Call for Proposals

CounterPlay ‘19: Playing at the Edge
International Play Festival
April 4th – 6th 2019
Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark
Deadline for proposals: December 3rd, 2018

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.

Playing the Archive

I was recently in London for a conference in the brilliant and ambitious research project “Playing the Archive”, a project built on the immense legacy of “The Opies”.

Loving the Play Community

Reflections on the Playable City Tokyo conference and the talk I gave there about cultivating play communities.

Celebrating Play Professors

May 1st Helle Marie Skovbjerg, along with her Dutch colleague, Tilde Bekker, gave their inaugural lectures at Design School Kolding. Both of them were to be professors of play – amazing! – and I had been invited to bring some play to the party!

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.

Danish posts:

Det Legende Bibliotek

Biblioteker over hele verden er i fuld gang med at genopfinde sig selv, nu hvor udlån af materialer fylder mindre og mindre. I den sammenhæng kan man spørge sig selv om biblioteker kan og bør være mere legende?

Leg er Fremtiden

Om høringen “Børn, uddannelse og den nye industrielle revolution”, som var arrangeret af International Play Associations danske afdeling, professionshøjskolen UCC og MF Ida Auken, Radikale Venstre.

We think 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.