All about the Dau Festival


Barcelona City Council has been organising Dau Barcelona through the Barcelona Institute of Culture since 2012. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this great table games festival.

Dau Barcelona will take place on 20 and 21 November at its usual venue, the Fabra i Coats industrial complex. This year’s festival is going to be a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 we were forced to cancel the event, but nothing’s going to stop us this year! We have a great festival in store for you, albeit with some space and capacity restrictions. We apologise for these in advance. Needless to say we’ll have all the necessary safety measures in place to minimise risk.

On this website you’ll find the festival’s full programme of activities and loads of other fun stuff. Browse away and you’ll be sure to find something that catches your fancy. And if you don’t, just get in touch with us and ask. With each festival we come up with new ideas so that you can game your heart out. This year, as always, there will be games for all in the Gran Dau, the Dauet, the Dau Històric, the Dau Tradicional and the prototype spaces (Ludo and Verkami). We’ll also be introducing two new spaces, namely the Dau dels Autors, where you can play with more than 30 Catalan and Spanish board game inventors, and the Daus de Rol, where you can learn about role-playing games and have a go yourself. Just make sure to bring your imagination!

The Barcelona Institute of Culture will be hosting a new cultural festival from 3 to 7 November. Aptly named 42, it will be the 1st Barcelona Fantasy Genres Festival and, like games, will draw on the immense power of our imagination. Dau will be inside 42 and 42 inside Dau.

This year, Dau Barcelona will once again be present at many of the city’s civic centres, and will also be paying a virtual visit to schools throughout Barcelona during the week of the festival, and even be visiting some in Sant Andreu in person. And that’s not all! We’ll also be holding the El joc a l’aula [Games in the Classroom] training course for primary and secondary school teachers in collaboration with the Sant Andreu Educational Resources Centre and the Barcelona Education Consortium. Our objective? To draw attention to the importance of games in the classroom. Right here you’ll find loads of information on the need for games in schools.

We hope you find the games you’re looking for on this website. More than anything though, we encourage you to play for a while at home each day. Every throw of a dice or turn of a card will bring a smile to your face.

Dau Barcelona is curated by Oriol Comas i Coma, and produced by Tempus Fugit.

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