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    Norwich Gaming Festival is Back!

    Press release - 29 Mar 2017

    Norwich Gaming Festival is back for its fourth year on Monday 29 May – Saturday 3 June 2017 and promises to be even bigger and better than before!

    A staggering 50,000 visitors came along to the festival last year for a week of free gaming fun, learning and creativity which included indie, mainstream and retro games, seminars, talks, workshops, demos and shows.   

    Norwich Gaming Festival is organised and hosted by The Forum and celebrates the cultural, creative and educational aspects of the gaming industry. It’s for all ages, all levels of interest and expertise, and a great opportunity for local, national and international talent to showcase their expertise in game development and programming.

    There are plenty of old favourites and exciting new additions to this year’s programme both inside and outside The Forum. Here’s a taster of what visitors can expect:

    • Virtual Reality Zone

    • Retro Arcade in The Gallery

    • Gaming Village outside The Forum

    • Indie showcase of over 40 games

    • Dedicated learning programme for schools and home educated students

    • A Norwich Raspberry Jam Day on Sat 27 May

    • Meet Big Potato’s gaming gurus

    • Meet the team from GAME

    • Talks and workshops from industry professionals

    • An opportunity to chat to students, designers and industry experts

    • Info on gaming educational and career opportunities

    • Warp Zone: an opportunity for under 16s to showcase their game development skills and receive expert advice during the festival

    • Ironheads return for battle… but if it all gets too much then head for the Chillout Zone!

    Danny Mcilwrath, Norwich Gaming Festival project manager said: “Every year the Norwich Gaming Festival gets bigger and better and the programme for NGF17 is packed full of gaming fun and learning opportunities. There’s plenty of new games to try out, a nostalgic retro arcade, games developer days, workshops, talks, the Gaming Village and lots more. Plus visitors can chat to students, designers and gaming experts to find out more about the educational opportunities and careers associated with the industry.“

    Norwich Gaming Festival’s lead education partner is Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) who have been involved since the festival’s inception in 2013. NUA run undergraduate degree courses in Games Art & Design and Games Development and an MA in Games, and students will showcase their work, give talks and exhibit games throughout the festival. There is additional education support from partners at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Access to Music.

    Mark Wickham, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at NUA said: “We are really looking forward to the Norwich Gaming Festival – it gives the public a real chance to see the breadth of the flourishing gaming industry in Norwich and allows our students to exhibit their work whilst networking with games professionals.”

    Ahead of the Norwich Gaming Festival, The Forum is hosting a dedicated learning week from Monday 22 – Friday 26 May. This will include pre-bookable learning sessions for schools and home educated students in coding, game design and hands-on technology. Workshops and talks are planned with NUA, UEA, Access to Music, BAFTA Young Game Designers Award, Laboratory Media Education, plus many more and sessions are expected to book very quickly. For more information please contact sarah.power@theforumnorwich.co.uk

    The Norwich Gaming Festival is open to the public between 10am – 4pm at The Forum from Monday 29 May – Saturday 3 June. For further news and updates visit norwichgamingfestival.com, Twitter @NorwichGFest and Facebook / The Norwich Gaming Festival.

    For further information please contact: Lindsey Roffe, Marketing Communications Manager at The Forum on 01603 727975 lindsey.roffe@theforumnorwich.co.uk

    Notes to editors

    About Norwich Gaming Festival

    Norwich Gaming Festival has been running since 2013. Organised and hosted by The Forum, Norwich, with support from local partners, the festival celebrates all aspects of video games and their development, bringing a mix of education, entertainment and technology to Norwich. The festival’s lead education partner is Norwich University of the Arts with further education support from the University of East Anglia and Access to Music. The festival is sponsored by: Hughes, GAME, Kantan Living and CIM Signs and Graphics. The festival is supported by: Four Circle Interactive, Big Potato, Nor Con, Open and Norwich Retro Gamers.