On the Run Game

Date

From 29 August 2020 to 30 August 2020

On the Run GameOn the Run Game

DESCRIPTION

The role-playing game On the Run uses an unusual format to address the situation with forced migrants in the modern world.  In the game, participants become refugees and undergo a series of test activities to experience what millions of people, forced to leave their homes to seek asylum elsewhere, live through every year. The game is run in different countries across the globe and will be held for the first time in Moscow this summer.

Created by the Danish teacher Steen Cnops Rasmussen in the early 1990s (originally called Youth on the Run), the game’s current version is an international project. Using an accessible format, On the Run explains what kind of difficulties occur on the journey of people seeking asylum as a result of military conflicts, environmental or social catastrophes in their home country. The format has gained recognition as a nontrivial way of discussing forced migration: rather than entertaining, the game allows participants to acquire this experience and transform it into a more informed response to the problem in the non-gameplay reality.

Participants are divided into teams, each representing a “family.” Forced to leave their home, the family-team travels to another country, applies for asylum there, and tries to integrate into the new society. Throughout the adaptation process, the players have to cope with various problems, such as bureaucracy, corruption, poor knowledge of the local language, and the prejudices of the host side. Only those who can overcome all obstacles will reach the final stage of the game and receive the coveted refugee status.

Involved in the preparation process are Garage’s staff and experts from the Russian Red Cross (St. Petersburg regional branch) who adapt the script, revise each of its stages and closely follow the gameplay progress on site. Specialists representing the UN Refugee Agency will also take part in the game, taking on the role of migration service inspectors.  They will also deliver a lecture on forced migration at the end of the game that will help players assess their gained experience and draw a correlation with real life.

PLEASE NOTE

The game will be held partly in the Garage building and partly outside, on Garage Square in front of the Museum, we recommend that you dress accordingly. The game lasts two hours.


The Museum will provide players with personal protective equipment (masks and gloves); contact between players is limited due to safety reasons.


People of any background, older than 16 years of age, are invited to take part. Participation is free with advance registration.

The game is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.

The game has been organized in collaboration with the Russian Red Cross (St. Petersburg regional branch) and the support of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Schedule

On the Run Game

11:30–12:00 Introduction by the organizers, instructions, distribution of roles
12:00–14:00 Game, first launch
14:15–15:15 Discussion of the game and lecture on the problem of forced migration

REGISTRATION

Date
Saturday, August 29
Time
11:30—15:15

On the Run Game

14:00–14:30 Introduction by the organizers, instructions, distribution of roles
14:30–16:30 Game, second launch
16:45–17:45 Discussion of the game and lecture on the problem of forced migration

REGISTRATION

Date
Saturday, August 29
Time
14:00–17:45

On the Run Game

11:30–12:00 Introduction by the organizers, instructions, distribution of roles
12:00–14:00 Game, first launch
14:15–15:15 Discussion of the game and lecture on the problem of forced migration

REGISTRATION

Date
Sunday, August 30
Time
11:30—15:15

On the Run Game

14:00–14:30 Introduction by the organizers, instructions, distribution of roles
14:30–16:30 Game, second launch
16:45–17:45 Discussion of the game and lecture on the problem of forced migration

REGISTRATION

Date
Sunday, August 30
Time
14:00–17:45