive workshops across city-centre venues.

Tom Kenyon, Programme Director of Education at Nesta, and a key sponsor said “Games Britannia Live! is an inspirational event that offers young people the chance not just to play games, but to make their own alongside some of Britain’s best games talent. It’s a unique way to learn about the UK games industry and pick up new skills.”

Headlining the hands-on schedule in the Millennium Galleries will be Sheffield’s own SUMO Digital with a very special workshops for younger children. Based upon their hit Monshi Monster game – Katsuma Unleashed, kids will be able to design and create their own levels using SUMO’s unique game engine. Fancy creating games using the latest cross-platform development tools? GameMaker: Studio and YoYo Games are providing workshops for slightly older children throughout the weekend, accompanied by industry veteran and indie developer Byron Atkinson-Jones delivering the first Games Britannia Unity sessions for adults young and old!

Passing through or a small amount of time to spare, then the Winter Gardens will be hosting several drop-in activities including electronic hardware wizardry from Sheffield’s Pimoroni, taking pen and paper to draw your own videogame with Pixel Press, 3D scanning and VR antics with Sheffield’s Ten24, cutting and sticking fun with Tearaway Papercraft and making music for games with the super-inspirational Carrie Anne-Philbin and Sonic Pi. Thanks to Sheffieldr and Red Tape Central, Tudor Square will be alive with games and music as their entertainment vans will be parked just outside the Gardens for your audible pleasure.

Elsewhere in the Millennium Galleries Arundel Room, leading recruitment firm Aardvark Swift will be on hand to offer top advice about forging a career in the games industry, Patriot Games will be hosting a very special BoardGamesBritannia with a range of quirky, different and fun table top games, and Replay Events will be bringing their retro-console goodness along with a very special “Made In Sheffield” feature, and hosting a heat of their inaugural Classic Gaming Championship. For videogame art enthusiasts we have Third Person View – a micro-art exhibition with the theme of landscape which investigates the convergence of videogames and contemporary art. Finally, Paul Harter will be turning Minecraft into reality with his unique 3D printing creation, PrintCraft and completing the Galleries line-up is Paul Soulsby with his revolutionary new chiptune synthesizer the Atmegatron.

Saturday evening will see an electronic music takeover of the Winter Gardens with a micro-chiptune and 8-bit music “Gig in the Garden”- headlined by Sheffield’s own The Curious Machine with support from Equinox and Arctic Sunrise.

Though all activities are free, all workshops, the special screening of From Bedrooms and the Gig in the Garden require tickets – of which there will be a limited number and booking in advance is mandatory and strongly advised.

To find out more about the Games Britannia festival visit www.gamesbritannia.com.

If you have any queries, please contact the organiser:

Mark Hardisty – mark@gamesbritannia.com

About Games Britannia Live!

Games Britannia Live! is a public extension to the multi-award winning videogame education festival running over the weekend of 28 – 29 June 2014 in Sheffield, Great Britain.

Games Britannia Live! is proud to be part of Sheffield’s Children’s Festival and is backed by a partnership of Sheffield City Council, Nesta, Replay Events and Sheffieldr with kind sponsorship and support from Pimoroni, YoYo Games, Showroom Workstation Sheffield, Ukie, Aardvark Swift, Raspberry Pi, SUMO Digital, Game Republic, Autodesk, Unity and an extra special thanks to Sheffield Hallam University.

Paul Billington, Director of Culture and the Environment from Sheffield City Council said: “We are delighted to support Games Britannia here in Sheffield and to see this two-day event form part of the line-up of this year’s Sheffield Children’s Festival – the city’s showcase for the tremendous creativity amongst children and young people in Sheffield.  There’s over a month of events and activities to enjoy, everything from theatre tasters, story-telling, picnics, dancing and sculpture!  It is also a great opportunity for families, parents and carers to have a great time too.  It’s all about getting involved in arts – whether that’s playing games, making things, seeing your work exhibited or performing on stage in shows, musicals and plays – and enjoying yourself at the same time.”

About Games Britannia

Games Britannia is a multi-award winning festival bringing creativity and technology together, providing the public, schools and colleges with workshops and activities led by games industry experts and academics.

Started in 2011 by Brinsworth Comprehensive School, the Academia, Industry and Schools festival is run by the computing department at Sheffield Hallam University as part of a range of initiatives which attempt to engage schools and teachers in computer science.

About Sheffield

Located at the centre of Britain, Sheffield is England’s fourth largest city, and easily accessible from M1, A1, M18 or M62. It is England’s greenest city and home to one of the wealthiest areas in England and Wales outside of London and the South Eat.

About the Venues

At the heart of Sheffield’s cultural quarter sits Tudor Square, the Winter Gardens and Millennium Galleries. The Winter Garden is the largest temperate glasshouse in Europe and houses a superb display of more than 2,500 exotic plants from around the globe. The Garden sits on the “gold route” from Sheffield Railway Station and Sheffield Hallam University to the City Centre and venue links the Millennium Galleries, 4* Mercure Hotel, Millennium Square and Peace Gardens.

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