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Downpour! – The Street Game

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05 November 2016
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

YHA Castlefield
Potato Wharf
M3 4NB

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Imagine: it hasn’t stopped raining in four days and the river banks are collapsing. The risk of flooding is imminent. You and your team of experts have been sent to take immediate action and avert future crises. Can you save the city?



Downpour! is an interactive street game about how to tackle flooding in a changing climate. Players work in teams against the clock to assess options, manage resources and save communities and wildlife. It seeks to foster discussion and encourage people to take an active role in climate change action.
At the 2016 ESRC Festival of Social Science, 64 players took on the challenge of saving the city. Players said they learnt something about the political complexity of flooding and the decision-making that is required, and the event raised awareness of Manchester’s Climate Change Strategy.



The event was covered by Quays News in an article and broadcast (the Downpour story starts at 10.30).



The game has been developed in partnership between researchers at the University of Manchester, game designers Playfuel, filmmakers Oropendola Productions and the Manchester Climate Change Agency. It is supported using public funding by the ESRC and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.