FuturePlay - About



FuturePlay celebrates, explores and showcases cutting-edge creative content and ideas at the intersection of art and technology. The festival launched in 2016 as the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival and returned to Edinburgh in 2017 as FuturePlay. It will take place in London at Riverside Studios in 2019.




FuturePlay 2017 ran from 3rd to 26th August and featured geodesic domes and shipping containers which housed a Virtual Reality Studio, a gaming and interactive Tech Zone, and an Immersive Art Gallery powered by Google Tilt Brush.




Special events included a talks and debates programme, FuturePlay Sessions, and the FuturePlay Exchange, a one-day industry symposium at the University of Edinburgh.
A converted underground car park was host to the FuturePlay Arcade Party, a one night event featuring dozens of retro video games, drinks and DJs.



FuturePlay is produced by Riverside Studios in association with Assembly Festival and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.









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Festival Director: William Burdett-Coutts

Festival Producer: Josh McNorton

Assistant Producer: Lucy Monkman

Festival Coordinator: Lucy Pilgrim

Digital Communications Coordinator: Steve Griffin

VR Studio & Tech Zone Coordinators: Bertie Millis, Samantha Kingston


Assembly Festival

Sharon Burgess, Nik Whybrew, Heather Ruck, Kimberley Thomas-Currie, Ellie Browning, Katie Wightman, Joanna Manavopoulou, Emma Henderson, Pete Patel, Jana Dearn, Pete McCabe, Charlotte Crone, Suzy Somerville, George Cort, Anthony Fitzgerald, Mattia Vedani, Tom McKeand, Trix Banionyte


Riverside Studios

Guy Hornsby, Judith Murrell, Catherine de Beausacq, Daniel Thurman