Return to Escape from Woomera

Concert or Performance

15 Oct 2020 to 16 Oct 2020 Once Only Event

E-sports, retro gaming and arts activism collide in Return to Escape from Woomera.

Sixteen years ago a group of anonymous game developers created a low-budget computer game featuring an asylum seeker on a hero’s journey. What followed was a political uproar and media circus that changed the face of video games and art activism in Australia forever.

Criticised by the then-immigration minister, the game circumvented the government’s new sedition laws to bring Australia the first substantial depiction of conditions in an Australian detention centre.

New-media arts company Applespiel invite you to a special one-night-only event that critics have described as engaging, cathartic and timely. Witness the original game played live (volunteer to play if you dare) with commentary from a panel of artists, activists, and former-detainees.

How much has changed since 2003? Join us to find out as e-sports gets political.


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Event Dates

Once Only Event

15 Oct 2020 to 16 Oct 2020

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