13 November

Cornwall Park Kite Day

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Cornwall Park Kite Day

We all love Cornwall Park, and so were delighted to have the opportunity to offer a series of activations for their Spring Kite Day.  Drawing on our experience from running the Hobsonville Point ‘Come Fly With Me’ festival earlier in the year, we wanted to offer some fun, interactive kite-themed activities for the families attending […]

18 February

Come Fly With Me

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Come Fly With Me

We were approached with an offer for us to take over and produce the 2016 Come Fly With Me festival at Hobsonville’s ‘Bomb Point’ park area.  Leaping at the opportunity, we created a one-day celebration of kites, flight and romance!  As the event was taking place on Valentine’s Day, we were able to integrate a […]

31 January

Auckland Anniversary Weekend

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Auckland Anniversary Weekend

The New Zealand Maritime Museum wanted a fun activity to run at the SeePort Festival during 2016 Auckland Anniversary Weekend and we had the perfect game to offer.  Our ‘Street Pirates’ game is perfect for kids and parents to play together – sailing between islands to buy and sell fruit, upgrading their ships, going on […]

26 August

The Art Hunters

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The Art Hunters

Art Hunters Online is a great example of using games and play as an engagement tool – in this case to encourage interaction with the Springfield Art Museum.  By incorporating an online medium they were able to reach out and involve a diverse range of ‘viewers’ and participants.  

8 August

Wynyard Quarter’s 4th Birthday

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Wynyard Quarter’s 4th Birthday

We were commissioned by Waterfront Auckland (now Panuku Development Auckland) to develop and run a series of playful engagements to help celebrate the 4th birthday of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.  In collaboration with the ScribbleAKL and Wild Streets communities we coordinated a series of activities to add to the vibrancy of the event. Alongside ScribbleAKL we […]

28 July

Blast Theory

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Blast Theory

Using city-wide games to research, promote and test technology – brilliant!  Check out this great article about the process UK-based group Blast Theory went through to bring their ‘Ill Hide You’ performance to the streets of Sheffield.  Want to see bizarrely clad people running around the streets of Auckland?  We do!

12 July

CoLab Theatre

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CoLab Theatre

Immersive, narrative theatre, augmented reality and geolocation – a great interview with Bernie Watkins, director of UK-based CoLab Theatre.  We are always excited at the prospects of transmedia projects and blurring the lines between audience and actors.  

8 July

Hacktivate – Battleships

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Hacktivate – Battleships

The Open Fort were proud to sponsor locally founded initiative Hacktivate which pits coders against coders in an exciting competitive format that is just as exciting for spectators.  A Premiere Digital Sport since 2012, Hacktivate events gather exceptional programming talent, showcasing it to a live audience in a highly visual, fast paced format. The theme […]

1 July

Board games for developing real-life skills

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Board games for developing real-life skills

As advocates for using games and play for learning and development, we agree wholeheartedly with this Lifehacker article on board games that help develop valuable real-life skills.  The pure social skills developed through playing face-to-face board games is invaluable, but as the range of styles of modern board games develop, so do the avenues for […]

21 April

Open Streets Festival

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Open Streets Festival

We were engaged by Fresh Concept and Auckland Transport to develop and deliver engagement activities for the 2015 Open Streets Festival in Quay Street, Auckland.  We created three activities: A ‘Destructable Box City’ for kids to build, knockdown and rebuild throughout the day A transport game for families based on a large-scale chalk map of […]