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Play On

Saturday 1 – Sunday 16 April

Play is fun! And not just for kids. We all explore, discover and learn through play. It gives us the freedom to be creative, spontaneous and expressive, to feel relaxed, happy and entertained. 

As our connected world responds to new digital technologies, the way we play is constantly changing. A decade ago, smartphones did not exist, but today it is commonly said that we have more computing power in our pockets than was used to take mankind to the Moon. This interactive, family-friendly exhibition will let you get hands-on with the amazing ways technology influences our leisure time, showcasing the science behind why we play and the amazing new developments in how we do it. 

Taking place across four immersive zones – Picture This, Game TheoryMake Some Noise and Toy Box – in the National Museum of Scotland’s Grand Gallery, Play On will showcase digital innovation and technology from Scotland and beyond, including four specially commissioned artworks.

Drop-in activities throughout the Festival

Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5: Google Expeditions
Join Google Expeditions as they demonstrate their group VR experiences with immersive virtual reality tours especially aimed at kids.
10:00 – 16:30

Thursday 6 – Friday 7: We Throw Switches
We Throw Switches bring interesting games out from behind closed doors, and into social spaces filled with amazing people – join them to try our four fun games.
10:00 – 16:30

Sunday 9 – Tuesday 11: Feeling Monstrous
Come and explore the latest research work by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and make some moves in front of a camera to control an avatar.
10:00 – 16:30

Thursday 13: Pixelation
Watch Slaps Studio create large compositions in the middle of the grand gallery using plate pixels. It’s going to be a bit like Art Attack with pixels and they are looking for volunteers to help them out!
10:30, 12:00, 13:30 and 14:30

Play On has been developed with support from Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

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