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Welcome to Summer!

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We want to welcome you to Pop Up Playground's first official newsletter. We're excited to be writing it and we hope you're almost as excited to be reading it. These newsletters will come out quarterly, so you won't get too many updates from us clogging your inbox, but from time to time we might send out an extra, short, sharp update if another playful thing comes up we want you to know about.

We have loads of games and events coming up over the next few months, have a browse around all the fun we're planning, and we hope to play games with you soon.

New Games - Play in the UK documentary launch
Jan 29, 7pm

Last year, Robert and Sayraphim went over to the UK to make a documentary investigating companies over there who make games and playful situations.

We're launching this documentary, New Games - Play in the UK, on the Big Screen at Federation Square, on the 29th of January at 7pm. It runs approx. 40 mins.

It's a free event, so come down to Fed Square and grab a front row deck chair for the screening!

Fresh Air Festival
Feb 8, 9, 10

Fresh Air is an international games festival of outdoor pervasive and social games presented by Pop Up Playground which will run at Federation Square on the 8th, 9th and 10th of February, 2013.

For three days at the end of summer, Pop Up Playground presents a range of new games and playful activities developed by Pop Up Playground as well as games and situations from local and international games designers and playful companies.

Free event!

Friday, 8 Feb: 6pm - 9pm
Saturday 9 Feb: 1pm - 4pm, 6pm - 9pm
Sunday, 10 Feb: 1pm - 4pm, 6pm - 9pm

You can see the Fresh Air trailer here: http://vimeo.com/56802767
More information about Fresh Air is here.

The Whispering Society
Feb 23

In the alleys and the echoing dark, in the halls and forgotten corridors, in the haunted places of the city you will find The Whispering Society. Searchers into the paranormal, The Whispering Society listens for the memories of places, gathering to hear the stories of the long forgotten. But lately the spirits have grown agitated, their whispering more urgent, more insistent and much louder. The noise has drawn all the members of the Whispering Society out onto the streets to calm the restless dead but they’re fighting a loosing battle. They need your help. Can you hear the whispering?

A immersive story telling game played on the streets of Melbourne.

Free game.

The Whispering Society will debut at White Night Melbourne, February 23, 2013, from 7pm - 7am. Stumble across our game runners or visit our website to find where we'll be.

Spycatcher at the Bally
Feb 7, 6:30pm

Spy Catcher is back on, for one night only!

We’re all spies here – but double agents are murdering our top assets. Your mentor stands among the accused. Are they guilty? Can you really trust a spy? And will you find out – before it’s too late?

Our great line-up of spies includes:
* Magician LEE COHEN
* Comedian NICHOLAS J JOHNSON
* Actor DAVE LAMB
* Playwright & novelist VAN BADHAM

Thursday, 7 Feb, 6:30pm – 9pm.
The Bally, Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote, VIC.
Tickets: Full $18, Concession and group 6+ $15, purchase from Carnival Tix

More information (and photos!) about Spy Catcher can be found here.

The Curse at Adelaide Fringe
Feb 28, March 7 and 14

The Curse is going to Adelaide!
In the shadows, behind the tents, a fortune telling machine beckons. “Cross my palm with silver” reads a cracked and painted banner. But these things are never straightforward. Will it simply tell your future? Or will there be some kind of trouble? There’s always a price and the clowns are watching from the shadows…

Come tempt your fate…

The Curse will run on Thursday evenings, the 28 Feb and the 7 and 14 March at Gluttony. More details will be up on our website soon.

See the trailer for The Curse, as well as photos and Lawrence Leung's film here.

Want to help out?

We're always looking for new people to help us make and run games, new players to play the games, new volunteers to help make our events run smoothly and as always, new games to play.

Want to help us out?

If you'd like to help run games or events, if you're interested in learning more about game design, if you'd like to help us run the box office, information booth or are just a willing volunteer, we'd love to hear from you! Email us using the box below and introduce yourself!
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