Freeplay 2018—INTERSECTIONS. May 22nd–27th. Awards submissions are now open!

Freeplay is Australia's longest-running and largest independent games festival.

First established in 2004, Freeplay embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. We invite artists, designers, coders, writers, players, makers, critics, academics, and students to Freeplay 2018 for a celebration of the artistry of independent games and playful culture beyond the mainstream.


Tale of Tales: Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn


Zuraida Buter



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Freeplay 2018 – Keynotes & Theme Reveal

After several months of preparation and hard work, the Freeplay team is proud to reveal 2018’s keynotes and theme! We’re thrilled to announce that 2018’s theme is INTERSECTIONS, and our international keynote speakers are Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn from Tale of Tales, and curator of Playful Arts Festival, Zuraida Buter.

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Meet 2018’s Programme Committee

We have some sweet news to share with you really soon, but before we do we wanted to introduce you to our fantastic 2018 Programme Committee. Built up of creatives from intersecting disciplines, these lovely folks will help shape the series of talks and panels that will take place at Freeplay this year, ensuring the discussions and conversations are relevant to contemporary games culture discourse.

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Announcing 2018 Freeplay Awards & Festival Dates

A huge hello and welcome to 2018 from the Freeplay family! We have lots of exciting things to share with you this year. First on our list is the 2018 festival dates. We’re happy to announce that we have a six-day festival planned for this year, from May 22nd to May 27th. We’re also happy to announce that submissions for the 2018 Freeplay Awards are now open!

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Freeplay acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the Land upon which the festival takes place.
We pay respect to their Elders past and present.