Pro Juventute Play Festival 2018 – Conference on «Playable Cities» & Pop-up Play Activities

The aim of the Pro Juventute Play Festival 2018 is to support the development of cities of play and to help to further develop discussion of the role of play in urban development processes. In addition to the conference on the topic of «Playable Cities», a Play Event will take place to mark World Play Day 2018, during which the right to play is celebrated at an international level.

  • Dates:
    Friday, 25 May 2018 (10.00 a.m. – 5.15 p.m.) and
    Saturday, 26 May 2018 (9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.)
  • Venue:
    Biel/Bienne Congress Centre,
    Zentralstrasse 60/Rue Centrale 60
  • Cost:
    CHF 250.00 – Early bird booking from 12 – 28 February
    CHF 320.00 – as of 1 March

The «Playable Cities» conference (25 & 26 May 2018)

The conference is an invitation to reflect in a light-hearted manner on play, man as a playful being and towns and cities as a place to live. The «Playable City» concept is an attempt to take account of the need for more inclusive, child-friendly and playful public spaces in a city.

Together with invited experts, play will be discussed as a tool for helping to shape urban culture. Different perspectives and experiences will be highlighted by means of exchanges between play activists, play space planners and designers, and people playing in spaces from numerous disciplines including, amongst others, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, spatial planning, social work, play space design, and art and design.

The conference combines specialist input and presentations with specific pop-up play activities and workshops to create a playful atmosphere and to bring the theme of «Playable Cities» in urban areas to life.

Target group of the conference:

Planners and designers of playgrounds from the disciplines of urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, spatial planning, social work, and art and design and play activists.

Pop-up play event «Playable Esplanade» to mark World Play Day (26 May 2018)

A versatile playable urban space will be created on the Esplanade fairground in Biel, and both young and old will be invited to play. A wide variety of opportunities for playing not covered by standardised safety standards will be contrasted with the usual range of play facilities available in public spaces. We will attempt to discover and develop new uses for public spaces in experimental and playful ways. Interaction and the ability to shape play will replace the humdrum ducks and slides!

Target group for the pop-up play activities:

The pop-up play activities are open to the public and free of charge – families with children are welcome!

Project management

Please contact Petra Stocker for questions relating to content:
Telephone 079 501 24 23

Please contact Matias Dabbene for any questions relating to organisational matters:
Telephone 076 348 03 08

In cooperation with:

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With financial assistance from:

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