FUSION Urban Games Festival (9 November 2019)

When was the last time you played a game? Do you remember this pleasant excitement at the beginning, shivers down your spine when you solved the most difficult riddle and unlimited happiness when you finally won? We're going to play games in amazing Bulgarian Plovdiv (8-10 November) and fascinating Italian Matera (31 October – 2 November). Curational concept: Departament Gier

We invite you to the Fusion 2019 - Urban Games Festival

We invite you to the Fusion 2019 - Urban Games Festival, the first festival co-produced by two European Capitals of Culture, which takes place during the Plotera Weeks, celebrating Plovdiv and Matera “Together for an Open Future”.

For who?

For everyone who wants to feel the thrill and look at the city from a different perspective. We’re giving you 10 different games that will allow you to explore the city, search for clues, solve mysteries, cooperate and compete, and be the best.

Where and when?

We turn the whole Plovdiv into a playground. The starting place for each game will be given later. The Festival center is SKLAD in the Tobacco City. The FUSION - Urban Games festival lasts 3 days from 8th November till 10th November, during which we will play 10 different games coming from Italy, Poland, Germany, UK, Russia and Bulgaria.


To enjoy yourself, feel like a child for a moment. To celebrate Matera and Plovdiv as two Capitals of Culture for the year 2019 and look at those cities form a different perspective.


For each game, there is a different registration. You can register using the website through the links below or on the spot.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/417197395840622/


8 November (Friday)

15.30 – 16.30 Opening (SKLAD)
16.00 – 23.00 Red Lady's Case
16.30 – 18.00 Crowdplay (SKLAD)
17.00 – 18.30 Reshape the City (Old City, finish in SKLAD)
18.30 – 20.00 Stardust (Old City, start at the staircase on str. Mitropoit Paisii)

9 November (Saturday)

09.00 – 23.00 Red Lady's Case
11.00 – 13.30 Secrets of Plo-Tera (SKLAD)
11.00 – 14.00 Board Games (SKLAD)
11.00 – 15.00 Virtualshamanism (SKLAD)
11.30 – 13.30 Games Generator (SKLAD)
13.30 – 15.00 Reshape the City (Old City, finish in SKLAD)
13.30 – 15.00 Clean Game (Sahat Tepe)
16.00 – 17.30 Crowdplay (Кamenitsa Stairs)
15.30 – 17.30 Dreamlike (SKLAD)
16.00 – 18.30 Board Games (SKLAD)
16.00 – 20.00 Virtualshamanism (SKLAD)
17.00 – 18.30 Reshape the City (Old City, finish in SKLAD)
17.30 – 20.00 Secrets of Plo-Tera (SKLAD)
19.00 – 20.30 Legendary Hunt (SKLAD)
21.00 – 23.00 BetweENers (SKLAD)

10 November (Sunday)

09.00 – 23.00 Red Lady's Case
11.00 – 12.30 Clean Game (Riverbank)
11.00 – 15.00 Board Games (SKLAD)
11.00 – 15.00 Virtualshamanism (SKLAD)
11.30 – 13.00 Crowdplay (Kamenitsa stairs)
12.30 – 14.30 Games Generator (SKLAD)
13.00 – 14.00 Dreamlike (SKLAD)
16.00 – 17.30 Legendary Hunt (SKLAD)
16.00 – 17.30 Reshape the City (Old City, finish in SKLAD)
19.00 – 21.00 Closing

Games descriptions:

Dreamlike (Departament Gier, Poland)

Every picture tells a story – but what story will your pictures tell? Dreamlike is a city game of creative guesswork, where your imagination unlocks the tale of the city.
In this game, you will use your imagination and stream of consciousness to create visual aids. You will find places, people and events that are connecting Plovdiv and Matera and create the story of city life.
See how even the smallest things tell universal values, and how we can connect with others by a common language of pictures.

8 November, Friday / 18.30 – 20.00 
9 November, Saturday / 15.30 – 17.30
10 November, Sunday / 12.30 – 14.00

Meeting point: SKLAD at 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str in the Tobacco City 

What you will need:
A phone with a camera and internet connection
A Messenger/Facebook account

For the game, you will receive a special camera-equipment for which we will enlist your name, telephone and ID card Numbers with which to guarantee safe usage and return. 

Registration HERE

Red Lady's Case

Mysterious porcelain dolls appear in the city. They hide from citizens, watching them from tight slits and cracks of the old buildings. At the same time, strange videos appear in social networks with game hashtag #RedLadysCase.
Is it someone's dreams? Or maybe it's a hint.
Guess a riddle and you'll find a doll. Then you can take a photo of the doll and post it on the social network with game hashtags #RedLadysCase and #mejdu_ekolo to let the game continue.

8 November, Friday / 16.00 – 23.00
9 November,  Saturday / 9.00 – 23.00
10 November, Sunday / 9.00 – 23.00

What you will need:
Mobile phone with internet access and a camera
Access to Facebook and Instagram where clues will be published.

Clean Game

Take part in the international ecological strategic quests that bring people together and get waste sorted. This game was held in more than 300 cities and now Plovdiv is next.
Bring your friends and family and join the game. Make your community cleaner and have a lot of fun doing that. See how games can empower people to see the problems of environmental pollution.
Do something good for your city!

When / Starting point:
9 November, Saturday / 13.30 – 15.00 (Danov Hill / Sahat Tepe)
10 November, Sunday / 11.00 – 12.30 (Riverbank)

What you will need:
A team with up to 4 people
Mobile phone with internet access
“The Clean Game” app available on Google Play and iTunes

Register HERE for the game

Virtualshamanism (Matias Brunacci, Germany)

Experience interactive virtual-reality installation. You'll have the possibility to play in virtual reality and interact with the imagined world, creating a deeply immersive experience. The special VR set will replicate your movements and allow you to interact with objects and fully immerse yourself in digital reality. The brand new word is at your fingertips.

