The Programme

Recife: The Playable City is an exciting new international initiative that brings together creative practitioners from Pernambuco (Brazil) and the UK, to exchange ideas and develop new works that respond to the theme of The Playable City. It is produced by Watershed and run in collaboration with Brazilian Technology Park Porto Digital and the British Council.

Beginning in January 2014, Recife: The Playable City will enable a select group of artists, producers and technologists to participate in a creative lab process spanning Bristol and Recife. Working together, they will develop new ideas that use art and technology to engage and inspire audiences, demonstrating how playful experiences can empower citizens and tackle the challenges our future cities face. The programme will culminate in a public showcase of ideas in Recife in April 2014, in which Recife will officially become the world’s second Playable City.

This brand new initiative is part of the British Council’s Transform programme and is supported by Arts Council England.

More about the programme
Play is a compelling and powerful tool. It can change behaviour, transform perceptions of space, and inspire audiences to participate rather than simply observe. For this programme, participants will spend ten days developing ideas at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, and seven days developing work at Porto Digital in Recife. With an emphasis on exchange and experimentation, participants will generate imaginative ideas, consider local and global contexts, research and develop prototype digital works, investigate business models, and make valuable connections that will last beyond the end of the programme.

The programme will also include bespoke sessions for participating Creative Producers. Facilitated by established practitioners from interdisciplinary cutting-edge research and practice, these discussions will cover different aspects of creative technology production such as: developing an idea, project management, making a sustainable business, IP and pitching to clients and funders.

We’re also partnering with UK and Pernambuco based associate organisations who are both participating and helping with delivery of the project, these include: Lighthouse, Cornerhouse, Site Gallery and National Theatre Wales (UK), the Secretary of Economic Development, UFPE (Pernambuco’s Federal University), the Gilberto Freyre Foundation, Recife’s City Council, Delta ZERO, Fundaj, and CESAR (Recife Centre for Advanced Studies and Systems) (BR).  Read more about these organisations here