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    One Week Countdown To The Norwich Gaming Festival!

    Press release - 23 May 2017

    It’s just one week until the Norwich Gaming Festival opens its doors at The Forum for half term week on Monday 29 May – Saturday 3 June 2017.

    A staggering 52,000 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, Norwich, and celebrates the cultural, creative and educational aspects of the gaming industry. It’s for all ages, all levels of interest and ability, 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
    • Games Studies Day, a day of fascinating short talks with the University of East Anglia on Thursday 1 June
    • An exciting programme of industry speakers on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June in association with Norwich University of the Arts
    • 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 

    Danny Mcilwrath, Norwich Gaming Festival project manager said: “Every year the Norwich Gaming Festival gets bigger and better and the programme for NGF2017 is packed full of gaming fun and learning opportunities. There’s plenty of new games to try out, a nostalgic retro arcade, games industry 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). 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.”

    This week, just ahead of the Norwich Gaming Festival, The Forum is hosting a dedicated learning week for schools and home educated students. Young learners are participating in sessions in coding, game design and hands-on technology. Workshops and talks are planned with NUA, UEA, Access to Music and BAFTA Young Game Designers Award.

    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 or Kerry Leathley, Digital Marketing Producer at The Forum on 01603 727932 kerry.leathley@theforumnorwich.co.uk

    Notes to editors

    About Norwich Gaming Festival

    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, Access to Music and Bafta Young Game Designers. The festival is sponsored by GAME, Hughes, Kantan Living, Norwich Hotel, Four Circle Interactive, Table Flip Games, Big Potato, Battle Stations Activities and CIM Signs & Graphics.

    About The Forum:

    • The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
    • It is a public building and is open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
    • Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
    • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
    • It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
    • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
    • Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which under-pins The Forum are on our website