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Play in the City 2016


1st Play, Creativity and Culture Symposium

10 November 2016 
University of Canberra

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Play holds a vital place in adult cultural practice. 

Play engages and incites. It builds community. It alters perspective. It creates, educates, distracts, disrupts and transforms. It is a resource that can help us confront and address the complexities of 21st century life. 

In this symposium we explore the concepts, practices and potential of play within cities. We consider what play means in the current context. We ask what role play can have in city environments: for individual and community wellbeing; for creativity, collaboration and innovation; and for engagement and pleasure. 

We also explore Canberra as a site of play, and consider possibilities for the future. Canberra's reputation as a *yawn* place to live and visit is seriously changing, and play has and can continue to contribute to this change. 

Our vision is to make Canberra a truly 'playful' city – one that incites people (and other creatures!) to engage in play in myriad and diverse ways.

The symposium sessions are:

  • SESSION 1: Urban Play, Creativity and Wellbeing
  • WORKSHOP: Canberra – A Playful City?
  • SESSION 2: Play, Urban Design and Wellbeing

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