About Us

The Smoke is organised and run by Omen Star. An immersive design group that produces community events in London and immersive events all over the world. 

Sen an email to contact@omenstar.com if you want to know more or visit the Omen Star website.
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Our aims

The Smoke aims to:

I. Be a larp festival - rather than a conference or convention
II. Showcase UK larp to the world, and bring the world of larp to the UK
III. Create connections within and beyond larp
IV. Create a culture of care and safety at The Smoke festival and related events
V. Include and promote larp creators and larps from diverse backgrounds
VI. Invite people from different creative backgrounds to experience larp and relate it to their practice
VII. Contribute to building a strong larp community in London


Why is the festival called 'The Smoke' ?

'The Smoke' is an old nickname for London. It was a reference to the poor air quality, but also used affectionately... 

In our context, "The Smoke" encapsulates the essence of the veil we weave in LARP—the nebulous space of diffusion and transformation. It serves as the protective shield, obscuring the ordinary and embracing the extraordinary within the confines of the magic circle.
2017
Smoke I
The first Smoke Festival opened at the Nursery Theatre, with the after party and the Old King's Head pub. 20 Larps over two days and talks by guests of honour Nina Runa Essendrop, Siri Sandquist and Frida Sofie Jansen. 
2017
Smoke I
The first Smoke Festival opened at the Nursery Theatre, with the after party and the Old King's Head pub. 20 Larps over two days and talks by guests of honour Nina Runa Essendrop, Siri Sandquist and Frida Sofie Jansen.
2019
The Smoke III
This Smoke experimented with adding workshops to the program items with Love&Larp: Tips and tricks hosted by Maria and Jeppe Bermann Hamming, and People we've been and people we are by Jonaya Kemper. Guests of hour were Anna Westerling, Jonaya Kemper, Agata Świstak and Lea Pullerits
2022
The Smoke V
The last Smoke Festival run by Mo and Laura and the last Smoke at the old Theatre Deli Venue in Liverpool Street. Mo and Laura go on to focus on Larps on Location, while continuing to manage the safety team for the Smoke Festival.
2024
The Smoke VII
The Smoke festival deepens its ties to Theatre Deli and the London Live Experience Community as it enters its seventh successful year!
THE SMOKE
Through the years
2018
Smoke II
The second Smoke Festival moved to the larger Theatre Deli venue in Liverpool street so it could ran an incredible thirty larps. Guests of honour included Jamie MacDonald, Karete Jacobsen Meland, Muriel Algayres and Sue L who all provided lunchtime talks.
2019
The Smoke III
This Smoke experimented with adding workshops to the program items with Love&Larp: Tips and tricks hosted by Maria and Jeppe Bermann Hamming, and People we've been and people we are by Jonaya Kemper. Guests of hour were Anna Westerling, Jonaya Kemper, Agata Świstak and Lea Pullerits
2020
The Smoke IV
40 Larps over 2 days including Sacrament, Dangerous Liaisons, Rum Sodomy and the Noose at the Theatre Deli venue in Liverpool Street. Guests of honour include Laura Mitchell, Robin Tynan, Martine Svanevik and Kat Jones
2022
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2022
The Smoke V
The last Smoke Festival run by Mo and Laura and the last Smoke at the old Theatre Deli Venue in Liverpool Street. Mo and Laura go on to focus on Larps on Location, while continuing to manage the safety team for the Smoke Festival.
2023
The Smoke VI
Omen Star picks up the reigns of the Smoke and follows Theatre Deli to its new Venue in Leadenhall Street. Keeping with tradition, 40 larps run over two days with the as many of the original team still involved behind the scenes.
2024
The Smoke VII
The Smoke festival deepens its ties to Theatre Deli and the London Live Experience Community as it enters its seventh successful year!
THE SMOKE
The Smoke is the UK's premier chamber larp festival and one of the largest in the world. With four short larps running over the weekend The Smoke is the perfect way to learn how to get involved in larp and to become part of our wonderful international chamber larp community. 

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