Making the City Playable Tokyo 2018

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Making the City Playable Tokyo is a unique day long conference to explore theme of the Playable City. The conference brings together an international mix of artists, policy makers, cultural producers, and creative changemakers to challenge our thinking and shape our inquiry into the future of Tokyo as a Playable City.

Playable City Tokyo launched in 2015 to develop imaginative new ideas for urban spaces and to engage communities in thinking about the future of Tokyo, particularly in the run up to the 2020 Olympic Games. Building on the success of the Playful Welcome Lab and the Playable CIty Tokyo Residency, this the first time the popular conference will be held outside of  the UK.

Our programme will feature opportunities for cross sector networking, debate and discussion, as well as an opportunity to sample Playable City thinking in action with a selection of bespoke experiences created by our cohort of international producers from Watershed’s global talent development programme, Creative Producers International. Join us to discover and co-create a new kind of Playable Tokyo.

Confirmed speakers include:


How do we make Tokyo a Playable City?

Tokyo 2020 is a huge cultural opportunity for the city of Tokyo to rethink its relationship to the outside world, to invite new cultures in and make new relationships. What unique attributes or qualities does Tokyo offer?

Tokyo 2020 is a chance to really envisage a new kind of Tokyo for the day, with inspiring speakers, from Tokyo and to position Tokyo as an international city and to explore the options.


How do we engage people in the idea of Tokyo as a Playable City?

An international mix of artists and producers will speak about their transformative work in cities from Copenhagen to Melbourne. They will explore the social and cultural issues that playful creative technology is helping them to address, the cultural challenges of making playful projects a reality and how to create lasting sustainable change that includes all.


What is playful practice in Tokyo?

Delegates will meet the fifteen city change makers from our new global talent development programme Creative Producers International, as they participate in a series of playful interventions across the city. Our Creative Producers will design these activities exclusively for our conference attendees at a LAB in Tokyo and they will explore issues important to their own practice and cities.

Playable City Residency Artists Sophie Sampson and Tom Metcalfe will present their work in progress and rehash findings of the Playable City Tokyo Residency


Where do we go from here? 

Join Watershed CEO, Clare Reddington and Rhizomatiks Creative Director, Seiichi Saito in walk & talk through a graphic facilitator’s recordings of the keys conversations and themes of the day. Together with speakers from a range of specialist backgrounds they will look abkc at the conversations of the day and suggest new ways to move forward to creating a Playable Tokyo for 2020 and beyond.

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Making The City Playable Conference 2018 is produced by Watershed and British Council Tokyo. It is supported by Arts Council England, British Council and UWE Bristol as part of Creative Producers International.