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 returns this year as FuturePlay!


FuturePlay runs from 3rd to 26th August and features a dedicated hub on George Street in the form of geodesic domes and shipping containers, which house a virtual reality studio, a gaming and interactive tech zone, an immersive art gallery, a black box theatre, food stalls and a bar.


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