The GEEK team are working with Ideas Test for three days of creative play, bringing together game makers and players from across the area and inviting them to share their skills and passions. So whether you are a cosplay villain or a battle-hardened princess, save the date and come and play!
The weekend is based round two hubs:
29th/30th August The Oast House Community Centre in Rainham
Home to the Gamers Hub, the Oast House will launch the weekend with an evening party on Friday 29th – highlights will include The Video Game Carnival, and live music by Kier Buchanan, Gemma & Sophie, 3D, Rude Mechanicals and Hand of Stabs.
On Saturday 30th, all three floors of the Oast House will be filled with games and play. The top floor is being taken over by the Robot Arena, where you can find making workshops and Mega Battles.
Digital and Analogue – come and play the games you love and learn to play and make new ones. Also on hand, chip tune music, meet Indie Devs, make robot costumes and play Laser Pong.
Sunday 31st August: The Guildhall Museum in Rochester
The Guildhall Museum becomes the hub for the Rochester based day of play. Join Dr Sketchy and the GEEK team for some museum based playing before heading out to discover Tourist Trap, Stream the Streets, Special Guests and other games and workshops in and around Rochester High Street.
Video Game Carnival
Retro Gaming meets Alice in Wonderland in this wonderful reinvented world where you can play Giant Game Boy, Fruitcade and Laser Pong.
Special Guests‘ Alternative Reality Game Show – live and online
Stream the Streets, 12 – 4pm, meet at Dot Cafe, Rochester High St
Join SHPLive.tv for a practical workshop session exploring the creation of online events and how to reach new audiences with live streaming and social media. Experience a range of approaches to streaming, talk about structuring a digital campaign around your event and get hands-on with some tech. The second phase of the workshop will involve live documenting of GEEK events as participants take to the streets for guerrilla film making and mobile streaming – the results of which can be watched online on-screen at Nucleus Cafe, Rochester or at home. Participants should bring an iPhone or Android device with them. Please install the Ustream app on your device before the session. (Buy a GEEK ticket to participate and sign-up in advance by emailing email@example.com – places are limited!).
The Tourist Trap – a new version of the challenge to physically re-create historic photographs (first made popular at Margate GEEK 2014) led by artist, Phoebe Marsh. Meet at Guildhall Museum, Rochester at 1pm. Buy a GEEK ticket to participate and sign up on the day.
Robots Robots Robots
Draw a robot, make a robot, be a robot and do battle in the robot tournaments.
To get ready for a weekend of Robots Games you can start training by taking part in the Minecraft Creative build. Be inspired be brilliant. Great Prizes to be won.
Details of how to enter on www.GEEK-play.com
The Robot creative build is hosted by Multiplay organisers of Insomnia Gaming Festival.
“The world is better if we play together”
Organiser Kate Kneale says “GEEK is all about bringing people together and celebrating creative passion and skill. Each event will be different as it will draw on local groups and reflect their passions and expertise. Some will be Retro focused while others will be more about Indie games or craft workshops. But they will all have a mix of activities where people can Meet, Make and Play.”
MEET – Friends and family, artists, makers and inventors.
MAKE – With paint, pixels, code and imagination.
PLAY – Discover new games and rediscover old favourites.
GEEK Swale & Medway is brought to you by GEEK and Ideas Test
“Ideas Test exists to create new opportunities for local people and organisations and we’re excited to be working with Swale & Medway creatives and GEEK to bring this event to our locality. We hope this will be the first of many!” – Steph Fuller, Creative Enabler.
GEEK is organised by Marine Studios, a Community Interest Company based in Margate. Marine Studios works to strengthen communities by extending cultural and creative participation, supporting the creative sector and creating opportunities for skill sharing and knowledge transfer.
GEEK will be back in Margate in February, but in the meantime details of the Medway GEEK events can be found on www.GEEK-play.com