The UK’s original pleasure park, Dreamland Margate, will be welcoming GEEK in 2017. A three-day festival of play and gaming, GEEK will entertain the whole family during the Half Term from the 17th to 19th of February.
For five years GEEK has been bringing people together to meet, make, and play. The event focuses on multiplayer interactive games and encourages visitors to participate in all genres of gaming; including board games, computer games, retro and next generation, card games like Board Game Card Sleeves and real world games.
GEEK will be situated throughout the Dreamland site, including in the iconic and newly refurbished Hall By The Sea, the Roller Room, Ballroom and the arcade area. Guests will discover all the creative magic that goes into the games; there will be coding, storytelling, music composition, translation and localisation, and much more. GEEK will be lifting the lid on the games industry.
As 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Nintendo’s Mario Kart, the festival will be celebrating with an official tournament. Guests will be able to sit in real Dreamland bumper cars as they play their way through every incarnation of the game, from the Super Nintendo to the Wii U, and compete in a tournament to be in with a chance of winning a Nintendo Switch, the latest console from Nintendo as well as other official prizes.
GEEK will also be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Judge Dread’s 2000AD comic book world, with artist Rufus Dayglo hosting an exclusive exhibition of covers and artwork – some of which have never been shown before. Guests will also get the chance to play the award winning game Renga, a live 250-player laser game. They can also try out Seb Lee-Delisle’s NES Hacked Laser Arcade. Alongside the team-based events, those brave enough can also sign up for the Ironman GEEK. This competition will require guests to master both digital and analogue skills in order to see off the other players and be crowned the Iron GEEK.
Every element of GEEK is saturated in play, and for this reason 2017 sees the introduction of the GEEK House Cup. Guests will each be assigned a house and will work collectively in order for their team to be crowned champions of the festival. There’s also the Iron GEEK tournament, consisting of a fiendishly difficult array of games that will test visitors skills across multiple platforms and genres of gaming. And let’s not forget the GEEKlings. Not only do children under 5 get in for free, there will also be plenty of activities to keep them occupied whilst older brothers or sisters enjoy pulling apart computers, playing in the virtual realm or creating their own comic strips.
On the final day of the festival, ticket holders with under-8s can visit Dreamland’s soft play area, The Octopus’ Garden! With storytelling workshops, the chance to create your own game show or board game and encounters with a dinosaur pet, there’s plenty happening to keep little hands and minds busy. Bringing friends and families together to make and play games that they love, Dreamland will be packed with gaming entertainment for all.
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