9 November, Saturday / 11.00 – 15.00, 16.00 – 20.00
10 November, Sunday / 11.00 – 15.00

There is no need to make a registration in advance. The duration of a single person experience is between 10 to 20 minutes.

Meeting point: SKLAD at 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str in the Tobacco City 

Reshape the city (Lorena Barbalinardo & Danilo Chiaradia, Italy)

Join the team and compete with others to be the first who completes the space mission.
5 stunning locations will welcome you. Bizarre characters, temporary and permanent citizens will carry you to the final destination along a cultural trip. In each place, you will encounter a challenge in new unexpected ways. You will have to use your fast thinking, memory, precision and work with your teammates.
Take the challenge.

8 November, Friday / 17.00 – 18.30
9 November, Saturday / 13.30 – 15.00, 16.30 – 18.30
10 November, Sunday / 15.30 – 17.30

Starting point: The White House in the Old City: 12 Puldin str, Plovdiv, BulgariaCity 

What you will need: Number of people in a team 5, the maximum number of teams per game - 3

Registration HERE

Games Generator by Anna Horton (United Kingdom)

Let's make a game! We will be taking your favourite games from parties to playgrounds and making them into something new. We will be creating a new street game to test, break and play together.
Join us to create your own games and test other people's creations. Find playful ways to explore your city and meet new people.
👉 9 November, Saturday / 11.30 – 13.30
👉 10 November, Sunday / 12.30 – 14.30

Meeting point: SKLAD at 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str in the #TobaccoCity

All who are interested are welcome - registration on spot.


Which way will you choose – the way of magic or the way of science? We are all in between, and the world keeps on drifting away from balance – and towards destruction. Find out what is happening!

Two fractions from the „besides” dimension have different views about bringing the world back to balance. Depending on the side you choose you will gain both friends and enemies. When travelling, be cautious not to miss the parts of the solution. Beware of spies, as they can ruin your quest. It can get very sticky, damp and dark.

Be careful, be brave!

9 November, Saturday / 21.00 – 23.00

Meeting point: SKLAD at 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str in the Tobacco City 

What you will need:

  • Bicycle - please come with full night riding preparation - light, stops, etc.
  • Mobile phone with internet access
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Clothes that won't be missed (can get dirty)
  • Cycling protection fit
  • Flashlights

Number of people in the team 2-4. No restriction of the number of the teams.

Preregistration HERE Instructions for registration HERE

Secrets of Plo-Tera

Join the hunt for the secrets of Plovdiv - follow the digital clues, solve puzzles, go to new locations and find more about both the Plovdiv and the other European Capital - Matera, along the way. But be careful – everything you receive and find can be a hint for your next location or a clue! Let the hunt for secrets begins!

9 November, Saturday  - 11.00 - 13.30 and from 17.30 – 20.00

What you will need:
Mobile phone with internet access and a camera

Number of people in a team 4, the maximum number of teams per game - 5

Registration: HERE

Crowdplay (a game created by Coney, here represented by William Drew and Tassos Stevens)

Take part in a trilogy of short games that will be played in the heart of the city. Feel like a spy, observe other players and avoid giving too much away to other. Each game is about blending in and rebelling. All your actions will be set to a dynamic soundtrack that will help to build the tension.

8 November, Friday / 16.30 – 18.00
9 November, Saturday / 16.00 – 17.30
10 November, Sunday / 11.30 – 13.00

Meeting point: for 8th November - SKLAD. for 9th and 10th November - Together /Kamenitsa stairs

Registration HERE

Legendary Hunt (GeoGames, Poland)

The goal of the game is to find as many legendary characters in 90 minutes as possible and persuade them to join our team. The game will be in the form of a mobile app similar to Pokemon GO. It will use geolocation and augmented reality.

9 November, Saturday / 19.00 – 20.30
10 November, Sunday / 16.00 – 17.30 

Registration for the game HERE

Meeting point: SKLAD at 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str in the Tobacco City 

AND THE BEST PART - AFTER THE FESTIVAL YOU CAN CONTINUE to PLAY THE GAME FOREVER - all you need is to be in Plovdiv - for details: https://bit.ly/2E0Vzzn


Gather the team, interact with places, people and businesses to solve the mystery.
Explore the city, look for specific landmarks, interview the locals and do real detective work to find the truth. You will have to document your actions by taking photos and videos to make sure you didn't miss any clues. Complete all 4 missions and become a great detective.

9 November, Saturday / 11.30 – 14.00
10 November, Sunday / 12.30 – 15.00  

Registration for the game HERE

Meeting point: SKLAD at 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str in the Tobacco City 

Board Games (Board games club Meeple People, Bulgaria)

Become part of the exciting world of board games, where the pleasure of communicating with otherс is the ultimate goal! Already known around the world, they gravitate into the urban space and bring families and friends together or serve as wonderful occasion for meeting strangers.
Some games blur the line between the surrounding environment and the world on the board, others prompt and teach us how to do better, and others bring pure fun.
What we have prepared for you includes a little bit of everything - games for getting-to-know, outwitting, strategy and thinking, crazy dice throwing, card-picking, and most of all, an opportunity to meet others, fuse interests and creating common future.

9 November, Saturday / 11.00 – 14.00, 16.00 – 18.00
10 November, Sunday / 11.00 – 15.00  

Meeting point: SKLAD at 16 Ekzarh Yosif Str in the Tobacco City 

Find information and an array of hot news at our sites: fusionfestival.eu;  tobacco-city.plovdiv2019.eu/bg as well as at FacebookCurational concept: Departament Gier

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