SomaFest is a 7-day festival with a public exhibition, specialist workshops, and industry meet-ups to explore full-body engagement as the future of XR. It took first place in August 2023 at Cologne Game Lab!

SomaFest 2023 is over but you can already save the date for next year´s event: 

We will be back September 16-22, 2024.

For more pictures and videos go here!

Photo Credits: Guido Löhrer

The Organizers

SomaFest is a research-creation-dissemination project initiated by the Cologne Game Lab – Institute for Game Development and Research at TH Köln. It is supported by Film und Medienstiftung NRW, the Consulate General of the Netherlands, KölnBusiness and Friends of CGL e.V.

The Cologne Game Lab, an institute at the faculty for cultural sciences at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, researches and develops games and other interactive content, and its bachelor’s and master’s programs educate future game industry professionals and academics who conduct research and transfer knowledge in the field of digital games. Our interdisciplinary team of practitioners and scholars from various fields, such as Applied Arts, Game and Sound Design, Informatics, Economics, Psychology, Game, and Social Studies, conducts research in theoretical and applied projects. With a long list of internationally recognized academic publications as well as an exceptional track record in hosting public events, such as the NotgameFest Trilogy and the annual Clash of Realities Conference, the CGL has become a hub for industry and academia alike to exchange ideas and innovate.