Freeplay is the world’s longest-running independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 2004, the festival embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots artists and game makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. For over 19 years, Freeplay has been exploring the vital margins of independent, alternative, and experimental games culture. The festival continues to champion artistic exploration and experimentation in games and play, and positions game making as arts practice.
Parallels is to return in person, with it's one-night-only showcase of some of the most experimental, personal, and culturally significant work being made in Australia’s independent games communities today. Come and see your next favourite game! Paper House, the...
Paper House to host Independent Game Festival Freeplay: Parallels Hey friends! We're delighted to announce that Freeplay Parallels will again be part of Melbourne International Games Week this year, taking place on Thursday 6th of October! Making it possible is the...
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Freeplay acknowledges the Wurundjeri & Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the Lands upon which the festival takes place.
We pay respect to their Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider community and beyond.
Sovereignty was never ceded, and this always was and always will be Aboriginal land.