Street games festival
Games have been with us from the beginning, and playing them in the urban space gives us a different perspective on both the city landscape and the relations between its inhabitants. Playing together is the perfect way to meet and have fun and it also allows us to consider the nature of the relationships between people living in the same space, and how the urban space influences our perception of the world.
We organized first Raban in 2019. Find out more about it.
Festival theme – Neighbours
This year, at the RABAN City Games Festival, we want to reflect on the topic of the neighborhood and our relations with neighbors. Who do we call neighbors, and how do we relate to them? How are such relationships built? How to see neighbors in the hundreds of anonymous people we pass every day?
To accomplish this, we are looking for city games, workshops, and other activities which deal with the following topics:
- Exploring who our neighbors are, and what relations we maintain with them, what we expect from those relationships and how we can strengthen such bonds.
- Considering how to fight back the anonymity of the public spaces, and of the people spending time in them. Asking how to create both fleeting and long-term relationships between the inhabitants of a city.
- Researching the relations between environments and interactions between people in then. Looking at how the environment can help or hinder the formation of communities.
Come play with us! We’re inviting you to create a game for the second RABAN STREET Games Festival.
Information about the open call
30.06 – 3.07.2022
(PIOTRKOWSKA STREET, KSIĘŻY MŁYN district)
What types of projects can be organized as part of the festival?
Most of all, we want to play. We are looking for new ways to experience the city through games. So, we’re looking for games that evoke emotions and inspire reflection, activities that bring joy and connect people.
We want the games to tie in with the locations they will to be played in: their topography, history, and present. Help us rediscover Łódź.
The festival games will be played mainly in the Łódź city center. The exact locations where games take place will be agreed upon with the game designers. The designers should be ready to run their games twice, or more (if possible).
Workshops / lectures / presentations
Apart from playing, we want to share knowledge about the city games and the opportunities they create. That’s why we’re looking for workshops that will help both new and experienced city game designers and will inspire them to look at the city in a new light.
If you are an expert in a game-related subject we invite you to share your knowledge in the form of a workshop, lecture or presentation.
Do you think anything else should be included in the festival program? We are open to your suggestions.
Where are we going to play?
All games during the festival will be held in the center of Łódź (Piotrkowska street and Księży Młyn district). Here is a little more information about the city and its history.
Łódź is the third-largest city in Poland, located almost exactly in the center of the country. It has a unique history among other Polish cities. As recently as the beginning of the 19th century, it was a small town (with only 767 inhabitants in 1820). However, thanks to the expansion of the textile industry, the number of inhabitants grew rapidly and reached 232 000 citizens in 1886 and more than 600 000 citizens in 1915. At that time Łódź became known for the largest mills, factory owner’s palaces, tenement house blocks, and factory districts in Europe. Because of this impressive pace of development, Łódź was compared to Manchester and even New York.
The Łódź history is also reflected in the city’s layout: unlike other Polish cities, Łódź was built on a rectangular grid plan, and its densely constructed historical city center is one of the largest in the country.
Today, after the collapse of the textile manufacturing, Łódź is building a new identity based on its industrial history and focused on creative enterprises. The city still struggles with its difficult post-industrial heritage and tries to build a new feature for itself.
Until the Second World War, Łódź was a city of four cultures: Polish, Russian, German, and Jewish. Currently, the largest minority are Ukrainians ,who have been arriving since 2014, and their numbers are growing rapidly after the start of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine
Who can submit their project to the festival?
- We are accepting applications from both individual game designers and groups organizations that work in the cultural sector. We can provide accommodation for up to 2 participants from each accepted team.
- We do not require any previous experience in organizing city games, but it would be an
- We require a Covid-19 vaccination certificate from all participants.
We cover up to EUR 200 for international travel and PLN 400 for domestic travel.
We pay a fee of PLN 1,000 (about 215 Euro) for a participant / group of participants.
We provide meals and accommodation for participants during the 4 days of the festival.
We cover the costs of the game production within limits agreed with the game designers.
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