CounterPlay ‘19: Playing at the Edge

International Play Festival
April 4th – 6th 2019
Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark

CounterPlay ’19: Playing at the Edge

Where: Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark

When: April 4th – April 6th 2019

The CounterPlay festival invites playful people from around the world to join the most caring, generous, inclusive and vibrant play community on a remarkable journey into the world of play. We welcome everyone eager to understand play better, no matter your background. If you wish to learn more about why play is essential for learning, working and living, this is for you. 

Blog & News

The “What/Why” of CounterPlay

Many people ask: “What is “CounterPlay”? Why should I consider participating?” Read more for an attempt at answering those questions.

Playing at the Edge

The theme of CounterPlay ’19 is “playing at the edge”, and we welcome different forms of proposals that reflect this in one way or another. As always, we are eager to explore play from as many different angles as possible, building on our three pillars: playful learning, playful working and playful living.

CounterPlay Manifesto

While retaining a fundamental openness, curiosity and the capacity to always learn more about the nature of play, with this manifesto we wish to put a stake in the ground and make our position on play clearly visible.

Can Play Save Democracy?

Can play save democracy? It’s a big question and one that I’m afraid I can’t answer in the affirmative. Not yet, probably never. So what if even the best we can ever do will always fall short of “saving” democracy, if we can only hope to keep it alive, or, better yet, to make it come alive?

We Can’t Force Play

Due to the unpredictable nature of play, we can’t say exactly what will happen when we play, where we end up or “what we get out of it”. We can’t even guarantee that play will happen at all – and that’s ok.

Danish posts:

På sporet af et Legemanifest

Mit bud på et “legemanifest”, der blev præsenteret på Højskolernes Årsmøde, der blev afholdt på Egmont Højskolen. Jeg fokuserer ikke på, hvad der kommer ud af legen, men hvordan man kommer ind i legen.

Længe Leve Legetænketanken!

Torsdag d. 8. februar var på alle mulige måder en særlig dag. En af den slags dage, man kan leve højt på i lang tid, fordi energien var så fantastisk, men også fordi der skete noget, som jeg tror er meget vigtigere end dagen i sig selv. Efter mange...

What if playful people are better equipped to live good lives together in this messy, chaotic world?


Work with us:

CounterPlay Festival

Since the first CounterPlay Festival in 2014, we have been aiming to turn the festival into a strong international community and an ambitious forum for exploring, supporting and spreading play. 

CounterPlay Consulting

Based on our experiences, insights and community from the international CounterPlay festival, we are now offering new formats and activities to bring play to a wider range of settings. In addition, we are also working with external partners and clients, providing solutions based on our understanding of play.

Play Think Tank

We have established a national Danish play think tank with central stakeholders public institutions and private companies, from play research and play practice. It is becoming a strong platform for examining and supporting play across society and the lifespan.