Shall we play? The Dau Barcelona games festival is back

Dau Barcelona, the city’s big games festival, is back for the eighth year running and is being held on 23 and 24 November. The festival offers people of all ages the chance to play hundreds of games at the Fabra i Coats from 10 am to 8 pm, with free admission.

22/11/2019 12:57 h

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Dau Barcelona is designed for everybody, of any age, from people who don’t normally play to regular players and industry professionals. Dau is organised by the Barcelona Institute of Culture and has two main goals:

To invite families to play and discover new games, and to bring together all stakeholders in this sector to reflect together, move forward and support the talent of games creators.

This year’s festival offers more activities, more games opportunities and more participating entities than ever, with nearly 250 gaming tables run by games publishers and a further 200 for prototypes.

While the main activities are being organised at the Fabra i Coats creation factory, there are also some festival activities at other places. The Escola Can Fabra will be hosting the Little Dau, aimed at children up to the age of 12; the Institut Martí Pous will be hosting the Historical Dau with Alpha Ares, where the stars are games that simulate history, and the Traditional Dau, offering popular games from here and around the world and held in the playgrounds and courtyards of the Escola Can Fabra, the Institut La Sagrera and the Ateneu l’Harmonia – Casal de Barri.

In a bid to improve on last year’s figure of 26,500 visitors, besides offering games to play, the festival has a highly diverseprogramme of presentations, creation sessions, talks, meetings with authors, workshops, competitions, championships and prizes.


Mainly at the Fabra i Coats, but also at the Escola Can Fabra, the Institut Martí Pous, the Institut La Sagrera, the Ateneu l’Harmonia – Casal de Barri and the auditorium at the Biblioteca Ignasi Iglésias.


From Saturday, 23 November (10 am), to Sunday, 24 November (8 pm).

Who is it aimed at?

Everybody, regardless of age and whether people are novices or experts.

Want to know more?

Go to the Dau Barcelona website for full information or check out the complete programme here.


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