Your Complete & Comprehensive Playtopia 2018 Festival Guide


SA’s first homegrown indie-gaming and interactive arts festival is upon us this weekend. The first of its kind, Playtopia will be breaking new ground and making way for digital creatives and enthusiasts alike.

The 3-day indie games and playful media festival, showcasing local and international independent computer games, interactive and digital art and one helluva music line up will kick off this Friday at The Castle in the Cape Town CBD. Expect 3 days of gaming, art, music, food trucks and a beer garden in a beautiful historical setting. Remember, only delegate tickets get you into the talks, panels and workshops lead by gaming industry experts while standard tickets allow you into the festival.

Gamers, developers and event goers will have a plethora of games, music, food and experiential art to enjoy like exhibitions by some of South Africa’s top interactive artists, 40+ alternative indie games, the Super Friendship Arcade multiplayer room, a VR room and the international exhibition “Digital Gardens” created by A MAZE. [Berlin] in collaboration with Check My Plants artist, Filipa Domingues.

Play with Ralph Borland’s robots, engage with the sensory art of Miranda Moss and Martin Wilson, marvel at the projection art of global artist Inka Kendzia and walk through the yarn art of embroidery artist Danielle Clough, along with various other artists showcasing custom designed playful objects.

But that’s not all, the festival has a massive agenda ahead for their three-day extravaganza and to make sure you don’t miss a beat, we’ve compiled every detail you need to know about Playtopia – Indie Games & Interactive Arts Festival below.

Competition time! win x4 delegate passes which gives you full access all weekend to talks, workshops, party, exhibitions, delegate bar and bathrooms! You can also win a giant fluffy Genital Jousting peen toy and a sticker pack! To enter you must tag 3 friends in the comments below and come up with an awesome make believe name for a game! #playtopiafestWinner will be announced Friday 16th NOV!

Posted by Playtopia on Monday, 12 November 2018


EXHIBIT OPEN + DJ’s // 19:00 – 01:00


Delegates only- TALKS + WORKSHOPS // 10:00 – 18:00


Ang – 19:00
Invizible (Bike set) – 19:30
R.U.R – 20:30
Sassquatch – 21:30
Invizible – 22:30
HAEZER – 23:30
Close – 00:30

Holy Funk – 18:00
Maramza – 19:30
Julia Robert – 20:45
Hello Beautiful – 21:45
Uppercut – 22:45
ANG – 23:45
Close – 00:30






Friday – Saturday
+ 40 Indie Games on exhibition
+ A MAZE. Berlin “Digital Garden” exhibition in collaboration
with Check My Plants, a living plant installation.
+ Super Friendship: Multiplayer Party People!
+ VR room
+ Interactive Arts Exhibition
+ Bands, DJ’s, VJ’s (Friday + Saturday only)
+ Beer Garden
+ Food Stalls

The Installation is up and running! The large 228 wobbly spring installation is called ??????? ??????, and made in collaboration with Aalto University and the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Turku!Thanks to Annakaisa and Sabrina Maniscalco for making it happen!! It'll be fully revealed tomorrow in A Bloc on Aalto campus — exciting! ??️?‍?

Posted by Robin Baumgarten on Thursday, 15 November 2018


Exhibit runs Friday – Sunday
+Danielle Clough (Fiance Knowles Embroidery)
+Miranda Moss & Martin Wilson
+Inka Kendzia
+Ralph Borland (wire Robots)
+Method Lab
+Check My Plants (Botanical Installation Art)
+Richard Pieterse (adult fort installation)



Below is the venue map as well as the parking map for this weekend! Parking is extremely limited so it’s most preferable that you catch CAB and get dropped off at the entrance to the parking.



Weekend Pass – No longer available
Friday Pass – R150
Saturday Pass – R180
Sunday Pass – No longer available
Delegate Pass – R820
(Delegates are limited tickets that have additional access to exclusive talks by local and international game developers and experts working in the industry, participation in workshops and access to a private Delegate and Speaker bar. BOOKING ESSENTIAL and LIMITED

Tickets available HERE

– There is VERY LIMITED PARKING so we highly encourage taking a cab. Entrance in Sir Lowry St, follow the signs.
– There will be security
– We will be using the BACK ENTRANCE to The Castle, PARKING ENTRANCE in SIR LOWRY STREET.
– Strictly no under 18
– Bring ID

Lost in Playtopia

Play nice and have fun this weekend everyone! Playtopia is coming soooon! Get Tickets: Link: Playtopia – Indie Games & Interactive Arts Festival

Posted by Playtopia on Friday, 9 November 2018

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