Barbican Theatre are excited to announce that Plymouth is hosting the UK and European premiere of the Future Undokai Project, which will be known as Plymouth Undokai, with events and games running across the Spring, culminating in two weekends of games at the end of April, including the final ‘Plymouth’ version of events taking place at Brickfields Sports Centre.
The Future Undokai Project is a groundbreaking Japanese initiative exploring the future of intergenerational community sports and how communities might design new multi-player physical games. And Plymouth is home to its UK & European premiere!
The Plymouth Undokai project is all about bringing people together to have fun and play games. Participants get to play traditional Undokai games - similar to what they might play at a school sports day, fair or carnival but with a twist and a bit of tech mixed in - and also create and play brand new games just for Plymouth!
Creating and playing your own games that fuse traditional sports with future tech is a unique aspect of Undokai and we can’t wait for Plymouth to get involved.
Image: an example of a Future Undokai activity in Japan
There will be two main ways for people to take part in the Plymouth Undokai
As a Player - someone who plays the traditional games and the new games made in Plymouth (for ages 8-88). This is idea for:
People who want to have fun and play games
People who like mixing with lots of different people
People who really enjoy sports day at school
People who like beach or park games
Groups such as football clubs, scouts, guides, cubs, brownies, boys brigade, girls brigade, young carers, home school groups, duke of edinburgh groups.
As a Developlayer - someone who helps co-create the new games and events in Plymouth and then joins in with the players to play them! This is ideal for people aged 10+ who are:
Dancers / choreographers / movement artists
Tech whizz kids
Image: an example of a Future Undokai sports day / Developlayer event in Japan
Plymouth Undokai is hopefully the first annual event. In Japan, there are 70,000 Undokai events a year - with 10 million people taking part!
Laura Kriefman, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth said
“Why can’t we, as a city, invent our own sports? Imagine inventing, here in Plymouth, the next ‘football’ or ‘curling’! I am so excited to be able to bring this amazing project to our city and see what games Plymothians want to make, to play together. We have our fingers crossed that this is the first year of many for Plymouth Undokai. I look forward to the laughter and the amazing games we invent.“
The first ever Plymouth Undokai takes place over two weeks in April 2023, with three ways to join in:
PLAY IT: JAPANESE STYLE GAMES
15 & 16 April: @ YMCA Centre in Honicknowle
Play traditional undokai games designed and led by the team from The Undokai Association who are coming over from Japan, they’ll include games such as tug of war, relay races, long rope jumping, centipede racing and more fun activities. We’ll also mix in a little bit of tech in the afternoon!
For: ages 8-88.
Tickets: Pay What You Decide (including £0)
On Sale Now: GET TICKETS (1 day pass)
DEVELOP IT: CO-CREATE THE PLYMOUTH GAMES
21 April @ University Of Plymouth & 22 - 23 April @Brickfields Sport Centre
As a DeveloPlayer people get to rewrite the rule book! This is a seriously cool opportunity for them to design and create a new series of games with the Undokai Association team from Japan while they are in Plymouth. We'll have students and leaders from University Of Plymouth's Arts Institute and i-DAT who are working on Games Design and Games & Experience Design to incorporate their innovations and tech ideas into the games as well.
Then on the final day we'll gather 200 people at the centre to play your games with you!
Fri 21 April @ University Of Plymouth - an ideas lab where we'll all meet and run through ideas and maybe do a few testers.
Sat 22 April @ Brickfields Sport Centre - our main DeveloPlayer day. Get stuck in and co-create 6-8 games for people of all ages and abilities to play the day after. It's a hackathon with a twist!
Sun 23 April @ Brickfields Sport Centre - PLAY IT Plymouth style. Our final day of Plymouth Undokai - we'll have 200 people come together to play the games developed over the two previous days
For ages 10+
Tickets: Pay What You Decide
On Sale Now: GET TICKETS (3 day pass)