10 days XR in Gelsenkirchen

→ 16 - 25 May 2024 ←

10 days XRin Gelsenkirchen

→ 16 - 25 May 2024 ←

Dive into virtual realities!

The Places Festival will once again take place in Gelsenkirchen from 16 to 25 May. For the fifth time, we will be bringing the latest extended reality technology to life – for everyone and free of charge! Whether you’re an XR expert, start-up, entrepreneur or simply interested in the latest developments in VR and AR: This year, the festival offers 10 days full of XR experiences throughout Gelsenkirchen! The highlight of the festival is the closing day on 25 May. We look forward to meeting you at Places 2024!

Find out now what you can experience at the Places Festival 2023.

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Programme modules 2024

Places Residency


Three creative people from outside the neighbourhood come to the Kreativ.Quartier Ückendorf as artists in residence. While they live here for a week during the neighbourhood phase, they get to know the district and its people. Their task is to create one or more artistic representations of the neighbourhood in XR based on their experiences. The results will be presented to the public at the festival and will continue to be exhibited in the mxr lab afterwards.

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FeVR Pitches


In the FeVR Pitches exhibition, you can immerse yourself in the diversity of European football culture using VR glasses. Local guides who know the pitch inside out will take you by the hand in virtual reality and show you the special features and highlights. Don’t just see what makes the pitch unique, experience it! At the same time, you will gain an insight into the football culture of the respective European country in the run-up to EURO 2024.

Tech for Good


Behind the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN) is a grand, global vision: to create a better and more sustainable world for all. However, global change starts at a much smaller level: with each and every one of us. In the “Tech for Good” exhibition, you can experience the 17 sustainability goals in virtual reality with the help of VR glasses. Different approaches are used. The goals are depicted in an artistic, documentary or playful way.

Places Hackathon

Competition & Exhibition & Show

Five teams consisting of XR experts, 3D modellers, coders and design specialists receive a challenge from our partners in business and research. They have two days to develop a VR prototype that meets the requirements. Test the results at the festival, find your favourite team and see who is declared the winner by the jury at the big award ceremony!

XR for the People of Europe

Exhibition, lectures & panels

The exhibition “Extended Reality for the People of Europe” showcases outstanding European XR applications aimed at strengthening human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of lectures by recognised experts, which will further explore the question of how the European idea and European values can shape virtual worlds today and in the future.


XR Sci-Fi music theatre

“At the End of the World ” is a walk-in sci-fi XR chamber music theatre for actress, singer and electronic playback, which celebrates its premiere in cooperation with MiR.LAB as part of the Places Festival.


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