All about Dau


For the ninth year running, Dau Barcelona, the big games festival, will be back in the city. Barcelona City Council organises Dau Barcelona through the Barcelona Institute of Culture.

This is going to be a rather different edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until a few days ago, everything was ready to go at the Fabra i Coats on 14 and 15 November, as we believe cultural activity should go on. The festival would therefore have been held subject to every safety measure, including reduced spaces, prior ticket booking, separate entry and exit routes, hand sanitiser gel at every table and constant cleaning of the spaces.

But the indicators on the pandemic in Catalonia and Barcelona, especially from the second half of October, and the Catalan government’s regulations are preventing us from holding it, to avoid bringing hundreds of people together and encouraging more mobility.

Hence the virtual Dau 2020 you’ll find on these pages, which was meant to be a good complement to the Dau at the Fabra i Coats and makes a lot more sense now.

Among many other activities, we wish to point out that Noemí Blanch will be giving the opening speech for the Dau Barcelona 2020 on this web page at 7 pm, on Friday, 13 November, entitled El poder del joc (The power of the game, in Catalan), and at 7 pm, on Saturday, 14 November you’ll also be able to see the Dau Barcelona gala awards ceremony. And a lot more things will still be going on.

There'll also be a space for publishers, for the best games of 2020, for prototypes, for historical games, for traditional games and for associations using games in their everyday activities. And a space for all Barcelona's game shops (never stop buying games!), another on how to play online board games as well as a full list of resources for introducing games to schools.

A year on and Dau Barcelona will be making a virtual appearance in schools throughout the city during this week-long festival. And not just that: we’ll also be holding the second edition of the “El joc a l’aula” [Games in the Classroom] training course, on the importance of classroom games, aimed at primary and secondary education teachers, in collaboration with the Sant Andreu Educational Resources Centre and the Barcelona Education Consortium.

We hope you find the games you’re looking for on these pages. Play at home, above all, a little every day. You’ll be happier.