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By Amy Duffy
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D-Lux festival returns
DUMFRIES High Street will be aglow each night this weekend with the return of the D-Lux festival.
It is a free, interactive, family friendly event that allows people to explore the town after dark and take part in fun activities.
And it will run from 5.30 pm to 9 pm every night from tonight (Thursday) until Saturday.
Live video games will be projected onto buildings and shopfronts, and favourite activities such as a double decker bus full of games consoles, giant-joystick Galaga and the interactive online ‘Build Dumfries’ Minecraft server will return from previous years.
The Stream – LIVE!, a 48 hour live stream will also be returning via Twitch, which last year saw locked-down audiences from around the world tune in to discuss the pros and cons of gaming for mental health, well-being and keeping up social contacts. New to the festival this year will be Midpeople Tetris, a giant two player version of the block-stack classic will be projected on to the Midsteeple clock tower, multiplayer racing games on the Planestanes and a collaborative Portal 2 installation at The Press.
Fresh food and drinks will be available from the Stove Café, Slush n’ Stuff and Geek Retreat, who have organised some additional games.
Event producer David Smith said: “It’s great to be able to bring D-Lux back to Dumfries for another year, and we’re looking forward to giving people a fresh chance to explore the High Street in an exciting way.
“Our theme this year is ‘play together’ and so we are encouraging people to take part in our multiplayer games and activities which we have taken care to ensure will be delivered in a safe and socially distanced way.”
D-Lux 2022 has partnered with ‘Support in Mind Scotland’ to further explore the ways in which digital and gaming can contribute to positive mental health.

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