Matera 2019

'You can deny justice, beauty, truth, goodness, mind, God. You can deny seriousness. But not the game'. To quote Johan Huizinga, the philosopher convinced that play occupied a fundamental role in the production of culture.

The creators of the Urban Games project are of the same opinion: they believe that there is nothing better than a game that allows residents and visitors to rediscover the spaces and the culture of Matera.

Like all games, Urban Games also has rules. And here they are:

The twinned cities of Matera and Plovdiv will co-produce a series of urban games.

The games will be created by 6 selected designers, during two residences in different cities.

Urban Games will take place during two special festivals that will be held in Plovdiv and Matera (the latter will also involve other municipalities of Basilicata).

Urban Games will be an immersive cultural experiences and offer fun opportunities to get to know the city better.

The games will combine game design, performing arts and installations in public spaces.

Players must explore, discover and reclaim the city's space.

All you have to do is slip on a pair of comfortable shoes and prepare to play. Are you ready? Let’s go!


Co-produced by 
Plovdiv 2019


Designer in residence (to be selected by call)

Venue and Date *:

Residences of design: 2 weeks - June and July 2019 | Festival of Urban Games from 31st October 2019 to 3rd November 2019

(*) Dates and venues may be subject to change
To take part in this event and in any other event scheduled on the official programme of Matera European Capital of Culture buy the Matera 2019 Passport