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About Dau

Dau Barcelona, Festival
of Games

Dau Barcelona reaches its sixth edition as a great celebration of participation and creativity devoted to the world of games. Admission is free, and the festival is aimed at the broadest audiences. The programme includes games of all kinds and for all ages. Dau Barcelona will take place from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 November. Games are the only creative activity in which the end recipient is always the absolute protagonist. A game is a creation that the people who participate in it literally experiment with. A game is also a phenomenon of social relations and cohesion of the highest order. For all these reasons, Dau Barcelona is a festival aimed at both families and experienced players, who have the chance to enjoy a huge range of games. At the festival, board games publishers and clubs devoted to a long and varied list of games will teach young and old alike to learn how to play. Visitors from the age of five will all find a place to play at Dau Barcelona.

Besides being a cultural and social activity, games are also a creative pursuit and, accordingly, Dau Barcelona gives a special place to the creators of games. That is why, every year, we invite authors of great international prestige to attend the event. And that is why we work closely with Ludo, the Spanish association of games creators, and why we organise the Dau Barcelona Awards and, in cooperation with Verkami, a prototype game competition.

The festival is organised by Barcelona Institute of Culture and its curator is Oriol Comas.

Dau Barcelona is a festival of games, of all games. Besides a space for board games, including a zone for children to play, there is also a full programme of activities revolving around popular and traditional games, as well as historical simulations, role play and miniatures. There are also activities aimed at expert players and games authors. Since the festival was first launched, Dau Barcelona has gradually spread from its central headquarters at Fabra i Coats – Art Factory of Barcelona in the Sant Andreu neighbourhood to venues all over Barcelona.

Curator: Oriol Comas i Coma

With special cooperation by: Pere Areste (Dau Històric), Anton Planells (Dau Digital), Marc Figueras (Dau Sènior), Pak Gallego (Dau Pro), Víctor Baroja (Dau Tradicional) and Vanessa Carballo (Dau als Barris), Enric Albadalejo

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