Cities have always been sites for play and games, from the ‘bread and circuses’ of classical Rome to contemporary players chasing virtual characters with Pokemon Go. Over the last few years, around labels such as the Playful & Playable City, an international movement has emerged explicitly promoting playfulness as a design approach for our contemporary cities. By orchestrating playful experiences in our cities, they seek to counter the ever more control- and efficiency-oriented visions of the smart city. Tonight’s speakers will discuss examples of strategies and dramaturgies for playful cities. Can public spaces be activated by making them more playful?