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Video games will take over Trafalgar Square during London Games Festival

London Games Festival returns 5th - 15th April

The full line-up for this year's London Games Festival has been revealed.

The event will run from April 5th to 15th, and will see a number of new installations and events - including a major takeover of Trafalgar Square.

Once again our very own EGX Rezzed will be part of the celebrations, as will the British Academy Video Game Awards.

There will also be a number of smaller fringe events, including comedy nights, conferences, tournaments, student events, game jams and a retro games market. is also throwing a fringe event, in the form of our GamesIndustry 100 drinks reception, where we'll reveal the 100 rising stars of the UK games industry.

Here are the main headline events:

Now Play This
Friday 6 April to Sunday 8 April 
Somerset House 

The three-day event returns, once again showcasing experimental projects, this year focusing on how we can experience the world in new ways.

Trafalgar Square Games Festival
Saturday 7 April 
Trafalgar Square

A free, one-day mini-festival, containing hands-on opportunities, AR games, plus the chance to beat a pro-gamer.

VR Show: AR & VR Gaming Arcade
Saturday, April 7th 
Business Design Centre

A place where you can come and try the hottest immersive games and accessories

Monday 9 April 
Victoria House Basement, Bloomsbury

Another new event. Ensemble is an exhibition highlighting video game creativity from those with Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

Monday 9 April - Tuesday 10 April 
Victoria House Basement, Bloomsbury

A new home for the London Games Festival summits, with gallery spaces for exhibitions, a demo zone and networking opportunities.

Games Finance Market 
Tuesday 10 April to Thursday 12 April
The Grange, Tower Bridge 

Once again, the crucial event that brings investors together with game creators is back

The British Academy Games Awards
Thursday, April 12th

The biggest awards event of the year returns, with Dara O'Briain hosting.

Friday, April 13th
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, W1J 9LN

Back once again, W.IN is a networking event that is welcoming to all, but featuring exclusively female speakers and stories.

EGX Rezzed
Friday, April 13th - Sunday, April 15th
Tobacco Dock

A huge consumer games expo, with a focus on indie games. In fact, it's the biggest indie games event in Europe, with a number of developer sessions, hundreds of games to play, plus B2B networking events and parties.

Games Character Parade
Saturday 14 April
City of London

One of the last events of the festival is once again the big cosplay and costumed character parade that takes place through the city.

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