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AzPlay

VIII International Festival of Independent Games


FROM NOVEMBER 29, 2017 TO DECEMBER 3, 2017

The AzPlay International Festival of Independent Games will hold its 8th edition in 2017. The Festival organised by Azkuna Zentroa continues with its bet on videogames as an ever more important cultural and industrial phenomenon for yet another year.

Yet again, in this edition the Indie videogame and Basque developers are the attention focus of AzPlay. The Indie phenomenon is already greatly consolidated within the industry as the essential agglutinating disruptive renovator of Art and Technology. Local creators are looking for their niche on the international scene by default in this sector, and AzPlay provides a springboard for their projection.

This is the most international edition to date. The AzPlay 8th International Festival of Independent Games has received 432 videogames presented by 63 different countries. The Competition is the Festival cornerstone around which the other activities revolve.


  • ORGANISATION
  • BILBAO

Azkuna Zentroa

AzPlay is an event that has been organised by Azkuna Zentroa since its first edition in 2010. In its eight edition in 2017, Azkuna Zentroa yet again puts the spotlight on creativity as one of the main elements of the video game industry. The question of combining art and technology is one of the key lynchpins in the Azkuna Zentroa cultural agenda.

Azkuna Zentroa houses one of the city’s most representative buildings, a cultural and leisure space with a varied offering for everyone visiting it. A meeting point to share, learn and enjoy different cultural, leisure and sporting proposals, individually, in groups or as a family, which are suitable for all publics.

The 43,000 sq m of Azkuna Zentroa are located in the city’s former wine warehouse. A building with a modernist air, declared an “Asset of Cultural Interest” by the Basque Government in 1999, where past, present and future all merge into one. The façades and part of the space designed by the Bilbao architect Ricardo Bastida at the beginning of the 20th century have been retained and refurbished. The outside classic style contrasts with the interior urban space, designed in a singular, innovative and sober way by Philippe Starck, which crystallises the life and energy of the city of Bilbao.

Exhibitions, concerts, lectures, children’s workshops, physical activities of all kinds, a reading area, a place to have a coffee… Azkuna Zentroa has a wide variety of things on every day, thanks to its programme of activities and events of multiple disciplines and its extensive opening times. Either if you make us a one-off visit or if you live nearby, you will always find an attractive offering that matches your tastes for you to enjoy yourself.

Azkuna Zentroa Website

From the airport to Bilbao

A 20-minute journey through the Artxanda tunnels or along the BI-631 road separate the airport from the centre of Bilbao. The traveller has several options of ways of making the journey:

Bus A3247 BILBAO-Airport: operates every day of the year, with services every 20 minutes in Summer, and 30 minutes in Winter, connecting with TERMIBUS, the Bilbao bus and coach terminus. Before reaching the end of the route, this bus makes three stops in the city centre, 14 Alameda Rekalde, Plaza Moyúa and at 74 Gran Vía.

For prices and frequency of services, click here.

Contact 902 222 265.

More info at Bilbao Tourism Website.

AzPlay Awards

The AzPlay International Festival of Independent Games mainly wants to highlight the work of those who are directly responsible for the creativity of the video games.

Activities 2017

During the event AzPlay offers different activities aimed at both professionals or students and citizens in general.

Past editions

The pioneering video game festival in Bilbao, AzPlay , celebrates its eigth anniversary.