People have been asking why the Playable City Award 2016 hasn’t launched yet. And the answer is, we have been a little bit busy! In partnership with the British Council, we are developing a new platform for our international activities, to enable cities all cross the world to join our network and become a Playable City. This should launch in a few months.
We have arrived in Lagos, Nigeria for our Playable City Lab, which you can read more about here. In the meantime, read Hilary O'Shaugnessy's blog for Guardian Cities about the ways this hectic city is already ‘playable’ – and full of creative urban thinkers who just don’t think of themselves that way yet...
After assessing over one hundred applications for our Open Call in December, we are delighted to reveal the participants in the Playable City Lagos Lab will bring together seven creative practitioners from Lagos (Nigeria) and four from the UK, to exchange ideas and develop new works that respond to the theme of the Playable City.
In July this year, Watershed and British Council travelled to Lagos in Nigeria to explore the Playable City concept in one of the fastest growing cities in the world and in the context of the British Council's cultural plan for 2016.
The trip included meetings with local creative hubs to discuss creativity and networks in Nigeria, tours with local urban activists Future Lagos, and exploratory workshops with technologists and representatives from independent, public and private sector organisations interested in the future of Lagos.